Manchester City lost the second leg of their Champions League tie, 3-1 at Monaco, and were ousted on away goals with the overall score of 6-6 on Wednesday. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, City scored what looked like the series-winning goal in the 71st minute, but were undone by another Monaco goal six minutes later. With Manchester City’s defeat, Leicester City, incredibly, are the only English team to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals this year.
Bruce Arena named the Team USA roster for the very important World Cup qualifiers coming up against Honduras and Panama. Notable stories include Dax McCarty returning to the team after a long gap in call-ups for the U.S., Jorge Villafana, SoCal native and former Chivas USA player looking to earn his first competitive minutes for Team USA, and the ageless DaMarcus Beasley continuing to be a part of the USMNT. Also, Christian Pulisic looks to build on his red-hot form with Borussia Dortmund.
Romelu Lukaku could be on the move soon, after he expressed his desire to win trophies, and questioned whether Everton could have signed some better players but chose not to. Lukaku is under contract until 2019, but after these comments and earlier reports that Lukaku would not sign a new deal, Everton could look to sell him rather than risk losing him for nothing when his contract runs out.
Closer to hom, FC Dallas defeated Pachuca 2-1 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal. Pachuca took an early lead, but Dallas came back through goals by Maxi Urruti, and US International Kellyn Acosta had the winning goal on a free kick in the second half. The second leg of this semifinal will be on Tuesday, April 4th in Mexico.
Looking to combat use of a homophobic slur by some fans on goal kicks in their first game, Atlanta United and fans have come up with a creative solution. A fan suggested people shout “Hey Ya” on goal kicks, in reference to the famous song by Atlanta’s own Outkast. Here’s hoping this catches on.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, a rumored Los Angeles Football Club transfer target, made a bet with a Mexican journalist that the Atlanta Falcons would win the Super Bowl, and he paid off his bet by shaving his head. If you happened to miss that game, Chicharito had to be feeling pretty good in the third quarter, but unfortunately for him and for Falcons fans, the Patriots mounted a stunning comeback to win the game. Maybe the new look will lead to a boatload of goals for Chicharito in the near future. Or maybe he’ll just be bald.
The U.S. U-20 men’s national team will be in a group with Senegal, Ecuador, and Saudi Arabia at the World Cup. They begin group play on May 22nd against Ecuador. The U-20 World Cup is being held in South Korea. To advance, the US would have to be either a top two team in their group, or one of the four best 3rd place teams overall.
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