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Pop A Corona

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This slipped past me Friday night, as I was focused on the Toronto FC-Chicago match, but better late then never. Joe Corona nodded home the opener/winner as Tijuana maintained a slim Liga MX lead with a 2-0 win over Toluca. - Greg Seltzer

Flank Stakes

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The regulars here know I favor systems with wingers, and that I prefer to operate as one when playing myself. Obviously, I take this list very seriously.There is no perfect recipe for a flank attacker. Some prefer to cut in and look for goals, some are more traditional cross-heavy types who aim to reach the touchline and yet others are some blend of those two descriptions.

How does one say "Well, that's not right!" in German?

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As the Chicago were were flying out for Friday night's big game at Toronto FC, a lady spotted the players and asked if she could take a photo with them. Then, umm, she asked a nice young man standing nearby to snap the picture for her... oops! This poor lady asked for a picture with the @ChicagoFire players.

Top 5 MLS Spines

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Those of you who were here from the beginning may remember that (aside from the hello message) this was the exact topic of the very first NSC post. That was back in 2008, when Columbus ended up raising MLS Cup at season's end. Alejandro Moreno bagged the opener, Chad Marshall hit the winner and Guillermo Barros Schelotto made me look good by claiming the MVP prize for his three assist.

Lucky Number Seven

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Later, I will begin a week-long festival of MLS Top 5 Lists. For now, let's give a round of applause to FK Sarajevo winger Nermin Crnkić, who scored t to help his side reach the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup final with a win at Mladost Doboj Kakanj on Wednesday. It was his career-best seventh goal across all competitions this term.

Third time's a (historic) charm

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Okay... no more false alarms. This time, I confirmed with my eyeballs that Borussia Dortmund ace Christian Pulisic has truly, finally, actually notched his 10th assist of the campaign, at long last breaking Sacha Kljestan's record for helpers in a single European campaign. Check it... Marco Reus Goal HD - Borussia Dortmund 1 - 0.

And now for something potentially different...

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I have not been able to find every list of nominees yet, but this may be a first - a double first, in fact. Both Christian Pulisic and Cameron Carter-Vickers have been nominated for the Golden Boy award, which is a prize handed to Europe's best top division player under the age of 21 as voted on by a panel of writers from notable outlets across the continent.

Instant Mix

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New IFK Göteborg recruit Mix Diskerud opened his Allsvenskan account with a second half winner against IK Sirius on Sunday (beating another former MLS man, compatriot Josh Wicks, in the process). The win tentatively bumped the Angels into first place. - Greg Seltzer

Ri. Dic. U. Lous.

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I can't even. This is so highly unnecessary. I already explained why it would be utterly lame to share a World Cup bid with Mexico... and now we've lumped Canada in, as well. Well, the 2026 tourney is well set up to be yet another ass-pain for fans (though, admittedly, it would likely be much more irksome for Mexicand, Europeans and Asians than it will be for Americans and Canadians).

That's using your noggin.

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Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks nodded home his second of the term to open the scoring against Augsburg. The tally set the hosts on their way to a sorely needed win, as they had dropped four of five to slip out of the race for a Champions League berth. Today's points lift them back up to fifth place.

Once bitten, twice Lichaj

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First of all, forgive my sudden silence this week. We ran off for a couple days in Tallinn the same day of the train bombing in St. Petersburg - in fact, on our way to the bus terminal, we passed through the same station you may have seen on the news just a couple of hours before it was filled with smoke and wounded.

Please tell me this is an early prank.

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Otherwise, I don't get it. I mean, it seeeems like USL side Charlotte have signed Randy Moss (yes, that Randy Moss), but then I look at the date... yeah, this is weird. Do they need to sell tickets that bad or something? - Greg Seltzer

Your USMNT LIne-Up v Panama

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If my eyes do not deceive me, we get Ream in for Brooks (as some of you guessed), Zusi in for Cameron (oi vey) and Jones in for Lletget. So is this the same set as Friday, or does Jones slide Pulisic wide, giving us a 4-2-3-1 or an empty bucket? We shall see. Three points is nice, but how about we #Get3More?


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With all the missing regulars, am I being greedy to want a win in Panama? Four more players, including starting left center back John Anthony Brooks, have been released to their clubs. Only Paul Arriola has been added to the mix, so the USMNT now has 23 guys available for selection on Tuesday. You may know them as.

Your USMNT Line-Up v. Honduras

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With one exception, the USMNT eleven I prescribed are starting tonight's key World Cup qualifier. Of course, we'll need to wait to identify the shape and where Lletget/Nagbe are fielded... Meanwhile, stars from all across the sports spectrum are showing mad love and support for the team tonight. Sending my best to @ussoccer as they face Honduras tonight.