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.

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. 

CAA Playoff Watch Guide: Week Of November 4

The CAA Soccer Tournament is underway for both men and women! Keep following the CAA as action heats up with several key matchups on the slate and Championship aspirations on the line.

Navas, Davies Highlight Successes For Concacaf Players Abroad

Mexican and USA players get most of the ink for their performances abroad, but there are plenty of players from all countries in Concacaf plying their trade outside of the region. Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas and Canadian winger Alphonso Davies are two of the biggest names from Concacaf playing in Europe right now, both contributing to some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Gutierrez, Lozano, Chicharito & Other Mexico Stars In Europe

Given their impressive development under Tata Martino and the United States’ struggles with Gregg Berhalter, the reigning Concacaf champions look to have a firm grip on the top spot in the region for the foreseeable future. They continue to groom young players and have used the Nations League as a chance to integrate domestic talents with a solid group plying their trade across the pond.