United States U20 Reyna, Amon, Perez headline standouts at U.S. youth summit Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 11:06 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) United States U20 United States U19 United States U17 United States U16 United States U18 More than 150 of the best youth prospects in the nation converged on Florida, and some boosted their stock considerably BRADENTON, Fla. — If and when the U.S. national team plays at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for the first time, there is a good chance that some of the players who take the field that day will have taken part in the unprecedented gathering of young American talent that converged on the Florida Gulf Coast over the past week.More than 150 of the best young prospects in the U.S. Soccer youth setup got together for the unusual event. The brainchild of U.S. Under-20 coach and youth national team technical director Tab Ramos, the youth summit was put together not only to evaluate talent but also provide a memorable experience for the players, bringing them closer together as teammates.”We wanted to create an environment like the national training facility we hope to have,” Ramos told Goal. “At the beginning of the cycles was the only time we could get all these teams together and it’s been great, and the players have responded.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player U.S. Soccer logos could be seen splashed all over the hotel housing the five youth national teams, with the lobby showing an interesting mix of young athletes and the retirees that normally make up the hotel’s clientele.The teams were put through the paces of training sessions as well as scrimmages among the age groups and against outside competition. There were memorable matchups, including a 4-3 shootout between the U-20 and U-19 teams, and plenty of strong individual performances during the weeklong event.Here is a look at some of the players who impressed at the U.S. youth summit:MANNY PEREZ, U.S. U-20 DefenderThe North Carolina State standout passed up a Generation Adidas contract, even though he could have easily been the top pick in the 2018 MLS Draft, and he showed why he is so highly regarded at the summit, flashing his ability to get forward and pose an attacking threat from the right back position. Given his quality, the question going forward is whether he will be the top pick in the 2019 MLS Draft or a target of European clubs eyeing him as a blue-chip right-back prospect.”He’s really been great, and has surpassed my expectations,” Ramos said of Perez. “He’s got an ability to cover ground and get up and down the line. He has endless energy. He’s constantly trying to get better every day. He’s got all the ingredients to become a good pro.”JONATHAN AMON, U.S. U-20 MidfielderOnce a member of the U.S. U-14 setup before heading to Denmark in pursuit of a pro career, Amon showed why he was able to break through with the FC Nordsjaelland first team, flashing serious quickness and a willingness to take on opposing defenders. A right-footed winger who can play on either flank, Amon is a player to remember, though if he keeps doing well with Nordsjaelland, he could wind up being a player who gets fast-tracked to the senior national team between now and the 2019 Under-20 World Cup.CHRIS DURKIN, U.S. U-20 MidfielderThe D.C. United midfielder and U.S. Under-17 World Cup standout made a smooth transition to the U-20 level, showing the physical qualities to cope with being one of the younger players in the next U-20 group. Playing time with D.C. United will continue to be a tough task, and he could be forced to spend 2017 in USL with the Richmond Kickers in order to earn regular minutes.”He’s very strong. When you bring the younger kids you want to bring them along slowly but he’s come right in and proven himself in that center midfield position,” Ramos said of Durkin. “We have good competition there, but I think he’s doing great.”BRADY SCOTT, U.S. U-20 GoalkeeperThe lone holdover from the Under-20 World Cup squad at the summit, Scott showed the presence and maturity that has come from his time in Germany with FC Cologne, the club he joined last summer. There may be plenty of young goalkeeper talent in the U.S. pipeline, but we may want to make room for Scott, who has the tools to close ground on a stacked collection of young prospects.PAXTON POMYKAL, U.S. U-20 MidfielderThe FC Dallas midfielder was steady, mobile and clean with the ball, showing the traits that have made him a highly regarded youth prospect for some time. It is an important year for him to get minutes after a quiet 2017 with FC Dallas, but there’s no denying he should play a key role in the next U-20 cycle.TAYLOR BOOTH, U.S. U-18 MidfielderA member of the U.S. Under-17 World Cup team, Booth showed the range and sharpness that has Bayern Munich thinking about bringing him into its youth setup. The Real Salt Lake academy product has shown considerable progress since being a bench player at the Under-17 World Cup.JULIAN ARAUJO, U.S. U-18 DefenderA right center back out of the Barcelona Academy setup in Arizona, Araujo impressed observers with his combination of toughness, speed and good defensive characteristics. A native of Santa Barbara, California, Araujo is already attracting attention from pro teams. He also just might be a player who puts pressure