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Last week we mentioned the fight against the US Soccer Federation for equal pay in the women’s game. The fight continues, and this week Carli Lloyd talked about the fight for equal pay (among her injury and thoughts on the 2019 World Cup in France) with Sports Illustrated. You gotta love her.
The voting is still open for BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year (which Carli is a nominee for)! Check out the voting here.
Last but not least (and somewhat controversially), Abby Wambach will be joining the ESPN team for commentary at the European Championships and Olympic Games in Rio this summer. Keep an eye out for that drama.
Big news regarding the COPA America Centenario! The USMNT released the preliminary 40-man roster and the names are somewhat predictable, but it’s exciting to see Pulisic, Miazga, and the like to make the cut. It could be a huge summer for the young US stars to shine.
Christian Pulisic: Okay, so no first team goals this week but Pulisic did it again in his U19 match against Duisburg last week. What more can you say?
Joseph-Claude Gyau: Joe Gyau, the other Dortmund youth, was excited to announce his return to the ball this week. He suffered a torn lateral meniscus in October 2014, and then a knee injury that saw him out for another year after that return. Clearly, he’s excited to return.
Bob Bradley: WOW! A name you may not have heard for a while, the father of our captain is close to making the headlines from Ligue 2 with his Le Havre side, just 3 points back from promotion with two games to go! It’s apparently somewhat like the Leicester story of France.
Hold on, we’ll mention Jordan Morris and Darlington Nagbe’s return soon.
Match Week 8, and some big sides start to turn their season around. The consistency never settles. Let’s go!
New York Red Bulls 4 FC Dallas 0
The Red Bulls needed this. Bottom of the league after eight games was not going to cut it from this group of players for the supporters. Finally, the Red Bulls of Old. Speaking of which, the opening goal came via Lloyd Sam and a well-worked free-kick straight off the training ground. Top ten worthy. Sam was the creator of the second goal, catching the keeper out and trying to chip him, his shot bounced off the top bar and fell perfectly for a Sasha Klijstan header to make the net bulge. The scoreline shows all Red Bulls but Luis Robles came up with a huge reaction save in the 55th to keep the clean sheet.
Mike Grella grabbed the third for the home side in the 71st with a powerful running header from a looping Felipe cross! Felipe sealed it with his own in the 83rd when his shot tipped off Jesse Gonzalez’s gloves and into the top left corner for the fourth. Red Bulls looking up, still in the bottom three but at least not the bottom (cough, Fire, cough).
Seattle Sounders 1 Columbus Crew 0
Possibly the best example of what a home crowd can do for you from this weekend, the Sounders pulled off a much-needed win against the currently disappointing Columbus side (We miss the old Kamara; straight grabbing the goals, Kamara). It was pretty back and forth, seeing some quality saves from both keepers, but no clear-cut chances for either side. Oh wait, aside from Ethan Finlay’s one on one chance which he put off target, a fine MLS moment. The tension was building in the second half, with Clark coming up with some big saves, but Jordan Morris found the back of the net off of one of his saves.
Huge for the city of Seattle and their wonder-kid Jordan Morris. He’s in some great form now after his shaky start but good news for Seattle and USMNT fans alike.
Portland Timbers 2 Toronto FC 1
A beautiful Soccer Sunday in Portland, the Timbers grabbed the first goal through who else but big Fanendo Adi in the 17th after some neat play from Darron Mattocks and Diego Valeri. Nagbe made his return after his short stint out from the Nigel De Jong incident, which is great for the Portland midfield.
Ex-Timber and MLS vet Will Johnson equalized for Toronto in the 40th when Giovinco rolled the ball to him for a rocket into the back of the net. Both sides had some great chances (more so you, Toronto) but the Timbers grabbed the three points in the 74th through Diego Valeri’s magical, South American free kick. So lovely. Gleeson helped defend the lead with some ridiculous saves after the winning goal.
This will give you some perspective on the two conferences. The Timbers sit in 7th with 12 points while Toronto live in third with 11 points. Where’s the parity, Don?
Week five of the NASL and the gap gets smaller! Ottawa Fury FC opened up our weekend with a 2-0 win over Miami FC, who now needs the points even more with two points through five games (they need that first win). Fort Lauderdale Strikers hosted Tampa Bay Rowdies only to see the away side walk away with the three points when defender Neill Collins sent his header over goalkeeper Bruno. Ft. Lauderdale looking for their first win as well.
Rayo OKC hosted the Indy Eleven, but the visitors nabbed a 2-1 victory. The undefeated Indy Eleven saw goals from striker Jair Reinoso and left back Namanja Vukovic, while OKC had midfielder Michel to thank for their 26th-minute equalizer. The big match of the weekend saw the Cosmos host the leading Carolina Railhawks in a 1-0 win. Cosmos just three points back from Carolina.
Week 6 and here we are, the USL is having a field day with May the 4th. FC Cincinnati grabbed a late goal from defender Nicholson to snag the tie against Wilmington Hammerheads to stay in the top four. LA Galaxy II kept up to their winning ways over Rio Grande Valley FC to stay atop the West. Check out the top goals from last weekend.