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Soccer

Fordham Women's Soccer Notebook

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Courtesy of Fordham Sports

As is customary, teams are tested the greatest when they go on the road. The Fordham Women’s Soccer team felt the effects of this proven theory, falling to 2-2 in Atlantic Ten Conference play after a two-loss weekend in Virginia. They dropped a 6-0 decision to VCU and, with an unfortunate bounce, lost a heart-breaker to Richmond 1-0.

It was the first conference road trip for the girls and the travel was noticeable. Coach Ness Selmani knows all too well that road games are never easy.

Coach's Corner

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Photo by Tomi Lahcanski/The Ram

The Fordham Women’s soccer team has had a bumpy start to its year but as the old adage goes, once conference play starts it’s a new season.  The Lady Rams have momentum going into their A-10 opener against Duquesne tonight, winning their last two games against Fairfield and Loyola respectively. I talked to Head Coach Ness Selmani about the nature of his team, choosing captains, and the team’s new style of play.

Real Madrid and A.C. Milan Battle in the Bronx

by Bobby Gubin

As part of the relatively unknown World Football Challenge, two well-known European soccer giants, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan came to play on American soil. Although the friendly match may hold little significance, tell that to the sellout crowd of 49,474 strong, who filled Yankee Stadium with the raucous choir so reminiscent of the world’s biggest soccer arenas.

Euro 2012 Final Predictions

by Bobby Gubin
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Spain vs. Italy

Winner: Italy  

Analysis: Although I’m sure there are others who have been as lucky as me to predict the correct outcomes of every match since the quarterfinals, I still maintain that I deserve a little credit…but not too much. Yes, I picked Italy to pull out a victory against a heavily favored German team, but no one, including me could have foretold a mesmerizing and supreme two-goal performance from Italy’s Mario Balotelli. Even if Balotelli doesn’t quite match his last-game heroics, which is very possible given Spain’s robust duo of Gerard Piquè and Sergio Ramos in the central defense, Italy can still pull off a title win against “La Roja”. But what Balotelli can most certainly do is win you the match. The reason is because clinical finishers like “Super Mario”, are the ones who land on the score sheet, without them it can be very hard to put away that final ball off a beautiful pass. 

Tommy Smyth on One on One

by Amit Badlani
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Tommy Smyth, soccer analyst at ESPN, joined Alex Smith and Eric Mollo on One on One to discuss the surprising Italy team, Mario Balotelli, and his prediction for the final.

Red Bulls Report 6/30: Back in First Place

by Bobby Gubin
Flickr

 You wouldn’t expect the New York Red Bulls to have a commanding 3-2 victory over their opponents, having been scored upon 26 seconds into last Sunday’s game against the former conference leaders, D.C. United. But they did. However, before fans even had time to take a bite of their nachos, D.C. striker Chris Pontius headed the ball past a stunned Ryan Meara.  A record crowd of 25,187 “D.C. Haters” had all of sudden lost their voice.

 

Euro 2012 Semifinal Predictions

by Bobby Gubin
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Portugal vs. Spain
Winner:

Spain
Analysis: Can Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world, pull off the spectacular to get his team past the defending champions? That is the question keeping everyone, reporters and fans alike on the edge of their seats heading into this match. The problem for Portugal is that its performance relies so heavily on one player, and that player happens to get visibly frustrated when things are not going well.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Predictions

by Bobby Gubin
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Czech Republic v. Portugal
Winner: Portugal
Analysis: Portugal simply has the better players. Ronaldo dazzled in Portugal’s last match against a good Dutch team. The Czech squad will have a tough time keeping up with Portugal’s quality especially with their captain, Tomàs Rosicky banged up and questionable for the match.