USWNT Stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris Announce Engagement

?Two of the most important players on the ?United States women’s national soccer team are starting off the imminent World Cup campaign in the best way possible: by tying the knot.

Defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris have announced their engagement via People Magazine.

??Not only are both members of the couple starts for their country, they play together for the Orlando Pride of the NWSL. Both of them are in the middle of career years, and somehow found a way to make things even sweeter.

Krieger offers versatility as a right back and center back for club and ?country. The reason Orlando’s backline is so tough to break down is largely due to her veteran leadership. The Penn State grad has 98 caps for the Stars and Stripes.

??Harris has emerged as the best option between the sticks ever since the retirement of Hope Solo. With terrific reactions and skill with her feet, the 33-year-old Harris looks like a player entering her prime rather than declining near the end of her career. She has 20 international caps to her name since her US debut in 2013.

??It’s hard for a goalie and a defender to have better chemistry than Krieger and Harris. 

Hopefully, #Krashlyn puts a 2019 World Cup trophy on their registry.

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10 of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Greatest Champions League Moments

?Different club, same outcome.

Cristiano Ronaldo did it yet again in the Champions League this week, with the Juventus superstar further cementing his place as arguably the greatest player of all time.

Here’s a look at 10 of his best Champions League moments…


Breakout vs Roma (2007)

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As hard as it may be to believe now, it wasn’t actually until his fourth season at Manchester United that Ronaldo scored his first Champions League goal (excluding qualifiers).

But it was a spectacular Old Trafford night when it eventually did come in April 2007, with Ronaldo scoring twice as United hammered Roma 7-1 in the quarter final second leg.

This was Ronaldo’s breakout season with United – the first of his career that yielded more than 20 goals – and the offered the first true signs of the level he would go on to reach.


First Glory (2008)

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Ronaldo scored eight Champions League goals during the 2007/08 campaign as United lifted the trophy, including a masterful free-kick against former club Sporting CP in the group stage and a bullet header against Roma in the quarter finals.

He scored his 42nd and final goal of the season in the final against Chelsea, rising highest in the Moscow penalty area to head in. He later missed his kick in the penalty shootout, but United prevailed in the end and Ronaldo was a European champion for the first time.


Arsenal Brace (2009)

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A Ronaldo brace against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the semi final second leg in 2009 sealed United’s place in a second successive Champions League final. Both goals were very different, but each was still uniquely ‘Ronaldo’ in their own way.

The first was an audacious free-kick that he had no right to score from. The second was a breakaway, a move which he started and then sprinted most of the length of the field to finish.


La Decima (2014)

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The 2014 Champions League final was special for many reasons. Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico to seal the elusive Decima – their 10th European title, while Ronaldo’s 120th minute penalty was his 17th goal of the competition that season, an incredible tally that is still a Champions League record.

Additionally, it was Ronaldo’s second Champions League title after his earlier success with United, further feeding his unquenchable desire for glory and adulation.


Penalty Hero (2016)

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Ronaldo endured a tough few months during the 2015/16 season. He appeared to criticise his Real teammates after a derby loss to Atletico in February and was booed by his own fans a month later. He also drew blanks in the Champions League semi final and final.

Ronaldo had actually scored 16 goals in the competition that season – close to matching his own record. But, unable to score in the final against Atletico, he was still able to claim the glory when he converted Real’s fifth and final penalty in the shootout. Title number three.


Five vs Bayern (2017)

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En-route to winning the Champions League again in 2016/17, Ronaldo put Bayern Munich to the sword in lethal fashion in that season’s quarter finals, responsible for as many five of the goals Real scored against the Germans in the 6-3 aggregate win himself.

As if that wasn’t enough, the first leg against Bayern also yielded his 100th goal in European club competition, the first player in history to reach a century. He achieved the milestone in 143 appearances, scoring the second 50 goals in only 47 games.


Retaining the Title (2017)

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After killing off Bayern in the 2016/17 quarter finals, Ronaldo then scored a hat-trick against perennial foes Atletico in the first leg of Real’s semi final that season, a result which virtually put the tie to bed after only one game.

Ronaldo then scored twice more in the final against Juventus as Real cruised to a 4-1 victory and became the first club to successfully retain the Champions League in the post-1992 era. They were also Ronaldo’s first two open play goals in a Champions League final since 2008.


100 for Real (2018)

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After reaching 100 Champions League goals in April 2017, Ronaldo reached the century mark for a single club the following year when he scored his 100th goal in the competition for Real in the 2017/18 last 16 against Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldo scored three times over the course of the two-legged tie. His goals saw Real win 5-2 on aggregate against a potentially dangerous opponent, en-route to an unprecedented third straight Champions League title, and the player’s fifth overall.


THAT Bicycle Kick (2018)

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Prior to lifting trophy number five in 2017/18, Ronaldo scored one of the best goals the Champions League has ever seen when he pulled off an unbelievable bicycle kick against future club Juventus in the first leg of their quarter final meeting.

Real won 3-0 on the night – Ronaldo scored twice – with that cushion enough to keep Juve suitably at bay for Los Blancos to reach a fourth final in five years. Two mistakes from Loris Karius and a Gareth Bale stunner then gave Real a famous victory over Liverpool in Kyiv.


Atletico Hat-trick (2019)

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Ronaldo accepted the offer to leave Real in the summer of 2018, completing a €100m move to Juventus, a transfer believed to be engineered by the Italian club to help them finally claim a first Champions League title since 1996.

Aged 34, Ronaldo showed his worth in the last 16 as he struck a hat-trick against old rivals Atletico to overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit and progress against the odds. “This was why Juventus brought me here,” he remarked after the final whistle, and it’s true.


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FIFA 19 Ultimate Team: James Rodriguez, Raheem Sterling & Nicolas Pepe Star in TOTW 26

?It’s that time of the week again. The new FIFA 19 Team of the Week has been announced, and it certainly does not disappoint.

At this stage of the game, there are some seriously intriguing cards in TOTW 26, and many which will certainly work their way into teams across the globe.


Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez leads the way in the lineup, but he is by no means the only star. Fans of the Premier League will be pleased to see no fewer than four elite cards in the team, featuring the likes of Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling.

Check out our breakdown of the highlights of TOTW 26.


James Rodriguez (91)

James Rodriguez

What a week this has been for ?Bayern Munich. At the start of the season, Bayern were somewhat of a laughing stock as they struggled to pick up wins, whilst rivals ?Borussia Dortmund looked to be running away with the league. However, now they are back on top of the ?Bundesliga, thanks to a 6-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg.

Bayern owe a large part of that victory to ?James Rodriguez, who picks up his third in-form after netting an impressive strike from distance on Saturday. Just like his 90-rated card, this 91 in-form is a central midfielder, and the Colombian looks to be one of the finest creative forces available on the game.


Raheem Sterling (90)

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Few will be shocked to see ?Raheem Sterling pick up his third in-form of the year. The ?Manchester City star has enjoyed an electric week, netting a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over ?Watford, before grabbing a goal and an assist against ?Schalke on Tuesday.

With 96 pace and 92 dribbling, this 90-rated card looks almost untouchable. Like his 89-rated card and his Player of the Month card, this one is a left winger, but there are still plenty of high-rated versions of Sterling available on the right. Expect to see Sterling in plenty of lineups in the near future.?


Nicolas Pepe (87)

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What a season Nicolas Pepe is having. The 23-year-old has been one of the star attractions of Ligue 1 this season, and he netted his 18th goal of the season against Saint-Etienne on Sunday, keeping Lille second in the league table.

His newest card boasts 91 pace, 88 shooting and 88 dribbling, but do not forget about his Headliner card, which was already 87 rated. Those in possession of that gorgeous orange card will see him increase to an 88, cementing his place as one of the game’s finest wide options. ?


