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Monday Roundup — Dec. 4, 2017

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News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, with quick hits on what you may have missed, and what is still to come in the soccer world.

Another weekend of football has come and gone, while a dreaded Monday morning  rears its ugly head once more. But don’t fret, we have the latest news Roundup to help you reminisce on the Saturday and Sunday of footy that was.

Now, without further ado, here’s what you may have missed, and what is still to come in the soccer world.

Philadelphia Union 

Philadelphia Union U17, U19 Teams’ Strong Showing in the Development Academy Winter Showcase

It has been a strong showing for both sides, who are finishing their 2017 campaign in the Sunshine State.

Head coach Jeff Cook’s U19s finished the showcase unbeaten, defeating Real Salt Lake 4-1, drawing Sporting Kansas City 2-2, and blanking Kendall SC (FL) 2-0 on Sunday.

After drawing Sockers FC (IL) 0-0 on Friday, the U17 team ousted Seattle Sounders 4-2, in a shootout that was broadcasted on YouTube. The side will square off against SKC in their final match of 2017. Kickoff is slated for 11:15AM EST.

For more information regarding scoresheets, results, rosters, and upcoming matches in 2018, we suggest you check out the official website of the Union Academy teams, which can be found here. 

NCAA College Soccer 

College Cup (Div. I) Update

On Saturday, No. 9 Stanford University stunned No. 1 ranked Wake Forest University, and unranked Fordham University’s magical run came to an end at the hands, or feet rather, of the University of North Carolina.

You can find stats, scores, and more on the NCAA website, at  Gamecenter.

Four Teams Remain

Heading to a familiar football cathedral on the banks of the Delaware River this Friday, for the College Cup Semi-Finals are (2) Indiana University and (3) North Carolina, as well as (5) Akron University and (9) Stanford.

A Familiar Face

You may not remember the face, but you’ll surely remember the name.

Morgan Hackworth is a defender on the Akron Zips roster. The Wallingford native spent time on the Philadelphia Union U16 and U18 academy teams, and, should his name be called upon, he’ll get another chance to play at then PPL Park, now Talen Energy Stadium, in front of family and friends.

Messiah College Claims 11th National Championship 

Messiah is undeniably a powerhouse in Division III college soccer, but don’t just take our word for it. On Saturday, Messiah won its 11th National Championship in program history, defeating North Park University of Chicago 2-1.

It’s Messiah’s fifth in nine years under head coach Brad McCarty, whom has won more than 166 games through his first eight seasons at the helm and has twice been named NSCAA National Coach of the Year (2009, 2012).

Messiah capped its dominant season at a record of 24-2-0.

Global 

Benevento Calcio (Serie A, Italy) Keeper Scores Dramatic Equalizer Against AC Milan

Have you seen this? If you haven’t , stop what you’re doing and watch this. Now.

In stoppage time, and down 2-1, Serie A minnows, Benevento found an equalizer against Italian giant, AC Milan, on Sunday, and it came from the unlikeliest of goal-scorers: keeper Alberto Brignoli. Brignoli’s diving header five minutes into stoppage time not only sealed a point in the match, but also the first points this season for the club who dropped their first 14 matches.

It was a historic day for Benevento, and a tragic managerial debut for Milan legend, Gennaro Gattuso. After the match Gattuso told the press, “It would have been better to have been stabbed.”

David de Gea’s Performance Against Arsenal 

Brignoli wasn’t the only keeper to come up clutch for his team this weekend. But while Brignoli scored a crucial goal, at the other end, de Gea delivered on preventing them from being scored. OK, well, maybe he let one out of 33 shots get by him, but that doesn’t take away from a worldly performance from the Spanish shot-stopper.

De Gea made 14 saves on the night, which, according to the sports data company, Opta, equals the Premier League record for most saves in a match. De Gea is now the joint-holder of the record alongside both Tim Krul, who made 14 saves in a match for Newcastle United against Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, and Vito Mannone, the ex-Arsenal keeper who made as many against Chelsea in 2014.

The Red Devils won 3-1, thanks, in large part, to the Spaniard who told the press after the match that he felt “unbeatable.” 

Thanks for giving another Roundup a read. Check back Wednesday morning for the latest. 

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