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Landon Donovan urges MLS and USMNT to change youth development policy

Landon Donovan has told ESPN FC that changing the incentive in the U.S. youth soccer landscape from winning to developing players would result in better players being produced.

Speaking prior to Leon's 1-0 friendly win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday -- a match in which Donovan scored -- the all-time MLS leading scorer spoke on a number of topics, but returned often to the state of youth development in the U.S.

For Donovan, the aforementioned change in emphasis starts with coaching.

"All...

Atletico Madrid to visit sister club in Mexico in July - San Luis chief

Atletico Madrid are set to make a visit to Mexican "sister club" San Luis this summer, with stars including coach Diego Simeone and reported Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann having reportedly promised to attend.

Earlier this year, Atletico confirmed they had bought a share (reported to be 50 percent) in the second-tier Mexican outfit, as part of a global expansion of franchise clubs, which is supported by their Chinese investors, Wanda.

It had been earlier reported in Spain that Atletico...

 By Tom Marshall

FMF launches investigation into taunts directed at Juarez's Gilberto Barbosa

The Mexican football federation (FMF) is investigating a report of racist taunts towards FC Juarez player Gilberto Barbosa in an Ascenso MX game against Alebrijes de Oaxaca last Friday.

Brazilian Barbosa was an unused substitute in the match, but was allegedly the subject of "monkey" chants as he warmed up on the touchline, bringing the player to tears.

"His pain was so great that he stopped warming up and went back to the bench crying," FC Juarez coach Miguel de Jesus Fuentes said afterwards.

Barbosa's...

Atletico Madrid confirm investment interest in Liga MX club

Atletico Madrid's new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in January 2017.
Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group continue to invest in Atletico Madrid expansion.

Atletico Madrid have admitted to being in talks to take a share in a Mexican club -- with a deal to buy 50 percent of Atletico San Luis apparently close.

Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Marin was in Mexico in mid-February meeting with executives at the club based in the centrally located city, and also met with the governor of the state of San Luis Potosi, Juan Manuel Carreras Lopez, and the city's mayor, Ricardo Gallardo Suarez, during his visit.

Atletico Madrid did not officially comment...

Tigres get Ismael Sosa from Pumas in Liga MX draft

Argentina native Ismael Sosa will now play for Tuca Ferretti at Tigres.

The transfers of Argentina native players Ismael Sosa, Silvio Romero and Alfonso Arturo "Ponchito" Gonzalez were the main surprises on Wednesday in the Liga MX draft held in Cancun.

A total of 75 transactions were completed over 12 hours with about $53 million spent in all of the negotiations. The big winners of the night were clubs like Leon, who completed six moves, and defending champion Pachuca, who brought in talented Mexican players such as Raul Lopez from Chivas and Erick Aguirre from Monarcas...