on older defenders in the Under-20 player pool in the coming years.ULYSSES LLANEZ, U.S. U-18 MidfielderThe highly skilled midfielder narrowly missed out on the Under-17 World Cup, but showed at the summit why many saw him as the biggest snub on that U-17 team. The LA Galaxy academy product looked like a player determined to send a message, flashing the quality that has the Mexican Federation actively recruiting him to return to the El Tri fold after having previously participated in Mexican youth national team camps.GIOVANNI REYNA, U.S. U-17 MidfielderThe skill Reyna showed didn’t surprise anybody, but the growth spurt he clearly had in recent months surely did. Boasting a deft touch, high soccer IQ and now a taller frame, Reyna looks more than ready to take the next step and turn pro. The question now is whether that will be with New York City FC or in Europe with a top club like Borussia Dortmund.GIANLUCA BUSIO, U.S. U-17 ForwardWhile some see Reyna as the top talent on the new U.S. U-17 group, others rave about Busio and his difference-making attacking qualities. His quickness and trickiness on the ball make him unique in the U.S. player pool, though the question now is whether he’s ready for the physicality of the pro game as he looks to break in with Sporting Kansas City. With Busio, it look more like a question of when than if.
Transfers Kenedy travels to complete Newcastle loan as Chelsea near Emerson deal Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:05 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Newcastle United Chelsea Premier League The Blues have allowed their young wide man to complete his move with a replacement expected imminently to compete with Marcos Alonso Kenedy has travelled to complete his loan move to Newcastle United as Chelsea near a £25 million deal for Roma full-back Emerson Palmieri, sources have told Goal.Newcastle have had an agreement with Chelsea since the summer but the 21-year-old was only allowed to move on the condition that the Blues found a replacement at left wing-back. The deal will be an initial six-month loan deal and the former Fluminense player will conduct a medical in the next 24 hours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kenedy has made only five appearances this season and his only loan move since joining Chelsea was an unsuccessful spell with Watford that was cut-short by injury. Emerson will be that replacement as Antonio Conte looks for competition for Marcos Alonso while Rafael Benitez will get his first signing of the January transfer window. Chelsea are also talking with Roma for Emerson’s team-mate Edin Dzeko as the Serie A club admit that they are prepared to lose the duo in January.Sevilla remain interested in a loan move for Michy Batshuayi, who is similarly only allowed to move if a replacement is signed, while Charly Musonda is in talks with a number of clubs in England and abroad.
Transfers Goretzka excited to face future club Bayern – Tedesco Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 21:50 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Bayern München Bayern München v Schalke 04 Schalke 04 Bundesliga The midfielder has agreed to make the switch to the Bavarian side ahead of next season, but he will be out to hurt them with Schalke on Saturday Leon Goretzka is excited by the challenge of facing Bayern Munich, with the midfielder set to join the Bundesliga leaders at the end of the season, according to Schalke coach Leon Goretzka.After a long period of speculation about Goretzka’s future, his impending switch to Bayern was confirmed during the January transfer window.Goretzka will see out the rest of his Schalke contract before heading to Munich, and he comes up against his future employers in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 23-year-old is fully fit after recovering from a leg injury and Tedesco believes Goretzka will be keen to impress against Bayern.”Leon Goretzka is getting better and better,” Tedesco told reporters on Friday. “He had an injury, but now he played the first game over 90 minutes.”He is excited about the game, but not because he’s playing in Munich the next season. Everyone in the club is excited to play in Munich.”Leon is really looking forward to this challenge. Clearly, the people focus on him now. He knows that, but this motivates him even more. Big challenges are pushing him.”A run of one league win in five matches has seen Schalke slip down to fifth place in the Bundesliga, 19 points behind runaway leaders Bayern.”We will prepare the game against Bayern Munich the same way we prepare every game,” Tedesco said.”Otherwise it’ll be said that we don’t prepare well for the other teams. We always want to prepare at 100 per cent. This is also the case today.”Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, meanwhile, rejected suggestions his players will seek to impose themselves against their future team-mate Goretzka.“No I don’t think so,” he said.”I don’t think the players think about those things. “I think most players here at Bayern welcomes quality players to the team. “Everyone here wants to have additional quality and for everyone comes here it’s a different world and Goretzka will have to learn about a whole new planet when he comes here. “It’s a very competitive squad and you have to win every single game, that’s very different to any other club.”
