In control Galaxy levels before half; Portland and L.A. tied at 1

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Diego Valeri’s 14th minute goal put Portland in position to pick up its first ever win away to Los Angeles, but Robbie Rogers and Gyasi Zardes teamed up to even the score just before halftime.

Portland had one chance to the many of Los Angeles, but the dominant Galaxy got a just reward late.


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Valeri’s free kick was partially-deflected by Stefan Ishizaki, and Jaime Penedo failed to deal with the consequences as the ball sailed into the top right corner of the goal.

It was Portland’s first true chance of the match, as L.A. dominated the early goings, but some missed chances from Landon Donovan amongst others missed at every turn.

The clock had not his five when Donovan was set up for a point blank opportunity inside the 18 by Gyasi Zardes, but the former USMNT captain hit a soft, low shot into Donovan Ricketts.

A few minutes later, it was Robbie Keane who rescued an errant pass and sent a long cross that Marcelo Sarvas headed over the frame. Sarvas had another chance with seconds, but fired the ball into Ricketts.

The Valeri goal came, but barely interrupted the Galaxy’s dominance. Unfortunately, it also failed to change their squandered shots. Zardes was the snake-bitten one in the 30th minute when his headed rocketed off the bottom of the crossbar.

Keane nearly found the equalizer in the 45th minute, but Donovan’s solid cross caught him leaning backward. The header fired over the goal.

But Zardes provided the inevitable equalizer, as Robbie Rogers perfect cross was headed past a helpless Ricketts in the third minute of stoppage.


LA Galaxy: Penedo; Gargan, Gonzalez, DLG, Rogers; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan; Keane, Zardes

Subs: Rowe, Dunivant, Husidic, Meyer, Leonardo, Hoffman, Jamieson IV

Portland Timbers: Ricketts, Jewsbury, O’Rourke, Ridgewell, Harrington, Johnson (c), Fernández (Alhassan, 24′), Chara, Valeri, Urruti, Wallace

Subs: Weber, Paparatto, Villafana, Zemanski, Nanchoff, Adi

Jurgen Klopp coy over links with Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund speaks during a Borussia Dortmund press conference, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Arsenal, at Emirates Stadium on November 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Based on all the reports, it seems like a matter of when, not if, Jurgen Klopp will be named the next manager at Liverpool.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss had been heavily linked with the Liverpool job even before Brendan Rodgers was fired, and now that Rodgers is out, Klopp’s name is once again grabbing all the headlines.

[ REPORTS: Nigel Pearson approached by Sunderland ]

While some reports state he could be appointed manager by the end of the week, nothing is official yet as Klopp is still in Germany, unemployed as of today.

Klopp was approached by a reporter from German news outlet Bild in Leverkusen, and was asked about the vacant Liverpool job. While he did not confirm he was in talks with the club, he didn’t deny the links either.

There’s nothing to say. Neither a definite yes nor a definite no. I’m going home now.

It is believed that a deal between the club and the manager is in the works, with a few details still needed to be worked out before anything is made official.

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One of the biggest roadblocks in the deal is Liverpool’s use of a transfer committee when buying new players, while Klopp is supposedly keen on having full control over the team’s signings. The club has said no moves are made without the manager’s approval, although it is reported that Rodgers was limited on what players he could bring in, having multiple moves shot down by the committee.

Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is still in the running for the vacant position, but at this time, Klopp is the out-and-out favorite to take over.

Reports: Sunderland reaches out to Nigel Pearson

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Nigel Pearson, manager of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 11, 2015 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Sunderland is without a win and without a manager, as the Black Cats are in desperate need of some help.

After manager Dick Advocaat resigned following Sunderland’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, the club has been searching for a replacement to help lead the club off the bottom of the table.

Reports out of England state the North East club has approached former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, who has been out of work after being fired over the summer.

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Pearson knows what it takes to win with a team in a relegation battle, as he led Leicester to a 14th place finish last season after sitting bottom of the table at Christmas. Still in last place in March, the Foxes won seven of their final nine matches to stay up in the Premier League.

However, Pearson was sacked over the summer after having a fall-out with the Leicester board, and it was well-documented that he had a tumultuous relationship with the club’s owners.

It is being reported that Sunderland’s technical director Lee Congerton approached Pearson about the job, but that club owner Ellis Short would rather bring former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on board.

[ REPORTS: Liverpool could appoint Jurgen Klopp manager by end of the week ]

When you look at Nigel Pearson, he is a polar opposite of Dick Advocaat. Advocaat came to Sunderland towards the end of his managerial career, with experience winning titles with major clubs throughout Europe. However, he had never managed in the Premier League, and had no experience with a club fighting for survival.

Pearson, on the other hand, is fresh off a relegation battle and his fiery attitude may be what’s needed to turn Sunderland around. While Pearson may not always see eye-to-eye with the media or the board, he is fiercely loyal to his players and is a no-nonsense type-manager.

With the Premier League on an international break, Sunderland has a bit of time to figure things out, but expect Pearson’s name to continue to be linked with the job.