Written by Jahmal Corner

Yeah, uhh, Friday’s U20 World Cup match against Korea DPR is an elimination game so if things go anything like they did against Germany it’ll be lights out for our U20 WNT.

The team is well aware, and they look (and sound) ready. Let’s hope they are.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Group D. That’s all I’m sayin …

Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier

Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland

Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

 

I’ll start with the important stuff. Andres Iniesta wins the very well-deserved player of the year award from UEFA today. Iniesta also won the player of the tournament award during EURO 12, which was the difference-maker in the end. Iniesta got 19 votes while Ronaldo and Messi got 17 each. The decision is made by 53 journalists representing each nation in UEFA.

Everyone expected Ronaldo to win this one so it comes as sort of a surprise, especially to Ronaldo apparently. This wasn’t the best time for Ronaldo to try out his McKayla Maroney impression. Then again, Ronaldo is never impressed with anyone but himself. This all happened the day after Real Madrid beat Barca in the Supercopa and Ronaldo didn’t feel like shaking hands with Messi. Lesson here is that Cristiano Ronaldo is both a sore loser and sore winner. See the video of the awkward non-handshake after the jump.

 


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Written by Jahmal Corner

When I’m watching a soccer match live I often try to break a linesman’s concentration. I’ll ask them distracting questions like: Excuse me, sir, but would you happen to have any Grey Poupon? It never works.

These Swedish fans of Långholmen FC took it to another level, though. Watch as they synchronize their movement with the linesman’s for a complete three minutes (which clearly proves that they have the most boring soccer team ever).

Credit the fans for their creativity, and the linesman for his zen-like focus.

[Cosby Sweaters]

 

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With a tally against former club New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night, Dwayne De Rosario scored his 100th goal in Major League Soccer, becoming the seventh player to do so in league history.

Here’s all 100 – beginning in the early 2000s then heading back to the present. One thing that hasn’t changed in all that time is De Rosario’s trademark goal celebration – I like to call it the “Soul Step.” Crazy thing is, after 10 years the “Soul Step” still works.

 

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El Clasico always consists of two matches: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, and Messi vs. Ronaldo.

Well, Real Madrid took the one that matters in the record books (though it’s debatable that this actually matters at all) but Messi stole this highlight. Free kick at 3:15 tells the story.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Forbes ran an interesting commentary this week about the spending habits of Neymar. In short: he probably doesn’t need 20 condos and a collection of platinum chains custom-made for his poodles (that’s their opinion, not mine or Neymar’s … that’s just how we roll).

Forbes may have a point, though. Neymar is a young star with an entire career ahead of him. No need to flaunt his ‘straight cash homey‘ this early in the game.

 

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Memo to college soccer: if you plan on competing with Fordham, I suggest you step your music video game up.

I saw it this way:

Song Choice: 10 out of 10
Execution: 10 out of 10
Cheeto Swag: Off the charts

Flawless victory.

 

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By Jahmal Corner

When Akron coach Caleb Porter announced that he is leaving the Zips to take over the Portland Timbers of MLS this December, you could almost hear the wheels of change churning dissonantly (big word, huh?).

Caleb Porter IS the Akron Zips. What he’s done there since taking over in 2006 has left him relatively peerless. Oh, there are plenty of other great coaches in the college game but Porter, because of timing and youth, became the face.

His star only burned brighter with the 2010 national championship and the ensuing MLS SuperDraft when the Zips had seven players taken including five in the first eight selections.

Even Porter’s bump in the road with the US U23 MNT this past spring couldn’t knock him off his pedestal. Sure, Porter has his detractors but in a way that only serves to confirm his relevancy.

Now, about those Zips …

They’re young, and littered with the kind of talent that comes with having the hottest coach of the moment. But what happens when he leaves?

Caleb’s presence brought credibility, will his absence spell vulnerability?

“I always believed that it would take a truly special situation for me to leave Akron, and the Portland Timbers position is that type of opportunity,” Porter said in a statement.

The Zips too have an opportunity to build on what they started, and to rebuild without one of their pillars. But first, they’ll have to absorb today’s crushing blow.

 

 

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

We’re back with a special edition of “Real Talk” featuring the US U17 WNT and select members of the UCLA and New Mexico men’s squads. Host Reshad Bahadori gets to the bottom of critical debates, like, uhh … how do you feel about three-quarter pants? Seriously. This is a must-see episode.

 

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