Nov
14

Donovan-MX a perfect partnership realized too late

first_imgTransfers Landon Donovan-Liga MX a perfect partnership, but one coming together too late Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:39 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Landon Donovan LA Galaxy MLS 09112016 Jayne Kamin-Oncea Transfers Liga MX León v Toluca León United States His personality and playing style have long made him a dream signing in Mexico, but the timing of the actual move is questionable Landon Donovan was the perfect fit in Liga MX.The former U.S. attacker spent years as the biggest villain in Mexico, though in truth he was a player Mexican fans loved to hate far more than they actually hated. Why couldn’t they muster up real animosity for Donovan the man? He was just too likable.Donovan played along with the jokes, appearing in Mexican TV commercials. He spoke Spanish in news conferences and interviews. And there was the playing style that made him seem more like a Mexican player than any American who had come before him with his technical ability and vision. 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 There were rumors for years about Donovan going to one of Mexico’s biggest clubs, usually America, where he could have lived in Mexico City and been at the center of everything while representing one of the country’s traditional powers.Now the move is finally happening with Donovan arriving in Guanajuato to play for Club Leon. Everything is still perfect — except the timing.Leon isn’t one of the country’s biggest clubs but, as Donovan noted in his Friday night message to club president Jesus Martinez, does have a history of winning titles. The team has won seven, including the back-to-back trophies it lifted in the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura. Meanwhile, Donovan is still the same Spanish-speaking, easy-going human being. The skills, though, may have left him. He arrives in Mexico less than two months shy of his 36th birthday and has played just 455 professional minutes in the past three years. We can’t be entirely certain — the only games we know Donovan has played lately are a charity game in Houston and some kick-arounds — but if he’s not in even better form than he was when he came back in 2016, it will be difficult for Donovan’s time in Mexico to be an on-field success.Landon Donovan Houston charity gameThere is no obvious place for Donovan in the Leon starting XI. Maybe that’s a good thing and everyone is on the same page that Donovan will be an impact substitute, perhaps start in a few (largely irrelevant) Copa MX matches and show up at photo-ops. Donovan at least knows he’s taking a risk, tweeting Saturday, “The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all. I’m excited for this new adventure 😎⚽️🦁💚— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 13, 2018 He will definitely have work to do if he’s trying to crack the team. Up top in Gustavo “Chavo” Diaz’s 4-2-3-1, forward Mauro Boselli won a share of last tournament’s Golden Boot with 11 regular season goals. Boselli, himself no spring chicken at 32, is 30 goals shy of Leon’s all-time scoring record and already has added to his total with a goal in Leon’s opening-round win against Atlas.The assist on Boselli’s goal came from quick, clever Colombian winger Andres Andrade, who plays on the left. “El Rifle” scored the second of that match with an assist from Luis Montes, the No. 10 whose return from injury last year helped Leon back into the playoffs. On the right is fringe Mexico national teamer Elias Hernandez, who scored six goals in the Apertura and also added seven assists. After that starting group there’s Jamaica international Giles Barnes, another former MLS veteran whose signing was announced this week. Donovan had so much going on in his life that the comeback seems stunning, especially when you stop and think about just how difficult it will be for him to make a return to the field successful. MLS continues to close the gap, but Liga MX remains a cut above — as evidenced every year in the CONCACAF Champions League. Leon, a playoff team last season, has big aspirations. So too does Donovan, a man who was not content to sit back and appear on television, be part of a Premier League ownership group, be an ambassador for the LA Olympics in 2028 and be a father. Whether or not those aspirations can be fulfilled in Leon is a question about which it’s plenty fair to have some skepticism.It also is fair to let Donovan have his chance and to see if this can somehow work out. Rafa Marquez was a year younger when he won titles with Leon. Sinha and Cuauhtemoc Blanco played roles for Liga MX sides at more advanced ages than Donovan.Donovan has never been one to follow the formula of what we think soccer players should do. So even if this move would’ve delighted fans on both sides of the border five years ago and now is met with a cocked eyebrow, it’s harmless enough to let it play out and see if Donovan can make this Mexico cameo as fun as one would’ve been when he still was in his prime.last_img read more

