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.
The likes of England, Germany and Belgium are all primed to book their place at next summer's World Cup in Russia as European qualification heats up in the coming months. As usual, Joachim Low's world champions have had few problems with their group