The United States women’s national team ended the SheBelieves Cup on a very sour note, falling 3-0 to France on Tuesday at RFK Stadium. The loss gives France the SheBelieves Cup after the Yanks won the first edition of the tournament last season. Camile Abily scored twice for France, while Eugenie Le Sommer had the other goal. After going unbeaten in 2016, the U.S. has lost back-to-back matches. The three-goal setback is the USWNT’s worst loss since a 4-0 semifinal defeat against Brazil in the 2007 World Cup. Goal differential drops the USWNT to last place in the tournament, two goals of difference behind England. France finished with a 2W-1D mark, while Germany finished second with four points.
Christian Pulisic’s flick to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has Borussia Dortmund level in an attempt to reach the UEFA Champions League’s quarterfinals. Benfica led 1-0 after one leg, but the Westfalenstadion has seen BVB equalize within four minutes of the home leg. [ LIVE: Champions League scores ] A corner kick zipped to Pulisic at the near post, and the USMNT teenager flicked the ball toward the back post where the Gabonese striker was waiting to head home for 1-1. Pulisic, 18, now has three UCL assists, adding this helper to group stage efforts against Real Madrid and Legia Warsaw.
The business end of the season is here and that’s when the superstars start to show their worth. It’s also when the strain starts to show and that’s certainly the case for last weeks numero uno, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What a difference seven days can make… There are some steady eddies hanging around in our top five and just five new entries into the top 20. Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Up 1 N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Up 1 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Up 11 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) – New entry Alexis Sanchez
Former Manchester United defender Stam is set to reintroduce winger Garath McCleary to the starting eleven, after he was rested during their weekend win over Wolves in order to recover from knee and abdomen issues. Defender Thiago Ilori is not yet ready to make his return for the club, the Portuguese man has not featured since late January due to a knee injury. The same problem will also keep Stephen Quinn on the sidelines. Reece Oxford, on loan from West Ham, will not play either. He will miss out along with winger Callum Harriot. Both have hamstring injuries. The absence of Oxford will mean that the Reading back four will be unchanged for the third game running. Former Sunderland defender Paul
ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta United says it is “taking measures internally” to address an anti-gay chant used by some fans attending the team’s first Major League Soccer match. United spokesman Winkler said Monday the team was aware of the chant during Sunday night’s 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. In a statement to The Associated Press, the team said “inappropriate chants have no place in our matches” and fans participating in those chants will be removed from games. Some fans complained about Atlanta fans chanting a Spanish word at New York players that is an offensive term for a male prostitute. Atlanta drew a sellout crowd of 55,297 for its first MLS game. The team made announcements before the
It’s not a surprise that Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti didn’t have issues with the officiating in his side’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, but he didn’t think the score line did the Gunners justice. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, on the contrary, hated what he called “scandalous” calls and non-calls made by the crew, including a red card to Laurent Koscielny for denial of a goal scoring opportunity. From Goal.com: “It was not a crazy game, more difficult. Until the penalty the game was really difficult,” he told a post-match news conference. “Arsenal played really well for 50 minutes, putting a lot of pressure in the game. We had difficulty defensively and
Bruce Arena is aiming for his third Gold Cup as USMNT boss, and on Tuesday learned the first three nations which stand in the way. The U.S. will face Panama, Martinique, and either Nicaragua or Haiti depending on the playoff between the Caribbean zone and Central American zone sides. The U.S. plays Panama on July 8 in Nashville, Martinique on July 12 in Tampa, and closes off the group stage on July 15 in Cleveland. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals, with the two top third place teams also moving onto the knockout rounds. The 2017 Gold Cup winner qualifies for the 2019 CONCACAF Cup, and advances to the 2021 Confederations Cup if it wins the 2019 Gold Cup. Mexico is in
Orlando City’s acquisition of Giles Barnes looks particularly prescient right about now. Kaka is set to miss six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Sunday’s season-opening 1-0 win over New York City FC. While Barnes isn’t a like-for-like replacement for the former Ballon d’Or winner, he was the focal point of an MLS attack for several years in Houston before a midseason trade to Vancouver last season. From The Orlando Sentinel: “He’s a great player and he’s a loss, certainly, but Giles [Barnes] came in and did extremely well,” Lions centerback Jonathan Spector said. “That’s one of the great things about this team, we have so much strength and depth. When someone like Kaká goes down
Major League Soccer returned with (mostly) glorious wonder this weekend, with several eye-opening surprises and some dead-on certainties. 1) Houston can be electric — Mauro Manotas didn’t start up top for Wilmer Cabrera’s new Dynamo, and he may not get the chance after Erick “Cubo” Torres lined up between Honduran wingers Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis. The Mexican striker scored, Quioto added a second, and each man could’ve easily had a brace as Houston picked up a 2-1 home win over the reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders. The three-man attack was a CONCACAF nightmare for Seattle, especially without Brad Evans. Barring injury, Houston’s a must-watch. 2) Resilient Red Bulls prove a spoiler — Atlanta
Could it be one-and-done for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United? Moreover, will it be thanks to an American club? The BBC is reporting that the LA Galaxy are willing to make Ibrahimovic the best-paid player in Major League Soccer history. It’s not out of character for the Galaxy, who essentially started the Designated Player Rule by luring David Beckham to the West Coast. Ibrahimovic, 35, has had an outstanding season at Old Trafford and United would love for the big striker to elect his contracted option of a second year in town. He has 26 goals across all competitions for United this season, including 15 in the Premier League. Ibrahimovic’s league total is four behind PL pace setter Harry
