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The Daily Dirt April 3, 2018: A day of champions

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And other news and various soccer links for your morning

Chivas v America - Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

Concacaf (not CONCACAF) Champions League gets back in action tonight with Toronto FC hosting Club America. It is going to be cold and rainy tonight so that is going in the Canadians favor, but if they have a hope at getting through to the final they need to get at least three points at home and do their best to prevent an away goal. At the very least we get to see El Piojo in a parka.

Oh, Atlanta is keeping up with the aggregate record spot a US team will have for the 2019 spot a US team will get:

Anyway, onto the Dirt...

Domestic

The NC Courage got a late game winner in injury time as they stayed undefeated with a 1-0 win against Sky Blue. Neil Morris of WARL recapped the match here. Here’s how the USWNT players did in NWSL over the weekend from SSFC.

It turns out it’s really, really hard to quantify what makes a good defensive midfielder. Is Michael Bradley a good one? Is Alejandro Bedoya? What do the stats say about it? Are people going to skip straight to the list here without reading the article and get Mad Online about it? This is great stuff from the one and only Rapids Rabbi - Mark Asher Goodman.

International

Sevilla and Bayern Munich face off with Real Madrid taking on Juventus in Turin in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals today. At this point you have to want Juve to win so that when they lose to the MLS All-Stars we can say the league is better than all of Europe.

Sometimes data is misused, others it can be beautiful.

Goal

Get ready for CL action with this classic

You should watch...

It isn’t as witty, clever, edgy, and completely hilarious as a Silicon Valley media conglomerate that isn’t totally in a bubble that is going to help crash the economy when it pops doing a gag about buying Seth Rogen, but this is a good April Fools gag if you missed it: