Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton: Rodriguez completes comeback as Saints win derby

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  • Nathan Ake scored his 3rd of the year
  • Ryan Bertrand leveled it up 8 minutes later
  • Jay Rodriguez hit the winner 3 minutes after halftime

Jay Rodriguez scored his first brace March of 2014 – the game before tearing his ACL – as Southampton took down nearby Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

The home side struck right out of the gates, just six minutes in. A beautiful ball came in as Jack Wilshere sat uncontested outside the box, and Nathan Ake bagged his third goal of the season with a diving header, boxing out Pierre Hojbjerg and creating enough space to complete the chance.

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Bournemouth maintained pressure following the goal and worked themselves another chance. Fraser Forster was forced into action as a shot from Josh King was kept out by Forster’s knee. It would prove vital, as the Saints would fire back against the run of play to level things up.

Ryan Bertrand, out of relatively nothing, struck one past Artur Boruc in off the far post and drew the game even 14 minutes gone by.

With Southampton level, they pressed forward with better cutting edge. They had a golden opportunity just before the half-hour mark as Bertrand had acres of space down the right flank and he laid it on a plate for Nathan Redmond but the 22-year-old completely whiffed and the ball skittered harmlessly across the box.

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The rest of the half had little to it, although the middle third was hotly contested. But just like the first half opened with a blistering start, the second half did as well. The visitors played a lovely attacking move to put themselves in front.

An outstanding backheel by Sofiane Boufal threaded in a streaking Steven Davis, who came on at halftime for young Harrison Reed. At full speed, Davis clipped the ball over a charging Boruc, and Jay Rodriguez was there to make sure it found the mark right on the line.

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Redmond had another opportunity to atone for his first-half miss in the 53rd minute but he was beaten to a big chance by Ake who cleared. Southampton nearly gave it back as Maya Yoshida chopped down Mark Pugh in the penalty area, but referee Mark Clattenburg judged that aslight push from Josh King on Yoshida had caused the incident, giving Saints the ball.

Eddie Howe looked to ring the changes and give the home side a chance to come back, but Ryan Fraser and Benik Afobe had little effect on the game. Claude Puel, meanwhile, brought on Dusan Tadic who brought fresh legs to the Southampton side and saw them maintain control.

As the game hit the final 15 minutes, Bournemouth began to grab control, but still could not break down the Saints. Down the other end, Rodriguez would put the feather in the cap. With five minutes left, Redmond split three defenders and worked very hard to get the ball at the top of the box, and Rodriguez cleaned up the mess by volleying a stunner into the top corner to put the game away.

France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.