State of the USMNT: Focusing on the players

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After the first batch of the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers ended in two defeats for the U.S. national team, plus their final game of 2016 in the books, now seems like a good time to discuss where the USMNT is at.

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In a two-part series, ProSoccerTalk’s writers will discuss the players and the coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, and assess the current state of the USMNT.

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Here, we focus on the players.

What is the biggest problem area for the USMNT after these two defeats?

Joe Prince-Wright: The coaching area is obviously a concern. Anybody who has watched this team closely in the past 12 months can see there’s been a steady decline, irrespective of a few good results. However, the big concern for me is defensively. The USMNT looked so solid this summer in defense but losing Geoff Cameron through injury and then deciding not to start DeAndre Yedlin has completely ruined any of the defensive stability which was being built. There are so many issues right now but my main concern is rebuilding that solid defensive base.

Nick Mendola: It’s almost all mental. Not to say Tahiti or San Marino would be a world power simply with better relationships — the Americans still aren’t at an elite level with talent — but there’s a clear disconnect between the coach’s intentions and the players’ desires. Putting it on either side is a major mistake. We’ve all seen talent fail because of relationships, see Jose Mourinho’s final season at Chelsea. But which is easier to fix? The reason I now would accept a Klinsmann firing is that the Americans are far too talented to be outclassed and out-efforted by Costa Rica, and the points left on the table by the poor start against Mexico could come back to haunt them. My fear isn’t changing coaches, though, it’s who they line up to replace him. If someone comes in and dismisses foreign-born players, the Americans won’t be back on their feet until qualifying for 2022. Yay, Qatar.

Andy Edwards: I struggle to find a ton of fault in the players this morning. Here’s why: every one of them, to a man, are playing better for their club team than the national team. If this were a new development, I’d be happy to look past it and write it off as an uncharacteristically bad camp for a number of guys. But it’s been the case for years now. Were a number of key players extremely poor over the 180 minutes of qualifiers this round? Absolutely, but consider this: if they were poor enough against Mexico to publicly criticize after the game (John Brooks, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley), which Klinsmann did, then don’t turn around and pick them against three days later. He’s frustrated by them turning in quality performances for their club teams, then “letting him down” with the USMNT, failing to realize and/ or accept that he’s the one at fault for that.

Matt Reed: The central midfield has been so overrun in these two games, and considering the U.S. will have to face both Mexico and Costa Rica again that doesn’t bode well for them. Michael Bradly and Jermaine Jones simply don’t mesh well anymore, and I’m not sure if you can chalk that up to age but changes certainly need to be made in the heart of the midfield.

Kyle Bonn: The biggest problem areas are man-marking and link-up between defense and attack, but that’s just two of a host of things.

Which players, if any, came out of the last week with any pride intact?

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Bobby Wood #7 of the United States celebrates with teammate Fabian Johnson #23 after scoring a second half goal against Mexico during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Joe: I would say Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore. I don’t think you can put much blame on a rusty Brad Guzan either. There will be little to no pride shown by any player over the last two games. They will want to move on as quickly as possible. Unfortunately for them, these results and performances will linger until March…

Nick: Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore, Christian Pulisic, and probably Fabian Johnson.

Andy: Christian Pulisic is already a star. On Pulisic: Imagine the shock to the system he must feel every time he departs from Borussia Dortmund, where he’s guided and deployed by the brilliant Thomas Tuchel, for USMNT camp, where he’s now under the instruction of a tactical caveman. It’ll be great to see him instantly back to his best this weekend.

Matt: Christian Pulisic and Bobby Wood each provided strong displays in the attack, but neither really had the opportunity to affect the match consistently because of the fact that Costa Rica clogged the midfield and made it difficult for the USMNT to distribute the ball up front.

Kyle: The two attackers. Bobby Wood had the best moment in an otherwise bleak international break, and Jozy Altidore put in a good defensive shift despite few chances up front. Christian Pulisic also proved his worth, although he wasn’t utilized enough or properly.

