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.

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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?

MLS SuperDraft 2018 Live Tracker

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For a few dozen players, hearing their name called up to the big stage will validate all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made since they were children.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. when Los Angeles FC is on the clock at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft will be underway. Many of the top college prospects will soon find out whether they’ll be headed to the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, Southern California or anywhere in between.

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This year’s draft class is loaded with attacking talent, from Generation Adidas trio Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), Mason Toye (Indiana) and Francis Atuahene (Michigan) to Twumasi’s college teammate Jon Bakero.

But potential No. 1 overall pick is a three-time national champion, Thomas Hilliard-Arce, who could become the anchor of a backline for a decade.

Follow along below as we update the picks live as we hear them:

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Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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USMNT centerback Carter-Vickers heads to Ipswich Town on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has a new club to call home for the next five months or so after a rough first half of the season.

Tottenham announced Friday morning that it had loaned the U.S. Men’s National Team centerback to Championship club Ipswich Town for the rest of the season. Carter-Vickers spent the first five months of the season at fellow Championship side Sheffield United, starting 17 times though he struggled recently as Sheffield won just one game he played in during the month of December, losing three and drawing one.

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Carter-Vickers was then recalled earlier this week and now has a new home with a mid-table Championship club, with a new chance to impress. Hopefully Carter-Vickers can recover his form and continue to grow, potentially latching on to another Premier League side next year or breaking into the Tottenham first team.

There’s another interesting American tie-in to this. Carter-Vickers appears to be a short-term replacement for Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith, who the club states is headed to join the Colorado Rapids ahead of the 2018 MLS season.