AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has become a sort of accidental hero for his emotional, impromptu and gutsy stand against racism on Thursday, has spoken now about his moment.
In a terrific interview on CNN, Pedro Pinto spoke to the Milan star about his decision to walk off the field Thursday, after he and some of his black teammates were the targets of racial abuse during a friendly against Italian lower division club Pro Patria.
In the interview Boateng (pictured, right, as he leaves the field Thursday) says he has been heartened to hear voices of support from high places in his club. He also encouraged other players to take similar stands when confronted by this kind of ugliness.
The best part of the interview came as Pinto asked the Ghanaian international to describe his feelings at the moment he picked up the soccer ball, kicked it angrily toward a group of supporters and then marched off the field:
That’s difficult to answer. There were so many emotions. I was angry. I was sad. I was disappointed. Then, this all came together, and I said, ‘I am not going to play anymore. I don’t want to play in a crowd that is doing things like this, or in a crowd like this.’ There are so many negative emotions.
“I was surprised, in the time we are living now in 2013, still these things come up, and still we have to fight against these things or hear these things.”
The complete interview from CNN is here:
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie was injured in the Bundesliga game against Bayern Munich and had to be helped leaving the pitch on Saturday.
The 20-year-old American received an unintentional kick in the leg from James Rodriguez as he won possession from the Colombian star. While the free kick was awarded, McKennie was unable to continue and he was replaced by Nabil Bentaleb in the 54th minute.
Bayern was leading 1-0 at the time.
McKennie, who has six appearances for the United States, missed Schalke’s defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach last weekend after returning from international duty with a bruised knee from the Americans’ 1-0 win over Mexico in a friendly.
McKennie has made 26 league appearances for Schalke.
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jess McDonald scored two goals and the North Carolina Courage won the National Women’s Soccer League championship with a 3-0 victory over the Portland Thorns on Saturday.
The victory was a bit of revenge for the Courage, who lost 1-0 to the Thorns in last year’s title match.
The Courage (17-1-6) won the league’s Supporters’ Shield for best record and never dropped a game on the road. The team also set NWSL records this season for the most wins, points and goals.
The match was played before a sellout crowd of 21,144 at Portland’s Providence Park. That was a record for the final of a women’s pro league championship in the United States.
Brazilian Debinha scored on a header in the 13th minute, and McDonald followed with her own in the 40th. Shortly thereafter, Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch appeared to teak her ankle, but she returned for the second half.
Portland came out energized in the second half, but Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland denied a Tobin Heath blast in the 55th minute.
McDonald struck again with a header in the 64th minute that Franch got a hand on but couldn’t stop.
McDonald, a 30-year-old vet who has played for five teams in six years, led the league with eight assists in the regular season. She has three goals in the postseason.
“It feels absolutely amazing. This is what we worked so hard for,” McDonald said. “Every single minute, every single day that we put work into – it counted today,” McDonald said.
Atlanta United could take another massive step toward the 2018 Supporters’ Shield with a home win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday, despite New York Red Bulls’ victory over Toronto FC in the day’s earlier game.
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The Five Stripes entered the day with a four-point lead on the Red Bulls (it has since been reduced to one) with five games left to play (four for RBNY). RSL, on the other hand, are riding a four-game unbeaten run and have lost just twice in the last 12 times out. That run has seen them rise from near the bottom of the Western Conference to fifth place, five points clear of the playoff cut line.
In the Eastern Conference, the story of the last month has been New York City FC’s slide: five games without a win, and just one win in their last eight games. Domenec Torrent enjoyed a strong start after taking over for Patrick Vieira, but everything has turned sour in the last six weeks. From Shield contenders, to just another member of the chasing pack. Their opponents, Montreal Impact, are currently clutching the East’s sixth and final playoff place, thought D.C. United have cut the gap to just four points with a game in hand.
Today’s MLS results
Los Angeles FC 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC — underway
Tonight’s full MLS schedule
Atlanta United vs. Real Salt Lake — 7 p.m. ET
Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC — 7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus Crew SC vs. Colorado Rapids — 7:30 p.m. ET
New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire — 7:30 p.m. ET
Orlando City SC vs. Houston Dynamo — 7:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota United vs. Portland Timbers — 8 p.m. ET
Sunday’s MLS schedule
Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City — 1 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders — 7 p.m. ET
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas — 7 p.m. ET