Tottenham 2-1 Burnley: Rose finds way through as Spurs pummels Burnley

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It will go down as a come-from-behind win, but Tottenham was clearly the better side, pummeling the Burnley goal until finding the winner with 20 minutes to go as Danny Rose led the way to all three points at White Hart Lane.

Spurs had a good chance in the opening few minutes as Harry Kane flashed a cross along the face of goal but it was just out of reach of Christian Eriksen. However, it was Burnley who will feel they truly should have gone in front. Tottenham finished with 30 shots (9 on target) while Burnley could muster just five efforts, with just two on target.

11 minutes in, Stephen Ward found space down the left, and his cross fell right to a charging Andre Gray in the heart of the box, but his poke was straight at Hugo Lloris who rejected the shot, leaving Gray with his head in his hands.

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The game snoozed its way past the 20th minute, and just like that, Burnley went in front on a bit of sloppy play from Spurs. Harry Winks hung Kyle Walker out to dry on the Spurs right, and that let the visitors work the ball into the box. George Boyd spun and delivered the ball in front of net, and it pinged off the foot of Moussa Dembele right into the path of Ashley Barnes who slid to poke it into the back of the net.

The goal for Burnley is just the club’s second on the road all season, and the first from open play, with their only other away goal coming from the penalty spot back in October against Southampton.

That seemed to push Spurs into life, and they would respond almost immediately. Walker got space down the right, and he fizzed in a cross to the penalty spot, where Dele Alli stepped right in front of Harry Kane to power it in for the equalizer. Kane had one more go four minutes before halftime, but his shot was saved awkwardly by Tom Heaton.

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After the break, Burnley made a point to push Spurs out wide, where they seemed slightly uncomfortable. Dembele out wide in the 50th minute found Eriksen in space centrally well outside the box, and the Danish midfielder ripped a dangerous effort that stunningly just grazed over the bar with Heaton beaten.

Eric Dier made a dangerous challenge with Grey free, but just got a clip of the ball to keep him from being cautioned or worse. Just down the other end, Eriksen again should have scored right in front of net, but bungled the chance. Danny Rose pressure on Matthew Lowton deep in the corner saw Rose come out with the ball, and he dinked it over to Eriksen in the box, but his header was directly at Heaton.

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Alli nearly had a stunner past the hour mark, but he just missed the top corner by inches with a turn and clipped shot. Spurs continued to pummel the Burnley goal, and a loopy, dipping ball from Eriksen forced a great save by Heaton on 64 minutes.

Burnley wouldn’t be able to hold on forever, though, and it was Rose to put Spurs in front. A good ball from substitute Moussa Sissokho, he fed Rose on the left, and instead of touching inside, he hit it quick and beat Heaton to the near post to put Spurs in front.

The visitors had a spell of pressure toward the end looking to make their way back in the game, but there was no way through. The three points for Spurs sees them pull within one of Arsenal, who lost to Manchester City on the road. Burnley remains in trouble, three points above the relegation zone in 16th.

Vancouver adds versatile Juarez, formerly of Monterrey, Celtic

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Efrain Juarez is bringing his game to Major League Soccer.

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The 39-times capped Mexico veteran has inked a deal with the Vancouver Whitecaps, joining a strengthened unit which came within a point of winning the West last season.

Juarez, 29, was unveiled as a midfielder by the ‘Caps, though he’s primarily played right back in his club career. He’s played at Celtic, Real Zaragoza, Club America, Monterrey, and Pumas.

Last capped by El Tri in 2012, Juarez has played every position except goal, center attacking mid, and center forward in his career (picture a ‘U’ on the pitch).

“I’m so happy and excited for this new stage in my career,” Juarez said. “It’s an opportunity for me to keep growing in a new league and to be a part of an amazing club in Vancouver. From the moment they showed interest me, Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps staff have made me feel very important. I promise to put all my effort into this club and do my best to help us achieve our goals.”

VIDEO: Asensio goal ends Real Madrid’s winless run

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Marco Asensio’s eighth goal of the season and second of this Copa del Rey put an end to an unlikely Real Madrid winless run in a 1-0 victory at Leganes.

