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MLS Snapshot: NYCFC 2-3 Real Salt Lake

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The game in 100 words (or less): NYCFC had complete control of the game and had finally taken a deserved lead eleven minutes into the second half. Then, they didn’t. The home side utterly imploded in the final half-hour, and Real Salt Lake left Yankee Stadium with a 3-1 win. Following Jack Harrison’s first MLS goal, NYCFC conceded a pair of poorly defended goals, and unraveled when a head-scratching own-goal saw any chance of a comeback evaporate, slumping to their third loss in four matches, winless in their last five.

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Four moments that mattered:

56′ – David Villa and NYCFC had punished Nick Rimando’s goal all first half, but it produced no fruit. After 15 shots, NYCFC finally had a goal. Young Jack Harrison bagged his first MLS goal as he burst through the middle, ripping a shot from the top of the box that clipped the inside of Justen Glad’s shin and went in, with the deflection stranding Rimando.

59′ – After all the NYCFC domination and goal just after halftime, the visitors struck back just three minutes later to level the score. Yura Movsisyan took possession at the top of the box and used his strength to muscle Jason Hernandez to the ground before burying the chance.

67′ – Things went from bad to worse for the home side after dominating much of the match. RSL took the lead off a set-piece as Juan Manuel Martinez settled a ball in the box and ripped an outside of the foot shot that rippled the back of the net. In NYCFC’s 26th home match since joining MLS, the goal is the 23rd conceded off set pieces.

74′ – Oh no. NYCFC came completely undone with an own-goal from Frederic Brilliant. Good possession work from Movsisyan sprung Javier Morales down the right. He sent in a cross for nobody in particular, and goalkeeper Joe Saunders had it covered perfectly. Except Brilliant had no idea Saunders was going to collect the cross, and his sliding attempt to clear the cross sent it into the back of the net.

Also, this happened towards the end. LOL.

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Man of the match: Yura Movsisyan

Goalscorers: Harrison 56′, Movsisyan 59′, Martinez 67′, Brilliant (og) 74′, Villa (pen) 87′

Watch Live: West Ham United v. Liverpool

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After weeks of having a game in hand on Premier League title chasers Manchester City and Leicester City, the full extent of Liverpool’s lead will be revealed when the Reds visit West Ham United on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and

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Once the full-time whistle blows at the London Stadium, all 20 PL sides will have played 24 games. Ahead of kickoff, Jurgen Klopp‘s side leads second-place Man City by a whopping 16 points.

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West Ham, meanwhile, sit 17th in the table and are only clear of the relegation zone by way of goal differential. That’s something that could very easily change between now and 5 p.m. ET.

LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Man City v. Man United

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It’s time for leg two of the Manchester derby in the semifinals of the EFL Cup (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET) at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City lead 3-1 following their first-leg dismantling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In theory, it’s a mere formality to reach the final at Wembley, where they would take on Aston Villa following their late dramatics on Tuesday.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while we will have you covered here at Pro Soccer Talk with all of the reaction and analysis.


Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs’ striker search

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A roundup of all of the major transfer rumors, most notably those involving Premier League clubs, on Wednesday…

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Barcelona have reportedly had a $110-million bid for Richarlison rejected by Everton. That’s a mind-blowing number for a club like Everton to receive, but the Toffees apparently didn’t have to think long before saying “thanks, but no thanks.” Luis Suarez is expected to miss four months due to a knee injury, leaving the Blaugrana somewhat for a replacement. Everton, however, have no desire to lose a key member of their squad with little to no time to sign a replacement.

After adding winger Steven Bergwijn on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur are heavily linked with a number of strikers as options to replace the injured Harry Kane. AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek is the most frequently linked (and most expensive) player coming out of the rumor mill, while Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has come up as an emergency option (he is reportedly open to the idea). However, Jose Mourinho has reportedly been told he has just $13 million to acquire a new forward after spending a combined $108 million on Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes.

Elsewhere in Tottenham rumors, full back Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to complete a loan move (without an option to buy) to Southampton in the very near future. The 22-year-old has been on the fringe of the first-team squad for what feels like five years now, but has never quite broken through. This could be Spurs putting into the shop window a player who they don’t believe is in their long-term plans in order to drive up his price tag come this summer.

Sheffield United look set to make a big push for a top-six finish, as the Blades are linked with moves for a pair of highly rated young players: Richairo Zivkovic, from Chinese side Changchun Yatai, and Sander Berge, from Genk. Zivkovic was one of the most highly touted youngsters in Europe before moving to China on a big-money deal; Berge has been linked with some of the biggest clubs across Europe in recent years, all the while the 21-year-old has become a fixture for the Belgian side.

Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes

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Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of becoming a Manchester United player after the club announced on Wednesday that an agreement has been reached with Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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From the club’s website, which is currently unreachable at the time of posting:

“Manchester United are delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The dollar figure most commonly reported is $61 million (potentially reaching $88 million after add-ons). Fernandes, 25, is reportedly in the process of visiting the Sporting offices to terminate his current contract and record a goodbye video for fans before boarding a flight to Manchester.

Fernandes came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but an agreement could never be reached between the involved parties and they ended up signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis instead.