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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 31, 2019. 10 comments

Seattle Sounders Advance To MLS Cup, Rewarding Fans Who Stood Up To Those In Power

Seattle Sounders Advance To MLS Cup, Rewarding Fans Who Stood Up To Those In Power

After a season of fighting

MLS’s draconian Code of Conduct , Seattle Sounders fans can celebrate a berth in the MLS Cup. Following Seattle’s 3-1 victory over LAFC, the Iron Front flag will surely find its way into the league’s final match of the year, much to the chagrin of those who desired profits over protests.

LAFC jumped out to an early lead on Tuesday, as expected. Eduard Atuesta tallied...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 29, 2019. 7 comments

Arsenal Are Imploding

Arsenal Are Imploding

What should’ve been, and what almost was, a desperately needed victory instead became more reason for acrimony and turmoil. A floundering Arsenal hosted Crystal Palace on Sunday, and after jumping out to a 2–0 lead early on, the Gunners threw away their advantage and wound up settling for a draw. From the result itself, to the context in which it came, to the fans’ reaction to what is shaping...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 29, 2019.

German Sunday League Player Knocks Referee Out Cold After Receiving Red Card

German Sunday League Player Knocks Referee Out Cold After Receiving Red Card

It’s not clear what this unidentified player did to earn a red card in a German amateur soccer match between FSV Münster and TV Smend, but he definitely deserved a red and even more for his reaction to the card, which was to punch the referee’s lights out:

According to the Echo, match officials immediately stopped the game and called the police. When medical help arrived, the medics had to...

Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 26, 2019. 3 comments

The USWNT Is Making The Best And Easiest Choice For Its Next Manager

The USWNT Is Making The Best And Easiest Choice For Its Next Manager

For once, U.S. Soccer is doing something smart. The federation confirmed that it will announce the next manager of the USWNT on Monday, and multiple reports, including from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, say the choice is going to be Reign FC boss Vlatko Andonovski. Rejoice, because this is the right choice.

When manager Jill Ellis stepped down from the gig shortly after the World Cup,...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 25, 2019. 2 comments

Carlos Vela And LAFC Finally Overcame Zlatan And The LA Galaxy

Carlos Vela And LAFC Finally Overcame Zlatan And The LA Galaxy

LAFC finally did it. After three draws and two losses in five tries, the younger brother of Los Angeles triumphed over its bullying older sibling on Thursday night, defeating the LA Galaxy 5–3 and advancing to the Western Conference finals. It was the most hyped edition of

El Tráfico  yet, with the highest of stakes on the biggest of stages. The match itself, which has quickly become the...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 25, 2019. 2 comments

WWE Is Finally Taking The AEW Threat Seriously

WWE Is Finally Taking The AEW Threat Seriously

It took almost a month, but WWE finally seems to have realized that its new Wednesday Night War won’t be won with filler. This isn’t quite the same as saying that WWE is innovating in response to the challenge presented by AEW’s competition, but at the very least NXT has done well of late by leaning on a familiar wrestling trope, deployed in an unfamiliar manner. In the process, they’ve...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 24, 2019. 2 comments

NYCFC Blew It Again, As Is Tradition

NYCFC Blew It Again, As Is Tradition

NYCFC, a team that looked like an MLS Cup contender during the regular season, has found itself out of the playoffs at the conference semifinals. That sentence was true in 2016, 2017, 2018, and was made true in humiliating fashion once again after NYCFC lost to Toronto on Wednesday night.

There was a whole game before the 88th minute, but the 88th minute will probably be the only thing about...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 24, 2019. 5 comments

Suspected Olympiakos Fans Invade Stadium, Leave Four Bayern Munich Fans Bloody During U-21 Match

Suspected Olympiakos Fans Invade Stadium, Leave Four Bayern Munich Fans Bloody During U-21 Match

Before Bayern Munich and Olympiakos faced off in the Champions League on Tuesday, mayhem broke out during a match between the clubs’ respective U-21 sides in Athens. In the 84th minute of the UEFA Youth League match between the sides, a stadium invasion left four Bayern fans bloody and injured.

The Greek City Times reported that “80 men, many in motorcycle helmets or armed with clubs” were...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 23, 2019. 14 comments

Kylian Mbappé Is The Future, And The Future Is Now

Kylian Mbappé Is The Future, And The Future Is Now

Kylian Mbappé is faster than the wind, scores more goals than everyone except the man

they call God , wins titles galore for club and country, and is already one of the three or four best players in the world. And still, the most difficult fact to wrap one’s mind around is that the guy is only 20 years old.

A 20-year-old is supposed to be one for the future. Because of that, it’s easy to view...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 23, 2019.

Playing Against Atlético In Madrid Is Hell

Playing Against Atlético In Madrid Is Hell

It’s not profound analysis to say Atlético Madrid are

good defensively , but Bayer Leverkusen were reminded of the one inexorable truth of soccer in the teams’ Champions League match on Tuesday: playing an away match against the Colchoneros fucking sucks.

While Atlético’s road games are often painful watches for neutrals—an already hyper-defensive team usually turtles up even more when...

Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 22, 2019. 5 comments

This Is Not How Wrestling Ring Ropes Work, WWE 2K20

This Is Not How Wrestling Ring Ropes Work, WWE 2K20

Madden glitches are a well-covered phenomenon, but it’s officially time for a new challenger to step into the ring with its own brand of broken gameplay. WWE 2K20 came out on Tuesday, and already fans are finding match-breaking bugs and general unpolished hilarity, such as this mess of a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match between NXT’s Dakota Kai and Ronda Rousey.

What starts as a bit...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 22, 2019. 17 comments

The First Round Of MLS Playoffs Was Beautiful Chaos

The First Round Of MLS Playoffs Was Beautiful Chaos
Photo: Vaughn Ridley (Getty Images)

Every single game of MLS’s opening weekend of playoffs was a glorious mess. There were six matchups in the first round, and five of the six ended in one-goal wins; the one exception finished 5–1, but only after one team scored four goals in an extra time that the other team had forced with a stoppage-time goal at the very end of regulation. The wild weekend...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 17, 2019. 23 comments

The USMNT Is An Absolute Joke, And It's All U.S. Soccer's Fault

The USMNT Is An Absolute Joke, And It's All U.S. Soccer's Fault

There’s a good chance that a significant number of people reading this article weren’t even alive the last time Canada beat the United States in soccer, on April 2, 1985. Thirty-four years later, and almost exactly two years since

the atrocity in Couva , the USMNT has once again fallen to our neighbors to the north Tuesday night, in doing so hitting yet another low point for a soccer program...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 09, 2019. 11 comments

Germany Rose And Fell With Bastian Schweinsteiger

Germany Rose And Fell With Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger was three different players. The German superstar, who announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, is leaving behind one of the most peculiar careers in recent soccer memory. From a wide player breaking into Germany’s 2006 World Cup side, to one of the best and most idiosyncratic central midfielders in the world, and finally to his farewell run as a center back in...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 09, 2019. 9 comments

This Feels Like The End Of Tottenham's Golden Age

This Feels Like The End Of Tottenham's Golden Age

It was all so good just four months ago. Back then, Tottenham were in the midst of their best Champions League run ever, beating

Manchester City and Ajax on consecutive last-second magic tricks and getting ready to face Liverpool in the final. What a difference four months can make.

At the start of the present season, Spurs have been in their worst form since manager Mauricio Pochettino...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 05, 2019. 6 comments

All Elite Wrestling Is Good, But It Will Have To Be More Unique To Be Great

All Elite Wrestling Is Good, But It Will Have To Be More Unique To Be Great

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All Elite Wrestling, WWE’s stiffest challenge since the Monday Night War years around the turn of the millennium, made its cable television debut on Wednesday night, kicking off a new era in professional wrestling that has

already been dubbed the Wednesday Night War . The head-to-head competition between Dynamite, AEW’s flagship weekly show on TNT, and WWE’s newly-live,...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 01, 2019. 14 comments

OGC Nice Release Player Who Stole Teammate's €70,000 Watch

OGC Nice Release Player Who Stole Teammate's €70,000 Watch

Ligue 1 side OGC Nice released Lamine Diaby-Fadiga on Tuesday, after the 18-year-old admitted to stealing teammate Kasper Dolberg’s €70,000 watch last month. In a statement released on their website, Nice announced that they were severing their contract with the youngster over the theft:

OGC Nice and Lamine Diaby Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday. Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Oct 01, 2019. 9 comments

Italian Youth Soccer Coach Fired For Calling Greta Thunberg A "Whore" On Facebook

Italian Youth Soccer Coach Fired For Calling Greta Thunberg A "Whore" On Facebook

Fourth-division Italian soccer club Grosseto fired youth coach Tommaso Casalini this week after he called 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg a “whore” who “can take a pounding” in a Facebook comment, according to Football Italia.

Here’s a screenshot of Casalini’s comment:

Translation: “This whore! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age!”

Grosseto immediately removed...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 30, 2019. 10 comments

The Lions And Chiefs Could Not Hold On To The Damn Football

The Lions And Chiefs Could Not Hold On To The Damn Football

Usually, when a much-anticipated game delivers, it’s because the quality of football was high enough to match the hype. Think

Chiefs-Rams from last year . Kansas City was involved in another of those games on Sunday, as they headed to Detroit to take on the also-undefeated Lions. The drama was there from start to finish, even if the quality was...not quite as good.

Namely, the teams could not...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Sep 30, 2019. 15 comments

Oh God, Yes, Rutgers Wants To Hire Greg Schiano Again

Oh God, Yes, Rutgers Wants To Hire Greg Schiano Again

Rutgers announced on Sunday that it had fired head coach Chris Ash, a day after the team got spanked 52-0 by Michigan to drop its record to 1-3. Also let go was offensive coordinator John McNulty, which is not a surprise given that the Scarlet Knights were shut out by both Michigan and Iowa, the latter in 30-0 rout.

Taking over for Rutgers will be Nunzio Campanile, who has such a New...

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