One year after the United States Men's National Team suffered a devastating loss to Trinidad and Tobago, eliminating them from World Cup contention, the United States Women's National Team routed Trinidad and Tobago 7-0, keeping their World Cup berth alive.
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated CONCACAF rival Mexico 6-0 in their first game of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Thursday night.
Today the Revolution announced that they have signed 25 year-old Argentine forward Guillermo Hauche from Racing Club. Hauche normally plays in the number ten role on the pitch, and has featured in over 30 matches with teams across both Argentina and Chile. Guillermo had been training with the Revs since September 9th, and worked hard enough to impress even manager Brad Friedel. General Manager Mike Burns really liked the acquisition, stating, “--we were impressed with his skillset. We’re looking forward to integrating him into the team on a full-time basis.”.
A midweek MLS clash saw NYCFC take on the Revs, only this time, the action was live from the Bronx. NYC entered the match sitting in third place, while the Revs had their playoff hopes practically hanging by a thread. The team had failed to win a match since June 30th, and if there was to be any soccer this November in New England, this run of bad form had to stop. An interesting move for manager Brad Friedel on the night, Brad Knighton was given the nod in goal, after Matt Turner’s costly missed punch against Portland last week somewhat caused the team to sacrifice 2 extremely valuable points. Teal Bunbury was given a rest, and 2nd year forward Brian Wright was given the start up top. The University of Vermont graduate had been seen frequently as a substitute this year, and after impressive showings as of late, earned the start.
It’s fair to say that a majority of New England Revolution supporters are at wits’ end with the Front Office’s extreme ineptitude, and the rift between the two parties is only growing wider each matchweek. Last night, seemed to show much of the same from a Revs side that hasn’t won a match since June, as they took on upstart D.C. United in brand-new Audi Field. (Still waiting for that SSS promise to be fulfilled Jonathan.) With the Revs in 7th, and D.C. only a few points behind the Revs, this game had serious playoff implications. Coach Friedel made the decision pre-game to start new acquisition Michael Mancienne over Jalil Anibaba, and started Scott Caldwell in place of All-Star midfielder Wilfried Zahibo. A bright spot from the night however, was that for the first time in history, and entirely female broadcast crew took the reins on the FOX broadcast, and in my opinion, did a fantastic job. From the moment the match began, D.C. was on the prowl, and forward Luciano Acosta constantly pressed his way into the final third, creating chance after chance.
After nearly a month away from the Gillette Stadium turf, the New England Revolution finally returned home after a road stretch that began when the World Cup was still in it’s knockout stages. Opposite the boys in blue, the Philadelphia Union came into Foxboro looking to leapfrog the Revs in the standings, as Philly sat 2 points behind in 7th. Following last week’s cavalcade of horrors that was the match against Orlando, this game was a must-win for the Revs, as a win would keep them in the playoff picture, and widen the gap between New England and the Union.
Thankfully, there is life in the Revs front office, as today they announced the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne. The vertically skilled centreback began his career at Chelsea, only seeing action in 4 games, while also being subbed on in a Champions League match against Juventus. After seeing loan spells at both QPR and Wolverhampton, Mancienne found his way to Germany and had a solid role at Hamburger SV from 2011-2014. Mancienne would join Nottingham Forest following the 2014 season on a 3-year deal, where he would play arguably the best football of his career, playing in 122 matches, and earning countless Man of the Match awards from the fans. When his contract expired, the 30-year old sought out a new challenge, thus bringing him to New England.
After an exhilarating four year buildup to World Cup 2018, France has finally been crowned the champions of the World, after they defeated Croatia 4-2 on Sunday. Croatia had been undefeated since the tournament began, including going 3-0-0 in the group stages. France, undefeated as well, had only a tie against Denmark in their final group stage match to mar their record. As clouds covered the beautiful Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, both teams took the pitch, stepping in rhythm to The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”. The FOX TV cameras peruse the stadium suite section, and are able to spy Russian president Vladimir Putin in one box, and French president Emmanuel Macron in another, only showing how much this game could truly affect countries on a worldwide spectrum.
As the World Cup draws to a close, two teams have shown that they deserve to be competing on the world’s greatest stage. After overcoming deficit after deficit, both France and Croatia have shown the will to never give in, even when faced with the ultimate challenge. Sunday morning, the two European sides will face off in the most anticipated game in the sports world so far this calendar year. Each nation traveled different paths to reach the final, however, they both made it here in nearly the exact same fashion. Here’s a look at how these teams made it to this point.
IT’S OFFICIAL! Arguably the biggest news across the entire landscape of soccer, even overshadowing the World Cup, has finally been confirmed. Portuguese forward, and Real Madrid legend, who some believe is the greatest player to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to terms to join Italian powerhouses Juventus. The deal had been rumored to happen anytime in this past month, as the relationship between Cristiano and the management at Real Madrid had been thinning, and his agent had reported he was extremely interested in playing for The Old Lady.