Bernd Leno (86)

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Sunday’s meeting between ?Arsenal and ?Manchester United was always likely to yield at least one member of the TOTW, and Bernd Leno is the man flying the flag for the Gunners, after keeping a clean sheet against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s high-flying Red Devils.

The German made a number of stunning saves and has been rewarded with his first special card of FIFA 19. Leno’s 86-rated card looks to be one of the ?Premier League’s most reliable options this year, and his 6’3 frame will certainly appeal to many.


Honourable Mentions

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There are plenty of 86-rated cards in TOTW 26. Alongside Leno, Pepe, Julian Brandt, Andrea Bellotti and Wissam Ben Yedder have all picked up high-rated special cards, with Ben Yedder’s likely to prove the most appealing of the bunch.

One of the most underrated cards this week comes in the form of ?Leicester City star ?Jamie Vardy. He grabbed two goals and an assist in the 3-1 win over ?Fulham, and now has an 84-rated card on FIFA 19. With 92 pace and 84 shooting, fans of the Premier League will certainly be eager to try out this new in-form.?


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Leicester and West Ham in Battle to Sign ‘Old Love’ Moussa Marega From Porto in €40m Summer Deal

?Premier League rivals Leicester and West Ham are set to be involved in a transfer war over ‘old love’ Moussa Marega from Porto, according to reports from Portugal.

The Mali international has once again been prolific for the Liga NOS side this season, and has particularly enjoyed a fruitful campaign in front of goal in the Champions League, with six goals in seven games to his name.

Moussa Marega

Now, according to Portuguese publication ?Correio da Manha, both ?Leicester and ?West Ham are keen on revisiting a potential move for their ‘old love’ Marega, who has seen his name persistently linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years.

The 27-year-old only recently signed a new contract at the Estadio do Dragao, and has a release clause in the region of €40m.

Despite the likely cost, the report adds that neither the Foxes or Hammers are put off by the asking price and are willing to match his release clause in order to finally bring him to the ?Premier League

After starting his professional career in France, Marega’s career began to take off at Maritimo. Having spent two successful years there, the forward left to join fellow Portuguese side Porto, and in his first full season with the club, scored 23 times in 39 games.  

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Real Madrid ‘Initiate Contact’ With Inter Ahead of Summer Swoop for Outcast Striker Mauro Icardi

?Real Madrid are believed to have made contact with Inter over the possibility of signing their star striker Mauro Icardi in the summer.

The Argentina international hasn’t featured for the Serie A giants since early February, after being stripped of the captaincy and falling out with the club’s hierarchy after talks over a contract extension broke down. The player now looks highly likely to leave the club this summer, and a host of elite European sides will be poised to land the ruthless finisher.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, ?Los Blancos’ new manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing a top quality striker his priority when the next transfer window opens, and has ensured that club president Florentino Pérez has their interest clear to I? ?Nerazzurri. It is unclear how much ?Ic?ardi is likely to cost, but the figure could well exceed €100m.

?Napoli and ?Juventus are also rumoured to be keen on signing the 26-year-old, but a move to the Bernabéu is likely to be a more alluring prospect. 

Icardi has shone in ?Serie A for almost his entire career – excelling during spells with Sampdoria and Inter. The clinical forward has netted 108 goals in the Italian top tier, and could well be ready for a new challenge with Los Blancos.

However, the player’s wife and agent Wanda Nara has recently claimed that her husband wants to stay at Inter, and has reassured fans over his future in Milan. Perhaps then, the increased speculation over Icardi’s future has been used as a tool to secure him a more lucrative contract at the club, although the players’ declining relationship with the fans could be beyond repair.

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Meanwhile, Inter will look to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday evening, when ?they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the second league of their last 16 tie. Luciano Spalletti’s side came away from the Commerzbank Arena with a goalless draw last week, and will be hopeful of progressing with a win at the cavernous San Siro.

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