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Washington Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke reminisces on childhood as Liverpool FC fan and love for soccer

Washington Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke reminisces on childhood as Liverpool FC fan and love for soccer

In part two of an interview with NBC Sports Washington, the Washington Spirit’s head coach Richie Burke reminisced about his childhood growing up in Liverpool as a passionate Liverpool FC super fan. 

Burke explained how attending each game as a child with his father developed his love for Liverpool FC and for soccer. 

“I used to know the names of the team. I used to name them right off the top of my tongue, I knew the starting eleven, I used to watch it and loved it,” Burke expressed. 

He also shared the impact that the atmosphere had on him, especially when the Liverpool fans would sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” 

“For me as a kid, you could imagine I’m just looking and there are 26,000 people and all of these scarves up in the air. It was really impactful.” 

At the age of 15, Burke signed with Liverpool FC to play for their boys academy team. He said that after being a professional player his goal was always to pursue a coaching career. 

The Washington Spirit will hit the road to face off against Sky Blue FC for their fourth match of the season. This will be the second time that Washington is competing against Sky Blue this season. In the previous match, the Spirit defeated Sky Blue 2-0. Washington Spirit defenders Sam Staab and Megan Crosson were key contributors to the Spirit’s success, scoring goals in 59th and 90+2 minutes.

Washington is looking to secure another three points against Sky Blue on Saturday in hopes to rise up to 3rd place on the table. Sky Blue is also looking to collect three points in addition to their first win of the season. 

Last Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Spirit and Reign FC played to a scoreless draw. Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe dominated collecting six saves going into halftime. In the second half, she picked up three, finishing with a total of nine saves. 

Following her strong performance, Bledsoe was named the NWSL Player of the Week for Week 4 by the NWSL Media Association.

This weekends match will take place at the Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Washington. 

2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Sweden, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Sweden, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

At the start of the Women's World Cup, Team USA's third match––against Sweden––was marked as a key game in the group stage of the tournament. 

While the U.S. entered the tournament as the reigning champions and the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history, the pain of an early exit in the 2016 Olympics still lingered in the air. Back in Rio, it was Sweden that ended the USWNT's fight for the gold, keeping the U.S. off the podium for the first time in history. 

Both Sweden and the U.S. enter the final match of the group stage with six points, after they each defeated Thailand and Chile. While both teams have already secured spots in the knockout round, in order for the U.S. to top the group it needs a win over Sweden on Thursday. 

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. SWEDEN

Who: Team USA vs. Sweden, Group F
What: Game 3 Women's World Cup
When: Thursday, June 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Océane, Le Havre, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • On a Roll: When Carli Lloyd scored agaisnt Chile on Sunday, it marked the sixth consecutive World Cup game in which the forward had scored. 
  • Saving the Day: Both goalkeepers, Sweden's Hedvig Lindahl and the U.S.'s Alyssa Naeher, have three saves apiece after two games. Lindahl has given up one goal, while Naeher has held opponents scoreless so far in the tournament. 

 

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Norway (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Nigeria (1-2-0, 3 pts.), Korea Republic (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Germany (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Spain (1-1-1, 4 pts.), China PR (1-1-1, 4 pts.), South Africa (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Italy (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Australia ((2-1-0, 6 pts.), Brazil (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Jamaica (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Japan (1-0-1, 4 pts.), Argentina (0-1-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Netherlands (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Canada (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Cameroon (0-2-0, 0 pts.), New Zealand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Sweden (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Chile (0-2-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)


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Premier League Roundup 6/17: Paul Pogba wants out of Man U.

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Premier League Roundup 6/17: Paul Pogba wants out of Man U.

It has been a busy week in soccer with the FIFA Women's World Cup going on in France as well as everything happening in the Premier League.

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

Player Notes

Manchested United: According to reports, Paul Pogba is prepared to submit a transfer request to force his way to Real Madrid. Pogba would be the second major acquisition for Real as they have just recently announced the signing of Eden Hazard. The Belgian star made the jump to Real from Chelsea.

West Ham: Jack Wilshire admitted that he almost quit playing soccer in 2015 after a rash of injuries combined with a difficult situation at home with his young son. Wilshire returned to play back in May for West Ham.

Source: Rotoworld

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