FUEL Soccer Talk: Huge weekend in Premier League; 2019 SheBelieves Hero Contest; Super Y League

Fired up for City-Chelsea and other nuggets!! 

Several big games highlight big weekend across the pond

This should be a lot of fun! Hope the pies are warm and the beverages chilled.
Manchester City plays Chelsea on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium in what should be a very fascinating game from both sides of the pitch. How will fatigue factor in on the City side and is Chelsea’s latest win over Huddersfield Town a sign they have regained form? The Blues, currently in fourth place in the Premier League, have a tough road to travel with games at Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United before the end of the season. The goal for Chelsea is qualification for the Champions League with plenty of football left to be played.
Manchester City topped Everton 2-0 on Wednesday to move to the top of the table – for a few days anyway. After the win over Everton – which City didn’t play brilliantly but well enough to earn the points at Goodison Park – Brazilian Jesus boosted: “It’s really, really important to be top. We want to play well in every game and at the end of the season we want the title.”
Pep Guardiola figures to throw his best lineup at Chelsea with a somewhat rested Kevin De Bruyne along with David Silva and Fernandinho in the middle of the field. It will be City’s third match in eight days. “It’s good to be top but now we must rest. In four days we have another game against a big bull, Chelsea, who will have had seven days to prepare.”
The game also is a preview for the Feb. 24 Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
Liverpool will look to regain the top spot on Saturday with a game against Bournemouth. And don’t believe the doubters and haters, the Reds are not choking. They are not playing as poorly as some suggest. Look for them to not only get back in form but back on top of the table.
Manchester United, just two points behind Chelsea for the fourth spot, are 10 games unbeaten in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over before Christmas. United face a second away game in a row as they travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on Saturday to kick off the weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal, currently sixth in the table, face Huddersfield on Saturday and Tottenham Hotspur, third in the table, play Leicester on Sunday.

What game is at the top of your fixture list this weekend?

SheBelieves Hero contest runs through Feb. 11

The U.S. Women’s National Team recently announced the start of its third annual SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. The contest, which runs through Feb. 11, will choose a young person between the ages of 13-17 who embodies the SheBelieves spirit.
Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement created to inspire and encourage girls and women of all ages to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.
Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players inspire new generations to be better and strive for the best.
A SheBelieves Hero™ is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around them and works to make a difference.

What impact do programs such as this have on the soccer community? 

CSA Impact United joins Super Y League for 2019 season

In preparation for the 2019 Super Y League season, CSA Impact United has been announced as the latest club to join the league. The Cleveland, Ohio-based organization will compete in the Midwest Division starting in 2019.
CSA Impact United becomes the eighth organization to join Super Y League ahead of the 2019 season, with Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen County, Cedar Stars Academy- Hudson Valley, Chicago Rush, CUSA Soccer Club, Massapequa SC, Parsippany SC and Stony Brook SC are also set to begin play next year.
“We’re excited to have CSA Impact United join Super Y league,” said Dominic Colarusso, USL Manager of Youth League Growth & Development. “We’re aiming to continue to build on the already-strong competition in Ohio, and we felt that this club provides the league with another strong asset in the region.”
CSA Impact United will feature three teams of varying age groups in their debut SYL season, with U14, U15 and U17 Boys teams taking the field.
Among the many notable players to previously come through the CSA Impact United pipeline are current MLS players Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) and Evan Bush (Montreal Impact).

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