Analysis

3 things we learned from the USMNT's January camp

The USMNT ended its January camp with a high-energy, low-quality 0-0 draw against Colombia on Saturday night. It was a match that suited Kellyn Acosta's ability to be everywhere all at once in midfield, and it provided us with a glimpse into the shattered goalscoring confidence of Matthew Hoppe. Time is still on the 21-year-old's side.

Has the USMNT finally found its No. 9 in Brandon Vázquez?

Amid the off-field chaos and turmoil within the United States men’s national team, some questions have remained on the pitch. The U.S. is dripping with talent in almost every position, but one spot has remained untethered. The No. 9 has long been a giant, flailing red flag alongside world beaters like Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Matt Turner. But after years of experimentation with different systems and players, there's finally a chance that the trial and error period is over.

USMNT player watch: 3 trending in the right direction, 2 we're worried about

I'll whisper it, but I feel like I'm discerning some faint traces of light ahead with regards to the USMNT's direction. There's obviously still no permanent manager, but every day takes us further from Gregg Berhalter and closer to what's demanded when hosting the world's greatest sporting event come 2026.

USWNT postgame show turns on Berhalter, leaving Alexi Lalas as his biggest champion

U.S. Soccer made its debut on HBO Max Tuesday night with the USWNT beating New Zealand in a friendly in Wellington thanks to four second-half goals, including Alex Morgan's 120th international strike off a ridiculous Rose Lavelle backheel. 

The Football Ferns were a little overmatched.  

USMNT and Mexico to play against Germany in 2023, USMNT vs. Mexico also in talks

The next World Cup hosts are looking to prepare themselves in the best way possible ahead of the tournament in 2026, and with much speculation over how they'll manage to do that, they might've just sealed a top-quality opponent in 2023.

According to multiple reports, the USMNT and Mexico are both in talks with Germany for a friendly to be played later this year. 

Yet another MLS teenager has moved to the Premier League

It's been confirmed that Colombian forward Jhon Durán has completed a move to Aston Villa in the Premier League for a potential transfer fee of $22 million. The 19-year-old made 27 appearances during his time with the Chicago Fire, scoring eight goals including a spectacular brace against Toronto FC. 

Durán is now the second teenager to make the switch from the Fire to the Premier League following his former teammate Gabriel “Gaga” Slonina, who currently plays for Chelsea. 

Jesse Marsch condemns Leeds chant about Gnonto's Willy

Since Jesse Marsch brought Wilfried Gnonto to Leeds United on deadline day in August, the young Italian has been a fan favorite. It wasn’t long after the young Italian made his debut in late October that the Elland Road faithful rewarded him with his own song. Unfortunately, the chant has quickly become a source of embarrassment for the club from West Yorkshire. 

Tasty Premier League weekend with Manchester and North London derbies on the menu

MANCHESTER - Manchester United were outclassed by Manchester City in the last local derby but the mood could not be more different as they prepare to host their city rivals in the Premier League on Saturday in the middle of a remarkable run of form.

League leaders Arsenal, meanwhile, face another test of their credentials in a derby of their own away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday on a weekend where local rivalries could have a huge say in the title race.

Watch: This indoor soccer goal will make your head spin

Indoor soccer players are some of the most technically talented individuals on the planet. The sport shares much with other variations of the beautiful game, especially beach soccer and futsal, where control is paramount. On Saturday, Tacoma Stars forward Nick Perera put all of his expertise to use with a piece of individual brilliance in a 7-5 win over the Kansas City Comets. 

After failing to make USWNT roster, Mia Fishel opens new season with 2 goals

After winning the 2022 Liga MX Femenil Apertura Golden Boot with 17 goals in 17 games before adding three more in the playoffs during Tigres' run to the title, 21-year-old American Mia Fishel picked up right where she left off Monday night in the opening match of the Clausura: Fishel scored a first-half brace in her side's 6-0 win over Atlas.

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