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Qatar's mystery men may not be 2022 flops after all

Xherdan Shaqiri admitted Qatar "deserved to win" against Switzerland this week. Can the unknown players of the next World Cup hosts shock the world?


Even after 15 years, Messi remains must-watch

Lionel Messi's ability to regularly conjure up moments of brilliance can make fans numb. Here's how to remain awake to his majesty.

EXCLUSIVE: Pulisic opens up on Dortmund future

Christian Pulisic talks exclusively to Taylor Twellman about his future with Borussia Dortmund and the adversity of suffering a few injuries.


Football Agents: Everyone gets an England cap!

The Exploding Heads turned football agents are back! In this edition, they field calls from former England players looking for one final appearance, a la Wayne Rooney.


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LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City to offer Isco Madrid escape route

Pep Guardiola and Man City are prepared to strike for Real Madrid star Isco, who has been second-choice under Santi Solari. TT has the latest.

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Wales 1-2 Denmark: Danes gain promotion in Cardiff

Denmark held on against Wales despite Gareth Bale's late goal to move up into Group A in the UEFA Nations League.


Netherlands 2-0 France: Dutch relegate Germany

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam see Germany relegated from League A Group 1.


Croatia 3-2 Spain: Jedvaj delivers dramatic victory

Tin Jedvaj scored his 1st-career goal for Croatia, then netted his 2nd in stoppage time to give Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League.


MLS forward Movsisyan scores 4 in Armenia rout

Chicago Fire forward Yura Movsisyan scored four goals for Armenia in a 6-2 decimation of Gibraltar in Group D4 of the UEFA Nations League.


England 3-0 United States: A winning send-off for Rooney

The next generation of England stars ensured Wayne Rooney's final game ended with a win as the Three Lions cruised to victory over the U.S.


Slovakia 4-1 Ukraine: Stellar goals in Trnava

Four different players were on the scoresheet for Slovakia as they eased to a 4-1 win over the Ukraine in League B Group 1.


Germany 3-0 Russia: Sane shines for Die Mannschaft

Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry secured the victory for a side with just two 2014 World Cup winners in the starting lineup -- goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Matthias Ginter.


Belgium 2-0 Iceland: Batshuayi lifts Belgium

Michy Batshuayi scored twice in the 2nd half to help Belgium defeat Iceland 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.


Hungary 2-0 Estonia: Hungary breezes by Estonia

Two headers was the difference for Hungary as they took care of business at home against Estonia for the three points.


Greece 1-0 Finland: Own goal saves Greece

Albin Granlund's own goal cost Finland the game, as Greece went on to secure three points at home.


Afif stuns Swiss with late winner for Qatar

Akram Afif broke the deadlock with a late counterattacking run as visitors Qatar got the better of Switzerland in Lugano.


Scotland 0-1 United States: USWNT end 2018 unbeaten

Alex Morgan scored her 25th goal in her past 26 matches for the United States in a 1-0 win at Scotland, ensuring the USWNT finished 2018 unbeaten.


Santos: Ronaldo deserves Ballon d'Or for his talent alone

Portugal coach Fernando Santos hopes Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d'Or as justification for his huge talent and insists no team wouldn't miss him.


Chiellini: I don't want to be Italy's top goal scorer

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is the squad's current top goal scorer but admits he does not want the tag and hopes a striker can soon overtake him.


Mancini: I'm sorry Italy aren't facing Ronaldo

Italy manager Roberto Mancini feels it's a shame his Italy won't face Ronaldo when they meet Portugal in the UEFA Nations League.


Major League Soccer

LAFC must live up to the hype in Year 2

LAFC was a wildly successful expansion team, despite falling short in the playoffs. Its sophomore season will require a more successful ending.

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Pulisic: Rooney an inspiration for American soccer

Taylor Twellman spoke to Christian Pulisic for ESPN about playing in Wayne Rooney's last England match and how the USMNT can prove themselves among the best teams in the world.


NY Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United: Who has the edge?

The two best teams in MLS during the regular season will meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. The FC crew break down the tie and make their picks.


Sporting KC vs. Portland: Can Timbers oust the West's best?

With Sporting KC and Portland Timbers ready to meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final, the FC crew assess both sides' chances to progress.


MLS Best XI: Which star would Paul Mariner build around?

Paul Mariner breaks down the MLS Best XI for the 2018 season and reveals which superstar in the XI he would build his team around.


Atlanta 3-1 NYCFC: Five Stripes surge into last 4


Sporting KC 4-2 RSL: Sporting survive wild second leg

Sporting KC held on for dear life in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals against RSL, fending off their rivals in a dramatic win.


New York Red Bulls 3-0 Columbus: Royer provides the spark

Daniel Royer's pair of second-half goals saw the New York Red Bulls overturn a first-leg deficit and advance into the Eastern Conference finals.


Rooney: DC need to build on playoff disappointment

DC United's Wayne Rooney insists the side will take confidence from reaching the playoffs after he felt they exceeded their expectations.


Seattle 3-2 Portland: Timbers advance on penalties

A crazy night in Seattle saw Dairon Asprilla and the Portland Timbers defeat the Sounders on penalties to advance to the Western Conference final.



State of play: Finals, promotion, relegation

There are now just two rounds of games left in the Nations League, and the picture is becoming clearer for the finals, promotion and relegation


Permutations by day, group and league

The picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the finals next June, as well as which nations will be promoted and relegated.

Pulisic anger over England loss a good thing for U.S.

Christian Pulisic's frustration was evident after the U.S. were outclassed by England but the side need to channel the anger in the right direction.

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Rooney's time is over, but England's future looks bright

Wayne Rooney earned his final England cap in the 3-0 win over the U.S., a match that showcased a Three Lions team no longer dependent on one man.

England 3-0 United States: A winning send-off for Rooney

The next generation of England stars ensured Wayne Rooney's final game ended with a win as the Three Lions cruised to victory over the U.S.


Gomez: USMNT are individuals with no guidance

Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.


Southgate wants discipline from young England side

Gareth Southgate has a warning for his England team ahead of their UEFA Nations League match with Croatia.


England trending upward; United States lacking direction

The FC crew share their takeaways from the friendly between England and the U.S., highlighting the USMNT's need for direction and a permanent coach.


Rooney: It was an emotional moment for me

Wayne Rooney reflects on his final game for England and discusses the initiatives of the Wayne Rooney Foundation, for which his farewell match was dedicated.


Wilson adds to England's lead with debut goal

Callum Wilson became the first ever Bournemouth player to score for England with the Three Lions' third goal against the U.S.


Rooney comes on for final England appearance

Wayne Rooney takes the field for the 120th and final time in a Three Lions uniform.


Alexander-Arnold quickly doubles England's advantage

International Friendly: Trent Alexander-Arnold (27') England 2-0 United States


Lingard bends in a beauty for England

International Friendly: Jesse Lingard (25') England 1-0 United States


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