Soccer News

  • England’s dreams of a second World Cup title came to an end in the semifinals, but France’s dream is still alive. England fell to Croatia in extra time on Wednesday, while France ground out a win against Belgium the day before to earn a spot on Sunday’s final in Moscow. France was considered a pre-tournament championship contender and enters the final as the heavy favourite, while Croatia is in uncharted territory, having previously only reached the semifinals of a World Cup tournament.
  • Argentina managed to survive its World Cup group stage scare, but the other 2014 finalists were not so lucky. Germany is going home much earlier than expected after a stunning 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday sealed their fate in Group F. Sweden won the group with a convincing win over Mexico, leaving the Germans to wonder what went so very wrong in their country’s first-ever group stage exit from the World Cup.
  • The early stages of the 2018 World Cup have proven that no team is safe, and no team is a better example of that than Argentina. The 2014 finalists were expected to carry Group D, but a draw against Iceland and a loss to Croatia have bumped Argentina to the bottom of the group standings heading into Tuesday’s games. In order to avoid a national embarrassment, Argentina must defeat Nigeria and hope Croatia records a lopsided victory against Iceland.
  • Last-minute turmoil threatens to derail Spain’s 2018 World Cup hopes after coach Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the tournament. Lopetegui sealed his fate when he agreed to become manager of Real Madrid following the conclusion of the World Cup, leading to the decision to fire him.
  • After accomplishing the impossible, Zinedine Zidane is leaving Real Madrid. No team had captured consecutive Champions League titles since the format was introduced in the early 1990s, but under Zidane’s guidance, Real Madrid set a new standard with three straight titles, which is why his job appeared secure. Zidane insists his decision to step aside is for the good of the club, but his reassurances make his departure no less shocking.
  • It once appeared as though he would rule over Arsenal forever, but Arsene Wenger’s 22-year tenure as manager of the north London club will come to an end at the end of the Premier League season. Wenger’s decision was announced Friday, much to the relief of fed up Arsenal fans who had been boycotting games and calling for his removal throughout most of the year. He will leave behind a complicated legacy with the club he transformed into one of the best in the world during his heyday.
  • Roma didn’t have much chance of staying alive in Champions League competition after falling 4-1 to Barcelona to open their quarterfinal tie, but they did have an away goal, which provided a glimmer of hope. That away goal proved crucial on Tuesday, when Roma engineered a stunning 3-0 upset victory at home to knock Barcelona out and advance to the semifinals.
  • The Premier League looked strong during 2017-18 Champions
  • Major League Soccer might be about to add one of this generation’s greatest goal-scorers to its ranks. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly close to signing with LA Galaxy, and it’s a move that makes sense for both parties considering the 36-year-old’s diminished role with Manchester United and the MLS desire for star power.
  • BMO Field in Toronto will once again play host to an MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The 2016 final needed penalty kicks after Toronto and Seattle played to a scoreless draw in frigid temperatures, and though the Sounders prevailed, Saturday’s rematch has a feeling of unfinished business. Both Seattle and Toronto would have a claim to being one of the best MLS teams of all time with a victory, adding an extra layer of competition to the contest.
  • Toronto FC is set to open the Eastern Conference Final without their top two scorers. Toronto visits the Columbus Crew on Tuesday for the opening leg of their playoff round, but Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco will both be out of the lineup due to suspensions that could prove costly to Toronto’s title hopes.
  • The 2018 World Cup will be without one of its most iconic teams as four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Italy and Sweden played to a scoreless draw on Monday, giving Sweden the European qualification playoff win by a 1-0 aggregate score and sending shockwaves through the world of Italian soccer.
  • For the first time in more than 30 years, the United States will not be participating in the World Cup. The U.S. Men’s National Team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, sealing their fate following a disappointing hexagonal final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The result sent shockwaves through the USMNT that will likely be felt for years to come.
  • Almost everything has gone right for Toronto FC in 2017. They cruised to the first Supporters Shield in club history by scoring at will and dominating opponents at home, and they can set a new MLS record for points in a season if they finish with at least a win and a tie in their final two contests. It’s enough to put them in the conversation of best-ever MLS teams—and winning the MLS Cup would give them a pretty strong case.
  • Champions League title holders Real Madrid will start their domestic season with their best player in the stands after a 5-match suspension issued to Cristiano Ronaldo was upheld on appeal. Ronaldo received the ban for pushing the referee who issued him a red card in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.
  • Neymar is moving from Barcelona to Paris, and all that it took was a quarter-billion dollars. The world-renowned Brazilian forward was officially transferred from the club he has called home for his first four seasons in Europe to French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain in a record-breaking deal announced Thursday, bringing an end to weeks of speculation. The move triggered the release clause in Neymar’s contract with Barcelona, leading to a $262 million transfer fee for PSG.
  • Gianluigi Buffon has won a World Cup, along with countless Serie A and Coppa Italia titles over the course of his celebrated goalkeeping career, but he still has some unfinished business. A Champions League title has eluded him despite a pair of previous opportunities with Juventus, and he will get a third chance against Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in Cardiff on Saturday.
  • When Manchester United made Paul Pogba the most expensive transfer in history last summer, many wondered whether he was worth the money. Now it appears FIFA has been asking a similar question, and is taking a closer look at where all that money went.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo can’t stop scoring big goals in bunches for Real Madrid. After reaching 100 Champions League goals with a 3-goal performance in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie against Bayern Munich, Ronaldo put on a scoring clinic again Tuesday in the first leg of the semifinal with a treble in a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
  • Barcelona is hoping lightning strikes twice at Camp Nou. For the second time in as many rounds, they have a massive deficit to overcome in order to keep their Champions League run alive. Juventus carries a 3-0 aggregate advantage into the second leg of their quarterfinal tie Wednesday, but as Barcelona showed against Paris Saint-Germain, no lead is truly safe from their devastating attack.
  • Barcelona needed to perform a minor miracle to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals after losing 4-0 to Paris Saint Germain in the opening leg of their round of 16 matchup, and Wednesday’s second leg was nothing short of miraculous. Three goals scored after the 87th minute gave Barcelona a 6-1 win and a 6-5 aggregate advantage, leaving the rest of the world stunned by one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
  • No one’s job appeared safer than Claudio Ranieri’s after he guided Leicester City on one of the most incredible championship runs in sports history. What a difference nine months can make. Ranieri was relieved of his duties as Leicester City’s manager Thursday as the club tries to salvage what they can from a trying season as defending Premier League champions.
  • Toronto FC was once known as the team that couldn’t score a goal. Now they can’t stop scoring. Toronto, which has transformed into an attacking juggernaut in the playoffs, can put a decade of being an MLS punchline behind it when it hosts the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.
  • Borussia Dortmund entered Wednesday’s Champions League match against Real Madrid only needing a draw to win Group F, but they left with slightly more than top position. Dortmund rallied for a 2-2 draw on a late goal by Marco Reus, which improved their group stage total to 21—the highest total in Champions League group stage history.
  • Don’t expect Montreal Impact to come out firing again when they visit Toronto FC on Wednesday for the second leg of the MLS East Final. Montreal’s uncharacteristic scoring outburst in the opening leg means it can advance to the MLS Cup Final with a draw, which will allow the Impact to play the defensive counter-attacking style they displayed for much of the season.
  • The first leg of the first-ever all-Canadian conference final in MLS history had just about everything. The Montreal Impact prevailed 3-2 at home against Toronto FC on Tuesday, carrying a slight advantage into next week’s finale but also allowing two crucial away goals, which give Toronto a fighting chance in the aggregated series.


