Premier League Halftime Roundup: PL action in full flow

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Here’s a brief roundup from around the grounds in England, as Week 2 of the Premier League is in full flow.

We’ve already seen goals, penalties, red cards and plenty of thrilling action, so why not tune in for the second half of these games.

Well… what are you waiting for? Watch every single Premier League game live this weekend via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Everton vs. West Brom (Watch the second half live)

Solid yet unspectacular at Goodison Park. Roberto Martinez’ men have yet to get going in front of the home crowd. Can Everton grab their seventh-straight home win? 0-0 so far at Everton.

Newcastle vs. West Ham (Watch the second half live)

Both teams cancelled each other out in the first half as West Ham came close on two occasion through Winston Reid and Stewart Downing. Can Alan Pardew’s Newcastle come roaring back in the second half? Still 0-0 at St. James’ Park.

Hull City vs. Norwich (Watch the second half live)

Hull City took the lead midway through the first half as Yannick Sagbo got himself into a dangerous position and Michael Turner panicked, bringing down the Ivorian. Robbie Brady scored the spot kick after 22 minutes but just 5 minutes later Sagbo was sent off for violent conduct. Can Hull hold onto their 1-0 lead with 10-men?

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace (Watch the second half live)

Ian Holloway’s newly promoted Crystal Palace side took a first half lead through new signing Marouane Chamakh. The former Arsenal attacker scored in his first start for the Eagles but Stoke have been looking strong ever since. Still 1-0 to Palace at half time.

Southampton vs. Sunderland (Watch the second half live)

It was a dream start for Paolo Di Canio’s side down at St. Mary’s as Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini rose highest to head home after just 2 minutes for his first Sunderland goal. The Saints thought they’d equalized but Jay Rodriguez’ effort was ruled out for offside. Can Pochettino’s men turn things around after going in 1-0 down at the half?

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.