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Here’s what you may have missed and what is still developing. And, as always, here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game.
Union Pay Homage to Fans in Open Cup Promo Video
On Wednesday, July 18, the Philadelphia Union will host Orlando City S.C. in the Quarter-Final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
In what was clearly an attempt to drum up more interest in the game, the Union’s multimedia team recently released a video that paid homage to the people, culture and a select song of the club’s supporters.
See for yourself.
“We Want the Cup,” sung in the video by Union defender Mark McKenzie, midfielder Derrick Jones and supporter Ryan Bross, is a popular chant sung among the supporters during the Union’s cup runs while the lamb mask references a stuffed lamb that has since become a mainstay in The River End during cup games.
Major League Soccer
Petke’s Post-Match Rant
Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke has never been one to mince his words, and the fiery former New York Metro Stars defender did not hold back when speaking to the media after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Minnesota United.
Petke, who was ejected from the game for protesting referee Alan Kelly and his decision to allow United’s opening goal, was critical of the officiating in the game as well as Major League Soccer and PRO Referees’ lack of transparency with its fans and players.
Here is the now viral video of Petke’s impassioned post-game rant.
Heath’s Post-Match Rant
Mike Petke wasn’t the only coach fired up after the game between United and RSL on Saturday, with Adrian Heath criticizing his own players in front of the media following the Loons’ narrow 3-2 victory.
Some may argue that Heath was even more impassioned than Petke, but you decide. Here is what Heath, who held everyone in the team accountable for giving up two late goals, without pointing fingers, had to say.
Asad’s Beauty for United Christens Audi Field
In the beginning of the game between D.C. United and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, all eyes were rightfully fixated on the newest United player, Wayne Rooney, and the club’s new digs, Audi Field.
But by the final whistle, it was United midfielder Yamil Asad’s goal that not only captured three points for the home side, but also the attention of everyone in and around MLS.
Asad, from outside Vancouver’s penalty area, curled a first-time shot up and over a sprawling Brian Rowe for the first goal ever scored for D.C. United, or any club, at Audi Field.
Here is Asad’s 25th minute goal, which will almost certainly be up for Goal of the Week consideration.
Weah: I Want to Become United States’ ‘Greatest Talent’
In a recent interview with Nike, budding American and Paris Saint-Germain forward Timothy Weah said his aspirations include becoming the “greatest talent” to come out of the United States and New York.
Weah, the son of Ballon d’Or winner and current President of Liberia George Weah, opened up about his past, living under the shadow of his father, as well as the neigh sayers who fuel his desire to achieve greatness.
“I have done a lot to get here,” Weah said. “I have faced a lot of people who said that I would always be in my father’s shadow. I just take that, and I use that as a boost, because, as much as I love my father, I am trying to make a name for myself.
“My dream is eventually becoming the greatest talent to come out of the United States and New York …”
Weah, 18, is expected to feature in a more prominent role this season for the French champions under new boss Thomas Tuchel who has favored giving younger players an opportunity during his time with Borussia Dortmund.
Now that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is over, Taylor Twellman has something to say and, according to the American pundit’s words and dramatic facial expressions, he is still pretty mad, too.
Twellman, the former New England and United States forward, has summed up his four-part blueprint that, in his words, will help the U.S. “find a place among the world’s elite.”
In order, the four parts of Twellman’s Doctrine include:
- Be Inclusive, Not Exclusive
- Develop Players
- Develop American Players and Coaches in MLS
- Have Patience
France Defeats Croatia 4-2 to Capture Second-Ever World Cup
France won its second-ever World Cup on Sunday, defeating Croatia 4-2 inside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Despite controlling the majority of possession and creating the most chances throughout the first half, Croatia was the first team to fall behind in the match, after an own-goal conceded by forward Mario Mandžukić.
There was plenty of debate among pundits, opposing players and fans alike regarding whether or not the free-kick that the goal came off of should have been given at all, with French forward Antoine Griezmann appearing to have went down before contact.
Ivan Perišić equalized soon after, however, with a stunning display of poise, control and power, taking a brilliant first-touch to his left before launching a shot past Tottenham Hotspurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Croatia found itself on the bitter end of another controversial decision later in the half, with a penalty award against them for what looked like an apparent hand-ball in the box by Perišić.
Griezmann finished for his second of the afternoon, before Les Bleus started to take the reigns of Sunday’s final.
Full Match Highlights:
France was, of course, the big winner at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but players from other nations took home honors of their own.
Harry Kane of England won the Golden Boot Award, the award given for scoring the most goals in the tournament. Kane, who plays for Tottenham in the English Premier League, scored six goals in Russia.
Luka Modric of Croatia won the Golden Ball Award, which is given to the best player of the tournament, according to voting media members from outlets around the world.
World Cup winner and French wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe was given the FIFA Young Player Award, which is given to the most impactful young player in the tournament. Mbappe scored four goals for France in Russia.
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