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

Nashville MLS expansion club snares ex-Liverpool CEO Ayre

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Former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre is moving from Merseyside to the Music City.

The Tennesseean’s Joe Rexrode says Ayre is set to take the reins of Nashville SC as the first CEO in club history when it makes its debut in the 2020 MLS season.

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Liverpool hired ex-EA Sports executive Peter Moore to replace Ayre in 2017 after the latter, 54, spent six years with the club as managing director and then CEO.

From the Tennessean:

“The MLS has huge ambitions to be one of the biggest and leading leagues in the world, and is on that trajectory,” Ayre said. “Both as a soccer fan and an executive in the industry, it’s something I’ve had my eye on because it’s important. … You talk about MLS and its growth, I think it’s becoming easier and will become easier to attract the right talent to something that’s exciting and developing. And if you have a reputation of being involved in a club like Liverpool, you hope that stands for something when you start to try and attract talent.”

Report: Lampard interviews twice with Championship club

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Steven Gerrard‘s longtime England midfield mate Frank Lampard could soon be joining him in a management.

While Gerrard is tasked with rebuilding Rangers’ Scottish title push, Lampard’s reported new gig would entail leading Ipswich Town back to the Premier League for the first time since 2002.

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Sky Sports says Lampard has already interviewed twice with Ipswich Town ownership in a bid to earn his first senior management gig.

Lampard, 39, played for Chelsea, Man City, New York City FC, West Ham United, and Swansea in a sparkling 20-year playing career.

Town finished 12th in the Championship, 15 points back of a playoff spot and 19 clear of relegation.

No World Cup for Chelsea’s Spanish trio

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Spain has left Chelsea trio Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, and Pedro off its World Cup squad.

Also omitted were Napoli’s Jose Callejoin and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.

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Manager Julen Lopetegui did include Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta and ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa, as well as Manchester United’s David De Gea, Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal, and Man City’s David Silva.

Spain is expected to contend for the tournament crown in Russia, led by a stellar midfield which includes Silva, Andres Iniesta, Isco, and Thiago Alcantara.

Spain is in a group with Portugal, Iran, and Morocco.

Spain’s World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pepe Reina

Defenders: Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Azpilicueta, Nacho, Alvaro Odriozola, Jordi Alba, Monreal, Dani Carvajal

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Asensio, Iniesta, Isco, Saul Niguel, Thiago Alcantara, Koke, Silva.

Forwards: Diego Costa, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas, Lucas Vazquez.

MLS Three Things: RBNY beats Atlanta, is a special club right now

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At this point, Jesse Marsch could take the USMNT job, Tyler Adams could bolt for the Bundesliga, and we’d still have to select the New York Red Bulls to finish with a home playoff game.

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That’s how well run RBNY is these days, which is to take nothing away from their coach and 19-year-old star, but considering they navigated a solid CONCACAF Champions League run en route to this start… well…. wow.

On a night when Luis Robles’ ironman streak ended, Kaku recorded two assists, and Ezequiel Barco bagged his second goal in three matches, they don’t even meet the requirements of our three things.

Form giants deliver more goals

Marsch’s men have been shutout once this season, and most multiple goals in four-consecutive wins. Three of those four wins have come on the road, at LA, Colorado, and now Atlanta.

RBNY has the best points-per-game in Major League Soccer, has scored the joint-most goals despite playing in the second-fewest games, and is allowing barely more than a goal-a-game.

Bet against ’em. We dare ya.

BWP delivers the goods

RBNY’s 33-year-old English star scored twice and won a penalty that Daniel Royer converted as he continued his assault on all future Red Bulls’ hopes of becoming the club’s leading scorer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has almost 50 more goals than his nearest competitor, Juan Pablo Angel, and he makes headers look like child’s play.

Victory comes with a price

Kemar Lawrence was lost with a scary-looking face-plant on a clearance, and needed to be stretchered off the pitch. Hopefully it’s not long-term for the Jamaican back.