Juventus stifled Barcelona’s attack, holding them to a 0-0 draw, and winning their Champions League tie 3-0 on aggregate. Juventus are arguably the best defensive side in Europe, blanking Barcelona in both legs of the tie, and they have now gone 531 minutes in the Champions League without conceding a goal. With a stellar defense, and dangerous attack, Juventus have to be considered a favorite to win the Champions League.
Mallory Pugh, the young phenom USWNT player, has decided to turn pro. It’s unclear where she will play though, as the Washington Spirit hold Pugh’s NWSL allocation rights, but she has intimated she doesn’t want to play there, and that she would prefer to play for the Portland Thorns. Portland recently submitted a trade proposal for Pugh’s rights, but the Spirit turned them down. It’s uncertain if the teams can come to an agreement, or if Pugh will decide to play in Europe instead.
Instead of wearing their traditional kits, a few MLS teams will wear jerseys made of recycled plastic for a game. This is part of MLS’ Greener Goals campaign, and happens to fall on Earth Day. New York City FC, Orlando City, LA Galaxy, and the Seattle Sounders will all be wearing the recycled plastic jerseys.
Bayern Munch were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday by Real Madrid, and the game was not without controversy. Arturo Vidal was sent off for receiving a second yellow card, and it seemed a bit of a harsh call. Also, two of the goals that Cristiano Ronaldo scored were shown to be clearly offside. However, Raphael Honigstein of ESPN FC argues that Bayern Munich shouldn’t be blaming the referee for their defeat.
There have been many great new stadiums opened up by MLS teams as the league has emphasized the need for soccer specific stadiums. Orlando City’s stadium this year, Avaya Stadium in San Jose a few years ago, Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City just to name a few. If these new renderings are anything like the real thing, Banc of California Stadium, the new home of Los Angeles Football Club could be one of them. Looks like a great place to see a game, soon!
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