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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Tim Howard's rough season at Everton raises doubts about his Prem future

Tim Howard's performance has suffered a sharp decline since the highs of Brazil 2014.

He was America's sweetheart, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and called heroic by Barack Obama. His World Cup performance in Salvador in that tumultuous last-16 match July 1 with Belgium made Tim Howard a national name, 15 saves in a single match an all-time tournament record.

That night, Howard was "phenomenal, outstanding and amazing" in the words of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann but in the time since Howard took his year-long sabbatical from international duty in August last year, such superlatives...

Montreal's epic moment caps CONCACAF Champions League QFs

Cameron Porter's first goal as a professional will go down as one of the biggest in Montreal Impact history.
Cameron Porter's first goal as a professional will go down as one of the biggest in Montreal Impact history.

The CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) quarterfinals are done and dusted with four teams -- Montreal Impact, Alajuelense, Club America and Herediano -- advancing to the semifinals. Here are five observations from the week that was in the CCL.

1. Montreal extinguish ghosts of Torreon

Way back in 2009 after beating Santos Laguna 2-0 in the first leg of their CCL quarterfinal, the then-USL Montreal Impact were poised to advance to the CCL semifinals; they were losing by just a single goal, 3-2, in...

 By Tony Mabert

Evans-Cisse spitting row, MLS strike averted, Ronaldo does return U-turn

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Ross Dyer discuss whether a potential six-game ban for spitting would fit the crime following the spitting incident between Jonny Evans and Papisse Cisse.

This week's roundup of the biggest news stories sees the big kickoff in MLS finally get the green light, unpleasant behaviour on and off the pitch, and a true legend of the game reneging on a promised comeback.

1. Discrimination nation (Monday, March 2)

Figures released at the start of the week made for sad reading, with a report revealing that reported incidents of discrimination have been significantly on the rise since the start of the season.

Reports to anti-racism group Kick It Out have risen...

 By Chris Wright

Austrian team attempt dizzy penalty shoot-out

Back in the good old days when Toe Poke was still in short trousers and wet-look hair gel, there used to be such a thing as "American penalty shoot-outs".

We're sure some of our readers of a slightly more senior vintage may remember them well. If not, allow us to fill you in.

First used in the NASL in the 1970s and on into the 1980s in various guises, this alternative take on the penalty shoot-out saw players given five seconds to dribble toward goal from 35 yards out before attempting to beat the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2015 MLS season predictions by the ESPN FC experts

The ESPN FC experts discuss which teams are the favourites to win the Eastern Conference title.
The ESPN FC discuss which teams are the favourites to win the Western Conference title.
ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman discusses the attributes of Orlando City SC and NYCFC and what sets the two MLS sides apart.

ESPN FC MLS reporters Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre and Jason Davis join analysts Adrian Healey, Stuart Holden, Paul Mariner, Alejandro Moreno and Steve Nicol, as well as ESPN Insider's Adrian Melville and's Marc Stein in making their picks for the upcoming season.

Trophy winners

Which teams will have the most successful seasons? Our panel picks who will lift MLS Cup and the Supporters' Shield for best regular-season record, as well as who will win each conference.

How Major League Soccer owners and players agreed a CBA, avoided a strike

Our experts debate about the new CBA agreement between the MLS and Players Union.

It was late last Tuesday night, and the MLS Players Union had just voted 18-1, with one abstention, to go on strike. The league's representatives had left the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. It seemed like the start of the MLS regular season, set for March 6, was doomed.

"I had a lot of emotions that were running through my head," said Danny Cruz, one of the Philadelphia Union's player representatives. "My palms were sweating, but I was ready."

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