This rivalry is why soccer can be big in America. This game was very exciting to watch, and the atmosphere was crazy at Providence Park in Portland. Goals were being scored left and right with the final score coming to a draw at 4-4. Some big goals were scored by Clint Dempsey in the later part of the second half, and whether you’re a Seattle fan or not, that can be seen as a positive development for the USMNT as they head into the World Cup. With that group of death, we’re going to need everyone on top of their game. Both sets of fans are pretty crazy about their respective teams and the rituals at the Portland games make the game particularly exciting for spectators. If every team in the MLS could mimic this sort of environment for their fans, it seems like the popularity of soccer could grow in leaps and bounds. Slowly but surely the league is gaining steam, but it seems to be a long way off from being as big as any of the other popular sports in America.
The first nominee for Goal of the Week is the Red Bull’s Thierry Henry for his first goal of the season (an impressive diving header) against the Colorado Rapids. Second is Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake with a well placed goal from well outside the box against the San Jose Earthquakes. Jermain Defoe of Toronto is third with his first MLS goal against the Seattle Sounders. In that same game, Clint Dempsey scored an impressive goal for the Sounders. Victor Bernardez put one in for the San Jose Earthquakes after a scramble inside the box. My vote is for either Beckerman or Dempsey. Vote here.
Nick Rimando is nominated again, along with Zac Macmath, Troy Perkins, Donovan Ricketts, and Stefan Frei.
Typical goal from Zlatan. Also some nice shots of those new Nike Mercurial Vapors. Love this guy. PSG won the game 2-0, with both goals coming from Ibrahimovic. He now has 40 goals on the season.
Insane goal from Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky. Perfectly timed on the run and drilled past the keeper. This turned out to be the game winner for Arsenal over Tottenham.
The MLS season started this weekend and the Goals of the Week Nominees are in! The first is from Sebastien Fernandez of the Vancouver Whitecaps in a game against the New York Red Bulls. The second comes from Boniek Garcia of the Houston Dynamo in a game against the New England Revolution. Finally, the third comes from another Whitecaps player, Pedro Morales. This is actually a tough decision! All the goals were well placed and came from some decent ball movement amongst the teams. Can’t decide between Fernandez and Boniek Garcia. Vote here.
Let’s not give the strikers all the glory. Here are the nominees for save of the week from some of soccer’s greatest acrobats: Bobby Shuttleworth, Donovan Ricketts, Jaime Penedo, Nick Rimando, and Sean Johnson. Vote here.
Spain 1 – Italy 0. Goal from Pedro in the 63rd minute. Spain was in their recently released away kits.
Portugal 5 – Cameroon 1. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 21st and 83rd minute, which put him ahead as the all time leading scorer for Portugal. Other goals from Raúl Meireles, Fabio Coentrao, and Edinho. Vincent Aboubakar had the lone Cameroon goal. Portugal was in their recently released Nike kits.
Brazil 5 – South Africa 0. Neymar netted a hat trick and now has 30 goals in 47 International matches for Brazil. This leaves him only 2 goals shy of the top-10 all time scorers for Brazil. The World Cup hosts wore their yellow home jerseys in the first half and switched to their new blue away jerseys for the second half.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura made a marathon of a run through the middle of the field, and around a good majority of the Marseille team, to only be denied a goal by a recovering defender. He seems somewhat devastated over not having scored after such an epic run, and rightly so. Bummer.