Joe Lago

  • The FC Yahoo Soccer Podcast: Could Messi, Guardiola reunite at Man City?

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 5 days ago

    Yes, our soccer blog has its very own podcast.

    For the first edition of the FC Yahoo Soccer Podcast, Shahan Ahmed and Alex Baker sat down with me to talk about Barcelona's 7-0 Copa del Rey thrashing of Valencia (and poor ol' Gary Neville), Barca's Champions League competition, Pep Guardiola joining Manchester City and who Pep might bring with him to the Etihad (Paul Pogba … Lionel Messi perhaps?).

    Take a listen and have your say in the comments section below.



  • Jozy Altidore goes from goat to hero in USMNT's 1-0 win over Canada

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 6 days ago

    CARSON, Calif. – The United States men's national team failed to capitalize on scoring chance after scoring chance against Canada on Friday night at the StubHub Center.

    Or, to be more precise, Jozy Altidore didn't capitalize on scoring chance after scoring chance.

    The veteran striker was unlucky in the first half when he had a shot hit the post twice, and in the second half, he had two free headers go awry. Altidore didn't hide his disappointment as he hung his head with the game approaching the final whistle after sending a free kick well wide.

    "There were a few chances where I just made the wrong decision," Altidore said. "I was just mad at myself. I should've been better."

    But in the 89th minute, Altidore gained redemption. His cracking header off a cross from Ethan Finlay beat Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory to cap a successful January training camp and send the crowd of 9,274 home happy.

    The U.S. also needed some last-minute heroics five days before in its season opener. Steve Birnbaum's 90th-minute goal allowed the Americans to cap a 3-2 comeback win over Euro 2016 finals qualifier Iceland at the StubHub.

  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 4: John Elway's helicopter spin

    Joe Lago at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 4:

    Elway goes airborne

    John Elway already had a signature moment documented by NFL Films and its gravelly voiced narrators. "The Drive" – Elway's game-winning, 98-yard march against the Cleveland Browns in the 1986 AFC championship game – carved his place in NFL playoff lore, earning him and his Denver Broncos a trip to Super Bowl XXI. However, the 26-year-old Elway and the Broncos would lose 39-20 to the New York Giants, beginning a dubious postseason legacy for the No. 1 pick of the fabled 1983 NFL draft quarterback class.

    This history of having never won The Big One served as primary motivation for not just Elway but also his Denver teammates going into Super Bowl XXXII against the defending champion Green Bay Packers.

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  • Barcelona wins 1 vs. 2 showdown as red cards ruin Atletico Madrid's day

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 12 days ago

    Saturday's much-anticipated showdown of 1 vs. 2 in La Liga was living up to the hype between Atletico Madrid, level on points with 48, and Barcelona, league leader on goal differential. Atleti stunned Barca early with a 10th-minute goal and a surprising stretch of sustained pressure, but the defending champions responded with two brilliant goals by Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to erase the early deficit.

    It's too bad that entertaining display of elite sides battling at equal strength lasted just 44 minutes. Irrational and dangerous decisions by Atletico Madrid defenders ruined the marquee matchup as red cards reduced Atleti to nine men and all but secure a 2-1 victory for Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

    [ La Liga: Scores and Schedule | Current Standings | Teams ]

    Coach Luis Enrique acknowledged that Barcelona had to "work hard" in the first half to combat the surprising pressure applied by Atletico. "Great response from the team," he said of the comeback.


  • Jermaine Jones calls MLS ban 'ridiculous' and Revs offer 'a joke'

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 14 days ago

    CARSON, Calif. – Rarely do professional athletes, in any sport, volunteer to speak with the media. But before the United States men's national team's training session on Thursday, Jermaine Jones sought the gathering of cameras and recorders at the StubHub Center to get some things off his chest.

    Jones' pressing issue: the limbo that has become his club situation.

    The 34-year-old midfielder has been out of contract since playing his final game with the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup playoffs last October. A six-game MLS suspension for making physical contact with referee Mark Geiger in that last Revs match is, according to Jones, preventing him from pursuing "good offers" in Germany, since FIFA regulations require federations to uphold any disciplinary actions for newly transferred players.

    "It's a little bit ridiculous, everything," he said. "It's really crazy."

    He had some unflattering words to describe New England's latest offer.


