Day: September 9, 2021

An 18-year-old Mexican-American soccer player may have saved his coach’s job just weeks after choosing to play for the US

Ricardo Pepi celebrates after scoring a goal against Honduras.

Ricardo Pepi came up big for the USMNT. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

  • Ricardo Pepi scored and had 2 assists in the USMNT’s 4-1 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifiers.

  • Taylor Twellman said the win may have saved manager Gregg Berhalter’s job.

  • It was the 18-year-old Pepi’s international debut after committing to the US over Mexico in August.

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Ricardo Pepi helped save the US Men’s National Team from a lot of pain on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old striker played a big role in his squad’s 4-1 win over Honduras on Wednesday in a World Cup Qualifier in his international debut. Pepi scored one goal and assisted two others, becoming the second-youngest US player after Christian Pulisic to play in a World Cup qualifier.

The win moved the US ahead of Panama in goal differential and into third place in the qualifying standings. The top

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What Does Life After ESPN Look Like for Kenny Mayne?

Kenny Mayne is hungry. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere, considering what’s going on with his career, but in this case, I’m just making an observation. It’s just after 9 o’clock on a sleepy Thursday morning in August, and we’re sitting down for breakfast at his hotel in Santa Monica. He’s in town with his wife, Gretchen, and two of his four daughters—one of whom, Elaina, they’re dropping off at USC. She’s a freshman. I ask whether it’s a Varsity Blues situation and he’s the new Aunt Becky.

“No, she did it all herself,” he says. “Engineering.”

They shipped Elaina’s stuff from their home in Connecticut out to his friend and former ESPN colleague Neil Everett’s house in L.A. They moved her onto campus a couple of days ago, but they’re sticking around for a minute. It’s nice here and he has the time, which isn’t the same thing as

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