Do we expect too much from this group of U.S. players? 

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: The United States stand for the playing of the National Anthem prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Mexico at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Joe: I expect this U.S. team to easily get out of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Easily. Right now they’ve put themselves under immense pressure and another defeat either against Honduras at home or on the road to Panama will leave them in a perilous situation. With the players they have I expect the U.S. to get out of their group at the World Cup, then anything else is a bonus. I don’t think that’s too much to asking but obviously something is going wrongs.

Nick: That depends on the expectations. I expect the USMNT to consistently qualify for the World Cup as a top three team in CONCACAF. Given the potential from a golden generation from any smaller side in the confederation, as we’ve seen with Honduras or Costa Rica in the past decade, it shouldn’t be too much to expect. However, those who expect this crop of players to consistently emerge from World Cup “groups of death” as a given, well, that’s a lot for me to digest.

Andy: Absolutely not, at least not personally. My expectations have dropped significantly from, say, 2012 to present day. In Klinsmann’s first 12 months in charge, I was hopeful he could deliver on the grand ideas he sold everyone. Once it became quite clear to me, sometime in 2013, that he couldn’t/wouldn’t be “taking the USMNT to a new level” (i.e. a World Cup semifinal, or even a return to the quarterfinals), it was about damage limitation. Between the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Gold Cup, my expectations became “please don’t embarrass the program any further.” That’s not asking too much, from the players or from Klinsmann. The players care immensely, which is quite clear to see in their giving of everything on the field.

Matt: In a way, yes. I think that we’re all used to the USMNT qualifying for the World Cup by now that we sort of take it for granted. That being said, CONCACAF isn’t the most overwhelming region to play in but it’s absolutely a difficult one. Mexico and Costa Rica look to be shoe-ins for Russia 2018, which essentially leaves 1 and a half spots available for the U.S. I do believe the USMNT will make the World Cup but this cycle has shown that nothing is a certainty and that we still have a long way to go before joining the likes of a Brazil, Germany, etc.

Kyle: No, absolutely not. This is a quality group of players overall and they need to have high expectations. Beating Mexico in Columbus clearly isn’t too much to ask, and getting points against a team they beat 4-0 just three months ago is also a normal expectation.

For you, who is the biggest name USMNT player who should not start in the next batch of World Cup qualifiers in early 2017?

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Giovani Dos Santos #10 of Mexico battles for the ball against Jermaine Jones #13 and Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States in the first half during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Joe: I’m going to say Jermaine Jones’ international career is coming to an end. I’m just not sure what he adds to this team and his penchant for hacking opponents isn’t helpful. He leaves Michael Bradley often trying to face two central midfielders on his own.

Nick: Well, Jermaine Jones is suspended, so we’ll skip him. I don’t think there’s another truly big name player who won’t be starting come March, since it will be interesting to see how Bradley looks without Jones (again). Perhaps with Geoff Cameron.

Matt: Jermaine Jones. I think when you look at how productive Sacha Kljestan has been in MLS both as a distributor and defender, he has to not only be in the 23-man roster but in the starting XI as well.Take it as what you will, but Kljestan and Pulisic were really gelling in some of the previous friendlies, and I want to see how the Red Bulls man orchestrates the midfield against good competition.

Kyle: Jermaine Jones. My goodness he was awful. Fitness aside, he had zero usefulness to this team anymore.

With the USMNT clearly needing a clear out in defense, who would be your back four to start against Honduras next March?

Joe: My back four would be: Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson. Only one of those started in defense against Costa Rica and we could see that Brooks, who was sublime in the Copa America in the summer, looked lost and nervous. Cameron provides experience to Brooks and Yedlin and you can’t underestimate how much his injury hurt the U.S. national team. Overall, the U.S. must go to a flat back four and use those four guys. If any are missing, why not try Cameron Carter-Vickers, Steve Birnbaum or Kellyn Acosta? The rest have shown they aren’t up to scratch.

