It seemed certain because of the strength of the U.S. team, and the relative weakness of Concacaf that the United States would make the 2018 World Cup. So it was a shock and a disaster that they did not. It was even more disappointing during the tournament, with the thought of what could have been for the U.S. in the midst of one of the best World Cups in a long time. But now the tournament is over, and the long road toward the next World Cup begins. John Brooks, once a young up and comer in the 2014 World Cup, is now one of the team leaders. Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN talks to Brooks about how he is ready to lead the team post-World Cup 2018.
Juventus pulled off the coup of the summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. To make room for Ronaldo though, some players had to leave, and one of the players that was shown the door was star striker Gonzalo Higuain, and he was not happy about it. “However I think he is angry with Juventus. He wanted to take revenge after being kicked out of Juve.” Higuain’s feelings are totally understandable, and it will be interesting to see how he performs against them. Juventus fans may not miss Higuain because Ronaldo is there, but Higuain is looking to make it so that they do not forget him.
In a season where almost nothing has gone right for the Earthquakes and their fans, they pulled off a nice and surprising move at the end of the season, hiring Matias Almeyda as their next head coach. Almeyda is highly respected in the game, and coached at famous clubs like River Plate, and won the most recent Concacaf Champions League with Chivas de Guadalajara. Almeyda has promised to add a fast attacking style of play to the Earthquakes, which is something the Quakes need badly. Despite operating like a small market team for most of their tenure, the Bay Area is one of the biggest markets in the country, and with a still relatively new Avaya Stadium, the Quakes could be an attractive spot with a highly regarded coach next season.
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