Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hiatus to Focus on Pitch Rivals

Hello! It's time to close SSN Headquarters for a spell to focus on Pitch Rivals. A few of us are working hard to get that fun site flying and that means SSN will have to take a back seat while we refocus our energy. Not to fear, SSN will be back, but for now, please follow Pitch Rivals on The Socials.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What's In Your Wallet?, Sid in Spain, Paolo in Italy, Tim in Brazil, Bournemouth

Hey now! Good Day to you! We're going to jump right into today's fray with our Scribes. Lovely.

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Higuain back for Argentina but will Martino pass his Brazil test?

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Aubameyang rockets into the hearts of Borussia Dortmund fans

Wow! ESPN The Magazine has an article about Bournemouth's rise to the top division. We should have a look, no?

Barney Ronay is taking a look at the Premier League situation. He says this: A settled-looking team and strong form give Arsenal reasons for cheer but Manchester City and United are better than the derby suggested and should soon hit their stride as players bed in. Mike Goodman is also taking a closer look. But, he's interested in the race for fourth.

Tuesday! Time for Marcotti's Musings. This week, Gab is gabbing that the Manchester derby lacked star quality, Mourinho woe, Madrid and Barca win.

OK. Matches today. We've got a bunch of tasty League Cup matches in England and one match in Serie A in Italy. And this from Alan Smith: Carvalhal makes Wednesday feel special after José Mourinho’s help. Oh, and Charlie Nicholas has some Carling Cup Predictions, too.

Right! That'll do.



Monday, October 26, 2015

No Goals in Manchester, Chelsea Crisis, Villa Sack Sherwood, Fiorentina Beat Roma, Súarez Hat Trick, Grant Wahl on Thiago, MLS Decision Day

"Go up there."
He's up there.
Hello there! Welcome to another week. It was a fairly decent couple of days of footie, all things considered. Sadly, no goals in the BORING Manchester Derby, but there were plenty of other interesting results. Like West Ham's defeat of Chelsea. And Roma's win in Florence. Let's hit it.

West Ham 2 - 1 Chelsea: Paul Doyle at Upton Park
West Ham 2 - 1 Chelsea:
Iain MacIntosh: Chelsea in Crisis
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Barney Ronay at Old Trafford
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Five Talking Points
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Three Thoughts
Liverpool 1 - 1 Southampton: Paul Wilson at Anfield
Liverpool 1 - 1 Southampton: Three Thoughts
Arsenal 2 - 1 Everton: David Hytner at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 1 Everton: Three Thoughts
Sunderland 3 - 0 Newcastle: Louise Taylor at the Stadium of Light
Bournemouth 1 - 5 Tottenham: Dominic Fifield at the Vitality Stadium

Hungover today? Double your fun with a La Liga Hangover. Maybe the two will cancel each other out. Oh, and here are Five Things You Need To Know from La Liga's weekend fun. Review? Here. Really!? You want more from Spain? Geez. Fine. Here.

So. Villa sacked Tim Sherwood. No surprise, really. They sit bottom, they're not winning, they're far from convincing. Stuart James is on the case in Birmingham, where Sherwood's successor simply needs to keep the club up. Also taking a gander at the situation at Villa Park? Phil McNulty, that's who!

As mentioned above, the big match in Serie A was a big win for Roma at Fiorentina. Here's a Report of that encounter. And here's your Weekend Review.

Grant Wahl interviewed Bayern Munich's Thiago. Read it. Enjoy. Do it.

Right. So if you click on any of those MLS links just above, you'll note that MLS did something called Decision Day. It's the first time they've done it. Bird is on the case and says it went pretty well. Ok, then.

That'll do just fine. See youz tomorrow!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Manchester Derby, Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid, West Ham vs. Chelsea, Fiorentina vs. Roma

There goes another one! Alas, SSN Headquarters has to be fumigated so we can't do a proper post today. The big ones are up above you in the subject line. City at Old Trafford is Sunday at 10:05 EDT on NBCSN.



