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Teenage Sensation Mal Pugh Strikes Following A Blistering Run From Midfield

After falling to a Megan Rapinoe-inspired Seattle Reign FC in Week 1, the Washington Spirit recorded a 2-0 win over the Orlando Pride in their home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday. 

Nearly 5,000 were on hand to watch 19-year-old USWNT forward Mallory Pugh open the scoring in the 80th minute with a blistering run that started just inside the halfway line. Pugh finished the move by nutmegging international compatriot Ashlyn Harris in goal.

Christian Eriksen Might Just Win The World Cup By Himself

Denmark are 80-1 outsiders at the World Cup, and that makes sense — Nicklas Bendtner remains the nation’s premier striker. However, you could waste $5 in a myriad of dumber ways than by throwing it on the Danish Dynamite. Here’s how Denmark could win the Cup: Kasper Schmeichel brings the 2015-16 Leicester City hoodoo, and Christian Eriksen is just the best version of himself for a month.

It’s possible that these things happen, and your $5 becomes $400. 

As evidence, I submit the above video, which is just Eriksen doing Eriksen things earlier today. 

The Only American Bagging Goals In Europe Gives Us Reason To Watch The USMNT

Age 21, standing at 6-4 and hailing from Muskego, Wisconsin, you probably think you know the USMNT’s latest salvation at the forward position, Andrija Novakovich. You’ve probably sketched a mental outline of a big, blundering center forward with an affinity for Milwaukee’s Best, but we mustn’t forget that Harry Kane was similarly written off for being a chubby, traveling salesman-looking version of Butt-head. 

Raul Ruidiaz Hits A Game-Winning, 15-Yard Scissor Kick In Liga MX Play

The legend of Monarcas Morelia’s Raul Ruidiaz continues to grow after the Peruvian international scored his second Liga MX golazo in the space of a week last night. Morelia defeated bottom-of-the-table Atlas 2-1 on Friday with Ruidiaz scoring the game-winner in the 45th minute.

Rodrigo Millar had given Morelia the early lead, but Atlas responded from the spot through Daniel Arreola. However, on the stroke of halftime, a spectacular 15-yard scissor kick from Ruidiaz restored Morelia’s advantage.  

Roberto Firmino Has Given Rise To The Greatest Stat In All Of Soccer

Roberto Firmino cemented his reputation as the most disrespectful, no-fucks-given player in the game when he scored Liverpool's third goal against West Ham this weekend with a no-look finish.

That was not the first time Firmino has scored a no-look goal this season. In fact, it has been a staple throughout his career, so much so that there's enough material available for a whole highlight video.

These Two Liga MX Screamers Will Blow Your Mind

There are goals and then there are GOLAZOS.

Solo goals, scissor kicks, team goals, you name it. There are innumerable ways to score. Pragmatists will say it doesn't matter how stunning or beautiful a goal is, even own goals count the same as the jewels only Messi could craft.

And yet, there is a certain violent charm to bangers.

Devastating Napoli Counter Shows Why They’re Everyone’s Second-Favorite Team

With all due respect to Juventus supporters, as exciting as it would be to watch you lift your seventh straight Scudetto, the entire planet is behind Napoli’s push for their first title since 1990, when Diego Maradona lifted the Neapolitan club to glory. On Monday, we were given further evidence as to why Napoli is essentially In-N-Out Burger when comparing football clubs to restaurant chains (hell, there’s even a Neapolitan shake on The Secret Menu).

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