Berhalter, Simeone praise Marsch ahead of USMNT friendly, UCL decider

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While Gregg Berhalter takes the next step in attempting to set the United States men’s national team back on the right track with a Wednesday friendly against El Salvador in Florida, one of his fellow USMNT alums is managing perhaps the highest-profile club game in the history of Americans Abroad.

Jesse Marsch will lead Red Bull Salzburg up against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and a win in Austria would be enough to beat Atleti to a place in the knockout rounds.

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That would mean outfoxing Diego Simeone, though Marsch is quickly building a reputation as someone capable of mixing it up with the best.

“Salzburg are a brave side with a great coach, who force you into losing possession,” Simeone said Tuesday. “They try and break in numbers, at pace and with good football. … They’re doing a very good job and everyone can see that.”

Salzburg beat Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia to set up Wednesday’s must-win home match, which will conclude a couple of hours before Berhalter leads the USMNT onto the pitch in Fort Lauderdale.

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Berhalter’s reputation is growing as well, as players like Giovanni Reyna, Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and John Brooks make big strides on the world stage.

Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schafer, a former Bundesliga champion and teammate of Berhalter, told ProSoccerTalk on Monday that the American coach could wind up in the Bundesliga once his USMNT project is complete.

A day later, we asked Berhalter to reflect on the status of American managers in Europe as so many U.S. players grow their games abroad.

“A lot of credit goes to Bob Bradley for what he did, having success. It really takes success to help that reputation flourish,”  “Jesse’s doing a fantastic job, managing that group really well. They’re in contention to go to the Champions League or stay the Europa League, which is a big accomplishment.”

Berhalter says the chances provided by Major League Soccer cannot be discounted and also noted the trailblazing work being done by Marsch and Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Mattarazzo, who are following in the footsteps of Bob Bradley and even Berhalter, who led Hammarby before taking the head job at Columbus Crew and then the USMNT.

“It all starts with Major League Soccer and the opportunity that coaches are given to succeed,” Berhalter said. “It’s a great league to coach in because it’s really difficult with all parity. If you can have a consistent team that’s making the playoffs and winning, you’re doing a fantastic job. Brian Schmetzer, the success he’s having. The coach from Stuttgart, Pellegrino Matarrazzo, is a guy that I’ve spoken to often and is doing a great job. They are out there and it’s just a matter of time. Europe will be an option for more American coaches.”

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Berhalter was later asked about the problems some foreign coaches have had succeeding in MLS, especially with his old team Columbus led by American boss Caleb Porter and set for an MLS Cup meeting with Schmetzer’s Seattle Sounders.

“It’s never easy being a foreign coach in a league,” said Berhalter, who managed in Sweden from 2011-13. “Knowing the player pool is really important. It really comes down to reaching the players that you work with. You have to be able to connect with your group to get the most out of it. MLS is really balanced. If you don’t have your group fighting with each other, it’s going to be tough to win games.”

Also available to the media Tuesday was USMNT center back Aaron Long, who was turned into a center back by Marsch and saw his star rise when the two were together at New York Red Bulls.

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On Wednesday, Long will make his first U.S. appearance since February when he captained the Yanks against Costa Rica in his 17th cap. He said he’ll be watching Marsch and Salzburg face Atleti before he strips up for the USMNT, and also showered praise on Berhalter.

“Jesse and I are good friends,” Long said. “He’s a great coach and a great mentor of mine.
… Gregg’s an amazing coach. He’s perfect for this job because he’s great at getting the team together, getting us to gel and be on the same page. And he’s always introducing some young guy and growing our player pool.”

As for the man himself, Marsch knows the massive challenge in front of his Salzburg on Wednesday.

“We’re pushing our boundaries to the absolute limits,” Marsch said. “Thankfully, the group has been able to go a little bit higher every game and get a little bit better. And again, it’s given us a chance on the final day to see if we, at home, can go through, which we had last year too against Liverpool. Our drive and our focus to take that last step and get out of the group…the motivation will be very high.”

Kickoff is at 3pm ET Wednesday in Austria.

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When is the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place? When are the USWNT playing?


This summer, Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Women’s World Cup takes place every four years and the United States is the two-time defending champions, having won the tournament in both 2015 and 2019.

When is the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup?

