MLS week 24: New York dominance, Portland’s streak snapped

After a long delay (I’m looking at you World Cup), we’re back with our weekly roundup of Major League Soccer action. While we’ve been gone, the Vancouver Whitecaps have sold their best (and arguably Canada’s) player to Bayern Munich. Ezequiel Barco has found himself on the outs for untold reasons despite plenty of rumours, Patrick…

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South Korea 2002 and birthday cake for breakfast

It was my first World Cup. I’ll remember the Fevernova (the golden ball that a friend and I nearly ruined in his backyard), South Korean players celebrating, David Seaman’s tears, and having the final score ruined for me and my dad. I had no idea of the importance: in both the emerging Asian markets which…

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Cascadia: representing North America at ‘the other World Cup’

What does a primary school teacher, a former Major League Soccer star-turned-executive, and a region stretching from Canada and down the west coast of the United States all have in common? They make up Cascadia – a team comprised of footballers representing an area of North America which stretches from Canada’s province of British Columbia…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW1 – Portugal vs. Spain, Iran vs. Morocco, Uruguay vs. Egypt

After a dull opening match, we were treated to far more entertaining play and a healthy dose of late heartbreak. Mohamed Salah started on the bench for Egypt (taking some of the drama out of the match), Iran stole a shocking win and Ronaldo ran rampant. If Thursday’s highlight was Robbie Williams, today’s was the…

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This is Peru

Last to qualify and the longest wait: it took a controversial draw against Colombia and a 2-0 win over New Zealand for Peru to qualify for their first World Cup in 36 years. The moment was greeted by a national holiday and dancing in the streets. As Peru prepares for action against France, Australia, and…

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