Two years ago, Molham Babouli thought he was done as a soccer player.
Two weeks ago, he scored against Brazil in his competitive debut for Canada.
It’s been a wild couple of years for the 22-year-old Toronto-born striker, currently a member of TFCII in the USL. His quick rise has come down to hard work, good timing and a fortuitous encounter with the right coach.
Mexico's 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final on Sunday evening gave them not only another trophy, but a spot in a one-game playoff against the US men's national team for the right to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
CONCACAF announced late Sunday night that the playoff will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Friday, Oct. 9. Ticket sales will open in September.
The New York Red Bulls earned a 2-1 victory over S.L. Benfica in an International Champions Cup match Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mike Grella each scored to see New York to the top of the ICC table.
The Red Bulls finish their ICC run with a 3-0-1 record, with ICC counting the Red Bulls' regular season results against other MLS sides in the competition, San Jose and Los Angeles, in addition to the 4-2 win over Chelsea from Wednesday night.
PHILADELPHIA — For a while there, it seemed as if Panama’s third-place match against the United States on Saturday afternoon may never happen.
Gold Cup: After penalty kick loss to Panama, Jurgen Klinsmann admits semifinal defeat "took the wind out"
CHESTER, Pa. -- After losing a heartbreaking Gold Cup semifinal match to Jamaica on Wednesday, Jurgen Klinsmann and his US national team players vowed to take the third-place game seriously and try to end the tournament on a high note.
But, in the end, that was easier said than done.
PHILADELPHIA – There wasn’t much consolation in a third-place game defeat that saw the United States’ CONCACAF Gold Cup run come to a disappointing close.
Though Panama outshot the USA 25-5 in front of 12,598 fans at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, second-half goals from Roberto Nurse and Clint Dempsey sent the match to extra time and, eventually, penalty kicks, where Los Canaleros emerged as 3-2 winners to claim third-place medals following a frustrating week.
TORONTO – On a night where Jermain Defoe took once more to the pitch at BMO Field in Toronto, it was he who stole the show, scoring two goals against his former club.
In good spirits following a win over Philadelphia on the weekend, Toronto FC were forced to settle for a 2-1 loss on Wednesday night in an international friendly against English Premier League side Sunderland AFC.
CARSON, Calif. -- The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at the Rose Bowl, they watched Manchester United pummel them in a 7-0 debacle that delighted the vast majority of the nearly 85,000 on hand.
Now they're taking on Barcelona, the consensus choice as the world's best club, in Tuesday night's International Champions Cup friendly at the 93-year-old shrine in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. It's a challenge they're excited about, but also one they don't want ending like last year's match.