Kekuta Manneh

Canadian Championships, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup roll on this evening

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Montreal’s in a bad place heading into leg two of its match with NASL side FC Edmonton in the Canadian Championships, while Toronto FC will look to finish off the Vancouver Whitecaps in the other semi.

The Impact trail the Eddies 2-1 heading into tonight’s match at Stade Saputo, which means they’ll need a 1-0 or two-goal win in order to advance to the final.

Meanwhile Vancouver has an away goal, so a 1-0 win or two-goal win would work for them as well.

South of the Canadian border, USL Pro sides join the fray for the second formal round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Some of the higher profile match-ups feature LA Galaxy II vs. previous darlings Cal FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ date with the New York Red Bulls’ NPSL side.

Tuesday
Portland Timbers U23s (PDL) 2-3 Arizona United (USL PRO)

Wednesday
Orlando City U23 (PDL) vs. Jacksonville United (NPSL)
FC Schwaben AC (USASA) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
Baltimore Bohemians (PDL) vs. Icon FC (USASA)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) vs. New York Red Bulls (NPSL)
Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) vs. Greek American AA (USASA)
Reading United  (PDL) vs. GBFC Thunder (NPSL)
RVA FC (NPSL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) vs. Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
FC Sonic Lehigh Valley (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)
Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. RWB Adira (USASA)
Orlando City (USL PRO) vs. Ocala Stampede (PDL)
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) vs. Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL)
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) vs. Western Mass Pioneers (PDL)
Jersey Express (PDL) vs. Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)
Tulsa Athletics (NPSL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO)
Des Moines Menace (USASA) vs. Real Colorado Foxes (PDL)
Austin Aztex  (PDL) vs. NTX Rayados (USASA)
Fresno Fuego (PDL)  vs. Orange County Blues (USL PRO)
Laredo Heat (PDL) vs. Red Force FC (USASA)
Sacramento Republic FC (USL PRO) vs. Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
San Diego Flash (NPSL) forfeit match to PSA Elite (USASA)
LA Galaxy II (USL PRO) vs. Cal FC (USASA)

WATCH: Zlatan free kick gives Man Utd lead in EFL Cup Final

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their second goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood Park on February 19, 2017 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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It should’ve been an equalizer, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s EFL Cup Final opening goal was brilliant nonetheless.

Minutes after Manolo Gabbiadini was incorrectly ruled offside on a would-be opener, Oriel Romeu gave away a free kick from a bit more than 25 yards away from goal.

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The big Swede lorded over the opportunity with Paul Pogba, and elected to have a dig. Ibrahimovic curled it around the wall and past the fingertips of a diving Fraser Forster to put United ahead.

LIVE – Southampton, Manchester United in EFL Cup Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: A general overview of the stadium prior to the EFL Cup Final match between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Southampton looks to put icing on its incredible rise to the Premier League with an EFL Cup Final win on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Standing in their way? PL giants Manchester United, who could give Jose Mourinho his first full tournament title as Red Devils boss.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts up top for United, with Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford on the bench.

New Saints signing Martin Caceres makes the bench along with EFL Cup Team of the Tournament midfielder Sofiane Boufal, while Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond will be trusted in the Starting XI.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo; Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial; Ibrahimovic. Subs: Romero, Blind, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Rooney, Rashford.

Southampton: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Gabbiadini. Subs: Hassen, Long, Rodriguez, Caceres, Boufal, Hojbjerg, McQueen

Kane, Dele react to Spurs thrashing of Stoke

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his teams fourth goal with teammate Harry Kane during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on February 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli believe the side’s 4-0 win over Stoke City on Sunday is a good start in making amends for a lackluster Europa League exit.

That’s especially true for Dele, who was sent off in Thursday’s 2-2 draw against Gent.

“I felt horrible after the game and at halftime I apologized to the boys,” Dele said. “I went to see the guy right after the game to see if he was alright.”

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Dele then scored Spurs’ fourth goal on Sunday, though he was a bit surprised to see hat trick hero Harry Kane slide the ball his way.

“We had a laugh at halftime,” Dele said. “I thought he was going to go for four.”

As for Kane, he was the clear cut star of the show in netting a hat trick before the break to help Spurs create a good feeling at White Hart Lane.

“It was important,” Kane said. “We wanted to come out and get back to winning ways. Thursday was very disappointing for us.”

As for the hat trick?

“Just trying to get my shots off,” he said. “Bit of luck with the third one but if you don’t shoot you don’t score.”

A bit of North London’s Wayne Gretzky in that quote.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Stoke: Kane runs wild

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  • Kane tops 100 club goals
  • Dele Alli also scores
  • Cameron subs on for Stoke

Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur put on quite an advertisement for Sunday’s PL Download on NBCSN with an outright thumping of Stoke City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Kane had a hat trick and an assist before halftime, as Spurs throttled Stoke 4-0.

The win moves Spurs back into second, 10 points back of leaders Chelsea and a point ahead of idle Manchester City. Stoke is 10th with 32 points.

USMNT back Geoff Cameron made his first appearance since Oct. 22, 2016, when he subbed into the game for the final nine minutes plus stoppage.

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Harry Kane’s deft dribble in the 10th minute could’ve provided a goal but didn’t even bring a shot as Spurs got a bit too cute with passing inside the 18.

Stoke found a rare early chance minutes later, though Spurs had their angles covered and Joe Allen‘s rip into the side netting was largely a cosmetic offer.

Kane opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Christian Eriksen bobbled Dele Alli’s pass into the 18, but Ryan Shawcross‘ barely hit his clearance and Kane took a touch before belting home for the advantage.

Hugo Lloris thwarted an offside but unflagged Peter Crouch on the doorstep in the 24th minute.

Jan Vertonghen and Kane each had chances before the half-hour mark, with the former belting one off the cross bar and the latter shaping an aesthetically-pleasing effort just wide of the frame.

Kane’e second was lovely, bounding a low volley between the legs of Victor Wanyama and by a diving Lee Grant. He added a third with a deflected free kick for his 102nd club goal.

Kane turned provider for Dele before halftime, racing past Bruno Martins Indi to send the youngster forward for a sliding goal. 4-0.

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The second half started with a rough moment for Spurs, as stalwart center back Toby Alderweireld walked off injured. This on the day Vertonghen returned to the fold, and also left after little more than an hour.

Kane briefly left the match with an injury as well.