Analysis

Marta The Early Pacemaker As NWSL’s Stars Begin To Shine

The NWSL regular season is past the one-third mark, and the table is beginning to take shape. Here’s a look at the players and teams that are dominating the stat charts so far. 

2017 NWSL Player Stats

Goals

A strong week nine from Marta has pushed her into a three-way tie at the top of the scoring chart.

Marta (Orlando Pride) - 5

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) - 5

With Schweinsteiger In The Midfield, The Chicago Fire Are, Ahem, On Fire

In 2016, the Chicago Fire were awful. They finished last in all of Major League Soccer with 31 points from 34 games. The foundations for that pathetic season had been laid in 2015, when they finished last in MLS with 30 points from 34 games.  

2017, however, has been a different story. The Fire have already matched their point total from last season, and surpassed their total from 2015, with 18 games still to play, and they're riding an eight-game unbeaten streak in league play.

Only An Idiot Would Watch The EFL Cup But Not The U.S. Open Cup

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action resumes today and tomorrow with the fourth round, and I'll forgive you for not knowing that, but I'll never forget. Founded in 1914, the competition has overcome some turbulent times in American soccer, as evidenced by the fact that the tournament’s two most successful sides, Bethlehem Steel FC and Maccabi Los Angeles, no longer really exist.

Geoff Cameron Can Do It On A Cold, Wet Wednesday In Stoke And A Hot, Steamy Sunday In Mexico City

Michael Bradley grabbed the headlines with his sensational strike against Mexico on Sunday, but for many, the United States Man of the Match was Geoff Cameron, the 31-year-old defender placed at the heart of the USA's three-man back line.

With Mexico controlling nearly 75 percent of possession in the match, completing 177 passes in the final third (as compared to 75 for the U.S.) and launching 25 crosses, you immediately get an idea of how important Cameron was in repelling Mexico’s frequent forays forward and completely disrupting their attacking rhythm.

The 5 Biggest Surprises On The 40-Man United States Gold Cup Roster

On Saturday, during halftime of the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Venezuela, the preliminary 40-man roster for the 2017 Gold Cup was revealed. Manager Bruce Arena now has about three weeks to narrow that list down to the final cut of 23 players. The United States will open the tournament on July 8 against Panama. 

This 40-player pool came with several surprises. MLS dominates the list with 32 of the selections being domestically-based. Here are a few of the more interesting decisions from Arena for the 2017 Gold Cup. 

What’s Next For A Juventus Side That Failed To Deliver On Its Promise?

In 2015, a battling Juventus side fought its way to a Champions League final. Overachieving in Max Allegri’s first season as manager, they were roundly beaten by Barcelona. Domestically, the club was enjoying a renaissance. Winning back-to-back-to-back titles, the 2015 final put them well ahead of their post-Calciopoli schedule (the 2006 Italian football scandal that saw Juventus relegated to Serie B).

The Greatest European Cup And UEFA Champions League Records And Statistics

The UEFA Champions League, and its predecessor the European Cup, is the most prestigious competition in all of club football. It’s where players and managers make their names, and it’s where clubs and teams become immortalized through history. 

Here are some of the greatest all-time records in the Champions League as recorded by either players, managers, clubs or in single matches.

Champions League Individual Player Records

Goalkeeper with the most clean sheets: Iker Casillas (57)

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