Two of England's more successful clubs rolled through Chicago this weekend and came away impressed with the state of U.S. soccer and the direction in which it's headed.
Harry Kane's fifth-minute goal was all Premier League side Tottenham needed to get past the Fire, 2-0, in a Saturday night friendly at Toyota Park.
Playing in what he admitted may have been his last match on home soil, 43-year-old American and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel thanked fans at Toyota Park for a classy sendoff.
3wThe United Stats' unlikely run to the Round of 16 ended Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Belgium, despite the brilliant player of US goalkeeper Tim Howard.
4wLandon Donovan was left off the USMNT, but that doesn't mean he hasn't helped them. With words of wisdom given to LA Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez, Donovan is making a difference.
1mFor the first time since injuring his left hamstring in the World Cup opener against Ghana, Jozy Altidore has begun training on his own again. But the injured forward likely won't play vs. Belgium on July 1.
1mUSMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones suffered a broken nose in Thursday's loss to Germany, but is still expected to play in the Round of 16 against Belgium on Tuesday in Salvador.
1mThe USMNT lost to Germany 1-0 in their final match of the group stage on Thursday, but thanks to Portugal's 2-1 victory over Ghana, the United States has advanced through to the Round of 16.
1mFIFA announced on Thursday morning that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been given a nine-game ban and a four month suspension for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday's Group D match.
1mUnited States forward Jozy Altidore will miss the team's game against Germany on Thursday due to a strained left hamstring.