Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle: Defoe wonder strike downs poor Magpies (video)

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The 154th Tyne-Wear derby ended in familiar fashion as Jermain Defoe’s stunning goal at the Stadium of Light gave Sunderland its fifth straight victory over bitter rivals Newcastle for a massive boost in the relegation battle.

Defoe ripped home a wonderful goal just before halftime as Sunderland deservedly went ahead after an impressive first half. They weathered the visiting pressure through the final 45 minutes to see out the victory in just Dick Advocaat’s second game in charge.

Things really began in the sixth minute when Newcastle looked threatening and Ayoze Perez went down in the box but referee Mike Dean waved play on. From that point on Sunderland bossed the match through the first half.

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The Black Cats broke down the other end immediately after Perez’s shout and earned a pair of corners, the second of which nearly came off but Billy Jones’ cross at the far post was blocked just feet in front of the net. The atmosphere was bright but things closed down until the 22nd minute when Connor Wickham got away from Moussa Sissokho at the back post on a corner but headed wide. The Black Cats continued to dominate possession through the half-hour mark, owning nearly 75% possession and a 5-0 corner advantage, but they couldn’t get take the lead.

Jermain Defoe had a big chance After 45 minutes of playing on top, the home side would finally get their deserved lead from yet another spectacular goal on a weekend bulging with plenty of the like. A contested header at the top of the box won by Steven Fletcher fell to Jermain Defoe, and the former Toronto FC striker ripped a looping volley into the top corner before the ball even hit the ground.

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After a poor first 45 minutes, Newcastle came out of the dressing room charged for the second half but it didn’t last long. Sunderland got back on the front foot. They allowed Newcastle more possession as the game went on and the clock became an enemy of the Magpies, and looked dangerous on the counter. Wickham had a big chance with 20 minutes left, but shot just over on the break.

The game had its usual physical flair to it, as Mike Dean ended up issuing seven yellow cards throughout the chippy match, five of them to the home side (although Lee Cattermole remained unscathed). Wickham nearly put the game away with seven minutes to go but he scuffed a massive chance wide off a defender’s foot from dead in front of goal. The ensuing corner was headed at the near post by Santiago Vergini but Tim Krul saved well.

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Newcastle had one big chance as the clock wound down as Perez volleyed a corner towards the top corner, but the ball thumped just over the bar with three minutes to go. Sunderland held nervously on for the win and an enormous three points, moving them three points ahead of the drop and into 15th position. Newcastle, meanwhile, is still nine points above the relegation zone and presumably safe, but they remain in 13th position.


Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Gomez; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe (Johnson 80′).

Goals – Defoe 45+1′

Newcastle: Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran (Riviere 58′), Ameobi (Armstrong 87′), Cabella, Perez.

Tottenham signs Mauricio Pochettino’s son to contract extension

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Mauricio Pochettino put his arm around the player as he always does when a Tottenham member signs a new contract. This one was different.

A proud dad smiled for the camera as son Maurizio put pen to paper on a new deal seeing him move up to the U-23 side. The 18-year-old has been with Spurs youth side since following his father from Southampton to the English capital four years ago.

The boy impressed in 21 appearances for the U-18 squad last season, deployed on the wing where he scored four goals and assisted another. He was part of the squad that took on his old club Southampton in the very first event held in the club’s new stadium, essentially a trial run before the true opening match for the senior side.

Unlike his father, who is Argentinian and played for the Argentina national team, Maurizio was born in Barcelona and therefore could choose to represent Spain if he so desires, or his father’s native Argentina – given, of course, he reaches those heights. First, it will be the Checkatrade Trophy he takes part in, with the Spurs U-23 squad set to take on Gillingham, Colchester United, and Ipswich Town in Southern Section Group A.

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USMNT notes: Robinson moves to Wigan, and more

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It’s been a busy day of U.S. Men’s National Team related news, from Tyler Boyd signing with Besiktas to U.S. Soccer announcing a friendly match with Mexico in September at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Here’s everything else you may have missed today relating to the USMNT and Americans Abroad.

