Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea

Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea

The most prestigious trophy in club soccer is up for grabs this afternoon as Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final (2PM/Fox). The game will be played at Bayern's home field, Allianz Arena, in Munich. Imagine the NFL awarded Super Bowl hosting rights to Philadelphia and the Eagles played for the Lombardi Trophy at the Linc. That's what Bayern playing this game at home is like.
Been following the tournament since the group stages? Just hopping on the Champions League bandwagon today? No worries either way. We've got you covered with a roundup of links to get you primed for the game. 
Need to get caught up on how these two teams arrived at the final? Here's a quick video detailing the road each side took to Allianz Arena.

Brooks Peck over at Yahoo's Dirty Tackle has a fun look and viewing companion for the match.
Pro Soccer Talk takes a look at the storylines and key matchups for each team.
Grant Wahl shares five thoughts on this battle for European glory. 
Here's your tactical analysis from the minds over at Zonal Marking.

Don't have a rooting interest in this one?'s Roger Bennett struggles with the question of which team to support.
There are plenty of players to love and hate on each team. Jeffrey Marcus from The New York Times Soccer Blog examines the heroes and villains for each team.
Want some background on a couple of key offensive players from each team? Here's a look at the riddle of Bayern's Franck Ribery.
Simon Kuper, writing over at Mio Stadium, has a fantastic piece on Arjen Robben
Chelsea's Didier Drogba could be playing his last game in Chelsea blue. The Ivorian will be out of contract following this match. The Mirror looks at Drogba's hope to close out his career with a European title
Super Frank Lampard is the true heartbeat for Chelsea. The BBC says that Lampard relishes the chance to face Bayern.
Who am I rooting for? I can't believe I am rooting for anything German, but I need Bayern to win so my team, Tottenham Hotspur, gets into the Champions League next year
Finally, because it's the greatest music in all of sports, here is the Champions League anthem.


Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.