Written by Travis Clark

There’s never a shortage of a spectacle when MLS rivals D.C. United and New York Red Bulls matchup, and Saturday night was no different – although it wasn’t for a series of breathtaking goals.

Instead, the 1-1 between the two rivals featured a missed penalty kick, a red card for throwing the ball at the ref, and a pair of own goals in what was an extremely entertaining game despite a lack of sharpness from both teams in the final third.

Making its first appearance in MLS postseason play since 2007, D.C.’s inexperience showed, as Chris Pontius missed a first half penalty, Roy Miller and Bill Hamid both scored own goals, before Andy Najar chucked a ball at a referee to earn a red card.

“Andy’s a young kid and he made a young mistake,” D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said after the game. “I thought [referee] Jair [Marrufo] let it boil up a bit. He made some tough calls against us, but it’s no excuse to react that way. We’ll adjust – it’s what we have been doing all year.”

The result slightly favors New York going into the second leg of the two-game series, a task that Olsen thinks that it’s a doable task.

“We should have won this game tonight, but 1-1, I’m OK with it,” he said. “They are a beatable team, that’s for sure. Ultimately, I’m a little disappointed we didn’t win because I thought we played well enough to get a result.”

 

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Written by Seth Burleigh

ronaldo and messi pose with their watches

In case you haven’t been following football fashion, both Messi and Ronaldo have signature watches. And today, Forbes wrote about it. Must be a slow day.

Messi’s is a little more understated than Ronaldo’s, but isn’t that his style? Ronaldo’s even has a diamond 7 on it. Ridiculous. (Pictures of their watches after the jump. BTW, did you see Ronaldo’s “I’m the ish” face above?)

And the best part is that Ronaldo gives us a glimpse into his psyche:

“My life depends a lot on time. Everything I do is related to time, how much time I spend doing things and what I can do in the time I have available. On the football pitch, for example, everything is decided in a fraction of a second during a penalty kick; at other times, when our team is winning and we need to secure the result, the clock seems to stop and each minute feels like a whole hour.”

Does flopping count as a use of your time? Or maybe he can use his time to return Real Madrid to the top of the table (I know Reshad would appreciate it.)

And in case you really wanted one of their watches…don’t even try. They are both so limited that the Sultan of Brunai probably can’t even secure one.

Watch pics after the jump.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Here’s my analysis of the video above: BOOM! That’s it. Just, BOOM!

Who knew Ivan Drago was a goalkeeper now going by the name of Serhiy Pohorilyi?

Anyway, these SC Tavriya teammates got into some kind of disagreement and that’s when Pohorilyi decided to come off his line and drop the hammer! Then he was sent off by the referees, even though the match was over.

Fight was over, too. Drago is not to be messed with.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Lionel Messi recently shared his voting plans for the Ballon D’Or Award, given to soccer’s top performer. Surprise, surprise: he will not be voting for his bestie Ronaldo.

In one of the weirdest award rules ever, Messi actually gets to vote along with fellow international captains for an honor that could ultimately go to him.

“Last year, I voted for Xavi, Iniesta and Aguero, in that order,” he said. “I reckon this year it will be the same … Xavi and Iniesta will be there for sure and I am thinking between [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria or Aguero.”

Messi then went on to name 150 players, including two U12 strikers, whom he would consider voting for.

Ronaldo never came up.

[ESPN]

 

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Written by The 91st

David Meves now stands alone in the history books after the Akron goalkeeper recorded the 51st shutout of his career Wednesday against Michigan State.

Meves needed just three stops to set the mark and move past Josh Ford, who tallied 50 clean sheets for Connecticut from 2007-10.

The senior standout has enjoyed a stellar career that includes a record of 73-7-9 and two appearances in the national championship match.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

For 70 minutes, it looked like the Vancouver Whitecaps were about to knock off the defending MLS Cup champs.

An early goal from former Akron Zip Darren Mattocks looked like it just might stand up as the winner, as the LA Galaxy controlled possession but couldn’t put anything away — that is, until Mike Magee’s tying goal on a nice volley from a corner kick.

That cued the floodgates, more or less, for LA, which scored again just a few minutes later from Landon Donovan’s penalty kick to advance in the playoffs and set up a playoff series against San Jose Earthquakes.

 

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Written by The 91st

We’ve reached the semifinal round of critical conference tournament play this weekend. Who will take home their conference crowns? You tell us.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

So former Chelsea and German national team soccer player Michael Ballack either can’t add, or can’t budget, or maybe he can’t budget because he can’t add.

Dude has undoubtedly made millions. I know this because he turned down a $5 million contract from MLS this past summer (though, again, maybe he didn’t realize that 5 mill is a lot of money).

Anyway, Ballack was recently fined £8,000 for speeding and has tried to get it reduced to £800. Which, was all fine and good until his lawyer, Jesus Gallego, flat out said: look, he ain’t got it.

Here’s the exact quote:

“Look, he ain’t got it.”

Oops (*scrolling through quotes*) … ok, here it is:

“Just because he is a famous footballer doesn’t mean he has any money coming in.”

Dang, Ballack. You broke, bro? I don’t see how this is possible. But then, I’ve never turned down 5 mill then admitted I don’t have £8,000. Because, like, I can add.

[Dirty Tackle]

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Say what you will about Mario Balotelli, the man knows how to get attention. Whether it’s the endless memes, fights on the field, or even his ridiculous wardrobe off the field. This time the young Italian will be on the cover of Time Magazine on November 12. We can’t wait.

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho recently had this to say about coaching Mario:

“I remember one time we went to play Kazan in the Champions League. In that match I had all my strikers injured. No Milito, no Eto’o, I was really in trouble and Mario was the only one. Mario got a yellow card in the 42nd minute, so when I go to the dressing room at halftime I spend about 14 minutes of the 15 available speaking only to Mario. I said to him, ‘Mario, I cannot change you, I have no strikers on the bench, so don’t touch anybody and play only with the ball. If we lose the ball no reaction. If someone provokes you, no reaction, if the referee makes a mistake, no reaction.’ The 46th minute, red card.”

Awesome.


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Written by Jahmal Corner

In his first interview since being announced the new coach of the US Women’s National Team, Tom Sermanni talks about his goals for the job, what brought him to the US and how he plans to build on the team’s success.

 

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