Manchester United won the Europa League yesterday, defeating Ajax 2-0 with goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. This caps off United’s roller coaster season, which featured them finishing 6th in the Premier League, but at the same time winning 3 trophies this year, the Community Shield, the EFL cup and the Europa League. This victory positions United to add more stars during the summer, with the Champions League on the horizon.
Monday was an awful day for the victims and the families of people who suffered during the Manchester bombing. Its uplifting to hear stories of people who helped the victims during the attack. One such person is a man named Steve, who was homeless and sleeping outside the stadium at the time of the attack. After the bomb went off Steve rushed to the aid of people who had been injured and disoriented by the attack. West Ham Joint-Chairman David Sullivan and his son reached out to the man, and are working on a plan to get Steve housing for 6 months, and clothing as well as trying to help find him a job. It’s a great gesture by Sullivan, and hopefully helps pick Steve up on his feet.
Josh Sargent scores again to lead the US team to their first victory in the U-20 World Cup, 1-0 over Senegal. This combined with their 3-3 draw over Ecuador sends the US to the top of their group, ahead of their game against Saudi Arabia. A brilliant team goal and stout defending insured the Americans went home with the win.
Billy Heavner is in an interesting position. Officially he is an MLS player, having a contract and training each week with Sporting Kansas City. However Heavner isn’t on KC’s roster, isn’t on any roster, and waits around in hopes that some team will need him because of injury, or bad form from another goalkeeper. Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC explores this world of being a ‘pool goalkeeper’, and never knowing when or if you will get your chance.
Isco has been a revelation for Real Madrid in the last few weeks, cementing his place in the team after Gareth Bale went down with another injury. His goal against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal basically ended the tie, and he provided the assist for the opening goal in Madrid’s title-clinching match vs Malaga. To think Isco almost left last summer, being told he didn’t have a future with Real, and not making the squad in their first Champions League game this season. Isco’s stubbornness worked out well for both him and Real Madrid.
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