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The more popular Liga MX and the MLS are rivals fighting for some of the same fans, players, coaches and all the rest, but there are increasing signs of a tightening relationship that raises the prospect of the two leagues becoming one. Photograph: Getty Images

Last September’s inaugural US Leagues Cup final, played in Las Vegas between Cruz Azul and Tigres, didn’t draw much of an audience beyond the 20,132 f(...)

 Willian (left) plays the ball in for Neymar (far right) to score during the World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico at the Samara Arena. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Brazil 2 Mexico 0 Mexico’s World Cup began with tears of joy against Germany, and ended with them choking back the bile against Brazil, after a displ(...)

Neymar during a Brazil training session ahead of the Round 16 match against Mexico. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil v Mexico, Samara Arena, Monday, 3.0 (Live RTÉ2/ITV) Tite was expounding the need to make good use of his squad players when he landed upon one(...)

Sweden celebrate after winning their Group F encounter with mexico at the 2018 World Cup to advance to the round of 16. Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo

Sweden 3 Mexico 0 Devastated on the pitch, trailing 3-0 after a performance riddled with anxiety and inhibition, with the minutes ticking down on Mex(...)

Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring Mexico’s second against South Korea. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP

South Korea 1 Mexico 2 Mexico built on the momentum from their stunning opening victory over world champions Germany by comprehensively beating South(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic  celebrates after scoring LA Galaxy’s winner against LAFC during their Major League Soccer  game at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Los Angeles Galaxy 4 Los Angeles FC 3 It looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic has arrived in LA then. Just over a decade ago, David Beckham made his LA Ga(...)

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Mexico’s defender Hector Moreno  during the  Confederations Cup  match in Kazan on Sunday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Anybody looking for answers to the thorny issue of Cristiano Ronaldo’s future will have found few clues here, but if Portugal needed reassurance of hi(...)

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi has been named La Liga player of the month for January, the first time he has won the award. The award has been given out since the begi(...)

David Moyes was sent to the stands and shared crisps with fans during Real Sociedad’s 2-2 home draw with Villarreal which saw them crash out of the Copa Del Rey. (Photograph: EPA/Gorka Estrada)

David Moyes enjoyed a crisp as Real Sociedad crashed out of the Copa del Rey following a 2-2 home draw against Villarreal. Moyes, unhappy that a numbe(...)

Real Sociedad were left frustrated after a late Levante penalty denied them a first league away win of the season on Saturday with their inability to (...)

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