Barcelona Umtiti sees Barcelona release clause raised to €500m Joe Wright 19:06 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División The penning of fresh terms at Camp Nou has allowed the defender to bring reports of a possible switch to the likes of Manchester United to a close Samuel Umtiti has signed his new Barcelona contract, which includes a release clause of €500 million (£438m/$586m).The France international put pen to paper on the five-year deal on Monday after agreeing terms in the past week.Part of the reason behind the renewal was Barca’s concerns over Umtiti’s relatively low buyout clause of €60m (£53m/$70m), with Manchester United reportedly interested in signing the player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The loss of Neymar for €222m to Paris Saint-Germain last August exacerbated fears Umtiti could be tempted to leave, just two years after signing from Lyon in a €25m (£22m/$29m) deal.With that in mind, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the centre-back’s release fee has been increased by a whopping €440m.”We think that, with this clause, nobody will think of coming here to try to take him away,” Bartomeu said.Umtiti said he was “proud and happy” to have committed his future to the Catalan giants, despite the previous speculation over his future.”I’m nervous today because this is a dream that continues,” he said.”From the first day, I’ve felt at home here, and now I want to stay for a long time.”I’m very happy in the city, in the team and I have everyone’s confidence. That’s why I’m not going to leave. It’s my home.”
Spain Lopetegui unwilling to address Spain exit as he departs World Cup Nicholas McGee 00:50 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Spain World Cup Portugal v Spain Portugal The manager refused to say anything on his shocking exit as he left Russia on the eve of the tournament Julen Lopetegui had little to say beyond wishing Spain well as he departed the World Cup having been sensationally fired as coach on the eve of the tournament.Lopetegui was removed from his post on Wednesday after Real Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that he would take over as their new boss after the World Cup.He has since been replaced by Fernando Hierro for the duration of the competition. Hierro had served as Spain’s sporting director since November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lopetegui was unsurprisingly crowded by reporters as he arrived at Krasnodar Airport but was unwilling to divulge anything about the saga.”I hope we have a great World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “I am not going to say anything else.”Spain begin their World Cup campaign against neighbours Portugal on Friday. They will also face Morocco and Iran in Group B.
