Written by Will Parchman

Talk about a rivalry game.

The U18s faced off against their Mexico counterparts in Carson, Calif. last week, and the teams staged a memorable encounter that Mexico ultimately won 4-3. Now we have highlights to bring you. Jorge Ruiz, Sebastian Elney and Sebastian Saucedo scored for the U.S., but Mexico won a 95th-minute penalty when David Chavez knocked down a sure goal with his hands.

Mexico converted and the rest is history. The keeper in that series of events? None other than Jonathan Klinsmann.

 

 

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Written by Will Parchman

The Bavarian SC U13s are currently in Spain training at Real Madrid’s complex through the adidas ITP program. That includes pre-arranged games like this one against Cobeja, a club out of Toledo.

Cobeja led 3-0 until Bavarian SC (which is based in Milwaukee, Wis.) mounted a furious comeback that ended when keeper Tom Deslongchamps biked (!!) in the tying goal in the final minute. How often do you see a keeper score in that situation? One out of 100? 500? And then to score on a bike? Money. The kings of Wisconsin.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

The Generation adidas cup is in full swing right now in Frisco, Texas. It pits a handful of U17 sides against one another in tandem with the Dallas Cup, which means the Metroplex is experiencing a bit of a soccergasm this week. Excellent stuff.

In the midst of the action, Real Salt Lake U17s faced off against Stoke City on Tuesday night and submitted a contender for game of the week. With the teams knotted at 1-1, the game plunged into the 70th (and final) minute. Stoke’s Charles Weston-Hayles scored what appeared to be the game-winner…

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Written by Will Parchman

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Turns out Andrea Pirlo is actually Hunter S. Thompson with a beard instead of a bucket hat, a golden foot instead of a cigarette and a whole helluva lot more awesome smug.

Pirlo’s autobiography I Think Therefore I Play was released today, and it contains some passages that reveal the true insane genius within the Italian Passmeister. Excerpts have been making the rounds. Here are my favorites.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Think about NYCFC for a moment. The first thing that strobes into your mind – go. Now hold on to that.

Among a mixer of many, there are two very specific things you can say about the relationship between New York City and NYCFC. The first is this notion that the club will be very rich and therefore a dubstep mashup of the Yankees and Manchester City, two parents living in a 3,000 square foot penthouse on the upper east side. We once presumed all the city’s soccer money would be dumped into the Red Bulls. Instead, as we’ve heard…

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This is a huge part of the reason our sport gets such a bad rep in this country. Never do this, please. Good thing MLS has retrospective punishment for nonsense like this.

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Written by Will Parchman

Santos Laguna and Atlante staged a wonderful 4-3 barnburner on Sunday that Santos ultimately won. Santos Laguna stud Carlos Quintero broke out with a hat trick, and this 30-yard burner off a free kick was the pick of the litter.

Quintero now has more than 60 goals in 200 appearances for Santos Laguna since joining in 2009. Were any more improbable than that one? Not likely.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

We like fan reaction videos around here. Most notably, Landon Donovan incited a brilliant one when he scored in the final minutes against Algeria at World Cup 2010 to send the Americans through to the knockouts. Pandemonium.

This one is pretty great as well. Liverpool shouldered past Manchester City on Sunday to take a step closer toward its first league title since 1990. This all still seems strangely impossible, but here we are.

Anyhow, this video comes to us via The Sandon Pub just outside Anfield, where a group of crazed Liverpool supporters are shadowed by a video camera through the ups and downs of the match. The final whistle is fun.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

If you pay attention to high school soccer nationally, you’ve no doubt heard the name Mauro Cichero. The 6-3 midfielder was the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year last year, and he accomplished the feat as just a junior for the uber talented Norman High School side.

Entering his senior year, hopes were high for the senior. And it seems he isn’t disappointing. Norman’s recent matchup against Edmond Memorial plunged into the second overtime before Cichero did something… well, memorable. Don’t see these every day, especially not as game-winners. Take a bow.

 

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