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Kane's late show saves profligate England

After missing a host of clear-cut chances, England were heading for yet another disappointment in a World Cup opener. But then came captain fantastic Harry Kane's injury-time header.


Mark Ogden reacts to England's 2-1 win over Tunisia, as Harry Kane saves the day.

Christopher Wondoloski, ESPN FC3h ago

England feel-good factor could set stage for World Cup run

England have a history of stumbling out of the gates of major tournaments, so Monday's win vs. Tunisia might bode well for their campaign in Russia.

Tunisia 1-2 England: Captain Kane leads the way

Harry Kane followed up his first goal at a major competition for England with a stoppage-time winner to propel the Three Lions past Tunisia.


McManaman: Kane's winner takes pressure off England

Steve McManaman explains the importance of England's win over Tunisia, and the FC crew rate Harry Kane's performance in his World Cup debut.


Belgium's class finally breaks Panama down

It took Belgium some time to finally break Panama down, but Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all contributed to a comfy 3-0 win.

8/10 Lukaku, 7/10 Mertens secure flying start

Belgium were kept at bay for 45 minutes but in the second half the stars came out with Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens shining brightest vs. Panama.

Panama's World Cup moment far overshadows defeat

Despite losing their World Cup debut 3-0 to star-studded Belgium, Panama not only made its people proud but gave them a moment to cherish forever.

Sweden, Belgium off to winning starts in Russia

VAR helped Sweden get the better of South Korea, and Belgium powered past Panama as both sides picked up opening wins at the World Cup.


Is Romelu Lukaku still underappreciated on the big stage?

The FC crew try not to read too much into Belgium's win over Panama, before homing in on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's respective roles.


Hislop: Lukaku's double will do wonders for his confidence

Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up.



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Mexico's tactical masterclass and what lays ahead

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez explain how Juan Carlos Osorio's tactics played a big role in Mexico's defeat of Germany at the World Cup.


Should Neuer have been Germany's No. 1?

Manuel Neuer immediately walked back into the Germany XI after a nine-month layoff. But questions about that call will swirl after Sunday's defeat.

Mexico win is redemption for under-fire Osorio

Juan Carlos Osorio hasn't always been a unanimously popular choice as Mexico manager, but Sunday's 1-0 win over Germany is proof of his abilities.

Germany 0-1 Mexico: Down go the World champs

A first-half goal from Hirving Lozano held up for Mexico, who shut out Germany to record one of the most famous wins in the country's history.


Honigstein: Old issues resurfaced for Germany vs. Mexico

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.


Mexico fan proposes after El Tri triumph

Following Mexico's unexpected win over Germany, one El Tri fan couldn't hold back his emotions and proposed to his now fiancé.


Robson: Germany lacked athleticism vs. Mexico

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson believes Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico hatched a perfect, counterattacking game plan against an aging Germany side.


Mexico fans euphoric after Lozano's winner

Mexico fans erupt with excitement in the Fan Zone following Hirving Lozano's winner against Germany.


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Burley: Germany missing a dynamic player like Sane

Craig Burley believes if Germany are to rebound from their "Mexico wake-up call", they'll need to rethink both their tactics and starting XI.


Project Russia: Mexico fans take over the World Cup

Episode six of Project Russia takes you through Mexico fans' rollercoaster of emotions before, during and after El Tri's historic win over Germany.


Matchday 5: Kane to the rescue & Belgium dominate

Recap all the key storylines from the fifth day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Saudi Arabia teams plane catches fire mid-air

The plane carrying the Saudi Arabia World Cup team caught fire mid-air on its way to Rostov on Don, eventually landing safely.


Project Russia: England players struggle in Tunisia trivia test


Ballsupski: England are playing today. Let's win this.

It's day 5 of the World Cup and Anthony Richardson and Ian Fiveankles look ahead to England's first game including how yoga can help you deal with those annoying armchair fans.


Project Russia: Ronaldo's takeover

Ronaldo joins episode five of Project Russia to discuss Brazil's World Cup hopes and his ambitions for Neymar.


Extra Time: Breakout stars, Ronaldo and rooting for Mexico

The guys respond to your tweets about breakout stars in Russia, Cristiano Ronaldo's Golden Boot chances and former USMNT players backing Mexico.


Seb and Herc take a riverboat tour of Moscow

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez finally got some good weather in Moscow, so they made the most of it by taking a boat tour of the city.


How Ronaldo has changed his game to stay on top

The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players.


