On Sunday night in Vancouver, fans at BC Place were treated to two goals that are likely to be right up there when the MLS Goal of the Season ballot is released.
Darlington Nagbe opened the scoring with a blistering strike from distance in the first half. The University of Akron product already has the 2011 MLS Goal of the Year award under his belt, and a whole host of other memorable strikes, as is his penchant for the spectacular.
But not to be undone, Brazilian attacker Camilo Sanvezzo scored an incredible scissor kick to seal a 2-2 draw for the ‘Caps and send the Southsiders behind the goal crazy. It was the diminutive forwards 18th goal of the season, and arguably the best of his MLS career. And there’s been a few to choose from…
Anyway, you can watch both goals from the Cascadia Cup clash below, and vote for your favorite howitzer.
Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke explained that Cresswell had undergone a scan and will consult a specialist in central London early next week. The medical team will then take a decision whether or not the defender requires surgery.
“Whatever course of action we decide to take, Aaron faces a period of rest, followed by treatment and rehabilitation and he will be out for a period of between three and four months,” said Vandenbroucke.
Left back isn’t a position of strength for most teams, and West Ham doesn’t look to be an exception.
Vandenbroucke also issued an update on Manuel Lanzini, saying the club won’t know his status until the attacker returns from Argentina duty. Lanzini was injured with Argentina’s Olympic team while preparing for the Games in Rio.
FOX analyst Stu Holden said it right after it happened, and it’s true: Nat Borchers has torn his achilles tendon and is out for the season.
The Portland Timbers back with the big burly beard was injured late in the first half, and had to be stretchered off the pitch. Amobi Okugo took his place for the rest of the match, which finished 2-1 to the Galaxy.
It’s a big blow for the Timbers, whose regular season struggles are an annual occurrence. The 2015 MLS Champions are currently in the West’s seventh position, and Borchers has been one of their best players in each of the last two seasons.
Borchers is 35, and in his second season with the Oregon set after 211 appearances for Real Salt Lake.
The achilles is a brutal injury to return from at any age. Whenever, he’s done Borchers will exit MLS in the select company of winning an MLS Cup for at least two different teams in separate decades (2009-RSL, 2015-PDX).
“The only club to leave Borussia Dortmund for is Real Madrid. But not now.
“Sometime I want to play for Real Madrid, which is one of my big goals in my career. But at the moment everything is great.”
Aubameyang could approach otherworldly numbers next season — we’re thinking 50-plus goals — with the additions of Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle to BVB’s already strong squad (which did lose Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mats Hummels this offseason).
Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Joe is a player that Mark has admired for a considerable amount of time. Therefore when we became aware of the possibility of bringing him to the Club it was something that we were determined to do.
Sobhi, 19, is a lesser known entity full of promise. At 19, he already had six caps and a goal for Egypt, and has made 71 appearances with 17 goals for Al Alhy in the Egyptian Premier League.
“We are absolutely delighted to have signed a player of Ramadan’s undoubted quality and potential. He’s a special young talent who is excited about the prospect of making an impact in the Premier League and we’re looking forward to giving him that platform.”
Stoke has quietly been amassing assets for some time, and made a strong push last season before finishing ninth. If Allen can combine well with Giannelli Imbula, perhaps Stoke can continue its rise up the PL pecking order.