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Hull City 1-0 Swansea City: Boyd’s header enough for the Tigers (video)

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Hull City battled to a 1-0 win over Swansea on Saturday at the KC Stadium as Hull are all but safe from relegation, while the Swans are still only six-points clear of the drop.

The game-winning moment arrived just before half time, as George Boyd rose like a salmon at the back post and headed in a looping cross to give the Tigers a deserved lead. Swansea spurned several good chances to equalize in the second half, as Hull held on for a valuable win that sees them leapfrog Swansea and leave the South Wales side with still flirting with the relegation zone.

Hull moved up to 12th on 36 points after the win, while the Swans dropped to 15th on 33 points.

(MORE: Latest Premier League standings)

An early cross from Figueora on the left found Shane Long in the box and Michel Vorm made a superb save at the far post to keep the score level inside the first 10 minutes. Hull continued to press the Swans, and in the 17th minute George Boyd hammered a low shot towards goal following Long’s knockdown but Vorm saved well down to his right.

After that the game evened out, but Swansea’s Wayne Routledge got clear of Hull’s defense but took the winger too much time to have a shot and saw his effort blocked.

Just after the half hour mark Nikica Jelavic curled a free kick just over for Hull, as a nervy encounter played out in the sunshine in East Yorkshire. Then in the 38th minute Hull took the lead, as Liam Rosenior’s looping cross from the right saw Boyd rise highest and beat Angel Rangel to head home the opener. The Tigers pushed for another after half time, as Steve Bruce’s men aimed to stave off any lingering threat of relegation.

In the second half Swansea pushed hard for an equalizer, as Nathan Dyer spurned a glorious chance to put the Swans level but hit his effort tamely on target.Garry Monk cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines, as the rookie manager still has the threat of relegation breathing down his neck.

Jonjo Shelvey had another effort which failed to worry Steve Harper in goal for Hull, as the Tigers held on to their slender advantage and grabbed a crucial three points which has likely sealed their top-flight status for next season.


Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Figueora (Koren, 75′), Chester, Davies, Meyler, Livermore, Boyd, Jelavic (Sagbo, 91′), Long (Aluko, 64′), Elmohamady

Goal: Boyd (38′)

Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton (Lita, 83′), Shelvey, De Guzman (Dyer, 45′), Routledge, Michu (Hernandez, 66′), Bony

Klopp’s Liverpool squad enthusiasm: “Everything is there”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.

Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”

Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.

CONCACAF Cup preview: Ultimate guide to USMNT vs Mexico

Beasley, and other US veterans, have been asked to take the young guys under their wing.
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So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.

It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.

The Battles

Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.

The XI

So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.

The history

What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.

Klinsmann’s future

The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.

[ MORE: The case for firing Klinsmann after a loss ]

So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.