Fuel Soccer: Could Lloyd play in the NFL?; Paige Monaghan honored; VAR gives Tottenham a hand in draw with City

Carli Lloyd hits 55-yard field goal as Eagles, Ravens watch

Perhaps NFL teams in desperate need of a kicker should give Carli Lloyd a call.

The two-time US Women’s World Cup Champion nailed a no-doubter 55-yarder field goal Tuesday at a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens. “Unreal stuff,” Eagles kicker Jake Elliott tweeted after Lloyd made multiple field goals.

Lloyd, a 37-year-old midfielder currently playing for Sky Blue FC, let everyone know she is an Eagles fan while the USWNT celebrated its latest World Cup championship last month in Manhattan.

“I’m a Jersey girl through and through, but New York it’s just as close, even though I’m an Eagles fan down in Philly, fly Eagles fly,” Lloyd said, referencing the team’s famous fight song.

– NY POST / Main photo courtesy of the Denver Post


Week 18 Player of the Week: Paige Monaghan, Sky Blue FC

Paige Monaghan of Sky Blue FC has been voted NWSL Player of the Week for Week 18 of the 2019 season by the NWSL Media Association. Earning her first Player of the Week nod, the rookie attacker scored the first two goals of her NWSL career in the victory over Chicago Red Stars.

In the 71st minute, Monaghan received a pass from Carli Lloyd before cutting the ball to her right foot and firing the ball past Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. After Chicago equalized in stoppage time through Sam Kerr, Monaghan once again came up big in a crucial spot. She ran onto a through ball from Julie James and then lifted a shot over Naeher, who had come off her line, for the game-winning goal.

Sky Blue FC finished the contest with a 2-1 win and snapped the Red Stars’ five-game winning streak in the process.

Monaghan also started in Sky Blue FC’s 1-1 draw with Reign FC in front of the team’s record attendance of 9, 415.

You make the call: VAR costs Manchester City again in draw with Tottenham

Another VAR decision disallowed Manchester City’s potential winning goal in stoppage time of a 2-2 draw vs. Tottenham in the Premier League this past weekend. Some feel the new handball rule is clear, and Man City benefited from a handball in the buildup before Gabriel Jesus put the ball in the net. To say they benefited by the handball is absurd. The ball did not change direction at all based on it brushing the finger nail on a player’s hand. I don’t have a problem with VAR ruling this way because that’s the new rule – and that’s more what people should be complaining about. It’s not VAR’s fault, it’s the rule VAR is upholding. IMO.

But that wasn’t the only controversy. Some contend City should have been awarded a penalty kick in the first half after Rodri was pulled down by Erik Lamela. That incident was a clear and obvious penalty in my Manchester City biased opinion.

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