Nov
7

Open Assistant Coach Appointments

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to announce the successfully appointed assistant coaches for the National Open Program.The Open Teams will be competing during April 2014 in the Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Mudgee, New South Wales.  The appointed assistant coaches are:Men’s OpenPaul SfeirDave NolanWomen’s OpenSwain RovelliPhil GyemoreMixed OpenMick MoussaJustin CreightonTFA wishes the appointed assistant coaches all the best during their preparation for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Related Filestfa_open_assistant_coach_announcement-pdfRelated LinksNational Assistant Coacheslast_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoEx-Molde keeper Pettersen: The best quality of Man Utd boss Solskjaer is…

first_imgEx-Molde keeper Pettersen: The best quality of Man Utd boss Solskjaer is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen says the man-management ability of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is his best quality.The Molde coach has been loaned to Manchester United as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.”I think most people were surprised when Solskjaer got the job at United, but this is a great fun for Ole Gunnar. He’s going to be followed by everyone in Norwegian football,” Pettersen told VG.”Ole Gunnar is generally very good with people, also as a coach. I want to say it’s his greatest strength that he sees all the players all the time. He manages the players and the coaching in a good way, regardless of the situation, and of course he has a football professionalism.”Pettersen won two league titles with Solskjaer at Molde.And he added: “It is in the offensive game he is the best and he does not tie up his players. Ole Gunnar triggers creativity and speed. Watching from outside, he is the real opposite to Mourinho.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson: I’m bored of van Dijk praise…

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: I’m bored of van Dijk praise…by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has joked that he’s bored of talking about Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman’s stature continues to grow with each impressive performance for the Reds.But one of his teammates is tired of hearing the noise.”I’m getting bored speaking about how good he is!” said Robertson after Friday night’s win over Wolves.”No, I’m only joking. He was fantastic.”We knew when we saw [Adama] Traore up top that he has got great pace. His pace and direction are a big threat and big Virgil did so well with him. We knew on the counter-attack they were dangerous.”I’m sure he will be disappointed he has not scored more goals but it was a clean sheet and his first Premier League goal – pretty much a perfect day for him.”He’s been brilliant [since joining Liverpool]. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside him for the majority of time on the left-hand side of the defence. He’s just a great lad to have next to you – I’m not sure he will say the same about me!”I think we have had a good relationship, we work together. The whole back four does, whoever plays, his impact on the club has been good. I look forward to it continuing.” last_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock explains dropping Sala pursuit

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock explains dropping Sala pursuitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits a deal for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala is off.Warnock concedes the Nantes asking price for Sala is too rich for such a gamble.He explained, “We made an offer that was rejected and we have not returned since. “We do not have a gun pointed at us. Sala is a good player, but there is no guarantee that he will land and break everything in the Premier League.”The problem for Nantes is any sale for Sala will see 50 per cent of his fee going to former club Bordeaux. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
28

10 months ago​Man Utd attacker Lingard: This is the Pogba I used to know

first_img​Man Utd attacker Lingard: This is the Pogba I used to knowby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJesse Lingard believes that his Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba is “freed” by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Pogba has shown his best form since manager Jose Mourinho was fired, notching four goals in the last two games.And Lingard believes Pogba has more freedom under the new boss.”I can definitely, definitely, see the Paul I used to know,” Lingard told reporters after the 4-1 success over Bournemouth.”I have seen him playing through the ranks and he is back to that player, the player we know.”Paul’s enjoying his football. He’s playing in the role he likes to play in just inside, off the left.”He has the freedom to make things happen. He has always got forward in that position and scored goals.”Ole has helped him 100%. He has given him the confidence and licence to be free, to play his game and do what we know he can.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez under consideration at Leicester

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez under consideration at Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is under consideration at Leicester City.The Mirror says Claude Puel bought himself time at the King Power Stadium with successive surprise wins over high-flying Chelsea and champions Manchester City. But their shortcomings were exposed on Saturday by Cardiff City, who recorded their first away win all season.The club’s Thai owner, Top Srivaddhanaprabha, is known to be an admirer of Rafa Benitez — whose hopes of a takeover at ­current club Newcastle that could inject fresh January transfer funds are fading.It means Puel is back on a tightrope at Leicester, where he has never fully won over fans despite leading the club to ninth last term.Questions about his man-management, motivational skills and tactics persist — and he appears to have a fractured relationship with star striker Jamie Vardy. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
28

11 days agoJonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brighton

first_imgJonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonathan Kodjia could be fit for Aston Villa’s clash with Brighton.The striker has not featured for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-1 opening day defeat at Tottenham, before then breaking a cheekbone in a freak training ground accident. The Express & Star says Kodjia has now been training for more than a fortnight wearing a specially designed mask and is ready to fight for a place in the squad for the match against the Seagulls.The 29-year-old is now behind both Wesley and Keinan Davis in the pecking order but will provide boss Dean Smith with further competition up front.Villa are stepping up preparations for the weekend as they look to kick on after their excellent 5-1 win at Norwich prior to the international break. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
27

Photo: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Is Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV

first_imgThad Matta with Ohio State commit JaQuan Lyle.It’s safe to say JaQuan Lyle is excited to play at Ohio State. The four-star shooting guard, who’s been committed to the Buckeyes since late January, is getting ready to watch his future team take on their rival, Michigan. Prior to the game tipping off, CBS played an interview with Thad Matta. This pleased Lyle greatly. Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation  pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Lyle is rated the No. 10 shooting guard and No. 42 player in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. Ohio State and Michigan are set to tip off at 1 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on CBS.last_img read more

Oct
27

Jimbo Fisher Announces Sean Maguire As Starting Quarterback vs. Chattanooga

first_imgSean Maguire on the field during a FSU home game.Photo/Dustin tackett Photo/Dustin tackettPhoto/Dustin TackettThe Everett Golson era at Florida State may very well be over. Jimbo Fisher made the switch to Sean Maguire during FSU’s 31-17 win over N.C. State on Saturday, a move that may well be permanent going forward. Fisher told the media that Maguire will start this weekend’s game against Chattanooga.“(Maguire) will start this week,” Fisher said. “Yes he will.”Maguire was 18-for-28 through the air, for 231 yards and two touchdowns, after replacing Golson, who threw two early interceptions. Fisher says that Maguire’s play gave the team a much-needed lift.“The energy grew. He was being vocal, being a leader,” Fisher said. “And then all of our guys got that bounce and got some urgency and he was the spark. He made a couple really nice plays under pressure. The guys appreciated that.”After facing the Mocs on Saturday, FSU takes on rival Florida, which is still in contention for a College Football Playoff berth at 9-1, with the SEC East clinched. A 10 win season would be a pretty strong result for a Seminoles team that has dealt with uncertainty at quarterback through much of the season.[Dr. Saturday]last_img read more

Oct
27

Predicting The 1st Loss Of The Season For Every Power 5 Team

first_imgPower 5 conference logos.Predicting every team’s first loss. Every college football team is currently undefeated. And, in the minds of many of these teams’ fan bases, their team will still be undefeated once September, October and November come to an end.  Power 5Predicting every team’s first loss.They are wrong, though. Pretty much every college football team will suffer at least one loss during the 2016 season. Only one Power 5 team went undefeated through the conference championship games last season, Clemson. And the Tigers, of course, didn’t end their campaign unblemished, falling to Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game. So a loss is coming, at some point, for all of your teams. We’re going to predict when that first loss is coming for every Power 5 team (and Notre Dame). Here are our predictions. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

Oct
27

Kovac confirms Bayern interest in Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi

first_imgBayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has confirmed that his club are following the progress of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, while refusing to state whether a transfer bid had been filed.Hudson-Odoi, 18, is considered one of the most talented youngsters currently on the books at Stamford Bridge.An Under-17 World Cup winner with England in 2017, he has found first-team football hard to come by with the Blues, making just three Premier League appearances to date while playing a bigger part in his club’s Europa League campaign. 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? Goal understands that Bayern have now made a £30 million ($37.5m) offer for the teenager’s services, with Chelsea also admitting interest from the Bundesliga giants.And Kovac admitted that Hudson-Odoi was in the club’s sights.”[Hudson-Odoi] is from the same year as [Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon] Sancho, which was very succesful,” the Bayern coach explained to reporters on Saturday.”It is completely normal that we are aware of and are following the player. For if and when something will happen you will have to ask Brazzo (Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic).”Sancho left Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017 aged just 17, and now commands a regular place in the BVB side who lead the Bundesliga after a storming start to the season.Hudson-Odoi’s World Cup winning England team-mate alleged lack of playing time at the Etihad Stadium was crucial in his decision to leave his home nation, a situation the Chelsea forward is also suffering.But Blues coach Gianfranco Zola hopes he will dismiss Bayern interest and stay put.“We have had a contract with him for a while and we will see what the player wants,” the Italian had explained on Friday.“He has not played what he wanted. I have told him it is not a waste of time, because you are pushed to do more and I hope he uses this time in a wise way. He will be a very good thing in football.“I understand he has requests but I believe that he has a bright future.“For 18 years old, he has a lot of potential. You have to understand the journey is not finished, he has to have a good attitude. It is not important he plays straight away, it is about developing. He has to keep an open mind to improve.“I believe we can help him, develop him and I believe he has a future in this club.”last_img read more

Oct
26

Report: Haiti 0 Mexico 1 (aet)

first_imgMexico needed a contentious penalty from Raul Jimenez to edge past Haiti 1-0 after extra time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals.With suspended coach Gerardo Martino watching on from the stands at State Farm Stadium, Mexico were frustrated by the minnows on Tuesday.They were unable to create much of note through 90 minutes, but eventually found a breakthrough early in extra time through a Jimenez penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare After a soft spot kick was awarded, Jimenez stepped up to send 10-time champions Mexico into the decider.#2TE HAI 0-1 MEX¡Últimos 15 minutos del encuentro! ¡Vamos juntos por el pase a la Final! #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/koYse5sL6x — Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) July 3, 2019 Mexico had struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the first half as Haiti defended desperately.Roberto Alvarado fired a decent opportunity wide in the 10th minute before Jimenez put an effort over the crossbar from close range.Haiti were well-organised and frustrated Mexico, who struggled to put shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.Jesus Gallardo and Jonathan dos Santos missed the target with efforts, while Jimenez forced a relatively comfortable save from Johny Placide with a 35th-minute header.Haiti also had their moments, threatening early in the second half as Frantzdy Pierrot fired wide on the turn in the 49th minute.Andres Guardado was the next to threaten for Mexico, his curling 20-yard free-kick tipped over by Placide, whose last-ditch tackle later denied substitute Uriel Antuna.Forced to go into extra time, Mexico finally forged ahead in somewhat controversial fashion through Jimenez. The forward went down in the area under the slightest contact, before stepping up to convert from the penalty spot.¡GOL DE MÉXICO! Raúl Jiménez de penal pone en ventaja al Tri ante Haití en tiempo extraMás videos exclusivos en APP Goldcup. Descarga iOS https://t.co/4GIZh6UBwf | Android https://t.co/NMJjuZ0ped pic.twitter.com/CwmLFI8mhk — Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 3, 2019 Haiti’s brave effort went to the end as they almost stunningly equalised in the 119th minute, Mikael Cantave’s 20-yard strike hitting the crossbar with Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa beaten, while Luis Montes missed an open goal at the other end.What does it mean? Mexico’s struggles continue Martino’s men looked in fine form leading into the tournament and again to open the Gold Cup. However, they have battled to wins over Martinique, Costa Rica and Haiti in recent matches.Jimenez delivering for Mexico The forward was the most threatening for Mexico and won and converted the match-winning penalty for his fifth goal of the tournament. Jimenez has now scored in three straight games for Mexico.Haiti almost cause a shock This was quite the performance by Haiti. The minnows, who stunned Canada in the quarter-finals, sat relatively deep and frustrated Mexico for long periods, only to be undone by the extra-time penalty.What’s next? Mexico will face either the United States or Jamaica in the final in Chicago on Sunday, while Haiti look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read morelast_img read more

