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Steve Gans, Eric Wynalda deliver first salvos in USSF presidential race

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:49:00 PDT

Sebastian Salazar joins the guys for a heated debate about the U.S.'s World Cup failure, who's to blame and how to recover. INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada -- The Lake Tahoe area is as tranquil and scenic as they come. This time of year the days are still balmy enough, though the dusting of snow on the surrounding mountains is a reminder that winter isn't far away. It is here that the race for the presidency of the U.S. Soccer Federation began to heat up on Saturday. The gathering was ostensibly the annual meeting for the National Council of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association, where the mundane tasks of approving budgets and...

Transfer Talk: Manchester City's Yaya Toure to join New York City FC

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:57:00 PDT

Yaya Toure, 34, has won two Premier League titles with Manchester City. Yaya Toure is set to end his eight-year stay at Manchester City at the end of the season, with the Star reporting that the Ivorian will join the Blues' sister club New York City FC in MLS. For more on Yaya and NYCFC, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Manchester United preparing January swoop for Valencia's Carlos Soler

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:49:00 PDT

Huddersfield beat Man United for the first time in 65 years to end Jose Mourinho's side unbeaten start. Craig Burley breaks down Man United's defensive errors which proved costly against Huddersfield. Australia's Aaron Mooy once again proved his worth for Huddersfield, coolly placing in the opener against Manchester United. Jose Mourinho admits Huddersfield were the better team against his lackluster Man United. With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. TOP STORY: United eye £30m Soler Manchester United are licking their wounds from a shock 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield in a setback to their title ambitions with Manchester City's relentless run continuing. But the Mail believes the Red Devils are busy behind the scenes making more moves, with a £30 million offer to bring Valencia midfielder Carlos...

Coman wreaks havoc with pace, draws pivotal red card in Bayern victory

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:17:00 PDT

Corentin Tolisso's first goal since the opening day of the season led Bayern to a 1-0 victory at 10-man Hamburg. Arjen Robben reflects on Bayern's 'intense' clash at Hamburg and looks ahead to the team's upcoming slate. Bayern Munich were made to work hard for a third straight win under Jupp Heynckes, but scraped past 10-man Hamburg 1-0 thanks to record signing Corentin Tolisso's close-range tap-in on 52 minutes. Hamburg SV Bayern Munich 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Chasing an unprecedented sixth Bundesliga title in a row, Bayern moved level on points with Borussia Dortmund, who lead on goal difference by three goals. The gap was five points when Jupp Heynckes took over, but three straight victories, 9-0 aggregate without letting in a goal, is a pretty...

Deulofeu takes his chance, Iniesta turns back the clock in Barca win

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:36:00 PDT

Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for Barcelona in a victory over Malaga at Camp Nou. Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for Barcelona in a victory over Malaga at Camp Nou. Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 2-0 victory over Malaga at Camp Nou. Barcelona extended their unbeaten start to the La Liga season to nine games with a 2-0 win against Malaga at Camp Nou on Saturday.  Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring in the second minute, although the goal came in controversial circumstances, with the ball having gone out of play prior to Lucas Digne delivering the assist.  Malaga, who are bottom of the table with a solitary point, never really threatened to get back into the game and the three points were sealed when Andres Iniesta's...

Juventus need Dybala and Costa to lead from the front starting at Udinese

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:45:00 PDT

Massimiliano Allegri defended the form of Paulo Dybala after the striker missed key penalties in recent weeks. It was last week that Italian media and this blog discussed Douglas Costa and his slow start at Juve, struggling to provide the decisive action required to make the impact expected. The player responded in the best way possible, scoring the goal against Lazio before delivering the winning assist against Sporting Lisbon to earn the precious three points in the Champions League.  Boasting speed and enviable technique, Costa had to come good at some point. Italian tactics are hard to integrate...

Brewster announces himself with complete performance against U.S.

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:32:00 PDT

Rhian Brewster's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 win over the U.S. in the quarterfinal. Match ball cradled in his arms, Rhian Brewster is the last player to climb into the England team bus on Saturday night. As he makes his way to his seat in the back, getting a few pats from appreciative teammates, he rushes out again. A couple of his family members are hanging around on the driveway of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. A quick chat later and a few hugs later, Brewster returns to his teammates. He has made them wait, but he can get away with it. Right now he is the most feted...

