The United States men’s national team wraps up its “friendly” preparation for the World Cup with its lone send-off series match against another team headed for Brazil: Nigeria.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi told PST’s Kyle Bonn that Nigeria plays a similar style to the Yanks’ first World Cup opponent in Ghana. And while Keshi wishes he had more time to get Nigeria ready for the big dance, the US coach sees the week-and-a-half of prep time for Ghana as plenty.
Klinsmann wasn’t interested in nailing down a formation for the media in Jacksonville on Friday, but he’ll be tipping his hand when he rolls out his Starting XI. The match kicks off at 6pm ET and will be just the second time the US has faced Nigeria (the first being a 3-2 win Stateside in 1995).
Scoring from forwards is at the forefront of many a mind. The States have scored a pair of goals in each of the first two send-off games, the first a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan and the second a 2-1 defeat of Turkey.
While Aron Johannsson and Clint Dempsey have tallied — the States other goals have come from Mix Diskerud and Fabian Johnson — and Chris Wondolowski did plenty of threatening against Azerbaijan, the Yanks have yet to see a goal from Jozy Altidore.
After the big man’s unproductive season for Sunderland, there’s been plenty of hope that No. 17 would find his quality national team form. But Altidore still hasn’t scored for the USMNT since an October goal against Jamaica. While there are good things to be said about his work in the send-off matches — just as there was for Sunderland — he still needs to put the ball between the sticks.
And it’d be nice to see Team America keep a clean sheet against a dangerous Nigeria team. It’s the last match before Ghana, and a perfect preparatory chance for Matt Besler and his back line mates.
Here he comes.
When Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in the summer big things were expected.
It’s taken him a while to settle but now the Armenian playmaker has scored his first goal for United with a stunning superb solo effort against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.
Watch the video below to see Mkhitaryan put United 1-0 up.
What a goal.
You truly have to see this a few times to believe it is possible.
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Stunning footage from a game between National Vatera and Makedonikos Kozanis in Greece’s four-tier last weekend has emerged as Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis goes clean through on goal, gets one yard out but then somehow delays his shot and is blocked on the line by a defender, then the ball gets away from him.
Watch the clip above to see probably the worst miss you will ever see.
I mean, come on man…
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.
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Kim Dae-wook headed Auckland ahead five minutes after half time, but substitute Shuhei Akasaki equalized for the J-League champions in the 67th minute.
Fellow sub Mu Kanazaki then completed the comeback in the 88th, heading home from close range after Shoma Doi nodded a deep Shuto Yamamoto cross from the left back.
Kashima advanced to a quarterfinal against African champion Mamelodi Sundowns in Osaka on Sunday.
The winner of that game will face Copa Libertadores winner Atletico Nacional in the semifinal Wednesday. European powerhouse Real Madrid also enters the tournament from the semifinal stage.
The use of video replays was available during the match but there were no official reviews. The technology is there to be used only for correcting clear errors in game-changing decisions.
Week 15 of the Premier League season has arrived with Manchester United hosting Tottenham, Liverpool welcoming West Ham and Leicester City and Manchester City clashing at the King Power Stadium.
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With some intense relegation battles between Swansea City and Sunderland and Hull City and Crystal Palace, there is plenty on the line as the festive season really starts to heat up.
Below are previews, score predictions and everything else you need to know about all 10 games this weekend.
Chelsea vs. West Brom
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Southampton vs. Middlesbrough
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
Watford vs. Everton
Hull vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Bournemouth