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The 21-year-old darted in front of a defender to volley home from in-tight, giving Real Madrid a first leg lead in the tournament quarterfinals.

More importantly, perhaps, it gives struggling Real a boost in morale after draws with Celta Vigo and Numancia, and a loss to Villarreal.

Real is home to Deportivo de la Coruna in La Liga before hosting Leganes in the second leg.

Hopeful Newcastle buyer Staveley: Offer still on the table

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is probably happy that his for-sale club is away this weekend, even though his side’s up against Manchester City.

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That’s because hopeful buyer Amanda Staveley has responded to claims that her hopeful takeover of the team won’t be happening any time soon.

Talks had stalled, said Tuesday reports, much to the chagrin of an #AshleyOut brigade that at times can make Arsenal’s #WengerOut brigade look like a yard full of happy puppies.

A “source” had said, “Attempts to reach a deal have proved to be exhaustive, frustrating and a complete waste of time,” but Staveley shot back on Thursday to reignite the fire. From the BBC, taken from The Times:

“Our bid remains on the table. This is an investment, but it has to be a long-term investment. Newcastle would be run as a business, but we want it to be a successful, thriving business that is an absolutely integral part of the city.”

She also said that popular manager Rafa Benitez is integral to her interest in the team, and that fact combined with her insistence that an offer remains on the table will have many Newcastle fans seething with current ownership (and there have been protests for years). It’s Ashley’s move now.

2018 MLS Mock Draft: LAFC, Galaxy hold the keys

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Major League Soccer’s latest batch of hopeful rookies learn the next steps of their professional careers beginning Friday with the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft.

There are several intriguing prospects, including accomplished Stanford center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce and dangerous Michigan winger Francis Atuahene.

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An MLS mock draft is always tricky given the wildly varying opinions on players from the college game. This year, it’s even trickier as clubs without picks and some with multiple first round picks may be looking to move up and down even more than the norm.

Here’s how we think the draft could play out:

  1. LAFC – Tomas Hilliard-Arce, CB, Stanford
  2. LA Galaxy – Jon Bakero, FW, Wake Forest
  3. DC United – Francis Atuahene, FW, Michigan
  4. Montreal – Joao Moutinho, LB, Akron
  5. Minnesota – Wyatt Omsberg, CB, Dartmouth
  6. Orlando City – Ema Twumasi, FW, Wake Forest
  7. Montreal – Chris Mueller, FW, Wisconsin
  8. New England – Mo Adams, MF, Syracuse
  9. New England – Chris Lema, MF, Georgetown
  10. Real Salt Lake – Justin Fiddes, LB, Washington
  11. FC Dallas – Marcelo Acuna, FW, Virginia Tech
  12. San Jose – Brandon Bye, RB, Western Michigan
  13. Sporting KC – Ed Opoku, FW, Virginia
  14. Atlanta – Alex Roldan, MF, Seattle
  15. Chicago – Mason Toye, FW, Indiana
  16. New York Red Bulls – Alan Winn, MF, North Carolina
  17. Vancouver – Tristan Blackmon, RB, Pacific
  18. Sporting KC – Jon Gallagher, FW, Notre Dame
  19. New York City FC – Daniel Musovski, FW, UNLV
  20. Houston – Mo Thiaw, FW, Louisville
  21. Columbus – Brian White, FW, Duke
  22. Seattle – Tim Kubel, MF, Louisville
  23. Toronto FC – Oliver Shannon, MF, Clemson

There are a few players to keep an eye on for the later rounds that I won’t project for the first round due almost exclusively to first person bias (Some I’ve seen play in college, others at other levels). Afonso Pinheiro from Albany produced like crazy until this season, and Bowling Green defender Alexis Souahy has a skill set that could really transmit to the MLS level.

Mac Steeves (Providence) is a prototypical big body scorer, while Evansville’s heady Ian McGrath has a flair for the absurd and can play almost every position up the center of the pitch. Charleston’s Thomas Vancaeyezeele was a D-2 monster and is probably worth a shot earlier than people suspect.