Local boy Kylian Mbappe ready to live out dream by playing in Le Classique

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:27:00 PDT

Unai Emery discusses Neymar's growth at PSG and how he plans to help him improve on both sides of the ball. Marseille manager Rudi Garcia argued that although his team are ready to face PSG, their objectives for the season are very different. MARSEILLE, France -- Paris Saint-Germain will dispute Le Classique for the first time with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at Orange Velodrome on Sunday, and the advent will mean that more eyes are on the French capital outfit and Marseille than usual. The rivalry remains Ligue 1's most prestigious match, but it is also fair to say that their meetings have lost a bit of shine over the past few years -- despite the arrival of Frank McCourt and some new money on the Canebiere last season. Marseille Paris Saint-Germain 7:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 13/2  Draw: 9/2  Away: 4/11  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats One of...

Aguero equals record; De Bruyne, Sane and defence see Man City past Burnley

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:07:00 PDT

Sergio Aguero became Manchester City's joint top all-time scorer as City continued their winning streak. Craig Burley feels the referee got Man City's penalty decision correct following their comfortable win over Burnley. Craig Burley analyses the key fixtures from Saturday's Premier League action, including Man United's shock defeat. English Premier League: Sergio Aguero (30') Man City 1-0 Burnley Pep Guardiola praises his Manchester City team after beating Burnley and urges them to keep performing. Manchester City rolled their sleeves up and got on with the job on a difficult afternoon at the Etihad Stadium. They found Burnley stubborn and difficult to break down but continued to dig in to create chances. While the result isn't as extravagant as some recently, Pep Guardiola's team were well worth the 3-0 scoreline. Manchester City Burnley 3 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Ahead of the game, Guardiola said he'd learn more about his team when the going got tough, and that's exactly what happened as Burnley tried to break the game up and...

TSV 1860 Munich out to enjoy revival of city rivalry in Bayern Munich clash

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Despite a win over Celtic, Jupp Heynckes says Bayern still left much to be desired both offensively and defensively. MUNICH -- Five decades ago, there was only one club worth talking about in Munich: TSV 1860. They were the best team in the city and a founding member of the Bundesliga thanks to their success in the 1963 Oberliga Sud that saw the country's football authorities -- reluctant to have two clubs from the same city -- leave Bayern out. As Bayern were still making do with changing in wooden huts on Sabenerstrasse, "The Lions" starred in a European Cup Winners' Cup final at Wembley in 1965 (though they...

Errors from Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata doom United at Huddersfield

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:01:00 PDT

Huddersfield beat Man United for the first time in 65 years to end Jose Mourinho's side unbeaten start. Craig Burley breaks down Man United's defensive errors which proved costly against Huddersfield. Jose Mourinho admits Huddersfield were the better team against his lackluster Man United. Jose Mourinho says he was left 'disappointed' by the attitude of his Manchester United team in their loss to Huddersfield. Without a win in the Premier League since August, confidence wouldn't have been high for Huddersfield ahead of Manchester United's visit. Jose Mourinho's team had failed to win just two games this season -- collecting two draws away to Stoke and Liverpool -- with their form on the road not matching their 100 percent record at Old Trafford. Yet it is hard to argue with Huddersfield's 2-1 win. United dominated possession but it was Huddersfield who put away their chances, taking advantage of two...

Batshuayi brings enthusiasm and goals off the bench to rescue Chelsea

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Craig Burley explains that while Chelsea defeated Watford, defensive frailties continue to emerge. Antonio Conte commends Michy Batshuayi after his brace off the bench inspired Chelsea's come-from-behind win over Watford. After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked. Chelsea came back from 2-1 down to beat Watford 4-2 in a frenetic encounter at Stamford Bridge. Pedro opened the scoring for the Blues with a world-class strike in the 12th minute but the visitors refused to lay down and hit back with goals either side of the break. Abdoulaye Doucoure beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post to level in first-half stoppage time and, when Roberto Pereyra put the visitors ahead, it looked like Chelsea, whose defending was at times shambolic, might be heading to a third...

AVB's Shanghai SIPG need defensive rebuild after falling short for major title

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:21:00 PDT

Rafael Silva's strike helped Urawa Reds defeat Shanghai SIPG to make the AFC Champions League final. For Andre Villas-Boas and his side, the 2017 season will be remembered with a tinge of regret. Having threatened to earn success on three fronts, including beating main rivals Guangzhou Evergrande on three separate occasions in the space of a month, their season's hopes of silverware now hinge solely upon next month's CFA Cup final clash with city rivals Shenhua. On Wednesday night, in the bowels of Saitama Stadium, their dream of becoming the second Chinese side to triumph in the AFC Champions...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isolated, defence collapses vs. Frankfurt

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:14:00 PDT

Peter Bosz discussed Borussia Dortmund's disappointing week having lost to RB Leipzig and drawn against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League. FRANKFURT, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund's lead at the top of the table melts away like a popsicle in the Sahara Desert, as they drew 2-2 away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday after throwing away a 2-0 lead. Bayern Munich can close the once five-point gap with a win against Hamburg. Eintracht Frankfurt Borussia Dortmund 2 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives The Westphalians had lost their last three matches away to the Eagles, so technically, this was an improvement. Negatives Nobody was quite sure how the guests were 1-0 up at half-time. Similar issues to...