  • For the first time in Major League Soccer history, an all-Canadian conference final is a distinct possibility. No Canadian team has ever made it past the home-and-home conference semifinals, but Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact are both in an excellent position to do so following home wins Sunday.
  • Pep Guardiola returns to Camp Nou with another new team Wednesday when Manchester City visits Barcelona for a marquee matchup in Champions League group play. Guardiola made 263 appearances for Barcelona in his playing career and managed the club from 2008-2012 before helming Bayern Munich for three seasons, and he has wasted no time inflicting his attacking flair on England’s top domestic league.
  • The Montreal Impact is having another difficult soccer season.  Currently seeded 8th in the MLS East Standings in a statistical tie with New York City FC, the Impact does have the advantage of five games in hand over the conference leading DC United.
  • BMO Field in Toronto will feature two of the final Gold Cup group stage games later today.  The late game features the Canadian soccer team betting on their first win of the competition against Costa Rica.

    To secure a position in the next round of the competition, Canada needs a win tonight against Costa Rica.  A draw could be enough to allow the Canadians to reach the knockout round as one of a handful of third place teams to advance, but a win is necessary to ensure the team reaches the next round.  A loss tonight and the game is over for Canada.
  • The transfer window is underway for soccer teams in the MLS.  The primary transfer window closed earlier in the year, but the secondary window opens today as teams search for the right players to bolster their rosters halfway through the season.