Spoiler Alert: Plenty of great soccer talk below!!
He’s Back: Columbus Crew trade for defender Waylon Francis
Columbus Crew SC has acquired veteran Major League Soccer defender Waylon Francis from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money. Francis makes his return to Columbus and enters his sixth season in MLS having recorded 94 regular-season appearances (80 starts) and 19 assists.
The 28-year-old previously played for the Black & Gold from 2014-2017 and was a 2015 MLS All-Star.Francis played for Seattle Sounders FC during the 2018 MLS regular-season, making 11 appearances (five starts) and providing one assist. Prior to joining the Sounders, Francis spent four seasons with the Crew from 2014-2017, where he made 83 regular-season appearances (75 starts) and registered 18 assists.
The Costa Rican defender also made three appearances (all starts) in the 2017-2018 CONCACAF Champions League, helping the Sounders reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Was bringing back Waylon Francis a good move for the Crew?
Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase girls schedule set
A total of 721 teams will be competing in the 2019 City of Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase over the course of two weekends this month. The schedule for the Girls Weekend was unveiled this week.The Girls Weekend, coming up Feb. 25-27, will see 264 teams participate in the prestigious tournament. U.S. teams from 26 different states will compete alongside international teams from Canada, Haiti, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
The Boys Weekend, which will be held Feb. 16-19, features teams in the U11-U19 age groups from across the United States and around the world. Boys teams representing 28 U.S. states and 14 foreign countries make up the eclectic field of 457 squads.
International teams competing in the 2019 Boys Weekend will travel from: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Haiti, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa and Sweden.
What are some ways players should prepare for these big tournaments?
Who will drop the ball first?
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 5, 2019
How long can you and a couple teammates keep the ball alive?
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