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Landon Donovan set it off in 2010 with his World Cup goal for the ages; Abby Wambach gave us a header we’ll never forget in the 2011 Women’s World Cup and Alex Morgan has just staked her own claim to the US Soccer highlight reel (her goal is after the jump).

You tell me: which moment will you most remember?

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Sports makes us do crazy things.

Look at this young fan shadow boxing the ghost of Canadian soccer. When Alex Morgan landed a winning goal, this young lady landed herself in sports celebration lore by completely losing control of her bodily movements.

And to all the haters, which includes her brother, she has a simple response:

“YOU shutup!”

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My immediate thoughts from the USWNT’s dramatic 4-3 win over Canada:

1. ALEX MORGAN! With her game-winning header Abby Wambach style, she just went from American Sweetheart to American Hero. It’s officially time to address her nickname: ‘Baby Horse.’ Let me repeat that: Alex Morgan, THE Alex Morgan goes by ‘Baby Horse.’ Who signed off on this? Not the 91st Minute, that’s for sure. Couldn’t we have called her ‘Filly’ at the very least? Nicknames should never be that specific. LeBron is ‘King James,’ not ‘Man Who Sits on a Throne and Wears a Crown.’

 

2. Thank you, referee. That bogus call you made on Canada’s keeper (whatever it was) to set up Abby Wambach’s equalizer – yeah, we appreciate that. Check’s in the mail.

 

3. Those Canadians can play! It’s a good thing the team didn’t go with my goal celebration ideas – that might have really set the Canadians off!  We struggled against Canada in preparation for the Olympics, and they proved it was no fluke in the rematch. Hats off to the team North of the Border. I see you (that means you Desiree Scott. If you ever need anything, like uhh, a Green Card … call me).

 

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This is a must-see ESPN story about a young lady who is fulfilling her dream of playing college soccer despite the loss of her left leg.

McMahon was the victim of a freak accident that took her limb back in 2009, but through a couple years of hard work she triumphantly returned to the field. This is goosebump good.

 

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I can’t decide what was stronger, here: the Nelson Rivas headbutt or the reaction from the announcers.

“OH! He’s gone! Forever. FOR-EV-ER.”

Nelson will undoubtedly receive a suspension, and he deserves one. But – and I know this is a crazy idea – maybe we should let MLS handle it rather than two broadcasters overdosing on their microphones. You have headsets and mics fellas, not badges and flashlights.

By comparison, let’s look at how two sober announcers handled a much more infamous headbutt after the jump.

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The USWNT has annoyed opponents during the Olympics with their elaborate goal celebrations. Personally, I couldn’t be prouder! It doesn’t get any more American than rubbing victory in the face of your competition.

Megan Rapinoe wrote a birthday message for Ali Krieger against Colombia; then we did ‘the worm’ against North Korea and cartwheels against New Zealand. Those were all nice, but we’ve got to take it to the next level against Canada. Let’s get personal! Here are my suggestions:

The ‘Canadian Bacon’: While most of the squad lies in a skillet-shaped circle, the goal-scorer sizzles in the middle, gyrating in delight.

 

The ‘Steve Nash’: This one is simple. The team runs into the tunnel and emerges with Canada’s favorite son, Steve Nash, who is tied up and blindfolded like a hostage. All of Canada reacts LIKE THIS.

 

The ‘Body Paint’: This one kind of speaks for itself. Wait a minute, is that a U.S. jersey Alex is wearing or

 

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You know how to tell when an interview is boring? When the interviewer takes a phone call 20 seconds into it.

ESPN’s Frank Leboeuf checked out of this 1v1 before it even started – as evidenced by that generic iPhone ring you heard in the background (not one, but two rings! It was like he was saying: should I take this? Eh, bill collector.)

Poor Ronaldo. He took the whole thing in stride and kept right on reading his cue card:

I’m very happy … I love Los Angeles … *RING* …I like cotton candy and pandas *RING*

You can almost hear Siri thinking aloud: I found 112 alternatives to this boring interview.


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Kirk Urso, who helped North Carolina capture a national title last fall before playing with the Columbus Crew of MLS this season, died in Ohio this morning.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. He was 22.

Urso played in six games for the Crew this season but was sidelined by groin surgery in May. North Carolina released the following statement on their website:

“In the very brief time I spent with Kirk it became evident that he was a natural leader. His enthusiasm was contagious to all who knew him. He had a positive and inspirational impact on his team, and many other student-athletes at Carolina. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Kirk’s family and friends. His teammates and fellow students are devastated by the news and we will do all we can to support them and his family in this incredibly tragic and sorrowful time.”

Our deepest condolences. Urso is remembered after the jump in a fun video blog with Crew teammate Ethan Finlay.

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This is what the Olympics are all about – goal-scoring and great instant replays.

Have you ever seen anyone happier about anything than Sydney Leroux was about her first ever Olympic goal? – which came in a win against New Zealand, btw.

When I was six, my parents bought me He-Man and the Castle of Grayskull for Christmas and I was so excited I ran out of the house and leaped into the snow … naked.

But I think this Leroux reaction beats even that.

 

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Megan Rapinoe is one of my favorite women’s soccer players. I like her swagger and her Justin Bieber haircut.

So when she was chosen as the latest subject of US Soccer’s home tour videos, I was kind of excited. We follow her home to Redding, California where we learn glamorous things like, uhh  … Megan still lives with her parents and trains at the YMCA.

Yup, just a day in the privileged life of a celebrity athlete.

Check out Part Two after the jump where Megan goes back to her Elementary School.

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