Leicester City 2-2 Everton: Foxes’ fight back to nick late draw (video)

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The last nine times these teams have met they have drawn on seven occasions, so there was no surprise when this one ended in a tie.

What a game and what a return to the big-time for the Foxes.

Premier League new boys Leicester City fought back to draw 2-2 against Everton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday in an hugely entertaining game. Everton went ahead through Aiden McGeady’s wonderstrike early on, but less than 90 seconds later Leonardo Ulloa equalized for the Foxes. Just before half time Steven Naismith put the Toffees back in front with a fine equalizer.

They held that lead until five minutes from the end, but Tim Howard’s side couldn’t hold on as substitute Chris Wood slotted home to give Leicester their first PL points in a decade.

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Leicester City started brightly at the King Power Stadium as some delicious deliveries tested Howard and his Everton defense. In the 16th minute Wes Morgan smashed an effort from the edge of the box just wide of the post as the Foxes settled back into life in the PL.

However in the 21st minute Everton took the lead through a superb strike from McGeady. After a corner the ball broke to Leighton Baines on the edge of the box, the left back’s shot was deflected into Sylvain Distin’s path who saw his effort blocked by Kasper Schmeichel but the rebound fell to McGeady who curled home an inch-perfect strike into the top corner. 1-0 to the Toffees.

Less than 90 seconds later Leicester were level as Ulloa scored on his debut following his move from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer. The Argentine striker reacted quickly as Everton failed to clear an out-swinging corner from the left and Ulloa pounced to make it 1-1.

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In an hugely entertaining game the Toffees reacted well to conceding as Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku combined to carve out some chances. Everton went close through McGeady on two more occasions as the Irish winger proved a real livewire in the opening 45 minutes. Leicester were dealt a blow just before half time as Danny Drinkwater hobbled off injured and was replaced by Dean Hammond.

Just before the break they got an even bigger blow as Naismith finished superbly to clip Baines’ cross in off the crossbar. Everton were 2-1 up at the break. Leicester bombarded Everton’s goal with set pieces and the home side were spurred on by their fans as they pushed for an equalizer in the second half.

A lengthy stoppage disrupted the flow of the second half as James McCarthy looked to have overstretched his knee ligaments when challenging for a ball in midfield. The Scottish international returned to the pitch and continued but looked far from comfortable. Leicester brought on Jeffrey Schlupp and he went clean through against Howard within seconds of coming on. However the young attacker lost his composure and smashed the ball high and wide, then fell to the turf in disbelief. A wasted chance for the Foxes to equalize.

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That missed didn’t upset the Foxes stride and substitute Wood equalized with five minutes to go. Everton again failed to clear their lines sufficiently and the ball fell to the New Zealand international on the left side of the box. He slotted home coolly for his first-ever PL goal to bag a point for Leicester and leave Everton shaking their heads.

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Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Moore, Morgan, Konchesky, Mahrez, King, Drinkwater (Hammond, 39′), Knockaert (Schlupp, 64′), Nugent, Ulloa (Wood, 78′)

Goals: Ulloa (22′), Wood (85′)

Everton: Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, McGeady (Coleman, 85′), Naismith, Pienaar (Mirallas, 81′), Lukaku.

Goals: McGeady (20′), Naismith (45′)

Australian women beat US 1-0 in Tournament of Nations

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SEATTLE (AP) Tameka Butt scored in the 67th minute and Australia beat the United States for the first time in the 28-game series, 1-0 in the Tournament of Nations on Thursday night.

The Matildas also snapped the Americans’ four-game winning streak.

Just moments after Butt’s goal got past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, Carli Lloyd blasted a cross from Megan Rapinoe at Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who made a fantastic save. Lloyd had another chance that sailed just over the net.

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Japan and Brazil played to a 1-1 draw in the tournament’s opening game in the afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Each of the four teams in the tournament is in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. The top-ranked United States went into the game with a 25-0-2 record over the seventh-ranked Matildas.

Rapinoe, who plays for the NWSL’s Seattle Reign, had a good chance early on in the game but the Americans were unable to break through. Rapinoe has 12 goals to lead the NWSL in scoring this season.

The Matildas have been on the rise of the past several years, with quarterfinal appearances in both the 2015 World Cup and the Olympics last year.

Following the stop in Seattle, the tournament shifts to San Diego on Sunday before wrapping up in Carson, California, on Aug. 3.

U.S. Soccer is looking to host a Tournament of Nations each summer that there isn’t World Cup or Olympic competition.

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

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Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.