Nick: Three remain the same, with DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, and Geoff Cameron. I’d really like to see Eric Lichaj or a new option at left back. Keep Fabian Johnson advanced and spare us Chandler, Michael Orozco, and the Klinsmann old guard.

Andy: I’m not sure I agree with that premise. Just about everyone along the backline was poor at some point or another in these two games, but I think we have to ask ourselves why/how that was. Individual mistakes occurred, without a doubt, but the tactics didn’t exactly do the defense any favors. A strong defense doesn’t consists of four (or three, or five) defenders; it’s a product of quality defenders, of course, but also a midfield that protects it from the front, and a game plan that provides avenues through which to relieve pressure on the defense. The USMNT had none of those in these two games, and the defense was left hanging again and again and again. Once more, every defender Klinsmann picked to start over these two games is playing extremely well for his club team at the moment.

Matt: You have to go with what works. I’ve heard a lot of people say that the Copa America Centenario was a tournament without much meaning, but I saw a lot from that backline in the competition. For me, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson is still your best bet.

Kyle: I don’t think they need a clear out at all, I think they need better tactical direction. They are good players who were put in positions to fail. The back four should be: Johnson, Cameron, Brooks, Yedlin. Yes, Fabian Johnson is really a midfielder, but he’s the best we got at LB at the moment. If Timmy Chandler continues to play well at his club, he should continue to get a spot in the squad, but Yedlin right now is the best option after he’s improved defensively.

The central midfield balance just isn’t right. Is that Jones and Bradley’s fault? Just one of them? Or just the formation they’re asked to play in?

Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones

Joe: Jones is the bigger issue here. As I mentioned above, Bradley spends half this time fighting fires on his own. In the past a true holding midfielder has looked better alongside Bradley and that allows him to roam forward when necessary and link up with Altidore and the other attackers. Right now, Jones is the one doing that and he had no defensive discipline. I think Bradley has been getting a rough deal.

Nick: It’s the players more than the formation, and I have a hard time choosing one over the other. As it stands, Bradley’s status as one of the most complete USMNT players ever means I’d sit Jones before bailing on Bradley.

Andy: Bradley/Jones has never worked, so of course it’s not working right now either. Sometimes, picking your 11 best players doesn’t equal the best 11-man lineup. Bradley/Jones especially doesn’t work as a midfield-two when the coach says things like “they need to get into more one-on-one duels,” which is just factually incorrect of the Mexico game. The only thing that would have managed to do is to create even more space through the heart of midfield, but I shouldn’t have to explain that to the manager of the USMNT.

Matt: I think Bradley will always do the defensive work necessary, however, his passing at times is so far off. I think the bigger issue between the two is definitely Jones. He was beaten left and right in both the Mexico and Costa Rica matches and doesn’t possess the pace to get back. There’s moments when he can create in the attack, but Jones just doesn’t look like the player he was two years ago. Given the problems the U.S. has had in the back recently, I’d even go with a deep lying midfielder in a 4-1-3-2 come March. Perhaps a Danny Williams, Perry Kitchen or even Bradley to simply sit in front of the backline and help break up attacks.

Kyle: Jones has no use. He’s slow, lumbering, clumsy, and inaccurate. I’d like to see Bradley’s on-field response to new coaching before tossing him under the bus, however. Put Bradley with Kljestan and see what happens.

Are you concerned with Michael Bradley’s recent displays?

Joe: No. As I mentioned, he has had an inept partner in midfield. If you look at the defensive work he brings there are few who can match that. He may have gone through a slight slump in form but with his experience and quality, I expect him to come out the other side and lead this team.

Nick: Very. Even on his worst days, Bradley was capable of those mind-blowing diagonal balls and touch passes. At worst his service on free kicks and corner kicks was still passable. It’s all screwy now, and simple passes are also an issue at times. It feels counterintuitive to criticize him, but displays don’t lie.

Matt: I think it’s been a steady decline for Bradley since Brazil in 2014. He’s done well for the most part in MLS but that form hasn’t carried over to the national team. He’s simply been outplayed by the Mexican and Costa Rican midfields and just looks slow in his decision-making.

Kyle: Not yet. Again, I’d like to see him respond to new coaching. He is clearly lost under Klinsmann, unsure how to proceed tactically. I’m not ready to indict him to a failed product yet.

Is it time to go with youth for Klinsmann? Should Green, Gooch, Morris, Pulisic all become starters?

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 29: Christian Pulisic #11 of the United States Men's National Team controls the ball against Guatemala during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier on March 29, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Guatemala 4-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Joe: I would say Pulisic should be a starter and go as far as asking for both Lynden Gooch and Jordan Morris to have big roles off the bench and work their way into the starting lineup. Right now, Gooch’s energy alongside Bradley in midfield could be exactly what this team needs. Sure, they’re young, but the experienced players have shown me over the last week they can’t get past Mexico and Costa Rica isn’t there. Klinsmann is always preaching about youth development. Now it is time to back it up and play them.

Nick: Pulisic — 100 percent. The others? No. I’d like to see Green get a look and Morris/Gooch to continue to get time and spots on the bench, but Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore are both going to be factors in Russia. No reason to sit them.

Andy: We’ve still got to qualify for this thing, and we’ve only got eight games to do it. Now’s not the time to scrap everything and start over. There was a time for that: it was the end of the 2014 World Cup, but guys like Kyle Beckerman, Michael Orzoco and Chris Wondolowski, among others, kept getting called up for whatever reason. As I’ve clearly outlined in the above rants, the talent is presently there to qualify for Russia and make another round-of-16 run.

Matt: The problem with the U.S. at the moment is that they have youth in very few positions. When you talk about Green, Pulisic and Gooch there is some flexibility in terms of where they can play but typically they’re best used on the flanks. If there’s a way to get them all involved I don’t think there’s much to lose at this point but I think Pulisic is the only guarantee to start at this stage. The Morris injury was definitely a blow coming into these two matches though because he’s had a fantastic first season in MLS and I really wanted to see what he could off the bench.

Kyle: No. Pulisic is clearly ready, but the others are not. This team needs new direction, but a complete clear-out is not healthy to the squad.

U20 World Cup schedule: How to watch live, groups, calendar, dates, times, fixtures


The U20 World Cup takes place in Argentina from May 20 until June 11 as 24 teams full of the best young players on the planet go head-to-head to be crowned World champs.

[ LIVE: Watch the U20 World Cup en Espanol ]

The USA have plenty of talented youngsters and Mikey Varas’ talented squad made a run to the quarterfinals before bowing out to Uruguay. That’s the same stage they exited their previous four U20 tournaments (2015, 2017, 2019 and once again in 2023).

The USA won Group B with three wins from three and hammered New Zealand in the last 16. The Baby Yanks fell to Uruguay on Sunday at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero.

England and hosts Argentina were among the favorites to win the tournament but were knocked out, with Brazil and Italy both impressing and in the last eight, plus Nigeria and Uruguay have also looked very good.

Argentina stood in at the last minute to host the event after the tournament was moved from Indonesia.

Below is everything you need for the U20 World Cup.

2023 U20 World Cup schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: May 20 to June 11
  • Group stage kick-off times: 2pm ET, 5pm ET
  • Location: Argentina
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo
  • Streaming en Español: Telemundo, Online via

2023 U20 World Cup schedule

All kicks off times ET


Match 46: Saturday, June 3: Israel 3-2 Brazil
Match 47: Saturday, June 3: Colombia 1-3 Italy
Match 48: Sunday, June 4: South Korea 1-0 Nigeria
Match 45: Sunday, June 4: USA 0-2 Uruguay


Match 49: Thursday, June 8: Uruguay vs Israel – 1:30pm
Match 50: Thursday, June 8: Italy vs South Korea – 5pm

