Another preseason friendly, another solid Christian Pulisic performance.
Chelsea visited Borussia Monchengladbach today in a match that ended with a 2-2 draw.
Pulisic didn’t make the score sheet, as both Chelsea goals were converted penalties (one by Tammy Alexander, one by Ross Barkley).
However, he was very solid on ball, made a number of good turns, and was tidy in distribution. He was robbed on one big opportunity inside the box in the 29th minute. A few key passes just missed converting into goals. He was eventually subbed off in the 67th minute.
Here are all of his key moments from the game.
What: The first game of the 2019-20 Premier League Season
Who: Liverpool vs Norwich City
When: Friday, August 9th @ 3:00pm ET on NBC Sports
Line: Liverpool -625 | Draw +700 | Norwich +1800
The 2019-20 Premier League schedule kicks off a week from today!
The first game on the docket is Champions League winners Liverpool against recently promoted Norwich City.
Liverpool vs Norwich City betting preview
No besmerchmant on Norwich, but this game doesn’t lend itself to much analysis.
Interestingly, it pits the two teams who spent the least in transfers this summer the Premier League. Liverpool was 19th. Norwich was 20th.
Regardless, with the game at Anfield, Liverpool find themselves as the week’s heaviest favorite. Most weeks, that honor goes to FFP violating Manchester City. However, the Fourmidables (-385) start on the road against what could be a surprising West Ham (+950).
Regardless if all of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking front trio (Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah) are fit to play a full 90, Liverpool will win this game.
Even at -625, it’s easy money. If you’re looking for a potential upset with long odds and value on Premier League Matchday 1, the aforementioned West Ham at +950 is worth consideration.
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Sooo…the plague is still a thing, huh?
Apparently it’s alive (?) and well in Colorado!
The Colorado Rapids host the Montreal Impact on Saturday…this despite concerns about plague carrying fleas.
Statement regarding tomorrow's match, fireworks and closures around @DSGpark due to plague.— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) August 2, 2019
📝 Release: https://t.co/ULtvZq0xVT
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About the plague
The Plague, or the Black Death, devastated Europe and Asia in the middle ages. An estimated 200 million people died from it. The bubonic plague is the most common variation of the affliction.
It was caused by a bacteria — Yersinia pestis — carried in rats though the Silk Road trade route. It’s believed to have killed up to 60% of Europe’s population.
While first tearing through Europe in the 1340’s-50’s, outbreaks sporadically occurred throughout the globe until the 19th century.
The plague in America
Minor outbreaks of the plague have occurred in northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, southern Colorado, California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.
The plague in MLS
So, yeah, this is the only noted time the plague has been an issue around a MLS game.
Lots going on this week, which means it’s time for another High Press Pod.
Joining Chops is contributing writer Tyler Everett. Topics discussed include:
- Everton straight up stealing Moise Kean from Juventus
- Harry Maguire finally going to Manchester United
- Atletico Madrid’s impressive pre-season form
- Christian Pulisic’s impressive pre-season form
- Possible USWNT replacements for Jill Ellis
The FA Community Shield is a match (with a trophy!) that takes place before the Premier League schedule begins each year. The game pits the previous season’s Premier League and FA Cup champs against each other.
When is the FA Community Shield?
The game takes place this Sunday, August 4th at 10am ET. It’s on a neutral field at Wembley Stadium in London.
The game can be viewed on ESPN+ in America.
FA Community Shield Odds
Not surprising, but Manchester City are favored to win the Community Shield for a second consecutive year.
However, their odds have dropped this week. City were odds on favorites at one point (around -115 / -125 range). After Liverpool’s impressive showing against Lyon in a Wednesday friendly, City move closer to even odds.
|Liverpool +250||Draw +260||Manchester City +105|
Should you care about the Community Shield?
That’s up to you.
City will care. As the perennial “look at us! we deserve respect!” club, City touts any trophy they can. After winning the domestic treble last year (and after after singing a song mocking Hillsborough victims), City adorably tweeted out a graphic claiming FOUR domestic trophies. The extra trophy? Their Community Shield. They even called themselves the Fourmidables.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. Someone in their marketing department thought “Fourmidables” would stick like “fetch.”
Liverpool, a club with an actual history and without an inferiority complex, will compete hard but not tout a Community Shield trophy in their 2020 presser.
