Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, front centre, sits with team mates on the bench before the first half of the  International Champions Cup match with Manchester United at Michigan Stadium. Photograph: AP

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid can head an invasion by Spanish clubs to capitalise on the lucrative American soccer market and compete wi(...)

Jonny Evans of Manchester United fights for the ball with Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl  in Pasadena, California. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Louis van Gaal show is up and running and in the brightest of lights after a 7-0 trouncing of Los Angeles Galaxy in front of an 86,432 crowd at th(...)

USA captain Clint Dempsey: journey from a trailer park in Nacogdoches, east Texas, to captaining the USA in Brazil almost veered off course because of money. Photographer: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Every four years, some Olympic sport captures the imagination of America’s children and undergoes an immediate upsurge in numbers. Last time out, it w(...)

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will leave Manchester United in the summer after not being offered a new contract. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Rio Ferdinand is leaving Manchester United after his 12-year career at the club was ended following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton. With United also(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill sees Séamus Coleman’s future at Goodison Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Séamus Coleman does disappear up the East Lancs road this summer it seems it won’t just be Roberto Martinez he’ll disappoint, for his inter(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane plans on staying in America. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland will face Italy in a friendly in London on May 31st, the FAI confirmed this afternoon. Martin O’Neill’s side was (...)

Shayne Graham (3) of the New Orleans Saints kicks a 32-yard game winning field goal to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFC Wild Card Play-off game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 4th, 2014 in Philadelphia. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24. Photograph:  Al Bello/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints snapped a road jinx with their play-off win last week in Philadelphia but face the NFL’s ultimate travel test in their division(...)

Clint Dempsey (left) is returning to Major League Soccer. Photograph:   Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Tottenham have confirmed that forward Clint Dempsey is returning to Major League Soccer after just one season at White Hart Lane. The United States ca(...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s Darren O’Dea has joined Metallurg Donestk on a thre0year deal. Photograph: Vladimir Astapkovich/PA Wire.

Republic of Ireland defender Darren O’Dea has agreed a three-year deal with Ukrainian side Metallurg Donetsk. The former Celtic and Leeds Unite(...)

New York Yankees’ Randy Levine (left), MLS commissioner Don Garber (centre) and Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano.

Manchester City have expanded their commercial and football activities into the United States with the majority purchase of a Major League Socc(...)