By Josh Gross | PUBLISHED: May 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm | UPDATED: May 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm Some sports summits appear unreachable, even if a path has been charted. In men’s soccer, 20 goals plus 20 assists from one player during a single year of domestic league play represents a rarely reached level that reveals how much an individual can directly influence his team’s offensive output. Major League Soccer players have scored 20 or more goals 26 times since 1996, while just two connected on at least 20 assists. No one has managed to do both in the same year. But don’t rule out LAFC’s Mexican star Carlos Vela after his extraordinary start to the 2019 season It’s the second factor of the equation that makes the 20-20 club such “a tough number for anyone to reach,” said Los Angeles Football Club midfielder Lee Nguyen, who last year, during his seventh professional season, became the 20th MLS player to surpass 50 goals and 50 assists for his career. … [Read more...] about Can Carlos Vela pull off a 20-20 season for LAFC?
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The Parramatta Eels can’t seem to keep themselves away from problems and poor performances. After being one of the major disappointments last season, they will be at long odds to do any better in 2019. This is The Roar’s NRL preview series. For the next 16 days, I’ll comprehensively look at each team ahead of the 2019 season, moving backwards on my predicted ladder – so it’s not great news for the men in blue and gold. A team widely forecast to go well in 2018, the famous old club flopped from loss to loss and eventually, the wooden spoon. What actually went wrong is anyone’s guess, but their defensive line looked like it didn’t want to be there, they had a confused spine, which was chopped and changed all year, no actual home ground, and some very poor rugby league from start to finish. Whether it was the form of Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman in the halves, a horrendous injury toll or a lack of go-forward up front, there are plenty of … [Read more...] about Why 2019 is set to be another dreary year for Eels fans
The difference in expectations for the Gophers football team for the 2019 season compared to 2018 could not be any greater. In 2017, the Gophers went 5-7, with the final two losses against Northwestern and Wisconsin coming by a combined score of 70-0. So most pundits expected the 2018 Gophers to be one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. Athlon Sports, the Sporting News and CBS Sports had them pegged 12th out of 14 teams while 247 Sports had them 11th. But despite the fact that P.J. Fleck was fielding the youngest roster in the country, the Gophers were able to turn their season around, finishing with a 41-10 victory over Purdue and a 37-15 win at Wisconsin. Then the Gophers beat Georgia Tech 34-10 in the Quick Lane Bowl to finish 7-6. How did they turn that around? “Our players throughout the season went through a natural maturation process,” Fleck said. “When you’re young, you make a lot of mistakes. That was part of the foundation year, and we were going to … [Read more...] about P.J. Fleck says Gophers will handle high expectations this year
Brian Fritz Contributor @BrianFritz Updated at 10:31 p.m. ET Updated at 10:31 p.m. ET When NXT TakeOver: Phoenix was wrapping it, two old friends — Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano — were standing side-by-side, showing off their championship titles. Ciampa held off Aleister Black in a slower-paced, but hard-fought, match in the main event to retain the NXT championship, a title he has held since last July. Gargano got his first taste of gold in NXT by defeating Ricochet for the North American championship in a fast-moving, athletic showcase. That wasn't the only championship that changed hands Saturday. The War Raiders upended Undisputed Era to win the NXT tag team championship in what was an exciting opening bout. Bianca Belair nearly pulled off an upset before being choked out by Shayna Baszler, who retained the NXT women's championship. It was yet another strong night of … [Read more...] about NXT TakeOver: Phoenix results: Tommaso Ciampa wins again, Johnny Gargano finally grabs gold
This is the last of 19 articles that are looking at the meta-results for both team and players, as collected from ELO-Following Football’s wide range of sources. In summation, let’s look at the overall picture. At the end of 2017 Richmond was the cock-of-the-walk and started with the highest ELO-rating (77.8), as well as the premiership cup in their hands. Adelaide had been minor premiers but were bested in the grand final. Along with the resurgent Sydney Swans, who had come from 0-6 to win 14 games, those three teams led the ratings list and were the only clubs in the 70s. Port Adelaide, Geelong and GWS were in the low 60s; Collingwood, Melbourne, and Hawthorn all had ratings just barely above 50. Just below the average mark sat West Coast, St Kilda, Essendon, and the Bulldogs; farther back were North Melbourne and Carlton, at 37.5 and 35.3, respectively. The bottom three were expected to be Brisbane (29.6), Fremantle (25.9), and Gold Coast (17.6). The expectations for the … [Read more...] about The comprehensive end-of-year review: In summation