Third-place game

Match 51: Sunday, June 11: Loser Match 49 vs Loser match 50 – 1:30pm


Match 52: Sunday, June 11: Winner Match 49 vs Winner mtahc 50 – 5pm

Round of 16 results

Match 38: Tuesday, May 30: USA 4-0 New Zealand
Match 37: Tuesday, May 30: Uzbekistan 0-1 Israel
Match 40: Wednesday, May 31: Brazil 4-1 Tunisia
Match 42: Wednesday, May 31: Colombia 5-1 Slovakia
Match 39: Wednesday, May 31: England 1-2 Italy
Match 41: Wednesday, May 31: Argentina 0-2 Nigeria
Match 44: Thursday, June 1:  Gambia 0-1 Uruguay
Match 43: Thursday, June 1: Ecuador 2-3 South Korea

Group stage results

Group A


Saturday, May 20: Guatemala 0-1 New Zealand – 2pm
Saturday, May 20: Argentina 2-1 Uzbekistan – 5pm
Tuesday, May 23: Uzbekistan 2-2 New Zealand – 2pm
Tuesday, May 23: Argentina 3-0 Guatemala – 5pm
Friday, May 26: New Zealand 0-5 Argentina – 5pm
Friday, May 26: Uzbekistan 2-0 Guatemala – 5pm

Group B

Saturday, May 20: USA 1-0 Ecuador – 2pm (92nd minute winner from Jonathan Gomez)
Saturday, May 20: Fiji 0-4 Slovakia – 5pm
Tuesday, May 23: USA 3-0 Fiji – 2pm
Tuesday, May 23: Ecuador 2-1 Slovakia – 5pm
Friday, May 26: Slovakia 0-2 USA – 2pm
Friday, May 26: Ecuador 9-0 Fiji – 2pm

Group C

Sunday, May 21: Israel 1-2 Colombia – 2pm
Sunday, May 21: Senegal 0-1 Japan – 5pm
Wednesday, May 24: Senegal 1-1 Israel – 2pm
Wednesday, May 24: Japan 1-2 Colombia – 5pm
Saturday, May 27: Japan 1-2 Israel – 5pm
Saturday, May 27: Colombia 1-1 Senegal – 5pm

Group D

Sunday, May 21: Nigeria 2-1 Dominican Republic – 2pm
Sunday, May 21: Italy 3-2 Brazil – 5pm
Wednesday, May 24: Italy 0-2 Nigeria – 2pm
Wednesday, May 24: Brazil 6-0 Dominican Republic – 5pm
Saturday, May 27: Brazil 2-0 Nigeria – 2pm
Saturday, May 27: Dominican Republic 0-3 Italy – 2pm

Group E

Monday, May 22: England 1-0 Tunisia – 2pm
Monday, May 22: Uruguay 4-0 Iraq – 5pm
Thursday, May 25: Uruguay 2-3 England – 2pm
Thursday, May 25: Iraq 0-3 Tunisia – 5pm
Sunday, May 28: Iraq 0-0 England – 2pm
Sunday, May 28: Tunisia 0-1 Uruguay – 2pm

Group F

Monday, May 22: France 1-2 South Korea – 2pm
Monday, May 22: Gambia 2-1 Honduras – 5pm
Thursday, May 25: France 1-2 Gambia – 2pm
Thursday, May 25: South Korea 2-2 Honduras – 5pm
Sunday, May 28: South Korea 0-0 Gambia – 5pm
Sunday, May 28: Honduras 1-3 France – 5pm

The Soccer Tournament to air across NBC platforms in summer 2023


27 games from the The Soccer Tournament (TST) will be aired across NBC Sports’ platforms in the summer of 2023 as some of the biggest clubs in the world will be represented as teams square off to try and win the $1 million grand prize.

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Games will be aired on Peacock and CNBC, as the inaugural 7-a-side tournament takes place in Cary, North Carolina and the likes of West Ham United, Wolves, Borussia Dortmund, Wrexham and various teams from around the world including former USMNT and USWNT players will compete.