Are Peru the best supported team at the World Cup?

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar revealed how Peru fans are celebrating competing in their first World Cup since 1982.


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ESPN Onscene

Mark Ogden reacts to England's 2-1 win over Tunisia, as Harry Kane saves the day.

Christopher Wondoloski, ESPN FC3h ago

A novel idea inside Nizhny Novgorod airport: bean bags to sit down on. Swedish fans are flying out of the city after their team's 1-0 win over South Korea and are catching a bit of the Tunisia against England game. Comfy.

Tom Marshall, ESPN FC5h ago

Wake up, Fiasco, Boycott, On The Brink, Nightmare: German Media reacts to 1-0 loss to Mexico

Stephan Uersfeld, ESPN FC17h ago

Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: United eye £60m Willian bid

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Willian, a player he coached at Chelsea. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

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Marcotti: Hazard's Chelsea future dependent on Conte

Gab Marcotti explains how Chelsea's managerial situation will play into Eden Hazard's decision to stay at Stamford Bridge or leave for Real Madrid.


Madrid to meet Bale reps over future - sources

A meeting between Gareth Bale's representatives and Real Madrid chiefs which could decide his long term future is to take place soon, sources say.


Make your picks!

World Cup predictions: Colombia vs. Japan, Poland vs. Senegal, Russia vs. Egypt

The World Cup has kicked off and throughout the whole tournament our team of experts from around the globe will pit their wits against each other.

Play ESPN FC Match Predictor: Can Mo Salah, Egypt respond vs. hosts Russia?

Pick the outcome of each match in Russia, as well as the tournament champions and Golden Boot winner, and score points based on the accuracy of your predictions.

World Cup Predictor: Group H takes centre stage

See who ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes have coming out on top as Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal begin their World Cup journeys.


Switzerland serve Brazil a dose of reality

One result does not change that Brazil are still among the favourites to be smiling in Moscow on July 15. But it might just temper their optimism.

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Brazil shouldn't worry about Switzerland draw

For the first time since 1978, Brazil failed to win its opening World Cup game but Sunday's 1-1 draw vs. Switzerland won't hurt them moving forward.

Neymar, Jesus fail to launch in disappointing draw

All eyes were on Neymar against Switzerland, and while the superstar tried to make things happen, little of it came off in Brazil's 1-1 draw.

Brazil 1-1 Switzerland: Zuber offsets Coutinho's stunner

Philippe Coutinho began Brazil's World Cup campaign with a brilliant goal, but a header from Steven Zuber earned Switzerland a draw.


Twellman: Brazil lacked cutting edge against Switzerland

ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman and Kasey Keller assess the areas of concern for Brazil, following their 1-1 draw against the Swiss.


McManaman: Neymar disappointed in Brazil's draw

Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.


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Editors' picks

Favourites find World Cup won't be easy

The favourites have started slowly and shown some flaws, while the so-called lesser nations have proved they can compete in Russia.

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Nick Hornby: The hope (and pain) of supporting England

Usually ahead of an England World Cup campaign, expectations both great and grim emerge at once. Will Russia 2018 be the year they finally deliver?



Mexico's 'mental coach' helped inspire victory over Germany

Juan Carlos Osorio is Mexico's manager but the work of "mental coach" Imanol Ibarrondo has been vital behind the scenes, leading to beating Germany.

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Twellman: I will never root for Mexico

Taylor Twellman sounds off on Landon Donovan's doubling down of his support for Mexico as part of a Wells Fargo campaign during the World Cup.


Mexico's upset win over Germany in photos

An emotional 1-0 victory for Mexico over Germany extended well beyond the pitch in Moscow. Here's a visual recap of El Tri's victory.

Sweden saved by VAR after struggling without Zlatan

No Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Sweden have VAR. Andreas Granqvist's penalty after technology intervened handed the Swedes victory over South Korea.

VAR strikes as Sweden score penalty to beat Korea

Sweden got their World Cup campaign started with a victory courtesy of a VAR-awarded penalty against South Korea.

Son: South Korea's opening defeat is my fault

Son Heung-Min said he was disappointed with his performance in South Korea's 1-0 loss to Sweden in the teams' World Cup opener on Monday.

Sweden 1-0 South Korea: Granqvist penalty enough for Swedes

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist's 65th minute penalty proved decisive steering his side to a crucial 1-0 opening win.


Hislop: It was improper use of VAR

Shaka Hislop breaks down Sweden's hard-fought 1-0 win over South Korea decided by Andreas Granqvist's VAR-awarded penalty.


