Concaclusions, Ep. 8: Christian Pulisic Finally Breaks Through For Chelsea

From the English top flight to the French capital, several of Concacaf’s stars were at it again for their respective European clubs over the weekend. Here are three of the top storylines in case you missed some of the region’s top players

Pulisic propels Chelsea to seventh consecutive win

Have yourself a day, Christian Pulisic.

It may not be time to fret just yet, but the American’s lack of minutes in his first few months in England has dominated U.S. soccer headlines. While competing against a host of other young attackers for playing time, Pulisic has had to keep a level head if he is to avoid letting this juncture negatively impact his budding career.

Manager Frank Lampard gave the 21-year-old the start against Burnley on Saturday — his first in two months — and received the best possible reward via a Man of the Match performance and hat-trick to propel the Blues to a 4-2 win. Pulisic was all over the field, and he became just the second American to net three goals in a single match in the Premier League.

We’ll see whether or not he is able to ride the momentum of this brilliant performance. At the very least, he should be given a massive boost by his manager’s delight at him contributing in a big way.

“I am absolutely delighted for him,” Lampard said. “It was a fantastic match-winning appearance. He showed the full package."

Chicharito gets off the mark in La Liga

The Mexican international made headlines back in September with a splendid free kick in the Europa League, his first goal for new club Sevilla. He has since found it difficult to open his account in La Liga, but that changed for the better in the team’s 2-0 win over Getafe to climb above Real Madrid into fifth place on the table.

Chicharito offered a blistering reminder of how lethal he can be inside the penalty area, and the rest of La Liga will be hoping this doesn’t spark a resurgence in his career.

Navas keeps the door shut in France

Another match, another clean sheet for the Keylor Navas.

Paris Saint Germain continue to sit comfortably at the top of Ligue 1, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Costia Rican shot-stopper. New signing Mauro Icardi appears to have settled in and Kylian Mbappé is firing since returning from injury, but it’s been the team’s defensive dominance that has really impressed thus far.

Since making the jump from Real Madrid at the beginning of September, Navas has played the full 90 on 10 occasions in all competitions while producing a remarkable eight clean sheets. His composure and ball skills were on display in a 4-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.

Because PSG have the talent to take the league rather comfortably, Navas and his teammates will essentially be judged upon how they perform on the European stage. So far so good for the French giants with three wins on the bounce and zero goals conceded.

Roma Defender Chris Smalling Has Been Stellar In Italy

As if he’d not made enough of an impression since joining AS Roma on loan from Manchester United in the summer, defender Chris Smalling really stood out as an exceptional talent on the week of his 30th birthday. 

Hofstra Coach Simon Riddiough Doesn't Need The Power 5 To Define Success

By Jerry Beach

Simon Riddiough, the head coach of the Hofstra women’s soccer team, spent about two minutes of a 21-minute interview Tuesday afternoon discussing why he’s content at the Long Island school and not planning to see if he can replicate his success with a higher-profile Power Five school that would offer the resources and opportunities to make a deep NCAA Tournament run that are generally lacking in the mid-major arena.

Carlo Ancelotti, Aurelio De Laurentiis & Napoli Are In Complete Chaos

It’s hard to believe that only as far back as April 22, 2018, Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in Turin to move top of the table with only four games remaining. Maurizio Sarri — himself now in charge at Juve — had broken the club record points total in each of the previous two campaigns, and would do so again in 2017-18, but the Naples men ultimately finished second, albeit with yet another unseen total of 91 points.

Canada Has An Opportunity To Prove Their Standing On Friday Against USMNT

This is the moment of truth for Canada's men's national team. 

Concacaf Nations League Returns For Final Group State In November

After nearly a month of waiting for the Concacaf Nations League to kick back into gear, the tournament is finally back this week with the final two matchdays in group play. 

Seattle Sounders & Toronto FC Clash With The MLS Cup On The Line

Just over a week after the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC went on the road and upset the favorites, MLS Cup 2019 is on the horizon as the 24th season in league history comes to a close. CenturyLink Field in Seattle will be the epicenter on Sunday at 3 PM when the two sides face off in the MLS Cup final for the third time in the past four years. 

Paulo Fonseca & The Unlikely Resurgence Of AS Roma In Serie A

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Potential USMNT Contributors From The Nations League Pre-Camp

November 15 could be a day of reckoning for Gregg Berhalter and the United States men's national team. After last month's 2-0 defeat to Canada — the first loss to their neighbors in 35 years — Berhalter needs a win in Orlando to help rectify the USA's position in the first-ever Concacaf Nations League. Anything other than a win would mean that Canada will advance to the semifinals, a shocking result for the U.S.

10 Things In Italy: Mario Balotelli, de Ligt Handballs & Conte's Inter

With the action in Italy heating up both on and off the field, it’s time to get you caught up with what’s been happening in the world of Serie A and, as always, “10 Things” is here to bring you right up to date.

Concaclusions, Ep. 9: Pulisic Strikes Again, Jiménez Haunts Arsenal

Another round of club play is in the books, and several of the region’s top players were in the headlines once again through clutch goals, quality performances, and even uncharacteristic errors.