Matchday 2 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying saw a lifeless, goalless draw when the USMNT traveled to Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday. Neither side made too much of an effort to put on a positive display, and Stars and Stripes FC summed up the action pretty well: "It was a fair result for the two teams and essentially two hours wasted for anyone who watched because the match couldn't have been more boring."
Sunil Gulati: On Jurgen Klinsmann, FIFA election, USMNT, much more [SI]
The U.S. Soccer Federation president offered some wide-ranging comments on the state of the Men's National Team and its manager.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini lose appeals against bans [ESPNFC]
It sounds like Platini's bid to replace Blatter as president of FIFA isn't going well.
What's happening in The A?
The Hawks dropped a 90-88 decision to the Brooklyn Nets, their third loss in a row and fourth in their last five games. Twenty turnovers played a major role in Atlanta never being able to get its offense going, but so did the lack of starters Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore, who were out with ankle injuries.
One year later, Talking Chop breaks down the Jason Heyward trade. It's the move that officially put Atlanta in a rebuilding mode that resulted in almost every familiar face removed from the roster.