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Happy Friday, you beautiful US Soccer fans! We’ve got all the stories you need in one spot to stay up-to-date with the Men’s & Women’s National Teams.

Wenger likes the Yanks
Arsene Wenger says “the U.S. will, in 2026, have a good team. They will be there. They already have, amongst the younger players, a good dozen who play in big clubs.” Wenger IN, amirite?

Are you concerned by Pulisic’s lack of minutes?
His Chelsea team might have stabilized, but Christian Pulisic has seen a lot of the bench as of late. Does he have a long term future at the club? Should he be looking for a new club?

USMNT stars poised for cup glory
Americans could sweep domestic cups in Europe’s top four leagues this year. Sergiño Dest with FC Barcelona and Weston McKennie with Juventus have already booked their spots in their respective cup finals.

Johnny Cardoso scored his first professional goal

Sargent wants to be “that guy”
Josh Sargent has a goal to become the top scorer at Werder Bremen. “As a striker, it would be dumb not to want to be the top scorer for your team. I want to be that guy. The season isn’t over yet and I will keep working hard towards that goal.”

Bayern coach pleased with Richards improvements
Chris Richards is at Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich and says his coaches are happy with his development. At the moment, he is assuming he will be going back in the summer to “show them what [he’s] learned”.

Mewis & Lavelle show off the depth at City
You’re down 2-0 and trying to fight back... then you see two World Cup champions coming off the bench. Ouch. Manchester City have a deep squad and use Sam Mewis & Rose Lavelle to close out matches.

Cannon: ‘My safety in America was compromised for pointing out injustice’
Reggie Cannon speaks about talking to his teammates in Portugal about life in America. “It feels like I am describing medieval times.”

MLS & Inter are “actively engaged in negotiations”

USWNT stars in action for Women’s Champions League
The Champions League is in action this week with some fierce competition. Chelsea & Barcelona have been on fire, but Lyon is the favorite.

Why the midfield three will be so crucial this year
Berhalter and Kreis have a big year to prepare for in 2021. This article from Charles Boehm looks at the importance of figuring out the midfield for both the USMNT and the U-23s.

Dike will return to Orlando... unless...
Oscar Pareja wants 20-year-old Daryl Dike to return to Orlando City from his loan to Barnsley. But he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of something “exceptional” happening.

Steve Cherundolo to manage LV Lights
The legendary defender has confirmed he will take over as head coach for the Las Vegas Lights. “I’m looking forward to the exciting new job. Especially working with the guys. And to be able to pass on what experience I have gained in my career as a player and coach.”

Orange Slices Podcast - Tim Weah
Mark McKenzie and Heath Pearce host a podcast and had Tim Weah on recently. It’s a good listen for some insight into the USMNT clubhouse, as well as Weah’s life in Ligue 1 with Lille.

13 most iconic kits in history
Looking at the best USWNT & USMNT jerseys of all time. The “Waldo” and “Bomb Pops” are both WAY too low on this list. For shame!