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Racism in Kiev, Fighting in Manchester & Anderlecht, No Goals in Paris, United Draw, City Win, Grant Wahl on Klinsmann, Manchester Derby Fever

Coincidence? Ummm, no.

Happy Thursday. Good times in Kiev. This happened. Asshats. If the powers that be are going to do anything about this crap, they need to just shut the games down. Close the stadium. No soccer for you if you've got racist shitheads attending your matches. Speaking of matches, there were a few yesterday in Champions League. Let's go...

Manchester City 2 - 1 Sevilla: Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 - 1 Sevilla: Barney Ronay at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 - 1 Sevilla: Three Points
CSKA Moscow 1 - 1 Manchester United: Jamie Jackson at Arena Khimki

Oh, dear. Want a Nazi doll named Bastian? Here ya go! Sticking with Germans, Raphael Honigstein is over there and filed this interesting report on the situation at Bayern Munich. Traditional midnight post-Champions League banquet? 

If it's U.S. Soccer, you know Grant Wahl is on the case. He's got some Insider Notes here that might be of interest. More U.S.? How about Bennyball in D.C.?

Klopp will face the Kop for the first time today. Liverpool play at Anfield in the Europa League. Spurs, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, and Fiorentina are all in action, as well. Here's a Preview. Here's another.

And fans fighting. Sevilla? Man City? Slask Wroclaw? Anderlecht? Does it matter?



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Arsenal Beat Bayern, Chelsea Draw, Barcelona Win, Roma Drama, PSG vs. Real Madrid, Rooney at 30

Hump Day! Wow. Bayern Munich lost a match. How about that? Chelsea didn't win again and The Special One complained. How about that? Let's get to yesterday's Champions League action ASAP!

Manuel Neuer: The Save

Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Phil McNulty at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Daniel Taylor at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Barney Ronay at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Iain MacIntosh at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Three Things We Learned
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Five Talking Points
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Five Talking Points II
Dynamo Kiev 0 - 0 Chelsea: Dominic Fifield at the Olympic Stadium
Dynamo Kiev 0 - 0 Chelsea: Three Points
Barcelona 2 - 0 BATE Borisov: Three Quick Thoughts

So Roma and Bayer Leverkusen drew 4 - 4. Conor Dowley has a piece on how Roma's Miralem Pjanic is finally becoming the star he was always supposed to be. Read it here.

Julien Laurens in in France and has this question to pose: Could Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo reunite at PSG next year? Well, could they, Julien?

Now, then! Matches today. Here we go...

PSG vs. Real Madrid: Preview
Manchester City vs. Sevilla: Preview
Manchester City vs. Sevilla: Preview II
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United: Preview
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United: Preview II

Back when his hair was real...
Ugh. We're old. Wayne Rooney is now 30. Let's look back at his career, shall we?

Time for the Mail Bag! Grant Wahl's addressing (oh!) The Diving German, MLS, Jozy, and more.

And finally...the Bayern Munich bus crashed on the way to the match yesterday. That's the second time in a month it's had trouble.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Champions League, Scribes, Stoke Beat Swansea, Jamie Vardy, Goals of the Week

Good Grief! We've loads to get through today. Sooooooo much is happening. First off, last night in Wales, Stoke continued their fine form with a 0 - 1 win thanks to a Bojan penalty. Stuart James was at the Liberty Stadium and filed this report.

Before we move on to Champions League previews, let's check in with our Scribes.

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? The Copa's David vs. Goliath battle

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? German FA leaves too many questions unanswered over 2006 World Cup bid

Major League Soccer! Ever heard of Cyle Larin? Dude is a rookie and dude is tearing it up down in Orlando. More? Here are Five Things We Learned in MLS over the weekend. More? Power Rankings, Thoughts, and Bext XI from Bird!

Here we go. The time is now for some teams to get their shit together if they want to advance past the Group Stage. Bayern Munich at Arsenal is grabbing the headlines, but Barcelona, Chelsea, and Roma are all in action, too. Check it:

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Preview
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Preview II
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Amy Lawrence's Video Preview
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Roma: Preview
Dynamo Kiev vs. Chelsea: Preview

James Vardy. He's leading the Premier League in scoring. Why isn't he getting more recognition? Well, he did racially abuse a Japanese dude once. That could have something to do with it. Stuart James digs deeper...

