Switzerland 1-1 USMNT: Another late equalizer cancels out Shea’s stunner


Switzerland fought back to earn a 1-1 draw with the U.S. national team in Zurich on Tuesday, as the USMNT let another lead slip in the second half.

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Brek Shea’s stunning free kick on the stroke of half time put the U.S. 1-0 up, but Jozy Altidore’s red card with 20 minutes to go gave Switzerland the man advantage and they made the most of it as Valentin Stocker poked home an equalizer in the 80th minute to mark the 12th time the U.S. has conceded a second half goal since the World Cup.

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Late on the U.S. were put under severe pressure, but Jurgen Klinsmann’s young side held on for a respectable draw but a worrying trend continues as the USMNT have now held a lead heading into the second half of seven of their matches since last summer but have only won twice.

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The U.S. settled down early on and Gyasi Zardes whipped in a delightful ball from the right but nobody gambled. In the eighth minute Mobandje surged forward from left back and caused some problems but the U.S. managed to clear the lines as Switzerland started to dominate possession.

After 15 minutes the U.S. had a glorious chance to go ahead as Alejandro Bedoya whipped in a great ball to the back post but Zardes fired over as the ball bounced up at the vital moment. In the 27th minute the USMNT had another glorious opportunity as Jozy Altidoe held the ball up and played in Bedoya who picked out Bradley six-yards out but the U.S. captain somehow side-footed over with the entire goal gaping. Before half time Shea whipped in a great ball to the back post which Bedoya latched onto but his header lacked power, then Mehmedi missed the ball entirely from close range after great work down the left from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Right on the stroke of half time the U.S. won a free kick 25-yards out after Inler brought down Alfredo Morales and Shea stepped up and curled a beauty into the top corner to put the U.S. 1-0 up at the break. At the interval the U.S. brought on goalkeeper William Yarbrough for his debut, while Ventura Alvarado also came on with Switzerland making a raft of changes to try and get things going.

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Bedoya and the USMNT put in a composed display for most of the game, but crumbled late on.

At the start of the second half the U.S. almost went 2-0 up, as a looping cross from the right saw Burki come out and flap at the ball as Zardes headed towards goal but it bounced inches wide. Bradley had another great chance to make it 2-0 but was closed down at the final moment after confusion in the Swiss box, as the U.S. pushed hard to extend their lead.

Before Tuesday’s game 10 of the 14 goals the USA had conceded since the World Cup last summer had come in the final 30 minutes of matches and their chances of holding on for a marquee win were not helped when Altidore was shown a red card, two yellows one after the other, in the 68th minute after first fouling a Swiss player and then swearing at the referee.

Late on Switzerland threw the kitchen sink at the U.S. as Kasami and Embolo came close, then Stocker tapped home after a looping ball into the box from the left wasn’t cleared by Alfredo Morales and DeAndre Yedlin. 1-1, as the U.S. held on under intense pressure to seal a draw as their trip to Europe came to a close on a high note.


Switzerland: Burki; Lichtsteiner (Widmer, 45′), Schar, von Bergen, Mobandje; Frei (Kasami, 45′), Inler (Stocker, 45′), Fernandes; Drmic (Embolo, 56′), Shaqiri, Mehmedi (Xhaka, 45′)

Goal: Stocker (80′)

USA: Rimando (Yarbrough, 45′); Chandler, Orozco (Ventura, 45′), Brooks, Shea; Bedoya (Yedlin, 76′), Williams, Bradley, Morales (Ream, 88′); Zardes (Morris, 88′), Altidore

Goal: Shea (45′) Red card: Altidore (68′)

Brazilian team tangles in locker room futmesa (video)

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It was defense versus attack in the Brazil dressing room.

Neymar and Gabriel Jesus squared off with international teammates Filipe Luis and Ederson in a game of futmesa/table soccer this week.

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Neymar and Filipe Luis are used to be on different sides of the field from their time in La Liga, while Jesus and Ederson are teammates at Manchester City.

Brazil is hosting this summer’s Copa America and is the favorite to win its first tournament since 2007, when it claimed its fourth in five tries.

It’s really impressive stuff for us normal to subpar athletes, even if standard for those with such deft talent.

Quite a winner from Man City’s young striker.

Jovic could see himself in Premier League, Serie A

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Maybe Luka Jovic’s presumed move to Real Madrid won’t happen this summer.

Or at all.

