Chicago Fire Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger: Only three years removed from a start in a World Cup Final victory, Bastian Schweinsteiger has become the latest big name to move to the MLS, signing a one-year, $4.5 million designated player contract with the Chicago Fire with a second-year option. Schweinsteiger wasn't in Jose Mourinho's plans since he took over at Manchester United and hadn't played a Premier League game this season, but he had a goal and an assist in an FA Cup match in January.
AFC Wimbledon Still Not Over MK Dons Taking Club: For the first time, AFC Wimbledon hosted a match against MK Dons, the club formed when Wimbledon FC was bought and moved to Milton Keynes. Tuesday's match program only called the visitors "Milton Keynes," omitting the Dons name that was kept in the franchise move. MK Dons owner Pete Winkleman, blocked from the director's box, sat with the team's supporters. AFC Wimbledon, formed by fans 15 years ago after their club was lost, won 2-0.
Happy 125th Birthday, Liverpool FC: On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke from the board of Everton to form a new club - Liverpool.
The Table Never Lies: Are Brentford one of the first Moneyball-era football clubs, and can they make it work?
Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup: National League (fifth-tier) side Lincoln City's run to the FA Cup's quarterfinals is a sign the FA Cup is not dead, says its manager.
Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal. Can Wenger keep his job this Summer when by his own admission his team are losing and dropping points due to mental errors and poor preparation, or will another Top 4 finish make him think "if I put in on more year we will take the big prize?"
Frank Lampard Retires from Soccer: Legendary Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has retired. Lampard's trophy case includes four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups; one Champions League title and one Europa League title. Underestimated in his youth career, Lampard ascended to the heights of the game through a ferocious work ethic. "With his bloody‑mindedness, his dedication, the way he constantly tried to improve himself -- he made himself the ultimate pro," said former West Ham academy director Tony Carr. If you missed any of them, you can watch all 211 of his Chelsea goals (145 will shock you).
It's the end of the World Cup as we know it: The FIFA Council made it official, unanimously approving an expansion of the men’s World Cup field. Starting in 2026, the field will increase from 32 to 48 teams. There will be 16 groups of 3 teams, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to a 32-team knockout stage.
Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS: The team on Tuesday held a 6:15 p.m. announcement at The Birchwood, unveiling its #MLS2StPete campaign to drive local support to show Major League Soccer that the club is ready to be the league's next expansion team. The campaign also includes a privately funded renovation and expansion plan for Al Lang Stadium.
Carolina RailHawks to Rebrand, Announce Bid for MLS: The Chris Creamer community has a light discussion on the new logo. The Carolina Railhawks is a member of the second tier NASL and has made Cary, NC their home since their inception in 2006.
Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash: A plane carrying Chapecoense, a soccer team in Brazil's top division, crashed early Tuesday in Colombia. Seventy six people died and five survived, including player Alan Ruschel. The team was scheduled Wednesday to play the first half of a Copa Sudamericana final -- a tournament equivalent to the Europa League. The team from Chapeco reached Brazil's top division for the first time in decades in 2014. "What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said.
Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach: The losses to Mexico and Costa Rica to start this round of World Cup qualifying have led to Jurgen Klinsmann's ouster as the U.S. Men's National Team coach. Talks are rumored about Bruce Arena leaving the L.A. Galaxy to take over the team again.
Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:: "Ibrahimovic said that he would “often spot solutions in the games that I then parlayed into real life” as a young player. Mats Hummels, the Bayern Munich and Germany defender, has suggested that “maybe some people use what they learn in FIFA when they find themselves on a pitch.”
From Computer Game to Professional Football Analyst: One young man's gaming obsession turns into a proper paid job.
Sam Allardyce: Ex-England boss says entrapment has won: Big Sam heads overseas after being filmed telling a couple of "Far East businessmen" how to get around third party ownership rules. Plus making fun of Roy Hodgson's speech impediment and Roy's assistant Gary Neville. Not sure which but one of those things got him fired after 67 days in charge? Sam says he was foolish but entrapped. Was this really a firing offense?
Hope Solo takes leave of absence: Hope Solo, who was suspended from the U.S. Women's National Team after the Olympics, has been granted a leave of absence from the NWSL's Seattle Reign.
How Football Transfers Work: Player amortisation, agents' fees and broken fax machines explained.
Fantasy Premier League Week 2 Begins Today: Week 2 of the Premier League begins today at 3:30 p.m. ET when Manchester United plays Southampton. BillsaysthisScores leads our fantasy league followed by FC Outlaw and The Zlatanic Verses. This week's biggest pickups are Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Middlesborough forward Alvaro Negredo and Swansea defender Stephen Kingsley.
Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal: U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo added to her controversial Olympics reputation by calling Sweden "a bunch of cowards" for the strategy they employed in defeating in a 1-1 draw settled by 4-3 penalty kicks. "Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play. ... They dropped into a 50. ... I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They're moving on, and we're going home."
Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League: The Premier League season begins Saturday morning, which means it's time to build your squad for our Fantasy Premier League. Use the link to join (the code is 1607479-394225). Returning teams may be entered automatically. Last year's champion Red Loop has already returned with the Scufflin Hillbillies. The first decision we all must make: to Zlatan or not to Zlatan.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender: With Portugal's 1-0 victory over France Sunday, the SportsFilter Euro 2016 pick 'em contest has been won by Bender, followed by rcade and owlhouse. Yerfatma claims the Costanza.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final: The Euro 2016 final will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT when Portugal faces the host nation France. SportsFilter's pick 'em contest is led by Rcade, Owlhouse and Grum@work. Pick the winning team, score and other categories.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals: The Euro 2016 semifinals begin today at 3 p.m. EDT when Wales faces Portugal. After the quarterfinals, SportsFilter's pick 'em contest is led by Owlhouse, followed by Billsaysthis and Tron7. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals: The Euro 2016 quarterfinals begin Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT when Poland faces Portugal. After the group phase and round of 16, SportsFilter's pick 'em contest is led by Owlhouse, followed by Bender and Yerfatma. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade: With Chile's 4-2 victory over Argentina on penalty kicks after a 0-0 match, the SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em has been won by Rcade, followed by Billsaysthis in second and Tron7 in third. I congratulate you all, but mostly myself.
Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile: Asked if he were retiring, the 29-year old said, "I tried my hardest. It's been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen." The news comes off the back of Messi's criticising the Argentine football federation (AFA) ahead of the final and revealing in a news conference on Friday that he had a backlog of complaints with the AFA.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals: The Copa America Centenario finishes this weekend with a U.S./Colombia third-place game at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday and an Argentina/Chile championship game on 8 p.m. Sunday. Billsaysthis leads our contest with Tron7 3 points behind. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game, one goal scorer per game and some additional props.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16: The Euro 2016 round of 16 begins Saturday at 9 a.m. EDT when Switzerland faces Poland. After the group stage, the top 3 are Yerfatma, Flannelenigma and Holden. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals: The Copa America quarterfinals begin at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday night when the U.S. hosts Argentina. After the quarterfinals, Rcade leads our contest followed by Tron7 and Billsaysthis. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals: The Copa America quarterfinals begin at 9:30 p.m. EDT Thursday night when the U.S. hosts Ecuador. After the group stage, Tron7 leads our contest followed by Billsaysthis and Rcade. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal: Brazil was eliminated in the Copa America Centenario in the group stage Sunday night in a 1-0 defeat by Peru. The only goal was a blatant handball that somehow the refs missed, despite halting play for 3 minutes and 23 seconds while they talked to each other. Peru's victory is the first over Brazil in 31 years. Replay showed Raul Ruidiaz swung an arm to bat the ball into the goal. The result means the U.S. will play Ecuador in the quarterfinals.
Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France: This is why we can't have nice sports. Violence between fans of England and fans of France and Russia has occurred for three days. Two English fans were seriously injured Saturday, including one kicked repeatedly in the head by a Russian fan. "We were in the old port town and the Russian ultras ganged up with the Marseilles ultras and attacked the English supporters that were sitting there drinking beers,"claimed Michael Tashall of London. The Guardian reports that after the riot police swept in, English fans threw bottles, chairs and tables at them.
SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Euro 2016 begins at 3 p.m. EDT Friday when France plays Romania. SportsFilter is holding a pick 'em contest over the tournament. For the first round, pick the two teams that will advance out of each group and the winner of the group. For a bonus, pick one goal scorer per group and get a point per goal.
SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em: The Copa America begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT Friday night when the U.S. hosts Colombia. SportsFilter is holding a pick 'em contest over the tournament. For the first round, pick the two teams that will advance out of each group and the winner of the group. For a bonus, pick one goal scorer per group and get a point per goal.
AFC Wimbledon Win Promotion to League One: Fourteen years ago, fans in Wimbledon lost their football club to Milton Keynes in a franchise relocation -- something that never happens in England. Fans held public tryouts and began a new club, AFC Wimbledon, which started at the ninth level of the English football pyramid, the Combined Counties Football League. Today, the AFC Wimbledon Dons won a playoff at Wembley to earn promotion to the third level, League One. They will share a division next season with MK Dons. AFC Wimbledon have plans underway to build a 20,000-seat stadium at the site of their old Plough Lane ground.
Putting the Journey Into Journeyman: One man's path into professional football, from Manchester City to Tulsa.
Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare: The last weekend of the Premier League season is supposed to be played with 20 matches that all start at the same time, but there was no match at Old Trafford today between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth. An "incredibly lifelike explosive device" was found in the stands before kickoff. A delay for a security sweep turned into a cancellation and a "controlled explosion" was performed. Security concerns at soccer venues in Europe are high after the Stade de France was a target in the Paris attacks last November in which 130 were killed.
'So, letâ€™s build a pro soccer team from scratch ...': Foursquare founder (and Boston Marathon cheater) Dennis Crowley founded Kingston Stockade FC this year. It's a 4th-tier semi-pro soccer team based in slightly-upstate Hudson Valley, New York, and he did it all for about $50K. He writes about why he did this, how he went about it, and how this sort of thing will end in a U.S. Men's World Cup win.
One Night in Leicester: ESPN sent Wright Thompson to Leicester on the day the Premier League title was clinched. He found a city among the most demographically mixed in England, with different groups who kept to themselves until an impossible run brought them together: "For some lifelong Leicester fans, this season is a kind of requiem, the glory reminding them of glories past, one more piece of their pre-World War II lives that never returned after the bombs stopped falling and the nation buried its dead. 'They're in their estates,' [local sociologist John] Williams said. 'They're in the Saffron Lane area and the Braunstone area. They're in the white housing projects on the edge of the city, and they used to be connected to the game and now they're disconnected. They can't afford to go, and other people have come in to take their places.'"
Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality: Leicester City drew 1-1 at Man United Sunday, bringing the Foxes to the brink of the Premier League championship. Tottenham must beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday to keep their hopes alive, something Spurs hasn't done in 24 straight matches. Bookmakers offered 5,000-to-1 odds before the season on Leicester City winning the title, which will cost them $14 million if it happens. One of the people who made that bet is the actor Tom Hanks, who bet £100 pounds and stands to win £500,000 ($730,000).