Perennial Deadspin punching bag Benfica did the first thing worthy of our praise in years today early in its match against GD Chaves when Jonas sliced in a half-volley to open the scoring:
The U-12 Prospects Cup is underway right now on our corporate parent Univision Deportes, and the tournament that matches U.S. academy teams against some of the world’s most famous squads has been full of highlights from the next generation of soccer’s best.
Borussia Dortmund claimed a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim today when Christian Pulisic juggled his way past Oliver Baumann in the 89th minute to score yet another game-winner for his side, keeping them in third place in the Bundesliga.
A 67th-minute Jozy Altidore goal led Toronto to a 2-0 win over Seattle that earned his team its first-ever MLS championship and avenged last year’s MLS title match loss to the Sounders.
Danny Dubidat plays for Alvechurch FC, way down in the “Northern Premier League Division One South,” which is level eight on the massive English soccer pyramid. No matter where you are, though, anyone can get a shot at glory.
This is literally the only sporting event on right now.
Via reader Scott, here’s Ashland’s Cameron Mendel landing a late equalizer against Tiffin with some very fortunate placement:
Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata notched a hat trick in the Blues’ 4-0 dismantling of Stoke City yesterday, continuing to prove why he was one of the most sought-after signings of the summer. Morata’s goals at the Britannia Stadium weren’t stunners, but each was a beautiful showcase of skill and finesse. Here’s the first…
Two weeks ago, we pled with Manchester City to free Leroy Sané. The Belgian was certainly liberated today as he provided his side a 1-0 lead on Crystal Palace with a marvelous demonstration of ball control—with a little help from the defender’s head.
Kemar Lawrence’s free kick left Mexican keeper Jose Corona dumbfounded as the 88th-minute goal put the New York Red Bull and his Jamaica side past Mexico and into a Gold Cup final matchup with the United States.
Denver Outlaws goalie Jack Kelly intercepted a pass with just five seconds left in the third quarter. So he did what anyone would do in that situation: He flung it as hard as it could at the other goal, hoping for a miracle. He got one.
Clint Dempsey silenced a Portland crowd—briefly, before they picked up a chant telling him to fuck himself—with a stoppage-time goal that earned his Seattle Sounders a 2-2 draw in their rivalry matchup against the Timbers.
Ola Toivonen took advantage of a Hugo Lloris blunder as the Swedish striker (who plays in Ligue 1) hammered in a strike from midfield while the French keeper scrambled, and failed, to stop it as the clock expired on stoppage time at Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Olivier Giroud is no stranger to magnificent goals, and his half-volley bender to put his France side up 1-0 on Sweden today ranks up there with the best of them. (Perhaps in shock, the Frenchmen surrendered a Jimmy Durmaz equalizer minutes later.)
Mario Mandžukić’s overhead stunner came off a series of volleyed passes to draw Juventus even with Real Madrid in the first half of today’s Champions League final; this one absolutely must be heard with the Fox Deportes commentary, because it is manic commentating done to perfection.
An outstanding display of Barça teamwork was met three minutes later by a golazo free kick by Theo in the first half of today’s Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Alavés.
Anaheim thwarted Nashville’s OT-forcing comeback and ended the Predators’ home playoff win streak when Corey Perry’s drive went off PK Subban’s stick and ended up past Pekka Rinne 10:25 into the additional period, giving the Ducks a 3-2 win and leveling the Western Conference final at two games each.
Raúl Ruidíaz’s goal in the 91st minute gave Morelia a 2-1 win over Monterrey and achieved an astounding feat for his team: it not only put Morelia into the Liga MX playoffs, but saved the club from relegation.
Brazil’s Rodrigo hammered home this lovely golazo in the first period of his side’s match against Italy at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Think soccer is OK, but wish it had more scoring and impossible athleticism? Try fútbol playa.