England advances past Portugal to U-17 Euro final after pair of brilliant goals

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England’s U-17 squad downed Portugal after a masterful pair of goals from London youth stars gave the Young Lions a second-half “comeback” and put them into the finals of the UEFA European U-17 Championships.

The score was 0-0 at the halftime break, but Portugal were well and truly on top after hitting the woodwork a trio of times in the first half and looked set to break through in the second 45.

However, Chelsea product Dominic Solanke put them surprisingly 1-up just six minutes into the second half as he controlled a long ball over his head with ease and finished with a beautiful chip of Portuguese keeper Fabio Duarte.

Watch Solanke’s expertly calm finish here

Then, Fulham youth star Patrick Roberts did what he does best, embarassing a total of four would-be tacklers in a bit of individual brilliance, dancing through the box and flicking the finish cooly into the back of the net.

Watch Roberts’ brilliant individual effort here

Roberts and Solanke were just weeks ago on opposite ends of the FA Youth Cup final, but here they teamed up to bring England’s U-17 squad 90 minutes from a Euro victory.  They will play the Netherlands in the finals, after they torched Scotland in the other semifinal.

It’s a great moment for a country that believes it is struggling to develop young talent in-house, and looking to devise creative but not so pratical methods of boosting development within its own league ranks.

At just 17 years old, Roberts could factor heavily into Fulham’s fold next season, having been relegated into the Championship and likely needing a striker after Kostas Mitroglou looks to be headed elsewhere.

His skills have been widely recognized, and failure to return to the Premier League quickly combined with a positive season in the Championship could see Roberts headed elsewhere.  Various reports have named Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Barcelona as interested in the winger.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire

Late action (10:30 p.m. ET kick off)

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.