What: MLS All-Star Game
When: July 31st 8pm ET
Who: MLS All-Stars vs Atlético Madrid
The 2019 MLS All-Star Game is tonight!
The game takes place at Exploria Stadium in Orlando at 8pm ET and will air on FS1. MLS’ best will take on La Liga side Atlético Madrid.
About Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid is a perennial fixture in La Liga’s top 4 and the Champions League. They have performed well in their pre-season friendlies. Their 7-3 smashing of Real Madrid the past week grabbed global soccer headlines.
For US fans unfamiliar with the squad, Atléti are more recently known for their impenetrable defense. However, they’ve added some new attacking pieces that are transforming the team.
Their record-setting purchase of 19 year-old João Félix is already looking like a smart buy. Expect him and fellow forward Diego Costa to provide a couple of “wow” moments.
US soccer fans may be familiar with England international (and former Tottenham Hotspur) Kieran Trippier as well. The recent right-back transfer will help build from the back and provide some offensive spark.
Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak is regarded as among the best in the world.
Many US fans would’ve be familiar with French striker Antoine Griezmann. He recently transferred from Atléti to Barcelona.
Regardless, even without Griezmann, Atléti is consistently one of the best 10-12 clubs in the world. Their new players are meshing well early. They’ll play entertaining soccer tonight.
MLS All-Star Game Odds
You can legally bet online in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on the MLS All-Star Game. DraftKings Sportsbook NJ has Atlético Madrid as the odds-on favorite.
If needed, for a refresher, visit how to bet on soccer.
|MLS All-Stars +245||Draw +330||Atlético Madrid -118|
Oddsmakers expect this to be a relatively low-scoring game for a friendly/exhibition. While over 3.5 goals is the favored outcome at -117, it’s not a heavy favorite. Under 3.5 is priced at -105.
However, it’s important to note that the last time a MLS All-Star Game produced 4 goals was in 2013 (with AS Roma as the opponent). These are historically low-scoring affairs.
So this is mostly a gut call, but we’re due for a more open game. With the new talent trying to earn minutes at Atlético, don’t be surprised to see 4-5 total goals in this one. If you’re feeling really adventurous, look at the 5.5 over at +440.
Qualification for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League is underway.
Teams who did not receive automatic Champions League Group Stage entry via their 2018-19 domestic league finish are playing the second of three qualifying rounds right now. Teams who survive the three qualifying rounds then compete in a playoff.
The playoff draw takes place on August 5th. The winner of the playoff games are then entered into Group Stage pots. At that point, qualification ends. The Group Stage draw will take place in late August with games beginning in September.
2019-20 UEFA Champions League Title Odds
The following are 2019-20 UEFA Champions League title odds.
Teams such as Ajax, Porto, and Celtic are listed but haven’t yet qualified for Group Stage play. Due to the smaller domestic leagues they play in, those teams must go through the qualifying rounds (although some, like Ajax, have an advantage of coming in later).
Regardless, as of July 30th 2019, teams like Chelsea and Real Madrid appear overvalued at current pricing. German titans Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund — as well as a restocked Atlético Madrid — look a bit undervalued.
Will continue to update this page as odds change throughout the year.
2019-20 UEFA Champions League Odds (July 30, 2019)
|Manchester City +450||Barcelona +600||Liverpool +700|
|Real Madrid +800||Bayern Munich +900||Juventus +900|
|PSG +900||Atlético Madrid +2000||Tottenham +2000|
|Chelsea +2500||Borussia Dortmund +3300||Inter +5000|
|Napoli +5000||Ajax +6600||RB Leipzig +8000|
|Valencia +10000||Bayer Leverkusen +12500||Lyon +12500|
|Atalanta +15000||Benfica +15000||PSV Eindhoven +15000|
|Porto +20000||Lille +20000||Red Bull Salzburg +30000|
|Shakhtar Donetsk +30000||Zenit St. Petersburg +30000||Galatasaray +40000|
|Genk +40000||Celtic +75000||Dynamo +75000|
Where to Bet on Champions League in the US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
What teams have qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League?
A total of 26 teams received automatic qualification already based on their domestic league finishes. Those teams are placed into pots based on their previous year league or Champions / Europa League finish.
