U.S. Men’s Team fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Tuesday night, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team met Trinidad and Tobago in a final group stage match to fight for the right to play in next summer’s World Cup. At the end of 90 mins of play, they fell to Trinidad 1-2, a striking result that shocked fans and commentators alike across the country. With the loss, for the first time since 1986, the U.S. men have failed to qualify for the highest level of competition soccer has to offer, the World Cup. Three final group stage matches were…

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Barcelona look certain to add Neymar’s replacement quickly

In the world of football, especially close to deadline day, which is August 31st for the summer transfer window, one lesson reigns supreme. That is that anybody and everybody has a price at which they are for sale. This should have been made clear when Paris Saint-Germain’s owners at Oryx Qatar Sports Investment more than doubled the world record transfer fee to sign Barcelona forward Neymar. Now, with roughly two weeks until the August 31 deadline, the Catalonia based giants of Spanish football are looking to splash some of that…

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Cristiano Ronaldo handed five match ban

Footballers get carded for a number of reasons concerning on-field conduct including, but not limited to, dangerous conduct on the field (i.e. attempting to injure an opponent), using racial slurs, and celebrating a goal in a fashion that is deemed by Law 12 to be excessive. These kinds of activities can result in either a yellow card or a straight red card and automatic ejection for more egregious violations of the rules. A player can also receive a second yellow card that leads to a red card and his ejection…

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Premier League recap: first week sees plenty of goals

The wealthiest league in world football kicked off its season in high flying fashion. Week One started on Friday with the opening match between Leicester City and Arsenal and ended with the Sunday match between Manchester United and West Ham. There were draws, blowouts, nailbiters and goals–plenty of them. The opener ended 4-3 in favor of Arsenal when Olivier Giroud scored an 82nd-minute header after coming on as a substitute. The next highest scoring affair was a 3-3 draw between Watford and Liverpool in which Jurgen Klopp’s offense looked deadly.…

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Virgil Van Dijk Demands Move, Southampton isn’t Happy

Virgil Van Dijk, a centre-back for Southampton Football Club in the Premier League has demanded that the club sell him to a familiar business partner to which the team nicknamed the Saints is reportedly openly hostile. The Dutch international’s reasons for wanting to leave include a desire to play in more European competition, as opposed to only English domestic fixtures. His preferred destination is a familiar one for Southampton players; Liverpool FC, who have spent a combined 98 million pounds on getting players from Saint Mary’s to Anfield since 2014…

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