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Galaxy creator and partner to a pop star: Sebastian Lletget is the most interesting man in American soccer

The LA Galaxy have their longest win streak since 2014, but are they as good on paper as their MLS record this season? Via MLS

LOS ANGELES -- Five o'clock on the Friday of a holiday weekend is not an ideal time to be driving on the highways of Southern California. But here we are, somewhere between the apartment Sebastian Lletget shares with his girlfriend, pop star Becky G, and Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the LA Galaxy -- who host Real Salt Lake on Sunday (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+). The 26-year old star, a facilitator of his Major League Soccer club's potent attack and arguably the one man in the U.S. men's national...

United States to play Gold Cup tune-up vs. Jamaica in Washington D.C.

U.S. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to talk all things Gold Cup and his ambition to win the tournament.
U.S.'s Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to explain how his style fits in CONCACAF and his thoughts on the Nations League.

The United States will face Jamaica at Washington D.C.'s Audi Field on June 5, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Thursday.

The match will serve as the first of two Gold Cup tune-ups, with the U.S. scheduled to face Venezuela in Cincinnati four days later.

The Reggae Boyz reached each of the past two Gold Cup finals. Jamaica fell to Mexico 3-1 in 2015 -- after ousting the Americans in the semifinals -- and lost to the U.S. 2-1 two years later.

The match will also mark the third time the two...

U.S. Soccer cites FIFA guidelines over blocked Relevent Sports Miami match

U.S. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to talk all things Gold Cup and his ambition to win the tournament.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said FIFA guidelines prevented it from approving an Ecuadorian league match in Miami one day after Relevent Sports sued the USSF over the its refusal to sanction the game.

In a statement given to ESPN, the USSF said it "reached out to FIFA and verified the FIFA Council's October 2018 confirmation stating the sporting principle that official league matches must be played within the territory of the respective member association."

Relevent later issued a statement of...

U.S. Soccer faces suit from Relevent Sports over planned match in Miami

Kristine Lilly and Brandi Chastain talk about the USWNT's lawsuit against U.S. Soccer and how proud they are of others carrying the torch.
U.S. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to talk all things Gold Cup and his ambition to win the tournament.
1999 Women's World Cup winner Brandi Chastain expresses her support for the USWNT's lawsuit against U.S. Soccer and reflects on its global impact.

Multimedia sports and entertainment company Relevent, a promoter of international soccer matches, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation and its secretary general, Dan Flynn, after the USSF refused to sanction the playing of an Ecuadorian league match in Miami.

According to the filing, Relevent was attempting to stage a match between Ecuadorian sides Barcelona SC and Guayaquil City FC, to be held May 5 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. As the national governing body for soccer, the USSF...

Learning languages, talking race and soccer: U.S. U20 captain Mark McKenzie opens up over dinner

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner square off in predicting five of the most notable Major League Soccer fixtures this weekend.

BEAR, Del. -- It has been a busy day in the McKenzie household; that's only natural when there are inhabitants ages 20 and younger. One of them, Mark, just so happens to be a second-year center-back with the Philadelphia Union and one of the rising stars within U.S. Soccer. But it's another McKenzie who has the more pressing matter. Younger sister Madison has prom coming up and a decision needs to be made.

"Sorry I'm late," says Mark, who slides into a booth at a Buffalo Wild Wings, just miles away...