The new My Club Touch website is set to be finished this week with the remaining info on ‘Club Management’ due for completion. When it’s done Sixty Seconds in Touch will set aside one dot point per week for dedication to the information that can be found on the My Club Touch site. TFA has recently updated referees badges (in terms of the logo and replacing ATA with TFA). The level 5 and level 6 badges have arrived in the office, with the level 1-4 badges on their way. To place an order for the new badge contact Rachel on 1800 654 951 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your postage and credit card details. (TFA will confirm you are accredited to the appropriate level before dispatching badges.) Touch Football Victoria are holding their Victorian Trans Tasman Challenge at the end of April, for all the details check out www.victouch.com.au The NSW Touch Association Under 14 and Under 16 regional championships were held at Nelson Bay over the weekend, with the following grand final results: Under 14 Boys: Sydney Scorpions (3) def Sydney Mets (2) Under 14 Girls: Sydney Scorpions (5) def Northern Eagles (2) Under 16 Boys: Sydney Mets (6) def Hunter Western Hornets (3) Under 16 Girls: Southern Suns (4) def Northern Eagles (3) *in a drop-offTFA and Touch Football Queensland are advertising for Game Development Officers in regional centres. Check out the full advertisement details on www.qldtouch.com.au The TFA shop is still several weeks away from operation, as we seek to make the shop user-friendly, easy to navigate and also to make all fields appropriate to the merchandise we sell. In the meantime you can purchase referees uniforms, touch balls and other merchandise from Rachel on 1800 654 951 or email@example.com or technical orders from Chris on the same phone number or firstname.lastname@example.org Touch Football South Australia is holding their Special General Meeting on Saturday April 1 at 10am, to vote on the resolution that South Australian Touch Association Incorporated be dissolved and that its assets and activities be transferred to Touch Football Australia Incorporated. Another step forward in the Unitary Model of Management for Touch Football Australia-wide! Keep tuned to the TFA website for the result of the vote. The Touch Football Australia tipping competition is going strong, after 3 rounds in the NRL competition ‘Pantherman’ leads the way with scores of 6 in each round to date; he’s already established at least a 3 point lead on the rest of the competition with 113 people trailing behind him. Just because you’ve missed the first three rounds doesn’t mean you can’t join in…you’ll receive the ‘away teams’ wins (to a maximum of 60%) for the rounds you’ve missed…and trust me, that means you’ll probably do better than most who tipped in the first three rounds, as results didn’t always go as expected. Welcome to the post-Commonwealth Games edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where the gold rush is over and no more Australian audiences will sit glued as we dominate the competition.Instead, we can all get back to work and the quality television soapies that generally take up our tv time…Congratulations to Touch Football Victoria, who made the most of the crowds and Games in Melbourne to run two Beach Touch Football sessions there. Make sure you read the full story on the sessions; you’ll find the story on the homepage. 3 weeks until Easter! TFA still has referee socks, red and blue and green and gold with the old logo on them, available for purchase at $5 per pair, rather than the normal $7.70, stocks are dwindling, especially is long length red and blue…so if you’re about to kick off your winter competition and want some socks for your referees get in quickly, the deal will only last as long as the stock does! The AFL tipping competition starts this weekend, so make sure you sign up for the tipping there as well. Prizes are on offer in both competitions and will be announced soon! If you haven’t already heard, Fox Sports are showing a package of the Mens, Womens and Mixed grand finals from the 2006 NTL. For all the times and info, check out the following story: NTL ON FOX SPORTS TV Remember if you have any state, regional or local news you would like shared in the Sixty Seconds in Touch column, simply email the details to Rachel on email@example.com
