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.
Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.
Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.
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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.
United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.
Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.
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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.
Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.
Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.
Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.
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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.
Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following:
Sometimes, a match recap needs just a couple keywords instead of paragraphs.
For example: Messi, Barcelona, Cup Final, the best.
The greatest player on Earth was at it again on Saturday, scoring a deft goal before assisting a Paco Alcacer offering as Barcelona won another Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.
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It’s a third-straight Copa del Rey for the Blaugranas, their 29th crown in the tournament’s history. Barca has also lost 10 Copa finals, the last in 2014 against Real Madrid.
Here’s the goal:
And the pass: