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U.S. vs. Mexico: Has the rivalry lost some bite?

U.S. vs. Mexico

Arsenal's transfer policy gets a reboot

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona claim No. 1, Liverpool climb as Real Madrid slide

The ESPN FC panel struggle to find a flaw in Shaka's Rankings which see Barcelona top the list.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener.
Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop weigh Real Madrid's chances of catching Barcelona in the La Liga title-race, after Los Blancos' 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

It's all change as Barcelona rise to the top, while their great rivals Real Madrid pay the price for dropped points in La Liga.

Dropping out: Watford, PSV Eindhoven, Hertha Berlin.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

Tigres trump Toronto as Reds' woeful 2018 continues in Campeones Cup

Tigres became the inaugural Campeones Cup champions, defeating Toronto FC thanks to a pair of goals from Jesus Duenas.

Here are three points on Tigres' 3-1 Campeones Cup win over Toronto FC on Wednesday at BMO Field.

1. Tigres' quality rises to the surface

You could say that this was a classic Tigres performance. First there was a feeling-out period, and then once the weaknesses were properly identified, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's men went to work.

The lack of communication on a Toronto FC back line consisting of Nick Hagglund, Michael Bradley and Eriq Zavaleta played right into Tigres' hands. The Mexican side...

Domestic struggles of Toronto, Tigres make for interesting timing of Campeones Cup

During an interview on the Max & Herc Podcast, Michael Bradley shared his view of his interaction at the weekend with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

On Wednesday, the best of Major League Soccer and Liga MX square off in the Campeones Cup (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Toronto FC earned its place in the contest by winning MLS Cup last December, while Apertura 2017 winners Tigres claimed a spot in the match by virtue of their Campeones de Campeones win over Clausura 2018 champions Santos.

But despite both clubs' pedigrees, their Campeones Cup meeting comes amid an uncertain and vital part of each's season. Toronto sits in ninth place in the East,...


Eden Hazard tops Player Power Rankings; Cristiano Ronaldo breaks his duck

Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop delve into Maurizio Sarri's comment that Eden Hazard is the best European footballer.
Check out all the notable action from the weekend, including Cristiano Ronaldo's first Juventus goals, Barcelona's win at the Anoeta and more.

Who were the star performers from the weekend's action? We asked our global editorial desks to pick their top 10 and collated the results to produce our final list.

Also receiving votes: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Campeones Cup an extra chance to stoke the fire of the MLS-Liga MX rivalry

Tigres and Toronto played an epic two-legged tie last year and face off Wednesday in the Campeones Cup.
Toronto edged out Tigres last year in an epic two-legged tie, but can they beat the Mexican champs in the Campeones Cup?

There's nothing that quite gets the juices flowing for soccer fans in North America than a good ol' battle between MLS and Liga MX.

For MLS, it is the never-ending search for respect and acceptance from their Liga MX counterparts, who have reigned supreme in the CONCACAF region at club level for pretty much forever.

It is usually around February or March when articles and such start trickling out about whether THIS is the year an MLS team can finally win a CONCACAF Champions League and prove...

Chelsea off to winning, entertaining start under carefree boss Maurizio Sarri

Jorginho says Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a man of routine and is unlikely to shake up the team's lineup, unlike new Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri has hailed Marcos Alonso as the best left back in Europe but he must improve his defensively to be the best in the world.
Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti question if Chelsea are better off without Alvaro Morata in the lineup as his struggles continue.

Chelsea are forever involved in some soap opera or another while continuity seems to be a dirty word at Stamford Bridge.

Managers -- even those who win trophies -- never last long in the court of owner Roman Abramovich and yet the silverware keeps rolling in, give or take the odd fallow season. Perhaps this kind of creative tension is a deliberate ploy by the Russian owner to keep everyone on their toes!

Into this turbulent environment has walked Maurizio Sarri, dressed on the touchline in a...