Manchester City defeated Bristol City 3-2 to reach the Carabao Cup final. This will be City’s first Cup final under Pep Guardiola. Bristol did well to keep it close in the first half, but the deadlock was broken by Leroy Sane just before halftime. Man City added one right after the break, Sergio Aguero assisted by Kevin De Bruyne. Bristol City made it interesting with two goals late on, but Manchester City had the last goal and the last laugh. This ensures that the Carabao Cup final will be an all-Premier League affair, as City will play the winner of Arsenal and Chelsea in the other semifinal.
In cup play in Spain, Sevilla took out Atlético Madrid 3-1, 5-2 on aggregate, in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. Sevilla came roaring out of the gate, adding to their aggregate lead by scoring in the first minute of the game. Antoine Griezmann equalized for Atléti soon after, but that was all the attack that Atlético could muster. They surrendered a penalty in the second half, and Sevilla grabbed another goal before the end. Atléti were always up against it after losing 2-1 at home, especially with Diego Costa missing out on this game. With this loss, and the gap in the league, Atletico’s only remaining chance for silverware this year lies in the Europa League.
Among USMNT fans, there is frequently talk of the one(s) who got away, players that could have chosen the U.S., but chose to play for another country. Players like Giuseppe Rossi, Neven Subotic, and most recently Jonathan Gonzalez. Christian Ramirez is not the one who got away, he’s the one who almost never got the chance. Despite prolific goal scoring in the lower leagues of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, it took Ramirez until now, when he is 26, to get his first shot with the National team. SI.com has the story on how when it comes to Ramirez getting to this point, it all comes down to sacrifice, from Ramirez and his family.
The New England Revolution were in MLS cup as recently as 2014, losing a close game in extra time to the LA Galaxy. Since then though, they have failed to hit those heights, bottoming out last year in a season to forget. Star player Lee Nguyen has made it known that he wants to move on from the Revolution, but as of yet they have no plans to trade him. “We have zero tolerance for guys who don’t honor their contracts” General manager Mike Burns told MLSsoccer.com. There have been a flurry of trades so far this offseason. Unfortunately for Lee Nguyen, signs so far indicate he will not be one of them.
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