Rivalries

What Is It Like To Watch El Clasico In Barcelona?

By: Casey Rhine

Ohhhh El Clásico, where to begin. One of soccer's most heated, yet most deeply cherished rivalries.Few of you readers get to experience El Clasico, in Barcelona, while it's happening. This was my mission on December 23rd and should be your mission on May 6th if you are not lucky enough to go to the game in the Camp Nou.

Mexico ruins USMNT U-20's unbeaten run with a phenomenal Joshua Mancha free kick

A nine-game unbeaten run dating from November of 2021 came to an end for the USMNT U-20 on Saturday night after a tough 2-1 loss against Mexico in the Revelations Cup. 

And although it is always difficult to lose against your biggest rival, it is also hard not to recognize the fact that one of the Mexican goals was an absolute beauty. 

Joshua Mancha free kick goal vs USMNT U-20

Mexico set the pace of the game at the beginning of the first half and built a 2-0 difference in less than 25 minutes, thanks to Christian Torres and Joshua Mancha.

Chicharito scores a brace in response to a clown-inspired tifo in the Cali Clasico

You don't provoke Javier "Chicharito" Hernández. It is the lesson that a few San Jose Earthquakes fans learned Saturday night after deploying a tifo vs. LA Galaxy that ended up inspiring the striker to score a brace against them. 

The supporter wanted to create a hostile environment for the LA Galaxy in a new edition of the Cali Clasico, unraveling a giant banner mocking them – and LAFC – with the message: "The LA Circus – Same clowns, different costumes." 

Battle in the Bay Area: TBT to the last time the USMNT faced off against Japan

In the final international break before the World Cup, the USMNT faces an interesting set of matches against some infrequent opponents as Gregg Berhalter looks to formulate his final roster.

The international period begins on Sep. 22 with a friendly match against Japan at 8:25 a.m. ET in Düsseldorf, Germany. This is followed by a friendly against Saudi Arabia on Sep. 27 in Murcia, Spain. 

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.

Football-related arrests in England and Wales up 59% on pre-COVID numbers

A total of 2,198 football-related arrests were made in the 2021-22 season in England and Wales, the highest number since the 2013-14 season, a report by the Home Office said on Thursday.

The 2021-2022 season was the first full season where all scheduled matches were played at full spectator capacity following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The arrests made last season were around 59% higher than those in the 2018-2019 season, which was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The most common offense types were public disorder (36%) and violent disorder (20%).

La Jugada Del Clásico: ¿Gol No Cobrado A Chivas O Atajadón De Memo Ochoa?

El Clásico Nacional se tiño de amarillo. América venció a Chivas 2-1 en el Estadio Azteca, en un duelo que dejó un par de buenas discusiones. ¿La más acalorada de todas? Un cabezazo de Sergio Flores que Guillermo Ochoa sacó de la línea con un guantazo milagroso. 

O al menos eso es lo que dice el reporte oficial, ya que los aficionados del Rebaño Sagrado insisten en que el balón traspasó la línea y que los árbitros, los medios de comunicación y las fuerzas oscuras antichivas presentes en el universo decidieron no cobrarlo. 

Here We Go: Latest England Squad Reveals What The United States Will Be Up Against

Brentford's in-form striker Ivan Toney earned his first England call-up on Thursday as manager Gareth Southgate named his squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Italy and Germany.

Toney's inclusion, together with the omission of Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, was the most significant development as Southgate named his final squad before deciding which players will make his World Cup selection.

Toronto FC's Playoff Dream Is Crushed With Ridiculous Home Defeat To Montréal

You’d be hard-pressed to find a match with as much edge-of-your-seat action as Toronto FC and CF Montréal provided in just the first half Sunday. Two early goals in two minutes from Toronto set the tone for the match before Montréal followed with two goals of its own in two minutes. A Kai Kamara goal just before halftime completed the comeback, and Alistair Johnston sealed the 4-3 win before the hour mark.

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