SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Katie Johnson broke a tie in the 75th minute and Southern California won the NCAA women’s soccer title Sunday, beating top-ranked West Virginia 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on Sunday. The second-seeded Trojans (19-4-2) also won the College Cup in 2007. The Mountaineers (23-2-2) lost for the first time since a 1-0 setback to Georgetown on Sept. 18. West Virginia had a 17-game unbeaten streak snapped, and allowed three goals for the first all season. Johnson, who also had the winning goal in USC’s 1-0 semifinal victory over Georgetown on Friday, was wide open in front of the net when Leah Pruitt took a pass up the left sideline, beat defender Easther Mayi Kith, and delivered a perfect
There will be four All-Premier League match-ups when the top two tiers enter the FA Cup in early January. The most intriguing of the bunch, should the sides go close to full-strength, is West Ham United hosting Manchester City. Five relegation candidates also have to face Premier League opposition: Burnley goes to Sunderland, Hull City hosts Swansea, and Leicester City is off to Everton. Alluring for Manchester United fans is the return of stalwart defender Jaap Stam to Old Trafford, as the big Dutch manager brings Reading to town. The matches will take place between Jan. 6-9. FA Cup third round draw Ipswich Town vs. Lincoln/Oldham Barrow vs. Rochdale Manchester United vs. Reading Hull City vs. Swansea
West Bromwich Albion and Watford became the latest Premier League teams to be put in the dock over their players behaviour as on Monday the Football Association charged them over a brawl on Saturday. The confrontation between the two sets of players -- in a match West Brom won 2-1 -- occurred when Watford's Roberto Pereyra was red-carded six minutes from time for lashing out at James McClean after the latter clattered into him. "Both West Bromwich Albion and Watford have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour," read a statement from the FA.