Concaclusions, Ep. 5: Raúl Jiménez Is On A Rampage For Wolves

The second international break of the year has arrived and the Concacaf Nations League is set to bring a healthy serving of drama on Matchdays 3 and 4. 

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Mexico, the U.S., and the other top seeds in League A are set to join the inaugural tournament, so there’s no excuse to not tune in if you missed the opening rounds. 

Before the tournament returns, the latest edition of Concaclusions brings you the top storylines involving Concacafers plying their trade across the pond.

Is there anything Raúl Jiménez can’t do?

Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to delight in the production of Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez. El Tri’s frontman made his name as a giant-slayer last year with goals against a collection of the Premier League’s top sides, and once again he played a key role in pulling off a massive upset — this time a 2-0 win against defending champions Manchester City.

If there’s only one moment you catch up on from the weekend’s Premier League action, make it Jimenez’s brilliant run and assist to play provider for Adama Traoré.

Christian Pulisic looking to climb the Chelsea ladder

If you haven’t heard the ruckus surrounding Christian Pulisic’s lack of playing time at Chelsea, then it’s probably past time to leave your rock and see the light of day. Coach Frank Lampard continues to attempt to lower the temperature amid his young team’s solid start to the season.

“If anyone is getting too excited about this, they should calm down”, the first-year tactician said concerning Pulisic. “He has started five games for us.”

The only thing to do for the 21-year-old at this point is to put his head down and work to earn an increased role for the Blues and shrug off the immense weight of a U.S. Soccer community desperate to see him take the Premier League by storm.

Sunday’s match against Southhampton saw Pulisic come on as a late substitute, and the result was just what you’d want to see from the American given his current situation. His precise ball into the box set up Michy Batshuayi for Chelsea’s fourth goal — good for his fourth assist of the campaign.

Keylor Navas shining for PSG

Neymar. Mbappe. Icardi. Cavani. Di Maria. We all know about PSG’s full stable of offensive weapons, but it’s been their defensive record that has really impressed so far in 2019. With an astounding nine clean sheets in 11 matches played and 0.36 goals per game average, the French giants are head and shoulders above the rest of Europe in terms of keeping their opponents at bay.

Much of that success at the back comes down to the efforts of Keylor Navas, who has registered four clean sheets in his five starts. After losing his grip on the starting role when Real Madrid went all in for Thibaut Courtois, the three-time Champions League winner has quickly found his way in the French capital and is demonstrating why he remains one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. 

Meanwhile, things aren’t so rosy for the ‘keeper in the Spanish capital…

Pressure building on Lozano to perform for Napoli

Napoli pulled off one of the acquisitions of the summer when they put pen to paper with Hirving “Chucky” Lozano. The Mexican winger lit up the Eredivisie and garnered the largest sum ($46 million) the Italian club has ever paid for a player, a clear statement of ambition to once again challenge Juventus all the way to the end.

The 24-year-old showed glimpses early on and got his scoring account off and running in a wild 4-3 loss to Juventus, but he has failed to build on that in weeks since. Following another game in which he failed to produce and Napoli drew Torino 0-0, the Italian press is already showing its teeth by criticizing his lack of production in light of the hefty transfer fee. 

Lozano will need to fully settle in and make a lasting impact in the final third sooner rather than later if the Partenopei are to ameliorate their scoring struggles and hang with Juve and Inter at the top of the league.

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Since bursting onto the scene with Borussia Dortmund as a 17-year-old, Christian Pulisic has had quite a few up and downs in his young career. First, it was carving out a spot for his club in Germany and then almost immediately becoming a starter with the U.S. national team. Then Pulisic was part of the U.S. team that spectacularly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite his goal in a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago. 

Concaclusions, Ep. 7: MLS Mayhem & Violence In Liga MX's San Luis-Queretaro

Club soccer is back in full swing on the heels of the second international break of the season, and there were plenty of storylines to digest, both within the region and across the pond. 

MLS Brings The Drama On First Weekend Of Playoffs

This was the first year of the new MLS playoff format, and boy did it bring the drama the first weekend. Gone are the days of two-legged series — the entire tournament now is one-off games, hosted by the higher seed. And in the first six games of the playoffs, the team hosting won five times. But these weren't straight forward affairs. Three of the games went to extra time, as the games featured goals galore, a Jordan Morris hat trick, and a first-ever playoff win for the Philadelphia Union. 

Barbados Claw Back In Group Play In The Concacaf Nations League

The second installment of Concacaf Nations League fixtures has drawn to a close, and we’re now left with a much clearer picture of which teams are on the rise, who can rest a bit easier after taking care of business, and the sides with plenty of work to do. 

US Men's National Team Continues To Flounder Under Gregg Berhalter

Last Friday's win for the USA men's national team at Audi Field was easy enough, but then again, Cuba were never going to put up significant resistance. But a 7-0 romp might have eased some concerns about Gregg Berhalter's side, one which hasn't impressed much since he took over the setup back in December 2018.

Cornelius Stewart's Goals Send SVG To Cusp Of League A Promotion

Back in September, we picked Gleofilo Vlijter as the standout performer from the first set of Concacaf Nations League games. The Suriname striker scored six goals in two wins, including four goals in a 6-0 triumph over Nicaragua. The 20-year-old added two more goals to his tally in October, taking his competition leading total to eight goals from four games.

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Canada Shock The USA & Costa Rica Can't Win In League A Action

After not being part of the opening games of the Concacaf Nations League back in September, the four top-seeded teams in League A all played twice over the past week to kick off their tournament. Having watched from the sidelines on the first two matchdays, these seeded teams knew what they would need to put themselves into a good position heading into the final games in November.

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with ECAC

AUSTIN, Texas — October 15, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced a partnership in collaboration with Collegiate Sports Management Group to provide live and on-demand coverage of 120 ECAC Championship Games across the FloSports network and potentially many more. Fans can watch the games annually through 2022.