Written by Travis Clark

Daphne CorbozWith the officially unofficial stance U.S. Soccer has taken requiring players to be in the NWSL in order to get a look on the U.S. women’s national team, the number of Americans competing at major clubs abroad has dwindled.

One of the standouts remaining is Daphne Corboz. The former Georgetown star signed with Manchester City last summer after finishing her degree on the Hilltop, and has enjoyed a strong start to the 2016 campaign.

Corboz scored the winner over the weekend in City’s 2-0 defeat of Birmingham, showing superb technique to finish a rebound in the first half.

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Written by Travis Clark

Up 1-0 in the first half of the opening league of its Champions League quarterfinal against Paris St. Germain, Manchester City conceded a goal in perhaps the worst way imaginable.

Joe Hart, who had earlier saved a spot kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, plays a goal kick short to Fernando.

What happens next is something that I thought only took place at U9 games… not in the Champions League.

The good news for City is that they managed to finish the game with a 2-2 draw. They’ll hold the edge in the second leg back in Manchester.

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Written by Will Parchman

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On Tuesday, the Guardian pushed out a feature on Devante Cole, a Manchester City youth player for 11 years and English youth national for four different U teams. Devante is the son of Andy, who presided over Manchester United’s rise to prominence as one of the best strikers in the EPL in the late 90’s. In his later nomad years, Andy also spent a year at Manchester City, where he played 22 games.

When Devante was seven, in 2003, he had the pick of academies: the Manchester United system where he father starred or the lesser known yet smoother path at City. He chose the latter.

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Written by Will Parchman

New York City FC manager Jason Kruis on the substitutes bench before the game

As he is wont to do, Grant Wahl dropped an entire arsenal worth of bombshells Wednesday in his regular Insider column. The top item was the shifting structure of power within USSF as the fed comes to terms with Jurgen Klinsmann’s bizarrely nebulous role. Jay Berhalter is reportedly shouldering more of the technical director role. Which… OK?

That relegated the next news item to perhaps second fiddle, though its implications were no less stark. The Manchester City figureheads guiding NYCFC are strongly considering ousting head coach Jason Kreis after one season sans playoffs in favor of Patrick Vieira. You know. The Patrick Vieira.

And I quote.

Multiple sources connected to Manchester City and New York City FC say Jason Kreis’s job as the coach at NYCFC is in real danger. It’s not a done deal yet, but all signs are pointing to his replacement being Patrick Vieira, the 1998 World Cup winner and former Arsenal star who has been serving as Man City’s elite development squad manager.

Here are my thoughts on that.

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Written by Will Parchman

Tales of Yaya Toure’s demise have been… exaggerated somewhat.

Manchester City looked every bit the title contender in their brutally effective 3-0 win over West Brom to close out the EPL’s opening weekend. Toure’s performance was the pick of the match, which included this stunning curler.

Toure’s numbers: 83-86 passing (96%) and two goals. This is insanity, and it should have the rest of the top four on high alert.

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Written by Will Parchman

Thirty-six year old traveling salesman Frank Lampard, who was definitely never on loan to Manchester City from NYCFC, is making great use of his time before he leaves England and heads to New York to finish his career in the terrifying confines of Yankee Stadium. Just look at the video. He’s still hitting penalties! Great form. Maybe next he can thread a through ball through a giant plastic clown’s mouth on CSPAN.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Leo Messi’s 2011-12 season still haunts him. Stalks him, really, like an overgrown shadow. Messi set a European record with 73 goals that season, including 50 in La Liga. He scored five goals in a Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen. He became the first player to ever register a goal and an assist in six competitions in one season. He won a Copa del Rey.

In all likelihood, he’ll never do that again. In lieu of heavy rule changes that tilt the game even further in favor of attackers, we may not see a year like that repeated in our lifetimes. By anyone. And yet Messi is continually measured against it, and the sum of each of his seasons since has come up short. Naturally. Of course they have.

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Written by Will Parchman

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There were so many great goals in the Champions League this week, we’ll have to bring them all to you in one MEGALEG of a compilation. You’ve got Ibra scoring against Barcelona, Messi and Neymar scoring against IbraSG, a wonderful move from Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle against Sporting and one titanically awesome strike from Samir Nasri that pushed City into the round of 16 over Roma.

Dig it.

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Written by Will Parchman

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In July, MLS announced that fledgling franchise and 2015 expansion side NYCFC had signed Frank Lampard. We didn’t know it at the time, but Lampard was soon shipped off to Manchester City on loan to keep the 36-year-old sharp for the start of the MLS season in March. Of 2015. That’s, like, nearly three months away. By the terms of the loan deal, Lampard should be in New York to prep for 2015 after the contract expires on Jan. 1.

Early this week, rumors began alighting the signal beacons from Manchester to New York. Were Lampard and Manchester City a little too happy with the loan? Is he staying on through the end of the ’14-15 EPL season?

The newest bit of intrigue dropped after Manchester City’s 3-0 defeat of Southampton over the weekend, which featured a Lampard goal off the bench. Unsurprisingly, City coach Manuel Pellegrini wanted Lampard to extend his deal. He certainly sounded like it, anyway. But his words had the lilt of a man with a bit more confidence than your ordinary “let’s make a deal” manager.

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Written by Will Parchman

The most fascinating soccer game of this Champions League season so far went down this week between Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Bayern went down to 10 men early in the second half when Benatia cut down Sergio Aguero, who promptly hit the penalty for a 1-0 lead. What happened next was unpredictably incredible.

Why? Because Bayern didn’t change a thing about its game plan, to say nothing of the specific tactics at hand. Even on 10 men, they forced City to cope with aggressive numbers in the attacking third and a possessive approach that didn’t even look shellshocked by the loss of a defender and an early goal. This is the heat map for the first half, at which point Bayern led 2-1 with both goals coming after they were reduced a man.

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