The MLS SuperDraft picks up the slack from its weekend off with rounds three and four today at 2pm ET, and if history holds true there will be plenty of great finds on the books.
After a remarkable first round that saw Philadelphia trade up to select the first No. 1 overall goalkeeper in MLS history — we spoke with him on Friday — the draft moves on today. I’ve seen several prospects in person over the past couple years and there’s a lot to be liked. Cornell defender Patrick Slogic is a big presence in the 18 and Akron’s Aodhan Quinn has a marvelous left foot, while playmaker Fabio Pereira has played some magnificent balls for the University of Michigan and Detroit City FC.
As the league continues to grow, the quality of the final two rounds should theoretically drop off a bit (the third round used to start with the 21st selection, now Portland opens today’s third round with pick No. 39). Let’s take a look at some names from just a five-year span of later rounds past:
2004 – The Metrostars select Michael Bradley with their fourth-round pick (No. 36 overall)
2005 – Chicago picks Chris Rolfe in the third round.
2006 – Chivas USA snags Jonathan Bornstein in the fourth round.
2007 – Tally Hall, Omar Cummings and Luis Robles all picked up in the latter rounds.
2008 – Geoff Cameron goes at No. 42 overall to Houston while Steven Lenhart goes to Columbus six picks later.
There’s plenty to look forward to this afternoon, even if history says many of these names will disappear. The fact remains that some team will likely find an MLS diamond in the next several hours.
Arsenal lead Chelsea 1-0 at half time of the 2016-17 FA Cup final, but they should be so much further ahead.
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Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal ahead in controversial fashion as Aaron Ramsey was clearly in an offside position and flagged for offside, but referee Anthony Taylor overruled his linesman to allow the goal to stand.
Ramsey didn’t touch the ball but was remarkably close to it when Sanchez raced through to score.
Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Ramsey had further chances to score with Gary Cahill twice clearing off the line, while Chelsea had two chances through Diego Costa but he couldn’t convert.
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What a first 45 minutes!
At the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley there was a moving tribute to the people killed in the Manchester bombing attack earlier this week.
On Monday a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured a further 67 after detonating a bomb outside Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.
Ahead of the FA Cup final, Arsenal and Chelsea came together to salute everyone impacted by the atrocity.
Watch the moving video below as 90,000 stood in silence to show their solidarity.
Alexis Sanchez’s goal put Arsenal 1-0 up early on in the FA Cup final against Chelsea in hugely controversial fashion.
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Initially the goal was called out for offside on Aaron Ramsey who didn’t touch the ball but was mightily close to the action, but referee Anthony Taylor overruled his linesman and gave the goal.
There was also a hint of a handball on Sanchez’s part as the ball ricocheted off him in a tackle.
Watch the video below as Chelsea were left fuming but Arsenal didn’t care…
The U-20 World Cup in South Korea continues to provide plenty of drama.
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In Group C already-qualified Portugal fought back from 1-0 down against Iran to win 2-1 and sealed their spot in the last 16, while Costa Rica join both Portugal and Zambia in the knockout rounds after they beat Zambia 1-0.
Italy led Japan 2-0 in Group D but Japan fought back to make it 2-2 as they made it through to the last 16 alongside Italy and Uruguay. Elsewhere in Group D Uruguay and South Africa played out a 0-0 draw with Uruguay already through to the knockout rounds (they have yet to concede a goal) and South Africa heading home.
The final set of group games take place on Sunday with Groups E and F coming to a close, including the U.S. facing Saudi Arabia as Tab Ramos’ men aim to seal a spot in the last 16.
Three of the eight last 16 matches have now been confirmed with England facing Costa Rica, Venezuela taking on Japan and hosts South Korea will play Portugal.
Click on the link above for all the latest news from the U-20 World Cup, while below are video highlights from Saturday’s four games in Groups C and D.
Group C – Portugal 2-1 Iran
Group C – Costa Rica 1-0 Zambia
Group D – Japan 2-2 Italy
Group D – Uruguay 0-0 South Africa