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Top 25 players at Copa America Centenario

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We’re two days away from the first match of the Copa America Centenario, where the United States men’s national team will kick off its push for Group A against perceived favorites Colombia.

In an effort to entertain — no advanced stats or algorithms were used — PST asked its writers to submit their players of the tournament. The results were a wildly varying batch of results that rewarded players mentioned in the Top Ten on all ballots and made for an interesting back end of the deal.

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So what we’re saying, before the Internet revolts on us for not including their favorite players, is that if, theoretically, each of us put Javier Mascherano on the edge of a Top Ten, that works better for our system than one person putting Chicharito third or two placing Willian fourth; In that same scenario, Chicharito and Willian’s results would be better than the group unanimously placing Michael Bradley 24th.

Without further ado, since most of you are skipping right to the list, here is:
ProSoccerTalk’s list of the Top 25 Players of the Copa America Centenario

25 — Michael Bradley, USMNT

24 — Juan Cuadrado, Colombia

23 — Hector Herrera, Mexico

22 — Maxi Pereira, Uruguay

21 — Philippe Coutinho, Brazil

20 — Filipe Luis, Brazil

19 — Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rica

18 — Dani Alves, Brazil

17 — Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina

16 — Wes Morgan, Jamaica

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City prepare to lift the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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15 — Geoff Cameron, USMNT

14 — Andres Guardado, Mexico

13 — Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

12 — Casemiro, Brazil

11 — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Mexico

10 — Diego Godin, Uruguay

9 — Angel Di Maria, Argentina

8 — Arturo Vidal, Chile

6 (tie) — Willian, Brazil
6 (tie) — James Rodriguez, Colombia

Honorable mention: Hector Herrera, Mexico; Luis Gustavo, Brazil; Claudio Bravo, Chile; Enner Valencia, Ecuador; Hulk, Brazil; Carlos Bacca, Colombia; Cristian Zapata, Colombia; Salomon Rondon, Venezuela; Anibal Godoy, Panama; Carlos Zambrano, Peru; Celso Borges, Costa Rica; Nicolas Otamendi, Argentina; Charles Aranguiz, Chile; Eduardo Vargas, Chile.

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5 — Javier Mascherano, Argentina

4 — Luis Suarez, Uruguay

3 — Alexis Sanchez, Chile

2 — Sergio Aguero, Argentina

1 — Lionel Messi, Argentina

UCL AT HALF: Marsch’s Salzburg rolling; Champions holding firm; Chelsea’s Mount hurt

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We’ve got news after 45 minutes of six more UCL matches, including a big injury at Stamford Bridge and a monumental start for an American in Austria.

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Chelsea 0-0 Valencia

No goals to report here, but early season hero Mason Mount has left the match with an injury for the Blues. He was not replaced by Christian Pulisic, rather Pedro.

Liverpool 0-0 Napoli

It’s been a pretty even affair, though Liverpool can thank Adrian for a pair of great saves on Dries Mertens before Hirving “Chucky” Lozano’s goal was ruled offside.

Red Bull Salzburg 5-1 Genk

Jesse Marsch is now officially the first American man to manage a team in a UEFA Champions League game.

The Red Bull Salzburg boss is also the first to hold a second minute lead, as red hot striker Erling Braut Haland scored his 15th, 16th, and 17th goals in nine matches under Marsch.

Haland also five assists on the season, having entered Tuesday’s match with 658 minutes across all competitions.

Haland is the son of former Leeds, Man City, and Nottingham Forest manager Alf-Inge Haland.

Hwang-Hee Chan has Salzburg’s other goal, and two assists.

Elsewhere

Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague — RECAP
Lyon 1-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
Ajax 1-0 Lille
Benfica 0-0 RB Leipzig

Yedlin nears return, hoping for October USMNT call-up

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Hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy to see that DeAndre Yedlin didn’t look right last season.

The Newcastle United and USMNT right back was not up to his standards during the 2018-19 season, and Yedlin says the injury that’s cost him the start of this season has been the culprit for a long time.

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Yedlin, 26, went through surgery this May for a sports hernia which he says bothered him on game days for almost a year and a half.

From NUFC.co.uk:

 “It was tough, and it was a bit confusing because it would come and go. There would be months that I’d be playing with it and I’d take pain killers before the game and try to get through it, then there’d be times when it didn’t bother me at all,” he said.

“Even in warm ups, I’d be thinking ‘it’s going to be tough to make it through this game.’ Once the pain killers hit in, you can’t really feel anything anymore and then adrenalin hits in but, yeah, it’s tough. As a player you don’t want to stop and then lose your place, but you’ve also got to do what’s best for you and for the longevity of your career.

That’s not good, and both USMNT and Newcastle supporters will hope the injury was the reason behind his decline in form.

Yedlin’s stats dropped in each of his last two PL seasons. For a player whose blessed with blazing speed, a sports hernia is only going to dramatically affect performance.

He says he has been in touch with USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

“That’s been tough. I’ve had contact with the manager and they’re keeping updated on how I’m doing. This last international break was just a bit too soon but hopefully the next one, I’ll be ready for and hopefully I’ll have some minutes under my belt by that time, then really crack on from there.”

Conte’s Inter avoids UCL upset in stoppage time

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The Champions League nearly began with an upset, as Slavia Prague led Inter Milan 1-0 into stoppage time at the San Siro on Tuesday.

But a pair of Inter loanees produced a play to tie the score in the second minute of stoppage, as Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo) curled a free kick off the bar and Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) first timed the rebound through traffic and inside the far post.

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Peter Olayinka started and finished the play for Slavia Prague’s second half opener. The scorer took the ball to the end line and cut back for Lukas Provod, whose shot was saved by Samir Handanovic.

But Olayinka followed the play and took advantage of the marker who slid to block his initial pass. On the doorstep at the back post, the Nigerian smashed the ball into the top of the goal.

The goal was deserved, and the score line represented the tightness of the contest. Inter barely out shot the Czech visitors and had just a little bit more of the ball.

Romelu Lukaku nearly thumped home a header in the sixth minute of stoppage, but Slavia keeper Ondrej Kolar made a fine save.

Here’s the equalizer:

LIVE, UCL: Napoli v. Liverpool, Chelsea v. Valencia

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is back, as Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea are both in action on Tuesday.

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Reigning European champs Liverpool head to Napoli in their opening group game, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to avenge the defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last season. As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard and several of his young Blues stars are making their UEFA Champions League debuts as a manager and players.

A beauty of a game takes place in Group F, as Borussia Dortmund host Barcelona with Lionel Messi back in the Barca squad after injury.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group E
Napoli v. Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg v. Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v. Barcelona

Group G
Benfica v. Leipzig

Group H
Ajax v. Lille
Chelsea v. Valencia