Boxing Day roundtable: PST’s writers on what it all means


Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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While the holiday season usually means most of us get a nice rest and time to have fun with family, the Premier League is in full flow with a full slate of games coming up during one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the season: Boxing Day. That’s Dec. 26, just in case you were wondering.

As PST’s resident Brit, I know what it’s all about as all 20 PL teams are in action and games being at 7:45 a.m. ET and will end around 5 p.m. ET. BTW, every single game is live online and on your TV. Beautiful.

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Seeing as I’ve grown up with the tradition — FWIW Dec. 26 is my favorite day of the PL season — I thought it would be fun to grill the U.S. based PST writers to see what they thought about it all.

Yours truly is asking the questions while Nick Mendola, Kyle Lynch and Kyle Bonn are answering with plenty of sass and banter.

JPW: When you think of Boxing Day, what is the first thing that pops into your mind?

Nick Mendola: Oddly enough, being from Buffalo, it’s the extra holiday Canadians have always had.

Kyle Lynch: All 20 Premier League teams in action. Best day of the PL calendar.

Kyle Bonn: Soccer. Duh.

JPW: What is your first memory of Boxing Day?

NM: I don’t have one, haha. I actually relate it more to the Premier League than anything else.

KL: Manchester United winning. When I think back on Boxing Day, there always seems to be a Manchester United win. 

KB: Playing Pokemon on my Game Boy Pocket all hours when I received Pokemon Blue version the day prior for Christmas. That was a long time ago. Oh you mean soccer? I remember Clint Dempsey scored for Fulham to draw Chelsea a few years ago. That was fun. I prefer the raw, unfiltered joy of Pokemon at age 9.

JPW: In the U.S., what usually happens on December 26?

NM: We play with our new things and eat leftovers.

KL: When you’re a kid, it’s all about going out and playing with your new toys. Now, it’s mostly trying to stay warm and eating leftovers for me.

KB: Gift returns, gadget experimentation, and sleep.

JPW: What U.S. sports holiday tradition would you most closely associate the Boxing Day extravaganza with?

NM: First couple of days of March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

KL: I’d have to say Thanksgiving day and American football. Not every team is in action like the Premier League on Boxing Day, but getting a win on Thanksgiving is always huge.

KB: Probably the Thanksgiving NFL games because otherwise sports tend to avoid most major holidays, at least as a tradition.

JPW: Do you know what bubble and squeak is? If not, share your most intriguing findings from your internet search on the Boxing Day specialty…

NM: I am thrilled to learn of some things called rumbledethumps, stovies and clapshot. I’ll be texting my Scottish coach friends with those terms later.

KL: English food is unique…

KB: The front page of Google’s results for “bubble and squeak” features what appears to be Christmas Leftover Quiche. Which sounds abysmal. It might be similar to the vegemite phenomenon, where everyone hates it except those used to eating it, who actually find it enjoyable. The BBC describes bubble and squeak as “a great way to use leftover mash, sprouts, and cabbage.” I can say with 100 percent certainty that not a single time in my life have the words “gosh, what on Earth should I do with all this leftover mash, sprouts, and cabbage?” ever crossed my young and inexperienced brain. So I will pass.

JPW: Without searching online or anywhere else, why is it called Boxing Day? Give us a history lesson

NM: On Dec. 26, 1869, Irish boxer Lee “Dynamite Hands” McIntosh won the bare knuckle title in a fight against defending Anglo-French champion Aaron “Arson” Wagner. The fight, of course, lasted exactly 24 hours, and the day went on to be called “Boxing Day.”

KL: Without looking online? Can’t help you on this one.

KB: Boxing Day is that day everyone boxes back up their unwanted Christmas gifts and return them to stores for different sizes, better fits, or cash. I know that’s right so don’t bother telling me your version because it’s definitely wrong.

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City FC

JPW: What are you looking forward to most on this particular Boxing Day?

NM: Chelsea vs. Watford, Liverpool vs. Leicester, listening to any new records I got for Christmas and, of course, boxing. I’m going to do so much boxing.

KL: I’m looking forward to seeing what Chelsea team comes out to play for Guus Hiddink. Will it be the team that rolled through the league last season, or will it be the team that is battling for survival this season?

KB: I would so very much like to be able to say I look forward to watching/listening to Fulham, but yeah…I’m not. So how about we go with Liverpool vs. Leicester instead. That should be fun.