Robinson joins Wigan in permanent transfer

Antonee Robinson is heading back to the Championship, but this time, he won’t be heading back to Everton at the end of the season.

Robinson on Monday completed a permanent transfer to Wigan. where he spent last season and helped the club avoid relegation. Robinson has signed a three-year contract and he joined for a reported $2.5 million transfer fee, per Wigan Today. He battled injuries to make 26 appearances in all competitions.

Robinson, born in England to an American father and British mother, came up in Everton’s Finch Farm academy but never broke through to make a first team appearance. Instead, he spent time in the lower levels on loan to Bolton and then Wigan. With Everton’s signing last year of Lucas Digne, the left back spot is locked up for quite a while, leaving Robinson second-choice and in search of first team minutes again.

For the USMNT, Robinson made his debut in the 3-0 win over Bolivia in late May, 2018, and has gone on to make seven appearances for the senior team, including a start against Jamaica, though it didn’t go well in a 1-0 defeat at home. Robinson was on the 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster for coach Gregg Berhalter and he also took part in a European-based training camp for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team as the team starts preparing for Olympic qualifying, which will likely take place later this year.

Robinson will likely play a key role in helping the U.S. make it to their first Olympics since 2008 in Beijing.

Reyna heading to USA with Borussia Dortmund

Claudio Reyna’s son Giovanni Reyna is off to a strong start after officially being announced as a signing by Borussia Dortmund. Whether for marketing reasons or sporting reasons, Reyna was one of the 26 players to make the flight to Seattle as Dortmund takes some preseason action in the U.S.

BVB will face the Seattle Sounders in Seattle on Thursday before heading to take on Liverpool in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday.

It’s a quick burst in the U.S., but perhaps Reyna can get a few minutes of action in his home nation before heading back to Germany to try and see if he can break into the squad.

Scott set for Newcastle? 

British-born American midfielder Kyle Scott appears that he will still be on the books at a Premier League club next season.

According to multiple reports, including the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle FC is interested in signing Scott, thanks to a reported recommendation from former coach Rafa Benitez. Scott, 21, has spent the past 12 years in Chelsea’s academy and reserves, but he’s hardly sniffed a match, at least for the first team. He spent some time on loan with Dutch second-division side Telstar last year, but it wasn’t declared permanent.

Now, having been let go by Chelsea, Scott is looking for a new club. It’s unclear, however, considering his lack of first team experience, if he’d be able to step into the lineup at Newcastle and really make a difference so soon.

In the past, Scott has appeared for the U.S. Under-18s and U-20s. Perhaps some regular playing time in the Premier League can get him into the senior national team.

Watch: Hear from Bournemouth’s Howe in training

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Ever wondered what it is like to go through preseason training with a Premier League?

Thanks to AFC Bournemouth, now we know.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was “mic’d up” during a preseason training session on Monday, giving fans an inside look into his team gaining fitness and going over some key movements that they’ll surely be using during games this season.

Plus….players biking to practice and the dreaded beep test.

Here from Howe and the players above and take a look at a Premier League preseason.

Dietrich quits as club president of crisis-hit Stuttgart

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Wolfgang Dietrich quit as president of German second-division team Stuttgart on Monday after saying he no longer wants to be made a scapegoat for all that’s wrong at the crisis-ridden club.

The 70-year-old Dietrich, who took over as president in October 2016 and whose term was due to run until 2020, said he never expected such “hostility and malice” as he experienced at the club’s annual general meeting on Sunday.

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The AGM had to be cancelled after about 4,500 members were unable to vote for the club’s management board because of Wi-Fi problems. Dietrich broke off the meeting to loud jeers and protests and was accompanied by bodyguards from the interior of the stadium.

Dietrich said he no longer wants to “be in charge of an organization that is neither willing to stand up to these interests against me nor is able to guarantee the smooth running of a general meeting.”

Dietrich was already under fire for his links to investment company Quattrex Sports, which provided loans to several of Stuttgart’s rivals. In his 3+ years at the club, Stuttgart has had three coaches, two sporting directors and was relegated from the Bundesliga last season.