Written by Travis Clark

The Christian Pulisic hype train is careening out of control.

On the heels of his U.S. men’s national team debut, the Pa. native came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Europe League.

Pulisic spoke with reporters after his decent outing. He continues to look comfortable in Dortmund’s high-energy play, completing six of seven passes during his brief stint.

Up next for Pulisic and Dortmund? The Revierderby, as BVB faces Bundesliga rivals Schalke on Sunday.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Brooks Lennon is, in my estimation, the most chronically overlooked Baby Yank abroad. The focus tends to snap to a handful of well-known players who staked their name on the rolling thunder of Youth World Cup breakouts. It’s where names like Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, Neven Subotic, Landon Donovan rocketed into the national consciousness in a relative sense.

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Written by Will Parchman

This is a Shakespearean comedy of three beautiful but equal parts.

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Written by Will Parchman

The greatest thing about soccer (debatable) is the uncontested egos at stake among Big Clubs. Where the rivers Entitlement and Lack Of Self Awareness converge, you have MAGIC JAZZ HANDS FOREVER.

It so happens that these two flow into one another somewhere between Anfield and Old Trafford. Liverpool hasn’t won a league trophy since Dana Carvey was doing Ross Perot impressions, and Manchester United, for all its 21st Century success, didn’t even make Europe last year. Both are Big Clubs, and both have the unadulterated attitudes to match. This makes their fan bases both tremendously prolific and unbearably insufferable.

So catch up on the rivalry before the two reawaken the ghosts this weekend, why don’t you. Then do us all a favor and go embarrass a T-shirt fan with what you learned.

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Written by The 91st

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If you’re wondering who Liverpool expects to step up in the wake of Raheem Sterling’s departure to Manchester City, it’s about time you started paying attention to Jordon Ibe. Ibe, a 19-year old English phenom, stepped up in the last few weeks of last season for Liverpool, but if preseason matches are anything to go by, he’s ready to play a huge role in the Premier League.

Liverpool were taking on a collection of Malaysian stars in a friendly on Friday when Ibe did this:

That’s a stunner from his weaker foot. Here’s another angle to drool over:

Golazo.

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Written by Will Parchman

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As you’ll recall, New Balance is taking over ownership of a handful of Warrior’s former kit designs. NB owns Warrior, and while they might not say it publicly, their designs will replace Warrior’s over-cluttered design palate. This is a good thing.

Or we thought it was a good thing when it was announced anyway. We didn’t really know until we saw concrete proof. Now, we have it. And all our optimism was confirmed in one glorious photo.

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Written by Will Parchman

Last season, Liverpool had won 11 straight through late April and, with just three games left in the season, needed just six points to put the title away. As we now know, the Reds choked away the title by losing to Chelsea and then, incredibly, gave up a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 and effectively end their title hopes. Suarez cried. Manchester City won the title. It was something else.

Monday was Liverpool’s chance for vengeance against the team that yanked the rug out from under them in Manchester City. Only the game was at the Etihad in Manchester, and Liverpool didn’t really show up in the final third. City won 3-1.

This was probably the game’s greatest moment. Just 23 seconds after subbing on, Aguero latched onto a gorgeous long ball from Jesus Navas and, with his second touch of the game, pushed home City’s third for a 3-0 lead. Liverpool scored one late, but that moment was as appropriate a microcosm as any for this game. Liverpool being old Liverpool.

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Written by Will Parchman

Luis Suarez scored 31 goals this season for Liverpool. That’s a lot of goals. In fact, it was only three goals off the record-setting pace of 34 shared by Newcastle’s Andrew Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer, who did it in back-to-back years in the mid-90s. It also tied him with Cristano Ronaldo’s tally from the 2007-2008 season, so, yeah, it was a pretty good year for Luis Suarez.

Now it’s time to relive his haul. All 31 goals here for your viewing pleasure. This time with less biting!

 

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Written by Will Parchman

We like fan reaction videos around here. Most notably, Landon Donovan incited a brilliant one when he scored in the final minutes against Algeria at World Cup 2010 to send the Americans through to the knockouts. Pandemonium.

This one is pretty great as well. Liverpool shouldered past Manchester City on Sunday to take a step closer toward its first league title since 1990. This all still seems strangely impossible, but here we are.

Anyhow, this video comes to us via The Sandon Pub just outside Anfield, where a group of crazed Liverpool supporters are shadowed by a video camera through the ups and downs of the match. The final whistle is fun.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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Liverpool’s official launch of their 2014-15 kits isn’t slated until Thursday, but it seems we have a leak. This is a sneak peek at their home look, with Gerrard and Suarez looking appropriately nonplussed.

Is Warrior finally figuring all this out? Hard to say, since their 2013-14 home kits were universally applauded (as will these likely be, though that white piping around the collar seems a bit odd) while those away and third kits were the ugliest things since… ever?

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