Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City: Foxes survive! Draw keeps Leicester up

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Leicester City have completed the “Great Escape” as the Foxes secured a 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Saturday to secure their Premier League status after spending 140 days on the bottom of the table.

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Nigel Pearson’s men battled hard away at Sunderland and despite only having a good chance early on that Leonardo Ulloa missed, the Foxes stayed up.

As for Sunderland, the Black Cats need one more point from their final two games to secure safety as Dick Advocaat’s side could have easily won this match but Sebastian Larsson’s free kick and Adam Johnson’s effort was saved wonderfully by Kasper Schmeichel.

With the point Leicester is on 38 points and sit in 14th place, as their incredible run of six wins and a draw from their last eight games propelled them up the table, while Sunderland are on 37 points and sit in 16th.

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The first chance of the match came courtesy of a Larsson free kick form long-range which bounced just in front of Schmeichel but Leicester’s goalkeeper saved brilliantly.

In the 10th minute Jeffrey Schlupp’s fantastic cross from the left caused havoc and Marc Albrighton headed the ball across the goal but Ulloa couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

Danny Graham was causing all kinds of problems for Leicester and the striker had his shot pushed away by Schmeichel but as the first half played out Leicester began to look increasingly dangerous on the counter.

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In the second half Sunderland tried to switch things up as Johnson came off the bench. In the 62nd minute Patrick van Aanholt came so close to putting the Black Cats ahead. The Dutch full back flashed an effort wide of the goal as Advocaat’s men pushed for a winner late on.

Johnson then jinxed inside from the right but Schmeichel saved his effort at the near post as the Mackems fans tried to roar their team on to victory. Steven Fletcher sent a header just wide with less than 10 minutes on the clock and then Kramaric lobbed an effort over after a mix-up at the back from Sunderland.

In the end both sides settled for a draw as the Foxes stayed up and Sunderland is one point from securing their top-flight status.

LINEUPS

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones (Reveillere, 86′), Coates, O’Shea, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Bridcutt (Johnson, 60′); Defoe, Graham (Fletcher, 80′), Wickham.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan; Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Mahrez (Drinkwater, 67′), Ulloa (Kramaric, 75′), Vardy.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.