Iker Casillas And Sara Carbonero Sightings In Houston, Texas - July 12, 2012

Iker Casillas, Sara Carbonero expecting couple’s first child

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According to reports out of Spain, national team and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is about to become a father, with long-time girlfriend Sara Carbonero expecting a child in December or early 2014.

The news broke yesterday via Spanish outlet ‘El Mundo’, the couple having told friends and family last Wednesday. With Casillas recently in Brazil with the Spanish national team for the Confederations Cup, the pair had kept the pregnancy to themselves until news could be spread among their closest friends.

With that news delivered, however, the couple has confirmed that Cabonero is 13 weeks along:

“We’re very happy”, they told ‘El Mundo’ minutes prior to departing for their ‘secret’ holiday spot. Casillas couldn’t hide his happiness: “I’m going to have a baby from La Mancha”, the ‘Los Blancos’ keeper said …

This will be the first child for the couple of four years, one that’s sure to be the focus of excessive tabloid fodder given the fame of his or her parents. Not only is Casillas one of the most famous athletes in Spain, but Carbonero is one of the nation’s best known television presenters and journalists, her coverage of World Cup 2010 receiving extra attention because of her relationship with Casillas.

Carbonero, now 29, became the subject of discussion when English reports intimidated Spain’s opening match loss in South Africa was on account of Casillas being distracted by his girlfriend. While those reports were soon viewed as salacious, the couple were back in the spotlight moments after Spain claimed their first world title, when Carbonero drew the duty of interviewing her boyfriend (among other players) after the match.

Casillas, 32, is coming off his most difficult year as a professional, one capped by a disappointing performance at last month’s Confederations Cup; however, going into a season in which he’ll resume the number one’s job at the Santiago Bernabéu, Casillas now has something more important to look forward to in the coming season.

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

[ MORE: FC Dallas clinches playoff berth ]

Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)

Wenger lauds team spirit following Arsenal’s big win

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Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United ]

United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.

All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Arsenal’s win vs. Manchester United ]

Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.

You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.

[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.

[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.

The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.

Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.