If last night’s 2-0 “win” over El Salvador proved anything to USMNT fans, it’s that Bruce Arena has plenty of work to do if the United States is to seriously challenge for the 2017 Gold Cup title. Lowly El Salvador has beaten one CONCACAF opponent in its last 10 tries. Given the performance, Bruce Arena has only one option going forward.
For months rumors have claimed that Real Madrid had been priced out of a move for Kylian Mbappe. After selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea for $75 million, the club may have the funds – and enough offsetting cashflow to appease Financial Fair Play – to make a serious play for the 18-year-old superstar. In addition, the club has almost completed the slale of Danilo to Manchester City for $35 million, and James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich, although they see little return from that immediately, as the deal is a two-year loan with an obligation to buy at the end.
It was a beautiful, warm July evening on Tuesday gone. The late summer sun was bleaching our eye lids and causing us to watch the match with a slight wince. My two eldest and I were in great seats with a fortunate viewpoint. My generous boss had invited us to enjoy all the trappings of a corporate box and the kids were smiley and enthusiastic. They felt like royalty. They delighted in the grown up feeling of drinking a diet coke from a pint glass delivered by an excitable waitress. They enjoyed the idea of gorging on complimentary chocolates and sneaking an extra chocolate hob nob or two into their pockets for a summery in-game snack. They even had their picture taken with Angus the Monkey, who