Barcelona dropped points for the second game in a row after a thrilling 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on a freezing cold early kick off at a sparsely attended Camp Nou on Saturday. Celta, coached by former Barca assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, have a habit of bringing the best and worst out of the Catalans and in some spells Ernesto Valverde's side played their best football of the season. At others they made silly and costly mistakes. It looked like Barca were going to get away with it when Luis Suarez made it 2-1 after the hour mark but a terrible slice of misfortune lead to Samuel Umtiti hurting his hamstring as he tried to keep up with Iago Aspas, resulting in Maxi Gomez levelling and the Frenchman hobbling off with a likely torn hamstring. Positives Suarez was far better than ...
After a multi-year qualification process, the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is finally set. The 31 nations who qualified to join the host country will be able to book their summer plans once the Dec. 1 group stage draw is conducted in Moscow. In the meantime, they'll celebrate the accomplishment and... Story Continues
Before Tuesday, the last time a U.S. national team coach started multiple uncapped teenagers in the same game was January 1988. That was 18 months after the Americans missed their ninth consecutive World Cup. And it was two and a half years before a young U.S. squad went to Italy and participated in the first of seven straight finals. That old statistic says something about the unique circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s friendly in Portugal Story Continues
Much has been made about the nations who didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and for good reason. The list is loaded with international powers and World Cup regulars, and four reigning regional champions–Chile, USA, New Zealand and Cameroon–won't be making the trip to Russia. Story Continues