“On June 4th, two teams will face off in our championship game for a million dollars. The second place team will get nothing. We are excited to showcase the drama of that moment and 26 additional high-stakes matches through this partnership with NBC Sports, home of the Premier League in the United States,” said TST founder and CEO Jon Mugar.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA

What is The Soccer Tournament?

Here are more details on what to expect from The Soccer Tournament this summer:

“A first-of-its-kind soccer event, TST will feature 32 teams from eight different countries competing in a World Cup-like group stage. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout stage, where they will compete in single elimination games for a $1 million grand prize.

“Teams competing in the event include 7-a-side teams from notable European clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wrexham, Como 1907, Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv, MLS club Charlotte FC, Liga MX’s Club Necaxa, Clint Dempsey’s Team Dempsey, and US Women, a team of former US women’s national team players organized by Heather O’Reilly and coached by Mia Hamm.

“Notable players include legendary Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (Como 1907), NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (Nati SC), social media influencer and former MLS Academy product Noah Beck (Borussia Dortmund), among others. TST’s field will also include 23 former U.S. senior national team players on both the men’s and women’s side with nearly 1,400 matches of experience combined.”

Below is the full TST game schedule and tickets for all TST games are on sale now at

The Soccer Tournament schedule, how to watch live, start times, dates

June 1, 2023

Borussia Dortmund 2-5 Hoosiers Army (Indiana Alumni) – June 1, 9am ET

West Ham United 2-4 Far East United – June 1, 10:30am ET

US Women 0-5 Say Word FC – June 1, 12pm ET

Wrexham Red Dragons 3-2 Como 1907 – June 1, 1:30pm ET

Wolverhampton 3-4 Blade & Grass – June 1, 5pm ET


Club Necaxa 2-3 Hapoel Tel Aviv – June 1, 6:30pm ET


Wrexham Red Dragons 12-0 US Women – June 1, 8pm ET

Team Dempsey 0-3 Sneaky Fox – June 1, 9:30pm ET

June 2, 2023

Borussia Dortmund 1-7 Kingdom FC – June 2, 9am ET

West Ham United 4-3 Culture by Mo Ali FC – June 2, 10:30am ET

Wrexham Red Dragons 8-1 Say Word FC – June 2, 12pm ET

Team Dempsey vs. Zala FFF – June 2, 1:30pm ET

Quarterfinals (4 games) – June 2, 12 pm – 4:45pm ET

Como 1907 3-4 Zala FFF

Conrad and Beasley United 1-2 Sneaky Fox

June 3, 2023

Semifinals (2 games) – June 3, 7 pm and 9:30pm ET

SLC FC 1-0 Zala FFF

Newtown Pride 4-1 Sneaky Fox

June 4, 2023

TST $1M Championship Game (Live) – SLC FC vs Newtown Pride — June 4, 3pm ET CNBC – Encore to air on June 10, 2pm ET (NBC)

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

[ LIVE: Manchester City vs Inter Milan ]

The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]

Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
Online: Live updates via
How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+

What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

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Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

Manchester City beat Man United in FA Cup, one win from treble


Manchester City won its seventh FA Cup and moved with a Champions League win of the very rare treble with a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

Ilkay Gundogan scored a goal after just 13 seconds — an FA Cup Final record — and volleyed home off a corner kick in the second half after a Bruno Fernandes penalty had drawn United level before halftime.

[ MORE: Pep Guardiola reaction – Okay to talk treble now ]

The Manchester derby nature of this FA Cup Final, the first final match-up between the heated rivals in tournament history, will make City’s win even sweeter, and the cherry on top is that United was unable to stop City’s quest to match its 1998-99 team.

That’s the only time in English history we’ve seen a treble that included the European Cup. Man City meets Inter Milan next week in the Champions League Final. A win means the treble.

