Wow, what a game. Tottenham and Liverpool split the points in a wild, contentious game on Sunday that was filled with controversial decisions. Mohamed Salah scored early for Liverpool, capitalizing on a defensive mistake by Eric Dier. Liverpool controlled much of the first half, but the real drama was in the second half. Moments after coming on, Victor Wanyama scored Tottenham’s equalizer, a tremendous rocket of a shot into the top corner that left no chance for Liverpool keeper Lorus Karius. Then with about five minutes left, things really heated up, as Tottenham were awarded a penalty, with Harry Kane brought down by Karius in the box. On replay its a controversial decision to say the least, as Kane starts in an offside position when the ball is played (though the ball does appear to touch a Liverpool player on the way through) and then the contact between Kane and Karius is minimal. It was all for naught for Tottenham though, as Kane hit a poor penalty that was saved. Then on 90 mins Liverpool appeared to grab a sensational winner, as Salah danced and dribbled around a flurry of Tottenham defenders before lifting the ball over Hugo Lloris. There was one last bit of drama though, as on a Tottenham attack Virgil van Dijk went to clear the ball but kicked Erik Lamela instead. This was initially waved off by the referee, but the assistant gave it as a penalty after. With the last kick of the game Kane this time converted the penalty, and Tottenham snatched a point from this crazy dramatic game.
Though they were not playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Juventus scored a touchdown of their own, notching seven goals against Sassuolo. Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat trick and Sami Khedira scored a brace. Gianluigi Buffon got his first league start since December, and it could hardly have been an easier game. This was Higuain’s first hat trick to Juventus, and it was also a message to his old team Napoli, that the defending champions are still a force to be reckoned with.
Atlanta United stormed onto the scene last year as an expansion team in MLS, making the playoffs in their first season and setting attendance records left and right. The Five Stripes are seeking to build on that, with their signing of young Argentine star Ezequiel Barco for an MLS record transfer fee. This year and last year Atlanta United have shown they are not afraid to sign expensive young talent, and Barco is the latest example of this. MLSsoccer.com has a profile of Barco, of exactly what type of player he is, and what MLS fans should expect to see next year.
On Saturday 60 people came out to protest at a mooted stadium site in Austin for the proposed MLS to Austin move of Columbus Crew SC. The area was the Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park in East Austin. There were initially five proposed spots for a stadium in Austin, but that has been brought down to two, the Guerrero park and McKalla Place in North Austin. The protestors at Guerrero Park expressed their desire to keep the park as it is, and that it is a valued area for families and the community.
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