Before going to the Champions League roundup for the week, let’s pause to consider how much more difficult it is to plan a Fan Tribute Tour in the United States that it would be in, say, the Netherlands.
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So yes, I’d like the team to come close enough to D.C. that I don’t need to pay for airfare and a hotel to see them. But a lot of the country could have that concern.
The one curious thing: They know it’s getting colder, right? See that big empty area below Connecticut? It’s a little warmer there.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Champions League in Europe wrapped up the round of 32, our favorite player/journalist Tiffany Weimer has checked in with her take on what it meant to hear the Champions League theme song and knock out Glasgow City. She even provided a few highlights. Anyone else think the Glasgow captain (20-second mark) looks a little like McKayla Maroney, who’s mentioned in passing in the blog?
Weimer’s team has advanced. Here’s the full rundown.
Turbine Potsdam (Ger) 5-0 Standard Liege (Bel), aggregate 8-1: Alyssa Naeher got the start in goal for Potsdam and actually had a few saves to make — Standard got six shots on target. Keelin Winters played the full 90 for Potsdam after sitting out last week, while Alex Singer wasn’t on the gameday roster after playing last week. For Standard, American Carleta Arbulu once again wasn’t involved. For Anonma fans: She entered the match in the 58th minute and scored in the 87th.
Brondby (Den) 3-3 Stabaek (Nor), aggregate 3-5: The Norwegian side scored two first-half goals to run the aggregate lead to 4-0, then answered a Brondby goal quickly to run it to 5-1. Jasmyne Spencer joined the game in the 67th minute.
Lyon (Fra) 5-0 PK-35 (Fin), aggregate 12-0: PK once again started Americans Liz Bogus, Casey Berrier and Megan Chapin, but Lyon outshot them 32-0. The French juggernaut juggled its roster a bit, but Sonia Bompastor still went the distance and scored. Camille Abily also scored early. Lara Dickenmann and Ami Otaki were second-half subs.
Malmo (Swe) 6-1 MTK (Hun), aggregate 10-1: Malmo gave Ali Riley, Ramona Bachmann and Thora Helgadottir the night off, keeping them on the bench just in case. They weren’t needed.
Goteborg (Swe) 3-0 Spartak Subotica (Srb), aggregate 4-0: Christen Press got the final goal for Goteborg, which also started Yael Averbuch, Ingrid Wells, Camille Levin and Anita Asante.
Neulengbach (Aut) 2-2 Olimpia Cluj (Rou), aggregate 3-3, Cluj win on away goals: Each team scored in extra time — Cluj in the 101st minute, Neulengbach in the 108th. Stats say Neulengbach outshot Cluj 35-17 and had 16 shots on target, 2 off the woodwork.
Torres (Ita) 3-1 Apollon (Cyp), aggregate 6-3: Sinead Farrelly and Michelle Betos played the full 90 for the visitors. Arianna Criscione was on the Torres bench.
Fortuna Hjorring (Den) 0-0 Glasgow City (Sco), aggregate 2-1: Weimer played 75 minutes, Lisa-Marie Woods played 90, and Casey Ramirez was on the bench for Fortuna.
Verona (Ita) 3-0 Birmingham (Eng), after extra time, aggregate 3-2: Cristiana Girelli had the hat trick to stun the English side.
Zorkiy (Rus) 3-1 Stjarnan (Isl), aggregate 3-1: Mexico’s Fatima Leyva played 90 for the winners. Katie Deines and Ashley Bares started for Stjarnan; Veronica Perez replaced Bares in the second half.
Rossiyanka (Rus) 1-2 Den Haag (Ned), aggregate 5-3: Teresa Noyola had a late goal for Den Haag. Brittany Persaud came on as a late sub; Libby Guess wasn’t in the 18. Fabiana played 90 for Rossiyanka.
Arsenal (Eng) 4-0 Barcelona (Esp), aggregate 7-0: Kelly Smith started and was replaced at halftime by Jennifer Beattie, who had a second-half hat trick. Alex Scott played 90; Gemma Davison played 64.
Roa (Nor) 4-0 BIIK (Kaz), aggregate 8-0: Still no Lene Mykjaland for Roa.
Wolfsburg (Ger) 6-1 Unia Raciborz (Pol), aggregate 11-2: Rebecca Smith is out injured. Viola Odebrecht finished the scoring for Wolfsburg.
Juvisy (Fra) 1-0 Zurich (Sui), aggregate 2-1: Sonia Fuss got a yellow card for the visitors. Gaetane Thiney had the decisive goal on a PK in the second half.
Still to play next week: Sparta Praha (Cze)-Sarajevo (Bih). Sparta lead 3-0. Sarajevo has American Jelena Vrcelj.
Next update on a U.S. league: Maybe over the weekend. We’ll see.