Oct
26

Cheryshev completes Valencia move with €80m buyout clause

first_imgValencia have confirmed the permanent signing of Russian winger Denis Cheryshev from Villarreal.Cheryshev, who starred for Valencia on loan last term, has signed a three-year deal, which includes a buyout clause of €80 million (£72m/$90m).The Copa del Rey winners have reportedly paid less than the €7m that is said to have been the initial asking price for an outright purchase. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare One of the stars of last year’s World Cup, Cheryshev impressed enough in 2018-19 to earn a permanent move, one which has been set for completion since the announcement that an agreement in principle had been reached with Villarreal on June 29.The 28-year-old Cheryshev has spent the entirety of his playing career in Spain, after beginning it in the youth system at Sporting Gijon, the club where his father played.He would move to Burgos’ youth system and then finally to Real Madrid, where Cheryshev would spend the remainder of his youth career.The attacker would fare well playing for Madrid’s B team, but struggled to make the transition to Los Blancos’ senior squad.Arguably his most memorable moment for Madrid came with his inclusion in the team’s Copa del Rey match against Cadiz in December 2015, during which he scored a goal but was later ruled ineligible to play as a result of yellow card accumulation while on loan at Villarreal the previous season.As a result, Madrid was expelled from that year’s tournament and Cheryshev would only feature for the club a total of twice in his career.Loaned out to Valencia the following season, the attacker scored three times for the club before being sold to Villarreal in the summer of 2016.But after two seasons at Villarreal where he struggled to consistently remain in the XI, he returned to Valencia last season on loan and managed a pair of goals and two assists in La Liga.He also chipped in another goal and pair of assists in the Europa League as Valencia pushed all the way to the semi-finals.Cheryshev helped the club to the Copa del Rey final but was unable to play in Valencia’s triumph over La Liga champions Barcelona as he was injured.last_img read more

Oct
26

Lethal Rashford & Martial silence Lukaku doubters in Chelsea crushing

first_imgIt was more by luck than judgement at times, but the brave new world that is Manchester United’s much-vaunted rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a thumping start on Sunday at Old Trafford.Their 4-0 success over Chelsea owed much to them taking their chances when they came and making Frank Lampard’s side rue their failure to do the same.In the aftermath of the sale of Romelu Lukaku, which had many an observer concerned as to where United’s goals would come from, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial netted three between them and injected some much-needed optimism back into the stands at the Theatre of Dreams. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Their goals came at key times too, with United pouncing during periods when Chelsea looked to be turning the screw in both halves.The tone was set early by the visitors getting in behind the United midfield with ease and attempting to exploit the channels. It was from that position that Tammy Abraham fired a bullet across David de Gea and against the Spaniard’s far post, and Ross Barkley would be denied by the keeper’s outstretched boot soon after.United attempted to press high as prescribed by their manager, though, and after Kurt Zouma’s earlier mishit pass had handed Martial a shot at goal the Chelsea defender would then pull down Rashford in the area after more sloppy play on the ball by the London side.The England striker stepped up to slam home and for 10 to 15 minutes thereafter they were probably the better side as home advantage finally seemed to count for something in the stands and United responded with greater attacking verve.Marcus Rashford Man Utd vs Chelsea 2019-20Anthony Martial Manchester United vs Chelsea 2019-20But as the game fell back into a more moderate pace it was Chelsea who again dominated, and Emerson first struck the angle of post and bar, then tested De Gea either side of half-time.Again though, it was when Chelsea looked most likely to register that United struck. Jesse Lingard did well to reach a loose pass before feeding Andreas Pereira out wide, with Martial beating Cesar Azpilicueta to turn the ball home from close range.As the Frenchman pointed to his new No.9 shirt during the celebration it was almost impossible not to think of Lukaku’s record of having netted a single goal in 24 games against top-six opposition during his United spell.Moments later it was game over, with Paul Pogba delivering a brilliant ball over the top for Rashford to race onto and provide the coolest of finishes.Aaron Wan-Bissaka Mateo Kovacic Man Utd vs Chelsea 2019-20Solskjaer will have been very happy with more than just his starting forwards though, with all three of his summer signings enjoying fantastic debuts.Aaron Wan-Bissaka was superb at right-back, Harry Maguire always assured in the centre of defence, and Daniel James came on to wrap up the win with a splendid fourth goal after Pogba’s burst through the middle on the break.It was about as good an opening day as Solskjaer could have asked for even if it took his side a long time to get going.But then that sounds a lot like United over the last six years – they’ve picked up results at times and even the odd trophy without really getting going.The long-awaited rebuild has started with a bang.last_img read more

