Fuel Soccer Talk: Liverpool is fab again; Video from the shocker at Anfield; U.S. Youth Soccer heading to West Virginia

What a couple of days across the pond!

Liverpool’s shocking comeback fit for a Champion!

Few gave them any real chance. More saw Liverpool’s match with Barcelona a mere formality as the powerhouse from La Liga would take it’s 3-0 advantage and move on to the finals of the Champions League. Liverpool also was taking on the juggernaut without star strikers Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino – yes, from bad to worse.

But Liverpool did give the world the Beatles so “Let it Be” said there is some magic in the air down by the docks. And Anfield has seen some magic over the years: 2004 victory over Olympiakos and Steven Gerrard’s half volley; and the 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and Dejan Lovren’s header.

Add 2019 to the list – maybe even the top of the list – as Liverpool completed one of the great Champions League comebacks to knock out Barcelona and reach a second consecutive final.

After failing to score in the first leg, the Reds faced a 3-0 deficit going into Tuesday’s second leg at home against Lionel Messi’s squad. To advance to the final, Liverpool needed to score four times and prevent Barcelona — a team that possesses the best player in the world and one of the most potent attacks in Europe — from scoring what would likely be a decisive away goal.

And that’s exactly what they did – somehow, someway, something in the way they moved!

Somehow, Jurgen Klopp’s team conjured up four goals to win the semifinal 4-3 on aggregate. Klopp called the performance “overwhelming.”

Liverpool, still in the hunt for a Premier League title with the finale on Sunday, now sit back and wait for their opponent in the final on June 1 in Madrid.

Be honest, what shot did you give Liverpool prior to kickoff?

Great video from Anfield – “Barcelona beaten; Liverpool triumphant”

No words needed! OK, one – brilliant!

And one more!

What was the turning point in this game where you started to believe Liverpool could win?

West Virginia to host the 2020 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce that West Virginia and West Virginia Soccer Association will host the 2020 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, June 26-July 2 at Barboursville Soccer Complex and Shawnee Sports Complex.

The event will feature approximately 225 Boys and Girls teams in the 12U through 19U age groups. Regional winners of the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups will earn a berth to the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup.

“The East Region Championship Committee is very excited to once again be hosted for the NCS Series Tournament by West Virginia in 2020. The commitment to continually create new top level facilities, along with the hospitality and willingness to provide an enjoyable experience by the many volunteers and staff of West Virginia, makes this event something that players, coaches, and families look forward to attend,” said Brad Roos, Chair of the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships Committee.

The Barboursville Soccer Complex is a familiar location for US Youth Soccer, as it has successfully held numerous US Youth Soccer regional events in recent years. The 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships will be held in West Virginia June 28-July 4, 2019.

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