Happy Wednesday, soccer fans. Good news, we get more Champions League today! We’ve got all the stories & updates for the United States Men’s & Women’s National Teams to get you ready.
Man of the Match
Christian Pulisic was awarded man of the match on Tuesday as Chelsea defeated FC Porto in the UCL Quarterfinals. After struggling to get playing time and dealing with injuries, it seems as though Pulisic has turned a corner.
Christian Pulisic was today's player of the match vs. Porto pic.twitter.com/IP6qSax2P7— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) April 13, 2021
If you can’t beat him, foul him
Pulisic was fouled a total 11 times by FC Porto in Tuesday’s match. This is the most since Lionel Messi vs Real Madrid in 2011.
Christian Pulisic was fouled 11 times against Porto.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 13, 2021
The most in the UCL since Lionel Messi vs. Real Madrid in 2011. pic.twitter.com/Wcih96cDD7
VIDEO: Pulisic vs FC Porto - All Touches
USMNT star Pulisic makes ‘not easy’ admission
It’s been a tough year so far, but Pulisic says he’s “feeling very good” after four goals in four matches heading into yesterday’s UCL match.
Judge grants USWNT unequal working conditions settlement
This settlement paves the way for United States Women’s National Team players to appeal their unequal pay claims. The partial agreement focuses on working conditions including charter flights, venue selection, support staff, and hotel accommodations.
The USWNT’s fight is with FIFA
US Soccer and the USWNT came to an agreement, but this article claims the real fight may lie with FIFA. They want a bigger share of prize money from qualifiers and the World Cup, which come from FIFA.
Gold Cup in Sin City
Concacaf announced yesterday that the 2021 Gold Cup Final will be played in Las Vegas. It’s the 60th anniversary of the tournament and will be the first time Vegas will host. The match will be played in the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders indoor stadium.
Wood is leaving Hamburg SV early
Hamburg SV is releasing Bobby Wood from his contract early. He’s going to Denmark to be with his wife for the birth of his child before heading to the US to join Real Salt Lake. Wood was supposed to finish out the 2. Bundesliga season, which ends on May 23rd.
VIDEO: Duane Holmes picked up an assist for Huddersfield in their 2-1 loss vs Bournemouth on Tuesday. Cameron Carter-Vickers played all 90 minutes for Bournemouth.
Daryl Dike joined the Men In Blazers this week. The full interview is below.
ICYMI: FULL INTERVIEW w/ @DarylDike, @OrlandoCitySC's first round pick from @UVAMenSoccer on loan at @BarnsleyFC. Daryl's goals have propelled Barnsley's promotion push and earned him @USMNT caps. He talks to Rog about his journey so far and vision of the future @NBCSportsSoccer pic.twitter.com/ZcqVOT5SKB— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) April 13, 2021
EPB’s club denied license for next season
Austria Wien has been denied an Austrian Bundesliga license for 2021/2022 because of financial issues. As a Manchester City player on loan, it wasn’t clear if Erik Palmer-Brown would be there next season anyway.
Vlatko says Morgan has regained her sharpness
Alex Morgan scored a goal and earned a penalty kick in the USWNT 2-0 win over France on Tuesday.
Will Messi finish his career in MLS?
ESPN thinks this is something the FC Barcelona legend has always wanted to do.