Oct
26

Report: 2 SEC Quarterbacks Are Considering Transfers

first_imgLSU players on the sideline warming up for a game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: The LSU Tigers warm up before a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Two former highly-ranked quarterback recruits are reportedly considering transferring out of their program.LSU quarterbacks Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse are both absent at practice today and reports suggest that they are weighing their future with the Tigers.Fletcher Mackel reports that both players are considering transfers.“Source tells me: Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse taking time to evaluate their futures with LSU program,” he reports.Source tells me:Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse taking time to evaluate their futures with LSU program. https://t.co/E36wHzlk4U— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) August 14, 2018McMillan, a class of 2015 product, is a dual-threat QB. He was ranked the No. 35 dual-threat QB in the country coming out of high school.Lowell Narcisse, a class of 2017 recruit, was the No. 9 QB prospect in the country coming out of high school.The Tigers added former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow as a transfer this offseason. He is widely expected to win the starting job and he has two years of eligibility remaining.last_img read more

Oct
26

Everyone Thinks Louisville Will Hire This Big 10 Coach If Petrino Is Fired

first_imgPurdue football head coach Jeff Brohm.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on during warmups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)This poor season could be the end of the line for Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino. In his return to Louisville he’s won either eight or nine games every year, but Cardinals have hit a serious skid in the post-Lamar Jackson world.The Cardinals are just 2-5 to start the season, with an 0-4 ACC mark. The two wins came against FCS Indiana State, and a struggling Western Kentucky squad 20-17.WKU football has long had strong ties to Louisville. The school took on Petrino when his personal brand was at its lowest, after the scandal that led to his ouster at Arkansas.He used the Hilltoppers to springboard back to Louisville, where he has enjoyed solid success. However, in the wake of the basketball scandals that have rocked the school in recent years, the athletic department has cleaned house. That includes a new athletic director, Vince Tyra, who could use a terrible season at UL to make his mark on the football program, and move on from Petrino, who was a controversial hire at the time because of what happened at Arkansas.With Bobby Petrino hot seat increasing, there is one name that stands out for a potential Louisville job: Jeff Brohm.Brohm, currently at Purdue, played at Louisville. From 2003-06, he served as Cardinals quarterbacks coach under Petrino during his first go-around at the program, and stayed at UL through 2008. He succeeded Petrino at WKU, and built on his success, topping out at 12-2 in 2015, and going 30-10 overall in three years.He parlayed that into the Purdue job, and immediately elevated the lowly Boilermakers to a bowl game last season. After three straight losses by four or fewer points to open the year, Purdue is up to 3-3 in 2018.If Petrino is fired this year, Brohm is naturally the first name that comes up for many for a Louisville opening.No I’m for Brohm being here, what I was saying was look at what Brohm did at Purdue with the extreme lack of talent last year. This Louisville team has loads of talent imagine how he can utilize it.— CardNation ⚫️? (@L1C4Nation) October 16, 2018This is hands down Louisville’s best option. Strong and Petrino’s first HC jobs were UofL.Brohm killed it at WKU, and now turned Purdue from a 9-36 team over 4 years into 1/2 game out of first in the Big Ten.He’d be the most qualified coach UofL has hired since Schnellenberger— Presley Meyer (@meyer_presley) October 17, 2018The best louisville can do will be brohm and that’s a good thing. If he was a just a coordinator i wouldn’t be as willing to hire him but hes been successful as a head coach in 2 separate places and purdue being in the worst shape possible and he’s immediately made them better— THE HAPPY HALLOWEEN DWB 69™ (@Tee1andonlyJay) October 18, 2018I would love Brohm’s hunger and offensive mentality here at Louisville . Just hope he doesn’t have a Scott Frost first season IF he is our coach next year. We have a 14 million elephant in the corner that needs to be addressed first and foremost— ? Petty Krueger ? (@LJthaFiasc0) October 18, 2018From that perspective, Brohm is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST FIT! I’m not sold ?on Brohm either. It’d be nice to see him prove some more and have some more signature wins on his resume, but who else knows, has the understanding and passion of Louisville Football more than Jeff Brohm?!?!— ?Rosstradamus? (@rosspro) October 18, 2018Today, SB Nation‘s Richard Johnson wrote a column outlining the pros and cons of Brohm-to-Louisville. He calls it a “no brainer.”Of course, there’s no guarantee that Brohm would leave the Big Ten to head to his alma mater. Firing Petrino would cost Louisville $14 million thanks to a hefty buyout that was designed to keep the notoriously flighty coach from jumping ship himself. Brohm also has a hefty buyout from Purdue, so Louisville would need some real will to make the move.Even so, Brohm is building something at Purdue. He has quickly brought the program back from the dead, and is accruing some serious talent. Freshman Rondale Moore is already one of the most exciting players in college football, and Brohm has three four-star players lined up in the 2019 class, which ranks No. 28.Is Louisville that much of a jump up? In recent college football history, absolutely. However, the Big Ten West may be more winnable than the ACC Atlantic at this point. Still, the chance to coach your alma mater is enticing, and it wouldn’t be the most surprising thing to see him jump, even if you can argue its a lateral move at the moment.last_img read more

