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Player ratings from the USMNT’s CONCACAF Cup beatdown by Mexico

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A disheartening night at the Rose Bowl saw the “home” side come out on top, as Mexico dominated the United States into extra time in a 3-2 score line that didn’t tell the story.

[ MATCH RECAP: Mexico 3-2 (aet) USMNT — Pure El Tri dominance ]

Will it be Jurgen Klinsmann’s last match in charge? If so, here’s how his final choices fared in defeat.

Starting XI

Brad Guzan — 6 — He’s not going to do anything on the first goal, and he cleaned up some serious messes during the first 90. In fact, we were ready to say he silenced some doubters tonight, in particular with a big, late save in extra time. But the Aston Villa man was too shallow on Aguilar’s winner. You may say that’s harsh, but a No. 1 guy isn’t beaten there… or at least finds a way to stop one of three. Mexico is not Belgium. But Guzan was not Tim Howard.

DaMarcus Beasley  — 4 — Very good work from the veteran… until he was victimized on the first extra time goal, and charged out of position on the second. Dang.

Matt Besler  — 5 — Beaten for the Chicharito goal, and could’ve been beaten for several more. May’ve avoided a calamitous handball non-call. But his extra time, including a timely clearance of a Guzan rebound gets him from 4 to 5.

Geoff Cameron  — 8 — Honestly, could’ve put a 10 here and not felt bad about it until he faltered on the extra time goal. Commanding performance from the Yanks’ first goal scorer.

Fabian Johnson (Off 111′) — 4 — One of his worse games in the red, white and blue. Very, very messy. Probably a bit too used to playing wing with ‘Gladbach, but that’s not a good excuse.

Kyle Beckerman  — 6 — Did his job, but provided little moving forward.

Jermaine Jones  — 4 — He came. He saw. He lashed long shots over the bar and was roasted on the extra time goal.

Michael Bradley  — 6 — You’d call him one of the match’s best players, but it’s difficult to score him too high when he was the general of a bossed unit.

Gyasi Zardes  (Off 78′) — 4 — An ordinary performance with some bad touches and not too many moments of positivity. Part of that was Dempsey taking a nap, but you want better from the Californian.

Clint Dempsey  — 3 — He’s getting all three of those points out of respect for former contributions. Almost invisible aside from a dribble or two.

Jozy Altidore (Off 98′)  — 4 — Some nice hold-up moments and flicks, and won the majority of the States’ scant few free kicks. Overall, we’re left wanting much, much more. Looked gassed from about the 60th minute onward. Horrific giveaway on one of the States’ only extra time counters.

Subs

DeAndre Yedlin (On 78′) — 6 — Looked uncomfortable, diving and sliding like a desperate man. His pace was desperately needed, but essentially ended up as a fifth back. Until the gorgeous ball for Wood, which makes up for everything.

Bobby Wood (On 98′) — 8 — “Who. Is. This. Guy!” That’s the text I got right after the goal. I don’t have the answer, either.

Brad Evans (On 111′) — N/A

Watch Live: PL Asia Trophy – Newcastle v. West Ham, Man City v. Wolves

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Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers aim to collect a bit of silverware on the second Premier League Asia Trophy match day of the summer.

But first, a pair of Uniteds look to get off the map after beatdowns in their tournament openers.

Newcastle United and West Ham United were both walloped in Nanjing, and old hands Steve Bruce and Manuel Pellegrini would be happy to massage a victory out of their men.

Then Pep Guardiola and PL champions City get a taste of Wolves before their Oct. 5 meeting in league play.

Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s games in Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium.

Newcastle United v. West Ham United – 5 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Man City v. Wolves – 7:30 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

[ MORE: Kean to Everton? ]

But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.