Drogba

Didier Drogba is 35 years old, and he has been making soccer fans around the world love his way of playing for a long time.

On Wednesday he will step on the field at Santiago Bernabeu to represent Turkish club Galasataray in the Champions League. A game that means everything to the team Galasataray and the Turkish soccer community, a win against Real Madrid appears unlikely but the players in Galasataray know that this is a rare opportunity and will do everything they can to try and upset Real Madrid.

Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba will be one of the key players, and has an amazing Champions League history as his first game in the tournament was played at the Bernabeu 10 years ago. Drogba, playing for French club Marseille at the time, managed to score against arguably the best team in the world.

This time Drogba comes in with 10 more years of experience, and hopefully he will be able to make the whole country of Turkey celebrate as he leads Galasataray to history.

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Harkes

D.C. United Academy standout and Wake Forest commit Ian Harkes has some friends in high places.

He’s currently hanging out in the UK with his dad, former US National Team player John Harkes, and one of his dad’s famous friends.

You may or may not recognize the Chelsea midfielder.

 

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Written by Mollie Pathman

Natasha

Natasha Anasi is a veteran member of the US U23 National Team and Duke standout. We caught up with her to discuss her experiences in last month’s Four Nations Tournament in Spain and her transition from rookie to veteran in the US Soccer program.

 

You were one of the younger U23s, now you’re one of the oldest – how has the transition been?

NA: The transition has actually been quite interesting. Before, I felt as if I was working and soaking up all the knowledge that was being presented to me. But now as an older player, I feel like there is an additional factor of teaching the younger players. It is cycle that will continue on.

 

How does the international game compare to the college game?

NA: The international game is much different than the college game. Each player is incredibly talented, which makes the game much faster. It also forces you to have clean touches. Their different styles of attack are also well planned and executed.

 

I know you hurt your ankle while in Spain and had to sit out several games. How was it being injured at camp and not being able to play the first few games? Did you gain a new perspective?

NA: I definitely got a new perspective being injured at camp. I was able to observe both practices and games. I was able to see how people were taking what they learned and translating that on to the field. While ideally I would have liked being able to play in every game, I still feel like I grew as a player watching the games and practices.

 

What did if feel like to win the tournament?

NA: It was amazing to win the tournament. We had a very solid squad with a mix of both the old U23s as well as the girls coming from the U20 World Championship team and to be able to mesh over that short ten days was remarkable.

Anasi breaks down the U23 roster after the jump.

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MLS Monday: Top 5 Goals

Written by Reshad Bahadori

Some great strikes this weekend in MLS, including former Notre Dame standout Dillon Powers (now of the Colorado Rapids) and Jose Villarreal from the U20 MNT.


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Written by Dill Pickle

Can this really be Kate Upton’s real life? I don’t want to believe it.

Fast forward to 13 seconds and let the geekyness wash over you.  Sounds like she’s in desperate need of an oxygen mask and possibly a straitjacket to contain that convulsing body of hers.

And what does “BOOP” mean? April Fools everybody.

 

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Written by The 91st

Here is the exclusive play-by-play on the above fight between Werder Bremen teammates during a training:

You knocked me down!

Hey, bud, you OK? Get up

I don’t want to get up!

Look at my hair and look at yours!

OH, NO YOU DIDN’T! (SLAP) … (PUSH) … (SLAP)

Yup. Only in soccer.

 

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In his first interview since his shocking announcement that he was retiring from soccer, Robbie Rogers shed light on his decision and delves into more detail about his thoughts, and future.

Will the former US Soccer and Leeds United player ever return? We’ll let him tell you …

 

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Week in GIFS (TOP 5)

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