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� Supplied by CBS Sports MONACO - NOVEMBER 21: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between AS Monaco and RB Leipzig at Stade Louis II on November 21, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. Arsenal's quest to attain another UEFA Europa League final in three seasons resumes on Thursday when the Gunners host reigning Czech champion Slavia Prague in the first leg of a Europa League quarterfinal at Emirates Stadium in London. Arsenal sits in 10th-place in the English Premier League standings and is coming off a 3-0 defeat as a result of Liverpool on Saturday. Meanwhile, Slavia Prague is 20-0-5 in domestic play this year. On Sunday the team escaped with a 0-0 draw at Brno. Kickoff is defined for 3 p.M. ET on Paramount+. Arsenal is listed as the -187 favorite at William Hill Sportsbook, while Slavia Prague is the +500 underdog in the most recent Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague odds. A draw is fetching +320. The over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before you lock in your Slavia Prague vs. Arsenal picks, be sure to start to see the UEFA Europa League predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's soccer guru Martin Green. Craving a lot more coverage of the world's game? Listen below and follow �Qu� Golazo! AN EVERYDAY CBS Soccer Podcast where we take you beyond the pitch and around the globe for commentary, previews, recaps and more. After working in the sports betting industry for quite some time, Green became a specialist sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated over $18,200 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. Now, Green has set his sights on Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague. It is possible to head to SportsLine to see his picks. Listed below are several odds and trends for Slavia Prague vs. Arsenal: Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague spread: Arsenal -0.5 (-180) Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague over-under: 2.5 goals Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague money line: Arsenal -187, Slavia Prague +500, Draw +320 ARS: Fifteen players have scored in the Europa League this year SLA: The side has won its league three times in four seasons Featured Game| Arsenal vs. Slavia Praha Spread Moneyline Total ARS BET NOW -187 BET NOW BET NOW SLA BET NOW +500 BET NOW BET NOW BET NOW Why you should back Arsenal The Gunners have a history of success against Czech competition. In eight matches against Czech sides, Arsenal has seven victories and one draw. In the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League group stage the Gunners routed Slavia Prague, 7-0, in London. That result remains their biggest European home win and Slavia Prague's biggest continental defeat. Furthermore, Arsenal is difficult to beat in the home. The Gunners' overall UEFA Europa League home record is 16-4-3. Why you need to back Slavia Prague Slavia Prague already has eliminated two formidable foes on the way to the quarterfinals. The club shockingly knocked out Leicester City in the round of 32 and Rangers in the round of 16. The success against Leicester City included a 2-0 win at King Power Stadium in the second leg. In addition, Slavia Prague faces an Arsenal side that has been inconsistent all season. Prior to the international break, the Gunners earned a quality 2-1 result over Tottenham but then had to battle from a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 with West Ham. That came before Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday. How to make Europa League picks for Slavia Prague vs. Arsenal Green has broken down this matchup, even though he's leaning over the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping around one side. Head to SportsLine to see his analysis and top picks. So who wins Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to learn which side of the Slavia Prague vs. Arsenal money line has all of the value, all from the European soccer expert who has generated over $18,200 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and discover.
By Amy Tennery (Reuters) - After four World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals, "failure" is not a word often associated with the U.S. Women's national team - unless, of course, the topic is the 2016 Rio Olympics. After winning gold at the 2012 London Games and triumphing at the 2015 World Cup, the Stars and Stripes flew into Rio under enormous expectations but lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals. "We have very high standards for the team, which is championship or, you understand, it's total failure," forward Megan Rapinoe told reporters at the Team USA media summit on Wednesday. "So, you understand, we felt like total failures." Rapinoe and her team mates bounced back, needless to say, winning the U.S. Their fourth World Cup title in 2019 while becoming celebrated advocates for gender pay equity within their country amid a public battle with the soccer federation. But casting away the demons of five years back will involve overcoming historic precedent: In the 25 years since women's soccer was put into the Olympic programme, no World Cup winner went on to successfully defend the title at the next Games. "To be the first team to obviously do it would be very hard," said defender Crystal Dunn. "It would be incredible - I understand after 2016 most of us are hungry to get back on the market and really show what this team is about and compete on the best stage." Rapinoe, who opted out of competition for a lot of 2020, said the entire year delay in the Tokyo Games because of the pandemic - while undeniably challenging - came with a silver lining. "Some players played a lot, went overseas, some players like myself took additional time for themselves, time that people never really reach get our anatomies right," said the 35-year-old Californian. "Of all the teams, we probably have the most benefit just because we'd have already been so tired particularly after all of the wildness of 2019." The U.S. Women's team play Sweden in a friendly on Saturday. (Reporting by Amy Tennery, editing by Ed Osmond)
