The Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 to win the Women’s Euro 2017 tournament at home on Sunday. The game was epic, featuring great goals and tricks, lead changes, and a sold out raucous crowd. Going into the tournament, the Netherlands was considered maybe an outside contender, and only because they were the host nation. But they played well throughout the tournament, and capped it off on Sunday with their first Euro crown.
Arsenal defeated Chelsea to win this year’s community shield 1-1 (4-1 on penalties). Chelsea took an early lead in the game, but Arsenal found an equalizer late in the second half. Just like the FA Cup final last season, Chelsea had a player sent off against Arsenal. The shootout went all Arsenal’s way, including a really bad penalty by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Courtois has made some in the past, but generally there is a reason that goalies don’t take penalties.
Players choose teams for many reasons. Money, the chance to win a title, more playing time, a better chance of getting along with a coach. Players are human beings, and it’s not always just as simple as taking the most money, or playing on the best team if the fit isn’t right. Another reason is players want their chance to forge their own paths. As great a player as Neymar is, Barcelona is Lionel Messi’s team, and will be for the foreseeable future. Kevin McCauley for SB Nation explains that Neymar is trying to build his own legacy by moving to Paris Saint-Germain.
David Villa scored a hat trick to defeat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. With NYCFC’s victory at Red Bull Arena earlier this year, this clinches the season series for NYCFC, as the two only play each other one more time this season. Bradley Wright-Phllips scored both goals for the Red Bulls, who actually took a 2-1 lead in the second half, but were unable to hold it, and gave a up a late penalty to seal the victory for NYCFC.
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