The 2019 National Youth Championships and National Schools Cup live stream will be showing all games being played on Field 1.YouTube – Day 1 Session 1 – 8am – 1pm8:00am – Hunter Western Hornets v New Zealand – Boys8:50am – NQ v NT – Boys9:40am – NBSC v St Edwards – Boys10:30am – Sharks v SA – Boys11:20am – Cobras v WA – Girls12:10pm – St Joseph’s v TCC – Girlshttps://youtu.be/MWB7JiUUJG4YouTube – Day 1 Session 2 – 1pm – 8:30pm1:00pm – NQ v WA – Boys1:50pm – Sunny Coast v NSWCIS – Boys2:40pm – Sunny Coast v NQ – Girls3:30pm – Swans v ACT – Girls4:20pm – St Andrews AC v Stretton SC – Boys5:10pm – Swans v CQ – Boys6:00pm – VIC v SA – Boyshttps://youtu.be/gDbwB_syS5A YouTube – Day 2 Session 1 – 8am – 1pm8:00am – WA v Cobras – Boys8:50am – Sharks v Sunny Coast – Boys9:40am – NBSC v Tomaree – Boys10:30am – NSWCHS v NT – Girls11:20am – NSWCCC v NSWCIS – Girls12:10pm – NSWCCC v Sharks – Boyshttps://youtu.be/6hykg3cMgUYYouTube – Day 2 Session 2 – 1pm – 8:30pm1:00pm – NSWCHS v NSWTA – Boys1:50pm – QSST v NSWTA – Girls2:40pm – Swans v Hornets – Girls3:30pm – Cavendish Road v Miami – Girls4:20pm – QSST v CQ – Boys5:10pm – SA v NZ – Boyshttps://youtu.be/wO0LN6FpN-0YouTube – Day 3 Session 1 – 7:55am – 1pm7:55am – 1st v WQF – 7/8 Boys – Boys8:50am – 3rd A v 3rd B – 9/10 Girls Positional 5/6 – Girls9:45am – NT v Cobras – Boys10:35am – ACT v TAS – Boys11:25am – LSF1 v WSF2 – 7/8 Boys12:20pm – 1st v 4th – 7/8 Girls SF1https://youtu.be/Nr18mhFyUnkYouTube – Day 3 Session 2 – 1pm – 7:45pm1:15pm – VIC v NZ – Girls2:05pm – WSF1 v WSF2 – 9/10 Girls GF3:00pm – WSF1 v WSF2 – 9/10 Boys GF3:55pm – NSC Presentations4:30pm – 1st v 8th – 18 Boys QF15:25pm – 1st v 8th – 18 Girls QF1https://youtu.be/u2kCvh-NbFsYouTube – Day 4 Session 1 – 8:30am – 1pm8:30am – 1st RQFL v 2nd RQFL – 18 Boys Positional 5/69:25am – 1st RQFL v 2nd RQFL – 18 Girls Positional 5/610:20am – 1st RPQFL v 2nd RPQFL – 18 Boys Positional 13/1411:15am – WQF1 v WQF4 – 18 Boys SF112:10pm – WQF1 v WQF4 – 18 Girls SF1https://youtu.be/9REcpNaWxK8YouTube – Day 4 Session 2 – 1pm – 4:30pm1:05pm – WPSF1 v WPSF2 – 18 Boys PGF (9/10)2:00pm – Team MVP Presentations and NYC Race2:30 pm – WSF1 v WSF2 – 18 Boys GF3:30pm – WSF1 v WSF2 – 18 Girls GFhttps://youtu.be/Q3GKAL_Xj7s
Roma coach Di Francesco: We matched Juventus, but…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco insists they more than matched Juventus for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat.Mario Mandzukic struck the only goal of the game.“We were too nervous and insecure in the first half, but in the second we accepted the duels and took control of the ball,” Di Francesco told DAZN.“We had some good forward moves and just lacked the final ball. The difference between us and them is that Juve had shots on goal. I remain happy with the reaction that the team showed.“I wanted to create more density in the midfield, giving Aleksandar Kolarov the chance to start moves from the back. We wanted a stronger physical impact, but we did well in some moments and less well in others.“The positives we take from this match are the attitude and the desire to play one-against-one all over the pitch. We just didn’t finish off our chances, but keeping Juve pinned back in their own half is no mean feat. Unfortunately, we lack the nous and experience to pick the right ball.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer has ‘edge’ for management says Man Utd hero Giggsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Giggs believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the personality for management.Giggs knows what it is like to serve as interim manager at United.Even though he only had the gig for 4 games, he can understand what Solskjaer is experiencing.And he believes that his old teammate has what it takes to succeed in such a job.”He was always quietly confident, believed in his own ability and even though people think he’s a nice guy, he’s got an edge to him,” Giggs said to MUTV after United defeated Huddersfield 3-1 at home.”He’s gradually got more experience and when he had that injury and time out he used to take notes of things Sir Alex [Ferguson] would do so I believed he would do a good job and go in to coaching.”You just need a little bit of edge to be a manager and he has that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Celtic boss Rodgers a target for Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers is a target for Leicester City.The Sun says Foxes manager Claude Puel is coming under growing pressure from fan power at the King Power Stadium.And Rodgers is understood to be eyeing a return to the Premier League after 2½ years of success at Celtic – and is the first name on Leicester’s list.Puel, 57, has been criticised throughout his 15-month tenure for being too negative despite hauling the club to safety as Craig Shakespeare’s successor last season.Leicester face high-flying Midlands rivals Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.And a third successive defeat could see the end of the manager who was sacked by Southampton in 2017 after one season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho: We must be among Champions League favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says it’s only right they go into the Champions League as favourites.The Reds kickoff their defence at Napoli tonight.Fabinho said, “We are among the favourites, having won it a year ago. “The competition is very difficult, there are the best teams in Europe. Our goal can only be to qualify by thinking game by game. We have a strong team that can do well in all competitions.