Gyasi Zardes nets game-winner as Galaxy defeat Whitecaps

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LA Galaxy came back from a goal down to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 at the StubHub Center on Saturday night.

Vancouver took an early lead through Camilo Sanvezzo but the Galaxy got goals from Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes to hand Los Angeles all three points and 3rd place in the Western Conference.

Sanvezzo got things started in the 19th minute when Lee Young-Pyo pinged a diagonal ball from the right side of midfield through the middle. Russell Teibert knicked the ball on with his head and it split the Galaxy defense. Sanvezzo latched onto it with a full head of steam and cooly slotted home to the far post past Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

For Sanvezzo, it was his 10th goal in eight matches, taking his MLS leading total to 13 goals on the season.

Ten minutes later and the Galaxy had their equalizer. Juninho stepped up to a free kick 35 yards out on the left side of the pitch and curled in a beautiful ball that Omar Gonzalez rose high to redirect for Villareal to dink it home.

Controversy ensued as linesman Jeremy Hanson initially flagged LA for offside, believing Zardes had headed it to Villareal. If Zardes had touched the ball, it would have been offsides but referee Chris Penso confirmed that no touch was made, and Villareal had his second goal of the season.

Twelve minutes into the second half and Zardes gave the Galaxy what would be the game-winning goal. The Cal State Bakersfield product chased down a Todd Dunivant long ball on the left byline. As Brad Rusin rushed in to close Zardes down the 21 year old cheekily flicked the ball to one side of Rusin and ran around the other side before ripping a low shot past Brad Knighton.

It was Zardes third goal of the season and his first with his feet.

With the victory the Galaxy leap-frog the Whitecaps into 3rd place in the Western Conference. Next up for Bruce Arena’s men is a July 27th away match against the Colorado Rapids while Vancouver returns home for a date with the Philadelphia Union.


Coutinho rocket helps LFC to PL Asia Trophy (video)

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Goals from Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool come back from an early deficit to win the PL Asia Trophy on Saturday in Hong Kong.

Islam Slimani gave Leicester City an early lead in front of a heavy pro-Liverpool crowd at Hong Kong Stadium, but Coutinho delivered the goods on both goals in a 2-1 win.

The tournament win is Liverpool’s first in its second trip to the PL Asia Trophy Final.

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First he crossed for Salah to head home, and then he scored the above goal by cutting in from the left and lashing a shot past a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.

We’ve seen this one before from Coutinho, just not on this particular continent. The Brazilian remains a Barcelona target, but looks prepared for the season in whatever land he sets foot.

Transfer rumor roundup: Latest on Alexis, Neymar to PSG; Van Dijk

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Neymar and Alexis Sanchez to Paris? Brazil and Chile’s finest living as one? Reunited and it feels so French?

The latter’s talents will see Arsenal’s resolve tested by a $46 million bid, according to Sky Sports, though Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been adamant that Sanchez will not be sold this summer.

Reports circled last year that Arsenal was prepared to offer Sanchez and Mesut Ozil record deals to stay at the club, though PSG has reportedly met with Sanchez and his agent with ideas of incredible $650,000 per week wages at the Parc des Princes.

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A source also told Sky Sports that it would take “a miracle” for Neymar to remain at Barcelona, so that Sanchez/Edinson Cavani/Neymar trident could be coming to a theater near you.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is hopeful of convincing Virgil Van Dijk to stay at St. Mary’s, but for now he’s been forced to ask the defender to take time away from the club.

Van Dijk, hopeful to engineer a move to a UEFA Champions League club, has not been in the preferred mental state for Pellegrino.

“When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave. I need to work with a player that works at 100 percent to defend Southampton. This is the decision. I had to say: ‘OK, if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK, you have to train alone until this period of time.'”

Liverpool publicly ended their interest in Van Dijk following Southampton complaints, and the club maintains it will not sell the influential center back.

West Ham’s loan move for Joe Hart could see both of its 2016-17 goalkeepers leaving the London Stadium. Multiple reports say Darren Randolph could be off to Middlesbrough, with Adrian also heading to the Northeast to play for countryman Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Must watch Milivojevic free kick leads Palace past WBA (video)


Goals from Luka Milivojevic and Bakary Sako led Crystal Palace to a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the third place game of the PL Asia Trophy.

Palace had lost 2-0 to Liverpool in its semifinal, while West Brom fell to Leicester City in penalty kicks after trading goals over 90 minutes.

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Milivojevic’s free kick, won by Wilfried Zaha, was super. Whipped in with force and a wicked curl, Baggies keeper Ben Foster didn’t have a chance to reach it with his dive.

Sako created his goal with a darting move off a long dribble, though it needed a pair of deflections to get behind Foster.

The Baggies had their chances, and Julian Speroni made an outstanding save on Matty Phillips late in the match.

STREAM LIVE: Liverpool-Leicester duel for PL Asia Trophy

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Goals from Bakary Sako and Luka Milivojevic spearheaded Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the PL Asia Trophy third place game, and now Liverpool and Leicester City tangle for the title.

The final will be staged at 8:30 a.m. ET, when Liverpool will hope to build on a 2-0 semifinal win paced by Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke goals.

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West Brom lost to Leicester City in its semifinal when youngster Sam Field missed the side’s seventh attempt in penalty kicks. Jay Rodriguez scored the Baggies goal in regulation of a 1-1 draw.

Here are the lineups for Leicester City and Liverpool: