Thursday, April 23, 2015

Real Edge Atlético, Juventus Advance, Adam Johnson Charged, More Milan, Montreal Draw at The Azteca, Soccer in New York

Well, hello there. The Final Four of the Champions League is set. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and Bayern Munich are the last clubs standing. The draw is tomorrow, with the first legs set to go down on May 5 and 6. Let's do it:

Real Madrid 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid: Sid Lowe at the Bernabéu
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid: Sid Lowe at the Bernabéu II
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid: Three Things We Learned
Monaco 0 - 0 Juventus: Dominic Fifield at Stade Louis II
Monaco 0 - 0 Juventus: Three Thoughts
Monaco 0 - 0 Juventus: Three Things We Learned

They are also attempting to narrow the field in the Europa League down to four today. Here's what to watch for in Europe's second-best club competition.

AC Milan. Internazionale Milan. Two powerhouses not competing in the Champions League. Two powerhouses who will not compete in the Champions League next season, either. Here's the question: With the Milan clubs stranded in Serie A’s unfashionable midriff, will the derby take on added meaning, turn nastier and leave fans fighting for city pride?

Neymar & Nadal

How about this for MLS? Frankie Klopas and his boys from Montreal went down to the Azteca for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final and left with an away goal and a 1-1 draw. They could've won it, too. The return leg is next Wednesday in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium. The match is already sold out. Impact de Montréal, indeed!

Oh, dear. Adam Johnson was arrested back in March, and he's now been charged. Three counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Not good. Not good at all.

New York. The center of the Free World. And now home to tons and tons of soccer. The Guardian's Graham Parker attempted to get a handle on things this past weekend. Here's his take: The glut of live soccer options is a recent phenomenon, and this past weekend Graham Parker waded into the city’s most crowded schedule yet – four days, three teams, four matches. His takeaway? The competing visions for the future of the New York soccer scene still need to coalesce into something more substantial.

Listen. It's difficult to defend. We get that. Here's an excellent piece on why that's the case, featuring...Porto!

The Special One. José Mourinho. Jonathan Wilson takes a look at the man who learned his craft at Barcelona, but sets his sides up to play in a far different manner.

And finally...Tottenham are considering building a stadium that they can share with an NFL team.



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