Real Madrid won their semifinal tie with Atletico Madrid 4-2, to reach the Champions League final against Juventus. Atletico started off hot, scoring twice early to seemingly breathe new life in the tie, but Real Madrid settled into the game, and scored just before halftime to kill the tie. Real Madrid are seeking to become the first team ever in the Champions League era to win the title two years in a row.
The U.S. Open Cup is America’s oldest major soccer tournament, and the 2017 edition officially started this week. It’s basically the U.S. version of the FA cup. This round of games was just for local amateur teams, PDL (Premier Developmental League) teams, and NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) teams. In later rounds the MLS, USL, and NASL teams join the tournament. Look for later round games that can be streamed live on USsoccer.com
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a brace to help Tigres defeat city rivals Monterrey 4-1 in the first leg of their Liga MX Clausura quarterfinal. Tigres entered the playoffs 7th in the table, but look to be hitting peak form as they try for the Clausura title. In the other quarterfinal of the day, Toluca defeated Santos Laguna 4-1.
Mesut Ozil is a player of undeniable talent, but he is a very polarizing player. He can sometimes drift in and out of games, and his demeanor and body language are often criticized by fans and media members alike. Ozil was interviewed by Chris Wheatley of Goal.com and talked about how all the criticism does not bother him.
Atletico Madrid has produced a number of great strikers over the last decade or so. Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Diego Forlan, and Radamel Falcao just to name a few. But Fernando Torres was a special one in Atleti hearts, because he was a local boy to become a star for Atletico Madrid. In their new series Year Zero, Four Four Two examines the year Torres really burst on the scene and into stardom.
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