Dan Kennedy was simply wonderful as Chivas USA walked into Red Bull Arena and nearly sprung a 1-0 upset over host New York, only to see Péguy Luyindula score a last-gasp equalizer.
Chivas USA’s marker came on a first-half penalty kick from Erick Torres, and a splendid gaggle of saves from Kennedy had Chivas USA’s first road MLS win since a 4-1 win over Chicago on March 24, 2013 looking secure.
After the tie, the Red Bulls have just three points from their first four games.
Chivas USA’s Thomas McNamara drew a penalty and Torres converted to give the Goats a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Mauro Rosales played a high ball toward McNamara, a second round pick in January’s SuperDraft, that the rookie may not have had a chance to head home. But Richard Eckersley fouled McNamara to the floor, giving Torres the opportunity to finish his fourth goal of the season.
He sent it down the middle and past Luis Robles to ensure the lead.
Chivas USA is now 1-1-2 under new boss Wilmer Cabrera.
New York was denied a 66th minute equalizer when Bradley Wright-Phillips crashed into Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy, knocking the ball into the path of Luyindula. His tap-in was denied due to the foul on Wright-Phillips.
The NYRB forward was a factor in the second half, but Kennedy was even bigger. The Goats goalie made a massive breakaway stop on Wright-Phillips after a Thierry Henry dummy spring him on goal.
Kennedy made another stunning save on a Dax McCarthy blast in the 82nd minute, just tipping the ball over for a corner.
He was incredible, but the win was not to be as New York poured forward well into six minutes of stoppage time. Robles was involved in the late attack as Luyindula’s work off a corner gave New York the tie.
Leicester City and Southampton finished scoreless at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, as the latter failed to pick up three critical points in a heated Premier League relegation race.
The best opportunity on the day likely came in the second half when Marc Albrighton‘s brilliant volley was deflected over the crossbar by Saints keeper Alex McCarthy.
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Southampton boasted many of its regulars as they prepare to stave off being dropped down to the Championship next season, although Mark Hughes‘ side features in a big FA Cup semifinals clash over the weekend against Chelsea.
Chances were at a minimum in the opening stanza, with Leicester the more dominant of the two sides in attack, although it didn’t amount to much on their various counterattacking opportunities.
Kelechi Iheanacho threatened early on for the Foxes, coming close in the 15th minute with a strike that narrowly missed the far corner. This came briefly after he followed up on his own blocked attempt moments prior.
The Saints now sit four points behind 17th place Swansea City, while Leicester remains in eighth place — trailing Arsenal and the top six by 10 points.
With four matches remaining in the Premier League season, Antonio Conte‘s side has everything to play for in the final weeks of the campaign.
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Chelsea picked up a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Burnley on Thursday afternoon at the Turf Moor behind Victor Moses‘ second-half finish.
Moses was active throughout the match for Chelsea, playing a hand in both goals.
Ashley Barnes pulled a goal back for the Clarets in the 64th minute, but it wasn’t enough for the seventh place side to steal points off the Blues for the second time in 2017/18.
Alvaro Morata’s struggles continued on the day, as the Spanish international had a quality breakaway chance to seal the game early in the second half, but put his right-footed attempt wide of the goal.
The Blues went in front in the 20th minute after Burnley defender Kevin Long put the ball into his own net off of a dangerous cross from Victor Moses on the righthand side of the box.
Olivier Giroud made heavy claims for a penalty in the eighth minute, when the striker went to ground after having been contacted by Long.
The Frenchman started the match paired with Alvaro Morata up front as Antonio Conte looked to rest Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup semifinal against Southampton.
The victory for the Blues puts Conte and Co. within five points of Spurs with four matches remaining in the PL campaign. Tottenham currently occupies the fourth Champions League position in England’s top flight.
Paul Pogba‘s time at Manchester United could be nearing an abrupt end for the second time in his professional career.
And now, a club that was previously tracking the France international appears to be expressing heavy interest in the midfielder once again.
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ESPN FC is reporting that Paris Saint-Germain and Mino Raiola — Pogba’s agent — have been in contact recently over a potential move to the French capital at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.
The report suggests that Raiola has been in talks with several other big clubs in regards to the availability of Pogba in the near future, however, a move to his native country could sweeten the deal for the 25-year-old.
The Frenchman has scored 10 league goals for the Red Devils since he re-joined the side in 2016/17 from Juventus.
Pogba has had an up-and-down relationship at Old Trafford with manager Jose Mourinho, which nearly caused a move for the attacker during the January transfer window.
Cross-town rivals Manchester City were heavily linked to Pogba at the time, however, nothing came to fruition as the Citizens went on to claim the Premier League title with several matches remaining on their calendar.
While PSG seems like a logical fit given the club’s free-flowing attack and recent willingness to acquire massive talents, including Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the Ligue 1 giants may not be able to financially support another big-time addition like Pogba.
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play laws have been tested by PSG, particularly during last summer’s transfer window when the club acquire both Neymar and Mbappe for over $400 million combined.
PSG is set to meet with UEFA on Friday though, which could give an indication one way or another as to how the front office can approach its spending habits in the months to come.
Two big Premier League games are coming your way on Thursday as Burnley host Chelsea at Turf Moor, while Leicester welcome Southampton to the King Power Stadium.
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Burnley are aiming to win six-straight games in the Premier League as reigning champs Chelsea head to Lancashire hoping to cut the gap on the top four to just five points.
In team news from Turf Moor, Burnley start Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes up top together as Sean Dyche looks to get at the visitors early with plenty of balls into the box. Chelsea rest Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of the FA Cup semifinal and start Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata up top together.
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As for Leicester against Saints the Foxes’ hopes of European action are all but over after a poor run of form, while Southampton are battling for their lives in the relegation zone but a win would move Saints to just two points from safety with four games to play.
The teams news from Leicester is that Kasper Schmeichel is out injured in goal, while Claude Puel has picked an attacking lineup with Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho up top and the Mahrez, Gray and Albrighton all starting.
Saints are unchanged from the team which started so well against Chelsea before collapsing to lose last time out.
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