DC United v New York Red Bulls

MLS Snapshot: D.C. United 2-0 New York Red Bulls

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One game in 100 words: D.C. United just looked like a more determined squad than the New York Red Bulls. They captured the opening goal, and from that point on, didn’t allow their opposition to gain much positive energy. Nailing the game-winning score late in the game, D.C. was able to outgun New York during the usual desperation mode past 85-minute mark, cementing their status in the Eastern Conference’s first-place spot, four points ahead of Sporting Kansas City. Meanwhile, top goalscorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls are in sixth place, right behind the playoff cutoff.

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D.C. United: Silva 57′, Johnson 90′ + 1′

New York Red Bulls: None.

Three moments that mattered:

42′ — Cahill spins a shot off the iron — In the 42nd minute, the game was completely undecided. D.C. hadn’t scored just yet, and the Red Bulls had a magnificent chance to come away with the first scoring strike of the match. On the edge of the box, Henry swiveled around to his right and led Tim Cahill into the penalty area with a mediocre pass. The Australian star was able to collect the ball, but slightly off-balance, he couldn’t hit the sort of strike that he wanted. Still, it smacked right off the far post.

57′ — Silva gets the first — Halftime had finished up, and United threw themselves in front with a goal from Luis Silva. Part miscommunication between Luis Robles and his defense, as well as just wonderful play by D.C., this score arrived when Espindola directed a well-aimed header to Silva, while he sped past Ibrahim Sekagya, who appeared to let Silva break free. Then, the 25-year-old poked the ball through Robles and slotted his attempt into an open net.

90′ + 1′ — Johnson ends it — A great deal of credit for this goal goes to Perry Kitchen, who located Eddie Johnson trying to time his run behind the Red Bulls’ back line. Kitchen’s lobbed ball landed to the former Seattle Sounders man right side, and a quick cut back into the middle allowed the forward just enough space to chip above Robles into the bottom corner of frame. With that, any hopes for a New York comeback were ruined.


DC United: Hamid; Kemp, Birnbaum, Boswell, Franklin; Rolfe, Kitchen, Arnaud, DeLeon (Caskey 87′); Espindola (Jeffrey 85′), Silva (Johnson 66′).

New York Red Bulls: Robles; Miller, Olave, Sekagya (Sene 81′), Duvall (Alexander 63′); Oyongo, Cahill (Luyindula 90′), McCarty, Sam; Henry, Wright-Phillips.

Cisse arrested in sex tape investigation

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is embroiled in a bizarre investigation into the extortion of a sex tape.

The 34-year-old French striker has been arrested by French police who have confirmed that are investigating attempts to bribe another international footballer.

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Unconfirmed reports from France claim that the individual in question is France and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a former teammate of Cisse at both Marseille and with the French national team.

According to Reuters news agency, Cisse was questioned because he was familiar with the people involved and in total four individuals were arrested as it is alleged they plotted to ask for money from Valbuena for the sex tape to not be released. It is unclear if the tape is of Valbeuna and his partner Fanny Lafon, or if other individuals are involved.

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Cisse won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and scored 24 goals in 79 games during his three-year stay at Anfield until 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, while he is currently out of contract after being released by Ligue 1 side Bastia following nine goals in 41 appearances. Cisse is due to appear on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the coming months.

Further reports from France say that Cisse is expected to be “exonerated” and that the existence of the video is “not proven” at this point.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?