Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 6 days ago
Another week, another Bundesliga goal for Christian Pulisic.
The 17-year-old American made his second straight start for Borussia Dortmund and again rewarded manager Thomas Tuchel for having such confidence in him by scoring in a 3-0 victory over Stuttgart on Saturday.
Pulisic remained on the bench for every minute of Dortmund's midweek German Cup semifinal win over Hertha Berlin that set up a May 21 final showdown against rival Bayern Munich. But he returned to his place in the starting lineup on the left side of midfield in a 4-1-4-1 formation against Stuttgart.
Bundesliga opponents will learn to be aware of Pulisic's whereabouts at all times because of his threat to score. He found himself in the right place at the right time in the 45th minute when Stuttgart goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton could only block Henrikh Mkhitaryan's long-distance shot. Pulisic easily pounced on the rebound to make it 2-0 Dortmund.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 12 days ago
There's nothing quite like the "next big thing" to grab the attention of Americans, who are continually enamored with prodigies and the promise of their potential. This fascination can grow to fanatical levels, especially in sports, where teenage prospects are prematurely anointed for greatness (see college football recruiting).
The United States men's national team has one such teenage hopeful in Christian Pulisic, a 17-year-old midfielder who has broken into the first team for one of Europe's top clubs in Borussia Dortmund. And now that he's scored his first Bundesliga goal, well, the hype around Pulisic will only grow.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 16 days ago
On a Champions League matchday that saw an immovable Atletico Madrid defense hold firm against the unprecedented attacking force of Lionel Messi's Barcelona in Spain, Bayern Munich was busy trying to overcome a similar challenge in Portugal during its own quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday.
Bayern carried a 1-0 first-leg advantage to Benfica but found itself tied 1-1 after only 27 minutes when Mexico forward Raul Jimenez beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the ball and scored on a leaping header. Having struggled to muster just one goal at home against what manager Pep Guardiola called the best backline in Europe, the Bundesliga powerhouse appeared to be in another tactical battle to keep its Champions League title hopes alive.
And for you El Tri fans, here is Jimenez's header. Enjoy.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 17 days ago
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Kobe Bryant of soccer in that his greatness can be polarizing. You either love him for the way he can score seemingly at will, or you absolutely loathe him for his arrogance. In Ronaldo's case, it's the overwhelming vanity and excessive preening that people can't stand.
But then there are times, much like the retiring Los Angeles Lakers legend, where you just have to admire the talent, skill and ability of an all-time great. Tuesday was one of those moments of arresting appreciation.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 24 days ago
If Pep Guardiola's men are going to send him off to Manchester City with the ultimate going away present, clearly the task won't be easy. Because a Champions League title is becoming increasingly challenging with every step now for Bayern Munich.
Needing an inspired comeback to get past Italian power Juventus in the round of 16, Bayern appeared to get a break with a favorable quarterfinal draw against Benfica. But the path to the semifinals got much more complicated on Tuesday despite a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Allianz Arena.
The Bundesliga leader now has to venture to Portugal in eight days to protect the slimmest of leads after wasting perfectly fine scoring opportunities throughout the first 90 minutes of its quarterfinal tie.
Early on, it looked like Bayern was in store for a walkover. Just two minutes into the game, the German side grabbed a 1-0 lead when Arturo Vidal got his head on the end of Juan Bernat's cross and beat goalkeeper Ederson.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 26 days ago
Retired United States women's national team star Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Portland, Ore.
Wambach was stopped on Saturday night after she reportedly ran a red light in her Range Rover near downtown, the Associated Press reported from a statement by Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson.
Simpson said Wambach failed field sobriety tests before being arrested. She also failed a breath test at the police precinct, according to Simpson.
The Multnomah County Sherriff's Office said Wambach was booked at 2:02 a.m. local time Sunday on a charge of misdemeanor DUI, ESPN reported.
The AP reported that Wambach, according to jail booking records, was released Sunday on her own recognizance.
Luis Suarez is still the founder and president of The Strikers Who LIke to Bite Out of Frustration Club. But he's not alone anymore.
He appears to have a new member in Chelsea's Diego Costa.
Chelsea's season to forget got even more miserable on Saturday when former Blues prospect Romelu Lukaku scored not once but twice to send his old club crashing out of the FA Cup in Everton's 2-0 quarterfinal victory at Goodison Park. Shortly after Lukaku's second goal, Mount Costa blew up like he usually does and predictably got into a scrap with Gareth Barry.
But this time, public enemy No. 1 of the Premier League ratcheted his fury up a notch in the most bizarre fashion. After a Barry challenge sent him to the ground, Costa butted heads with the Everton midfielder and then apparently sank his teeth into Barry's neck.
No Chompions League for Diego Costa next season
In the latest FC Yahoo Podcast (Episode No. 5! Now available on iTunes!), a consensus was reached that Arsenal has zero chance of a comeback against Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League round-of-16 second leg at the Camp Nou. Shahan Ahmed even went as far to suggest that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger should borrow a page from Mauricio Pochettino's (and Manuel Pellegrini's) playbook and send out a weakened side.
Or, in NBA and Philadelphia 76ers terms, just tank it.
On Saturday, Barcelona showed why the Gunners shouldn't bother tying to put up a fight. With Luis Suarez watching from the bench, the presumptive La Liga champion warmed up for Arsenal's visit in four days by tearing apart lowly Getafe with four different goal scorers in a 6-0 rout at home.
The Turkish midfielder got on his bike to make it 6-zip. Take a look.
LOS ANGELES – As the father of a six-week-old newborn, Landon Donovan is finding out just how challenging it can be to get some honest-to-goodness shuteye.
"A little," Donovan replied when asked if he's getting any sleep since the arrival of his son Talon. "What it does is that it makes you have a lot more respect for all women that go through this. Because they get no break."
"He takes up most of my time now," Donovan added.
But when he isn't helping with diaper changes and 3 a.m. feedings, Donovan will volunteer whatever little time he has to another challenging yet fulfilling endeavor: raising the hopes of another Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
The retired United States men's national team and Los Angeles Galaxy legend has joined the athletes' advisory committee for the 2024 L.A. Olympic bid. At the Team USA Media Summit on Tuesday, Donovan stood shoulder to shoulder with his fellow committee members – 53 former Olympians and Paralympians – during the LA2024 press conference to show his full support.
Donovan, however, will hit the road if necessary to campaign for the LA2024 bid.
As long as fatherhood duties don't interfere.
The inaugural SheBelieves Cup – a round-robin tournament created by U.S. Soccer to pit its women's national team against some of the world's best teams – wasn't constructed to have a championship game. But good fortune has ensured there will be a decisive finale between the United States and Germany.
To win its inaugural tourney, the top-ranked and world champion United States will need a victory in its third and final game against Germany on Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3). All the Germans need to lift the SheBelieves Cup is a draw. Both teams have six points but Germany holds the tiebreaker having scored one more goal than the Americans.
The U.S. did its part on Sunday to set up the showdown. Alex Morgan scored in stoppage time to give the Americans a 1-0 win over the French at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Mallory Pugh set up Morgan with a through ball as the 17-year-old continued to impress as a starter for the senior team.