And finally...more fun with Klopp.

Good Lord! That was a lot. Get to a TV or computer this afternoon if you're able.



Monday, October 19, 2015

Derby d'Italia Draw, No Goals at White Hart Lane, United Win at Everton, Napoli Beat Fiorentina, Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoffs, Monday Night Football

Howdy! Monday, friends! No goals between Juventus and Inter Milan, no goals between Spurs and Liverpool, two more goals for James Vardy, another goal for Wayne Rooney, a 324th goal for Cristiano Ronaldo, the fastest goal in MLS history for Mike Grella, and four goals for Georginio Wijnaldum! Let's hit it!

Tottenham 0 - 0 Liverpool: Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 0 - 0 Liverpool: Barney Ronay at White Hart Lane
Everton 0 - 3 Manchester United: Paul Wilson at Goodison Park
Everton 0 - 3 Manchester United: Three Quick Observations
Chelsea 2 - 0 Aston Villa: Three Quick Thoughts
Watford 0 - 3 Arsenal: Three Quick Thoughts

Fiorentina still top Serie A despite a loss to Napoli yesterday. Here's a Serie A review. More tomorrow with Paolo.

In Spain, Ronaldo is now Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer, and Celta Viga remain unbeaten. Here's a review for La Liga. And here's some additional Spain fun with Balague. More tomorrow with El Sid.

The matches just keep coming! Tonight it's Swansea vs. Stoke. Here's your Preview.

We mentioned MLS up top in regards to Grella's quick goal. Here's a Round-Up of the weekend's action, where Grella's New York Energy Drink claimed the top spot in the East.

And finally...Giggs and Gary Neville are allowing the squatters to stay. For now.



Friday, October 16, 2015

Club Soccer Returns, Derby d'Italia, Sid Lowe on Gerard Deulofeu, Tottenham vs. Liverpool, Simon Kuper on the Dutch

Derby d'Italia memories...
And...there goes another one! It's Friday and we're pumped! The Klopp era gets out of the gates early tomorrow at White Hart Lane, Internazionale host Juventus, and much more!! Check it.

Everton vs. Manchester United: Rooney in decline vs. Barkley on the rise

Everton have a stylish young Spanish player in the form of Gerard Deulofeu. He and Sid Lowe had a chat. Lovely!

Well, well, well. It would appear that the next Copa América will be played in the U.S. after all. Geez.

Sticking with the U.S., it's almost playoff time in MLS. Here is your Guide to the Weekend.

Everyone wants to talk about Albania now that they've clinched a spot in France next summer. Craig (Phil) McCracken is the latest scribe to tackle the minnows. Enjoy.

Footie economist extraordinaire Simon Kuper shall grace us with his take on the Dutch disaster. Time to reinvent themselves, it would seem.

Italy! Serie A! Juventus go to the San Siro to face Inter in the weekend's biggie. Inter sit in second while champions Juve sit in 12th! Here are some Serie A Talking Points to get you rolling.

Spain! La Liga! Here's your Ultimate Guide to the Weekend.

And finally...There's Only One Raúl.

That'll do, that'll do. Keep it tite.



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scott Murray on Liverpool History, Gentleman Ultra on Inter, Sam Kelly on Argentina, The Search for Ali Dia

We're right there with you, pal.
It's all fairly quiet today as we prepare for the weekend festivities. We're itching with excitement for Saturday's and Sunday's fixtures, but, alas, it's only Thursday. We'll begin in Liverpool where the euphoria of the Klopp arrival has been tempered by the announcement that Danny Ings is out for the season after getting crocked in training. You feel the guy was just about to explode so it's certainly a bit of a wind out of the sails type situation all of a sudden at Anfield. Speaking of Liverpool, friend of The SSN Scott Murray over at the Guardian has been running some pieces to bring the USA audience up to speed - should they be unaware of certain aspects of footie history. Today, he's all Liverpool: A brief guide to … Liverpool's failure to recapture the glory days.