Erik ten Hag is denied a domestic cup double in his first season as United boss. The FA Cup has been played since 1871, and Man United’s 12 tournament wins trail only Arsenal’s 12. United last won in 2016.

Treble-chasing Man City didn’t need its best, shows rivals distance to climb

This could’ve been a clean sheet win for City on another day, who had to deal with a 1-1 deadlock because of a legal but unsavory handball call against Jack Grealish that sent Bruno Fernandes to the spot.

Yes, United will point to the fact that it had to rebound from Ilkay Gundogan’s super quick opener, but City’s train barely left the station in this game and it was still a comfortable-enough win.

City let United hang around but there was always a feeling of inevitability: A moment of class was coming from one of the best teams ever assembled in world football.

Erling Haaland didn’t score and City misfired on a number of opportunities that it generally puts home. Is that a bad sign for next week’s Champions League Final?

That remains to be seen and debated, but there’s no question that City showed United how much more there is to be done to catch up to the champs. Why? Because City’s B-game was more than enough to collect another trophy.

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Manchester City vs Manchester United as it happened

First half

THE FASTEST GOOOOOAAAALLL IN FA CUP FINAL HISTORY! It’s Man City taking the lead as a long ball is headed down by Erling Haaland and Ilkay Gundogan’s first touch is a stunning strike from outside the box. Man City, 1-0!

That’s certainly put the game on its head, and City has another chance go very close before United can get their hands anywhere near the game.

City’s had three of the match’s four shot attempts and about 67 percent of the ball at the quarter-hour mark but United’s press is keeping things interesting and there’s been a little drama in the United third.

Fine margins… could’ve been 2-0! Erling Haaland is an absolute full stretch to poke a Bernardo Silva pass toward goal, but he can barely get to it and De Gea corrals the ball with ease. 17′

CLOSE! Kevin De Bruyne drills a left-footed shot that spins just wide of the post as City is starting to collect near-misses. That’s both asserting control but keeping the Red Devils in the match. 29′

VAR CHECK. Could there be a penalty for Man United? Aaron Wan-Bissaka heads a cross off Jack Grealish’s arm, and the video review is putting Man United on the spot! PENALTY…

GOAL! Bruno Fernandes bests Stefan Ortega with a stuttering run-up, rolling the ball the other way to make it 1-1.

Looks like this one’s going to the break at 1-1, and Erik ten Hag has to be thrilled about that. Neutrals will be happy, too, as we’ve got a tense derby finale in the balance. City’s taken six of the 10 shots in this one and had 60 percent of the ball but United’s got the xG lead 1.00-0.61.

Second half

GOAL! City on the front foot again, with no changes to start the second half, and a 51st-minute corner free kick sees Ilkay Gundogan etching his name further in Man City lore when he waits out De Bruyne’s lofted free kick and grounds the ball inside the near post. Man City, 2-1.

SAVE! David De Gea reacts to make an in-tight leg save on De Bruyne.

OFFSIDE GOAL: Gundogan is point blank to tap in a loose ball but is offside. It would’ve been a hat trick.

CLOSE! At the other end, United sub Alejandro Garnacho drags a shot just wide of the far post. Those fine margins remain part of this one!

It’s desperation time for Manchester United, who only had seven minutes and stoppage to get in the way of City’s second jewel in its treble crown.

Gundogan’s close to his hat trick again but this time Luke Shaw intervenes to force a corner kick.

WOAH! Very close to a stoppage-time equalizer as Scott McTominay makes chaos in Stefan Ortega’s box, leading to a corner kick. Cleared by Kyle Walker for the moment. Less than two minutes left now…

Ilkay Gundogan goal video: 13 seconds in!

Bruno Fernandes goal video: Penalty makes it 1-1

Ilkay Gundogan goal video: Patient, precise, pretty

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Man City (-200) vs Manchester United (+525) | Draw over 120 mins (+375)

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: None.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Lisandro Martinez, Marcel Sabitzer, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Antony.