Team USA grabbed a vital point in the Estadio Azteca, drawing with Mexico 1-1. It is only the 3rd time the US has gotten a result in a World Cup qualifier at the Azteca. Michael Bradley scored a wonderful chip after he recovered the ball in midfield and noticed Mexican Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was off his line. Mexico equalized later in the first half through a great counter attack and finish by Carlos Vela. Mexico controlled possesion throughout most of the game, but the US was well discliplined, and only gave up a few scoring chances. Matt Doyle of MLSSoccer.com talks about the game, and how in a way the US resembled Costa Rica in this game.
England defeated Venezuela 1-0 to win the U-20 World Cup over the weekend. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game, and England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved a penalty to help preserve the lead. This is the first ever U-20 World Cup win for England. For a country that frequently dissapoints at senior tournaments, England hope that this win well help spur the senior team in future tournaments.
Silly season in the transfer window is in full effect, and the latest rumor is an interesting one. It is being reported that Marco Verratti has told Paris Saint-Germain that he wants to leave the club. Verratti had a great season with PSG, and he is one of the top midfielders in all of Europe. Barcelona are said to be interested in Verratti, however it is unclear if they can afford him, as Barcelona have the highest wage bill in the world, and this is before they re-sign Lionel Messi to what is sure to be a monster contract.
AC Milan has been reloading this summer in hopes of climbing back to the summit of Serie A, and their latest signing is Andre Silva. Silva was signed from Porto for what is being reported as 38 Million Euros. At 21 Silva is a young highly gifted player, and is already an international with Portgual. This is a big signing as the Milanese giants look to break Juventus’ hold on top of Serie A.
England and Scotland drew 2-2 at Hampden park in a World Cup Qualifier, but just listing the score doesn’t do the ending of this game justice. England took the lead 1-0 in the 70th minute on a goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and looked set to ride the game out for a victory. However the game turned on its head when late on Lee Griffiths scored two stunning free kicks for Scotland, to give the Scots a 2-1 lead going into stoppage time. The drama wasn’t done though, as Harry Kane rescued a point for England right at the death. It truly was a sensational last few minutes of the game.
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