Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham: The hat trick King

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  • King scores hat trick
  • West Ham lose two-straight
  • King, Afobe missed PKs in first half
  • Bournemouth win first game of 2017

Bournemouth beat West Ham United 3-2 in a thriller at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday where Josh King played the hero.

The Cherries fell behind to Michail Antonio‘s goal and also missed two penalty kicks in the first half through Benik Afobe and King. However, King score twice either side of half time to put Bournemouth ahead but Andre Ayew looked to have rescued a point for West Ham.

However, King’s day finished off much better than it started as he slotted home the winner in the 90th minute to secure his hat trick and three valuable points as he now has eight goals in his last seven games.

With the win, their first of 2017, Bournemouth move on to 30 points and give themselves breathing space from the bottom three, while West Ham remain on 33 points.

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Bournemouth were awarded a penalty kick early on as Charlie Daniels was taken down by Sofiane Feghouli in the box and it was a clear decision for referee Bobby Madley.

King missed it and 48 seconds later the Hammers were ahead. Feghouli played in Antonio and the English winger turned and slotted into the far corner to make it 1-0 with his ninth goal of the season.

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Bournemouth pushed hard for an equalizer as Marc Pugh fed Daniels and his cross was inches away from being converted by King. At the other end Antonio drilled another effort just wide.

The Cherries continued to press as Ryan Fraser‘s shot was saved by Darren Randolph and the Irish goalkeeper then tipped over Steve Cook‘s header from the resulting corner. Bournemouth finally got level before half time as King controlled well and then sent a measured effort into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Game on.

However, Bournemouth missed a glorious chance to take the lead before the break as Jose Fonte brought down Pugh and another PK was warded but Randolph saved Afobe’s effort to keep the scores level at the break.

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Bournemouth took the lead early in the second half as a free kick from the right was headed down to King and although West Ham appealed for offside the Norwegian international slotted home to make it 2-1.

Andre Ayew and Roberto Snodgrass came on as the Hammers tried to get back into the game with the former turning and sending a low shot in on goal which Artur Boruc saved easily.

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Afobe went close twice with a shot saved and a header just over the bar, while Antonio went close to equalizing for the Hammers.

West Ham did equalize seven minutes from time as Sam Byram, who looked to be offside, cut the ball back for Ayew who slotted home to make it 2-2.

Just when it looked like Bournemouth had blown their chance for a first win of 2017, man of the moment King popped up to hammer home a loose ball after Jack Wilshere‘s shot was saved.

Pandemonium ensued among Bournemouth’s players, staff and fans.

Toronto FC beats Crew 5-0 to extend unbeaten streak to 8

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TORONTO (AP) Victor Vazquez scored twice and Toronto FC routed the Columbus Crew 5-0 on Friday night to extend its unbeaten streak to a franchise record-matching eight games.

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Toronto (8-1-5) is 7-0-1 since its lone league loss of the season, a 2-1 decision in Columbus on April 15. Columbus (6-7-1) has lost five of seven since topping Toronto.

Justin Morrow and substitutes Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton also scored for MLS-leading Toronto. The Canadian team also was unbeaten in eight games (4-0-4) from May 8 to July 10, 2010.

Toronto was reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute when midfielder Marky Delgado was red-carded for a studs-up tackle on Columbus captain Wil Trapp. Osorio and Hamilton then scored to pad the lead for Toronto in its sixth shutout of the season.

Toronto played without the starting forward tandem of Sebastian Giovinco (injured) and Jozy Altidore (suspended for yellow card accumulation). Defender Nick Hagglund also is injured.

Agent: Barcelona offered more than Real for Vinicius Junior

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If Vinicius Junior can become half the player at Real Madrid that Neymar has lived up to be at Barcelona, Los Blancos will be pretty pleased.

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Real closed the deal for the 16-year-old Brazilian this week, but there were several other lucrative offers on the table, according to the player’s agent, Frederico Pena.

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That includes bitter Spanish rivals Barcelona.

The agent stated that the Blaugrana did in fact offer a higher deal to acquire the Brazilian, however, he felt it would have complicated matters further to seek a greater offer from Real.

“There is practically unanimous view of the deal as a success,” Pena said. “If anybody gets criticised it is Real Madrid, for the risk they have taken, but they are sure that it will work. There were other clubs interested, and one offered to pay more money … Barca’s remuneration package offer for the player was higher than Real Madrid.

“But as we had reached an agreement with Real, we did not want to make this last push for them to match it. That could have embittered the relationship. Many people think it is crazy what Madrid are doing, but they were not alone in this craziness. They were not the only ones willing to pay this much for Vinicius.”

Pena also clarified as to why Vinicius chose Real over Barcelona, citing the player’s excitement about the development of Los Blancos during recent seasons under manager Zinedine Zidane and prior.

“Because Vinicius liked Madrid’s project better. There is always the feeling that players choose based on financial reasons, but that is not true. I assure you of that. Real Madrid’s negotiating posture was better.”

Real is on the verge of winning its third UEFA Champions League trophy in the last four seasons as the club prepares to face Juventus in the upcoming final.

Zidane’s men also won La Liga during the 2016/17 campaign.

Pulisic pleased with U.S. Soccer’s improved landscape

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U.S. Soccer has come a long way over the years, and one of the nation’s most promising young players recognizes the progress the United States has made.

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Christian Pulisic, who plays for Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, is one of several young talents that U.S. hopes to finally bring the American men a moment of glory on the biggest of stages — the World Cup.

The 18-year-old has done just about everything a player of his age could do. He’s played in one of the top leagues in the world, appeared in various UEFA Champions League matches and now he’s likely on pace to appear in the 2018 World Cup, assuming the USMNT advances out of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

The U.S., who have reached the World Cup during seven straight cycles, have come a long way in a short period of time, and Pulisic is happy with the improving U.S. Soccer landscape.

“It’s been big flaw of ours in the soccer department that a lot of our best athletes go and play other sports,” Pulisic told The Guardian. “But I think young players have seen me, and others, go over to Europe and play in some of the best leagues — and MLS is improving so much too.

“There’s so much potential and I think it’s changing: we’ve had some bigger athletes in the past but I don’t think that defines us anymore.

“We’re going to keep moving forward, developing young players and we’re going to have a really good shot in the next few years.”

During this past Bundesliga season, Pulisic recorded three goals and added six assists for a club that has become well known for its high-powered offensive attack.

Report: Kyle Walker a top target for Manchester City

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Manchester City could be looking to bolster its backline further this summer, and the Citizens could turn to Tottenham for help.

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According to ESPN FC, Pep Guardiola‘s side is growing more and more enamored with Spurs defender Kyle Walker and believes City can acquire the experienced outside back prior to the 2017/18 Premier League season.

With City already losing Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna since the end of the PL season, Guardiola will have to address the club’s lack of depth at outside back.

Several other big clubs have been considered in the running for Walker’s services, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

The 26-year-old has been at White Hart Lane since joining Spurs in 2009 from Sheffield United and has made 222 appearances for the club in that span.