Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham: Chadli, Eriksen see Spurs into sixth

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A pair of goals from Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen bracketing halftime saw Tottenham Hotspur past a pesky but inconsistent Newcastle at St. James Park. Harry Kane sealed the deal with his 30th goal of the season as time expired.

Among swaths of protests before and during the match by the home fans, Tottenham proved the better side as John Carver slumped to six straight defeats in charge of Newcastle.

The teams both started bright in a lively opening 10 minutes, with Newcastle delivering a few savory crosses without a final ball while Spurs produced a few solid spells on the ball with nothing to show for it in front of goal. Ayoze Perez nearly got on one of those Newcastle crosses on 14 minutes from Yoan Gouffran, but his shot was saved low by Michel Vorm.

Past the 20 minute mark Spurs put together a delicious bit of passing started by a stellar through ball from Harry Kane to Christian Eriksen who hit a perfect lob to Paulinho, but the Brazilian tried to connect with Erik Lamela instead of shooting, and his touch was just too strong.

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Spurs, for all their good passing, got the opener just before the half-hour mark on what appeared to be a somewhat timid buildup. Chadli slowly worked his way through the attacking third on the ball with little challenge, and he decided to have a go from outside the top of the box. The ball curled away from Tim Krul, and the Newcastle keeper may have been shielded as he got a late jump, and the ball nestled into the back of the net.

There was a nervy moment just before halftime as Lamela took down Vernon Anita which forced the referee to have a chat with his assistant, but just a yellow card was produced, and replays showed there was little more in it than a caution.

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Things exploded as the second half arrived. Newcastle scored almost immediately out of the gates, as amid a scrum Perez touched to Jack Colback in the box and the 25-year-old drove a powerful punch home less than a minute after the break. But it wouldn’t last long, as Spurs took the lead back seven minutes later. A whipped free-kick from Christian Eriksen from a long way out came all the way through the box without a touch, and with Krul expecting a redirect, he was powerless to stop the delivery from settling into the far corner.

Spurs burst to life, and Kane remained dangerous up front. The England striker nearly had his 20th Premier League goal and 30th in all competitions, but he was denied by a brilliant Tim Krul save. Charging to meet a cross at the far post, he thundered a shot on the run that slammed into Krul, and the Dutch keeper scrambled to keep it from going in. Replays showed the goal line technology was unsurprisingly correct, as Krul just snatched the ball off the line before it completely crossed.

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The visitors remained dangerous as they came so close yet again with under 20 minutes to go, but a delicious through ball from Naleb Benaleb to Lamela but Krul again snuffed out the chance. Newcastle threatened in bursts but they couldn’t put much consistency together. Harry Kane kept shooting, and he’d get his milestone goal in stoppage time as Newcastle poured forward, and it allowed Spurs to break down the other end. He becomes the first 30-goal scorer for Tottenham since Gary Linekar in 1992.

The win lifts Spurs above Southampton into sixth place, and they go level with Liverpool on points, only below them on goal differential. Newcastle, meanwhile, don’t seem to be in danger of relegation, but they suffer their sixth straight defeat and remain stuck on 35 points, well below the magical 40 point mark.


Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Anita (Armstrong 75′); Abeid (Obertan 46′), R.Taylor, Colback; Gouffran (Ameobi 46′), Perez, Cabella.

Goals: Colback 46′

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82′); Bentaleb, Paulinho (Mason 88′), Chadli (Dembele 78′), Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.

Goals: Chadli 30′, Eriksen 53′, Kane 90’+1

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.

[READ: Tyler Boyd signs with Besiktas]

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.

Should Tottenham sign or pass on Bale?

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Tottenham just broke its transfer record with the signing of Tanguay Ndombele. Could it break the bank for a second time this summer?

However unlikely that could be, Spanish publication Marca reports that Tottenham has continued to express interest in bringing Gareth Bale back to White Hart Lane and Northwest London. The report states that Tottenham is willing to spend between $56 and $67.6 million to sign Bale but that it could not afford Bale’s $19 million yearly salary after tax. Even more, it could only afford to pay half of that, or $9.5 million per season.

[READ: Fabian Delph moves to Everton]

There’s no doubt that, on paper at least, Bale would improve Tottenham’s squad and could potentially even immediately step into the starting lineup. But that’s assuming Tottenham could sign him anyway.

It seemed unlikely just a few weeks ago, after Daniel Levy and the club went an entire calendar year without spending money on a new player, that it could spend more than $100 million on two players to improve the squad. But perhaps now, with television revenues growing and more seats to sell at Tottenham’s new stadium, Levy feels he can spend big this summer to take Tottenham to the next level.

Whether due to luck or not, Tottenham took advantage of its opportunity and manager Mauricio Pochettino did a masterful job guiding the club to the UEFA Champions League final. But to challenge Manchester City at the head of the Premier League, it’s going to take a talent like Bale coming in.

That being said, that are the chances that Bale, who turns 30 on Tuesday, can dramatically regain his fitness after years of recurring injuries, are low. So the big question now is, is it worth it for Tottenham to spend more than $60 million on re-signing Bale, and is it worth it for Bale to leave, instead of getting to stay on his salary for the next three seasons.

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barrett has long stated his client wants to retire in Madrid. It’s seeming less likely by the day, and yet, as Bale doesn’t move, perhaps he’ll call it quits ahead of schedule, and turn down a chance to return to Tottenham.