When Ronald Koeman buried an extra time free kick at Wembley Stadium to give the 1992 European Cup to Barcelona, little did he know he’d be living in England a quarter century later. And now he can celebrate the goal’s anniversary, in England, with a beer brewed in his honor. A Barcelona brewery, La Lenta, is saluting the goal with a citrus-tinged ale called Golden Koeman, which incredibly works as a pun “Gol d’En Koeman”. The beer, which fits nicely in the springtime flavor period, and has a very FC Barcelona promotional plan. From Marca: As part of the beer promotion, it will be sold with collectable orange t-shirts and posters, while the slogan is borrowed from Johan Cruyff, the coach of the
Multiple reports state Leicester City have offered their vacant managers job to current interim boss Craig Shakespeare. Shakespeare, an assistant at Leicester for the past six seasons, has led the Foxes to two-straight 3-1 win against Liverpool and Hull City since standing in for Claudio Ranieri after the Italian coach was fired 12 days ago. Sky Sports are reporting that Leicester’s owners have met with Shakespeare in Dubai — where the reigning Premier League champions are currently on a warm weather training break — and have told the Englishman they want him to take charge until the end of the season. It is believed that more formal talks will be held between the owners and Shakespeare on Wednesday
FC Dallas’ exceptional center back duo could be broken up if a couple German clubs have anything to say about it. Walker Zimmerman and Matt Hedges have impressed in MLS, both earning call-ups to the United States men’s national team. Zimmerman, 23, is the younger of the two, and Metro New York reporter Kristian Dyer says a source tells him that a pair of Bundesliga hopefuls are on his tail. Neither Hannover nor Stuttgart are strangers to American talent. Longtime USMNT fullback Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover and is the current assistant manager, while Stuttgart boasts young American winger Julian Green. Stuttgart leads the 2.Bundesliga table, while Hannover is in third. The third-place team
Man City has 12-5 shot edge Stoke limited to one corner MCFC 10 pts back of first It was one of those days for Manchester City, flustered and annoyed by missed chances and dogged Stoke City in a scoreless draw at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The 0-0 result means Man City sits third, level on points with second place Spurs and 10 points back of Chelsea. Stoke remains ninth with 35 points. [ MORE: ] Manchester City was the better side in the first half, but Mame Biram Diouf perhaps the star player. Nearly scoring at one end, he surprisingly denied Leroy Sane with a tackle inside the Stoke 18. Unfortunately, Diouf was injured before the half-hour mark. Phil Bardsley scooped up a yellow card
LONDON (AP) A former English soccer coach has been charged with eight counts of child sexual abuse involving two victims from 1980-87. Prosecutors say Barry Bennell will appear via videolink at a magistrates’ court on Monday in relation to the charges. Bennell was charged Tuesday with five counts of having sex with a boy under 16, two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14, and one count of indecent assault on a boy under 16. The charges come after an investigation by Cheshire Police in northwest England.
Tim Ream has been a mainstay at center back for Fulham, and the 29-year-old American has been mostly good at Craven Cottage. The problem with being a center back is that we rarely get to toss out video footage of key tackles and terrific positioning. We get to note the bad stuff, though, and the ex-Red Bulls back certainly put one in that category on Tuesday. Fulham drew Leeds United 1-1, which isn’t an awful result for the resurgent Cottagers. Leeds’ goal, however, came off the boot of Ream. As we mentioned earlier, he plays for Fulham. See the goal below. Fulham is seventh in the Championship table, five points back of the final promotion playoff spot with a match-in-hand. Fulham is off to
LONDON — Amid the euphoria surrounding Chelsea’s title charge, Eden Hazard‘s play has flown under the radar all season long. The 26-year-old Belgian winger is hitting peak form at just the right time as Antonio Conte‘s men have opened up a 10-point lead atop the Premier League table with 11 games to go. In the 2-1 London derby win at West Ham United on Monday, Hazard was awarded the Man of the Match award as his opener from a lightning fast counter attack showcased exactly why this Chelsea team is running away with the league. Following his impressive display, Pro Soccer Talk asked Conte about Hazard’s devastating ability on the counter and just how important he is to this Chelsea team. “Eden
Despite protesting his innocence Tyrone Mings has been handed a five-game suspension for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s head. The incident occurred in the first half of Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend and was missed by referee Kevin Friend and his officiating crew. Because it was missed during the game, the FA charged both Mings and Ibrahimovic — the latter sent an elbow into Mings’ head moments after the stamp which resulted in a three-game ban for United’s leading goalscorer — retrospectively with alleged violent conduct. Now, the duo have been punished and this seems like the correct outcome. Mings, 23, had been at it with Zlatan the whole game as United’s striker
From Harry Kane‘s long-ranger to Nathan Redmond finishing off a wonderful team move, there was a great variety of fine strikes in the Premier League on Matchday 27. [ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] Chuck in some surging runs and clever set-up play down the left flanks which resulted in goals for Wilfried Zaha, Danny Welbeck and Martin Olsson and you have a wonderful mixture of poise and power. Click play on the video above to see the best strikes from this week.
Manchester United are making the long trip to Rostov with 20 first team players. Jose Mourinho and his squad departed Manchester Airport on Tuesday ahead of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg in Russia on Thursday as they continue their grueling run of fixtures. After their 4,000 mile round-trip journey to play against the Russian Premier League side they then head to Chelsea on Monday to play an FA Cup quarterfinal. 72 hours after that clash they host Rostov in the second leg at Old Trafford. [ MORE: Europa League schedule ] With Mourinho’s men without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their next three domestic games following his suspension for elbowing Tyrone Mings — he is available to play
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