Many times I’ll have a newsy lead-in to a links post. Not this time.
Just an awesome goal.
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— First off, here’s audio from the 911 call from the night before the Hope Solo–Jerramy Stevens wedding.
— Here is a CCL preview from the Tigres UANL perspective.
— Sounds like things are status quo with Obafemi Martins. He’s still with Levante UD, which kicks off UEFA Europa League Round of 16 action versus Russia’s Rubin Kazan on Thursday.
— Fredy Montero and Millonarios earned a much-needed Copa Libertadores win Tuesday.
— Here’s another very fun read on Marcus Hahnemann. There can’t be enough stories on this guy.
— MLSsoccer.com broke down Montreal’s lone goal against the Sounders on opening day. “It was sort of like everybody was at sixes and sevens on that play,” coach Sigi Schmid said after the game. After a closer look, that was a great way to describe it.
— Houston got off to a strong start against Mexico’s Santos Laguna, winning the first leg 1-0 at home, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Here were the highlights.
— Around the league, looks like Mike Fucito is the latest San Jose forward to get injured, Toronto FC is apparently closing in on an Argentine forward, Chivas USA signed a couple more guys, and Kaka and Kansas City?
— Looks like PRO, the referee organization, will be breaking down key plays through the season. Interesting.
— As part of a larger package, SI.com recently ranked its top 10 most powerful people in soccer. One international soccer position also showed up on the list for the least powerful sports people worldwide.
— The U.S. women got off to a strong start in the Algarve Cup (3-0 win over Iceland) and Abby Wambach moved closer to Mia Hamm‘s scoring record. Here’s a video from the two women on that pursuit, and here’s a look at Wambach’s 154 career goals (four more to tie Hamm).
— Here’s a look at the worry that is the USMNT defense.
— Not encouraging news out of Nigeria.
— Lastly, I try to delay things like UEFA Champions League updates for those who might be recording them. So while I’ll ignore Wednesday’s results, you have to check out the reaction in England to the controversial Real Madrid-Manchester United series Tuesday. Highlights here.