This year’s tournament will span one month, with the first matches being played on Thursday, July 20. The final will be held on Sunday, August 20 and will played at Stadium Australia in Sydney, which has a capacity of 83,500 and hosted both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games.

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When does the United States play?

The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has a chance to become the first team to win three consecutive Women’s World Cups. This year, the USWNT has been drawn into Group E alongside the Netherlands, Portugal and Vietnam. The United States’ schedule for the group stage is below:

  • Friday, July 21 (9:00pm ET): USA vs. Vietnam
  • Wednesday, July 26 (9:00pm ET): USA vs. Netherlands
  • Tuesday, August 1 (3:00am ET): USA vs. Portugal

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: July 20 to August 20
  • Location: Australia and New Zealand
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock

Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, scores, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2023 World Cup, and be sure to subscribe to NBC Sports on YouTube!

USWNT release 2023 World Cup jerseys


The USWNT 2023 World Cup jerseys have arrived and the Stars and Stripes will certainly stand out from the crowd at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

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Vlatko Andonovski’s side are going for a third-straight World Cup title, something which has never been achieved in the history of the men’s and women’s game.

Led by Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn, this USWNT side have so much experience but there are also exciting young talents coming through with Mallory Swanson and Trinity Rodman excelling in recent months.

Below is a closer look at the the new USWNT 2023 World Cup jerseys, with the away kit also to be worn by the USMNT.

USWNT 2023 World Cup jerseys

U.S. Soccer say that the inspiration for the jerseys are “from abstract expressionism, an international art movement that started in the 1940s in New York and shifted the art epicenter from Europe to the U.S., similar to what the USA team has done for women’s soccer.”

They add there is “a custom USA ‘signature'” as the “bespoke mark is hand painted with ink on paper, and is a nod to the abstract expressionism movement, where each artist would sign their painting. Lastly, the USA’s inner pride mark celebrates the USWNT’s four Women’s World Cup championships in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019.”

When it comes to the home kit, U.S. Soccer say it is “an unexpected take on the tradition of wearing white at home and features a bespoke drip paint technique pattern. Highlighting the energy of the USWNT and how they are diverse players and personalities, but always united, the action painting method pattern features a distinctive placement, making every single jersey unique.”

Courtesy: US Soccer

For the blue away kit, which will be worn by both the USWNT and USMNT, there are “bespoke stars and stripe print on the sleeve cuffs – a diagonal stripe with intersecting stars – and a neckline that also features red blades, formed to look like the tip of stars.”

They add that those shapes are “subtle, patriotic nods to the hidden shapes that are inspired by abstract expressionism art.”

Courtesy: US Soccer

Here is a look at both USWNT World Cup jerseys in a little more detail, plus the USMNT showing off their new away kits.

Women’s World Cup: USWNT results at each tournament


This summer, Australia and New Zealand will serve as joint-hosts of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is the ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup, which takes place every four years.

How many Women’s World Cups has the United States won?

The United States Women’s National Team is the two-time defending World Cup champions and is the most successful team in the history of the tournament. Overall, the USWNT has won four of the first eight Women’s World Cups, while they have never finished worse than third place.

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When has the United States won the Women’s World Cup?

The USWNT has won four World Cups: 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019. They won the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991, beating Norway in the final behind two goals from Michelle Akers. The USWNT won as the host nation in 1999, beating China on penalty kicks in the final at the Rose Bowl, with Brandi Chastain scoring the game-winning penalty.

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The United States enters this summer’s tournament as the two-time defending champions as they look to become the first team, male or female, to win three straight World Cups. The U.S. defeated Japan in the 2015 final, winning 5-2 behind a hat trick from Carli Lloyd in the game’s opening 16 minutes. In 2019, the U.S. won 2-0 against the Netherlands in the final behind goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle.

United States Women’s National Team: World Cup Results

1991: Champions (won vs. Norway in final)

1995: Third place (lost vs. Norway in semifinals)

1999: Champions (won vs. China in final)

2003: Third place (lost vs. Germany in semifinals)

2007: Third Place (lost vs. Brazil in semifinals)

2011: Runners-up (lost vs. Japan in final)

2015: Champions (won vs. Japan in final)

2019: Champions (won vs. Netherlands in final)

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: July 20 to August 20
  • Location: Australia and New Zealand
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, scores, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2023 World Cup, and be sure to subscribe to NBC Sports on YouTube!

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.

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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.

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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
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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)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

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.