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Bayern Munich, Man Utd midfielder Schweinsteiger announces retirementby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGermany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger has called time on his career.The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United star, who currently plays for the Chicago Fire in MLS, is calling time on his playing days.He announced on Instagram that he will retire at the end of the season.Schweinsteiger is 35 and has enjoyed one of the most successful and trophy laden careers of any footballer.”Schweini” won eight German league titles, seven German cups, the Champions League and other trophies.He is also a World Cup winner at international level.The 35-year-old wrote on social media: “Dear Fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. I would like to thank both, you and my teams @fcbayern, @manchesterunited, @chicagofire and @dfb_team. “You made this unbelievable time possible for me! And of course, I would also like to thank my wife @anaivanovicand my family for their support. Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon. “I will remain faithful to football. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart! Yours, Basti.”
Steve Spurrier’s had a pretty good day so far. The South Carolina coach led the Gamecocks through a scrimmage at 9 a.m. At noon, he welcomed dozens of the top prospects in the country to the Columbia campus for his program’s junior day. And now, the 69-year-old is getting ready to head to the Kenny Chesney concert. Here’s the Head Ball Coach with the country star in his office. 9 AM Scrimmage/ Noon Jr day/ 3 oclcok/ getting ready for the Kenny Chesney concert! pic.twitter.com/UqHBshAscm— Coach Steve Spurrier (@SC_HBC) March 28, 2015The only thing missing from Spurrier’s day is a round of golf. Perhaps he’ll get in a quick nine holes before the concert.
The best goal in England this weekend may well have come from a United States youth international making his league debut.17-year-old forward Charlie Kelman had featured once for League One side Southend United in the EFL Trophy, was handed his first ever league appearance for the club in the 71st minute.It would turn into a night he will likely never forget late on, when Kelman picked up the ball just behind the halfway line and launched an ambitious effort with the goalkeeper of his line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Plymouth goalkeeper Kyle Letheren did not handle the attempt particularly well, and the long-range effort found its way into the back of the net.It brought Southend back to within a goal in stoppage time, but their late comeback fell short as they lost 3-2, leaving them 12th in the table.David Beckham? Wayne Rooney? No, this comes from @SkyBetLeagueOne!17-year-old @CharlieKelman0 scores from the halfway line for @SUFCRootsHall 😱#EFLonQuest at 9pm… @SUFC_fans @SUFC_History pic.twitter.com/L4STovYWSa— Quest (@QuestTV) January 12, 2019“Thank you to all the staff Southend United and Southend United Youth Academy for believing in me and giving me this opportunity at such a young age,” Kelman wrote on twitter. “I couldn’t be more grateful I won’t stop here and Dru Yearwood 50 appearances congrats!”“I don’t want it to mask what was a tough day, but if you want to take something from today it would be that [goal],” manager Chris Powell said after the match. “He’s a young talent, he’s trained with us, we’ve had him in and around the group training and we all like him.“As it seems at the minute, we’re having to put out a patchwork team, a patchwork squad full of young players who will either get up to the rhythm and the pace of it or find it a bit difficult. He was a real livewire for us and obviously he’s scored a wonderful goal which is the only positive memory that I have of today.”Kelman is England-born, but spent much of his youth in Texas and spent time in FC Dallas’ academy before moving back to his native country with Southend.The teenager is eligible to represent the U.S. through his father, and has been called up to the Under-18 side in the past.
