Miles Robinson delivers USMNT game-winning Gold Cup goal in extra time (Video)

Miles Robinson delivered the game-winning goal for USMNT on a header in the 117th minute.

Despite playing with their B-Team in Sunday night’s Gold Cup final, the U.S. National Men’s Team was able to overcome rival Mexico and multiple chances from the opposition to win in extra time.

Miles Robinson delivered the thrilling game-winner and unlikely victory for the USMNT, putting home a header on a free kick in the 117th minute after the 0-0 game went to extra time.

Team USA was able to hang on for the remaining minutes of stoppage time and celebrate the 1-0 victory over the Mexican side in another nail-biting showdown from Las Vegas.

Miles Robinson delivers USMNT game-winning goal for Gold Cup win

This marked the seventh time the U.S. men’s team has won the Gold Cup dating back to 1991, and it was the first time since 2017, when Team USA beat Jamaica 2-1 in the final.

The victory was even sweeter, given the stakes, how many of USMNT’s best players were missing and the fact that it was a rivalry game against most of Mexico’s normal players. Throw in missing out on qualifying for the World Cup just a few years ago, and all the ups and downs of the last few years for American soccer, and this was a pretty resounding, impressive victory.

Mexico had plenty of chances but was unable to put them in the back of the net. Team USA capitalized in extra time, when the stakes were highest, with Robinson delivering the decisive blow.

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Marc Andre-Fleury will play for the Blackhawks rather than retire

After some immediate hesitation after a surprising trade, Marc-Andre Fleury will indeed join the Chicago Blackhawks.

Among the moves to cross the NHL transaction wire last week, the Vegas Golden Knights trade of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks might have been the most surprising. Even Fleury himself was caught off-guard by the move, taking time over the last several days mull his future. Retirement was clearly on the table.

Fleury’s core issue in regard to the trade was with moving his family to an unfamiliar city, not with the Blackhawks’ organization. On Sunday, according to multiple reports, the three-time Stanley Cup winner has decided he will join his new team.

The Blackhawks’s Twitter feed essentially confirmed the news, referencing Fleury’s nickname-Flower.

Marc-Andre Fleury seems to have a lot left in the tank

Fleury is 36 years old, but he’s coming off one of the best seasons of his career in 2020-21. He posted a career-best .928 save percentage with a 1.98 goals-against average, six shutouts and 26 wins in 36 regular season appearances. He also won the Vezina Trophy for the first time.

Fleury has one year left on his contract, with a $7 million cap hit. He’ll become Chicago’s No. 1 goaltender, with Kevin Lankinen in line for a good share of work as the backup after he faded late in his rookie season. Visions of a Fleury reunion with the Pittsburgh Penguins will have to be put on hold, at minimum.

Along with the trade of long-time blue line mainstay Duncan Keith, the Blackhawks have made some notable additions this offseason (Seth Jones, Tyler Johnson, Jake McCabe). Fleury’s place on that list of notable additions became tenuous immediately, but he’s going to at least start the final year of his contract in a Blackhawks’ uniform.

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Twitter enraged at Claes and Sponcil’s controversial beach volleyball loss

Twitter raged about Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil being robbed in the women’s beach volleyball quarterfinals after a controversial challenge to a challenge.

The dynamic duo of Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes were knocked out in the round of 16 of the 2021 Olympics beach volleyball tournament.

The Americans lost to Canadian pair Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson in an upset. Sponcil and Claes ranked No. 3 in the world. Bansley and Wilkerson ranked No. 16.

Was it a fair result? Twitter doesn’t think so.

In the third set, with Canada leading 12-11, Sponcil’s serve was called out. Sponcil and Claes challenged the ruling and the officials reversed it on replay review.

That’s when things got weird. Canada challenged the challenge and the referees reversed the reversal. Sponcil and Claes went on to lose the third set and the match.

No one understands the review in Sponcil and Claes’ beach volleyball loss

Twitter was irate, throwing around the word “ROBBED” with abandon.

Confusion largely stemmed from how the challenges were handled. It just didn’t make any sense.

The rulebook doesn’t seem to allow for what happened.

Unfortunately for Claes and Sponcil, there doesn’t seem to be any recourse. They’re out of the Olympics just like that.

Sponcil is 24 years old and Claes is 25, so they likely will have more Olympic opportunities down the line. That won’t make this result any less devastating for the two.

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