Dzeko, Ranieri Lead Roma To Pragmatic Win, But Is It Too Late For Europe?

Roma still have it all to do to secure a top-four finish for Champions League play next season, but they’ve provided fans with a glimmer of hope with consecutive shutout victories. Claudio Ranieri’s men continue to battle injuries, and ever-changing lineups make finding consistency on the pitch a tall task. Nevertheless, in the last two matches we’ve witnessed what the team has largely lacked down the stretch: the ability to shore up in defense and grind out narrow results. 

A trip to Sampdoria saw the home side dominate in possession (63 percent), but captain Daniele De Rossi willed his side to three points with the game’s only goal with just a quarter of an hour remaining. The latest triumph also came by way of a 1-0 scoreline, as lowly Udinese held firm before Stephan El Shaarawy’s clever flick set up Edin Dzeko to slot home for the eventual winner.

While rumors continue to fly as to who will man the dugout for the 2019-20 season, Ranieri’s task of injecting life into a battered squad and securing at least fourth place is coming down to the wire as both Milan clubs continue to do just enough to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

Supporters in Italy’s capital may be some of the most demanding in all of Europe, but for a club with just three league titles there is plenty to boast about in recent years. As traditional powers Inter and Milan have floundered, it’s been Napoli and Roma who have mounted the only really challenges to the Juventus machine since 2011. Participation in Europe’s elite competition has become the norm and a historic semifinal run in last year’s edition was the cherry on top.

With stadium plans in the works and an ever-growing global brand, there is reason for optimism in the Eternal City. Despite this, there is now little room for error after putting all hope into a project and watching it go up in flames with the departures of both manager and sporting director.

Missing out on the added revenue the Champions League brings would be a massive blow to their plans moving forward, particularly with the Nerazzurri and Rossoneri finding their footing once again. With just six matches remaining, it will likely take the same sort of no-frills performances of the last two weeks to salvage this season and regroup for 2019-20.

D.C. United Put Road Record To The Test With Trip To Minnesota United

Beware the loon. 

Atalanta Beats Fiorentina 5-4 On Aggregate To Advance To Coppa Italia Final

Bergamo was rocking.

Lazio Fan Behavior Overshadows Inspired 2nd Half At San Siro In Coppa Semis

Here we go again.

Set Pieces Make the Difference For D.C. United Once Again In Columbus Win

D.C. United once again won on the road, this time defeating the Columbus Crew 1-0 at MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday evening. Wayne Rooney smashed in a free kick for his fifth goal of the season and United stood tall defensively to preserve the shutout. The win was the Black-and-Red's first in Columbus since August 2007, ending an 11-game winless streak in the Ohio capital.

Roma's Spine In Need Of Summer Repair After Possible Champions League Miss

Rumors continue to swirl concerning who will step in to help rebuild at AS Roma following the departures of Eusebio Di Francesco and Monchi. The Capital Club are in the midst of a battle for Champions League play next year with no room for error in the remaining five matches. They currently sit just one point behind Milan and Atalanta, so maximum points and a bit of luck will be needed to achieve their goal for the season.

Montella Leads Fiorentina In Coppa Italia Semi vs High-Powered Atalanta

“The important thing is that we won to stay right up there and we’ll give our best,” Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic revealed to reporters at Sky Italia following his side’s excellent 2-1 win over Napoli on Monday. “It’s good in a way that we started the season badly, because we had time to make up for it and now we want to keep that momentum going to the end.

Wayne Rooney's Free Kick Provides Difference In 1-0 DCU Win Over Crew

D.C. United came into Wednesday's visit to the Columbus Crew having not won in Ohio's capital since 2007. That streak of 11 games without a win ended finally ended at MAPFRE Stadium, with Wayne Rooney's first-half free kick providing the difference in a 1-0 win for the Black-and-Red.

Correa, Lazio Topple AC Milan To Head To Coppa Italia Final On May 15

After the shirt incident, there was bad blood between AC Milan and Lazio. 

D.C. United & Columbus Crew Vie For Top Spot In MLS Eastern Conference

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and D.C United are hoping they can escape the storm in the final week of the month and end a stretch that has put a damper on their bright start to the 2019 season. 

AC Milan, Lazio Square Off In Coppa Italia In Game Filled With Bad Blood

“We are inconsistent, but we go to San Siro to win. We are stronger and, man for man, there is no comparison.”