The first joint tour of the women's and men's teams in FC Barcelona history has gotten off to a rocky start after fans criticized the club for seating the teams in different classes on a charter flight to the United States. The men's team flew in business class, while the women traveled in economy. The team highlighted the historic trip on social media, posting pictures and video of the male and female players posing together on the plane to Portland, Oregon. The men are playing three games in the U.S. as a part of the International Champions Cup, while the women will play SoCal FC in a friendly. The captains of both squads were photographed in the first-class area before the flight took off on July 25. One Twitter fan account pointed out the disparity between the official photo and the real travel accommodations after seeing the women's view on some players' social media accounts. The tweets quickly gained traction, and the club responded to the controversy. FC Barcelona expressed … [Read more...] about Fans outraged as FC Barcelona puts women’s soccer team in coach while men fly upfront
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It's Croatia against France in today's final round of the World Cup in Russia. "The Beautiful Game," is what soccer fans call it. And as Jim Axelrod now tells us, you don't have to travel far to find them: If you didn't know any better, watching crazed fans packing bars to yell at TV screens showing soccer games, you might think you were in Barcelona, or Buenos Aires, or Berlin. But guess again, and this time try New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. And it's been this way for the last month, with American fans glued to games played halfway around the world. The World Cup, held every four years, is the most widely-viewed sporting event on the planet. A billion people are expected to watch today's final in Russia. That's ten times the U.S. audience for the Super Bowl. And while it's taken a while for soccer to reach "big league" status here, it would appear America's finally joined the party. These days, only baseball and basketball outrank soccer as sports … [Read more...] about Soccer finally scores in the U.S.
Staff reports Pacific Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK Published 7:10 p.m. UTC Jun 9, 2018 Isa Whalen has a shot to make the University of Washington Huskies women’s soccer team. “I’m super excited,” said Whalen, who was on the Guam U14 Girls National Team and trains with the Masakåda, the Guam women’s national team. “Playing college soccer was always something I wanted to do.” Whalen, whose family is from Umatac, arrived on Guam in December after graduating early from Meadowdale High School in Washington. More: 2 Guam youths headed to World Cup in Moscow More: Venue Slay primed for W2 title match vs. Venue Sidekicks Whalen was offered a full academic scholarship to Washington, then Whalen began talking to Huskies coaches via email, who offered her a tryout. “Isa is a fantastic example of a gifted player who always looks to improve every time she steps on the pitch,” said Belinda Wilson, head coach of the Masakåda. … [Read more...] about Isa Whalen gets tryout with Washington Huskies soccer team
Martin Rogers and Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 12:01 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 LONDON – Imagine it is five years from now, and you’re walking across the parking lot at a shopping center, perhaps to collect some dry cleaning or a quart of milk. On your way back to the car – no, it won’t be driving itself to collect you at the curbside yet – you’re distracted by a sign advertising the weekend’s NFL games, and how you can profit from them. It is a gambling office, where you wager on sports just as easily as plucking groceries from a shelf. “It is coming,” sports betting expert and best-selling author Declan Hill told USA TODAY Sports. “Betting shops, betting in stadiums, stadiums named after betting companies, a lot of ads promoting betting. That’s what you see in the United Kingdom, and without question you’ll see it in America before long.” More: Your state-by-state guide to sports betting in … [Read more...] about What the U.S. can learn about legalized sports betting from the U.K.
Donald Trump rededicated the United States' to its alliance with Israel on Monday as the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem officially opened. Trump in a video address said that the U.S. will 'always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace' while honoring the nation and the city it claims as its capital as a 'testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people.' 'We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors,' Trump said in a video address. 'May there be peace.' In a tweet shortly after he said, 'Big day for Israel. Congratulations!' Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence were there see the realization of their campaign promise that they would relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Pence is headlining a celebratory event at the Israeli embassy in Washington, instead. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, both White House advisers, were part of a delegation of … [Read more...] about Trump tweets jubilantly at official U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem