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Keaton Parks called up to USMNT

Plano native Keaton Parks has been called up to the United States Men's National Team for its matches against Bolivia, Ireland, and France, the federation announced today. Parks, who plays with SL Benfica in Portuguese Liga NOS, made three appearances for the senior side. The 20-year-old also made another 29 appearances for Benfica's B Team in the second division, scoring six goals and assisting on another six.  Parks received a U20 call-up in April 2017 but did not feature in any matches. He also was never apart of a developmental academy, playing club soccer with a local Liverpool side before moving to Portuguese second division team Varzim S.C.  Parks made 10 league appearances for the club
Yahoo - 20.05.2018 18:03

Report: USMNT mid Tyler Adams nearing Red Bull Leipzig move

A World Cup year always presents the opportunity for top-rated players to make big-money moves to new clubs across the globe, and one of Major League Soccer’s elite youngsters appears to already be in the mix for a transfer. U.S. Men’s National Team and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams is reportedly close to signing with Red Bull Leipzig of the German Bundesliga, in a move that could occur as early as the summer transfer window. Pro Soccer Talk has learned that the Red Bulls are aiming to delay the transfer until after the MLS Cup Playoffs, which concludes with MLS Cup in early December, so that manager Jesse Marsch has Adams available throughout the postseason, however, a summer move hasn’t been ruled out.
Yahoo - 20.05.2018 16:41

NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira “very close” to Nice contract

Patrick Vieira’s tenure in Major League Soccer has brought about significant improvement in his New York City FC side, but his current club will have to forge its progress without the Frenchman. Pro Soccer Talk can confirm reports out of France that the former Arsenal midfielder is in contact with Ligue 1 side Nice to become the club’s next manager, however, Vieira hasn’t finalized a deal yet. PST has learned through several sources that Vieira is “very close” to signing with the eighth-place French side from 2017/18, and a deal is expected to be completed within the coming days despite Vieira’s commitment to NYCFC.
Yahoo - 20.05.2018 16:06

Team Wellington defeats Lautoka to win OCL, book Club World Cup spot

Team Wellington will compete at the FIFA Club World Cup after dispatching Lautoka in the two-leg OFC Champions League final. The Kiwi outfit won the second leg 4-3 in Fiji on Sunday, a week after all-but deciding the two-leg tie with a 6-0 victory in Wellington. Croatian midfielder Mario Ilich scored twice in the first half at Churchill Park in Lautoka for Team Wellington to ensure there would be no surprises. The game opened up after the break, with Lautoka adding some respectability to the scoreboard. Team...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 12:45

Hakan Calhanoglu 9/10 as AC Milan end season in style with win vs. Viola

Hakan Calhanoglu was the focal point of AC Milan's attack in a 5-1 win over Fiorentina. AC Milan ended their season in style with a 5-1 win over Fiorentina at the San Siro on Sunday. A Patrick Cutrone brace, and goals from Hakan Calhanoglu, Nikola Kalinic and Giacomo Bonaventura secured all three points, with the Rossoneri sealing sixth place in Serie A to qualify directly to the Europa League group stage next season. Positives Milan fully deserved their comprehensive win as they responded well to going behind and produced some quality football to secure a comfortable victory....
ESPN - 20.05.2018 12:42

25th Most Memorable FIFA World Cup Moment: Mario Goetze's Goal

With the score 0-0 in the 2014 World Cup final, Germany coach Joachim Low brings on substitute Mario Goetze with a simple message. "Show the world you're better than Messi." No one will mistake Goetze for Messi, but on that night he took the spotlight from the world's best player, becoming the first substitue to score a World Cup-winning goal - and what a goal it was. You won't find a better World Cup winner.
Fox Sports - 20.05.2018 12:17

Fernando Torres scores twice on Atletico Madrid farewell in draw vs. Eibar

Atletico Madrid Eibar 2 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Atletico Madrid fans produced a touching tribute to Fernando Torres before his final game at the Wanda Metropolitano. Fernando Torres scored twice on his final appearance for 10-man Atletico Madrid in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Eibar. Torres announced he would leave Atletico back in April and it was the quite the occasion at the Wanda Metropolitano as he bid farewell. Kike put Eibar ahead on 35 minutes but Torres responded seven minutes later, tapping home for his 128th goal in 404 matches for Atletico. Torres then put his side 2-1 up on the hour mark but the...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 11:34

Jürgen Klopp Says "We Are Liverpool" To The Threat Of Real Madrid

Jürgen Klopp will hope his second visit to a Champions League final comes complete with shiny silverware when Liverpool step out at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev. The manager lost to Bayern Munich late in the 2014 final when Arjen Robben destroyed the dreams of his Borussia Dortmund side. Klopp is all too aware of what a rare thing it can be even making it to a big final. “Being in the final is a big honour and a big thing, it is unbelievable. Most people in the world try their whole life and don’t go to one final because you need luck in specific moments. “We had that this season, but we deserved it I think. Now we are there again and it is such a big thing for us.” It’s a huge thing considering
Yahoo - 20.05.2018 07:00

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich UK visa not renewed - report

Chelsea edge Man United and win the FA Cup for the eighth time, courtesy of Eden Hazard's first-half penalty on his 300th appearance. Antonio Conte declares himself a "serial winner" after Chelsea's FA Cup win, and fires a message to the club's hierarchy regarding his future. Despite winning the FA Cup this season, the FC crew agree Antonio Conte has likely coached his final match for Chelsea. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes debate whether Chelsea's FA Cup triumph makes it a successful season and what it means for Eden Hazard's future. Club captain Gary Cahill and the rest of the Chelsea squad celebrate the Blues' eighth FA Cup title, which ties Tottenham for third-most all-time. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is still waiting for UK authorities to renew his visa which expired last month, according to a report in the Financial Times. Abramovich returned to Russia after his visa ran out and did not attend Saturda...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 06:40

