The soccer news starts with UEFA holding the draw for the 2016-17 Champions League quarterfinals. The highlight series is Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, the kind of super club match-up the Champions League covets. Well, maybe a stage closer to the final. As a quarterfinal, it means losing one of the favorites earlier than expected.
Depending on where you rate Serie A, Juventus vs Barcelona is either the co-headliner or second on the bill. The best team in Serie A might not be saying all that much in comparison to the top of the La Liga table. There's plenty of talk about reviving Milan and Inter Milan, but right now Juventus is Italian club soccer. They exited in the round of 16 last year, a victim of the draw that paired them with Bayern. Barcelona dropped out in the next round to Atletico, setting up that Madrid derby Champions League final.
For USMNT fans, Christian Pulisic gets an opportunity in the quarterfinals in the Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco series. Monaco is coming off their surprise win over Manchester City, with Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel undoubtedly paying close attention to what City tried and failed to do over the first-half of the second-leg.
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City favors last year's finalist. Anybody hoping for the story wants to see Leicester City continue on in the tournament. It's almost a working critique of modern soccer to see a team struggling in their domestic league take out the top clubs in Europe.
SI.com's Jonathan Wilson predicts who will advance in the Champions League. The Guardian's Jamie Jackson on the aftermath of Manchester City losing to Monaco. On Medium, Jacopo Piotto explains what's happening with Milan. What a Howler's Jeb Brovsky explains issues with how to use advanced stats in soccer.
Goal.com's Ives Galarcep's look at the USMNT roster for the March World Cup qualifiers. ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle explains how player scouting has changed quickly in MLS. Writing for The Chicago Tribune, Will Leitch compares the quick success of Atlanta United with the problems facing the Chicago Fire. Paste's David Rudin looks at a perception issue with the push for promotion and relegation in American soccer.
It's been 2 games 🤔. Let the kid play guys. Time to move on. They are also undefeated so I'd say he's been just fine. https://t.co/HFTIKQ1mGJ— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) March 16, 2017
Honduras beat Nicaragua 2-0 in an out of window friendly at the Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula. Carlos Discua scored in the 11th minute with Erick Andino doubling the lead in the 71st. Staying in CONCACAF, Wired 868's Lasana Liburd describes leadership issues with the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association. Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald reports on issues with the TV rights for Trinidad & Tobago World Cup qualifiers.
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