Written by Dill Pickle

The Pope

Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro just became unbeatable. That’s because it’s been revealed that newly appointed Pope Francis is a huuuuge fan. Like, a card carrying fan. This is pretty much the worst news ever for any of their opponents.

I can just hear the postgame interviews from de Almagro, now: “Well, the Pope was on our side today.”

Yeah, good luck with that rest of the soccer world.

[Deadspin]

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

I don’t know if this is the coolest or worst idea ever. Two, some would say, lucky fans got to watch their team, Grasshopper Club Zurich, from the comfort of a hot tub on the sideline. Keep in mind that Zurich is in Switzerland and Switzerland is notoriously cold. So watching a game from a hot tub in a freezing cold stadium doesn’t sound like the best idea to me. However, the fans reportedly got to celebrate one of the goals with the team, got a jersey, and met some players after the game for a couple of photos. So maybe that doesn’t sound so bad after all.

 

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Written by The 91st

Alex Morgan, whose goal-scoring pace pretty much rivals anyone in USWNT history, unsurprisingly scored more goals Wednesday. She netted two, to be exact, both in the first half, to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 2-0 win over Germany and give them the Algarve Cup.

Fitting way to end the competition. As Morgan said herself …

 

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Written by The 91st


Fast forward to 36 seconds.

Johnny Dos Santos is a third division Brazilian player (and likely a black belt ninja warrior). With his team losing 1-0, he was apparently upset that the referee only designated four minutes for injury time.

So, I guess, using Mortal Combat logic he figured the only way to get more time is to create more injury – BOOM! Karate kick, top shelf. He took out the referee with one of the more violent scenes with a ref you’ll see. Or, maybe not. This just happened the other day (after the jump) so maybe we’re just in the midst of referee hunting season.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

The crew from Kick TV, led by Jimmy Conrad, had a chance to interview Jozy Altidore recently. The AZ Alkmaar and USMNT striker answers questions about his recent goal scoring streak with AZ, racial abuse and struggles with the MNT. It was refreshing to hear someone talk to Jozy about his drama with Klinsmann. The one surprising answer came during the rapid fire questions when Jozy said that his favorite player to play with was Freddy Adu. Jozy will have a chance to answer all his critics when the USMNT plays Costa Rica on March 22.

 

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Written by The 91st

Apparently, the USWNT had a lot of down time at the Algarve Cup. During one such instance, Tobin Heath and Yael Averbuch found creative ways to duel in soccer tennis even without the use of a net.

Who needs a net when you can use a hotel front desk?

 

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Written by The 91st

Mitts

Former Florida standout and USWNT staple Heather Mitts has retired from professional soccer. Mitts made the announcement today via her Facebook page.

The 34-year-old Mitts is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the true pioneers of women’s soccer. You’ll be missed young lady, congratulations on a stellar career!

You can read her announcement in its entirety HERE.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

There is no denying that Leo Messi is one of the world’s greatest to ever play the game. There is also no denying that Diego Maradona was also one of the greatest to ever play the game. The two men have a lot in common. Both are from Argentina, great with their left foot, and in Barcelona’s amazing Champions League comeback win over AC Milan on Tuesday, they gained yet another thing in common – an almost identical goal.

 

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Written by The 91st

In the third and final video journal from the 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour, the players attend FC Barcelona’s La Liga match against Deportivo de La Coruna at L’Estadi Camp Nou, notch a 6-1 victory over Girona FC Infantil A and give their final thoughts on the visit to Spain before returning home.

 

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Written by The 91st

Ethan Sonis is a player on the rise. The defensive midfielder for Central Conference-leading FC Dallas is an Argentinian-American player with great poise and pace. He shows off both during highlights vs. Classic Elite (above) as well as Texas Rush after the jump.

Enjoy.

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