San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Portland Timbers: Wondolowski’s lone goal not enough

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One game in 100 words: Eleven straight matches without a win shows that a team just isn’t clicking, and that reason, among many others, can be applied to the San Jose Earthquakes. After capturing a early lead, San Jose gave their advantage up within a matter of minutes, with two goals tallied by Rodney Wallace in the 71st and 74th minute. While Portland held the majority of possession, both squads totaled nearly the same amount of shots on target (Portland 5, San Jose 6), but once again, it’s the conversion aspect of striking for goal that matters most. Sitting in sixth place, the Timbers are only one point behind the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final playoff spot in the West. Fourteen points away from a playoff position, San Jose will likely miss the postseason.

 

Goals

San Jose: Chris Wondolowski 56’

Portland: Rodney Wallace 71’, 74’

 

Three moments that mattered

56’ — Who else but Chris Wondolowski — It’s no surprise that Chris Wondolowski, who now has 14 goals on the MLS season, tallied San Jose’s lone goal of the night. Wondo won an aerial battle next to the five-yard box, and smacked a header that forced goalkeeper Jon Busch into a diving save. The Earthquakes’ Designated Player followed up his effort with his vintage tap-in finish.

71’ — Rodney Wallace brings it level — When you thought the San Jose Earthquakes could simply draw the game out to a 1-0 victory, Rodney Wallace scores the equalizer, and he did so magnificently. Wallace gathered the ball and appeared to be advancing the ball out of the penalty area before he quickly turned to rocket a left-footer that soared into the top corner of the net.

74’ — Ridgewell’s header deflected by Wallace — Jon Busch knew he had no chance of saving this endeavor, as he threw his hands up in the air in disbelief after the Timbers converted from the corner kick. Liam Ridgewell banged a header from the set-piece ball, and somehow, it took a deflection off Rodney Wallace’s body and then soared into the upper right hand corner of the goal.

 

Lineups

San Jose: Jon Busch; Pablo Pintos, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez, Jordan Stewart; Cordell Cato (Tommy Thompson 88′), Sam Cronin, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (Atiba Harris 82’), Shea Salinas (Yannick Djalo 67’); Matias Perez Garcia, Chris Wondolowski

Portland: Donovan Ricketts; Alvas Powell, Pa Modou Kah, Liam Ridgewell, Jorge Villafana; Ben Zemanski, Diego Chara, Rodney Wallace; Gaston Fernandez (Jack Jewsbury 82’), Fanendo Adi (Maximiliano Urruti 87′), Darlington Nagbe (Michael Harrington 90′)

Jurgen Klopp wins FIFA’s The Best men’s manager

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Jurgen Klopp has been named the top manager in the world for the past season at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony on Monday in Milan, Italy.

The UEFA Champions League-winning manager beat out Premier League winner Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and UCL finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs.

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Klopp, of course, was magnanimous in victory.

 “It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here,” Klopp said. “We know what an incredible job Mauricio Pochettino did and what Pep did.”

He thanked the owners and players of his club.

“To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team – as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I’m really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players. This is an individual prize, I don’t 100% understand individual prizes, I’m here for a lot of people.”

Good for Klopp.

Watch Live: FIFA’s The Best awards 2019

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FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony takes place in Milan, Italy on Tuesday as the top players and managers on the planet will be crowned.

The ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and you can watch it live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes (click on the link below).

WATCH LIVE ONLINE HERE

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees to be crowned the best male player on the planet.

USWNT duo Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are up for the top female award, as is England’s Lucy Bronze.

Outgoing USWNT head coach Jill Ellis is the favorite to land the award for the best coach in the women’s game, while Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are all among the candidates to be named the best managers in the men’s game.

Click on the link above to watch the glitzy ceremony from Milan as plenty of other awards, like the Puskas Award for the best goal scored in the world, will be dished out.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Matchweek 6 produced some stunning displays across the Premier League, with big wins, comebacks and late drama across plenty of games.

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Players from Liverpool, Man City and Leicester City dominate our rankings, while the likes of West Ham and Bournemouth are also well represented. There are also plenty of new entries among our top 20.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
2. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Even
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 13
4. James Maddison (Leicester) – Up 16
5. Joel Matip (Liverpool) – New entry
6. Bernardo Silva (Man City) – New entry
7. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
8. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – New entry
9. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester) – New entry
10. Fernandinho (Man City) – New entry
11. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) – New entry
12. Mark Noble (West Ham) – New entry
13. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Even
14. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – Down 10
15. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – Even
16. Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – Up 3
17. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – New entry
18. Chris Wood (Burnley) – New entry
19. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – New entry
20. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – New entry

Holding set to return from injury for Arsenal

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Rob Holding is set to return for Arsenal at Nottingham Forest this week.

The Gunners travel to Forest in the League Cup on Tuesday, with Holding back in the squad after nine months out through injury.

Arsenal simply said Holding is “back in contention” for the third round League Cup tie and alongside the likes of Kieran Tierney,  Dinos Mavropano and Hector Bellerin playing for the U23 side last Friday, all of a sudden there is good news in terms of defensive injuries for Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette is still out after injuring his left ankle, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended after his red card against Aston Villa on Sunday. Lacazette is expected to return in October, as Arsenal’s injury woes are clearing up.

Holding, 24, was in sensational form last season before he cruelly suffered a serious knee injury in a Premier League game against Manchester United in December.

This will be a huge boost for Unai Emery, as his defense continues to make basic errors and they’ve now given up 10 goals in their first six games of the new PL season.

Sokratis and David Luiz have looked shaky as a partnership and if Holding can regain his form quickly, he will be a guaranteed starter in this Arsenal side.

Before injury cut short his 2018-19 campaign, Holding was being touted as an England international.

The dominant center back will want to make up for lost time and his presence at the heart of Arsenal’s defense saw them go on a 22-game unbeaten run in the opening months of last season.

Following their battling 3-2 win with 10 men for over half of their clash against Aston Villa on Sunday, Arsenal sit in fourth place on 11 points. Considering all of their issues so far, that’s not a bad start.

They have conceded at least twice in each of their last four PL games, and Holding’s return should help them improve their woeful defensive record.

His injury had a negative impact last season, and his return should have a hugely positive impact this season.