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Around the Leagues: USMNT Grab Glory in Nations League

By William Strome, 06/08/21, 11:30AM PDT

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The Stars and Stripes hoisted silverware on Sunday against Mexico in Denver

The boys in Old Glory Red hit the road for the first time following a three-game homestand when Mark Briggs’ men visit Real Monarchs on Wednesday night. 

The midweek match will be Republic FC’s fourth match in a dozen days as SRFC continues to try to climb the Western Conference Pacific Division standings. 

While Sacramento’s squad has been busy at work, there’s also been no shortage of nonstop action from other domestic leagues. 

MLS & USMNT

While MLS has taken a break due to the FIFA window, the topflight of domestic soccer is set to resume this Saturday when Sporting Kansas City host Austin FC. 

However, it’s almost a full week until the next wave of fixtures when league play resumes on Friday, June 18 with a pair of matches including New York Red Bulls hosting Nashville SC and Vancouver Whitecaps paying a visit to Real Salt Lake. 

Major League Soccer may have been on a break, but the top men’s players in the country took the pitch in Denver over the weekend in the Concacaf Nations League. 

The U.S. Men’s National Team triumphed over Honduras, 1-0, on Thursday in the first semifinal before Mexico snuck by Costa Rica 5-4 after penalty kicks. 

In the Final on Sunday, the Stars and Stripes earned a dramatic 3-2 win over El Tri but it took extra time for USA to pull off the win. Mexico’s Jesus Corona scored in the opening minute before Gio Reyna leveled the match just over 25 minutes later. El Tri’s Diego Lainez netted late in the second half but three minutes later, Weston McKennie bagged the equalizer to send the match to ET. 

In the 114th minute, a Christian Pulisic penalty kick ultimately proved to be the difference and delivered the USMNT a victory in the Nations League Final. 

NWSL

Five fixtures played out over the weekend with a trio of matchups this past Saturday. 

To kickoff weekend play, Chicago Red Stars secured a 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage complements of a Rachel Hill strike in the first half. Later in the day, Gotham FC grabbed a 1-0 win over OL Reign at home before Portland Thorns fired three by Racing Louisville for a 3-0 win in the Pacific Northwest. 

On Sunday, Houston Dash returned to Texas with a 1-0 win over Kansas City before Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw.

The action returns this weekend with two Saturday showdowns as North Carolina host OL Reign before Washington Spirit visit Chicago Red Stars. 

The following day, Racing Louisville welcome Houston Dash to Kentucky before Kansas City travels to Portland Thorns followed by Orland Pride going head-to-head against Gotham FC in Florida.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying

All across the globe, countries are competing for spots in the next FIFA World Cup. 

On Tuesday, there’s loads of games in Conmebol play including a pair of mammoth matchups as Paraguay host Brazil and Argentina visit Colombia. 

In Concacaf play, a trio of SRFC players will be in action on Tuesday when Shannon Gomez and Trinidad and Tobago take on St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada host Montserrat and Rafa Diaz’s Dominican Republic will try to claim the top spot when the D.R. play Panama. 

UEFA Euro 2020

After pushing the tournament back one year due to the pandemic, the UEFA Euro 2020 is finally here and kicks off on Friday when Turkey take on Italy. 

The tournament will be held in 11 cities with Wembley Stadium in London slated to host the semifinals and final. 

Saturday is when the action really picks up as Wales clash with Switzerland, Denmark take on Finland and Belgium play Russia. 

The very next day, England go head-to-head with Croatia, Austria square up against North Macedonia and the Netherlands clash with Ukraine. 

Copa America

The Euro’s might get all the attention, but South America’s coveted competition kicks off on Sunday when the Conmebol Copa America tournament kicks off. 

To begin the competition, Brazil will play Venezuela followed by Colombia taking on Ecuador. 

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