As of July 30th, 2019 team who have qualified for the Champions League include:
- Liverpool (via UCL win)
- Chelsea (via Europa League win)
- Manchester City
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Bayern Munich
- Zenit St. Petersburg
- Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid
- Borussia Dortmund
- Shakhtar Donesk
Pot 2 or 3 (TBD):
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Red Bull Salzburg
- Inter Milan
Pot 3 or 4 (TBD)
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- RB Leipzig
Christian Pulisic got his first Chelsea start on English soil on Sunday against Reading. He was active and constantly involved. His off-ball movement was sharp. He found good angles and space to run into both with and without the ball. His passing on-point.
Two things particularly stood out:
- His quickness. Pulisic has another gear when the ball is at his feet. He ably weaved out of trouble in the attacking third, either connecting passes or finding space to penetrate.
- His gengenpressing would make Klopp proud. If Chelsea lost possession in Reading’s half, Pulisic was a nuisance attempting to win the ball back. He pressured Reading into creating a turnover in the attacking third in the 26th minute and was constantly active that way.
If Pulisic keeps up this level, he’ll absolutely make a positive impact for Chelsea.
The American left the game at half with Chelsea up 2-1. It was a slow start for the Blues, but they dominated possession after the first 10 minutes, ending the first half with a 71-29% advantage.
FIFA 20 has unveiled two covers for this year’s edition: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard.
Hazard was one of the best attacking players in the Premier League the past few years with Chelsea. He was sold to Real Madrid this summer for approximately €100 million. This is Hazard’s third time he’s appeared on a FIFA cover version. He’ll appear on the Standard edition of the game this year.
This is VVD’s first cover appearance. Van Dijk was the PFA Player of the Year and led Liverpool to their sixth Champions League trophy. Naturally, he’ll appear on the Champions edition of the game. VVD is in contention to be the first defender since 2006 (Fabio Cannavaro) to win the Ballon d’Or.
Says VVD of being on the cover:
“It is a huge honour for me to be on the cover of FIFA 20. I’ve been playing FIFA for as long as I can remember, and so it’s an extremely proud moment for me to be representing Liverpool FC on the cover of such an iconic game.”– Virgil van Dijk statement
FIFA covers by year
Going back into the ’90’s, here are FIFA covers by year. Some quick thoughts first:
- Why did it take FIFA until 2013 to get Messi on the cover?
- Jozy Altidore has been in our lives since the 2008 edition!
- Zlatan has been in our lives since the 2002 edition! And how has he not been back on the cover since?
- Marco Reus makes a cover before Cristiano Ronaldo 🤦♂️
- Alex Morgan made the cover in 2016. Is there still time to get Megan Rapinoe on this year’s cover? Come on, FIFA. Ride the women’s soccer wave. It’ll sell.
- FIFA International (1993): David Platt and Piotr Świerczewski
- FIFA 95: Erik Thorstvedt (in the US / North America: Alexi Lalas !!!)
- FIFA Soccer 96: Frank de Boer and Jason McAteer
- FIFA 97: Bebeto (world) / David Ginola (Europe)
- FIFA: Road to World Cup 98: David Beckham (UK), Roy Lassiter (US),
Raúl (Spain), Paolo Maldini (Italy), David Ginola (France), Andreas Möller (Germany)
- FIFA 99: Dennis Bergkamp (World), Kasey Keller (US),
Fernando Morientes (Spain), Fabien Barthez (France),
Olaf Thon (Germany), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Rui Costa (Portugal), Christian Vieri (Italy), Ahn Jung-hwan (South Korea)
- FIFA 2000: Pep Guardiola (Spain), Eddie Pope (US), Sol Campbell (UK), Vincenzo Montella (Italy), Emmanuel Petit (France), Jaap Stam (Netherlands), Vassilios Tsiartas (Greece), Mehmet Scholl (Germany), Simão (Portugal), Raí (Brazil), Pär Zetterberg (Sweden), Kim Byung-ji (South Korea), Kiatisuk Senamuang (Thailand), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan)
- FIFA 2001: Paul Scholes (UK), Ben Olsen (US), Lothar Matthäus (Germany), Thierry Henry (France), Edgar Davids (Netherlands), Gheorghe Hagi (Romania), Ricardo Sá Pinto (Portugal), Gaizka Mendieta (Spain), Filippo Inzaghi (Italy), Leonardo (Brazil), Shimon Gershon (Israel), Ko Jong-soo (South Korea)
- FIFA Football 2002: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Thierry Henry (France, UK, USA), Tomasz Radzinski (US also), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Nuno Gomes (Portugal), Francesco Totti (Italy), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), İlhan Mansız (Turkey), Gerald Asamoah (Germany), Lampros Choutos (Greece), Hong Myung-bo (South Korea), Sibusiso Zuma (South Africa and Denmark), Nawaf Al-Temyat (Saudi Arabia), Roberto Carlos (Brazil), Iker Casillas (Spain), Tomasz Frankowski (Poland)
- FIFA Football 2003: Landon Donovan (US only), Roberto Carlos, Ryan Giggs, and Edgar Davids (ROW)
- FIFA Football 2004: Thierry Henry, Alessandro Del Piero and Ronaldinho
- FIFA Football 2005: Patrick Vieira, Fernando Morientes and Andriy Shevchenko (however in North America only, Oswaldo Sánchez replaced Patrick Vieira)
- FIFA 06: Wayne Rooney & Ronaldinho (in North America only, Omar Bravo and Freddy Adu (!!!) replaced Wayne Rooney)
- FIFA 07: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho (world), Ronaldinho, Landon Donovan and Francisco Fonseca (North America), Ronaldinho and Lukas Podolski (Germany), Ronaldinho and Juninho Pernambucano (France), Ronaldinho and David Villa (Spain)
- FIFA 08: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho (world),
Ronaldinho, Jozy Altidore and Guillermo Ochoa (North America), Ronaldinho and Sergio Ramos (Spain), Ronaldinho and Miroslav Klose (Germany), Ronaldinho and Euzebiusz Smolarek (Poland)
- FIFA 09: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho (world), Ronaldinho, Maurice Edu and Guillermo Ochoa (North America), Wayne Rooney and Sergio Ramos (Spain), Ronaldinho and Kevin Kuranyi (Germany), Ronaldinho and Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary), Ronaldinho and Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
- FIFA 10: Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney (UK), Frank Lampard, Sacha Kljestan and Cuauhtémoc Blanco (North America), Wayne Rooney and Tim Cahill (Australia), Wayne Rooney and Andreas Ivanschitz (Austria), Wayne Rooney and Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary), Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Ronaldinho and Giorgio Chiellini (Italy), Karim Benzema, Steve Mandanda and Guillaume Hoarau (France), Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Frank Lampard and Simão (Portugal), Karim Benzema and Xavi (Spain), Sergei Semak (Russia)
- FIFA 11: Kaká (world), Wayne Rooney (UK, Ireland & Australia), Mesut Özil and René Adler (Germany), Tim Cahill (Australia), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland)
- FIFA 12: Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere (world), Landon Donovan and Rafael Márquez (North America), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland)
- FIFA 13: Lionel Messi (world), Messi, Joe Hart and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (UK only), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland)
- FIFA 14: Lionel Messi (world), Javier Hernández (North America),
Gareth Bale (UK & Ireland), Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy), Arturo Vidal and Radamel Falcao (Argentina, Chile, Panama, Venezuela), Michal Kadlec (Czech Republic), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), David Alaba (Austria), Tim Cahill (Australia), Maya Yoshida and Makoto Hasebe (Japan), Mustafa Al-Bassas (Middle East)
- FIFA 15: Lionel Messi (world), Clint Dempsey (USA), Eden Hazard (UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands), Gonzalo Higuaín (Italy), Tim Cahill (Australia), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), David Alaba (Austria), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Javier Hernández (Mexico), Arturo Vidal (South America), Michal Kadlec (Czech Republic), Arda Turan (Turkey), Atsuto Uchida (Japan), Yahya Al-Shehri (Arabian Peninsula)
- FIFA 16: Lionel Messi (world), Jordan Henderson (UK and Ireland),
Alex Morgan (USA), Sebastian Giovinco (MLS edition), Antoine Griezmann (France), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), David Alaba (Austria), Oscar (Brazil), Yann Sommer (Switzerland), Juan Cuadrado (Latin America), Marco Fabián (Mexico), Steph Catley & Tim Cahill (Australia), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Mauro Icardi (Italy), Arkadiusz Milik (Poland), Arda Turan (Turkey), Omar Hawsawi (Arab version)
- FIFA 17: Marco Reus
- FIFA 18: Cristiano Ronaldo (world), Ronaldo (icon edition)
- FIFA 19: Cristiano Ronaldo (world), Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar (Champions edition)
- FIFA 20: Eden Hazard (Standard), Virgil van Dijk (Champions)
Is there a FIFA curse?