JPW: Do you think the Premier League should ever have a winter break like the rest of Europe? I mean, that would eradicate Boxing Day…

NM: They could start the break on Dec. 27, once the boxing has finished.

KL: The busy holiday schedule in the Premier League is the best time of the year. The stretch of matches from December to the New Year can often make or break teams, so having a winter break would ruin that.

KB: It will never happen. But just like there are too many bowl games in college football….is it good for the competitive nature of the sport? No.

JPW: With 10 games going on from 7:45am ET to 5pm ET on Boxing Day, which games should we keep an eye on and why?

NM: I’m excited for Chelsea vs. Watford and Liverpool vs. Leicester. Before the season began, the visitors would’ve totally accepted the hosts’ places in the table this time of year, yet are so much higher in the pecking order.

KL: Manchester United at Stoke City is a big one. The Potters are in good form and are tough to beat at home, while Louis Van Gaal‘s job could be on the line if United doesn’t get a result. You also have to keep an eye on Chelsea vs. Watford, as Guus Hiddink will have to deal with a red-hot Watford side in his first match back at Chelsea.

KB: Well, as I mentioned, Liverpool vs. Leicester is going to be fantastic. Liverpool needs a win badly to push them into the upper echelon of the table. Leicester, because of their underdog nature, has constant pressure to perform consistently, or people will be very quick to label them as pretenders. I like the Southampton vs. Arsenal fixture as a potential upset, as the Gunners continue to be fragile at times and this one is a tough road test. Bournemouth vs. Palace should be a fun game as well, since Palace is challenging for a top seven spot and the Cherries have responded well despite loads of adversity.

USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the GM (Brian McBride) and Sporting Director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

[ MORE: USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams ]

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — St. George’s, Grenada
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details 

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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EURO 2024 qualification schedule: EURO qualifiers results, standings


EURO 2024 qualifying is here, and you’re in the right spot for groups, fixtures, and results.

Italy outlasted England in penalty kicks to win EURO 2020 and is bidding to become the first repeat winner since Spain in 2008 and 2012.

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England is still seeking its first European Championship and will be favored to emerge from Group C with aforementioned Italy as well as Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta.

Netherlands and France are also in a spicy group that has dark horse Republic of Ireland and former champions Greece, as well as Gibraltar.

A number of nations have guaranteed themselves no worse than a playoff spot due to their performances in the UEFA Nations League: Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Georgia, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia, Kazakhstan.

EURO 2024 qualifying schedule

Thursday, March 23

Kazakhstan 1-2 Slovenia
Slovakia 0-0 Luxembourg
Italy 1-2 England – Video, player ratings as Kane breaks Rooney record
Denmark 3-1 Finland
Portugal 4-0 Liechtenstein
San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland
North Macedonia 2-1 Malta
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Iceland

Friday, March 24

Bulgaria vs Montenegro — 1pm ET
Gibraltar vs Greece — 3:45pm ET
Moldova vs Faroe Islands — 3:45pm ET
Serbia vs Lithuania — 3:45pm ET
Austria vs Azerbaijan — 3:45pm ET
Sweden vs Belgium– 3:45pm ET
Czech Republic vs Poland — 3:45pm ET
France vs Netherlands — 3:45pm ET

Saturday, March 25

Scotland vs Cyprus — 10am ET
Israel vs Kosovo  — 1pm ET
Armenia vs Turkey — 1pm ET
Belarus vs Switzerland  — 1pm ET
Spain vs Norway — 3:45pm ET
Croatia vs Wales — 3:45pm ET
Andorra vs Romania — 3:45pm ET

Sunday, March 26

Kazakhstan vs Denmark — 9am ET
England vs Ukraine — Noon ET
Liechtenstein vs Iceland — Noon ET
Slovenia vs San Marino — Noon ET
Slovakia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2:45pm ET
Northern Ireland vs Finland — 2:45pm ET
Luxembourg vs Portugal — 2:45pm ET
Malta vs Italy — 2:45pm ET

Monday, March 27

Montenegro vs Serbia — 2:45pm ET
Netherlands vs Gibraltar — 2:45pm ET
Poland vs Albania — 2:45pm ET
Austria vs Estonia — 2:45pm ET
Sweden vs Azerbaijan — 2:45pm ET
Moldova vs Czech Republic — 2:45pm ET
Hungary vs Bulgaria — 2:45pm ET
Republic of Ireland vs France — 2:45pm ET

