Opinion

Tea Time With David Episode 20

The18's David Moore breaks down the week in soccer news while sipping on some tea...it's Tea Time.

Episode 20 Topics include: Mason "Mickey" Mount missing his penalty, US Soccer officially has equal pay for World Cup winnings and game appearances, and newly formed USL2 side, Vermont Green, wins fans with their excellent debut kit.

Camila Cabello Slams ‘Very Rude’ Fans Who Booed Her Champions League Performance

On Saturday evening in Paris, Cuban-born American singer Camila Cabello was put in the most unenviable situation imaginable. 

Given a chance to perform the opening ceremony at the Champions League final with around 275 million watching from home, the 25-year-old's six-minute performance was drowned out by chanting and boos as Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters voiced their frustrations with a 36-minute delay to the start of the match due to chaos outside the Stade de France.

Benzema’s Disallowed Goal Before Halftime Shockingly Overturned — It Should Have Counted

Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema thought he had scored the opening goal of the 2022 UEFA Champions League final when a mad scramble in Liverpool’s box ended up with the Frenchman slotting the ball into the net. A lengthy VAR ultimately decided that Benzema was offside.

This call was controversial to say the least.

Benzema Offside Call vs. Liverpool

In 2019 Bedoya Yelled Into A Field Mic For Congress To End Gun Violence — In 2022 Nothing Has Changed

In August 2019, Philadelphia Union captain and former USMNT player Alejandro Bedoya scored against D.C. United, ran to a field microphone and called on Congress for an end to gun violence. Three years later nothing has changed and Bedoya — heartbroken with the rest of the nation after Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School left 21 dead — reposted his clip from 2019.

No More Excuses: A Shortage Of Quality Fields Is What's Really Holding Back American Soccer

When I think of amateur football in England, my mind always harkens back to the classic photo of Hackney Marshes in London, its grassy landscape divided into a myriad of soccer fields (88 to be exact). The country never seems to have a shortage of pitches — something that is far from true in the United States.

The U.S. lacks the dedicated footballing infrastructure the UK has, and it is the main reason soccer in the States lags beyond the rest of the world.

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