Joe Lago

  • Snowstorm at The Hawthorns made for the perfect holiday card setting

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 1 day ago

    It certainly wasn't the first time English sides have played in the snow on Boxing Day, but still, the scenes at The Hawthorns during Manchester City's 3-1 victory over West Brom were something to behold.

    City built a comfortable 3-0 lead on a flurry of first-half goals by Fernando, Yaya Toure and David Silva. Then as the defending Premier League champions were methodically playing out the final 45 to remain three points back of first-place Chelsea, the weather quickly became the topic of conversation as the conditions began to resemble those of a memorable World Cup qualifier in Colorado.

    Unlike the United States' controversial 1-0 win over Costa Rica, Friday's game was never in danger of being suspended. However, playing in the snow is never as fun as watching teams find a way to deal with the elements.

  • Freddy Adu clears the air about his latest departure from a club team

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 5 days ago

    The sad odyssey of Freddy Adu continues. The former Major League Soccer starlet is yet again without a club after parting ways with Serbian side FK Jagodina, his seventh team in the last six years. Reports in Europe stated that Adu had been released after not playing a single game in his sixth-month stint but living a life of luxury as a 25-year-old footballer overseas.

    That prompted Adu to get the story straight.

    [More FC Yahoo: Massive statue of Cristiano Ronaldo built in his hometown]

    For the first time in three months, he engaged with his Twitter followers of nearly 400,000 to clarify that his six-month contract was merely "done now" and that he knew he was leaving "a few months ago."

    Adu then tweeted an hour later to refute the "false information out there."

    If he only knew.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo's hometown builds massive statue of him in his honor

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 6 days ago

    The city of Funchal is proud of its favorite son and greatest export Cristiano Ronaldo. Last year, the capital of Madeira opened a museum dedicated to the Portugal superstar that showcases well over a hundred of Ronaldo's trophies and awards.

    Now there's a second Ronaldo attraction on the sub-tropical island.

    After helping Real Madrid collect its fourth trophy of 2014 with a 2-0 win over Argentine side San Lorenzo at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, Ronaldo returned to his hometown to witness the unveiling of a life-size statue of him. It made for the perfect backdrop for some picture taking with the family.

    No word yet on Madeira being renamed CR7.

  • Lots of skill was on display on this Premier League Saturday

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 7 days ago

    The Premier League gets its reputation for being world football's most entertaining league primarily because it is the most competitive first division in Europe. What can get overlooked amid all the parity, however, is the technical skill of the English top flight.

    Saturday was not one of those matchdays when ability was ignored. Great goal was scored after great goal during the seven-match slate, in particular four well-taken strikes into top corners during the six 10 a.m. ET kickoffs.

    First came this gem from Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, who was given enough space inside the Manchester United 18 to give Villa a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of a 1-1 draw.

    Then came two excellent strikes within eight minutes of each other in Tottenham vs. Burnley. Ashley Barnes effortlessly pumped in this blast past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 27th minute.

  • Thierry Henry announces retirement, then gets congratulations from everyone

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 11 days ago

    Thierry Henry made the not-so-surprising announcement on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he is retiring after a distinguished 20-year career. The outpouring of respect and best wishes on social media for the all-time Arsenal great came from every corner of world soccer, from the old and the young, from friends as well as foes.

    Take a look.

    What a pleasure to play with you, what a great career to look back on. You really are one of the best @ThierryHenry pic.twitter.com/DMkXNMUel3

    Sad to see the end to the career of one of the best players I've ever played with. A true legend @thierryhenry! ;-) pic.twitter.com/yn3wgxgsvs

    One of the all time greats has hung up his boots. Thierry Henry was simply unplayable. http://t.co/ZY26mh4LrX

    All the best Thierry... pic.twitter.com/yOiX1x4vUV

  • DaMarcus Beasley: USMNT's most unlikely World Cup history maker

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 12 days ago

    When asked about the impending World Cup history he was about to make with the United States men's national team, DaMarcus Beasley stared straight ahead, choosing not to make eye contact with the questioner but instead to focus on the perfectly manicured training grounds of Sao Paulo FC.

