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Soccer: U.S. Men's National International Friendly-Serbia at USA
Any time I can sneak a Nagbe pic in I will
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Ben’s away again today, so here I am, linking my little heart out.

There were a fair few upsets in the FA Cup yesterday, but by far the biggest was non-league Lincoln’s 3-1 win over Brighton, who are currently at the top of the Championship. It marks only the third time a non-league team has gotten to the fifth round of the FA Cup since 1900, and Lincoln’s first appearance in that round since 1901.

Speaking of lower leagues, what does it take as a player to get from there to the Premier League?

IN the midst of Camp Cupcake, and on the eve of the US men’s team’s first match of 2017, Bruce Arena tells the story of how US Soccer almost went under. He also guaranteed qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

How long can China throwing absurd amounts of money at players in order to build a league last? While China’s economy is probably not on the verge of collapse, it’s definitely instructive to look at the Russian Premier League’s attempt to build itself into a world power several years ago.