Sunday, July 2, 2017

San Antonio FC Ties Sacramento Republic FC

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San Antonio FC bounced back from its first loss of the season by tying Sacramento Republic FC. It was forward AJ Ajeakwa’s goal in the 31st minute that evened things at 1-1 tie Saturday against Sacramento Republic FC in a United Soccer League match before 11,569 at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, California. It was off a pass from midfielder Kris Tyrpak. Tyrpak was able to slipped pass behind the Sacramento that Ajeakwa, who nearly stumbled on the play, put to the left post past Sacramento goalkeeper Evan Newton.

San Antonio FC improved to 10-1-5 (35 points) and is now in second place in the USL Western Conference, only two points behind Real Monarchs SLC (12-2-1, 37 points), which lost to the Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-0 on Saturday.

Sacramento made the first goal when Emrah Klimenta ran onto a pass from Danny Barrera and put a shot inside the right post past San Antonio FC goalkeeper Lee Johnston.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo Forbes' Best-paid Athletes

Cristiano Ronaldo, Forbes' Best-paid Athletes

Portuguese soccer phenom Cristiano Ronaldo is the Forbes' world's highest paid athletes in 2017 for the second straight year. He was able to garner $93 million in salary and endorsement income. In second place is basketball star LeBron James, who took home $86.2 million and the 3rd spot belong to Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, who received $80 million.

Before Ronaldo became the best-paid athlete, the title had belonged to either golfer Tiger Woods or boxer Floyd Mayweather for 15 straight years.

Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid, which recently became the first club in nearly 30 years to win the Champions League,  Europe's biggest soccer prize, in back-to-back seasons. According to media reports in Europe,  Real Madrid may receive offers of 180 million Euros ($202 million) for the forward, who is due to play Friday in a World Cup qualifying match between Portugal and Latvia.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ghanaian Sulley Muntari Says 2018 World Cup will "bring peace"

Ghanaian Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari of Ghana, who plays for Pescara in Italy's Serie A, wants to see change from FIFA and UEFA, he said they should provide more support for players who have been racially abused.

Muntari was suspended last month when he receive his second yellow card for leaving the pitch in a match at Cagliari. Though the decision was later overturned, it exemplified the limitations put on racially abused players like Muntari who appealed to the referee to take action before taking matters into his own hands.

"I am pleading to FIFA, UEFA, whoever, (to) look into things like this, because, most (players) get abused but they can't say anything," Muntari told CNN

In Bahrain, the FIFA Council "expressed its concern at recent high-profile incidents of racism and emphasized that member associations and referees should be ready to adopt a strict policy to deal with incidents of racist nature.

It's not just the level of support offered by the football authorities that has been troubling Muntari, who reveals that he received little support from his own Pescara teammates during and after the match.

"No one said anything and I wasn't expecting anybody to say anything," the 32-year-old says. "I look at certain things, I get really angry with them. Because your teammates are your family, (whether) you like it or not.

"You see them every day and for them to turn their back on you was something not very pleasant."
Muntari approached a section of the stands where he says he heard racial chants, and offered his jersey to a young fan as a symbolic gesture before storming off the pitch with just minutes left to play.

Match officials in Italy are required to temporarily stop play and issue warnings to put a curb on racist behavior. Muntari says the fourth official confirmed he heard abuse from a section of the crowd, but tthe second yellow card left him "feeling like a criminal."

"I think it is a good thing that Russia is going to host the next World Cup," said Muntari.
"They will show that maybe all Russians aren't racist. The world will see another part of Russia, and Russia will see another part of the world. They will mingle with different kinds of people, different kinds of states."

"FIFA has done well, because you can't run from your problems. You have to tackle (them)," he says.
"I have no doubt that the World Cup there is going to be amazing, and is going to bring a lot of people together, and peace."

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Highest Paid Players in MLS 2017 Kaka On Top

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Orlando City captain Kaka is still the highest-paid player in MLS for a third straight season, this  according to figures released Tuesday by the MLS Players Union. He has $7.168 in guaranteed compensation topping Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco $7.116 million.

The report also stated that Chicago Fire newcomer Bastian Schweinsteiger is being paid $5.4 million for this season, while Atlanta United spent over $3 million combined for the DP tandem of Miguel Almiron and Josef Martineznot including their transfer fees.

Michael Bradley remains the highest-paid American in the league, with a $6.5 million salary.

Here is the full list of the top 50 Highest Paid Players in MLS 2017:

