International Champions Cup: New York Red Bulls 4-2 Chelsea


HARRISON, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls trotted out a team mostly made of academy call-ups today, and they defeated the reigning Premier League champions 4-2.

Coming off a 120 minute loss to the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, Red Bulls’ coach Jesse Marsch gave his academy youngsters massive first-team experience playing against Chelsea, and those youngsters scored four goals on the Premier League’s best defense.

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Chelsea lead 1-0 at halftime, but an offensive explosion in the second half saw the Blues preseason tour get off to a shaky start at Red Bull Arena.

After spending the last two seasons out on loan, Victor Moses looked like a man trying to prove himself to Jose Mourinho, constantly involved in the Chelsea attack. Moses nearly opened the scoring early in the match, making a quick cut past his defender before having his shot stopped with a strong kick-save from Red Bulls’ goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.

Throughout the first half Chelsea looked most dangerous on the counter-attack, and in the 26th minute the Blues capitalized. Oscar took the ball down the right flank and crossed in to a wide-open Loic Remy, who took a touch and calmly finished to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead.

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Remy had another golden opportunity to put Chelsea up by two, as Bertrand Traore drew Reynish out of goal and found the striker all alone five yards out. But the cross hit Remy in the thigh and went over the bar as the Blues headed into halftime just a goal ahead.

At the half, Jose Mourinho made plenty of substitutions, putting in the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, John Terry and Nemanja Matic. Asmir Begovic also found his way onto the pitch, as the former Stoke City goalkeeper made his debut in Chelsea blue.

Despite putting on some of the world’s best talent, it was the Red Bulls who got off to a quick start in the second half. John Terry played a poor back pass to Begovic, who had to rush out of his net to try and collect the ball. But Franklin Castellanos was quicker than the sliding Begovic, and passed it into an open net to level the score at one in the 51st minute.

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After the goal the Red Bulls found new life, and jumped out to an improbable two-goal lead. In the 69th minute  16-year-old Tyler Adams found himself unmarked in the box, rising to put a header past Begovic. Four minutes later, Sean Davis cleaned up a rebound and all of a sudden it was 3-1 in favor of New York.

The scoring didn’t stop, as just seconds later it was the Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard slotting home from the top of the box to cut New York’s lead to one.

When it looked like the Blues were going to make a comeback, Sean Davis silenced the traveling support with his second of the night in the 77th minute, with the home fans going absolutely wild.

The final whistle blew with a final score of 4-2 in favor of the Red Bulls, as Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have quite a bit to do before the Premier League kicks off in August.

Saudis, Bahrain, UAE join to bid for FIFA’s U-20 World Cup

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GENEVA (AP) Middle East neighbors Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are jointly bidding to host the Under-20 World Cup in 2021.

FIFA says the Gulf plan is among five to express interest in bidding, including Brazil.

Indonesia, Peru and a Myanmar-Thailand joint bid are the others.

FIFA announced the contenders Thursday, one day after dropping a proposal for Qatar to share hosting duties for the 2022 World Cup with regional neighbors.

The 2021 U20 contenders must submit a formal bid by Aug. 30. FIFA’s ruling Council will pick the winner, likely in October.

The 2019 edition kicks off Thursday in Poland.

Putin awards medal to FIFA president Infantino

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MOSCOW (AP) Vladimir Putin has given FIFA president Gianni Infantino a medal.

The Russian president awarded Infantino the Order of Friendship at the Kremlin on Thursday.

Infantino has often said last year’s World Cup in Russia, where the host nation surprisingly reached the quarterfinals, was the best of the 21 editions of the tournament.

Putin thanked the FIFA leader for “your glowing assessment of our efforts.”

Infantino says of Russia’s “bonds of friendship” with soccer “is not the end, it is only the beginning of our fruitful cooperation and interaction.”

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Why Derby deserve Premier League promotion

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With the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium on May 27, the richest game in soccer will see one of Aston Villa or Derby County promoted to the Premier League.

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Which club deserves a spot in the English top-flight, and the estimated minimum $120 million it will generate, more?

You can use metrics such as fanbase, stadiums, players, historical success and quality of coaches to try and sort this out, but the fact of the matter is, the playoffs are always a complete, and utterly brilliant, lottery.

The path Villa and Derby took to get to the final this season proves that.

