England women’s head coach Mark Sampson was fired on Wednesday after it was discovered that he had engaged in “inappropriate and unacceptable behavior” as coach of the Bristol Women’s Super League club back in 2013. In 2013 there were calls to investigate Sampson’s conduct, and the FA did something called a safeguarding assessment before England’s 2015 World Cup campaign in which Sampson was cleared to coach the team. However, the whole of the investigation was released on Wednesday and it details inappropriate conduct between Sampson and a few players at Bristol. That combined with allegations of bullying and racism by former England player Eniola Aluko led to Sampson’s dismissal. Sampson seems to be the clear villain here, but the FA was thoroughly derelict of duty in evaluating his prospects for coaching the team. Hopefully for the players’ sake going forward the English FA is much more diligent when choosing a coach.
Sporting KC knocked off the Red Bulls 2-1 at home to win the 2017 US Open Cup. KC took a lead in the first half when Latif Blessing headed home a great cross from Graham Zusi. Daniel Salloi poked home another goal in the second half, and Bradley Wright-Phillips was only able to grab a consolation goal for the Red Bulls in stoppage time. Sporting KC could have won by a bigger margin as Red Bulls goalie Ryan Meara made a number of good saves. As for the Red Bulls, it’s yet another disappointment in a knockout game for them under Jesse Marsch.
Everyone’s favorite 19-year-old scored for Borussia Dortmund, as they beat Hamburg 3-0 to move back on top of the Bundesliga. Christian Pulisic took a pass in the box, accelerated past some defenders and then fired the ball in the net at the back post for a really nice finish. Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target for the league leaders. Pulisic played an excellent game after coming off a slightly disappointing international break, and his play will be key this year after the departure of Ousmane Dembele.
Brazil’s famous stadium the Maracanã has been the host for many important and classic events, two World Cup finals, a Confederations Cup, and an Olympic final in 2016 in which Brazil won on home soil. And now it’s been used as the location in an adult film made in Brazil over the weekend. Sadly, the Maracanã is so expensive to rent that few of the local teams in Rio actually play there, and it has fallen into a bit of disrepair since the Olympics. Still though, I think it’s safe to say this is the lowest moment in the stadium’s illustrious history.
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