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Alyssa Thompson becomes youngest draft pick in NWSL history after being selected No. 1 overall

LOS ANGELES — Angel City FC on Thursday selected 18-year-old Alyssa Thompson with the first pick of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft, making the Los Angeles native the first player in league history drafted directly out of high school.

"Alyssa Thompson, for us, is a phenom and generational player," said Angel City general manager Angela Hucles Mangano.

"She's a player who can make an immediate impact, but she's also young and can develop and look to be a player that we're building a future off of, too."

Watch all 11 Puskás Award finalists right here, right now

I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but if you've been following The18 for the past year then you've already seen all 11 FIFA Puskas Award nominees. We have exquisite taste like that. 

But in case you can't remember the strikes — arriving as early as Apr. 2 and as late as Kylian Mbappé's side-volley against Argentina in the World Cup final on Dec. 18 — here's a trip down memory lane with videos that you can watch right here, right now. I've also included a link to what The18 said at the time.

Brazilian youth lashes an 80-yard volley in São Paulo's prestigious Copinha

The São Paulo Youth Football Cup, known as the Copinha, is a world-renowned staging ground for some of Brazil's most prodigious U-20 talents. Monstrous footballers like Endrick, Kaká, Neymar and Vini Jr have all shined in the competition, and we learned a new name on Tuesday: Dieguinho.

The 19-year-old plays for Hercílio Luz's U-20 team, and they went up against Capital CF during the group stage of the competition. 

Watch: This indoor soccer goal will make your head spin

Indoor soccer players are some of the most technically talented individuals on the planet. The sport shares much with other variations of the beautiful game, especially beach soccer and futsal, where control is paramount. On Saturday, Tacoma Stars forward Nick Perera put all of his expertise to use with a piece of individual brilliance in a 7-5 win over the Kansas City Comets. 

Costa Rica legend Celso Borges pulls off the most spectacular double nutmeg you'll see this year

Celso Borges might have pulled off one of the filthiest nutmeg sequences of the year. Yes, I'm aware we're in January.

The 34-year-old central midfielder is one of Costa Rica’s all-time greats (playing a vital part in the Ticos’ 2014 World Cup run) and to this day, he keeps showing us why he’s regarded as such, even in a charity match.

This is one of the most satisfyingly inventive indoor goals ever

If you've played indoor soccer before, you've undoubtedly been left mad as hell at your goalkeeper for making a total mess of harmless balls smashed off the walls. The corner is a particularly dangerous area for keepers with zero foot skills, but we've also all probably seen a traditional outfield player being forced into the keeper role and getting beat by the softest of efforts.

What I've never seen before is this: a player understanding all the angles, all the realities, and purposefully hammering one off the wall to outfox a keeper coming out to usher away a chance.

Fifth-tier Wrexham STUN second-tier Coventry City in 7-goal thriller that you must see to believe

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s hit show Welcome to Wrexham is going to have quite the episode after fifth-tier Wrexham AFC defeated EFL Championship outfit Coventry City 4-3 in Round 3 of the FA Cup on Saturday.

If you want to talk about a game that had everything: this was the game to watch. Wrexham nearly blew a 4-1 lead, there was an insane goal, a red card and drama right to the end.

Coventry City was the host of match, but you wouldn’t have known it from the massive traveling support for the Welsh underdogs.

5 under-the-radar soccer things that will rule 2023

The global 2023 soccer calendar just doesn't relent from month to month with the usual suspects (Premier League, Champions League, etc.) demanding and receiving our attention, but a few soccer-centric things have flown under the radar in the new year. 

Update your Google Calendar, set a reminder with Alexa or just make a mental note of these five happenings.

Mbappé and Hakimi look for post-World Cup rebound at NBA game in Brooklyn

After losing in the final stages of the World Cup and then suffering a first Ligue 1 defeat of the season this past Sunday, PSG teammates Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi quickly used their time off to get as far away from the sport as possible.

With the France and Monaco stars unlikely to feature whatsoever in Friday's Coupe de France Round of 64 match against third-tier Châteauroux, Mbappé and Hakimi departed for the United States and made a surprise appearance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for an NBA game between the Nets and San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

The best part of Gerard Piqué's Kings League is the extreme kick-off procedure

After finishing his professional career on Nov. 8 with a red card and the infamous last words of "I s**t on your prostitute mother!" aimed at the referee, Gerard Piqué has returned to the limelight with his latest business venture, serving as the president of the Kings League in Barcelona.

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