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez 'can't get any worse' - Paul Scholes

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Ander Herrera maintains that Man United were "the better team by far" in the FA Cup final, and feels the club is still headed in the right direction. Jose Mourinho admits he's sad to finish the season without silverware, but feels his team were the best team in the FA Cup. Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has laid into Alexis Sanchez following the FA Cup final, claiming his performances "can't get any worse.'' Chile international Sanchez was singled out for criticism following his poor display as United lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday. Scholes believes Sanchez will have to improve vastly next season if United are to have any chance of challenging champions Manchester City. "His performances, well, they have to improve,'' Scholes told BT...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 05:35

Gyan dropped as Levante's�Boateng earns debut Ghana call-up

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has handed debut call-ups to Levante's Emmanuel Boateng and Kwesi Kyere of Bayern Munich for two international friendly games in June against Japan and Iceland.   The pair are the only new names in a 21-man squad that is without many of the established players in the side.   Appiah has left out captain Asamoah Gyan while Jordan Ayew has not been called up despite a fine personal season with Swansea City. There is also no place for Andre Ayew. Newcastle United's...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 03:50

Andres Iniesta, the Barcelona icon applauded at Real Madrid and possibly Spain's greatest

Players, coaches and legends from around the world of football pay tribute to Andres Iniesta as he leaves Barcelona after a storied career. Xavi pays tribute to his former Barcelona and Spain team mate Andres Iniesta. Andres Iniesta believes Antoine Griezmann is one of the best strikers in the world but insists he isn't sure whether Barcelona can sign him from Atletico Madrid. As Andres Iniesta prepares for his 38th and final El Clasico, take a look back at his impact on Spain's biggest derby. The adjectives to describe Andres Iniesta's 22-year career with Barcelona are endless as he announces he'll leave the club at the end of the season. A tear began to run down Xavi Hernandez's cheek. A Barcelona without Andres Iniesta? He didn't even want to think about it. But he has to. There was a time when you thought of Barca and you thought of Xavi and Iniesta. Xaviesta. But Xavi left the office three years ago and now, after ...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 03:12

Andres Iniesta 7/10 in final Barcelona game, a 1-0 win vs. Real Sociedad

After 22 years with Barcelona, an emotional Andres Iniesta exits the Camp Nou pitch for the final time. Philippe Coutinho ensured Andres Iniesta had a storybook ending to his Barcelona career as the Blaugrana overcame Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. BARCELONA -- A Philippe Coutinho wonder strike was the difference as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Sunday to send Andres Iniesta off with one last win. Iniesta, making his 674th and final appearance, for Barca was substituted in the 81st minute with his side already in the lead but his name rang around Camp Nou until the final whistle. Barca were presented with the league trophy, the 25th in their history at full-time, but this was all about Iniesta, who was in tears on the bench after...
ESPN - 20.05.2018 02:26

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Djokovic: 'I Can Only Take Positives From This Week’

Despite falling to Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Saturday, Novak Djokovic can take a lot of positives out of his week in Rome. The former World No. 1 showed signs in the Italian capital of returning to the level that helped him clinch the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking on four occasions. He reached his first tour-level semi-final of the season as he continues his comeback from a right elbow injury. “I can only take positives from this week," reflected Djokovic. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased.” Djokovic was happy with how well he played on Court Centrale in his 51st FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Nadal, who improves to 18-1 on clay this season. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for m...
ATP - 19.05.2018 19:55

Novak & Rafa: The Rivalry

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have met more than any other two players in the Open Era, a record 51 times. Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 26-25 and has won seven of their past nine contests, with the Spaniard claiming their two most recent meetings. Here is a history of the duo's 51 career matches: 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia SF, clay, Nadal d. Djokovic 7-6(4), 6-3 Entering the pair's first meeting in more than a year, Nadal was the clear favourite. The in-form player, the top seed had won 50 consecutive sets on clay — a record for the most sets claimed in a row on a single surface — before falling in the Madrid quarter-finals the previous week. And it was tough to tell how high Djokovic, still recovering from a right elbow injury, would be able to raise his level.  But the Serbian played excellent tennis, especially in the first set, comfortably finding the sharpest of angles from the backhand corner to give Nadal fits. But toward the end of t...
ATP - 19.05.2018 18:19

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Sharapova edges Ostapenko, to play Halep in Rome semis

ROME, May 18 (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova stepped up her French Open preparations with a battling 6-7(6) 6-4 7-5 win over reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday.
Reuters - 19.05.2018 00:03

Pavic To Rise To World No. 1 On Monday

Mate Pavic earned a victory before taking the court on Friday at the Foro Italico. With Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo's loss at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, it is guaranteed that the 24-year-old Croatian will become the 52nd player to reach No. 1 in the history of the ATP Doubles Rankings (since 1976) on 21 May. He will be the youngest doubles No. 1 since Todd Woodbridge in February 1996. Sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah defeated top seeds Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 7-5 in 90 minutes. Kubot needed to better Pavic's result at the in Rome in order to maintain his spot atop the rankings, so the Croatian will climb to the pinnacle of men's doubles regardless of his result with partner Oliver Marach against Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers. The Pole, Kubot, was World No. 1 (or tied for the spot) for 16 weeks.  Cabal/Farah will next face No. 5 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who ousted two-time reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen and John Peer...
ATP - 18.05.2018 15:26