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NBC’s Premier League broadcast crew reveals fun facts about themselves in 'Group Chat' podcast

NBC’s Premier League broadcast crew reveals fun facts about themselves in 'Group Chat' podcast

“I am the best footballer on the podcast.” 

With four former Premier League players and a U.S. international on the latest Premier League on NBC Group Chat podcast, there are plenty of ways to find an answer to that statement. 

Without much news across the soccer world, NBC’s Premier League broadcast crew played a game of “Guess Who” in this week’s group chat. Each participant sent in three facts about themselves into a producer and they spent the hour guessing who sent in each statement. 

As the former players all squirmed when trying to determine which one of them had the nerve to send in the statement “I am the best footballer on the podcast”, host Rebecca Lowe was sitting in the middle smiling and laughing, knowing that she sent in the statement. The jabs and knocks were flying fast and furious in all directions and Lowe was trying to hold it together before the big reveal. The laughter that ensued was one of many fits of happiness throughout the podcast.

Here's what we learned: Lee Dixon finished second in a Shirley Temple competition at the age of seven. "That was when I started to say that second is the first loser,” he said. We also found out that Arlo White was once invited to a NASA rocket launch by an astronaut who is a big Manchester City fan and that Kyle Martino “looks like a drunk octopus swinging a golf club” according to Dixon.

There was time for seriousness too, with the story of a metal plate in Robbie Mustoe’s head from a collision during his playing days that led to a depressed fracture of his cheekbone (and yes, he did finish the game). There was an incredible story of Kyle Martino getting hit by a car while crossing the street with Mustoe, escaping uninjured and landing on his feet as he rolled over the hood from one side of the car to the other.

Apart from the brief moments of seriousness, the overwhelming theme of the podcast was hilarity, especially in the video version as Robbie Mustoe revealed that he had finished sixth in the British Schoolboys Olympic weightlifting competition in the 56kg class to uproarious laughter.

As his fellow podcasters singled him out for the level of detail in his statement and his reaction, he tried to contain his laughter and then interrupted Dixon mid-answer by saying “alright, let’s bloody finish this one” as he stood to reveal his muscles and showcase the techniques that landed him sixth place. This is one you are going to have to watch to believe.
 

Washington DC launches bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches

Washington DC launches bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches

It’s still six years out, but Washington, D.C. is making a push to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the nation’s capital.

With North America selected as the location of choice for the 2026 World Cup rather than one country in particular, D.C. officials announced Tuesday their intention to make Washington one of the 16 host cities for the 80-match tournament.

“Right now, as countries around the world continue to respond to this pandemic, the 2026 FIFA World Cup is something we can all look forward to,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “And when the tournament comes to North America, it only makes sense for DC — the Sports Capital and District of Champions — to host. We are already a city united by the game, and in 2026, we look forward to uniting the world.”

According to The Washington Post, 10 cities from the U.S. are expected to land matches for the tournament with Canada and Mexico splitting the other six. It will be the first time in World Cup history that the tournament will be shared by more than two countries.

The District established a group called DC2026, which announced a 40-member advisory board that includes D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, three-time MLS champion Eddie Pope, Washington Spirit stars Joanna Lohman and Andi Sullivan, two-time gold medalist Brianna Scurry, EventsDC chairman Max Brown, chef José Andrés and D.C. United general partner Gregory O’Dell.

“As a native Washingtonian, I am proud to be a Co-Chair of DC’s official bid committee to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” Hamid said in a statement. “I could not think of a more vibrant, inclusive or passionate soccer city to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026. With our deep soccer roots and diversity, the culture of our city gives us our foundation to successfully highlight the matches and leave a lasting impact on the future of the game.”

DC2026 plans to tout D.C.’s “unparalleled roots to the sport of soccer and world-class hosting capabilities” as part of its pitch. In a three-page press release, the group laid out advantages such as the metro system and three local airports that would allow it to host the increased number of tourists.

The city last hosted the World Cup in 1994, when it made RFK Stadium one of nine U.S. venues for the tournament. It’s also held Olympic soccer games (1996) as well as the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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WATCH: American Christian Pulisic nets second goal for Chelsea in as many games

WATCH: American Christian Pulisic nets second goal for Chelsea in as many games

The Premier League restart has gone as good as possible for Christian Pulisic.

The United States National Team star netted his second goal in as many games for Chelsea on Thursday, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead over Manchester City shortly before halftime.

Pulisic gained possession of the ball off of a poor City turnover, and suddenly, he was one-on-one with defender Benjamin Mendy. The American winger used a brilliant hesitation move to dribble past Mendy before curling his shot past keeper Ederson for the goal.

Pulisic's goal comes on the heels of his solid outing on Sunday, where he scored Chelsea's first goal in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Thursday's finish was Pulisic's eighth goal in 25 appearances since arriving at Chelsea from German side Borussia Dortmund this past summer.

Pulisic had previously been sidelined since January 1 with an adductor injury but was close to returning before the season was paused in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League's resumption gives the American star a chance to rewrite the narrative on an otherwise incomplete first season with the Blues.

Besides Chelsea supporters, no one is happier about Pulisic's goal than Liverpool fans. Should Chelsea win or draw, Liverpool will clinch their first-ever Premier League title (and first league title in 30 years).

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