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Liverpool defender Steven Caulker has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit a local school ahead of the League Cup final. Barcelona Jerseys For Sale . The excitement among pupils at Anfield Road Primary School was palpable as the prelude to their Physical Education class was the chance to touch one of the record eight League Cups Liverpool have won. Anfield Road Primary is just one of the schools to benefit from the LFC Foundations Premier League School Sports Programme. The LFC Foundation delivers curriculum PE lessons to different year groups throughout the school to help keep pupils fit and healthy whilst supporting a well rounded education. As an added bonus, Caulker took the opportunity to lend his support to the foundations work. Caulker was delighted to give back to community and hopes he may have inspired athletes of the future Its great to give back and if you look at all the smiles on their faces its definitely worthwhile, he told Sky Sports News HQ.Not only that it helps build their confidence, it could help them in a future career as a professional athlete. Theres a lot of young kids excited and inspired by the cup final ahead.Not shy about getting involved, Caulker took part in a reaction game where the winner was the first to snatch a ball off the top of a cone. Going out in the early rounds, he was an onlooker when it came to the final two. An experience hell be forced to repeat on Sunday as hes cup tied. Caulker pictured alongside students of the Anfield Road Primary School The build up has been different, but nonetheless, theres still great excitement around the city and Im sure there will be in the changing room in the build up to the game, he added. So, it is great to be a part of, I mean, just to see those scenes in the semi-final at Anfield was breathtaking.Caulker is in the strange position of having had his own run in the competition ended by his current club. He was part of the Southampton side thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool in their quarter-final at St Marys on December 2. Ahead of the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet talks about his side’s route to the final Im well aware of how good the team can be, Caulker stated emphatically having felt the full force of Jurgen Klopps Liverpool and, in particular, Daniel Sturridge who scored two that night, but, who has only played four times since.Im sure there are more exciting things to come from him [Sturridge] between now and the end of the season. He scored against Villa, hes looking sharp, hes looking strong, hes always working hard. Ive known him for a long time from previous England camps and hes always got his head down working hard and its no different to how he is now battling away. Hopefully its time for a little bit of luck on his side and he can stay injury free. Caulker believes there is still more to come from Daniel Sturridge His goal ratio is fantastic. I was also on the receiving end of his partnership with [Luis] Suarez. Everyone spoke of how good Suarez was, which theres no doubt, but Sturridge played a big part in that and hes finding form again now.As for his own goals, Caulker is hoping to figure as much as possible between now and the end of the season, preferably at centre-half. Beyond that and the end of his loan spell from Queens Park Rangers, he will see what plays out in the summer. There is a hint, though, that hed like to work with Klopp for as long as possible. Simon Mignolet believes winning the League Cup this weekend could have a similar effect on Liverpool as it did on Chelsea during Jose Mourinhos first spel Hes been fantastic with all the boys and we are all wishing for him to do really well, Caulker said. Hes exactly as you see him on the telly, he doesnt change one bit. Hes great to work with and great to have around the place.You know where you stand with him. You want to work for him. You enjoy him being the manager. Also See: Win can be catalyst for Klopp Road to Wembley Caulker backs sharp Sturridge Barnes and Goater Q&A Discount Barcelona Jerseys . LOUIS -- The New Orleans Saints looked like a team playing out the string. Barcelona Marlon Santos Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. . The defending champion beat Gael Monfils of France 7-6 (6), 6-3, while second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain dispatched Edouard Roger-Vasselin, also of France, 6-3, 6-3. Making his first appearance since injuring his wrist a month ago, Del Potro had difficulty with his service games in the first set. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Midway through the first half of Sundays national championship game at Avaya Stadium, USCs Kayla Mills took a West Virginia shot flush in the face from no more than a few yards away. It felt, well, unpleasant. A ball to the nose will feel that way.I wanted to cry, Mills said after the game. I wanted to stop, but I was like Oh my gosh, the ball is still in our half. I cannot let them score, because I did not get hit in the face for nothing. And so, I was just trying to get myself sorted out. I didnt want to take that for nothing.It hurt, and I wanted to cry a little bit. But nothing came out, so were good.It just didnt hurt as much as missing the NCAA tournament, which she experienced in a freshman season that went very wrong.Three years later, a senior, Mills was on the field when the final whistle brought the college season to an end. And after No. 2 USCs 3-1 win over No. 1 West Virginia, she stayed there to celebrate a national championship with her teammates. So, no, it wasnt for nothing.Put aside for a moment the pair of goals from USCs Katie Johnson that first put her team ahead and later allowed them to breathe easy for the final few minutes. Put aside goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhommes championship-preserving saves. Leave