Kei’s the limit as Kamara leads Norwich past Everton

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What’s good news for Canaries fans is bad news for Sporting supporters. That’s the unique relationship that’s been forged with Kei Kamara’s loan deal to Norwich City. The better he does, the less likely he is to return to MLS’s Eastern Conference champions.

After today’s performance against Everton, you have to think Kamara’s chances of playing in Major League Soccer this season are approaching slim, closing in on none. Coming off the bench with the Canaries down one, Kamara hammered home what the television analyst described as one of the best headed goals he’s seen this season. In stoppage time, Kamara played a key part in Grant Holt’s late winner. As a result, Norwich took all three points from Everton, 2-1.

The first goal will be what people remember, with Kamara losing Everton marker Marouane Fellaini as a corner came in from the left. Near the penalty spot, Kamara perfectly hits the ball down toward Tim Howard’s line, putting too much power behind the shot to give the Everton keeper a chance.

Take a look (courtesy FOX Soccer, of course):

On the winner, Norwich targets Kamara twice before finally reaping the rewards, with Grant Holt giving the Canaries the mild upset of Everton:

Even in the brief spells we get in from highlights, you can see why Kamara is such a fit for Norwich. It’s not that he’s big – there are a lot of big players in England. It’s not that he’s strong or he’s willing do battle. He’s all that plus somebody that bring a degree of speed and athleticism that you don’t see in many Premier League target men.

It’s unlikely he’ll be that successful in the Premier League, but for a team like Norwich, he can be a valuable part. As Everton found out today.

And after his goal at Carrow Road, Kamara is the first Sierra Leonean to score in the Premier League. Another huge plus on a special day for Kamara.

Excuse the headline. I couldn’t resist – sorry.

2 Robbies: Manchester Derby, Liverpool win, draws for Chelsea, Arsenal

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle look back at a defining derby match between Man City and Man United (00:30), Liverpool’s comfortable win against Fulham (25:45), the stalemate between Chelsea and Everton (31:30) and a hard fought match between Arsenal and Wolves (41:30).

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MLS Best XI unveiled with awesome foosball video

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Major League Soccer, wow, this is terrific #content.

MLS released its Best XI on Monday with a dynamite video of the players passing the ball from Zack Steffen in goal to Josef Martinez up top… via a virtual foosball table.

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The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.

My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.

2018 MLS Best XI

Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)

Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)

Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Josef Martinez (Atlanta), Wayne Rooney (DC)

WATCH: Striker scores potentially unprecedented goal while helping teammate

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“Look, I know you’re injured, but I’m gonna be right back. Got a goal to score for us.”

Maccabi Petah Tikva forward Habib Habibou scored what can only be described as an unprecedented goal — at least in terms of being captured on video — Israel this weekend.

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Habibou, 31, and his club were locked in scoreless tussle with Maccabi Netanya on Saturday when one of his teammates was injured in the box.

The CAR striker, formerly of Zulte Waregem and Royal Charleroi, was taking care of said teammate when he spotted an 87th minute spilled rebound.

What was he gonna do, really, other than dart onto the loose ball, score the match-winner, and then return to his ailing mate?

Petah Tikva won 1-0.

Juventus executive: Bring season Serie A game abroad

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Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci likes La Liga’s idea of taking a regular season match outside of its domestic borders.

Ricci would like Serie A to explore a similar move, saying Italian soccer can only benefit from putting its brand in other markets.

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Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.

Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:

“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”

Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.