That’s just stupid.
First, by the sheer volume of cover athletes above, guess what: shit is going to happen. Somebody is going to have a bad year.
FIFA isn’t like Madden. American football is almost entirely an American sport. One athlete is all Madden needs. Yeah, there have been some fluky off years or injuries after a football player has appeared on Madden. However, a typical player appears on Madden after a breakout / best year. They’re going to regress. That’s natural.
On FIFA, has Messi declined since being on the cover multiple times? Did Rooney become less productive during his cover run?
So no, there isn’t a FIFA curse.
Some really big match-ups this week in MLS.
Coming off a Zlatan-depantsing, this year’s presumptive champs LAFC look to rebound against last year’s actual champs, Atlanta United. But that’s not the only major match-up.
Zlatan leads LA Galaxy to Portland as they try keep LAFC within their sights in the Western conference. Seattle takes on Houston in another important match-up for Western conference playoff aspirations. FC Dallas host RSL as both teams try to stay in the playoff race as well.
Lots of intriguing games. Here are the odds.
MLS Matchweek 21 Odds
As always, home team is listed first. Read how to bet MLS for a refresher.
|NYCFC -138||Draw +275||Sporting KC +360|
|LAFC -205||Draw +375||Atlanta United +450|
|New England -167||Draw +310||Orlando +410|
|New York Red Bulls -139||Draw +255||Columbus Crew +400|
|Chicago Fire -143||Draw +300||DC United +340|
|FC Dallas -130||Draw +270||Real Salt Lake +340|
|Houston Dynamo +100||Draw +270||Seattle Sounders +240|
|Minnesota United -275||Draw +400||Vancouver +650|
|Montreal Impact +148||Draw +245||Philadelphia Union +170|
|Toronto FC -286||Draw +470||Cincinnati +650|
|San Jose -240||Draw +400||Colorado Rapids +525|
|Portland Timbers -182||Draw +340||LA Galaxy +420|
Odds & Ends
Let’s focus on where the value is this week:
- At -205, LAFC might not be your traditional value play. However, it’s hard to imagine they don’t come out on Friday with something to prove against Atlanta.
- DC United is inconsistent af, but +340 against Chicago? Take a hard look at the draw (+300) or DC outright. They’re the better team and are +6 on Chicago on gd.
- Montreal may be in 6th place in the Eastern conference, but they have the 3rd worst goal differential (-11). If Philadelphia Union is for real, they’ll handle their business at +170.
- Yes, Portland looks much improved. But Galaxy at +420 is practically begging you to take them. Lots of value at that price even if you like the Timbers.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic put on a tour de force against LAFC this weekend, netting a hat trick and upstaging rival Carlos Vela. However, Ibra did more than just damage Vela’s ego. His forceful elbow (cheap shot?) on LAFC’s Mohamed El Mounir reportedly will send the defender into surgery to repair a broken cheek bone.
This is just unbelievable!!! ElMounir is going to have a surgery tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/XQnT8xEC5K— Amro Tarek (@AmroAbdelAziz) July 22, 2019
A potential surgery on a zygoma fracture like El Mounir’s would require 2-3 weeks for swelling and bruising to subside before evaluating a return to play. El Mounir may have to wear a facial mask upon returning.
Not the first time Zlatan has done this
In 2017, Zlatan received a three-game suspension for delivering the exact same blow to Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.
To be fair, in that case, Mings had previously stepped on Zlatan’s head.
No video or accounts have surfaced of El Mounir taking a cheap shot at Ibra.
Vela fires back at Ibra
Over the course of the season, it’s hard to argue with Vela. But on Saturday night, Zlatan has his way–for good and bad–with all of LAFC.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not be prosecuted over his alleged 2009 rape of a Las Vegas woman.
Ronaldo’s club, Juventus, is playing ICC events in Asia right due to concerns that the Portuguese star would be arrested if they played games on US soil.
However, the Las Vegas DA office announced today they will not pursue charges against Ronaldo. According to the DA’s statement, they can’t “prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that the rape occurred.
