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 By Chris Wright

Phoenix Rising's JJ Johnson scores overhead kick wonder goal

With player-owner Didier Drogba away at the World Cup on punditry duty, Phoenix Rising FC did their absent boss proud by thrashing Tulsa Roughnecks in the USL on Saturday evening.

The goal of the game came mere minutes before half-time when JJ Johnson put Phoenix 2-0 up with an absolute scorcher of an overhead kick.

In fact, the goal was so good that his club felt the need to pay homage to the Jamaican striker on social media.

Sensational technique!

Phoenix went on to register a convincing 3-0 win...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Former England midfielder Joe Cole becomes assistant coach at Tampa Bay Rowdies

England forward Marcus Rashford tells Mark Ogden that playing less for Manchester United in 2018 has left him feeling fresh heading to Russia.
Despite England's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica, former England international Paul Mariner was not pleased with the team's uninspired performance.
John Obi Mikel explains to Alison Bender why he believes that England have enough quality to reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
New general manager Earnie Stewart met with Taylor Twellman to talk about the current state of the relationship between U.S. Soccer and MLS and whether the new USMNT head coach needs to be "MLS friendly."

Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole has taken on additional duties as an assistant coach for the team, though his main role will still be as a player for the American second-tier team, the club announced Friday.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool player moved to the Rowdies in 2016 after a short stint with Coventry, winning three Premier League titles and earning 56 caps for England in a glittering playing career.

Cole is in the process of earning his UEFA A coaching licence and will assume his...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

U.S. Open Cup round of 16 draw: Louisville City to host fellow USL club Nashville SC

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Louisville City

At least one club from the second-tier USL will advance to U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals as Louisville City were drawn against Nashville SC in the round of 16.

U.S. Soccer conducted the draw on Friday, the morning after Nashville, whose owners were granted an MLS expansion team last year, advanced by defeating the Colorado Rapids.

Nashville SC will travel to face last season's USL champions Louisville City, which ousted the New England Revolution on Tuesday night.

The draw was split into four geographic...

U.S. Soccer won't alter sanctioning process for Cosmos owner's $500m NASL proposal

Former USMNT forward Herculez Gomez dissects New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso's harsh words regarding the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has declined to alter its sanctioning process to accommodate a proposal from New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso, which would have pumped $500 million into a revamped North American Soccer League.

Commisso's proposal, first made on April 13, requested that the USSF grant the revised league a 10-year runway to come into compliance with the USSF's Professional League Standards (PLS). The standards specify requirements for professional leagues, including the minimum number...

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Efrain Alvarez chose Mexico after U.S. dropped him, LA Galaxy coach says

ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle shares his findings after speaking to 18 sources on the factors that led to the USMNT's World Cup qualifying failure.
Before he heads to Russia to cover Mexico at the World Cup, Herculez Gomez predicts how far El Tri will go in the tournament.
Progressing from the last six World Cup group stages, Mexico have no issues starting the tournament well, but can they progress in the knockout stages in Russia?

Top LA Galaxy prospect Efrain Alvarez chose to represent Mexico after he was dropped from a United States camp, his coach Mike Munoz told Soccer America.

Alvarez, who will turn 16 in three weeks, was called up to Mexico's under-17 team this month after turning heads in the USL with six goals in a three-game span for Munoz's LA Galaxy II.

A Los Angeles native, Alvarez played for the U.S. under-15 team in 2016, but Munoz said Mexico jumped at the chance to have him join its U15 team after the...