After this being hailed as the tie of the round, in the end PSG v.s Real Madrid was fairly anti-climactic. The first leg was better than the second, with both teams having chances and looking dangerous, though Real finished theirs while PSG missed theirs. After Neymar got hurt though, the tough task of overturning the first leg proved too much. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the second half, which meant PSG needed three goals in a half without conceding to at least make extra time, and that was too much of a hurdle to make. Losing Neymar would be a crushing blow for any team, but for a team with PSG’s talent and resources, they should have been able to put up a better fight then they did.
In the first of three big MLS vs. Liga MX match-ups the New York Red Bulls got a shock 2-0 win in Mexico over Club Tijuana on Tuesday night. Luis Robles came up huge for the Red Bulls, and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored both goals for the red half of New York. When it comes to these match-ups, MLS clubs have always struggled playing in Mexico, so for the Red Bulls to grab this victory is huge. The Red Bulls will be confident they can advance to the next round after this performance. Now we will see how their MLS counterparts fare Wednesday night, as Toronto FC square off against Tigres, and the Seattle Sounders face Chivas de Guadalajara.
The FIFA video game series has been incredibly popular in the US for a long time running now. Even some people that aren’t really soccer fans enjoy playing FIFA, and some people that are fans grew up and learned the players names not by watching games, but by playing FIFA. This year MLS is trying to capitalize on that popularity by having an eMLS cup. Most MLS teams are signing local gamers to represent their teams, and they will meet at the eMLS cup in Boston next month. Eric Adelson of Yahoo! talks with one of the eMLS players, Alan Ortega who will represent the San Jose Earthquakes, about his experience playing FIFA and being signed by the Quakes as their eMLS player.
Handwalla Bwana made his debut for the Seattle Sounders against Los Angeles Football Club on Sunday, and almost marked it in spectacular fashion, hitting the crossbar with a shot in his first few minutes on the field. But to even make it to this stage for Bwana is amazing. He grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya called Kakuma, and the conditions there were very challenging. Louis Bien of SB Nation talks to Bwana about his incredible journey and how he arrived where he is today.
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