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How a self-taught Detroit chef went from the dish pit to cooking on the biggest sports stage in the world

As the confetti fell and thousands of lightbulbs flashed in Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019, USA’s players climbed the podium to celebrate the fulfillment of a dream that had required years of sacrifice, total commitment and a single-minded belief in accomplishing it all.  

A captivated global audience delighted in what these 23 women had achieved — a historic fourth world title for the U.S. — but the players themselves took a moment to immortalize a staff member whose personal journey mirrored their own with the following chant: “Chef! Chef! Chef!”  

Tigres Femenil: El día en que las Amazonas se convirtieron en Barbies

Ganadoras y empoderadas.

Horas antes de su arrollador 4-0 sobre Puebla, en el inicio del Torneo Apertura 2023, las jugadoras de Tigres Femenil sorprendieron a los aficionados del club con una curiosa sesión de fotos inspirada en la nueva película de Barbie.

Sesión Tigres Femenil Barbie

La idea de la producción fotográfica no fue espontánea, sino que fue parte de la alianza que tiene el club con el estudio Warner Bros., el cual estrenará la cinta de la muñeca más famosa del planeta el próximo 21 de julio.

Folarin Balogun on initial USMNT experience: 'Best month of my life'

Although Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game from the nation's capital will feature all the league's must-watch talent (minus Lionel Messi) and Arsenal's flourishing squad, the biggest cheer of the night might be reserved for a Gunners player who spent last season in France and who might not even be on the roster come September: instant USMNT hero Folarin Balogun.

Después del diluvio salió el GOAT: Inter Miami presenta oficialmente a Lionel Messi

Es oficial-oficial: Lionel Messi es jugador del Inter Miami.

La estrella argentina fue presentada en el DNV PRK Stadium en un show denominado "La PresentaSÍon", el cual tuvo una serie de números musicales y también un diluvio que obligó a pausar el evento por algunos minutos.

France’s new World Cup commercial has a must-watch plot twist

MANCHESTER — Soccer fans are buzzing about a Women's World Cup ad featuring French stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann - or so it seems at first.

In Telecom company Orange's campaign aimed at challenging people's perceptions of women's soccer, the two-minute ad appears to show a display of magical soccer skills from diving headers to curling free kicks by Mbappe, Griezmann and others.

Then comes the twist.

Sophia Smith haunts her opponents in horror-themed Nike World Cup commercial

Nike went all out on their latest commercial featuring United States women’s national team star Sophia Smith.

Released on Saturday, the 60-second commercial features an unnamed defender being haunted by Smith ahead of the 2023 World Cup.

The ad is a nod to the 2022 film “Smile” which I had to look up when writing this article and boy was that a little too spooky for me.

Thankfully Nike’s ad is a little more family friendly but will still be fear-inducing for defenders going up against Smith in Australia and New Zealand.

Lionel Messi runs red light and narrowly avoids getting T-boned after Inter Miami practice

Lionel Messi had a close call today nearly getting into a car accident leaving Inter Miami practice. A video posted by TyC Sports shows Messi in a white car running a red light and almost getting hit by cars going through the intersection.

A man of the people: Lionel Messi indulges fans with selfies while grocery shopping in Miami

While he awaits his official presentation in Inter Miami (Sunday, July 16), Lionel Messi is starting to blend with life in the United States. The Argentine star was seen Thursday night making a run to Publix, a local grocery store, with his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, and their three kids.

Of course, his presence didn't go unnoticed.

Lionel Messi is seen at a grocery store in Miami

Several fans doing their night shopping spotted the World Cup champion between the aisles and requested him to pose for a quick selfie.

And Messi indulged them.

Expect to see players bundled up at the Women’s World Cup as the weather will be brisk

The 2023 Women’s World Cup kicks off next week and the hype continues to build. The Women’s World Cup weather will be one topic that fans back home might be discussing.

I was looking through some United States women’s national team content and was initially confused. Why were they all wearing jackets?

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