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Angels Links: USMNT advances to Gold Cup semifinal

Hard work for hosts in dirty game.

United States v El Salvador: Quarterfinal - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

USA gets the job done, will play Costa Rica in the semifinal

Team USA knocked off El Salvador 2-0 in their Gold Cup quarterfinal match on Wednesday. Both goals were scored by defenders, Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, the latter scoring his first ever goal for the US National team. The game had the typical elements of a CONCACAF game, uneven play mixed in with dirty fouls and biting (really). The U.S. found a way to advance this round, but will need to be better if they hope to beat Costa Rica, and win the tournament overall.

Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid

Chelsea have found their striker, signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. Reports are unclear on a final fee, with the number being anywhere between €58 million and €70 million. After missing out on Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea fans will be relieved that they secured a quality striker to replace the almost surely departing Diego Costa. This is really a win-win for both teams, Chelsea signed a quality striker to lead their line, and Real Madrid scored a big transfer fee for a player that didn’t always start for Los Blancos during his time there.

England Women’s team crushes Scotland 6-0 in Euro 2017 match

The 2017 Women’s Euro tournament kicked off this week, and the England team got rolling in a big way. They demolished Scotland 6-0, and were lead by a hat trick from Jodie Taylor. Lucy Bronze also had a standout performance for England. England made it to the Semifinals of the 2015 World Cup, and are looking to excel yet again at a major tournament after struggling on the international stage in the past.

Xavi critical of current Barcelona youth development

Xavi is one of Barcelona and Spain’s greatest ever players. He is a graduate of the famed Barcelona youth academy, La Masia. Other notable players to be trained at La Masia are Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, and Gerard Pique, just to name a few. However in recent years fewer players from La Masia have been able to lock down starting spots with Barcelona. Xavi feels that the academy has taken a step back in terms of developing players that will star for the first team.

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