Fernandinho and Man City lost to Monaco in the Champions League round of 16. The Premier League is no longer the best or even the second-best league in Europe. Unless Leicester City miraculously makes the Champions League final in Cardiff, the Premier League will extend its drought to five years without a finalist in Europe’s top club competition.
Measure the move by any of several germane metrics, and the Chicago Fire’s signing of veteran German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger appears surprising or even confusing. Schweinsteiger was instrumental in Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014, but that appeared to be his zenith. The Bayern Munich legend transferred to Manchester United in 2015, suffered a knee injury toward the end of his first season and then was cast aside by Jos Mourinho.
Altidore and the USMNT lost 4-0 at Costa Rica in their last World Cup qualifier. Steaua Bucharest won the European Cup, the precursor to the Champions League. A part-time waiter became head coach of the United States men’s national team.