USA 6-1 SVG: USMNT thrashes minnows after early deficit in WCQ

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The U.S. national team’s quest to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup, the 2018 tournament in Russia, got off to a rip-roaring start Friday night — but only after going a goal down very early on to CONCACAF minnows St. Vincent and the Grenadines — with a 6-1 come-from-behind victory in St. Louis (full highlights below).

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines took their early through Oalex Anderson, a striker for Seattle Sounders II, the MLS club’s USL side. Anderson won the ball 30 yards from goal, ran at the USMNT’s defense, cut inside past DeAndre Yedlin and rifled a right-footed shot inside the far post for the most improbable of early leads.

The Americans drew level six minutes later, when Michael Bradley played Yedlin toward the end line with a simple through ball; Yedlin lifted a delicate cross to the near post, where Bobby Wood was waiting and applied the looping, headed finish over the outstretched goalkeeper, Winslow McDowall. The goal was the first of Wood’s international career as a starter, and the first he has ever scored before the 88th minute.

Wood very nearly gave the USMNT its first lead in the 16th minute after Fabian Johnson slipped a through ball to Wood inside the St. Vincent and the Grenadines penalty area, but Wood’s eventual strike, a floated effort toward the far post, sailed wide of the post.

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It was Johnson who gave the USMNT its first lead of WCQ in the 29th minute. The full back-turned-winger sent in a right-footed free kick from just outside of the penalty area and received a favorable deflection from a defender in the wall, wrong-footing McDowall as the ball found net at the far post.

Two minutes later, Jozy Altidore made it 3-1 to the USMNT with a simple header from three yards out. Jermaine Jones flicked on Johnson’s corner kick from the near post to the far post, where Altidore was waiting, completely unmarked. The Toronto FC striker, still just 26 years old, attacked the floating ball with purpose and bagged the ninth WCQ goal of his international career (30 total).

It was the same corner-kick routine that made the score 3-1, used to make the score 4-1 six minutes after halftime. Johnson’s corner kick found Wood at the near port, Wood flicked the ball on and this time it was Geoff Cameron waiting at the back post to head home for his third international goal and his first in WCQ.

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Gyasi Zardes made it 5-1 with his third career international goal in the 58th minute. Altidore ran at the opposing defense and played a through ball for Zardes, who cut inside from the right wing and fired low and just inside the far post.

Altidore was the beneficiary of a wicked deflection in the 74th minute to make the score 6-1, but it was the build-up through Zardes, Jones and Altidore that impressed the most. Zardes and Jones played a quick one-two at the top of the penalty area, which then freed Altidore a bit deeper in the box. Altidore faked one way and went the other, rifling his shot off of a defender and into the back of the net.

The USMNT will continue its campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday, when they play away to Trinidad and Tobago, who kicked off their bid to qualify Friday night away to Guatemala.

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest, League Cup semifinal 2nd leg: How to watch

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The mission for Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal second leg is pretty simple: Don’t mess it up.

Manchester United are in firm control after leg 1 after securing a 3-0 victory at the City Ground on Wednesday.

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United last won the League Cup in 2017, the Red Devils’ fifth title in the competition. Forest won the last of its four League Cup titles when it completed back-to-back titles in 1990.


How to watch Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday
TV Channel: ESPN+
Online: Updates via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest players to watch 

The injury lists for both teams mean we won’t see some serious talents including Morgan Gibbs-White and Christian Eriksen.

It will be interesting to see how Erik ten Hag lines up United without Eriksen and perhaps Scott McTominay, but we know we’ll see Marcus Rashford. The English forward is back ton his best.

Forest will hope to have Taiwo Awoniyi back in the fold, but young Brazilian center midfielder Danilo has been promising through his first two matches roaming the heart of the pitch after moving from Palmeiras.


Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Jadon Sancho (undisclosed), Luke Shaw (illness), Scott McTominay (undisclosed). OUT: Donny van de Beek (knee), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Diogo Dalot (thigh), Axel Tuanzebe (lower back), Anthony Martial (thigh).

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Chris Wood (illness), Jack Colback (illness), Ryan Yates (illness),  OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Cheikhou Kouyate (thigh), Morgan Gibbs-White (ankle).

Newcastle vs Southampton, live, in League Cup semifinal: Score, updates, link, lineups

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Newcastle lead Southampton 1-0 ahead of the sides’ League Cup semifinal second leg at St. James’ Park on Tuesday (watch live, 3 pm ET). 

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After securing their narrow advantage down on the south coast last week, Newcastle are firm favorites to reach a major cup final for the first time since the 1998-99 FA Cup, when the Magpies were beaten by the famed, treble-winning Manchester United side.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Southampton

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How to watch Newcastle vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3 pm ET, Tuesday
Online: Stream via ESPN+


Key storylines & star players

Eddie Howe’s side has performed well above expectations this season, mounting a serious top-four challenge one or two years ahead of reasonable expectations. Getting to — and winning — a final in the same season would merely be icing on the cake for Howe, who took over the Premier League’s 19th-place side (5 points from 11 games) from Steve Bruce in November 2021.

Saints reached the League Cup final in 2017, but were somewhat controversially beaten by Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Southampton have won more cup ties (6 of 7) than PL fixtures (4 of 20), which goes a long way toward explaining why Nathan Jones’ side sits rock-bottom of the PL table with just 15 points.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (foot), Emil Krafth (knee)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor), Duje Caleta-Car (suspension), Moussa Djenepo (head), Alex McCarthy (ankle)

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Chelsea in Portugal for Enzo Fernandez medical ahead of record deal

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Chelsea is ready to trigger Enzo Fernandez’s $129 million release clause and is in Portugal to conduct a Deadline Day medical on the World Cup winner.

The fee would break the British record set by Manchester City when it purchased Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Fernandez, 21, has been chased by Chelsea for some time and wants to make the move to Stamford Bridge from Benfica.

[ MORE: Weston McKennie moves to Leeds United ]

The Argentina star has a goal and six assists in 22 matches across all competitions, but his skills as an elite ball progressor are what most attracts the Blues.

Fernandez ranks in the 99th percentile of midfielders in progressive passes per 90 at 9.47 and in the 95th percentile in shot-creating actions per 90 (FBref.com).

Chelsea’s revolutionized its squad since the club was purchased by Todd Boehly’s consortium last year, with Wesley Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and many more.

Follow Peacock’s Sky Sports News simulstream from Noon-7pm ET Tuesday, and join ProSoccerTalk’s Deadline Day Show at 5pm ET.

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Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis

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Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.