Red Bulls blank Atletico Pantoja for first leg win – Football Article

The New York Red Bulls came into Wednesday’s Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 first leg against a side they didn’t know much about. After countless pressure, Chris Armas’ side used goals in each half to take a two-goal advantage back to New Jersey. An own-goal from Juan Innocent paired with a second-half finish from Daniel Royer handed the Red Bulls a 2-0 road win over Atletico Pantoja in Santo Domingo. The visitors owned the bulk of the possession and…

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Looking for a positive spin on the end of NWSL, A+E deal – Equalizer Soccer – Football Article

When the National Women’s Soccer League and A+E Networks formed their landmark partnership two years ago this month, the long-term prognosis was that the relative success or failure would hinge on 2019, the final year of the agreement and the one destined to be impacted by the World Cup. It turns out that was fool’s gold. The partnership ended on Wednesday. A+E will remain on board as a sponsor for the 2019 season, but… This is only a snippet of…

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Bayern Munich still have the players and experience to hurt Liverpool – Football Article

As Manchester United discovered last Tuesday night, in the Champions League, the best sides expose frailties. Tonight, fans of Bayern Munich might fear being similarly schooled as their side, who’ve been experiencing a subpar season by their lofty standards, travel to Anfield. Embed from Getty Images Bayern return to European action in the unusual position of not being comfortably top of the Bundesliga as they turn for home. Doubtless their players will still back themselves to progress in a tournament…

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The 2023 Women’s World Cup bidding process will be one fascinating mystery – Equalizer Soccer – Football Article

FIFA expects to decide the hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in March 2020 – about a year later than the timeline for the past two Women’s World Cup host selections. In contrast, the 2026 Men’s World Cup hosts were already decided as of June last year. The process for the 2023 tournament had mysteriously dragged on without official word until Tuesday, when FIFA released its timeline for bidding on the tournament…. This is only a snippet of a…

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Football’s missing moral compass – Game of the People – Football Article

SPORTSWASHING, apparently, was one of the trendy words of 2018. It has been applied to the practice adopted by dubious regimes, individuals or corporates in buying credibility through investing in or sponsoring big-time sport. In doing so, they attempt to change public perception or distract people from some of their less acceptable activities. Furthermore, by pouring money into football, they also look to leverage the financial power and influence of the world’s most popular pastime. Human Rights Watch describes sportwashing…

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The good, the bad & next up Man United – Football Article

Liverpool fought out a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16, first leg, leaving some feeling deflated. But should they be? Bayern Munich have been one of the most consistent, successful sides in the whole of Europe over the past decade and their record of reaching the latter stages in Europe is exemplary. Against that, the Reds held their own and created by far the better sights of goal, despite never really testing Manuel Neuer.…

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Biglia underwent a successful surgery on his right calf on Thursday, the estimated recovery time is 4 months | Rossoneri Blog – Football Article

Lucas Biglia before Napoli-Milan at Stadio San Paolo on August 25, 2018. (@acmilan.com) Lucas Biglia will be sidelined for a very long time after undergoing surgery. Milan have been very unlucky with injuries this season and after losing Mattia Caldara for an extended period of time, today it was confirmed that Biglia will also be missing a few months of action. “The injury, suffered by Biglia last Wednesday during the morning training session, involved the lesion of the myotendinous junction…

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SBI 2019 MLS Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps – Football Article

In 2019, the Vancouver Whitecaps will celebrate its history while also welcoming a new era. With one eye on the past, nodding at the 40th anniversary of the team’s Soccer Bowl championship, the Whitecaps will turn the page on head coach Carl Robinson’s five-year tenure. Replacing him is Marc Dos Santos who had a promising path to MLS. The Montreal native is only 41 but has been coaching since 2007. His resume includes teams like pre-MLS era Montreal Impact, Palmeiras…

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Cristiano Ronaldo faces serious tax allegations – Football Article

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was recently listed as the world’s highest paid athlete this year, faces serious accusations by Spanish prosecutors. A Spanish state prosecutor recently accused Cristiano Ronaldo for defrauding Spain’s tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes this Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax evasion. He is the world’s highest-paid sportsperson.https://t.co/lyUsxIMVLX pic.twitter.com/fP4yW3HaIe — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 13, 2017 The Spanish prosecutor accused Cristiano Ronaldo for creating a shell… This is only a…

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SBI 2019 MLS Season Preview: Houston Dynamo – Football Article

The 2019 Houston Dynamo are an ambitious team. Although the Dynamo failed to make the playoffs in 2018, a year after reaching the Western Conference Finals, they went on a successful run in the U.S. Open Cup. Houston went on to defeat the Philadelphia Union 3-0 to lift their first-ever Open Cup trophy, and also their first trophy since 2007.  So, it’s no surprise that even though they failed to make the playoffs for the fourth time in the last…

