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Burnley 1-0 Leicester City: Vokes boosts Burnley into ninth

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  • Clarets dominate
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Sam Vokes scored a controversial winner that gave Burnley three deserved points in a dominant 1-0 win over Leicester City at Turf Moor on Tuesday.

The win moves Burnley ninth on 29 points, while the Foxes sit just two points ahead of the relegation zone.

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A cagey first half on a rain-slicked pitch didn’t provide a lot of offensive promise, though Burnley was on the front foot and Joey Barton had a decent chance before halftime.

Barton ripped another shot wide as the rain continued just after halftime.

Vardy looked close to a good chance off Tom Heaton‘s spill of a long shot, but the English striker couldn’t get the rebound over the charging goalkeeper.

Demarai Gray sprung Riyad Mahrez with a stunning diagonal ball, and the Algerian zipped inside for a left-footed shot that was blocked out for a corner kick.


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Andre Gray and Michael Keane had shot attempts blocked off the same Burnley corner kick in the 70th minute.

Burnley covered Leicester’s back line in danger, but Kaspar Schmeichel had plenty of answers.

Vokes gave Burnley its deserved winner off an undeserving play, using his arm to move the ball into his path off a header and making it 1-0 with minutes to play. Mike Dean didn’t see it, and Leicester was livid.

Report: USMNT’s Arriola drawing transfer interest abroad, in MLS

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Paul Arriola’s motor was constantly running as the United States men’s national team claimed its sixth Gold Cup title, and it could drive him all the way from Club Tijuana to Europe or a prime spot on an MLS roster.

There’s a snag, though.

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Arriola is reportedly wanted by Real Salt Lake and clubs in both the Netherlands and Portugal, but the LA Galaxy has what describes a “dubious homegrown player” claim on Arriola, who participated in a minimal of practices with the Galaxy when he was younger.

As you’ll see below, there isn’t much “homegrown” about it and, to its critics, it is peak MLS monopolized tomfoolery. Here’s how Goal describes it:

“He was already a U.S. youth national team player when he traveled the 120 miles from Chula Vista to take part in a handful of training sessions with the LA Galaxy academy and eventually the Galaxy first team.

“The Galaxy are believed to hold a homegrown player claim on Arriola, and would have the right of first refusal on making Arriola an offer if he comes to MLS. The Galaxy’s current salary-cap situation might not allow them to make a serious bid for Arriola.”

But… here’s how the Galaxy described his choosing to sign for TJ instead of a pro deal from LA in 2013:

“It’s a little disappointing,” Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski told by phone on Friday. “He went through our system, we offered him a contract and he decided to move on and go somewhere else. But that’s going to happen. It’s something that has happened before, and it’s something that will happen again.”

Arriola’s response in the same article? “I thank the Galaxy for giving me a wonderful opportunity to train with their first team and be a part of their first team which really taught me a lot.” That doesn’t read as much like he “went through their system.” He played in at least one U-18 game, debuting in October 2012, did more training with TJ in December 2012, and signed for the Mexican side in May 2013.

Should that qualify him as Homegrown?

Did Arriola spent significant time with LA, or is it possible the Galaxy might reap rewards from having an already established youth national teamer to practice when he was a kid? Whether you’re okay with that or not, consider that it encourages clubs to pilfer rights without actually registering or training the player.

Not to mention there is no guarantee that playing in the Netherlands or Portugal will be better for his development than MLS. Benfica or Ajax and potential action in European tournaments? Maybe. NAC Breda or Tondela? Maybe not.

Nevermind the quagmire that is American youth soccer clubs’ not earning money from transfer fees, the Arriola drama seems baseless. We don’t know the Galaxy will hold the player hostage, but they would actually be depriving MLS of a talent, as LA would theoretically get nothing should TJ sell him to a European club.

In any event, check out Arriola’s use chart from Tijuana and you’ll see why he’s valued by Bruce Arena as well as his suitors. He’s a Swiss Army Knife. Here’s hoping Tinseltown doesn’t stop him from a proper next step (assuming he’s ready to leave Liga MX).