Back in Major League Soccer, Sebastian Giovinco continues to light things up. His sick strike last night means Toronto have made the playoffs for the first time ever. Here's a Recap from last night.

Belgium are now tops in the SPECTRE FIFA rankings. Andy Brassell is wondering if this generation can bag a big prize. On the flip side, without Messi, Argentina have been struggling. Sam Kelly reports from South America. Tim Vickery is also down there, and he's going to tell us who has been lighting up the CONMEBOL scene in World Cup 2018 qualifying. Frank Fabra, for one...

Since 2007, both Internazionale and Milan have won the Champions League, the pinnacle of club competition in football. At the end of the 2015-16 season, the Champions League final will be played at the shared home of the two teams, the San Siro. But, for the first time in 60 years, neither team is playing in Europe. Richard Hall of the Gentleman Ultra attempts to find out what Inter are doing to change matters.

Richard Jolly has an article today. It's about Chelsea. Will they even make the Top Four? Gasp!

Ali Dia. Remember that guy? Yeah, we didn't think so. Some of the older staff members at SSN Headquarters do, however, and some dude named Steve Menary is looking for him.

Hey. That's it! All the previews for the weekend will be up tomorrow.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

USA=ASS, Dutch Disaster, Goals of the Week

What a fabulous Hump Day! The weather is glorious, the international break is OVER, and the water cooler at SSN Headquarters is so fresh and so clean. We'll begin stateside today. Specifically, Energy Drink Arena up in Jersey. The U.S. hosted Costa Rica and...lost. Can we please ditch the Diving German now? Please? The guy's a frickin' joke! Here's the fallout:

USA 0 - 1 Costa Rica: Grant Wahl at Red Bull Arena
USA 0 - 1 Costa Rica: Kyle McCarthy at Red Bull Arena
USA 0 - 1 Costa Rica: Report
USA 0 - 1 Costa Rica: Three Quick Thoughts
USA 0 - 1 Costa Rica: Three Things We Learned

Meanwhile, over in Eindhoven, the Dutch lost to the Czechs and that means they will not be in France next summer. Ouch! The loss was compounded by this lovely own-goal courtesy of Robin van Persie. Here's all you need to know about next summer's showcase:

Holland 2 - 3 Czech Republic: Three Thoughts
Kevin McCauley: Why the Netherlands stink

Premier League Statistics: The good, the bad and the ugly of the season so far

They're already involved in trying to get to World Cup 2018 down in CONMEBOL. Here's a wrap of yesterday's action. Argentina drew and Brazil won.

Interesting piece here on Barcelona and their kiddos not getting playing time. And some people getting upset about it. Interesting. But, we already said that.

And finally...Ronny is the King of the Selfie!



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Big Sam in at Sunderland, Lassana Diarra, Dutch Drama

Good grief, people. How long will this international break go? It's been ages, it seems. The light is barely visible at the end of the tunnel, but it is visible. Let's see. Where to begin? Well, eveyone's favorite gum-smacking, earplug-wearing, leader of ankle-kickers Big Sam Allardyce is a gaffer again. He's up at the Stadium of Light trying to right that sinking ship. Good luck with that.

There were matches yesterday. There are matches today. Euro 2016 qualifiers, chiefly. The big question is this: Will the Netherlands make it? Previews? Fine. Here:

Netherlands vs. Czech Republic: Preview
Turkey vs. Iceland: Preview
Italy vs. Norway: Preview

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for Marcotti's Musings. This week, Gab is gabbing that Jurgen Klopp talks sense, Michel Platini must convince, Euro success.

The U.S. play again tonight, but we couldn't care less. Well, perhaps if they lose and The Diving German gets the sack, we'll care. Barf. Grant Wahl calls him out here for tossing Fab Johnson under the bus. The whole thing is just a complete mess.

