Written by Rudy Madrigal

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The U.S. plays Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifier on September 6th, and it comes as no surprise that Costa Rica wants to make it very difficult for the U.S. MNT. It may also come as no surprise that the Costa Rican Federation have decided to play the match at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, also known as The Monster’s Cave. The U.S. are 0-7-1 lifetime against the Ticos in that stadium, which has an artificial grass surface. Costa Rica does, however, need to get the approval from FIFA to play the match there (especially since Costa Rica also has their new, glamorous Nuevo Estadio Nacional, which has a perfect grass pitch and where they have been playing most of their World Cup Qualifying matches).

While the U.S. is currently tied for second place with Costa Rica and Honduras, this does not look too good for the Yanks. Despite coming off a feel-like-a-win tie against Mexico in Azteca, they actually have a harder time playing at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. If the U.S. has any hopes of making it to the World Cup next summer in Brazil, they need to start playing better on the road, and in general.

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Written by Carly Haden

Following the trends on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, AliKrieger here’s my take on “Woman Crush Wednesday”… Soccer Edition.
Alexandra Krieger, better known as “Ali Krieger”, currently plays for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She has recently recovered from a serious knee injury she suffered during the Olympic-qualifying match last summer in London that prevented her from participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Krieger is now back in action and looking good as ever on the pitch.
Not only is Krieger an unbelievable soccer player, she’s not too hard on the eyes either. Her fit body and cute face have fans calling her an “underrated heartthrob.” In comparison to Alex Morgan and Hope Solo, who both posed in all paint outfits this past year, Ali is taking some notice. She’s a stunning brunette who plays soccer. (What’s better?)
In the video posted above you can see Krieger is dedicated to returning to the pitch after her knee injury, which is as an inspiration to fans and players alike. It also gives us another excuse to stare at her a little more. Creeper alert. #WomanCrushWednesday

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We all have seen Neymar dribble defenders and score goals, but yesterday Santos TV uploaded a video of Neymar trying to impress his teammates with his singing voice.
Neymar was lucky that he decided to go for a career in soccer and not music, after hearing this we can all agree that we would rather see him play soccer than hear him sing.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

David Luiz aka Sideshow Bob came up with this cracker.

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Written by Travis Clark

It’s been something of an up and down season for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez. The German national team striker has spent most of this season on the bench, with Mario Mandžukić supplanting him in Bayern’s starting lineup.

That hasn’t seemed to faze Gomez too badly, however, as he’s still managed to score goals in bunches for the Bavarian club in limited appearances.

In Tuesday’s German Cup Semifinal against Wolfsburg, Gomez entered the game as a 77th minute sub with his side up 3-1. Nine minutes later, he had a hat trick, scoring goals in the 80th, 83rd and 86th minute to make it a 6-1 final score.

Watch the swift damage in the highlight video above, starting at around the 3:45 mark. Or just take in Bayern’s demolition of Wolfsburg in its entirety.

 

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In most cases a penalty is a definite goal, and missing one is seen as a tremendous blunder. We all remember David Beckham’s miss in 2004, and Roberto Baggio’s in 94. But, uhh … this guy took penalty kicks to a new low.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

For those who don’t know, Irina Shayk is the girlfriend of this one guy that plays for Real Madrid and Portugal. He wears the #7 jersey and apparently goes by the name Ronaldo. All you need to know for now is that Irina is pretty. She’s very pretty. What I’m trying to say is that she’s hot and I can’t stop thinking about her. Alright that was weird.

Ms. Shayk was at an MTV party when some obnoxious Greek reporter decided to try his hand at comedy. Long story short, he failed. He handed her a pair of scissors to cut up a Messi jersey and instead she used the scissors to cut his hair. I guess class runs in the family. Well done, Irina.

 

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AEK AThens is a club with a great history, and has always been one of the top clubs in Greece. During the leagues 54 year old history, the club has always been a top contender. However, the last years have not been kind to AEK Athens, and they will most likely get relegated.
In their last home game against Panthrakikos, the expectations were clear lose and they would be out and a win and the hope would still be alive. The game would not go AEK Athens way, and in the 87 minute AEK Athens defender scored an unfortunate own goal. That was to much for many of the AEK Athen’s fans, they stormed the field and chased all players and officials off the field.
Horrendous scenes, but it sends a message off just how passionate some people are regarding their favorite club. However, this time that passion turned into something unacceptable.

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Written by Travis Clark

NBC-Premier-FeatureStarting this fall, even more soccer is going to be available on TV in the United States.

NBC, which won the broadcast rights for the English Premier League last October, officially announced its plans for the 2013-14 upcoming season — and they’ve got some big ideas.

Arlo White, current MLS announcer for NBC will take over as lead commentator for the EPL, moving back to his native England, while former Premier League stars Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will serve as lead analysts on live broadcasts when NBC takes over broadcasting the league this August.

All EPL games will be available in some format as well, whether on NBC, NBC Sports Network, or via NBC Sports Live Extra, a free mobile app available with the right cable package.

Check out more details after the jump.

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