Cristiano Ronaldo rape case overview
Kathryn Mayorga, 34, claims that Ronaldo sexually assaulted her in a Palms casino penthouse suite after they met in a nightclub. The alleged assault took place in June 2009, shortly after Ronaldo completed his move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Mayorga claims Ronaldo sent “fixers” to obstruct the criminal assault investigation as well as buy her silence for $375,000.
Part of the 2010 out-of-court $375,000 settlement included a non-disclosure agreement. As Mayorga has re-pursued the case, her lawyers have stated that the accuser received a psychiatrist’s medical opinion rendering her “incompetent” to agree to the nearly decade-old settlement due to trauma suffered from the rape. Mayorga claims she was also manipulated by Ronaldo’s fixers to agree to the settlement.
Ronaldo denies assault
Ronaldo has denied the allegations, once issuing the following statement, “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
Joining Chops is contributing writer Tyler Everett. Discussed deals include:
- Kieran Trippier to Atlético Madrid and if he’s a good fit for Diego Simeone?
- Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus and does this get them over the Champions League hump?
- Sebastien Haller to West Ham and does this get them into the top 6? (and why didn’t Liverpool buy him???)
The spotlight is on the NWSL.
Let’s look at the current standings before listing the odds. The NWSL table as of 07/16/19 is:
|Chicago Red Stars||17||0|
For a refresher, read what NWSL club Women’s World Cup stars play on.
NWSL Title Odds
Here are the NWSL title odds as of 07/16/19. We’ll update the odds as the season progresses.
For those unfamiliar, read how to bet soccer.
|NC Courage +175||Portland Thorns +250||Seattle Reign +400|
|Washington Spirit +700||Utah Royals +750||Chicago Red Stars +1400|
|Chicago Red Stars +2000||Orlando Pride +10000||Sky Blue FC +10000|
The USWNT aren’t the life of the party right now…they are the party.
The team celebrated their 2019 Women’s World Cup win today with an estimated 1M New Yorkers. With some clear pre-noon drinking going on, they’d put many college spring breakers to shame.
It’s a big day for the team: they fly straight from the victory parade in New York to the ESPYs in LA. It’ll be fun to see what kind of shape they’re in tonight.
Here’s some of the best victory parade pictures we can find. We’ll upload more as the day goes on.
USWNT victory parade pictures
The party kept rolling for the USWNT today during a victory parade in New York City.
The team was clearly in high spirits and enjoying the moment. A reported 1 million people showed up to support the team.
Once the team arrived at City Hall, chants of “equal pay” rang out.
There, at the steps of City Hall, USSF President Carlos Cordeiro addressed the elephant in the room:
“We believe all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay. [We believe] together we can get this done.”– USSF President Carlos Cordeiro
With Cordeiro throwing it out there, he’s put himself in a spot with little wiggle room.
Rapinoe addresses the issue
US star Megan Rapinoe, possibly a little bit inebriated, closed the rally.
After giving shout outs to everyone involved in the USWNT program, she addressed Cordeiro’s comments:
“I think he’ll make things right…He’s with us…We look forward to holding those feet to the fire.”– Megan Rapinoe on Cordeiro’s equal pay comments
Let’s see how this plays out.
A few notes:
- Julie Ertz is draped in an American flag and playing air guitar on the World Cup trophy? How badass is she?
- That plane ride home looks fun.
- Great photo of Kelley O’Hara sitting down and soaking it all the years of hard work.
- Jessica McDonald and her son ❤
USWNT celebrating World Cup photos
What a week of soccer!
How far ahead are the USWNT from the rest of the world? And how far behind are the men? Give it a listen.Listen to “High Press Pod Episode 14: A Tale of Two National Teams” on Spreaker.
Today was a contrast of United States national soccer programs.
In France, the USWNT won back-to-back World Cup titles, defeating Netherlands 2-0. The game was a testament to the absurd wealth of talent the USWNT program has at its disposal. Yes, they play with heart and unmatched charisma. At the end of the day though, they just have better players than everyone else.
That’s not necessarily the case with the USMNT.
As discussed in our preview post of the Gold Cup Final against Mexico, some think El Tri have a positional advantage at each line-up spot over the Americans.
At a minimum, Christian Pulisc showed that’s definitely not the case tonight. However, despite a spirited and gutty effort, the USMNT simply couldn’t overcome the talent disparity against Mexico, losing the Gold Cup Final 1-0.
