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Gianluigi Donnarumma's miracle triple-save gives Italy the win

On Monday, Italy blanked their Hungarian opponents 2-0 thanks in large part to a spectacular display from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Gianluigi Buffon’s heir-apparent for the Azzurri made a host of incredible saves, keeping Hungary off the scoresheet as Italy topped their group and qualified for the Nations League finals next summer.

Atlético Ottawa's Ballou Tabla scores ridiculous bicycle kick goal

While most men's soccer leagues around the world have stopped playing for the international break, the Canadian Premier League has continued, and its reward is a stunning finish from Atlético Ottawa forward Ballou Tabla.

Ballou Tabla bicycle kick goal

10 best songs from the FIFA 23 soundtrack

EA Sports has released the FIFA 23 Soundtrack and it features a mix of household names and many relative unknowns. With Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Jack Harlow headlining the track list, many others steal the headlines like Arc Woods, Bianca Costa and Trueno. 

FIFA music hits everyone differently and songs that fly under the radar at the beginning of the game can become fan favorites months down the line. As you play, make playlists of your favorite songs and listen to those as you drive around town or walk to class. Use this as a jumping-off point though. 

Vikkstar123 scores a stunner in Sidemen Charity Match

Vikkstar123 set the internet ablaze with a wonderful finish past Cal the Dragon to set the stage for a phenomenal Sidemen Charity Match that saw Sidemen FC defeat the YouTube All Stars 8-7.

University of Nebraska's Reagan Raabe scores outrageous chip after just 40 seconds

The Nebraska women’s soccer team welcomed the #9 Northwestern Wildcats to Barbara Hibner Field Thursday night and opened the scoring in sensational style. Midfielder Reagan Raabe took just 40 seconds to give the Huskers the lead with an audacious, opportunistic chip.

USMNT player ratings vs. Japan: We're better than this (hopefully)

This USMNT team is very young; they'll be the youngest at Qatar. Sometimes they look like serious 2026 World Cup contenders, sometimes they look lucky to have qualified for the 2022 tournament. Friday's 2-0 loss to Japan was a look at, as we outlined in our match preview, many of the worst-case scenarios for this team.

Gareth Bale says he's on ‘good path’ to World Cup despite never going 90 minutes for LAFC

Wales captain Gareth Bale said he is on a "good path" towards full fitness ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, despite not completing a full game since joining Los Angeles FC in June.

Bale signed for the Major League Soccer club after leaving Real Madrid, where he struggled with injury in his last few seasons. He has made only two starts in his 11 appearances for LAFC, scoring twice.

If Berhalter plays his hottest hand, this is the USMNT starting XI vs. Japan

The USMNT begins its two-game September window Friday morning with a friendly against fellow World Cup participant Japan at Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

It'll be a fascinating matchup with the Samurai Blue fielding the likes of Schalke's Maya Yoshida, Monaco's Takumi Minamino, Arsenal's Takehiro Tomiyasu and Real Sociedad's Takefusa Kubo, while the U.S. is looking for some reassurances from its banner carriers (the goalkeeper position, Christian Pulisic). 

Team-by-team guide: 2022 Ecuador World Cup preview

To prepare you for the tournament, The18 has launched team-by-team previews for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This is the preview for Group A's Ecuador.

Ecuador World Cup 2022 Preview

World Cup Appearances: Fourth 

Best Finish: Round of 16 (2006) 

How They Got Here: Fourth-place in Conmebol 

Coach: Gustavo Alfaro (Argentine) 

Mental Training: A High School Soccer Player's Guide For Watching Game Film

The high school soccer season is in full swing right now for the majority of boys' soccer players in the U.S. As a high school goalkeeper coach, the fall is my favorite time of the year as I get to train the next generation of great shot-stoppers at my alma mater.

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