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Manchester United 0-0 Hull City: Jakupovic shines for Tigers

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  • Jakupovic stymies United
  • Red Devils take 15 shots
  • Old Trafford boos

Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was needed from minute one through six minutes of stoppage time, as the Tigers picked up a point at Old Trafford in a scoreless draw on Wednesday.

That makes nine draws on the season for Manchester United, which sits four points out of the Top Five. Hull inches ahead of Sunderland and into 19th place, four points back of safety.

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Andrew Robertson made a terrific intervention on Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s second minute dash to the Hull doorstep, flicking the ball away from danger for a United throw-in.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic worked right to left to curl a shot across goal from 23 yards, but it drifted just wide of the frame.

Jakupovic made a strong save on Paul Pogba in the 42nd minute, leading to a corner that was cleared by the Tigers.

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United continued to work its chances, with Ibrahimovic having a chipped pass that was a hair too shot and Marcus Rashford collecting an over the top pass only to hit it wide.

The Red Devils continued to be just a shade off, with Ibrahimovic missing wide of the near post with a turn-and-shoot chance from 9 yards out.

Jakupovic made an incredible save on Juan Mata in the 73rd minute, sliding to knock the Spaniard’s low attempt from a Chris Smalling headed pass off the line.

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Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic looked ready to make it 1-0 when he hit the post in the 86th minute.

Jakupovic made not one but two very good saves on Pogba during five minutes of stoppage time.

PODCAST: Bob Bradley talks MLS past, USMNT

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Scott Nicholls and Otis Earle welcomed Bob Bradley to their “Beyond The Pitch” podcast to discuss his time coaching the Chicago Fire, the Fire’s current squad, how MLS has evolved, the new generation of players coming into the USMNT and more.

Perhaps most interesting is Bradley talking about previous losses with stinging emotion that sounds like they happened yesterday, including the 2000 MLS Cup.

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Since being fired from Swansea City after less than 100 days, Bradley has been linked with the Norway national team gig as well as a return to Los Angeles. Keep up with the U.S. coach here, and check it out:

U.S. Open Cup preview: Which underdog has best odds?

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Every dog has its day, and the three lower-tier clubs remaining in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are hoping for a second.

Miami FC, Sacramento Republic, and FC Cincinnati enjoyed wins over Major League Soccer sides in the fourth round, and now get further MLS tests in this week’s fifth round.

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Once FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids tangle on Tuesday, attention turns to the underdogs on Wednesday. Who has the best chance to advance?

  1. Miami FC vs. Atlanta United — Playing an MLS expansion side at Riccardo Silva Stadium will give Miami a bit of confidence, and this is also a side with some good experience in pressure spots. Whether it’s manager Alessandro Nesta or MLS vets Michel, Gabriel Farfan, and Michael Lahoud, MFC won’t shy away. Upset chance: Solid.
  2. FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire — The visitors are having a heck of a season in MLS and don’t have a group which will be worried by a huge crowd, but there’s no debating that 25,000-plus in Southern Ohio give FCC more than a puncher’s chance. Upset chance: Improbable, but possible
  3. LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic — If LA puts something close to its best side out there, Sacramento will struggle to stop its attack.  Upset chance: Long shot.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, New England hosts DC United, Philadelphia visits the Red Bulls, Seattle is off to San Jose, and Houston hosts Sporting KC.

WATCH: Spain’s Saul smashes a shot past Italy’s Donnarumma

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Since returning from a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul Niguez has been a somewhat under the radar star at Atletico Madrid.

Coming off his best season with Atleti, the 22-year-old Saul is making an even bigger name for himself at the U-21 EURO this summer.

Spain’s Saul scored a hat trick past Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy on Tuesday, and the second goal was laced with venom.

Getting onto the ball from 30-plus yards out, Saul smashed his shot with enough power that the ball barely had occasion to rotate.

Saul is under contract at the Vicente Calderon through 2022, and has three caps for Spain’s senior team, too. He was rated Atleti’s third-best performer by WhoScored this season.

Men in Blazers podcast: Transfer window, USMNT at Gold Cup, RBNY-NYCFC

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Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.

Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.

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