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The Daily Dirt February 15, 2018: A USWNT roster, transfer takes, and the Champions League

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Plenty of mid-week soccer action

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

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...

Domestic

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:

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.

International

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

The keeper gave up before even trying to make the save - this is so wonderful from Mo Salah.