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Racing Louisville Is Immediately One Of The Best Away Days In The NWSL

Historically speaking, there’s only ever been one correct answer to the question of a dream away day in the National Women’s Soccer League. As well as producing the sort of football that’s landed two NWSL championships, the Portland Thorns boast the division’s best atmosphere with an average attendance (we have to go back to 2019 to look at such things) of over 20,000 at beautiful Providence Park.  

But I believe Portland has been usurped for three reasons: views, horse racing and bourbon.

Four Coaches And Seven Years Ago: The Young American Talent From FIFA 14 Was Mediocre At Best

Not long ago, the American soccer landscape was a barren wasteland devoid of talent. Americans either played for boring MLS teams or obscure European clubs, always moving laterally and rarely improving.

Kids these days have Christian Pulisic at Chelsea and Sergiño Dest at Barcelona. We had a promising central defender at Birmingham City that now works at a financial company. Man, they have it easy.

Brentford, Norwich And Watford Too? Analyzing The Premier League Promotion Picture

While the Premier League is ascribed to be the most talented league in the world, the EFL Championship might be as difficult, if not more so, than the English top flight.

In terms of talent, the Championship is just a small step below the Premier League and there is little disparity between the top and bottom of the table. 23rd place Birmingham has beaten second place Brentford and fifth place Reading this season, while Derby County beat Norwich then went winless for two months and dropped to the bottom of the table. 

Top 10 Soccer Movies Ranked

The Top 10 Soccer Movies Of All Time

10. Looking for Eric (2009)

9. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

8. Diego Maradona (2019)

7. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

6. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

5. Africa United (2010)

4. The Damned United (2009)

3. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

2. The Two Escobars (2010)

1. Next Goal Wins (2014)

The Numbers Don't Lie When It Comes To Ranking Premier League Goalkeepers

Life as a goalkeeper is difficult. A keeper can have fantastic game, but if one ball gets past them, they receive all of the blame.

Stats like goals against or save percentage have been used haphazardly to evaluate goalkeepers for years, but they fail to paint the whole picture.

For instance, if a goalkeeper plays behind a good defense they will be expected to allow fewer goals. Conversely, if opposing teams keep hitting top-corner screamers, the keeper allows goals that they can do little to prevent.

Footballers Born In The Wrong Generation

With soccer tactics constantly changing, certain types of players are not always accommodated.

Roles like the libero, trequartista, striker partnerships and burly center backs have become, or are quickly becoming, outdated in modern football. Other roles like ball-playing goalkeepers, false nines and wingers that cut inside onto their stronger foot have become very trendy.

This often leaves current players wishing they had played in a previous decade and former players wishing their career had started a little later. Ah, what could have been.

Every Great World Cup Red Card Record Belongs To Uruguay

The fighting spirit of Uruguay has enabled the country with a population of just 3.5 million (smaller than Connecticut) to collect two World Cup titles and the ninth-most wins in the tournament’s illustrious history. However, this combativeness has occasionally crossed the line, most notably in the collection of the fastest red card in World Cup history and Luis Suárez’s bite of Giorgio Chiellini.

The Soccer Stars That Didn’t Get A Team In The Winter Market

The first day of February was the closing day of the transfer window in Europe. Due to the worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus that strongly affects the economy of the clubs, the market was more austere than other years. Among many stories produced, one revolves around the outstanding soccer players who finished their contracts with their clubs and did not sign again, remaining free agents. 

The18 has compiled a list of who they are and what their respective situations are with a view to a 2021 that is already underway.

The 9 Best Soccer-Related Super Bowl Commercials — And The Worst One

The Super Bowl — an annual event where Americans gather to drink beer, eat nachos and watch commercials — is on Sunday. It’s gonna be lit, probably. Through the years, there have been a number of soccer Super Bowl commercials, mostly utilizing the star power of the sport’s biggest players. We've compiled the best. 

The Stories Behind The Most Unique Club Nicknames In Soccer

It's Super Bowl week, which means it's that time of the year when you learn way too much information about two teams that you don't really care about (what don't we know about Tom Brady as this point?). 

How about learning a digestible amount of interesting information about some teams that you still probably don't care about — at least not yet. Because after you're done reading about some very unusual nicknames, you'll undoubtedly fall in love with one or more of these somewhat obscure soccer clubs.

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