28
Oct

Thierry Henry’s golazo helps NY Red Bulls seal first major trophy in franchise history

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Heading into the last MLS weekend, the New York Red Bulls were just one more win away from claiming the first title in their 17-year history (counting the Metro Stars era) - the Supporters’ Shield, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Thanks in part to their world star Thierry Henry, New York finally ended the drought.

Down 1-0 to the Chicago Fire in the all-important last match, Henry unloaded a spectacular goal to tie it up for New York midway through the first half. Henry chested down a long ball from the Red Bulls’ own half, waited for the right bounce, and smashed a dipping volley off the crossbar and in. Just, wow:

Probably stunned by Henry’s brilliance, Chicago ended up conceding four more goals as New York won 5-2 and claimed the Shield.

Next up: The MLS Cup playoffs, for which the Red Bulls are obviously the Number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Check out the full bracket:

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15
Jul

Real Madrid takes over as “world’s most valuable sports team”

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Real Madrid has a history of winning titles and trophies, but they can now add a new title to their resume: world’s most valuable sports team.

The franchise, which has never been shy in acquiring the world’s top players — Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few — surpassed Manchester United after years of looking up at the Red Devils on the list.

From Forbes.com:

[Real Madrid] is now the world’s most valuable sports franchise, worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 Manchester United. Los Blancos have the highest revenues of any team in sports ($650 million during the 2011-12 season), and revenues are up 62% over the last three years. Madrid’s operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and player trading) of $134 million is second only to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys among sports teams.

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