The banner headline in Panama’s leading newspaper got the mood, if not the vocabulary, right. Regresa el Fantasma, The Ghost Returns. But it’s not so much a ghost that has come back to Panama in the form of the U.S. national team as it is a haunting memory that never left in the first place. In the final game of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying four years ago, Panama was 90 seconds from a win over the U.S., one that would have sent it to a playoff with New Zealand and a chance to win the country’s first World Cup berth. But the U.S. spoiled that by scoring twice deep in stoppage time, goals that have haunted much of Panama ever since. “Obviously a great pain still exists,” Adan De Garcia, press
VARGINHA, Brazil — Ronaldo Sarto’s hot dog truck hums with activity as students from nearby universities gather to eat and discuss the day’s news in this southeastern Brazilian city. Lately, one topic has dominated the conversations: local soccer club Boa Esporte’s decision to sign a two-year contract with Bruno Fernandes de Souza, a former star goalkeeper who in 2013 was convicted with the grisly murder of his ex-girlfriend. Souza, 32, was found to have ordered the kidnapping and murder of Eliza Samudio in 2010 after she demanded child support for the couple’s newborn. Police said parts of Samudio's body were fed to dogs. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison but has been temporarily released pending
Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair recalls the day he told Jose Mourinho he wanted to leave Manchester United. McNair said United had wanted him to go out on loan - but his wish was for a permanent move away from Old Trafford. The 21-year-old from Ballyclare in County Antrim got his way and joined Sunderland for £5.5m in August 2016.