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The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has been tipped for a move away from the Bundesliga after another strong campaign, and taking the center forward reins from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

Several outlets reported the deal as done, but Jovic isn’t speaking that way (or at least the Serbian is throwing us off the scent.

From Goal.com:

“In terms of the physique, the Bundesliga is very demanding, but after the games against Chelsea or Inter Milan, I personally had the feeling that I could feel even better [playing] in the Premier League or Serie A. … The way the teams play there suits me better.”

Jovic scored 27 times in 48 appearances for Frankfurt, adding seven assists at the tender age of 21. Ten of those came in the Europa League, and we’re not talking about flooding the nets of minnows; Jovic scored against Chelsea (twice), Marseille (three), Lazio (two), and Inter Milan (once).

Report: Chelsea, Real $38M apart on Hazard

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How much for Hazard?

Real Madrid are willing to pay $127 million, no small fee, to bring Eden Hazard from Chelsea, but that’s well off the Blues’ evaluation according to Sky Sports.

Chelsea sees Hazard’s price as $165 million. Belgian writer Kristof Terreur told Sky that Hazard wants his future sorted by June 4.

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The Blues’ superstar is entering the final year of his contract, and could begin negotiating with other clubs in January and leave on a free transfer.

Hazard turns 29 in January. He recorded 19 goals and 16 assists in 51 matches this season, his best output in a Blues uniform.

The report says Chelsea feels no pressure to sell Hazard, but it would be a surprise if it dug in its heels too deeply considering the state of the Belgian’s contract.

Even for Chelsea, letting over $100 million walk out the door is wild, and for all Hazard’s won with Chelsea there’s also been consternation under several managers and a more than occasional habit of disappointing on the table.

MLS roundup: Timbers end road trip with emphatic win in Philly

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in MLS…

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Philadelphia Union 1-3 Portland Timbers [ HIGHLIGHTS ]

Just when everyone had begun to take the Union seriously — to give them the respect befitting a first-place team — Jim Curtin’s side fell flat on its face and fell out of the Eastern Conference’s top spot. Saturday’s defeat to the suddenly streaking — and homeward bound — Timbers snapped Philadelphia’s six-game unbeaten run (four wins).

24-year-old attacker Brian Fernandez, signed as a Designated Player earlier this month, made his first MLS start and marked the occasion with two first-half goals (31st and 36th minutes). Diego Valeri added the third (87th) after Kacper Przybylko pulled the Union back to 2-1 in the 47th.

Now, with 14 points from their 12-game road trip to start the season, Portland heads home for 17 of their final 22 games to be played inside a newly renovated — and expanded — Providence Park. The gap between themselves and a Western Conference playoff place is just four points.

New England Revolution 1-1 D.C. United [ HIGHLIGHTS ]

With the Union slipping up and dropping all three points, D.C. United made the most of their opportunity to return to the top of the East on the back of Wayne Rooney‘s 90th-minute penalty kick to snatch a 1-1 draw with (what will soon be) Bruce Arena’s Revolution.

Juan Agudelo put the home side ahead with a header in the 61st minute, and the lead held firm for nearly the final half-hour. Alas, video review reviewed a handball late in the game, which presented Rooney the chance to play the part of hero. He duly obliged and hammered his spot kick past backup goalkeeper Brad Knighton, who replaced Matt Turner following his 56th minute red card for cleaning out Rooney.

Arena is expected to take charge of Revs training this week and make his debut as head coach next Sunday, when his new side visits… his old side, the LA Galaxy.

Colorado Rapids 3-2 Columbus Crew SC [ HIGHLIGHTS ]

Don’t look now, but the Rapids have won two straight games under interim head coach Conor Casey and appear set on clawing their way out of the league’s basement.

Sure, they blew a pair of leads at home, but they also hit back with another goal of their own every time Crew SC drew level, culminating in a stunning winner from Nicolas Mezquida.

The gap between Colorado and 23th place is now just three points, as expansion side FC Cincinnati come closer and closer on the horizon.

Elsewhere in MLS

Chicago Fire 1-1 New York City FC [ HIGHLIGHTS ]
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 FC Dallas [ HIGHLIGHTS ]
FC Cincinnati 0-2 New York Red Bulls [ HIGHLIGHTS ]
Minnesota United 1-0 Houston Dynamo [ HIGHLIGHTS ]

Sunday’s MLS schedule

Sporting Kansas City v. Seattle Sounders — 6 p.m. ET
Toronto FC v. San Jose Earthquakes — 7:30 p.m. ET