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Marta will return to the Orlando Pride in 2019 – Equalizer Soccer – Football Article

Photo Copyright Lewis Gettier for The Equalizer One of many questions behind the scenes in the National Women’s Soccer League’s unusually quiet offseason was whether or not Marta would return to the Orlando Pride in 2019. Good news for Pride fans: she will. That might not exactly seem like breaking news. But Marta’s initial deal which brought her to Orlando and the NWSL in 2017 was a two-year… This is only a snippet of a Football Article written by Jeff…

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Potential big players in the Premier League title race – Football Article

Very little separates Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table with a third of the Premier League season remaining. Neither side has had things their own way in recent weeks and there could be a few more stumbling blocks over the next three months. Embed from Getty Images Here is a look at some of the potential hazards for both teams. Tottenham Hotpsur While Tottenham still harbour title ambitions of their own, it’s hard to see them…

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Adams records first assist for RB Leipzig – Football Article

Tyler Adams’ return to RB Leipzig’s starting lineup paid off in big dividends. The 20-year-old registered his first career Bundesliga point on Saturday, assisting on Leipzig’s third goal in a 3-1 road win over Stuttgart. With Leipzig hanging onto a 2-1 advantage midway through the second-half, Adams set up Yussuf Poulsen with a clever through ball assist for the insurance goal in the 74th minute. Adams finished the match with a 71% passing completion rate, while winning nine duels and…

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NWSL stars shine as Sydney FC claim championship – Equalizer Soccer – Football Article

Savannah McCaskill led the way with a brace as Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory 4-2 to claim the 2019 W-League Grand Final championship on Saturday. As they did in their semifinal, Perth got off to a slow start, and Sydney made them pay. In the second minute, McCaskill got an unexpected chance but knocked it off the crossbar. Less than five minutes later, Sofia Huerta ran onto a ball from McCaskill, took one touch, and… This is only a snippet…

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Manchester United’s commercial partnerships – Game of the People – Football Article

AFTER a match at Old Trafford, the 70,000-odd supporters disperse and make their way home or maybe to a bar, pub or restaurant. The chances are, they will come across products that have been touched by the Manchester United franchise. They may drive a car that may be lubricated by a company that is part of the MUFC partnership programme, they may get some cash from a bank that has links with the club. They may have a drink or…

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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: McKennie, Novakovich, and more – Football Article

Weston McKennie has been a versatile piece for Schalke this season, moving around from centerback to midfield and so on. The 20-year-old will hope to propel his team to victory this weekend as they face Freiburg in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke has struggled to climb up the Bundesliga table and fell 3-1 at Bayern Munich last weekend. McKennie was a lone bright spot in the defeat, registering a clever assist for Schalke’s only goal at Allianz Arena. The U.S. Men’s National Team…

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Finished: Real Betis 1-1 Milan | Rossoneri Blog – Football Article

Team news: Real Betis were without Javi García, while Milan had to do without the suspended Samu Castillejo as well as without Alessandro Plizzari, Davide Calabria, Mattia Caldara, Andrea Conti, Stefan Simić, Ivan Strinić, Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Gonzalo Higuaín. Kickoff time for Matchday 4 of the Europa League was 21:00 CET / Italy time at Estadio Benito Villamarín. Goals: Lo Celso (12′), Suso (62′) Real Betis (3-5-2) – Quique SetiénPau López; Aïssa Mandi, Marc Bartra, Zouhair Feddal; Cristian Tello,…

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Garber reportedly signs new contract – Football Article

Don Garber is going to be around for quite a bit longer. The commissioner signed a new five-year contract that will keep him in charge if MLS until the end of the 2023 season. Garber’s previous contract ran out after last season, but there was little doubt that he would re-sign. Reports indicate that the framework of the deal was complete in December’s Board of Governors meetings and it was formalized this month. Garber was the senior vice president/managing director…

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants Real Madrid Madrid exit – Football Article

Ronaldo has reportedly communicated with the Real Madrid board that he wants to leave the capital. As per Marca‘s report, which also confirmed A Bola‘s report, Ronaldo has “personally communicated” to Real president Florentino Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez his intention to leave the Los Blancos. He is angry at the allegations placed on him regarding tax fraud, and thinks that the club should’ve helped him out before the matter got any worse.   BREAKING: @Cristiano wants to leave @realmadrid because he…

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Wednesday UCL Rewind: Tottenham tops Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid outlasts Ajax – Football Article

