The win can’t make up for last year’s loss, but for Real Salt Lake, exacting a measure of revenge on D.C. United for was as easy as one …
… two …
That outburst that left RSL, upset in by D.C. in last year’s U.S. Open Cup final, up three after 24 minutes. Come full-time, United had two shots on target, the 3-0 result the team’s worst since opening day against the Crew.
Though many faces have changed for D.C. since its win last fall in Sandy, Utah, tonight’s performance may still have some emotional value for RSL. At least, the team played as if it had something to prove. With a double from Chris Schuler and two assists from Javier Morales, the team can move on from last year’s disappointment, secure in the knowledge they outclassed one of the two best in the Eastern Conference.
Along the way, they helped one of MLS’s best secure his place in the league’s record books. Nick Rimando, who tied Kevin Hartman’s all-time shutouts record last week at Colorado, eased to a record 113th clean sheet at Rio Tinto, his two saves all that were needed for the 35-year-old to make his own claim to greatness.
Though he’s never won a Goalkeeper of the Year honor, Rimando’s longevity and consistency have earned him a place in the league’s “best ever goalkeeper” discussion. If reaction to his last two shutouts is any indication, Rimando may now be at the head of that list.
With the RSL veteran re-writing history, more people have been convinced of the jewel they have in the Rocky Mountains. While Major League Soccer has been bless with a number of standout keepers, the years Rimando has left will only strengthen his case to being the best league’s put on the field.
Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.
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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.
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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”
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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.
West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.
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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.
“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.
Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?
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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.
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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.