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.

USMNT eyeing the table as it kicks off training camp

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) Goalkeeper Tim Howard‘s uniform was filled with grass stains after the first day of training camp.

And this was considered a light workout.

“Just getting everybody back together, getting a sweat,” Howard said Monday after the U.S. squad went through a roughly 60-minute workout. “Day by day, we’re just trying to add on to the pile, put some concepts in and get some understanding between players.”

What awaits the squad in resumption of the final round of World Cup qualifying is certainly a gantlet. They have a game against Trinidad and Tobago on June 8 in Commerce City and then at Mexico three days later.

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There’s little margin for error, with the U.S. currently in fourth place in the six-team standings. They have three home and three away matches remaining. The top three teams qualify, with the fourth-place squad going to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 nation.

“We need to keep climbing that table. We feel like this is a good opportunity to do it,” said Howard, now with the Colorado Rapids and who will feel right at home with the Trinidad game on his turf at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. “One game, that’s as far as you can look. You can’t look to next week or the week after or two months from now.”

For now, Howard will be coach Bruce Arena’s goalkeeper over Brad Guzan, Ethan Horvath and Nick Rimando, who all were invited to camp. But it’s an ongoing evaluation.

“We have good goalkeepers here. That’s the least of my worries, to be honest,” Arena said.

Given the short amount of time between games, Arena fully plans on using more players than usual. One particular competition to watch will be at right back between Timmy Chandler and DeAndre Yedlin.

“I have a close eye on everything,” Arena said. “We have a bunch of good players here. … We’re watching everybody and thinking about how we can best utilize everyone.”

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The roster features a solid blend of youth and experience. Leading the youngsters is Christian Pulisic, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder who last weekend became the youngest American to win a club medal in Europe.

On the veteran side are players such as Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley and Howard, all of whom have more than 30 World Cup qualifying appearances.

“We’re past the experimentation phase. These are all guys who the manager believes in whole-heartedly,” Howard said. “They’re not here for anything other than to play minutes, play important minutes.”

Arena couldn’t agree more.

“This is a nice group we have here. Hopefully, we can find the right balance in the team, putting them in the right position to complement them both individually and collectively,” Arena said. “If we can accomplish that, there’s no reason to believe we can’t be successful in these two games.”

Joining the camp in Colorado are a few players who weren’t with the squad in March. Guzan, Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood and Yedlin are all on the field. Guzan didn’t participate because his wife was expecting their second child, while the others were dealing with injuries, illnesses and yellow-card suspension.

Now, it’s a matter of getting their timing down – and accustomed to the altitude.

“There’s no reason to make it an excuse,” midfielder Paul Arriola said. “Just doing the best we can to acclimate to it.”

Arena’s squad will get things rolling in a friendly against Venezuela in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday.

“That’s a good game for us,” Arena said. “It gives us a little bit of exercise at lower altitude, which isn’t perfect for what we need to do to get ready here and Mexico City, but it’s a start. Think it will be good to give a chance to 16 players and build from there – get us ready for Trinidad and Mexico.”

Stam after Reading playoff final loss: “Tough to take”

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Jaap Stam has won silverware in three different leagues for five different teams, and has a Champions League title from his time at Manchester United.

He’s used to winning, and that includes his first stop as a full-time manager. And that makes Reading’s loss in Monday’s playoff final sting a bit more.

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Reading lost in penalty kicks and it’s not like the Royals were thoroughly outclassed by Huddersfield Town. But it still burns. From Sky Sports:

“You don’t want to play football to be in the grey areas, you want to get the max out of your career, win trophies and play at the highest level.

“It’s tough to take, but it has to be difficult. It’s not good to lose a game like this, you need to feel it and experience it and then take that forward if you get into the same moment again. The good players do that.”

Reading loses a trio of loan players — Lewis Grabban, Reece Oxford, and Jordon Mutch — as well as American midfielder Danny Williams. It won’t be easy for Reading to get back into the playoffs without an injection of money, but Stam’s first rodeo as a manager was a good ride that came up just short.

Wenger, Kroenke meet; Board to learn decision Tues.

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Wenger watch is entering its final hours.

The BBC is reporting that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke met with longtime manager Arsene Wenger on Monday to discuss the Frenchman’s future, and that the decision was going to be made together.

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It seems almost certain that Wenger is going to come back to the Emirates Stadium. From the BBC:

The outcome is unclear but the decision rests solely with Wenger and Kroenke and will be relayed to directors at a Tuesday board meeting.

Fresh terms were agreed in principle some months ago, but nothing is signed.

There have been questions about whether Wenger would accept a sporting director being placed above him, and if Kroenke believes the repercussions of keeping the boss would negatively impact the business.

Barcelona to keep goalkeeper Ter Stegen until 2022

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says it has reached a deal to extend the contract of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen until June 2022.

The club said the new agreement, which has a buyout clause of 180 million euros ($201 million), will be signed on Tuesday.

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Ter Stegen has been with the club since 2014, helping it win nine titles in three seasons.

The German goalkeeper has played 93 matches with Barcelona, conceding 90 goals in 71 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses.

Barcelona has already renewed the contracts of Javier Mascherano, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. It is still working on new deals for Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.