Landon Donovan has history of success vs. Honduras

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Landon Donovan has been a real pebble in the Honduran cleat lately.

I suppose we could say that about pretty much any team in the region, given the U.S. attacker’s long history of scoring goals and arranging them with a fierce consistency over a dozen years of international success. Just ask Mexico.

But the United States’ all-time leading scorer has supplied some especially important strikes against Honduras, which happens to be the opponent for Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal outside of Dallas.

Donovan had two critical against the Catrachos during qualifying for the last World Cup – no small feat considering Honduras, skillful, well-organized and highly motivated, eventually made its way to South Africa 2010.

Back in the summer of 2009, his penalty kick was the equalizer after the United States had fallen behind in a game the Americans could scarcely afford to lose. (The win helped Bob Bradley’s team reach the mid-point of final round qualifying with a 3-1-1 record.)

Later, Carlos Bocanegra finished off a Donovan corner kick for the second-half game-winner at Soldier Field.

Later that year in the cauldron of San Pedro Sula, a second half free kick from the program’s all-time leading scorer was the game-winner in a 3-2 U.S. win. (Trivia from that evening: Conor Casey scored the first two goals of his brief international career. If  you had “Conor Casey for two goals” ahead of that one, please meet me in Las Vegas ahead of the next big game.)

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Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.