Real Madrid’s dysfunction continues in shocking draw
After winning the UEFA Champions League just 7 months ago, Real Madrid’s championship hangover has gone from bad to worse. Los Blancos tied a game at 2 against Levante on Saturday at Ciutat de Valencia. Levante’s Giampaolo Pazzini scored an 89th-minute equalizer that backed Madrid to fourth place, 18 points behind first-place Barcelona in the league standings. Real Madrid heads back to the Bernabéu next Saturday to face Real Sociedad in a crucial game.
USMNT draws against Bosnia, loses top prospect to Mexico
In the United States’ first friendly in the U.S. after its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, it couldn’t quite begin healing its nationwide wounds and competed in a scoreless draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 in Carson, California. The U.S. played inexperienced young players, as its ultimate goal was to expose young U.S. talent to global competition.
Unfortunately, it was without a promising youngster. Jonathan González, a C.F. Monterrey sensation, announced he will play international soccer for the Mexico National Team. González, who played for the U.S. developmental system when he was as young as 16, decided to take his talents south in exchange for more playing time and a shot at a World Cup title. This is another blemish in the long rebuilding process of the U.S. men’s soccer program, as many players are electing to play for the nations of their heritage rather than for the U.S. national team. The U.S. prepares for its next game in March, when it is expected to play in Europe.