An interesting 18th week in the MLS had some own goals, a goal saving handball (great stuff FC Dallas), an extraordinary hat trick by Clint Dempsey (goal, assist and a red card), and a preposterous banger courtesy of Cristian Techera. Fresh off of a 1-0 lead, Vancouver took advantage of another chance just minutes later to put the game out of reach. A failed freekick attempt led to a ball bouncing back out of the box where Techera received a pass to then take his chances with the ball on his left foot.
Euro 2016 was emotional, inspiring, heartbreaking, beautiful and most definitely perfectly capped off Sunday night in Paris as Portugal hoisted the trophy after fighting off many roadblocks. A narrow advance to the knockout rounds after finishing 3rd place in their group, losing Pepe for the semifinals and lastly, watching their superstar be stretchered off in the early moments of the final was definitely enough for a team to lose hope. But the Portuguese dug deep and held off waves of attack from the French to earn a single moment in Euro history that will be forever remembered.
This has been the year of the underdog in soccer. From Leicester City in the Premier League to Wales and Iceland in Euro 2016, upsets have come to the fore.
Soccer is the most democratic sport in the world. Once the players enter the pitch, there’s little the coach can do to upset the proceedings. The nature of the game lends itself to unpredictability — 90 minutes of continuous action where a single mistake or moment of genius can decide the game’s outcome.
The rise, the connection, the shake of the back of the net and the famous celebration. Cristiano Ronaldo's header can only be described as towering. His elevation made him look like he was floating above the Welsh defenders as he smashed a beautiful service past the waiting goalkeeper. Portugal being criticized for not finishing off a single game in this tournament in regular time, left no question in the minds of the doubters as they showed Wales the exit door with a 2-0 decisive win. Ronaldo now has the chance to do what Messi could not do in June... win a major tournament.
In case you missed it last week, Renato Sanches, the up and coming star for Portugal scored a beamer that tied the game at 1's. Not only is this kid already a great player, the best part is, he is only 18! He is the youngest player to score for Portugal in the European Championships and crazy enough he is the youngest player in history to score in a knockout round game at the Euros. A rising Benfica star thats now at Bayern Munich will be ready to grow his name on the world's stage at the club and international level. What impact will he make against Wales tomorrow?
Sebastian ‘El Loco’ Abreu, who is 39 years old, began his pro career 22 years ago, in 1994. Abreu’s towering height initially had him practicing basketball until he was 18 years old. However, problems with coaches and an increased interest in football saw him dedicate himself to the world’s game.
Abreu was also extremely interested in journalism, once interviewing himself for a local newspaper.
We have discovered our new favorite game, velcro soccer darts played with a giant inflatable soccer dart board. Also known as foot darts.
We will stop at nothing to procure one of these bad boys. Nothing.
The 90+ minute winner from Graziano Pellé was enough to seal a two nil victory over the 2012 Euro Champions and advance Italy to the quarterfinals. The Spain Italy affair was one taken by Italy and not given. David De Gea for most of the game, kept Spanish hopes alive with some beautiful saves but he couldn't keep everything out. Italy moves on to face Germany on Saturday. Imagine how out of hand this game could have gotten without the beast in net....