Huddersfield stun Man United as Mourinho's men suffer first league loss

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Huddersfield beat Man United for the first time in 65 years to end Jose Mourinho's side unbeaten start. Craig Burley breaks down Man United's defensive errors which proved costly against Huddersfield. Jose Mourinho admits Huddersfield were the better team against his lackluster Man United. Jose Mourinho says he was left 'disappointed' by the attitude of his Manchester United team in their loss to Huddersfield. David Wagner puts Huddersfield's win over Manchester United in his top three moments, but urges calm at the club. HUDDERSFIELD, England -- Three thoughts on Huddersfield's 2-1 win against Manchester United in the Premier League. 1. Defensive mistakes doom Man United Huddersfield beat Manchester United for the first time since 1952 to end the unbeaten start to the Premier League season by Jose Mourinho's side. Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored in the first half before substitute Marcus Rashford pulled one back for United. Huddersfield came into the game without a league win since August and without...

Sergio Aguero's best and most memorable Manchester City goals

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:49:00 PDT

English Premier League: Sergio Aguero (30') Man City 1-0 Burnley Layla Anna-Lee believes Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is a better striker than Spurs' Harry Kane. Is she wrong? The FC crew decide whether they would rather have Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero as the striker in their team. With 177 goals, Sergio Aguero has equalled Eric Brook's Manchester City's scoring record. We ranked the 10 best and most memorable from the dynamic Argentine striker. 10. vs. Sunderland, December 2014 Sometimes the most thrilling goals are when you think the scorer has made a mess of things but then recovers. When Aguero stabbed the ball past Sebastian Coates in this game against Sunderland, he looked as if he'd ceded possession before an opportunity to shoot came up. But no. A combination of his...

Chelsea still in title hunt with dramatic comeback win vs. Watford

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:40:00 PDT

Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Craig Burley explains that while Chelsea defeated Watford, defensive frailties continue to emerge. After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked. Antonio Conte commends Michy Batshuayi after his brace off the bench inspired Chelsea's come-from-behind win over Watford. Marco Silva praises Watford for their fighting spirit, but feels Antonio Conte's subs were the difference maker. Marco Silva insists Watford deserved to beat Chelsea after a late comeback handed the champions the win. LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 4-2 comeback win versus Watford on Saturday at Stamford Bridge that saw the defending champions avoid three consecutive Premier League defeats. 1. Chelsea remain in the title hunt Midway through the action-packed second half at Stamford Bridge, it genuinely seemed that Chelsea's title defence was over. With a loss, they would have ended Saturday 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. Instead, a stunning late turnaround means Chelsea are in fourth place and...

Roma must keep focus in Serie A after Chelsea plaudits

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:04:00 PDT

Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard both scored a brace for their sides as the two top teams of Group C battle to a 3-3 draw. Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard both scored a brace for their sides as the two top teams of Group C battle to a 3-3 draw. Chelsea let a two-goal lead slip against Roma before settling for a draw, while Benfica's goalkeeping gaffe gifted Man United a win. The experts at the ESPN FC desk talk Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Roma as Antonio Conte's men have let in five goals in all competitions since coming back from the international break. After wowing Europe by coming back from two goals down to draw 3-3 at Chelsea, Roma return to the more prosaic task of Serie A. Given last weekend's defeat to leaders Napoli, they need to take their Champions League performance and transfer it to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, where in addition to chasing down the top four, they go hunting an old enemy's record. Roma travel to Turin with Inter Milan's 11-away match winning streak from 2006-07 firmly in their sights. The Giallorossi have won...

Mike Ashley puts Newcastle up for sale, but can club be great again?

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:54:00 PDT

The crew answer your tweets on the chances Robert Kraft buys Newcastle and Man City's standing among the top teams in Europe. Alan Shearer spoke for the Geordie nation when on Monday he tweeted "just heard" and posted a gif of the cast of Seinfeld doing a dance of celebration. Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's announcement that the club are up for sale was greeted with expectant, though cautious, delight in a city tired of the machinations of the Sports Direct billionaire, who bought the club from the late Freddy Shepherd in May 2007. "Our intentions are to see if the club can be bought by new ownership, potentially...


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