1. Orlando City MF Kaka (Brazil): $7.168 million
2. Toronto FC MF Sebastian Giovinco (Italy): $7.116 million
3. Toronto FC MF Michael Bradley (U.S.): $6.5 million
4. New York City FC MF Andrea Pirlo (Italy): $5.915 million
5. New York City FC F David Villa (Spain): $5.61 million
6. Los Angeles Galaxy F Giovani Dos Santos (Mexico): $5.5 million
7. Chicago Fire MF Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany): $5.4 million
8. Toronto FC F Jozy Altidore (U.S.): $4.875 million
9. Seattle Sounders F Clint Dempsey (U.S.): $3.892 million
10. Portland Timbers MF Diego Valeri (Argentina): $2.607 million
11. Colorado Rapids GK Tim Howard (U.S.): $2.475 million
12. Atlanta United MF Miguel Almiron (Paraguay): $2.297 million
13. New York City FC MF Maxi Moralez (Argentina): $2 million
14. Los Angeles Galaxy MF Romain Alessandrini (France): $1.999 million
15. Real Salt Lake F Yura Movsisyan (Armenia): $1.973 million
16. Chicago Fire F Nemanja Nikolic (Hungary): $1.906 million
17. Vancouver Whitecaps F Fredy Montero (Colombia): $1.8 million
18. Seattle Sounders MF Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay): $1.743 million
19. Portland Timbers F Fanendo Adi (Nigeria): $1.736 million
20. Colorado Rapids F Shkelzen Gashi (Albania): $1.668 million
21. New York Red Bulls F Bradley Wright-Phillips (England): $1.635 million
22. Philadelphia Union MF Alejandro Bedoya (U.S.): $1.197 million
23. Seattle Sounders MF Osvaldo Alonso (Cuba): $1.141 million
24. Portland Timbers MF Sebastian Blanco (Argentina): $1.075 million
25. Columbus Crew MF Federico Higuain (Argentina): $1.05 million
26. Colorado Rapids F Kevin Doyle (Ireland): $1.045 million
27. Atlanta United F Josef Martinez (Venezuela): $1.041 million
28. Portland Timbers F Lucas Melano (Argentina): $1.010 million
29. New England Revolution MF Xavier Kouassi (Ivory Coast): $891,000
30. Vancouver Whitecaps MF Matias Laba (Argentina): $886,000
31. Real Salt Lake MF Albert Rusnak (Czech Republic): $883,000
32. FC Dallas MF Mauro Diaz (Argentina): $881,000
33. Sporting Kansas City MF Roger Espinoza (Honduras): $850,000
34. Orlando City MF Antonio Nocerino (Italy): $850,000
35. Columbus Crew D Jonathan Mensah (Ghana): $844,000
36. Real Salt Lake MF Kyle Beckerman (U.S.): $825,000
37. Chicago Fire F David Accam (Ghana): $821,000
38. Philadelphia Union MF Maurice Edu (U.S.): $819,000
39. New England Revolution F Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone): $800,000
40. San Jose Earthquakes F Chris Wondolowski (U.S.): $800,000
41. San Jose Earthquakes F Simon Dawkins (England): $800,000
42. New York Red Bulls MF Sacha Kljestan (U.S.): $788,000
43. Orlando City F Giles Barnes (Jamaica): $781,000
44. FC Dallas MF Roland Lamah (Ivory Coast): $774,000
45. New York City FC MF Mix Diskerud (U.S.), on loan in Sweden: $773,000
46. Atlanta United F Hector Villalba (Argentina): $771,000
47. Sporting Kansas City D Matt Besler (U.S.): $758,000
48. Sporting Kansas City D Graham Zusi (U.S.): $757,000
49. FC Dallas MF Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador): $732,000
50. Atlanta United MF Carlos Carmona (Chile): $725,000

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Glitch

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If you keep on losing on FIFA 17 there's a trick to end your losing streak. One gamer found out that if you forfeit a match before kick off the game no longer registers this as a loss. He posted it on Twitter below:

Some commenters said that it's been going on for a few weeks now. Only works though from opponents kick off, so they have to pause it before the kick off is taken. And that it is no concentrated on  the Weekend League but a game-wide issue. EA will soon release a patch to fix this glitch so take advantage while you can.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Africa Cup of Nations: Cameroon Wins over Egypt 2-1

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Vincent Aboubakar late goal gave Cameroon their first African title since 2002. Despite many of their top stars boycotting the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon have shocked the continent to win the title, defeating Egypt 2-1 on Sunday. Two substitutes were critic for their win, with Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubacar finding the back of the net in the second half.

Egypt lineup: El Hadary, Fathy, Hegazi, Gabr, Elmohamady, Hamed, Elneny, El Said, Trezeguet (Sobhi 66’), Warda, Salah

Goals: Elneny (22’)

Cameroon lineup: Ondoa, Oyongo, Teikeu (Nkoulou 31’), Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Fai, Siani, Djoum, Moukandjo, Zoua (Mandjeck 90’), Bassogog, Tambe (Aboubacar 46’)

Goals: NKoulou (59’), Aboubakar (88’)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FIFA's Men's Player of the Year 2016: Ronaldo

The Best FIFA Football Awards, Ronaldo

The Best FIFA Football Awards, Ronaldo

ZURICH - Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the FIFA's player of the year award, which is his fourth, he topped his old rival Lionel Messi who was pulled out of the ceremony only a few hours earlier by his club Barcelona.

Italian Claudio Ranieri won the coach of the year award for leading rank outsiders Leicester City to the English Premier League title.

Ronaldo was rewarded for his performance in 2016 when he won the Champions League with his club Real Madrid and then Euro 2016 with Portugal. Five-times winner and four-times runner-up Messi was second and Frenchman Antoine Griezmann third.

Barcelona said that Wednesday's game against Athletic Bilbao would take priority over the ceremony and that none of their invited players would travel, which disappointed Ronaldo.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Real Madrid in 2016, plus 3 more for Portugal during their run to the Euro 2016 championship, and a further ten in World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies for his country. 48 goals in 1 year is an impressive feat that not a figure that many players can reach, and the fact that Ronaldo reached it during a time when many observers feel he’s starting to slow down is even more impressive.

U.S. Carli Lloyd won the women's player of the year award for the second year in a row.

Mohd Faiz Subri, of Malaysian Super League side Penang, won the goal of the year award for a 35-metre free kick in which the ball dipped and swung in a bewildering fashion to leave the goalkeeper stranded.