Kolarov quality the difference as Serbia win

Serbia needed a moment of pure quality from their defender to see off a resilient Costa Rica side, whose hopes of progress already look bleak.

Serbia cautious in World Cup opener vs. Costa Rica

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains how important it is to come out flying in a World Cup opener, which may have contributed to Serbia's defensive nature.


Full-time reaction from Samara! It finished Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia.

Nick Ames, ESPN FC1d ago

Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia: Captain Kolarov's curler

Despite Keylor Navas' heroics for Costa Rica, Aleksandar Kolarov's inch-perfect free kick was all Serbia would need to secure Group E opening win.


Messi must ignore Ronaldo comparisons

After Cristiano Ronaldo started the World Cup in style, Lionel Messi had a day to forget. But the Argentina man should focus on what he can control, rather than think about you-know-who.


Argentina should drop Di Maria, rework midfield vs. Croatia

Argentina's 1-1 draw with Iceland wasn't the end of the world, but it does raise some changes that Jorge Sampaoli should consider vs. Croatia.

How Messi and Ronaldo differ with their national teams

After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.


Nicol: Messi not the right choice for penalties

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels it's time for Lionel Messi to relinquish penalty duties as his miss resulted in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.


What went wrong for Messi & Argentina against Iceland

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.


Cristiano Ronaldo's GOAT claim caps World Cup classic

Sergio Ramos said on Thursday: "I just hope he doesn’t have one of his best games against us." In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo had arguably his best game and showed how his career has evolved.


Spain showed they remain a World Cup contender

Challenge after challenge tested Spain but they showed that they can still play and, more importantly, they remain together.

Ronaldo's hat trick: A photo-by-photo account

On the back of Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick, Portugal picked up a 3-3 draw vs. Spain. See how CR7's unforgettable night in Sochi unfolded.

Set-piece weaknesses hurt Nigeria again

One own-goal and one penalty was more than enough to condemn Nigeria to defeat against Croatia in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup.

Etebo the only bright light in dire Nigeria display

The Super Eagles began their World Cup campaign in underwhelming fashion as they were swatted away 2-0 by Croatia in their Group D opener.

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria: Modric inspires Blazers

Luka Modric converted from the penalty spot to put Croatia out of reach of Nigeria after the Super Eagles conceded a first-half own goal.


Croatia fire a warning sign to Argentina with Nigeria win

The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.


Peru excite, but Denmark make them pay for errors

At World Cup level, Peru have seldom played better than they did in Saransk. But they lost due to a lack of concentration.

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Peru commentator catches World Cup fever during anthem

Peru gave it everything when it came to bellowing out their national anthem ahead of their World Cup opener against Denmark.

Are Peru the best supported team at the World Cup?

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar revealed how Peru fans are celebrating competing in their first World Cup since 1982.


Peru 0-1 Denmark: Poulsen punishes Peru

Peru were left to lament Christian Cueva's first-half penalty miss when Yussuf Poulsen's tidy finish proving enough for Denmark.


Takeaways from Denmark's opening win vs. Peru

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol discusses what he learned about a 'spirited' Peru outfit and how Denmark's performance alters his outlook on Group C.


The Toe Poke

Neymar's new hairdo compared to noodles

While Neymar and his Brazil teammates drew with Switzerland, fans were wildly speculating on the inspiration for the PSG star's new hairdo.

Salah celebrates birthday with 100kg cake

A group of fans from Chechnya brought a smile to Mohamed Salah's face with a 100kg birthday cake decorated with a golden boot on Saturday.

Donovan takes heat for 'Vamos Mexico' ads

With the U.S. missing the World Cup, there are marketing pushes aplenty urging U.S. fans to back Mexico. Landon Donovan is catching flack for his.

World Cup 2026 vote

Exclusive: Donovan talks 2026 and missing out on Russia

The U.S. soccer icon sat down with ESPN to talk about the 2026 United Bid, missing out on 2014 and watching a World Cup with no American team.

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United bid, Infantino are winners from 2026 vote

The result was not as close as once seemed likely; the 2026 World Cup -- all 80 games of it -- is coming to a trio of hosts in North America.

Coming to America: Looking ahead to the 2026 World Cup

ESPN's Sam Borden joins Bob Ley to discuss what the 2026 tournament will look like and what kind of an impact it will have on the host nations.


