Will Liverpool Be OK Without Daniel Sturridge?

Daniel Sturridge

Forward Daniel Sturridge injured his thigh in England training this week. The Telegraph (U.K.) reported that Liverpool is prepping for three weeks without the explosive left-footer, which could include the start of the Champions League. The news has predictably set off […]

Champions League Draw Gives No Guarantees of Success

Arsene Wenger

Thursday, in one of the smallest countries in the world, a bunch of soccer teams and their fans found out what their mid-week travel schedule will be until early December. Thirty-two teams were slotted into eight groups of four during […]

Premier League: Mixed Bag for Liverpool in Merseyside

Mario Balotelli

Luis Suarez never did it alone, even at his Premier League best for Liverpool. The prolific Suarez had Daniel Sturridge alongside, whose own scoring prowess took some attention away. The point here of course is that even the best strikers in the […]

The Odd Atmosphere Around Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

On a beautiful Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, Michael Bradley was playing soccer well. Crew Stadium resembled a concert ground, with cars crammed onto grass fields between the arena and the train rails that mark the end of the grounds. It was […]

Georgio Samaras: Greek Jesus Comes to the Premier League

Georgio Samaras

Georgio Samaras is a funny study. The Greek scored in the World Cup, but didn’t make much of a dent in the final montage, because no one expected or perhaps wanted his home country to still be playing. He was a […]

Chelsea’s Premier League Title Chase Starts With a Bang And a Pass

Cesc Fabregas

Poor, poor Burnley. They’d been away from the top-flight of English soccer for five years, and their immediate reward for having made it back wound up being an opener against Chelsea, the favorites to win the Premier League. That’s brutal. […]

Manchester City Again Prove They’re the Class of Premier League

Manchester City

Manchester City have that look again, the one that’s made them the good china of the Premier League for two of the last three seasons. City’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday looked simple, even if it wasn’t. It […]

Grading Jozy Altidore’s 15 Minutes of Play for Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albien

Jozy Altidore

Not secretly, Jozy Altidore struggled in his first Premier League season with Sunderland. The American forward scored just twice in 38 appearances for a struggling side that needed a late miracle to avoid relegation. Altidore played only sparingly for the […]

Manchester United Doesn’t Yet Have Its ‘New Look’

Ki Sung Yueng

In a long, fluid game, a whole performance is evaluated on a few goal-scoring opportunities. It’s easier that way, especially for fans, even if it’s lazy. Sometimes we look at one defensive lapse as a microcosm of a team’s shortcomings. […]

Expectations Are Vastly Different For All Premier League Clubs

Jose Mourinho

Since I started following this sport intensely a fistful of years ago, the idea of soccer loyalty has seemed thoroughly outdated. Players transfer frequently and randomly for tone-deaf amounts of money. Rosters, management, club structure — none of it is […]