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College Football Coach’s Epic Bowl Game Rant Is Going Viral

first_imgA football resting by the pylon at the Temple Owls gamePHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Four days ago, Ed Foley served as Temple’s assistant head coach, and coached the tight ends and special teams for the program. Second in command to former head coach Geoff Collins, Foley generally stayed out of the headlines during his years at Temple.Until this week. Foley, who was named interim head coach after Collins left for Georgia Tech, went on an incredible rant about the team’s upcoming bowl game against Duke.In addition to touting the team’s game against Duke, Foley raved about the team Temple has this year. Just listen to him talk about the group of kids the Owls have.Temple interim HC Ed Foley is more excited to be in Shreveport than any person in human history (via @Temple_FB) pic.twitter.com/1XXTtchpzS— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 11, 2018How can you not want to play for a coach like that?Temple and Duke meet in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 27.last_img read more

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Joel Klatt Names College Football’s Top 5 Quarterbacks In 2019

first_imgTrevor Lawrence on the field during the National Title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)As we count down the days until the start of college football, Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt has been unveiling various top five lists. Today, he broke down his top five quarterbacks.Not surprisingly, Klatt has Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa at No. 2. There’s really no debate that they are the two best QBs in the sport heading into the season.At No. 3, Klatt went with Oregon’s Justin Herbert, who could have been a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft if he left school early. As it stands, Herbert could make a case to be the first quarterback taken in 2020 with a strong season.Rounding out the top five are Texas’ Sam Ehlinger at No. 4 and Georgia’s Jake Fromm in the fifth spot.My Top 5 Quarterbacks heading into the 2019 CFB season https://t.co/ydcYTUtxKB— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) August 19, 2019Overall, there isn’t much controversy on this list. It will be interesting to see if Klatt re-ranks his top quarterbacks at the end of this season, and if any new names emerge.Off the top of our heads, Michigan’s Shea Patterson and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts could easily find their way into the top five, and some other uber-talented youngsters like Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond and Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez are ones to watch as well.last_img read more

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Video: No. 7 Michigan Beats Army In Double Overtime

first_img This was the play that won it for the Wolverines:SACK. FUMBLE. WIN.Michigan hangs on at home after Army gave the Wolverines all they could handle in The Big House. pic.twitter.com/1jSP4ROHmN— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 7, 2019Michigan is now 2-0 on the season and, while neither win has been convincing, they count all the same. Harbaugh’s team does need to improve in a bunch of different areas moving forward, though, and it has to happen quickly.The Wolverines now get a week off before traveling to Wisconsin, which will pose an extremely tough test for the top 10 team.Harbaugh’s team will need to be a lot better to get a win in Madison. Jim Harbaugh putting a whistle in his mouth.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 20, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)This was supposed to be the year for Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines. The Ann Arbor program came into 2019 as the favorite in the Big Ten and a popular College Football Playoff pick.Welp, it still could be.Michigan, the No. 7 team in the country, barely survived Army this afternoon. The Wolverines needed double overtime to get past the Black Knights.It was Michigan 24, Army 21 in an ugly win.last_img read more