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The most powerful American in world soccer

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Werner and Germany's feelgood factor

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Economics professor Sunil Gulati is the most powerful American in soccer

When he isn't teaching economics, Sunil Gulati moonlights as the most powerful American in world soccer.

Sunil Gulati was about to realize what is, short of flying, perhaps humankind's most universally shared fantasy: He was about to play soccer with Diego Maradona.

This was in January, and the 57-year-old president of the United States Soccer Federation and member of FIFA's executive committee was preparing to travel to Zurich to take part in a boondoggle exhibition match with the FIFA Legends program. He and the other suits who run world soccer would team with the former Argentine superstar,...

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Ox, Wilshere, Shaw, Foden, Souare with something to prove in Carabao Cup

Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp discuss their approach to the Carabao Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp discuss their approach to the Carabao Cup.

ESPN FC picks out five players to watch in this week's third round of the Carabao Cup ...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain -- Liverpool

After heading to Merseyside on transfer deadline day for £35 million, Oxlade-Chamberlain is still yet to start a match for his new club. And during his 67 minutes so far, he has not played the central midfield role he left London in search of. He even ended his first Champions League appearance for Liverpool at right-back, but he might be granted his desired role on...

Scouting Spotlight: Gaston Pereiro, Jorge, Nicolo Barella

Gaston Pereiro of PSV
Pereiro's idol is Alvaro Recoba and he has a tattoo tribute of him on his arm.

Which players are attracting attention in Europe's biggest leagues? Introducing Scouting Spotlight, looking at three players each week whose performances are making headlines ...

Gaston Pereiro -- PSV Eindhoven

After helping Nacional claim their first title in three years, Pereiro left his native Uruguay in 2015 to join PSV Eindhoven. Handed the No. 7 jersey following Memphis Depay's move to Manchester United, the attacking midfielder quickly settled into his new environment and played an important...

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Dybala tops Player Power Rankings; Aguero and Mertens also feature

Diego Valeri cracks the top 10, while another Paulo Dybala hat trick sees him go top of our player power rankings.
Max Allegri praises Gonzalo Higuain for bringing the best out of Paulo Dybala, whose hat trick led Juve past Sassuolo.

ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend's action. Juventus' hat trick hero is this week's No. 1.

1. Paulo Dybala | Juventus

Why he's here: Scored a hat trick -- his second in Serie A this season -- in a 3-1 win at Sassuolo. Dybala has eight goals from 12 shots on target through four league games.

2. Sergio Aguero | Man City

Why he's here: Another who netted three times at the weekend, Aguero was irresistible in a 6-0 win at Watford and now...

Arsenal make progress vs. Chelsea, Barca win again, Neymar vs. Cavani

Steve Nicol says Arsenal would be opting for mediocrity if Arsene Wenger considers dropping Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal went to Stamford Bridge in a fairly binary situation. A poor performance would simply ratchet up the pressure ahead of the club's annual general meeting (with Stan Kroenke on his way across the pond) and cancel the baby steps that were made against Bournemouth. (Given Bournemouth's performance, they really were teeny, tiny baby steps). A result, especially if accompanied by a decent performance, would buy Arsene Wenger time, rekindle a bit of faith in a clearly dejected group and maybe...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: PSG claim top spot and Barcelona rise as Real Madrid slip

FC's Jonathan Johnson recaps PSG's convincing win over Celtic as they seek out UCL glory with their stellar squad.
The FC crew praise Paris Saint-Germain's front three while Craig Burley calls Celtic's defeat 'a reality check'.

We're only in the second week of this season's rankings, but already it's all change! There's a French feel to the top as last week's leaders drop.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!