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The Weekend That Was: 2/13/2017

MLS preseason continues, Juve and Barca imperious, & more!

Deportivo Alaves v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Welcome to The Weekend That Was, where we look at the big stories from the weekend in MLS and around the world.

Service Announcements

This didn’t get a lot of attention but if you’re a Fire STH or otherwise attend home matches regularly you’ll want to take note of changes to kickoff times for some games this season. Two of the fixtures affected are in April, so it’s worth checking out.

Liverpool Step Back From The Brink

The Reds won their first Premier League game of 2017 with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham. Sadio Mané scored twice in two minutes to break a rather surprising winless streak. They’re almost certainly out of the title race but there’s still time to turn things around and clamp down a Top 4 spot.

Juve Juve, Ohhhh No

Yesterday was Massimiliano Allegri’s 100th game in charge of Juventus. His side gave him the best possible present— a 2-0 win over Cagliari and a seven-point cushion at the top of Serie A. It doesn’t seem so long ago that pundits were saying how vulnerable Juve were and how their rivals should capitalize. It seems like Italian football has returned to its status quo— for now, at least.

Barcelona— Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

No one should be surprised that Barcelona kicked off against a midtable side and won 6-0. And yet these blowouts are still something of a spectacle. Even if the suspense and uncertainty over the result is wholly absent from most Barcelona games, seeing Messi-Suarez-Neymar in action is worth the price of admission alone.

So That Happened