There was plenty of exciting soccer to go around on Wednesday with two European superclubs facing off. Really, there’s not too much for me to say about it today so...
onto the Dirt...
To start things off, the USWNT has called in the roster for the She Believes Cup. The USWNT is entering the ‘it’s time to get serious about the 2019 World Cup’ phase of the World Cup cycle and this tournament should give manager Jill Ellis a good idea of where players stand on the depth chart.
Soak this one in. I could tear this apart, I could show why the premise is thin and why the comment, “As we already identified, Asad isn’t great at anything in the attacking end” (are you kidding?) isn’t backed up by anything in particular other than the need for Bobby Warshaw to back up his bad premise, but the internet did that for me:
Fan of your work Bobby but the guy had 20 G+A last season. I think we’re underrating his offensive ability *because* he’s diligent the other way.— Oliver Platt (@plattoli) February 14, 2018
There is an MLSSoccer.com post worth your time today. Jesus Medina talks about joining MLS and following the example of his countryman Miguel Almiron.
Finally, this isn’t even fair.
Ager Aketxe has reportedly reached an agreement with #TFC for a 2 year contract, just down to negotiations with #AthleticBilbao whether he goes now or when his contract ends in June. The 24 year old attacking midfielder has been out of favor. #TFCLive #MLS https://t.co/JmyeRoT7QA— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) February 14, 2018
Nothing really matters to Real Madrid other than winning, so much so that Real Madrid TV does not show re-runs of games the team has lost. Much of this is thanks to one man - Florentino Perez, the club’s president. Rory Smith of the NY Times has a interesting story about his and the club’s future.
Speaking of Real Madrid, they played an absolute gem against PSG - check out the recap if you missed it.
A goal so pretty it makes the crankiness and cynicism melt away
Hard to be humble when you stunting on a jumbotron pic.twitter.com/jNCffLXvIj— Zito (@_Zeets) February 14, 2018
The keeper gave up before even trying to make the save - this is so wonderful from Mo Salah.