Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace: Merseyside native Dann hands Klopp first loss

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  • Scott Dann bags second goal of the season in 82nd minute
  • Liverpool suffers first loss since September 12
  • Crystal Palace jumps over Everton, Liverpool into 8th

It might not be exactly how he dreamt as a little kid, but it’s close.

Liverpool native Scott Dann downed his hometown club and handed Jurgen Klopp his first loss as Reds manager with an 82nd-minute header that gave Crystal Palace all three points at Anfield and sent them above Merseyside clubs into 8th in the Premier League table.

Yannick Bolasie and Philippe Coutinho had canceled each other out in the first half, but with both teams playing attacking styles, it never felt it would end with that scoreline.

With rain coming down, the game began in an open manner as Crystal Palace took the initiative and Liverpool showed a cutting edge as well.

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The Reds worked forward well on the ball, but they let Palace have a few openings, and the visitors took the initiative. Yannick Bolasie took a ball that Liverpool failed to clear on multiple occasions, and deposited it into the back of the net with an expert turn-and-shoot in the 21st minute.

Christian Benteke had a pair of chances on the half-hour mark, but couldn’t find the back of the net, heading well over on a good cross from above the box, and he fired inches wide moments later.

Liverpool would pull back level just three minutes before halftime as a beautiful team goal started with Jordan Ibe waiting on a run for Nathaniel Clyne, who crossed low to the far edge of the box to Countinho. That unlocked the Palace defense, and the Brazilian was open to strike home to even things at 1-1.

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The game had a vicious pace about it into the second half, and Bakary Sako had a moment for Palace in the Liverpool box but took too many touches and couldn’t get a shot off past the hour mark. Down the other end, Benteke should have scored when Adam Lallana found his head with a cross but the Belgian couldn’t keep it down.

Dann’s moment would come with just seven minutes remaining as a corner fell dangerously to the turf just in front of goal. It bounced up to the 28-year-old, and while his first header was saved, Simon Mignolet could not collect and it came back to Dann for a second attempt, which he buried.

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That put Crystal Palace through, and they jumped above Everton and Liverpool into 8th with 19 points, just one back of Southampton and two behind Spurs and West Ham. Liverpool had the opportunity to put themselves into 8th, but instead drop to 10th, level on 17 points with the Toffees.

Atletico Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game includes Felix

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Major League Soccer fans will get a good luck at one of the hottest prospects in world soccer when the MLS All Stars take on Atletico Madrid in next week’s MLS All Star Game.

Joao Felix, the $142 million 19-year-old, is among the roster announced by Diego Simeone for the match.

[ MORE: Newcastle in for $28M Saint-Maximin ]

Felix scored 20 times with 11 assists in 40 matches for Benfica before moving to Atleti in the summer. Those numbers include a hat trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League quarterfinals first leg.

The other stars will be there, too, provided no transfers happen in the interim. Koke, Thomas Lemar, Diego Costa, and Saul Niguez are in the squad.

New Atleti defender Kieran Trippier and longtime El Tri hero Hector Herrera will also be sure to help drive attendance in Orlando City.

The full roster is here.

Leagues Cup preview: MLS gets its next shot at Liga MX

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It’s not a typo; The s is very real.

The Leagues Cup — not the League Cup — is the new competition pitting Major League Soccer sides against some of the top sides from Mexico’s Liga MX.

The tournament has been expanded before it’s even seen a ball kicked in competition, as the second edition with go from eight to 16 teams.

[ MORE: Newcastle in for $28M Saint-Maximin ]

For now, though, we’ve got four American and four Mexican sides meeting over the next two months in a bid for North American supremacy not unlike a CONCACAF Champions League stripped of all the minnows.

Much like the CCL, the Mexican sides will be expected to triumph, even with all of the quarterfinals being staged in the United States.

Chicago Fire hosts Cruz Azul on Tuesday, followed by the LA Galaxy’s visit from Club Tijuana.

Wednesday will see the Houston Dynamo host Club America, and Tigres UANL at Real Salt Lake.

The winners meet Aug. 20, while the final will be played Sept. 18 in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of promise in this, and it gives MLS another chance to make some statements about the distance between it and Liga MX. The Mexican sides have flat out dominated the CCL, and it’s not difficult to make the same prediction for this tournament.

But, like many tournaments, it also gives success-starved clubs a chance to give their fans something big and their players a tonic. For Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s Chicago, for one, it’s a huge opportunity. And for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy, it’s a look toward another piece of silverware for one of the world’s biggest trophy cases.

USMNT prospect Ledezma earns praise from van Nistelrooy

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Even for talents of the highest levels with top soccer education, sometimes a kid’s gotta learn how to eat.

Richard “Richie” Ledezma, 18, is in the midst of his first year at Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, a spot which beckoned after a five-match, one-goal season in the USL with Real Monarchs of the USL.

[ MORE: Chicago adds USMNT hero ]

Ledezma starred for U.S. U-20 team at the World Cup after his first half-season with PSV, which saw him play with the U-19s while trying to lose some weight.

From Goal.com:

“PSV help me with my nutrition, with my food and how I eat. It’s the quantity of food you eat, I guess,” he added. “Because I came a little chubby, when I got here, I guess. They all called me ‘fatty’ and stuff, so I was like, cool, you know? So no more McDonald’s.”

Goal’s James Westwood had a wide-ranging interview with Ledezma and also spoke with soccer royalty: longtime Real Madrid and Manchester United scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy was Ledezma’s coach with the U-19s.

“He’s making a difference in midfield with very quick-thinking passes, movement, can score a goal, play people in, he’s creating chances for the whole team.”

That’s not just good praise from a legend, but a solid sign for fans of the United States men’s national team. A proper No. 10 or playmaking midfielder could allow Gregg Berhalter or another future USMNT coach to use Christian Pulisic on the wings.

Ledezma has some work to do before he breaks into the first team of the Dutch runners-up, who have signed former Stoke City man Ibrahim Afellay and has Gaston Pereiro in the fold as well.

Newcastle reportedly in for $28M mercurial Nice attacker

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L’Equipe says that Newcastle United have returned to Nice in the hopes of landing Allan Saint-Maximin.

The Ligue 1 outfit wants $28 million for the playmaker, who could team up with Miguel Almiron and (maybe) Joelinton to give the Magpies a much-improved attack.

[ MORE: Chicago adds USMNT hero ]

Saint-Maximin, 22, has 10 goals and 10 assists across his last two seasons with Nice, and played everywhere in attack for Patrick Vieira: both wings, center forward, second striker, attacking mid… even some left and right midfield.

The player, however, has been a headache for Vieira at times, with the manager saying Saint-Maximin believes that he has enough talent to reach the highest level without the required amount of work.

That said, the youngster’s skill set is electric. He’s a March birth date, too, so a relatively young 22. That $28 million would be another transfer record broken for Newcastle, assuming it happens ahead of the Joelinton move.

Or… as Newcastle fan knows, neither could go through.