Borden: United bid put on a full-court press

Sebi Salazar is joined by Sam Borden and Gab Marcotti to delve deeper into how the 2026 World Cup bid was won by the United bid.


Cordeiro: USMNT can win 2026 World Cup

USSF president Carlos Cordeiro feels that hosting the 2026 World Cup will have a positive impact that can help the United States challenge for the World Cup.


Twellman: USMNT will benefit from 2026 World Cup

Former USMNT player Taylor Twellman feels that the game will grow in popularity by hosting the 2026 World Cup in the United States.


2026 World Cup is 'rocket fuel' for United States

MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks about the 2026 World Cup coming to North America and what it means for soccer in the United States.


Gulati: I had a feeling we'd be successful

Sam Borden caught up with former USSF president Sunil Gulati after the 'United 2026' bid was selected to host the 2026 World Cup.


Infantino not worried over Donald Trump interference

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not worried about political interference from United States president Donald Trump.


United Bid wins convincingly to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.


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Alternative 2018 World Cup fans' guide

Admit it: You enjoy the World Cup but, beyond the tactics, you live for celebrity sightings (Beckham! Rihanna!), managers losing their @#$#, goal celebrations and fights.


Who lifts the football logo World Cup?

The Exploding Heads rank all 32 of the World Cup country logos, but you won't be surprised as to which country comes out on top.


Seb and Herc take a riverboat tour of Moscow

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez finally got some good weather in Moscow, so they made the most of it by taking a boat tour of the city.


Seb and Herc show off their neighborhood

Take a tour of the neighborhood Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez are calling home during Mexico's journey through the World Cup.


How the fan experience is shaping up ahead of the World Cup

Mark Ogden and Alison Bender report from Moscow on the safety measures and atmosphere ahead of Thursday's World Cup opener.


Seb and Herc take on Russian vodka and caviar

On their second day in Russia, Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez take some time to sample the local cuisine.


Seb & Herc's first day in Moscow

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez have landed in Russia and make the best out of a rainy day in Moscow.


Seb and Herc adjusting to life in Russia

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez recap their first 24 hours in Russia and delve into some transfer news regarding Raul Jimenez.


Premier League

Man United fans celebrate De Gea's howler vs. Portugal

Manchester United fans didn't mind David De Gea making a huge error against Portugal -- anything to dissuade Real Madrid from making a move for him.

Arsenal could be spurred to action by Golovin

Andrei Arshavin's Euro 2008 captured the world's attention, and Arsenal's. Ten years later, countryman Aleksandr Golovin is following suit.

Klopp needs to pay up for Alisson or move on to Plan B

Jurgen Klopp's shown he doesn't like settling when it comes to transfers but Liverpool need a new goalkeeper, whether it is Alisson or someone else.

Premier League schedule

Arsenal face Man City, Chelsea in first games of 2018-19

New Arsenal coach Unai Emery faces a tough start to life at the Emirates with opening games in the 2018-19 Premier League season against Manchester City and Chelsea.

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Premier League fixtures: Emery's nightmare start

Unai Emery faces a baptism of fire in his start as Arsenal manager, while Liverpool vs. Manchester City may be the season's most anticipated fixture

Ranked: Top clubs' key Premier League fixtures

In ascending order of importance, ESPN FC's club correspondents rank their team's five key fixtures ahead of the new campaign.

Real Madrid


Lopetegui unapologetic, defiant at Real Madrid presentation

At his presentation as Real Madrid manager former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui was calm, composed and defiant on the heels of a bizarre last few days.

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Lopetegui gets second chance at Real despite odd timing

Julen Lopetegui's announcement as Real Madrid's new coach was a shock given Spain's World Cup prep but he is an honest, tough and talented manager.

Burley: Real Madrid rubbing it in Spanish FA's face

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first press conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui, after his sacking.


Atletico Madrid


Griezmann's LeBron-style 'Decision' a bad idea

Antoine Griezmann is a huge fan of U.S. sports and a big LeBron James fan, but his decision to remake "The Decision" was a really poor one.


Griezmann's drawn-out Atletico decision 'an absolute joke'

Antoine Griezmann has finally announced his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, and the FC panel can't quite believe how he went about it.


Griezmann's 'Decision' was the right one but done all wrong

Despite the joy over him staying at Atletico Madrid, the way it played out makes what could be the coup of the summer feel like a hollow victory.

european football

Boateng and Bayern's sub-zero relationship could lead to exit

Jerome Boateng's World Cup has been clouded by talk of an exit from Bayern Munich. So why did Karl-Heinz Rummenigge cast doubt on his future?

