The U.S. and Mexico squared off in one of the first games of each team’s new era, in Nashville on Tuesday. The U.S. is largely playing with a team of young players, and does not have a full time coach. Mexico also got rid of coach Juan Carlos Osorio after the World Cup, and they are likewise in a transition phase. The U.S. came out on top in this game, 1-0. It was an unspectacular game for the U.S., the big moments being an amusing confrontation between Matt Miazga and Diego Lainez, a red card to Angel Zaldivar, and Adams’ game-winning goal. Beating Mexico is always nice, and will be a good moment for this young US team as they move toward competitive games in the future.
England was one of the best stories of the World Cup, a young and fun England side reaching the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990. Alas, the good feelings have not entirely lasted, as England players laid into each other during halftime of their game against Switzerland. England had already lost to Spain this go around, and were in a three-game losing streak, after World Cup losses to Croatia and Belgium. Still England went on to win the game, and Danny Rose said the halftime row was just about motivation. “Our first-half performance was embarrassing, but it’s great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did. In the end, we are over the moon to keep a clean sheet and get back to winning ways” Rose said. England will want to keep the momentum from the World Cup as long as they can, as they enter qualifying for Euro 2020.
Sigi Schmid is out as the LA Galaxy’s head coach. It was a little surprising, but not shocking, as the Galaxy hit a rough patch and their defense seemed to collapse, ending in a drubbing by Real Salt Lake in which the Galaxy gave up six goals. Former Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear will take over the Galaxy on an interim basis, but who should be the Galaxy’s next full time coach? Tom Bogert of MLSsoccer.com looks at five possible candidates for the job.
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