Man City, Arsenal get tough Champions League round of 16 tests


The road to Lisbon just got a lot harder for two Premier League giants.

Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona, while Arsenal will face Bayern Munich following the draw for the Champions League round of 16 on Monday.

Arsenal, the Premier League leaders despite their heavy defeat to Manchester City over the weekend, were beaten by Bayern Munich at the same stage last year, paying the price for their group stage defeat at Napoli which relegated them to runners-up in their group.

Here’s the full draw:

  • Manchester City vs. Barcelona
  • Olympiakos vs. Manchester United
  • AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain
  • Galatasaray vs. Chelsea
  • Schalke vs. Real Madrid
  • Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
  • Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

Visit FOXSoccer.com for more news and updates regarding Monday’s Champions League draw.

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Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com


United States winger Brek Shea struck eight minutes from time to give the Americans a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Shea’s late goal ensured the Americans finished atop Group C and secured a quarterfinal date with El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

The nature of the victory in this dour affair will give Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to ponder – including these five points – as he prepares for the knockout stages.

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Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 4-1 victory over Cuba

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com


It took a bit longer than expected for the United States to hit its stride in their 4-1 victory against Cuba. The visitors even managed a stunning opening goal when Jose Ciprian completed a swashbuckling counter after 36 minutes. But the Americans equalized through Landon Donovan shortly before halftime to set the stage for a significant second-half improvement. Chris Wondolowski struck twice in the final half hour to ensure that the US will finish atop Group C with a victory (or a draw, most likely) over Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday.

 In the wake of a third straight heavy victory, here are a few points to ponder as the US approaches a decisive affair against the Ticos:

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2013 Confederations Cup, Weekend Preview - Six Things to Watch

By Jamie Trecker, FOXSoccer.com


The Confederations Cup group stage wraps up here this weekend with the top of the group at stake in the Group A, and all to play for in Group B. Here’s a quick look at six things you must pay attention to this weekend:

Can Nigeria upset Spain?

The African champions sent a young team to this Confederations Cup and that may prove their undoing: while they have plenty of desire and power in the likes of Brown Ideye and Ahmed Musa, their defense has shown their inexperience. Against a Spanish side that seems to be rolling from strength to strength, this seems like a tall order on Sunday for the Super Eagles. One positive is manager Stephen Keshi: he’s managed to make this at times unruly bunch gel, so if anyone can get this team ready to go, it’s him.

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