Drama, we have it. US Soccer, we love it. Let’s get into the action from this past week!
Okay, so we know about the ongoing federal complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation regarding wage discrimination. BUT, what you may not know is that boycotting the Olympics this summer is certainly a possibility for the women. When asked about the potential boycott of Rio 2016, Becky Sauerbrunn explained with the following:
We are reserving every right to do so, and we’re leaving the avenue open.
Your move USSF. Keep an eye out for this one, we’ll check back in a week.
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— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 5, 2016
Less than a month until the USMNT’s opening Copa America clash with Columbia! Let’s see how some of the boys are doing.
Alejandro Bedoya: The 29-year-old from New Jersey slotted home his 3rd goal of the season for FC Nantes in their Ligue 1 clash with Caen. Think he’ll make the cut for this summer?
DeAndre Yedlin: How could we not include this one? His 11th consecutive start for Sunderland, Yedlin played in this cross against Chelsea to set up Jermaine Defoe’s winning goal to keep their hope for survival alive!
Bobby Wood: The mysterious Union Berlin striker is worth $3.5 million according to his club, and could see a move to Hamburg this summer. I hope we see him in the Copa as well. Keep an eye on him as well.
Michael Bradley: The Toronto captain led his team to victory this weekend, but also saw himself featured with three other superstars in the Copa America emails sent out this weekend…one of them is not like the other.
Jermaine Jones: He’s been ridiculous since he’s arrived in Colorado, and his MO didn’t change this weekend as he scored the only goal in the Rapids’ win over Real Salt Lake.
Gyasi Zardes: The wunderkind grabbed two assists this weekend, both to his dad Robbie Keane. The USMNT need this Gyasi.
The action is heating up and some teams are returning to their former glory, and some are crumbling under pressure. Let’s see.
Houston Dynamo 2 Sporting KC 0
After their awesome start to the season, Sporting KC has been falling off fast. They traveled to Houston this week to take on a non-convincing Dynamo side but left convinced. Erick Torres to Giles Barnes (it’s usually him) for the first goal in the 30th, a gross finish with his left. Houston saw a few more chances before the half, and just before the whistle, Andrew Wenger sent a rocket of a shot near post to beat Tim Melia. Houston needed the win, only their second of the season as they sit on the bottom of the West with eight points.
Seattle Sounders 2 San Jose Earthquakes 0
This west coast battle brings us some USMNT surprises! Clint Dempsey grabbed the first goal in the 26th, using is right foot to curve the ball away from the San Jose keeper.
Jordan Morris grabbed HIS FOURTH GOAL IN FOUR GAMES to seal the deal in the 89th. Some great form, especially considering his slow start. He’s definitely showing the skeptics. The Sounders grabbed their second win in a row, with coach Sigi Schmid noting “I felt confident it was time for things to turn our way.”
LA Galaxy 4 New England Revolution 2
Okay, so you saw the two Zardes’ assists above. But you need to see this one. Giovani dos Santos blessed all of the mothers out there with a goal of the season contender. A volley you could fall in love with.
After halftime and down three already, the Revs attempted their comeback with a screamer of his own from Kelyn Rowe, his left foot sending it near post. Juan Agudelo got in on it too with a high kick volley in the 70th. He saw one go off the bar a few minutes later as well. Steven Gerrard closed down the three points in stoppage time showing some great composure. What a game, one of the most entertaining of the year.
Week 6 and the NASL is looking great! The Cosmos tie it up at the top as the Railhawks fall to Fort Lauderdale for the first time this season. Let’s look at the top goals this week!
Robbie Findley got up for this one (shout out the ridiculous cross as well) in Rayo OKC’s 1-0 win over Jacksonville.
Brian Shriver went all out for this diving header, but it was only a consolation for the Railhawks.
Jake Keegan with the looping header over the Indy Eleven keeper for the equalizer. A great assist on this one too!
The drama you’ve been waiting for, and it comes from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. NY Red Bulls II match. Following a rough foul on Willie Hunt (check out his ridiculous acting skills as well), the two teams got into it a bit, spurring a red card for NY’s Ouimette and Pittsburgh’s Parkes. Parkes decides to give Ouimette some spikes in the back and its history from there. Parkes’ contract has been terminated. New York won 3-1 by the way.
The USL’s thoughts on the incident? They didn’t like it.
Fair play is paramount in the game of soccer and in the USL.
Other notable results include St. Louis’ 3-0 win over Swope Park to move into 4th in the West. FC Cincinnati is unbeaten in four with their 1-1 draw against Harrisburg City Islanders to sit in 4th in the East.
Let’s end on a happy note.