Swansea City 1-4 West Ham: Bradley’s nightmare continues

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  • Ayew, Reid, Antonio, Carroll score for Hammers
  • Llorente pulled one back
  • West Ham win third-straight game

Swansea City were hammered 4-1 by West Ham United on Boxing Day at the Liberty Stadium as Bob Bradley‘s nightmare continued.

The Hammers raced into a 3-0 lead with Andre Ayew, Winston Reid and Michail Antonio all scoring and even a Fernando Llorente consolation was canceled out by Andy Carroll‘s finish.

With the win West Ham move on to 22 points for the season, while Swansea remain on 12 points with seven defeats from Bradley’s 11 games in charge in the Premier League.

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Borja Baston broke free but skewed his effort wide as Swansea started brightly but West Ham were soon ahead.

A ball to the back post was headed across goal by Carroll and Lukasz Fabiasnki spilled the loose ball after Cheikhou Kouyate‘s effort, with Ayew on hand to tap home on his return to Swansea.

1-0 to the Hammers. Nightmare start for Bob Bradley’s side.

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West Ham almost went 2-0 u soon after as Dimitri Payet‘s cross was flicked on by Ayew by Michail Antonio couldn’t quite get on the end of it but the English winger was in an offside position.

Payet then drilled a low shot in on goal which Fabianski saved as Swansea couldn’t get going in the first half with Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s free kick palmed away by Darren Randolph as close as they got.

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Bradley brought on Jefferson Montero and Fernando Llorente at half time but in the 50th minute West Ham doubled their lead. A Payet corner was headed home by Reid as he beat two Swansea defenders to the ball.

2-0 to the Hammers.

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Wayne Routledge had a header well-saved down low by Randolph as Swansea tried to get back into the game, while Noble’s effort, via deflection, went just wide at the other end.

Randolph tipped Sigurdsson’s over the bar after Llorente’s cross as Swansea piled forward at every opportunity but that left them exposed at the back and West Ham grabbed a third goal.

A long-range shot from Havard Nordtveit was tapped home by Antonio who was all alone in the center of the box and kept onside to make it 3-0. At the other end Llorente pulled one back to make it 3-1 but then Carroll compounded Bradley’s misery to make it 4-1 as the boos rang out at the Liberty Stadium.

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.