Who should Barca buy after missing out on Griezmann?

Barcelona thought they'd be signing Antoine Griezmann but having missed out, they must quickly regroup and reinvest in their midfield and defence.

Why big clubs covet Pulisic's potential

It's not the player Pulisic is that appeals; it's the player he is likely to become. Even after a difficult season, he has a spectacular future.

Major League Soccer

Review: Ibrahimovic delivers on star power in Zla-La-Land

LA Galaxy fans have seen their share of international soccer royalty, but nothing quite stands up to the franchise of Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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The Undefeated - Atlanta is all about that soccer culture

The city has embraced the sport from the stadium to the street.

Columbus 0-2 Atlanta: Five Stripes stay top

Atlanta United thier lead on top of the Supporters' Shield standings with goals from Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba against the Columbus Crew.


Toronto 4-4 DC United: Eight goal thriller

Nick Hagglund scored twice late and saved Toronto FC as they played to a 4-4 draw with DC United.


NY Red Bulls 2-1 Seattle: Red Bulls reign

Bradley Wright-Phillips picked up his 10th goal of the season, lifting the Red Bulls to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders.


Montreal 3-0 Orlando: Piatti brace downs Lions

Ignatio Piatti opened and closed the scoring in Montreal's comfortable 3-0 home win against Orlando City.


San Jose 2-2 New England: Revs unbeaten run continues

New England's unbeaten run improves to five matches as they secured a point in a 2-2 draw with San Jose.


Colorado 2-2 Chicago: Katai seals draw

Colorado and Chicago scored a combined four goals in under 25 minutes in a 2-2 stalemate at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.


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

Alejandro Moreno highlights the highs and lows of Week 15 in Major League Soccer.


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Letters from Russia: Essays on host cities

Moscow transformed as Russia fans, travelers party in harmony

"I've lived in Moscow all my life and never seen anything like it." Eliot Rothwell's new letter from Russia comes from the joyous capital.


Kazan: Cultures coexist in harmony but hockey dominates

Kazan is shared by ethnic Tatars and ethnic Russians, by Islam and Orthodoxy, but everything coexists in harmony in a modern, globalized city.

Letters from Russia: World Cup, wealth transforming Sochi

World Cup city Sochi was developed as a place for Russia's regular folk to get a beach holiday but it's becoming another playground for the elite.

looking ahead to 2026

The crazy look of a 48-team World Cup

What would the 2018 World Cup look like with 48 teams? Get ready to see what draw Uganda, DR Congo, Burkina Faso and Syria could have expected.

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Who makes the World Cup 2026 XI?

ESPN FC brings you a way, WAY too early prediction of the XI that will make up the 2026 World Cup's Team of the Tournament.

Coming to America: Looking ahead to the 2026 World Cup

ESPN's Sam Borden joins Bob Ley to discuss what the 2026 tournament will look like and what kind of an impact it will have on the host nations.


United States


What U.S. sport could learn from international football

What's cooler: teams called the Nets, Mets and Jets, or the Eagles of Carthage, Pharaohs of Egypt and Samurai Blue? Sam Borden rests his case.

Who should U.S. fans support in Russia?

Whether you like powerhouses or underdogs, here's a quick look at the histories of the five teams U.S. World Cup fans are likely to cheer on.

Arena gets candid on U.S. World Cup qualifying failure

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena explains why he believes the United States missed the World Cup and the changes he'd like to see in U.S. Soccer.


Bruce Arena makes his World Cup picks

Bruce Arena makes his picks for the World Cup, including which CONCACAF team has the best chance of reaching the knockout stages.


Arena talks young USMNT players and general manager position

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena shares his thoughts on the USMNT's performance against France and his vision for the U.S. general manager position.


France 1-1 United States: Young USMNT denied shock win

Kylian Mbappe scored a late equalizer for France to offset a goal from Julian Green and deny an inexperienced USMNT side a win in Lyon.77


World Cup kits

2018 World Cup kits: Every single home and away shirt

From Australia right through to Uruguay, check out the colours that each and every nation will be wearing at this summer's festival of football.


Worst World Cup kits of all time

There have been some horrendous World Cup kits through the years. Where does United States as hosts in 1994 rank?

Best World Cup kits of all time

Zinedine Zidane won the World Cup in 1998 wearing one of the most iconic kits, but which other nations make the list?

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