Mexico players celebrate after Mexico defeated USA 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final soccer match at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 7, 2019. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press) It?s been a lean year for America?s team. And by America?s team, we don?t mean the Dallas Cowboys, NY Yankees or even the U.S. Women?s national soccer team. The America?s team we?re discussing isn?t even based in this country. But with a 2020 survey showing 60 million people in the U.S. Self-identify as supporters of the Mexican national team, it may have the biggest, most geographically diverse fan base of any team in the U.S. It has certainly made itself in the home here, playing 70 friendlies in the U.S. Since 2008, more than 3� times as many as it played in Mexico during that time. And that doesn?t include competitive matches such as for example World Cup qualifiers and the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup that are played in the U.S. All of which made this past year so unusual because, for the very first time in 32 years, the Mexican national team didn?t play once on this side of the border. ?It had been a different experience,? said Yon de Luisa, president of the Mexican soccer federation. ?I think most of us had different experiences throughout 2020.? Mexico will make up for that year. On Wednesday the federation and Soccer United Marketing (SUM), the brand new York-based entity that manages the team?s U.S. Tours, said Mexico will play at the least five exhibitions in the U.S. Beginning with a May 30 friendly against Iceland at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The rest of the games have not been finalized but the majority are expected to be played in late spring or early summer. With Mexico also scheduled to play in the ultimate Four of the Nations League tournament in June, the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July and a World Cup qualifier in November, Mexico could have as many as 14 games in the U.S. In the ultimate seven months of 2021. That?s a lot more than it has played in any calendar year in Mexico. ?It?s a balance,? De Luisa said from Mexico City. ?We have to understand that even though we have 120 million Mexicans in your borders, we have near 40 million north of our border. And we've found that our group of fans in the U.S., it?s not merely the 40 million Mexicans. You can find people close to our Mexican relatives in the U.S. That also are fans of our national team. Story continues ?So yes, we have responsibilities toward them.? Money, however, may be the biggest reason Mexico plays here so often. Of the 10 largest crowds for a men?s international soccer match in the U.S., outside of the Olympics or World Cup, nine were games involving Mexico. The average attendance was a lot more than 90,000. Not only will be the crowds in the U.S. Larger ? Mexico has just one stadium with a capacity greater than 55,100 ? everything from the sale of tickets to concessions to sponsorships is more profitable as well. That not only fills the federation?s coffers, but it allows the SUM to schedule better opponents as well, with four of Mexico?s last six friendlies in the U.S. Coming against top 25 teams. Fans celebrate after Mexico's 1-0 win over the U.S. In the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Soldier Field. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press) ?We must understand the structure of the business,? De Luisa said. ?It?s challenging to bring Argentina or Colombia or Uruguay to play in Mexico as the kind of income we generate through our match day, it isn't much like [what] we generate in the U.S. That?s why on the sports side it is crucial for us to play in the U.S.? Not having the ability to play before fans in the U.S. In 2020 due to pandemic had a major influence on the federation?s finances, about 70% which originates from sponsorships and game-day sales. Therefore, keeping those fans and partners engaged this past year, once the national team played just five games, four of them in empty stadiums in Europe, was a major focus. The federation and SUM, its U.S. Marketing arm since 2003, attempted innovative concepts such as for example virtual meet-and-greets with their corporate partners and broadcast feeds from Europe that displayed one set of advertisements to viewers in Mexico and another set to viewers in the U.S. ?Not having games was definitely a financial hit. But the benefits of the work we?ve done through the years is we?ve really built the value of the Mexican national team brand, the intellectual property,? said Camilo Durana, the senior vice president of properties and events at SUM. ?We were able to retain a good part of our commercial revenues through a mixture of innovation. So we could actually stabilize. ?But there are things we?ve surely got to deliver in the future therefore.? Chief among them is the personal contact between your Mexican team and its own U.S. Fans. According to a 2020 study commissioned by SUM, self-described fans of the national team certainly are a bilingual, bicultural group centered on family and tradition. For many of these, match day in the U.S. Is a day-long celebration of Mexican culture and pride that would be difficult to organize with out a game at its center. ?On the social side,? De Luisa continued, ?it really is fundamental for all of us to play in the U.S. That?s why, in the long term, yes, Mexico will play plenty of matches in the U.S.? This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Ti