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Marcotti: La Liga's U.S. games plan is smart business

The idea of Spain's top flight to play games in the United States is hardly a doomsday scenario that will ruin football. But it is important that the experiment benefits the league overall.


Is Pogba better off at Barca, Real, PSG or Juve?

Paul Pogba and Manchester United seem to be a mismatch. But are some of Europe's elite better suited to the midfielder than his current club?

Premier League features goals of all kinds

From deft touches to long-range blasts and flowing team moves, the range of goals scored showed why no two are the same.


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How Wayne Rooney is transforming D.C. United

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains how D.C. United have changed for the better since Wayne Rooney's introduction in July.


Cascadia, New York, L.A. headline Rivalry Week

It's MLS Rivalry Week and with so many juicy matchups on the docket, Jason Davis reviews the history of three of the league's most heated rivalries.

Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards

Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 25 in MLS, including Josef Martinez's record-tying goal for Atlanta United.


Moreno: Columbus owners working in parallel realities

Alejandro Moreno calls out Crew SC's ownership for celebrating a stadium vote in Austin while asking Columbus fans to renew their season tickets.


Breaking down Josef Martinez's impact for Atlanta

Former Venezuela international Alejandro Moreno breaks down what makes countryman and Atlanta United star Josef Martinez an elite goalscorer in MLS.


Top 10 plays from week 25 - Via MLS

Relive all the best plays from around Major League Soccer in week 25, including Josef Martinez tying the MLS goal-scoring record.


MLS: 32 goals in 90 seconds

Check out all the weekend goals from Week 25 in MLS, including Josef Martinez's record-equaling strike and Chris Wondolowski's pursuit of history.


D.C. United 2-0 New England: Playoff bound?

D.C. United are moving into the playoff picture in the East after picking up their third straight win. They have not lost since July 25th.


LAFC 2-0 Colorado: LA tied for second

LAFC have moved into a tie with Sporting Kansas City for second place in the Western Conference following their 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.


Seattle 5-0 LA Galaxy: Starless Galaxy implode

Seattle extended their winning streak to a club-record six matches by way of a five-goal rout of an LA Galaxy side missing their star players.


Atlanta 3-1 Columbus - Martinez ties the record - Via MLS

Josef Martinez matched the MLS single-season goals record with his 27th of the season as Atlanta's big three led the Five Stripes past Columbus.


Vancouver 2-2 NY Red Bulls: Red Bulls equalize in 90th minute

NY Red Bulls' Daniel Royer scored his second brace in three games, including a stunning 90th minute volley to rescue a point against the Vancouver Whitecaps.


Houston 1-2 Real Salt Lake: RSL score two in stoppage

Albert Rusnak scored two goals in stoppage time to give Real Salt Lake an improbable win over the Houston Dynamo.


Van Dijk, Gomez watertight in Liverpool defence

Virgil van Dijk made it all look easy as he and Joe Gomez partnered superbly in front of Alisson in Liverpool's 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

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Liverpool show their title credentials

This Premier League season is only two weeks old, but Liverpool's win at Crystal Palace suggests they can take the fight to Man City.

Milner, Mane give Liverpool win over Palace

James Milner's first-half penalty and a late Sadio Mane strike gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Early returns show Liverpool's investments paying off

The FC guys are already seeing improvements in Liverpool's defence and ability to close out games following their victory over Crystal Palace.


Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool: Milner, Mane lead Liverpool

James Milner converted a penalty kick moments before half time and Sadio Mane scored late to secure Liverpool's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.


Klopp 'absolutely fine' with Liverpool's display at Palace

Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to play better than they did at Crystal Palace, but he's willing to look past it after getting the win.



Transfer Rater: Alonso, Rakitic, Busquets & more

FC's Paul Mariner assesses the latest rumours surrounding Marcos Alonso, Ivan Rakitic and more in Transfer Rater.


Transfer Talk: Madrid rivals to battle for Alonso

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid could battle to sign Chelsea's Marcos Alonso before the deadline on Aug. 31. Transfer Talk has the latest.

Transfer Rater: Rodrigo to Real Madrid

Rodrigo to Real Madrid and Jerome Boateng to PSG are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

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How Wayne Rooney is transforming D.C. United

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains how D.C. United have changed for the better since Wayne Rooney's introduction in July.


Extra Time: Barca's biggest weakness, Liverpool's vulnerabilities

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Barcelona's biggest weakness, Luis Suarez's future and if Liverpool have any vulnerabilities this season.


Will a technical director help Man United?

Mark Ogden says that frustraring transfer periods for Jose Mourinho have forced Manchester United to consider a different strategy.


Inside the 'vanity show' between Pogba and Mourinho

As the drama between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho continues, Mark Ogden assesses Pogba's role at Manchester United and whose side the fans are on.


Why Sid Lowe isn't a fan of La Liga coming to the U.S.

ESPN FC's La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe explains why he's less than happy about La Liga's decision to bring a game to North America.


Premier League Team of the Weekend: Week 2

Gab Marcotti defends his selections and omissions in the second team of the weekend of the Premier League season.


Burley: Emery has inherited a £300,000-a-week nightmare

Craig Burley and Paul Mariner don't hold back on their criticism of Mesut Ozil and question how Unai Emery will handle his involvement in the squad.


FC's La Liga predictions: Costa over Messi for top player?

Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.


ESPN FC's Serie A predictions: Can Milan finish top 4?

Craig Burley explains why he backs Milan for a top-four finish for the first time since 2013 as the FC crew reveal their Serie A season predictions.


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Marcotti: La Liga's plan to play games in U.S. is smart business

La Liga's plan to play regular season games in the U.S. is hardly a doomsday scenario that will ruin football. It's smart business.


Stillitano: Bringing La Liga to U.S. not just about money

Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S.


La Liga in North America: How other sports fared abroad

While a regular-season La Liga game in the U.S. would be a first for a European football league, other sports have been going abroad for years.

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What's Ronaldo's best position at Juventus?

After Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut, the FC crew ponder what his best position is in Max Allegri's squad: the No. 9, false 9 or a winger.


Mbappe ready to go from PSG's prince to their king

Kylian Mbappe was the best young player at the World Cup. In his return to PSG, he demonstrated he may soon be Les Parisiens' best player, period.

Germany crisis: Five issues for the DFB

On Tuesday, German football is holding a summit to find out what went wrong at the World Cup. Germany has some problems to solve.



What's Ronaldo's best position at Juventus?

After Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut, the FC crew ponder what his best position is in Max Allegri's squad: the No. 9, false 9 or a winger.


The Ronaldo effect hits Serie A

He didn't score on his Serie A debut but Cristiano Ronaldo's mere presence made for a spectacle that heralds a new era for Juventus and Italian football.

Horncastle: Juventus have a superiority complex

FC's James Horncastle discusses whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo's first game at Juventus lived up to all the hype.


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