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.

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.