Both teams had big chances early
This game saw both sides create big chances early on.
Christian Pulisic, who often looked like the best player on the field, and Jonathan dos Santos both had near misses in the opening minutes.
Jozy Altidore, who earned the start over beleaguered striker Gyasi Zardes, will rue a missed opportunity in the 8th minute. Altidore received a headed pass from Paul Arriola that left him with a clear shot to put the US ahead. He muffed it off his right foot, sending the shot wide.
Almost immediately thereafter, Raúl Jiménez’s header was denied by US keeper Zack Steffen.
VERY physical, open, hyper-charged play continued until the half. The US and Mexico went into the tunnels tied 0-0.
Scoring opportunities continued, Mexico converted one of theirs
The second verse was same as the first, as both sides came out physical.
Mexico was lucky not to earn a red card, as Jozy Altidore was cheap-shotted in the 47th minute.
Big scoring chances continued as well. The US almost took the lead in the 51st minute. Christian Pulisic delivered a corner that Jordan Morris headed from close range. Morris beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, but Jesus Guardado was perfectly positioned to head the ball away before it crossed the line. It was a brilliant and ultimately game-changing block.
Mexico broke through in the 79th minute as Jonathan dos Santos finished a dirty little flick from Jiménez.
The US dug in and fought to create more chances until the very end. Ultimately, the dos Santos goal was the difference in the game.
USMNT can build on this
Two things were clear from this match:
- The US doesn’t have the quality of talent to match Mexico just yet. Outside of Pulisic and Weston McKennie, there’s a striking talent and tactical disparity.
- However, if they can play with this level of intensity moving forward, they will gut out some surprising wins.
This is not a game the US should leave discouraged. They fought hard and were a bit unlucky not to convert. It was their best overall display of the tournament, even though it ended in a loss.
The US can — and should — build on this.
With the exception of a thrilling final five minutes that also saw Josef Martinez put Atlanta ahead in the 91st, this was a sloppy, physical, frustrating mess of a game.
Atlanta starts fast then disappears
The home team started strong, controlling possession and the overall tempo of the game. Playing on their front foot, Atlanta got on the board first after Pity Martinez threaded a perfect ball to Justin Meram, which he neatly tucked away past Luis Robles.
Atlanta slowed the pace down but looked in control until the 29th minute. Then center-back Florentin Pogba — who had looked among the best on the pitch up until that point — went out with an injury. The entire tone of the game quickly changed.
New York leveled the game eight minutes after Pogba’s departure as Daniel Royer capitalized on poor Atlanta defending to knock a left-footed shot into the top corner past Brad Guzan. The game went to half-time tied 1-1.
New York takes over in the second half
Whether it was the Red Bulls stepping up their game or Atlanta simply looking disorganized and disinterested, New York took command in the second half.
The Red Bulls took a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute when Brian White was left unchecked by a sloppy Atlanta defensive, easily burying a feed from Alex Muyl.
Another Pity-ful performance
Just as Pogba’s injury departure changed the game, so did a timely substitution in the 63rd minute by Atlanta coach Frank de Boer.
The micro Pity Martinez Experience is the perfect encapsulation of the macro experience of this game in general. Pity is capable of fleeting moments of brilliance, like his pass to Meram leading to the opener.
Mostly though, he’s sloppy, careless, lackadaisical and temperamental. He’s a frustrating and miserable player to watch.
Fortunately for Atlanta fans in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, they didn’t have to deal with the Pity Martinez Experience past the 63rd minute. He was subbed off to absolutely no pattering of applause as Brandon Vázquez took his place.
Atlanta looked immediately improved.
They broke through in the 79th minute, as Josef Martinez drew a penalty in the box. Moments later, he leveled the game from the spot 2-2.
Five minutes of fury
Even in more turnover prone and careless stretches of play, the game had been chippy and physical throughout.
Everything amped up the final five minutes in stoppage time.
Josef Martinez netted a brace in the 91st minute, heading home a goal to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead.
Just two minutes later, BWP, who subbed on in the 77th minute for Brian White, tied the game 3-3 when Atlanta forgot the general concepts of defending yet again.
The Atlanta crowd went utterly silent at that point.
The players, however, did not.
The chippy play that had been building all game reached a boiling point in the 95th minute. A couple of on-field scrums nearly broke out, and the refs just decided to end the game, leaving the home crowd stunned.