The second round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is upon us, with 25 matches across the country on Wednesday. Among the competitors are Orange County SC taking on FC Golden State Force and LA Wolves FC, coached by former United States International Eric Wynalda, hosting Chula Vista FC. Jonah Fontela of ussoccer.com has the full second round preview.
The United States is headed to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as continental champions for the first time. The tournament starts in South Korea on May 20, and Will Parchman of MLSsoccer.com has a breakdown of the U.S. roster and what to expect.
Juventus goes to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to take on Lazio in the final of the Coppa Italia. Juventus are four points ahead of Roma in Serie A with two games to play, and are in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid. First, they have to march into Rome against fourth-placed Lazio for the first leg of their potential treble.
Watford will be in the hunt for a new manager after their last match of the season at home to Manchester City, as Italian manager Walter Mazzarri will step down. The club is 16th in the Premier League and have avoided relegation, and will now have to hire a ninth manager in five years.
Mauricio Pochettino, one of the hottest names on the coaching market, has denied reports that he could leave Tottenham this summer. On the heels of rumors of a departure to Barcelona or Inter, Pochettino says that there is not a buy-out clause in his contract and that he will be at the London club next season.
Manchester City beat West Brom 3-1 on Tuesday and have all but secured top four: they would need to lose at Watford and Arsenal would have to beat Everton by several goals to go on top on goal difference. The big story of the match, however, was Pablo Zabaleta’s final home game for the Citizens, in his 333rd appearance. City sent him out in style, with a commemorative kit, a lifetime season ticket, and a potential top-three finish.
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