Today, the 24-year-old U.S. men’s national team forward entered the record books.
While it’s unclear whether or not English clubs actually want to win the FA Cup, this past weekend of action served up some sensational goals.
Proverbial big clubs Arsenal and Chelsea were both sent packing by Watford and Everton respectively, while Manchester United snatched a 1-1 draw against West Ham to force a replay later this spring.
All three matches had something in common: jaw-dropping goals. Let’s dig into it.
Watford defender Adlène Guedioura provided what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Watford’s 2-1 win at Arsenal. He shows little regard for the safety of David Ospina as he smashes this in.
The 2014/2015 season wrapped up a few weeks ago, but thankfully, the soccer calendar never seems to be without its fair share of tournaments to fill the Summer slumber. That said, with break days slow, this might be the perfect time to take a look back at the best tricks, shots and skill moves that defined the 2015 season across the world.
Thanks to the fine folks over at /r/Soccer, we’ve nabbed a few of our favorite clips that deserve another look.
Did we miss any? Let us know.
Dairon Aspiralla with a double, double nutmeg:
Luis Suarez with the killer flick:
That Bolassie touch is so dirty:
Thiago with an elastico that’s just not fair:
That time Kompany died:
Marco Fabian, Marco Fabian, Marco Fabian:
THAT Lamela goal:
This isn’t fair:
And of course, that time Lionel Messi ruined Boateng’s life:
Over the past two seasons, the Virginia women’s soccer team has been one of North America’s most entertaining sides — regardless of the level. With head coach Steve Swanson emphasizing possession-based, attacking soccer and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Morgan Brian at the hub of it, the Cavaliers scored 88 goals in 2014 and 78 in 2013.
The downside? Virginia reached the College Cup both seasons, only to come up short against both eventual champions (UCLA and Florida State respectively).
Relive some of the best of those 88 goals from last fall in the above compilation. It’s worth the time.
In the wake of the New York Red Bulls’ loss in the Eastern Conference Championship, Thierry Henry announced he wouldn’t return to MLS in 2015. As it turns out, the defeat over two legs to New England would be the last of his storied career.
Early this morning Eastern Standard Time, Henry announced his retirement via his Facebook page.
He leaves behind a playing career that saw him capture Premier League titles, the 1998 World Cup, the 2000 European Championship and a slew of individual awards. Along with his stint at Arsenal and the Red Bulls, he turned up for Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona, scoring 284 goals in club soccer. Take a look at his top 25 goals from his Arsenal days, when he was at the height of his career.
Here is a little something to help you get ready for the 2014 World Cup. Someone wake me up on June 12.
Breaking records is nothing new for Messi. This past weekend Leo ousted Paulino Alcantara and took over as the highest goalscorer in Barca history. Messi now has 371 goals in all competitions as a member of Barcelona and you can watch every single one of them in the video above.
No Messi? No problem for Neymar and Barcelona on Wednesday.
The Brazilian starlet led Barca to a 6-1 shellacking of Celtic in a Champions League group stage match, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in the victory.
The Spanish side finished atop Group H, as they’ll await the Champions League draw on Monday to find out their fate.
There are so many great goals every week across the country that sometimes a few fall through the college GotW cracks. James Murphy’s strike for Michigan against hated Ohio State was, unfortunately, one of those.
So let’s marvel at Murphy’s incredible blast from last week (his is the second) in addition to one from this week – Evansville’s Nate Opperman, who drilled the game-winning goal last night in spectacular fashion.
You can choose which one you like better, but really, aren’t we all winners here?