A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol For the first time since November, Gareth Bale appeared in a match for Real Madrid. The Welsh attacker didn’t disappoint either as Bale scored to help secure Real’s victory over Espanyol on Saturday. Alvaro Morata gave the hosts the lead in the first half with a headed finish at the Santiago Bernabeu before Bale doubled the advantage in the 83rd minute. Real currently holds a four-point advantage over Barcelona at the summit of La Liga and has a game in hand. Sporting Gijon 1-4 Atletico Madrid Kevin Gameiro netted a hat-trick in five minutes to help solidify Atletico’s standing in the top four. The second-half
It’s only preseason but Tommy Thompson looked to be in midseason form on Saturday for the San Jose Earthquakes. The 21-year-old forward opened the scoring for the Earthquakes during their friendly with Reno 1868 FC of the USL. Reno will make its debut in the league during the upcoming 2017 season. Anyway, Thompson is surrounded by Reno bodies inside the penalty area, before pulling the ball back on his right foot and knocking it beyond the goalkeeper to give Dominic Kinnear’s side the 1-0 lead.
Well, that didn’t go according to plan. The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Panama to open Group B play in Saturday’s CONCACAF Championship match. Despite playing down a man for over 70 minutes, Panama managed to find a winner in the first half when Leandro Avila beat Jonathan Klinsmann off of a lobbed effort inside the penalty area. The U.S. was dealt a further blow in its first match of the tournament as captain and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams was forced off at halftime with an apparent ankle injury. Adams was seen hobbling on crutches at the start of the second stanza, leaving his status for the rest of the competition uncertain. Jeremy Ebobisse