Europa League roundup: Everton thumped, tumble out; Fiorentina hammer Roma

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The Europa League quarterfinals are set, following the second leg of all eight round-of-16 ties on Thursday. It’s time to say your final goodbyes to the Premier League in European cup competitions for this season. Until next time, England.

Dynamo Kiev 5-2 (6-4 aggregate) Everton

Poor Tim Howard. The American goalkeeper was under a constant barrage of pressure all game long — think: vs. Belgium, World Cup 2014 — and the one time Dynamo Kiev weren’t carving up the Everton defense and waltzing into the penalty area for a close-range shot, they were unleashing seeing-eye lasers like this.

With Everton’s elimination, zero English clubs have qualified for the quarterfinal round of any European cup competition for the first time in 20 years.

Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring for Dynamo after 21 minutes, putting the Ukrainian side in pole position, thanks to their single away goal in the first leg (2-1, Everton). Romelu Lukaku answered for the Toffees eight minutes later, giving Roberto Martinez’s side hope of going through, if they could just keep Dynamo off the board for 61 more minutes.

They could not, as a pair of goals two minutes apart in the 35th and 37th minutes put Dynamo well ahead, followed by another in the 56th and, just to be safe, the above linked screamer from Vitorino Antunes in the 76th. Phil Jagielka headed home from a corner kick with eight minutes left to play, giving Everton a semblance of hope, but their subsequent chances were tame and easily handled by the ‘keeper.

Roma 0-3 (1-4 aggregate) Fiorentina

Taking into account Fiorentina’s complete domination of Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 32, and now their total annihilation of Roma, away from home, it’s difficult to look past the Viola as favorites to lift the Europa League trophy in Warsaw, Poland, on May 27.

Mohamed Salah was the star against Tottenham, and when he was held in check against Roma, a whole host of Fiorentina players stepped up and carried the side. Goals scored by Gonzalo Rodriguez (9th minute), Marcos Alonso (18th) and Jose Basanta (21st) put the second leg to bed early early at the Stadio Olimpic on Thursday, securing passage into the quarterfinals for Vincenzo Montella’s side.

The quarterfinal draw will be held on Friday, where the remaining eight teams are to learn their next opponent, to be played April 16 and 23.

Elsewhere in Europa League (italicized team advances)

Dinamo Moscow 0-0 (1-3 aggregate) Napoli
Ajax 2-1 AET (2-2 aggregate, 0-1 away goals) Dnipro
Torino 1-0 (1-2 aggregate) Zenit St. Petersburg
Inter Milan 1-2 (2-5 aggregate) Wolfsburg
Sevilla 2-1 (5-2 aggregate) Valencia
Besiktas 1-3 (2-5 aggregate) Club Brugge

Lavelle goal leads USWNT to CONCACAF Championship

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Rose Lavelle’s early goal was enough for the United States women’s national team to seal its eighth CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 2-0 win over Canada in Texas on Wednesday.

Alex Morgan scored an offside goal in stoppage time, a deserved marker despite the captain’s transgression. The dominant striker has 17 of her 97 national team goals in 2018.

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Both sides had already clinched berths in this summer’s World Cup in France, while Jamaica earned a spot via a third place match win over Panama earlier Wednesday.

The USWNT is 15W-2D in 2018 and in fine form heading into a World Cup year. The last loss came in the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

The game was vicious, with Tobin Heath the target for a number of hard Canadian fouls and Megan Rapinoe responding on behalf of the Americans.

“Obviously, we hate Canada and they hate us,” Rapinoe said after the game on Fox Soccer. “It was very apparent tonight.”

Lavelle sent a second minute loose ball just past the reach of Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.

Seattle clinches unlikely playoff spot with win over Orlando

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Say this for the Seattle Sounders: It’s not wise to write them off.

Brian Schmetzer’s men are going to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the 10th straight season after beating Orlando City 2-1 in Florida on Wednesday.

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The Sounders still have an outside look at finishing as high as third in the West, which is wild considering the start of their season.

Seattle lost its first three matches and had a whopping 12 points through 15 games.

They then kicked off a sparking 13-2-2 run which included a nine-match winning streak.

Not a bad goal from Victor Rodriguez, either:

Rooney swerves long free kick around the wall (video)

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Thirty-plus yards is a tricky distance for defending a free kick.

How many guys do you put in the wall in case the shooter has the audacity to shoot?

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It didn’t matter all that much during Wednesday’s match between DC United and Toronto FC. The shooter was Wayne Rooney, and he curled a fireball around the wall and inside the near post.

The amount of spin on the ball is out-of-this-world, as Rooney and DC aim to gain a four-point advantage over seventh place Montreal with two matches to play.

It’s Rooney’s 10th MLS goal in 18 games. He’s also posted six assists in leading United up the table.

Jamaica edges Panama, earns first Women’s World Cup berth (video)

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Jamaica is joining the United States and Canada as CONCACAF representatives in this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France after a thrilling 2-2 draw gave way to penalty kicks in Wednesday’s third place match at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

It’s a first World Cup for the Reggae Girlz, who won 4-2 in kicks.

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Jamaica held a pair of leads but allowed equalizers in regulation and extra time to push the match into kicks.

That’s when Jamaica coach Merron Gordon rolled the dice, subbing out goalkeeper Sydney Schneider in favor of Nicole McClure.

The backup saved two of four Panama attempts, and Sheyla Diaz buried her attempt to clinch a spot in France.

Panama can still qualify via a two-legged playoff with CONMEBOL’s Argentina, so there’s still hope for one of the great stories in women’s soccer (headlined by 17-year-old goalkeeper Yenith Bailey).