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Blog - ESPN FC United

Mexico's strong break puts them back atop the CONCACAF Power Rankings

Mexico's Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez spoke to ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe following his side's international friendly win over Ecuador, and noted the importance of team development in these types of matches.

With the Gold Cup just three months away, time is of the essence for the nations of CONCACAF who are seeking to go into the tournament on a high. The first FIFA international dates of 2015 are in the books, so it's time to revisit the ESPN FC CONCACAF Power Rankings.

1. Mexico

El Tri move up to the top spot of the CONCACAF Power Rankings after ending 2014 in second. Miguel Herrera's squad collected dual 1-0 wins during the break over Ecuador and Paraguay, and fans got glimpses of what Mexico's...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

ESPN FC Player of the Month -- Messi, Ibrahimovic or Anderson?

The ESPN FC crew break down the Player of the Month shortlist and give their suggestions for players they felt were left out.

Rewind to the early days of December, and it looked as though Cristiano Ronaldo was a certainty to win ESPN FC's Player of the Month each and every calendar turn through the end of the season. He'd won three on the trot -- and only narrowly missed out on making that four in a row -- and nobody, not even Lionel Messi, was close to dislodging him from the top of the game.

Now, though, Ronaldo hasn't won an award since. In fact, he hasn't been so much as nominated since November. Excluding January,...

Liverpool-Everton is the so-called 'friendly derby,' but how friendly is it?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley talks Merseyside derby after Everton and Liverpool battled to a 0-0 draw.
The Christmas truce statue at Liverpool's St. Luke's Church is dressed for the Merseyside derby.

In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Jeff Carlisle traveled to Liverpool for the recent clash between intra-city rivals, Everton and Liverpool, with both sides seeking a repeat of former glories.

ESPN FC'S DERBIES SERIES

- River Plate vs. Boca Juniors, by Sam Kelly
- Man City vs. Man United, by Iain Macintosh
- Celtic vs. Rangers, by Chris Jones
- Benfica vs. Sporting CP, by Lee Roden
- Everton vs. Liverpool, by Jeff Carlisle
- Apr. 16: Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos, by Michael Yokhin
- Apr. 30: Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund, by Uli Hesse

LIVERPOOL, England -- It's Wednesday, Feb. 4, three days before Everton will face Liverpool in the 224th Merseyside derby, and former Toffees forward Graham Stuart tries to prepare me for what lies...

Thiago Alcantara's return could be key for the rest of Bayern Munich's season

Thiago is finally on the verge of full fitness, and his creativity and vision will be a big boost for Bayern in midfield.

International breaks create a peculiar scene at the training grounds of the world's biggest clubs. As Diego Torres underlined in his book "The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho," Mourinho used the exodus as reasoning that he would be able to balance the Real Madrid job and coaching Portugal through the Euro 2012 qualifiers. It was a view that his president, Florentino Perez, ultimately didn't agree with.

"If I go with Portugal, I'll be going with three Madrid players," Mourinho said....

 By Rory Smith

Championship chase for the Premier League features contrasting styles

Alex Neil's Norwich currently lie fourth in the Championship.

Ask anyone who has encountered Alex Neil to describe him and chances are one word will spring to their lips: swagger. Those who know the manager of Championship club Norwich all seem to have gleaned the same first impression, that he is a man clad with an iron self-belief, exuding a conviction and confidence that you would not necessarily expect from a 33-year-old just a few weeks into his first, full-time managerial posting.

It is a trait all managers need, of course, but it brings with it an inherent...

Jozy Altidore's red card hampers an otherwise solid U.S. effort

A spectacular free kick by Brek Shea in the first half was offset by a Jozy Altidore red card and a Valentin Stocker equalizer in the second as Switzerland came back to draw against the United States.
One United States supporter was in awe of Brek Shea's free-kick goal in their 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman breaks down the United States' 1-1 draw against Switzerland, and believes they are making defensive improvements despite conceding late goals.
The ESPN FC crew break down the United States' 1-1 draw with Switzerland, focusing on Jozy Altidore's red card.
The ESPN FC crew break down the United States' 1-1 draw with Switzerland, focusing on Jozy Altidore's red card.

ZURICH -- For 80 minutes against Switzerland, it was arguably the most impressive performance the U.S. national team had produced since the World Cup.

Then forward Jozy Altidore was issued a game-changing -- and completely avoidable -- red card for a profanity-filled tirade on referee Luca Banti, forcing his teammates to play the final 22 minutes of the match down a man.

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Once again, and for the eighth time in eight games since Brazil, the Americans conceded a goal after the 80th minute and had...