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.
Liverpool have made it clear to Barcelona their star player Philippe Coutinho is not for sale at any price after the Spanish giants made their much-anticipated first move for the Brazilian. Barca have indicated they will pay £72 million for Coutinho in an effort to lure him to the Nou Camp this summer, but all bids will be rejected by the Merseyside club. Liverpool will hold firm in their resolve to retain the 25 year-old who is fundamental to Jurgen Klopp's ambitions this season, particularly as Liverpool seek to confirm a return to the Champions League.
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