  • Depay's bad acting saves Man United in FA Cup win over Sheffield United

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago

    Even when it was winning Premier League title after Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United could count on some late magic to save it in the final minutes of a match. Sometimes, it would be a moment of brilliant skill. Other times, it would be a questionable referee decision (or two) in favor of the Red Devils that would allow Sir Alex's men to pull out the victory.

    It became to be known as "Fergie Time" for the generous amount of stoppage time that would be added to allow for such miracles to happen. And on Saturday, it made a comeback to rescue the struggling United side of Louis van Gaal.

    Against Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup, United was staring at a scoreless draw and a replay with the League One side when it was awarded a penalty three minutes into stoppage time. Captain Wayne Rooney calmly converted from the spot to send the Red Devils through to the next round.

    Rooney's penalty 1-0

    But about that penalty decision.

    GIF: The tackle that won United a penalty. Good call by the referee

  • Messi scores hat trick, Turan shines in Barcelona rout of Granada (Video)

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago

    The new year hasn't brought much hope for those looking to derail Barcelona's bid for a treble repeat. If anything, the Catalan side looks to be even better now that the club's transfer ban has lifted and summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal have been allowed to join the fun.

    Turan and Vidal couldn't play for Barca the first half of the season, but they passed the time in training creating whatever chemistry they could with their new teammates. Turan, especially, has made himself feel at home as another midfield engine capable of feeding Barca's devastating attack, and the Turkish midfielder looked comfortable once again in Saturday's 4-0 La Liga win over Granada.

    Slotting behind the front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Turan spent all 72 minutes of his second game in a Barcelona shirt seemingly covering every inch of the Camp Nou turf. His sudden impact comes as no surprise as he was an integral part of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.

    Messi got his second goal just six minutes later when Suarez earned the first of his two assists with a one-timed pass.

  • The must-see moments of Boxing Day

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago

    Slept through your smartphone alarm? Stuck with the unenviable chore of returning gifts the day after Christmas? Just couldn't break away from the family?

    [ Premier League: Scores and Schedule | Current Standings | Teams ]

    If you missed the Premier League's traditional Boxing Day matches, don't worry. We have you covered. Here is what you missed from Saturday's Premier League football feast: a veritable smorgasbad of "best of" and "must watch" moments from a 10-game slate that began with Manchester United experiencing its first four-game losing streak since 1961.

    Memphis Depay's heading blunder

    Man United spent 25 million pounds on the Dutch winger to inject some life into its attack. He wasn't bought from PSV to defend.

    But the very least he could do is not put his goalkeeper in a tight spot by heading the ball straight to the opposition. Which is what happended on Stoke City's first goal in a 2-0 victory.



  • Gareth Bale scores four goals in Real Madrid win over Rayo Vallecano

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago

    The silly season has started early, with confirmation of summertime moves for big-name managersdominating the headlines. There are the usual transfer rumors, too, especially ones involving the desperate needs of goal-challenged English clubs (namely Manchester United).

    But there's still plenty of soccer to be played, and if Sunday is any indication, Gareth Bale will continue to be mentioned as a potential solution for ailing clubs like United.

    Bale scored four goals to double his La Liga season tally in Real Madrid's 10-2 trouncing of nine-man Rayo Vallecano, which actually held the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu before having two players sent off in the 12th and 28th minutes.

    Rayo led 2-1 after Jozabed scored in the 12th minute. But moments later, the game turned when Tito was given a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Toni Kroos. It was all Real Madrid from there.

    Bale brought Real Madrid level with his first goal, a 25th-minute header.

  • Barcelona beats River Plate 3-0 to win third FIFA Club World Cup crown (Video)

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago

    The FIFA Club World Cup brings together the continental champions to crown the king of club soccer, but the tournament usually ends up being a showdown of South America against Europe. Or to be more precise, it comes down to a South American champion eager to show its superiority against a European champion bothered with the chore of interrupting its season for a long trip to Asia. The primary goal is to not get injured.

    Barcelona might be the one European power that doesn't see the Club World Cup that way. The club actually cares.

    The La Liga leaders made the trip to Japan this week seeking a third Club World Cup crown, and the unlucky South American side standing in their way was River Plate, whose manager Marcelo Gallardo said he hoped to see a full-strength Barcelona. His reason: It would be "a pleasure to face the best three or four players in the world."

    HT: River Plate 0, Barcelona 1. Messi scores in his third straight Club World Cup Final as Barca lead at the break.