Tuesday, March 28

Georgia vs Norway — Noon ET
Wales vs Latvia — 2:45pm ET
Romania vs Belarus — 2:45pm ET
Switzerland vs Israel — 2:45pm ET
Kosovo vs Andorra — 2:45pm ET
Turkey vs Croatia — 2:45pm ET
Scotland vs Spain — 2:45pm ET

EURO 2024 qualifying standings

Group A


Group B

Republic of Ireland

Group C

North Macedonia

Group D


Group E

Czech Republic
Faroe Islands

Group F


Group G


Group H

Northern Ireland
San Marino

Group I


Group J

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Grenada vs USMNT: How to watch live, stream link, team news


The USMNT will, for all intents and purposes, begin the 2026 World Cup cycle when they take on Grenada in CONCACAF Nations League action in St. George’s on Friday (8 pm ET).

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Anthony Hudson will once again take charge of the USMNT, as he did in January with a mostly domestic-based squad of future prospects, as U.S. Soccer continues its sporting director and head coach searches.

[ MORE: Three key questions for USMNT in March ]

The USMNT currently sits 2nd in Group D after two games played — a 5-0 home victory over Grenada and a scoreless draw away to El Salvador in June — and two games left to play.

[ MORE: USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup ]

Here is everything you need for Grenada vs USMNT. 

How to watch Grenada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8pm ET, Friday (March 24)
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St. George’s
TV in English: TNT
TV/streaming en Español: Universo/Peacock

[ LIVE: CONCACAF Nations League scores – Grenada vs USMNT ]

USMNT squad

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergino Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juarez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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England vs Ukraine: How to watch live, team news, updates


England host Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier at Wembley with an extremely emotional atmosphere expected in London.

[ LIVE: EURO 2024 qualifying scores – England vs Ukraine ]

As the war rages on across Ukraine following the Russia invasion just over a year ago, the United Kingdom have been one of Ukraine’s key partners in the fight against Russian forces.

The English Football Association have given away close to 1,000 free tickets to Ukrainians who were forced to flee their country and resettle with families in the UK. Over 4,200 Ukraine fans will be in the away end at Wembley amid a sea of blue and yellow and you can expect plenty of mutual respect and support from fans of both countries towards each other. This match is Ukraine’s first of 2023, as they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after losing to Wales in a playoff last summer.

[ MORE: Full EURO 2024 qualifying schedule, standings ]

England beat Italy 2-1 in Naples on Thursday as Harry Kane became their all-time leading goalscorer with his 54th goal for the Three Lions and they held on after going 2-0 up as Luke Shaw’s red card with 10 minutes to go complicated matters. Gareth Southgate’s young side are developing but will they be able to finally win a major tournament?

They have to qualify for the Euros in Germany next summer first, but a first win away in Italy since 1961 was a great start to this qualifying campaign.

Here’s everything you need for England vs Ukraine.

How to watch England vs Ukraine live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 12pm ET, Sunday (March 26)
Updates: Via
Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London

Key storylines, in-form players

The last time this nations met England ran out 4-0 winners in the quarterfinals of EURO 2020. They will be the heavy favorites in this game but Ukraine should not be underestimate as the No. 26 ranked team in the world have the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Mykhailo Mudryk and Vitalii Mykolenko all playing in the Premier League.

England’s forwards ran riot in the first half against Italy with Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka sensational, plus Jude Bellingham’s driving runs from midfield give this Three Lions side an extra dimension. There is more creativity and cutting edge about this England side compared to recent years and it feels like they are ready to win something. There will be a ceremony before this game to honor Harry Kane becoming England’s all-time goalscorer as he passed Wayne Rooney with his goal in Italy on Thursday.

England team news, lineup options

Luke Shaw will be suspended for this game after his red card in Italy, so Kieran Trippier or Ben Chilwell will come in at left back. It is likely Jordan Henderson will come in for Kalvin Phillips in midfield, while Phil Foden could start over Jack Grealish out wide. Reece James and Conor Gallagher could also come into the team as Bellingham limped off towards the end of England’s win against Italy.

Ukraine team news, lineup options

Andriy Yarmolenko (three goals away from equalling Andriy Shevchenko as Ukraine’s all-time leading scorer) has been struggling with a hamstring injury so he may start on the bench, while Bournemouth’s Ilya Zabarnyi and Shakhtar’s Oleksandr Zubkov are both out. Yevhen Konoplyanka and Roman Yaremchuk offer real quality in attack, while Zinchenko is the heartbeat of this Ukraine side.