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Futbol Americas: Why do MLS clubs keep failing in CCL?
On Friday’s episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Sebastian react to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. The guys discuss why MLS teams keep failing to win the competition. Then, Herc and Sebi analyze Carli Lloyd’s five-goal extravaganza vs. Paraguay. Later, Jeff Carlisle joins the show to discuss the U.S. Soccer Federation's negotiations with USWNT and USMNT. Then, the conversation switches to Leagues Cup, where Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team to reach the competition’s final. Is this redemption for the MLS? Finally, the guys preview the Clásico Regio between Tigres and Monterrey. They go through the Top 5 moments in Clásico Regio history.
Has Lukaku Surpassed Harry Kane?
The FC crew discuss all the biggest matches to look forward to on the weekend, including a juicy matchup between Chelsea and Spurs where the panel discuss whether they would prefer to have Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane on their team at the moment. Also, Manchester United need a bounce back against West Ham after their mid-week UCL defeat, and Juventus face a tough test against AC Milan that might see them slip further back in the Serie A table.
ESPN Daily: The Fight for the Soul of Manchester United
When arguably the world’s most popular athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo, took the pitch this past weekend for arguably the world’s most popular soccer club, Manchester United, two truly global sports brands were reunited on the legendary pitch at Old Trafford. The same iconic stadium, that months earlier, was literally stormed by Man United supporters who were fighting against the globalization of the sport they love. Wright Thompson, who was there for Ronaldo’s return to the team he played for more than a decade ago, takes us inside the fight for the soul of Manchester United, and explains why it’s a battle that’s about much more than just a soccer club.
Barcelona At Rock Bottom?
The FC crew dive into Barcelona's struggles as of late and dissect whether Ronald Koeman has what it takes to guide the Catalan giants out of their current state of misery. Also, Antoine Griezmann feels the negativity from Atletico fans after making his return to his former club, and Declan Rice shines for West Ham in their Europa League match.
Gab and Juls: Can Liverpool Mount a PL Title Challenge?
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens break down Liverpool’s 3-2 victory against AC Milan in the Champions League and ask whether they still need added depth in midfield to truly challenge for the Premier League title this season. The guys also discuss the newly-formed Messi-Neymar-Mbappe frontline at PSG and why it didn't work so well in their first outing, Ronald Koeman’s future after Barcelona’s 3-0 defeat at home against Bayern Munich and Antoine Griezmann’s mixed reception following his return to the Wanda Metropolitano.
Caught Offside: The Champions League IS BACK!
There were dramatic upsets, thrilling comebacks, tons of goals... and also a nil-nil between Atletico and Porto. The boys look back on a memorable first two days in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League!