Rookie outfit Orlando City are paying Kaka $6.6 million while the 30 other squad players receive a total of $4 million between them.  Photo:  Alex Menendez/Getty

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas McNamara grew up 40 minutes north of Yankee Stadium where he currently patrols midfield for New York City FC. With enough (...)

Mario Balotelli and Alessio Cerci  during an Italy training session at Coverciano on in Florence. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

If Mario Balotelli had ever suspected that his recall to the Italy squad for Sunday’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia in Milan was a case of(...)

Italy’s coach Antonio Conte gets his point across  during the Euro 2016 qualification match against Azerbaijan in Palermo. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Euro 2016 round-up: The Netherlands grabbed two late goals to snatch a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Kazakhstan having trailed until just past the hour(...)

Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) reacts after Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the winning goal during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Italy 4 Japan 3: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling win a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup.(...)