Inspiring

NC Courage's Kristen Hamilton Shows Why She Needs To Start In NWSL

Kristen Hamilton couldn’t believe it: less than three minutes into her first career start in the NWSL, the high press of the NC Courage paid off when teammate Sam Mewis played her in to slot past the keeper.

Then, 10 minutes later, she doubled her team’s advantage as the ball fell to her feet after a scramble in the box and she made no mistake slamming it home for her second career goal.

“I almost don’t have words to describe it because it’s so different than what I’m used to,” Hamilton told The18.com this week.

The United States Men's National Team Ultimate World Cup Starting XI

The United States has appeared in 10 FIFA World Cups, including the last seven straight. Out of those 10 appearances, they've fallen at the first hurdle on five occasions. The most notable exceptions include the first-ever World Cup in 1930 when the side finished third in the 13-team tournament and their run to the 2002 quarterfinals in Japan and South Korea.

11 Footballers And Their Famous Fathers

Our dads are there to catch us when we fall and pick us up when we're down. They hold our hands when we are lost and guide us when we need help. Our dads are our number one supporters and we dream of the day we can make them proud — we want to be just like them.

These 11 footballers not only have famous fathers, but they followed in their footsteps and continued their legacy out on the pitch. Take a look at the these players and their fathers in celebration of Father’s Day.

Sunil Chhetri Is Doing The Bull Dance, Feeling The Flow. Working It

There’s a lot of solid energy coming from India’s Sunil Chhetri, and a good positive aura. What he does here is great — it’s all great. There’s a lot of pressure in international soccer, but you have to just rise above it.

Chhetri harnesses in the good energy, and he blocks out the bad. He feels the circular flow of life, gets on that carrousel and begins doing the bull dance.

Watch 19-Year-Old Ronaldinho Begin Destroying Spanish Defenses At The Youth Championship

The 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as the U-20 World Cup) showcased some sensational young talent in Nigeria. Spain, the tournament’s champion, had both Iker Casillas and Xavi in its squad. Mali captured third place off the strength of a midfield boasting the greatest Malian footballer of all-time and the tournament’s Golden Ball recipient, future two-time UEFA Champions League-winner Seydou Keita, as well as future Real Madrid star Mahamadou Diarra. 

America's Greatest Power Couple Both Receive National Team Call-Ups

Something rare came to light when the 40-man preliminary Gold Cup roster and the 21-woman friendly roster were released for the USMNT and USWNT this past week. No, it wasn’t the inclusion of NYCFC’s Tommy McNamara or the absence of Ali Krieger (although yes, those were surprises). Sydney Leroux Dwyer and Dom Dwyer, unstoppable goal-bangers for Kansas City’s NWSL and MLS teams, both got the nod.

The 10 Players With The Most UEFA Champions League Appearances

The UEFA Champions League is the stage where the world’s finest footballers showcase their skills and ability. To play at this level, you need to be among the world’s finest. To play at this level for many years, you need to be one of the greatest of all-time. 

Here are the ten players with the most appearances in the world’s most prestigious club competition.

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