    "I'll talk about that after I'm done playing," said Beasley with a shrug.

    The irony could not be ignored, though. If anyone was going to be the first American to play in four World Cups, it was supposed to be Beasley's longtime teammate, Landon Donovan. But the U.S.'s all-time leading scorer was back home and here was the 32-year-old Beasley sitting before the media in preparation for the opening group game against Ghana.

    The accomplishment can't be lost when discussing Beasley's career. His perseverance to be in such a position cannot be denied.

    Now that he's done playing, Beasley finally talked about what donning the Red, White and Blue meant to him on Instagram, thanking his U.S. teammates and coaches and, of course, the fans.

  • Jozy Altidore botches golden opportunity to end Premier League scoring drought

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 14 days ago

    Jozy Altidore made his second straight start for Sunderland on Saturday against West Ham United, and that's no small feat for the 25-year-old forward, who has achieved what U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann stated as the No. 1 goal for Altidore and his fellow Americans in Europe: playing first-team football with your club.

    But with any good that comes to Altidore in England, something bad is sure to follow. Horrible, unfortunate things like this:

    This latest miss and latest goalless game in the Black Cats' 1-1 draw with the Hammers prolonged Altidore's scoring drought to 28 straight Premier League appearances. His last goal for Sunderland came just over a year ago, but manager Gus Poyet surprisingly stated newfound confidence in Altidore, promoting him from the bench "because we need him."

    "He's our player and he needs to do something special for us," Poyet added.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo buys $10,000 watches for Real Madrid teammates in celebration of 'La Decima'

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 15 days ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running for a second straight Ballon d'Or, the award given to the FIFA World Player of the Year. He would also be in contention for FIFA World Teammate of the Year if the honor existed, after showering his Real Madrid teammates with a special gift.

    To commemorate Real Madrid's 10th European championship after beating intracity rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League final last May, Ronaldo bought each of his teammates a Bulgari watch engraved with "La Décima," Ronaldo's initials and shirt number (CR7) and each player's name. The price tag for each watch: 8,200 euros, or just over $10,200.

    Ronaldo handed out the watches before the team traveled to its hotel on Thursday night in preparation for Friday's La Liga game against Almeria. Former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa showed off his brand-new watch on Twitter.

    The night before, he obviously scored some major points with his teammates.

  • Champions League winners and losers of the group stage

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 16 days ago

    At the time, Istvan Vad's controversial decision figured to haunt Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. Maybe even cost him his job.

    The Hungarian referee awarded CSKA Moscow a penalty after he saw (or thought he saw) City's Aleksandar Kolarov foul Seydou Doumbia inside the box. Bebras Natcho stepped up to convert the 86th-minute equalizer and complete a shocking comeback from a 2-0 halftime deficit. For City, the 2-2 draw was just the latest disappointment and the type of collapse that could've marked the beginning of the end for Pellegrini, who was struggling to meet the high expectations of owners desperately seeking European glory.

    That misfortune happened in October. Since then, Pellegrini's luck has changed considerably.

    The Chilean has bought himself some time by squeezing just enough points from the Citizens' return fixtures to survive Group E and advance to the last 16. Pellegrini could very well still be fired for not taking the Premier League champions far enough in the tournament, but for now, he and his side are alive and well in the Champions League. And he stands as the biggest winner of the group stage.

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  • Champions League Live - Matchday 6

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 17 days ago

    The UEFA Champions League concludes group play on Wednesday with five teams vying for the last two spots in the round of 16. Roma, Manchester City or CSKA Moscow will advance from Group E, while Sporting Lisbon or Schalke will move on from Group G.

    [Group F matches: Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain | Ajax vs. APOEL Nicosia]

    The day's marquee matchup is in Group F between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. The European powers have already gone through but will play for first place.

    Get live match statistics from the Champions League scoreboard and real-time updates from the Scribble Live event below.