all of that for later.USC won the title while outscoring its six opponents by a total of seven goals. That is the smallest goal differential of any champion since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 2001. USC survived a shootout in the second round, the earliest an eventual champion ever partook in that lottery during the same time span. It won three consecutive 1-0 games to reach Sundays final. It was outshot in each of its final three games, including 21-8 by the Mountaineers on Sunday.The Trojans didnt dominate the tournament. That isnt the objective. It is to be there at the end. The Trojans had a plan for that.To understand what transpired, as USC broke down one of the stingiest defenses in recent College Cup memory to become just the fourth program to win multiple titles, start with a ball to the face. A group of players -- for whom the start of their college experience was like a ball to the face -- did over four seasons just what Mills did on this night. They played on.Six seniors played major minutes. Four transfers played major minutes.They accounted for all three goals and two of the assists. Oh yes, and eight saves.Those were courtesy of Prudhomme, who played against USC in her first two college seasons at Oregon State. Back in the bad old days. After winning a title in 2007, USC fell off the map. The nadir was a losing record and missed tournament in 2013.It just didnt seem to be working out, like they were just a little underachieving, and we didnt understand why, Prudhomme said of her view from the other goal. But I knew how good those players were.Keidane McAlpine arrived prior to the 2014 season and talked of a plan to contend for a title. Mills said it seemed the coaches saw things in the players that even the players didnt see at that point, which made it a difficult sell.Theres no way, from where we are right now, Mandy Freeman recalled thinking, that we could get a natty champ by my senior year.But that is exactly what they did.USC did what no one else in the NCAA tournament could when it took the lead against West Virginia. No worse than tied in its five previous games, the Mountaineers trailed after just 82 seconds in the final. The set-piece goal, Savannah Levin heading a corner kick deep into the box to set up Morgan Andrews for a headed finish, wasnt the fastest in the history of the final, but it was aa lightning bolt. Barcelona Rafinha Jersey. Undaunted, West Virginia piled up possession and shots until Ashley Lawrence tied the game with a 66th-minute strike. Still, the Mountaineers pressed on.But USC was outshot 41-25 in its final three games. Defending wasnt uncomfortable territory. And when Andrews launched a quick counterattack with a long pass that Leah Pruitt, another transfer, turned into an assist on the first of Johnsons two goals, USC had the lead back at 2-1.Weve talked about our team defending, day one, McAlpine said. Im big on defending. But we always talk about we defend so we can attack. Weve been able to create chances. I said it the other day, weve always been able to create chances and been very opportunistic all year. Weve got a quality group of forwards. And today was no different. We had to stay unified in what we were doing, disciplined in what we were doing. ... I thought our individual defending, especially in the box with crosses coming in, was fantastic.And we knew we had a solid netminder. Shes good; shots from distance she can take care of. Not to mention the special saves, which I think she made a handful today as well.Yes, Prudhomme did. None of them better than with 10 minutes remaining and USC still leading by a single goal. In a game in which West Virginia showed off the skill worthy of a team with so many players experienced at the international level, nothing was more impressive than the first-touch pass that Lawrence slid through a gap and the incredible control of Heather Kaleiohi to spin away from a defender as she gathered in the ball and faced no one but Prudhomme. That level of execution at the college level leads to goals almost every time.But only almost. Sliding to her right as Kaleiohi spun that direction, Prudhomme reached back across her momentum and pawed away the shot headed toward the far post. Johnson capped the scoring with a deft long-range finish on another counter with barely three minutes left.Like Andrews, the Notre Dame transfer so instrumental in two of the three goals, Prudhomme was a late but invaluable addition to USCs rebuilding effort.Transferring within the Pac-12 meant that Prudhomme had to sit out a season, a penalty most transfers dont pay in sports other than football and basketball. But that was a small price to pay for what she found in Los Angeles.I came from a situation where it was very intense and very upsetting and you didnt feel comfortable playing, Prudhomme said. You didnt feel like you did anything right, and you felt kind of worthless. We came here, and they made me confident again. I was actually getting to the point where I wanted to quit, because thats how much I hated soccer. And it wasnt because I actually hated the game. ...I think this coaching staff did an amazing job bringing these players that came from a similar situation that I did and bringing them back to a place mentally where they believe theyre good players. Because they are good players.All of that would have been true no matter the outcome in the final. For a group of players and coaches so open about not only their soccer experiences, but their conversations about matters of cultural significance and the roles they hope to play in the wider world, Sundays result didnt really define them any more than the loss defined a brilliant West Virginia team.But they are also good players who earned the trophy they held aloft.And if youre going to get hit in the face, well, its nice to know it wasnt for nothing. 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