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Morning Read: It Is Lionel Messi's World

The Barcelona stud breaks yet another record; Omar Gonzalez goes traveling to the Pacific Northwest; a young prospect heads to Mexico for training with his club.
BY Noah Davis Posted
December 10, 2012
3:27 AM
  • He's not American, but he is ridiculous. Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year, netting two for Barcelona over the weekend. Soccer America puts together an excellent list of facts and figures.

    The scary thing? He gets better as the game goes on:
    By Minute
    8 Goals in the 1st-15th minutes
    15 Goals in the 16th-30th minutes
    13 Goals in the 31st-45th minutes
    12 Goals in the 46th-60th minutes
    15 Goals in the 61st-75th minutes
    23 Goals in the 76th-90th minutes

  • MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez is hanging out in Portland, Oregon. Presumably, he's just there visiting some friends, not trying out for Caleb Porter's squad.

  • Former U-20 midfielder and current UCLA product Eder Arreola is ready for preseason. Didn't the college season end like yesterday? Does it ever stop?

  • Speaking of that, Indiana is your 2012 NCAA champion. “Just don’t let the ball go into the net. That’s our whole mentality,” goalkeeper and defensive MVP Luis Soffner, said. “We know that eventually we’ll get one if we just keep going.”

  • This isn't American, either, but Zack Slaton takes a smart look at the genius of Arsene Wenger. With the masses increasingly calling for his head, it's important to remember how much he's done for the Gunners (and why this year's poor performance isn't actually that bad).

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