We’ve already focused on why Villa deserve to return to the PL after a three-year absence, so now it is time to see why Derby should return after an 11-year absence…

The Rams are on a roll and Frank Lampard, in his first season as a manager, has led Derby to Wembley to play Aston Villa with the latter the favorites to win.

Like Villa, we are talking about a team which has some magical moments in its history. Derby were Champions of England under Brian Clough twice in the 1970s but since then success has been hard to come by. A five-season spell in the Premier League from 1996-2002 was followed by a miserable season in 2007-08 (the worst in PL history) and the Rams haven’t been back to the top-flight since.

Owner Mel Morris, a local businessman who is behind gaming apps such as Candy Crush, has led their crusade back towards the PL in recent seasons but Derby have come up short in the playoffs time and time again, with the Rams failing in the playoffs in three of their previous five campaigns.

Heading into the final weeks of this season Derby were in the chasing pack after a poor second half of the campaign. For most of the season it seemed like Frank Lampard’s youngsters were nailed on for a top six finish, but then they wobbled and it seemed like they may miss out on the playoffs altogether.

But a run of four wins in their last six to finish the season gave them extra momentum heading into the playoffs.

Then came that incredible night at Leeds.

1-0 down from the first leg, then 1-0 down on the night in the second leg, Derby had a mountain to climb with a 2-0 aggregate deficit at Elland Road as Leeds’ fans started the party… Then Derby scored three unanswered goals in a wild 13-minute spell to turn the game on its head before Jack Marriott added his second and Derby’s fourth of the game late on to stun Leeds and send them to Wembley.

With the backdrop of the spygate scandal — which saw Leeds and Bielsa punished earlier in the season for spying on Derby’s training sessions — and the fact Leeds were heavy favorites to get past Derby, this was a sweet moment for Lampard and his adoring squad and fans.

Derby don’t have a lot of cash to work with. They have relied this season on Lampard’s contacts as some of the best young talents at the Premier League level (Mason Mount and Harry Wilson) wanted to learn from him and that is why they arrived at Pride Park on loan. Lampard has translated his knowledge as a player who had an amazing career to several of his Derby players, and it is exciting to think what he can go on to do.

This Derby squad is made up of youngsters from the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool and veterans like Richard Keogh, Ashley Cole and Bradley Johnson who are desperate for one last chance to play in the Premier League.

Lampard has galvanized the entire club and the Chelsea legend regularly bounces in celebration with the Derby fans after games. Runs in both the FA Cup and League Cup saw them beat Manchester United and Southampton on penalty kicks, while they also pushed Chelsea close to show they are capable of competing with PL clubs regularly.

Derby are full of guts and their young stars Wilson and Mount have the ability to win games with one swipe of their foot.

Lampard is a loveable character and if Derby do beat Villa to clinch promotion, he can work his magic to secure some big names signings and they will be an intriguing squad who, like Villa, will play open, expansive soccer. If Derby don’t get promoted then Lampard is already being lined up for Premier League jobs, even at the club where he became a legend, Chelsea. If the Rams do go up we will get to see Lampard and this exciting attacking side put on a show.

That is why Derby deserve promotion to the Premier League.

Real Betis beat DC, as US U17 star scores (video)

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Remember the name: Griffin Yow.

It shouldn’t be too hard, as the Clifton, Virginia native has a pretty cool name, and it seems like a new star could have well been born at Audi Field on Wednesday.

16-year-old D.C. United forward Griffin Yow scored in their 5-2 friendly defeat to La Liga side Real Betis, as the U.S. national team U-17 star continued his speedy rise at DCU.

His goal came just after half time and halved Betis’ lead after first half goals from Loren and Sergio Leon put the Spanish side in a commanding position.

After Yow’s goal made it 2-1, legendary winger Joaquin made it 3-2 before Quincy Amarikwa made it 3-2 as late goal from Marc Bartra and Robert put some gloss on the scoreline for the visitors.

As for Yow, he made his MLS debut as a late sub in April against New York City FC after some impressive displays for their USL affiliate, Loudoun United FC.

After coming on as a sub in the 32nd minute in this game, Yow certainly made an impact.

He has scored six goals in 11 appearances for the U.S. under 17 side, and it seems like we will be hearing a lot about this guy in the years to come.