By RYAN TOLMICH
Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has a bone to pick with Jurgen Klinsmann.
When the U.S. Men’s National Team took on the Republic of Ireland this past Tuesday, Klinsmann listed a surprise inclusion on the bench. Called in on short notice as an injury replacement, defender Tim Ream made his 11th appearance for the USMNT, but his club manager would have preferred that the 27-year-old remained at home.
Lennon discussed the perceived “lack of respect” shown by the U.S. in the wake of Ream’s call-up, which was done on short notice to fill in for an injured John Brooks.
“Thankfully he’s back and fine now – it must have been a really exhausting minute of football with the team 4-1 down,” Lennon told reporters on Friday. “I want an explanation. They had two games and they should have called him in after that initial game. And yet they call him in on the night before the game so he has to get flight on Tuesday morning to Dublin and then play one minute of an international. Continue reading
By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s conceded a late goal for the second match in a row at the Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile.
Taking on Brazil U-17s in Talca, Chile, the U.S. fell, 4-3, thanks to Eronildo goal in stoppage time to break a 3-3 tie. The result leaves the U.S. winless heading into their final tournament game against Qatar on Saturday.
Brazil took an early two-goal lead with both goals coming from midfielder Lincoln. The U.S. cut the lead in half through Haji Wright but Brazilian forward Leandro hit a long-range strike to put the South Americans back up by two goals in the 73rd minute.
The U.S. kept fighting though and were able to tie the score. Wright scored his second of the match in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic scored in the 85th minute. Brazil were able to win the match in stoppage time though when Eronildo scored to the delight of his team and staff.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The New York Red Bulls’ tortured history has been highly publicized, but few teams have tormented the club quite like the New England Revolution.
Having suffered postseason elimination at the hands of the Revs in 2003, 2005 and 2007, the Red Bulls are all too familiar with suffering through disappointment at the hands of their northern rivals.
Refusing to embrace the underdog cliche, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke believes that Sunday’s first leg will just be the first iteration of a big-time battle between the two sides.
“New England has been there. They’ve been to MLS Cup four times and fell short, which should be extra motivation for them,” Petke said. “However, at the end of the day, it’s two teams that play similar systems, not exact but similar, two teams that ended the season on strong notes and it’s going to be a good battle.” Continue reading
By DAN KARELL
Seven teams are vying for the final three spots in the Liga MX playoffs as the Apertura regular season comes down to its final weekend.
Ronaldinho’s Queretaro, Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul, and Pumas UNAM all currently sit on the outside looking in while Chiapas, Club Leon, and Pachuca all try and keep their positions to qualify for the Liguilla. Heading into the season’s final weekend, Queretaro visit sixth-place Chiapas in a must-win match for Los Gallos Blancos.
Pumas have an equally tough challenge ahead when they host Monterrey and star forward Dorlan Pabon, who scored his 11th goal last weekend in a 1-0 victory over Chivas de Guadalajara.
Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul each have easier tasks this weekend, though by no means are their games against Puebla and Universidad de Guadalajara respectively any easier. Both games are on the road.
Club Tijuana close out their second-straight Apertura outside of the playoffs as mid-season hire Daniel Guzman was unable to put them into playoff contention.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s Liga MX slate, complete with TV listings:
By PHILLIP QUINN
With both sides on the outside of the Champions League places, Arsenal will visit Manchester United on Saturday in a big clash in the English Premier League.
Even after the announcement that Daley Blind would miss the next six months through injury, it’s not quite obvious who the favorite heading into the match is. Somehow, despite all of the money that was spent over the summer, things for Manchester United are, once again, falling onto the shoulders of Wayne Rooney.
The veteran forward seemed energized upon receiving his 100th cap for England, so perhaps he’ll translate some of that onto the field for Manchester United. With Angel Di Maria missing out this weekend due to injury, it’ll be important that he does.
The Derby della Madonnina remains one of the biggest matches across Europe no matter what place Inter and Milan sit in the table. Both clubs are going through some hard times at the moment and are struggling to recapture their former glory. The goal for this season is clear: Qualify for next season’s Champions League. Robert Mancini has taken the helm at Inter once again. Can he restore the club to their rightful place?
Here’s a closer look at the action across Europe’s top leagues this weekend: Continue reading