We’re all still trying to process how the U.S. missed out on making the World Cup. Tuesday night was bad of course, but this goes beyond just the result last night. This qualifying campaign as a whole was terrible, the U.S. only got three wins in 10 games, no road wins, and just too many lifeless performances along the way. Every single aspect of soccer in this country must be examined, from Sunil Gulati at the top, to MLS, to college soccer all the way down to the youth soccer system. Everything deserves close scrutiny, if not sweeping change. Missing the World Cup is terrible, now let’s make sure we find a way that this doesn’t happen again.
Club football resumes again this weekend, and in the Premier League there is the clash of the two traditional rivals, Liverpool and Manchester United. Manchester United are riding high in the league, second on goal difference to Manchester City. Liverpool have struggled after crushing Arsenal, and are already seriously behind in the title race. Now they have even more bad news, star attacker Sadio Mane injured his hamstring and will be out for six weeks. Jurgen Klopp needs to find a good lineup without Mane, and he’s got a doozy of a first match to try and do it.
Yes, the U.S. Men’s soccer team missing the World Cup is a crushing blow, but life goes on as they say. There is another American team that deserves your attention if it does not already have it, and that is the U.S. women’s soccer team. The Women’s World Cup is in 2019, and the U.S. are the reigning champions after winning in 2015 in Canada. The U.S. Women’s team is very fun to watch, and unlike their male counterparts, they win most of their games. At the same time, women’s soccer internationally has improved a lot in the last few years, and there are now several teams that can give the U.S. a run for their money. Let the countdown to 2019 begin.
Kaká was the face of Orlando City when it entered MLS and their first Designated Player. He has been embraced by the community and by his teammates. Unfortunately due to injury and the team underperforming, Kaká has not been able to lead Orlando to success so far in MLS. He announced that he will not be returning to Orlando City next year. It’s a shame that Kaká hasn’t been healthy for much of his time here, and he hasn’t dominated MLS like his peers David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco. Unfortunately sometimes age and injury catch up to players before we are ready to say goodbye.
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