Tottenham Hotspur strongly held off Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium in their opening game of the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. Jan Vertonghen was directly involved in two of Spurs’ three goals in Wednesday’s 3-0 win for the London-based club. The first of the pair was scored by Son Heung-Min as the South Korean drifted into the box and got on the end of a perfectly weighted Vertonghen cross in the 47th minute. Vertonghen doubled his…

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Joe Lolley – The next Jamie Vardy in the making? – Football Article

Joe Lolley, 26, is a winger who plays in the English Championship for Nottingham Forest. His performances are turning heads this season with a lot of clubs interested in the Forest man’s signature. Is Lolley the gem to follow in Vardy’s footsteps? The Forest winger, is enjoying his second season in Nottingham after providing seven goals and seven assists in the Championship so far. His spectacular performance against Aston Villa earlier in the season was the moment as a football…

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Colaprico, Sullivan make USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup roster; Horan out with injury – Equalizer Soccer – Football Article

Photo Copyright Daniela Porcelli | Joerdeli Photography Coach Jill Ellis’ 23-player United States women’s national team roster for the SheBelieves Cup was announced on Tuesday, providing another window into what the Americans’ World Cup roster might look like later this year. Notable absences are midfielders Lindsey Horan, due to a quadriceps injury, as well as Allie Long and Morgan Brian…. This is only a snippet of a Football Article written by The Equalizer Staff Read Full Article

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Geoffrey and Gordon – Game of the People – Football Article

ONE OF the privileges of being born in the late 1950s was that your formative years, from a footballing perspective, were the late 1960s and early 1970s. This was a great time for English football as the nation basked in the glow of World Cup 1966. As the passage of time moves on, and history plays tricks with the memory, sometimes you have to remind yourself that over the course of your spectating career, you may well have seen some…

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Musacchio suffered an injury to his right knee against Real Betis, will miss the next 6-8 weeks of action | Rossoneri Blog – Football Article

Mateo Musacchio during Real Betis-Milan at Estadio Benito Villamarín on November 8, 2018. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images) Another huge blow for Milan as Mateo Musacchio is out for the next 2 months. The injury problems keep piling up for Milan: after losing Mattia Caldara and Lucas Biglia for several months, yesterday the Rossoneri also saw Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Mateo Musacchio pick up injuries. The Argentine center back had a collision with Franck Kessié during the match against Real Betis…

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UCL Preview: Man United hosts PSG, Dortmund visits Tottenham, and more – Football Article

There will plenty of talent on display when Manchester United welcomes PSG to Old Trafford on Tuesday. However, the roles look to be reversed with the hosts coming in with a healthy squad and on superb form under their interim boss. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the Red Devils moving up the Premier League table and ready to face the Ligue 1 giants on home soil. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial headline the attacking front for the hosts, while Kylian Mbappe…

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The pros and cons of warm-weather training camps – Football Article

As Liverpool FC head to Southern Spain for a second warm-weather training camp of 2019, sports performance scientist Dr. Rajpal Brar looks at the pros and cons of such trips. Since Jurgen Klopp took the mantle as Liverpool manager in 2015, he has taken the Reds away for warm weather training camps, with trips to Marbella, Tenerife, La Manga, and most recently to Dubai. This week, they return to Marbella – where Klopp took the Reds twice in 2018. Such…

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MLS Ticker: Loons add Mannone, Atlanta waives McCann, and more – Football Article

Minnesota United goalkeeper Bobby Shuttlesworth will have some competition for the No. 1 job heading into the 2019 MLS regular season. The Loons announced on Sunday they’ve signed Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone on a one-year loan from EFL Championship side Reading FC, using Targeted Allocation Money. Mannone, 30, will occupy an international roster spot. He joined Reading from Sunderland in 2017 and made 47 appearances with the club in two seasons, while keeping eight clean sheets. Mannone began his professional…

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Premier League predictions: Man United, Liverpool and Man City to win? – Football Article

This Premier League weekend would reshape the top of the table. Liverpool and Manchester City could change the places or Liverpool would keep leading. It is the same with Chelsea and Manchester United, who fight for a top 4 finish. Fulham vs Manchester United With 7 points between them and the 17th placed Burnley, it will be over for The Cottagers if they don’t get 3 point out of this home fixture. The biggest problem for the Cottagers in this…

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National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo passes away – Football Article

One of Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer’s most prominent figures passed away on Saturday. 2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame indcutee Fernando Clavijo passed away at 63-years-old, following a prolonged battle with multiple myeloma. Clavijo, a former U.S. Men’s National Team defender, also spent several years as a head coach in MLS and internationally with the Haitian National Team. He also served as Technical Director at FC Dallas for six years, helping the club to a Supporters Shield and U.S.…

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