The U.S. Women’s National Team bounced back from their loss to Australia, defeating Brazil 4-3 in a wild game down in San Diego on Sunday. The U.S. went down early, after a terrible error by goalie Alyssa Naeher. They equalized before halftime, Sam Mewis took a shot from outside the box and it deflected past the Brazil goalie. The second half saw Brazil go two goals up, before the U.S. got three goals in the last 10 minutes to stun Brazil and cap the comeback. The U.S. has yet to play at their full potential so far in this tournament, but credit to them for mounting the comeback when they needed to.
MLS can be a challenging league to succeed in, because of the travel, level of competition, and at times quirky schedule, but also because of the league rules. MLS is one of the few major soccer leagues that has a salary cap, and a lot of financial rules that can be confusing to fans, and incoming coaches and executives. Sam Stejskal of MLSSoccer.com talks about how coach Veljko Paunovic and GM Nelson Rodriguez brought the Chicago Fire from the bottom of the league to the very top.
Manchester United signed midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea on a three-year deal. The deal is said to be worth €40 million. Matic was rumored to be on his way to United, and with Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, the deal seemed inevitable. Despite there being a fair amount of animosity between the clubs, United and Chelsea have done deals in the past, with Juan Mata leaving the Blues for Old Trafford a few years ago. It will be interesting to see how Matic fits into this Manchester United squad.
This weekend Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in a friendly in Miami. It was the first time El Clasico was played in the U.S. Sid Lowe of ESPNFC put together his list of best players ever to play for Madrid or Barcelona not named Ronaldo or Messi.
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