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Angels Links: Messi stars as Barcelona advance in the Champions League

Also, D.C. United could set a very obscure milestone this weekend.

FC Barcelona v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona down Chelsea 3-0 behind two goals from Lionel Messi

Barcelona took down Chelsea 3-0 in the second leg of their series to advance to the Quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday. This was a fairly straightforward game for the Blaugrana, Lionel Messi scored in the 3rd minute, and Barça never looked back from there. Messi was incredible again, scoring two goals and setting up the other one. After finally scoring against Chelsea in the previous game of this match up, Messi tore them apart in this one. For Chelsea, this year was not going to be the year they won another Champions League title. Still, you could argue they lost this in the group stages. By failing to win their group when they should have, they got a match up against Barcelona instead of a possible weaker team.

Chivas overcome first leg defeat to knock Seattle out of CCL

MLS teams’ bid to go 3 for 3 knocking out Liga MX teams from the Concacaf Champions League took a hit as Chivas beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 on Wednesday night. Seattle, which has been hit with an injury bug lately dealt with another blow, as Nicholas Lodiero was ruled out before the game with an injury. Then, in the first half Will Bruin and Chad Marshall had to be subbed off, taking even more starters out, and forcing Seattle to burn two first-half subs. In the end, this was two much for Seattle, but Chivas deserve credit. They played well, especially after not doing so in the first leg, and with their play the last few weeks in Liga MX. Chivas will now face the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals.

D.C. United could play in front of the largest crowd in MLS history, and the smallest crowd in MLS history in the same week

D.C. United were Atlanta United’s opponent when Atlanta set the MLS single game attendance record again on Sunday, with 72,035 people attending that match. D.C. United is awaiting the finish of their new stadium, and they have to play a few home games at alternate sites. The game this weekend will be at the Maryland Soccerplex, which holds about 5,000 people. But with slow ticket sales, the game could set the record for lowest attendance at an MLS game, 3,702 people. It’s a fact that would seem like a strange trivia answer that you think would never happen, but D.C. United could be a part of the largest and smallest attended games in MLS history in the same week.

The man who inspired Pep Guardiola

When people think of Pep Guardiola, the first thoughts are usually of his time at Barcelona, both as a player and coach. Pep took alot of his philosophy from the legendary Johan Cruyff. But a man who is a lesser known influence on Pep Guardiola is former Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe. La Volpe was the coach of Mexico at the 2006 World Cup, in one of the best games of that tournament, a game Argentina won 2-1 in extra time. La Volpe is a coach who has his teams build out from the back, which Pep has taken as a key part of his coaching style. Tom Marshall of ESPN talks about La Volpe, and what makes him such an intriguing figure in the soccer world.

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