Lassana Diarra. Remember that guy? Word is, he's tearing it up and back in the French fold. Who new? Julien Laurens, that's who.

That's all.



Monday, October 12, 2015

USA Lose to Mexico, Albania Qualify for Euro 2016, Injuries

Howdy! Not the greatest advert for CONCACAF that match, eh? Both the U.S. and Mexico were shit, frankly. We suppose that Mexico were less shit. They won the HUGE match 3-2 in extra time. Here's the fallout from the action in Pasadena, Caaaaaaaaaalifornia:

USA 2 - 3 Mexico: Three Thoughts
USA 2 - 3 Mexico: Three Takes
USA 2 - 3 Mexico: Three Things We Learned
Andrea Canales: Mexico rules again
Jeff Carlisle: Huge tactical gulf

OK, so that's done and dusted. The U.S. loss to their biggest rivals. Now what?

We said it last week and we'll say it again. The biggest thing we hate about the international break is injuries. Bleh.

Euro 2016 Qualifying: Weekend Wrap
Euro 2016 Qualifying: How teams can make it to France
Poland 2 - 1 Ireland: Paul Doyle at Stadion Narodowy
Bosnia-Herzegovina 2 - 0 Walse: Stuart James at Bilino Polje Stadium
Finland 1 - 1 Northern Ireland: Andy Hunter at the Olympiastadion

We're done.



Friday, October 09, 2015

USA vs. Mexico, Ireland Shock the Germans, Scottish Despair, Northern Irish Glory, Chile Beat Brazil, Agüero Injured as Argentina Lose

There goes yet another one, folks. Did you know that we've been doing this in some form or fashion since 1997? Yes, right next to the water cooler at SSN Headquarters there is a cane. Speaking of needing a cane, you know what we hate about the international break? Injuries.

Now, then. Before we look back to last night's Euro 2016 Qualifiers, let's look forward to tomorrow night's clash in Pasadena, Caaaaaaaalifornia. Go!

USA vs. Mexico: Preview
USA vs. Mexico: Tactical Preview
Brian Straus: How important is it?
Ives Galarcelp: Three Keys for the USA
Tom Marshall: Mexico in chaos

And...back across the pond to the Euro stuff!

Who has already qualified for Euro 2016?
Hosts: France
Others: Austria, Czech Republic, England, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Portugal

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Germany: Paul Doyle at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Germany: Three Thoughts
Northern Ireland 3 - 1 Greece: Phil McNulty at Windsor Park
Northern Ireland 3 - 1 Greece: Julian Taylor at Windsor Park
Scotland 2 - 2 Poland: Ewan Murray at Hampden Park
Scotland 2 - 2 Poland: Three Thoughts

And...back down south to the South American stuff...besides the injury to Kun, Ecuador beat Argentina and Chile beat Brazil! Tim Vickery is there and brings us up to speed here.

Who likes Klopp? Barney Ronay, that's who! Barney says this: Jürgen Klopp is a modernising force in the mould of Arsène Wenger. That's high praise.

The regular season in ending in Major League Soccer. Who will make the playoffs? Better yet, who will not make the playoffs? Sticking with MLS, let's go Inside the Life of an MLS Journeyman.

We posted about Victor Valdes's shitty situation at Manchester United yesterday. Today, El Sid takes a look.

We out!



Thursday, October 08, 2015

Klopp, FIFA Freakshow, Euro 2016 Action, Jordan Morris, Grant Wahl on USA vs. Mexico

Thursday, yo! Off we go!

Well, it's finally official. Jurgen Klopp is the new Liverpool gaffer. Good luck to you, sir.

Meanwhile, SPECTRE FIFA continues to fall apart while the world watches and cheers. Yay! Fuck FIFA. Here's your lot on the evildoers...

Gabriele Marcotti: FIFA continues to unravel

Matches that matter today during our Interlull. Countries from Europe attempting to make the tourny in France this summer. Here's your lot on all of that...

