Written by Will Parchman

Rubio Rubin is now playing for Utrecht in the Netherlands, which is good. It also means a lock for the U20 World Cup next summer just became a vital cog in the future of the YNT setup. We all know how much Jurgen Klinsmann values European playing time, and the fact that Rubin is getting some in a very good European league with a first team is an important factor for the future. When looking at random YNT call-ups down the line, Rubin now springs off the page even more than before.

A few notes on the video.

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By now, you probably know the name Indi Cowie. The freestyle champ went to UNC to play in 2012 but tore her ACL and eventually retired from college ball. You can read more about that journey here. In this space, we’re just concerned with her prodigious and world class freestyle skills, which are apparently as sharp as ever. This time she roped in sister Skye for a bit of a kickabout in a Scotland skate park. Scope it.

The seated juggling is still so ridiculous. Doesn’t matter how many times you see it.

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Francesco Totti and Landon Donovan have a lot in common these days. Both club legends are on heralded farewell tours, turning opposing stadiums into glorified recognition chambers. While Donovan gets the “We’ll Miss You But Now We’ll Try And Beat You” treatment Stateside, Totti’s undergoing the same in Europe.

Roma was recently in Athens for a matchup against AEK, and the club gifted Totti a plaque to commemorate the 37-year-old’s incredible one-club career. And then, while taking pictures, Totti dropped the plaque on the running track and broke it.

Totti doesn’t care about your stupid plaque.

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Last season, Liverpool had won 11 straight through late April and, with just three games left in the season, needed just six points to put the title away. As we now know, the Reds choked away the title by losing to Chelsea and then, incredibly, gave up a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 and effectively end their title hopes. Suarez cried. Manchester City won the title. It was something else.

Monday was Liverpool’s chance for vengeance against the team that yanked the rug out from under them in Manchester City. Only the game was at the Etihad in Manchester, and Liverpool didn’t really show up in the final third. City won 3-1.

This was probably the game’s greatest moment. Just 23 seconds after subbing on, Aguero latched onto a gorgeous long ball from Jesus Navas and, with his second touch of the game, pushed home City’s third for a 3-0 lead. Liverpool scored one late, but that moment was as appropriate a microcosm as any for this game. Liverpool being old Liverpool.

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It’s back.

After a long, seemingly interminable offseason of hibernation, the TopDrawerSoccer.com College Goal of the Week competition returns for its second year of action. If you’ll flash back to the end of last season, Rutgers’ Rachel Cole carried the vote for our 2013 College Goal of the Year with her incredible golazo in the American Athletic conference tournament. We begin that journey anew today.

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There was a moment early in the second half of Sunday’s Timbers-Sounders match when Darlington Nagbe faced up fellow Akron product DeAndre Yedlin on the fringe of the Sounders’ box. The matchup had been a continuing font of frustration for Nagbe over the course of the afternoon. Yedlin had harassed Nagbe up and down the field, even tracking back on his probing runs in time to reject Nagbe’s one-on-one attempts. Most of them were futile.

This particular matchup about 10 minutes into the half was Yedlin’s biggest triumph. Nagbe went to his most familiar ally, the right-footed chop to his left that he pairs with a vicious hip shimmy. As soon as Nagbe cut down on the ball, you see immediately that it lacked its typical venom – it’s almost lethargic – and Yedlin, hardly the best heads-up defender in the league, is on top of the move instantly. Yedlin stretches out his right and megs Nagbe on his own fake, punching the ball out of the box and away from danger. Nagbe, beaten completely, wraps both arms around Yedlin and drags him to the ground to draw a deserved foul. It’s over in four seconds.

This is hardly the Nagbe we’re used to seeing, but it’s the Nagbe that’s been on display for long stretches of 2014 with only occasional interruptions. At this time last year, Nagbe had seven goals and three assists. After being subbed off of Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Seattle at home, Nagbe is sitting on just four assists.

What’s happened to Darlington Nagbe?

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For international sides, the months following any World Cup are hardly vital in the grander scheme. The games themselves mean little, and the prime players are almost always trying to scale down their minutes outside club soccer to recharge. That opens the sluice gates for strange doings. Fringe players are called in and do funny things, like score goals (Juan Agudelo, 2010). Or play minutes in soccer games (Nate Jaqua, 2007).

On Jan. 22, 2006, Freddy Adu became the youngest player to ever play for the U.S. men’s national team at 16 years and 234 days. He entered for an injured Eddie Johnson and played the last 10 minutes of a scoreless draw against Canada. Nothing about the night was particularly notable aside from the fact that Adu had broken a 15-year-old record. Eight years hence and it still stands.

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The women’s college season kicks off on Friday, which means the guys weigh in this week with a special preview edition of The Young Professionals podcast. This week, Travis, J.R. and Will talk about some of the teams to beat, discuss some of the nation’s top players and bring on UCLA star midfielder Sam Mewis for an interview about the Bruins’ title defense in 2014. Don’t miss this one.

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Bayern Munich is everywhere. They’re in Portland, playing the MLS All-Star team and the next day they’re in Munich eating strudel or whatever. They’re unveiling buses with MAGIC that really just looks like a dude dancing around stage and pointing at some moving things.

And they’re on your TV. Everywhere.

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MLS is getting weird again.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the Jermaine Jones saga’s been spiraling into a successive series of shady depths for weeks. It started just after the World Cup, when Jones and MLS connected over a possible deal (which was either after or before Jones took the greatest Instagram to ever Instagram). Jones fired the first salvo when he reportedly turned down a 2.5-year, $6 million contract from the league, but negotiations continued.

The situation hit a new bizarre depth on Wednesday night. At about 9:45 p.m. PT, Ives Galarcep dropped this bomb on the world.

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