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Angels Links: Buffon aims for Champions League glory

Also U.S. U-20s roll, Beckham catches a break, and Cubo shines again.

Juventus v AS Monaco - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

U.S. U-20 team thrashes New Zealand 6-0, advances to World Cup quarterfinals

The U.S. U-20 team dominated New Zealand 6-0, to advance to a quarterfinal game against Venezuela on Sunday. The U.S. got goals from Justen Glad, Jeremy Ebobisse, and Brooks Lennon, just to name a few, and completely controlled the game. Hope you set your alarm clocks, because the game vs Venezuela is Saturday night at 11 pm PT.

Gianluigi Buffon tries again for the one major trophy he doesn’t have

Juventus captain and Italy stalwart Gianluigi Buffon is truly a legend of the game. One of the best goalies of all time, he has won scores of trophies, both with Juventus and with Italy. But the one trophy that eludes him is maybe the grandest of them all, the Champions League title. With Buffon and Juventus’ defense running on all cylinders, this may be his and the Old Lady’s best chance of winning the Champions League.

David Beckham’s Miami United group gains key endorsement in quest for stadium

In what seems like a neverending saga for David Beckham to secure a stadium for his MLS project in Miami, things might have finally turned a corner. A county commissioner endorsed a plan to sell Beckham’s group a plot of land that is key to building the stadium that his group needs for an MLS bid. If the county bid approves the plan, Beckham’s group will just need overall approval from the City of Miami to build a stadium, and secure an MLS bid the league has patiently waiting to award to Miami. This whole episode has dragged on far longer than it seemed it would, but we may finally be close to a conclusion.

New Argentina coach Sampaoli wants strong relationship between Messi and Dybala

Jorge Sampaoli was recently named head coach of Argentina, and he is wasting no time in plotting out his plan for the team. One of his main goals is building a strong partnership between Lionel Messi, and rising Juventus star Paulo Dybala. Because of injuries, suspensions, etc the two haven’t had the chance to play together much, but Sampaoli believes their partnership could be key to getting Argentina’s World Cup qualifying hopes back on track.

Cubo Torres is back at his best

Erick “Cubo” Torres had a tremendous season in 2014, scoring 15 goals for Chivas USA despite Chivas struggling. He then moved to Houston Dynamo, where it was expected he would keep raking in the goals. That’s not what happened though, as Cubo struggled on loan with Chivas de Guadalajara, and continued those struggles last year with the Dynamo. This year though, Cubo has been back at his best, scoring goals for fun, and leading the front line of a resurgent Houston Dynamo. This is good news both for fans of the Houston Dynamo, and fans of the Mexican National Team, as he could be in line for a summer call-up.

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