Lionel Messi vs. The United States

The joke going around before the United States faced Argentina in the Copa América semifinals last night was that a third of the fans in Houston were there to support the hosts, a third for Argentina, and a third for Lionel Messi. To judge from the broadcast, the joke might not have gone far enough. There were Messi jerseys, Messi signs, even albiceleste flags with Messi’s airbrushed face rippling in the breeze. Only the most pious American fans pretended their guys had any chance against an Argentina side that’s playing like the best in the world, led by the best player in the world. Most just wanted to witness greatness.

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Preview: The last final

Most of yrdy those from the Barça fan-base saw the last few games of the season as ‘finals’. Games that cannot be lost by any means, at least not through the lack of effort. The 22nd of May will see the blaugrana play their last final of the season, but this time an actual final, and as much as we would’ve liked another to take place in Milan on the 28th, winning the Copa del Rey alongside the Liga title would be no failure.

That said, the opponents aren’t here to hand the trophy to the Catalans. Sevilla have just come back from Basel after easing past Liverpool to retain the Europa League and make it their third in a row, and their fifth in history (including the Uefa Cup).

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