Lionel Messi has joined Cristiano Ronaldo in reaching a half century of Liga penalties, with the Barcelona superstar recording his 50th effort from the spot while hitting a six-year scoring high.A talismanic presence for the Blaugrana was back among the goals against Valencia on Saturday.Ernesto Valverde’s side had surprisingly fallen 2-0 down in that contest at Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Los Che were in complete control after 32 minutes thanks to goals from Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo, but Messi was to snatch Barca a lifeline before half-time.Nelson Semedo was felled inside the box, presenting his captain with an opportunity to step up from 12 yards and Messi made no mistake as he cut Valencia’s advantage in two.That effort took him to a half-century of successful penalties in the Spanish top flight, while also pulling Valencia’s lead back to a single goal.He is just the third man to have reached that mark – with Ronaldo having proved prolific from the spot during his time at Real Madrid, while former Blancos striker Hugo Sanchez was also deadly.50 – Lionel Messi is the third player in @LaLigaEN history to score 50 penalty goals, after Cristiano Ronaldo (61) and Hugo Sanchez (56). Milestone. pic.twitter.com/7oDJL2BhFT— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 2, 2019While hitting a notable mark in terms of penalty conversions, Messi also extended an impressive goal streak in netting against Valencia.The 31-year-old has been offered breaks in Copa del Rey action of late, but remains Barcelona’s go-to man in the defence of their La Liga crown.Not since January 2013 has Messi enjoyed such a productive run in the Spanish top-flight, and he has now netted 11 in his last nine games to mark his best run of form in six years.9 – Lionel Messi has scored in each of his last nine games for @FCBarcelona in all competitions (11 goals), his best goalscoring run since January 2013 (10). Spectacular. pic.twitter.com/57In3qsQQ6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 2, 2019Messi already topped the Liga scoring charts for 2018-19 heading into a home date with Valencia and has now extended his lead over the chasing pack.He now has 21 efforts to his name after adding to his penalty against Los Che with a 64th-minute leveller for Barca.
Tony Romo issued a statement regarding Dak Prescott being named the Cowboys’ starter on Tuesday, and he’s getting a lot of praise for it.There’s no doubt that Tony Romo, when healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL – regardless of his record in the post-season. So while Dallas Cowboys fans have been thrilled to see Dak Prescott take the team to new heights this season, many are also feeling a bit for Romo, given the situation.Tuesday, Romo issued a prepared statement during a press conference. In it, he praises Prescott and accepts his new role. He makes it clear that he’s supporting Prescott as the team moves forward. Check it out, via the Dallas Morning News:Romo has been getting a great deal of praise for his decision to publicly state his support for Prescott.That @tonyromo presser was the realist. Kudos to him for allowing himself to be so vulnerable, honest and transparent. #selfless— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) November 16, 2016Tony Romo’s statement was a classy concession speech. Romo – not Jerry Jones, not Jason Garrett – declared Dak Prescott deserves QB job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2016Class act @tonyromo You make us proud.— Drew Pearson (@88DrewPearson) November 16, 2016Today I saw @tonyromo share the toughest of experiences with A++ CLASS. Mad LOVE & RESPECT for my friend. #CowboysNation #class ❤️⭐️?????— Michael Irvin (@michaelirvin88) November 16, 2016.@tonyromo is all class. What a great role model for all of us. May you have the best of everything moving forward! pic.twitter.com/CGFSpBrWba— Mack Brown (@ESPN_CoachMack) November 16, 2016Thank you @tonyromo for showing every kid out there what class and sportsmanship look like. #Leadership— Wendi Nix (@WendiNix_ESPN) November 16, 2016Tony Romo: really good guy who has suffered thru a really bad time. Feel for him. Deeply respect him for conceding Dak has earned the job.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 16, 2016We need more Tony Romo’s in this world— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 15, 2016Obviously, it’s a tough pill for Romo to swallow – given how strong Dallas’ offensive line has been this season. But having Romo and Prescott on the same page can only help the team as it navigates the rest of the season. After all, you never know what’s going to happen down the stretch.
