It wasn’t supposed to go down this way, the reigning Supporters Shield holders staring up as the clock ticked away on a 4-1 season-opening loss at a Vancouver club that didn’t make the playoffs in 2013.
And while the scoreline looked awful — the Whitecaps lead 4-0 before Bradley Wright-Phillips found a stoppage time marker — New York head coach Mike Petke knows his club had nearly 58 percent of the possession and completed over 120 passes.
So he’s pinning the loss on himself.
“I got it completely wrong. So it comes down to me. My gameplan obviously was wrong. The whole focus was for the first game, the whole preseason and the week leading up. With the result, obviously I got it wrong.”
“What I said to the players is ‘get it out of your head. Go home, reflect a little bit and I will do my best to come up with something better.'”
And even with some roster turnover and a new manager in Vancouver, it could have just be a matchup problem for New York. They’ve never beaten the Whitecaps. Vancouver beat them 2-1 in the teams only match of 2013, in Harrison, N.J, and the teams tied 1-1 thrice between 2011 and 2012.
Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.
Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.
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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.
Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.
The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.
McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.