Jordan Morris and Christian Pulisic have gracefully handled the pressure of high expectations so far. For his seven appearances with the senior United States national team, including one in a World Cup qualifier, the former Stanford striker was new to the rigors of a particularly draining league like Major League Soccer, what with its travel and climate changes and fields of varying turf and grass. Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins already formed the best striker tandem in the league.
Legia Warsaw must play Real Madrid in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist behavior at a Champions League match. UEFA said Thursday its disciplinary panel ordered the sanction to apply when Madrid visits the Polish Army Stadium on Nov. 2. Legia was also fined 80,000 euros ($90,000).
Heading in to the next international break, U.S.Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann finds himself in a very unique position. With the next round of World Cup qualifying not starting until November, Klinsmann has an interesting choice to make on whom he calls up to the national team for the team's upcoming friendlies in October. On the one hand, Klinsmann would like to use these friendlies as a chance to expand the U.S. player pool. But on the other hand, there is also the pressing need for the U.S. first team to prepare for a crucial game against Mexico as soon as the final Hex gets underway. With several young players just making strides to break into the first team at their clubs in