Euro 2016 Qualifying: How teams can make it to France
Euro 2016 Qualifiers: 10 Things To Look Out For
Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Four Teams To Watch
Ireland vs. Germany: Preview
Scotland vs. Poland: Not all about Lewandowski
Albania vs. Serbia: Nick Ames in Elbasan
Northern Ireland vs. Greece: Preview

Meanwhile, down in South America, they're already beginning the process of trying to get to the World Cup in wherever the fuck it is in 2018. James Young checks in and tells us that a lot of the stars of CONMEBOL are hurt.

Yikes. Not fun being Víctor Valdés these days, is it? Dude used to be Barcelona's starting keeper. Now he's not even allowed to see his ManU teammates.

Great article here about Jordan Morris, as well as the college vs. pro set-up. Morris is an up and comer on the USMNT who has decided to play for Stanford instead of going pro.

Jonathan Wilson is talking about the Premier League and how its crazy start only adds to the intrigue. We agree.

USA vs. Mexico! Bring it! It is a complex rivalry, of course.

That'll do it for today!



Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Klopp to the Kop?, Euro 2016, Villarreal, Insigne, USA vs. Mexico Buildup Begins

Friends! Good day to you. It would appear that everyone's favorite German photobomber photobomber football manager Juergen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool. By the end of the week! Or, so they say. A quick poll around SSN Headquarters reveals that most think Brenda deserved a bit more time to get over some key departures and injuries. But we're not Fenway, now are we? If it is Klopp, he'll face some massive challenges, according to Phil McNulty. And the Premier League will get photobombs and great quotes. And great celebrations.

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to go IN DEPTH and get to the heart of the matter. It's...Scribes!

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern Munich’s rule the one constant in a Bundesliga stuck on shuffle

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Loss of key player a blow for Chile ahead of Brazil test

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Vasco da Gama can avoid relegation with attack-minded boss Jorginho

'Tis Tuesday and that means it's the day we check in with Gabrielle Marcotti. This week, Gab is gabbing about Arsenal's title credentials, unstoppable Bayern, Madrid's derby draw.

Just in case you weren't privy, there's a MEGA-MATCH coming up on Saturday in the Rose Bowl. USA vs. Mexico. CONCACAF will make a lot of money on the affair and one of the countries will go to the Confederations Cup. Mainly, though, as fans, it's about bragging rights. Bird's got a piece today on tactical choices in the midfield. Start to get excited, why don't you?

We've got to get in on Major League Soccer. Power Rankings, Reviews, Team of the Week, it's all HERE! The Best? New York Energy Drink. The Worst? Colorado Rapids.

We out!



Monday, October 05, 2015

Rodgers Sacked, Arsenal Stomp United, Bayern Stomp Dortmund, Honors Even in Madrid, Barcelona Lose, Chelsea Lose

Wow. We were excited going into the weekend and it turns out our excitement was justified. So many big stories to tackle today, but the biggest has to be the sacking of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. He got the dreaded phone call after the derby draw at Goodison. David Conn is on the case and has his usual astute assessment of the situation at Anfield: Liverpool still suffering from an identity crisis in Premier League era...Brendan Rodgers was the latest manager to fail to emulate Anfield’s glorious past, but FSG must recognise that the infrastructure is not yet in place to return them to the highest level. Right! Let's get going, beginning with the Premier League...

Everton 1 - 1 Liverpool: Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
Manchester City 6 - 1 Newcastle: Paul Wilson at the Etihad Stadium
Chelsea 1 - 3 Southampton: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United: Barney Ronay at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United: Three Thoughts
Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United: Five Things We Learned

Down in Spain, the Madrid Derby finished 1 - 1. Here are Three Things about that match. More questions than answers, really. Anyhoo, we'll go in-depth tomorrow with El Sid. Here's your Weekend Review for La Liga.

Over in Italy, Fiorentina are on top thanks to an easy win over Atalanta. Here's your Weekend Review for Serie A. We'll go in-depth tomorrow with Paolo.

Here are Five Things We Learned in Major League Soccer over the weekend.

USA Roster For The Mexico Match

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

And finally...Spanish clubs based in Morocco.