Marco Materazzi has given his support to new Inter manager Antonio Conte, after the former Juventus man was appointed on a three-year contract.Though the 49-year-old Conte has been highly successful throughout his managerial career, the decision to appoint a man synonymous with rivals Juventus has surprised some fans.Former Inter and Italy defender Materazzi admits that this may pose a challenge for the incoming manager, but thinks he can be a real success at San Siro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I hope the club can achieve all the results that the Interisti are dreaming of and I hope Conte can win over the hearts of the fans,” Materazzi told Sky Sport Italia.“It won’t be easy, because you can’t forget or cancel out the past, but he is hungry for success.“With desire and effort, the Inter fans will grow to love him. It’s up to him to win over everyone’s trust.”Conte returns to the Italian domestic scene for the first time since 2014, when he departed Juventus after winning three successive Serie A titles.He then spent two years as manager of the Italian national side before moving to Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in 2016-17 and an FA Cup the following season.Fate hasn’t been as kind to Inter in recent years. After the famous treble under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10, they haven’t lifted another title since their Coppa Italia win the previous season.Former manager Luciano Spalletti was dismissed on Thursday despite a fourth-place finish in Serie A which ensured Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season after a six-year absence.Inter have high aspirations for the future, however, and Conte’s wealth of experience at the top end of the game saw him targeted as the man to take the club to the next level.Whatever the future holds for Inter and Conte, it seems certain that they are in for a busy first summer together.Rumours have been circling around the future of star striker Icardi, while it is also thought Conte may return to the Premier League as he looks to bolster his new squad.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A day after reinstating him as head coach of Maryland football, D.J. Durkin was fired on Wednesday after the Terrapins’ practice. The decision came down after significant pressure, both outside from people like governor Larry Hogan, and within the program from parents and players on the roster.Maryland becomes the second team to fire its head coach during the season, and the first Power Five opening of the year. The only other job right now is at Bowling Green.So who will the Terrapins peg as their next head coach? I gave my list last night, headlined by the man who will likely lead the Terps to a bowl game this year, interim head coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Yahoo! Sports college football insider Pete Thamel gave his list of 10 potential coaches for the Maryland football job.His list features coaches at pretty much every level, including Power Five and Group of Five head coaches, and P5 coordinators.The biggest name that Thamel features is probably former Texas and Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, who is now at USF:He’s a proven winner, a familiar brand and could rally the high school coaches there. Would need a strong offensive coordinator and some plugged in local recruiters. He has the right demeanor and experience to handle a delicate situation. He’s quietly gone 17-3 in two seasons at USF.Strong didn’t work out at Texas, but he was phenomenal at Louisville, and his recruiting strengths are a much better fit for UMD than they were for the Longhorns. He’s done a very good job maintaining what Willie Taggart built at USF, but has been overshadowed by UCF’s crazy run.The lone Power Five head coach on the list just cracked the Top 25 with his team: Syracuse’s Dino Babers. It seems like a stretch that Babers would leave the Orange the year that he gets them to a bowl for what is a pretty lateral job, with plenty of baggage left by Durkin to boot, but until Syracuse gets him a big contract extension, he’s going to pop up on these lists.The other head coaches are also interesting names. Thamel lists Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo, who was reportedly a candidate for the Arizona job last season, Memphis’ Mike Norvell, Toledo’s Jason Candle, and Temple’s Geoff Collins. Mike Houston of FCS power James Madison is also mentioned.[Yahoo! Sports]
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay has announced its destination for college football’s bowl season.The college football pregame show announced on Twitter this afternoon that it’s heading to South Florida.ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from Miami for the Orange Bowl contest between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma.“You ready, Miami?! It’s time for the #CFBPlayoff Semifinals and we’re headed to the Orange Bowl,” ESPN announced.You ready, Miami?!It’s time for the #CFBPlayoff Semifinals and we’re headed to the @OrangeBowl! pic.twitter.com/CzrM92FkV8— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 18, 2018We have two College Football Playoff contests set for Saturday, Dec. 29.No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame are set to kick off at the Cotton Bowl at 4 p.m. E.T. Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.Both games will be televised on ESPN.