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

Pirlo

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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rbny

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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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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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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MLS: Chicago Fire at Portland Timbers

The MLS Players Union went about its unorthodox business this week by pushing out its annual report on the league’s individual salary figures. Embedded within the report was a look at what the league pays its homegrowns. You can find that here.

I’d like to simultaneously point you in a different direction, toward England. On Friday, the Guardian’s Barney Ronay penned an economically wistful piece that pined for genuine player development instead of the shadowed outline of huge money and teams bought with its icy, impersonal thrust. You can find that here.

And here we are. A crossroads in the dampening American woods, or at least approaching one off in the distance.

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Can anyone beat this? We’re down to four Champions League sides now, with Chelsea-Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid-Bayern left to duke it out for CL supremacy. Fun stuff.

But Did You Know: The fastest Champions League goal of all time belongs to Roy Makaay, who scored for Bayern (!) against Real Madrid (!!) in 10 seconds (!!!) on March 7, 2007. Let’s hope (maybe?) for a repeat in the semis. Wait. Are we supposed to root for one of these teams? Sounds dangerous. On second thought, let’s not do that.

In four words, that Makaay goal was…

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Thursday was The Day. Tom Sermanni was bizarrely given the axe last weekend after a relatively fruitful tenure as USWNT coach (Sermanni lost just twice, though both were daggers), and Thursday’s match against China was the team’s first since the firing. Enter the awkwardness.

Carli Lloyd just kind of hiked up her britches and said she didn’t care about the coaching on Thursday. A couple right thunderbastards for the record books as the USWNT defeated China 3-0 in San Diego. Lloyd became just the ninth player in USWNT history to eclipse 50 goals, which she did with her outburst against China.

It was a relatively stagnant performance from the Americans as a whole by most objective standards. But hey, Lloyd popped her collar and scored two goals and can you honestly dispute this majesty?

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