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Player ratings from Argentina’s 4-0 demolition of the USMNT in Copa America semi


Argentina was excellent and the United States was not.

That’s boiling Tuesday night’s Copa America Centenario blowout down to its simplest answer is the easy part. What went wrong individually? And did anything go right?

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That’s what we’re here for, to analyze your nightmares before you go to sleep. Argentina was electric, and showed the Yanks just how far they have to go to be truly relevant on the tournament schedule.

Starting XI

Brad Guzan — 4 — Terribly timid on the first goal, debatably rough on the Messi free kick — come on, though — and I kinda wanna dislike his soft parry or non-catch on the third (but that’s being pretty harsh). Great save on Messi late, though.

Fabian Johnson — 5 — Some good interventions to keep the score line relatively modest, but was all sorts of overwhelmed on the opening goal.

John Brooks — 6 — Did some very good things throughout, but lost Higuain on the backbreaking third goal. That said, his midfield kept him under duress all night. Mistakes were going to happen. Even Tim Howard couldn’t blank Belgium during one of the finest performances in USMNT, so Brooks can get a pass here.

Geoff Cameron — 7 — Not sure anyone deserves a 7, but Cameron is close to blameless for this debacle.

DeAndre Yedlin — 5 — Won a foot race with Messi in the second half, and had one good bombing run forward. That’s one more than many of his teammates.

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Kyle Beckerman (Off, 60′) — 3 — Just a terrible evening overall. In the first few minutes alone, the fill-in frittered away possession, was roasted by a dribble and finally was lost in the clouds as Ezequiel Lavezzi cruised past him to beat Guzan for the opener. Ugly.

Michael Bradley — 2 — This was not Michael Bradley, as one of the best players in USMNT history had one of his worst games in any shirt. Take the tape and burn it, then bottle the embers and fire said bottle into space. Then end space exploration.

Gyasi Zardes — 5 — Ran his shoes off, and had little support when he had the ball in any sort of attacking position.

Graham Zusi — 5 — Unsure what else you wanted to ask from him given the spot start against the electric outside attack of Argentina.

Clint Dempsey (Off 78′) — 5 — Had to drop into the midfield just to sniff the ball. Have a hard time faulting him.

Chris Wondolowski (Off HT) — 2 — Tactically, perhaps he was told to not pressure the Argentina backs when they had the ball, but his giveaway allowed Lionel Messi to score his marvelous free kick.


Christian Pulisic (On HT) — 5 — Looked like a 17-year-old, which he is. Such is life.

Steve Birnbaum (On 60′) — 4 — His Benny Hill moment on the fourth Argentine goal was tough to watch.

Darlington Nagbe (On 78′) — N/A

Mourinho bemoans ‘very bad’ preseason for Man United

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MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described the team’s preseason as “very bad” because of the disruption caused by the World Cup and the absence of Alexis Sanchez for the tour of the United States.

Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones will not return to training with United until close to the start of the new season because their countries got to the semifinals of the World Cup in Russia.

Sanchez wasn’t among the United squad heading across the Atlantic because there was an issue with his visa after the Chile forward accepted a 16-month suspended sentence in Spain over a tax issue.

Mourinho said “preseason is very bad, I have to say that,” adding that “I am worried because I am not training with all my players.”

On Sanchez, Mourinho said “he’s very sad, it’s not good for him or me, not good for anyone. There is no one to blame — the club is making an effort. I have to respect the U.S. authorities in their process of selection of visas. I hope he will come to join us.”

Mourinho said he is set to start the season with Sanchez, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial as his strike force.

United flew to Los Angeles on Sunday and will play five games, including three International Champions Cup matches against Real Madrid, AC Milan and Liverpool, during its stay.

United plays its first English Premier League game of the season on Aug. 10 against Leicester at Old Trafford.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals Wed. night

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The 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open is back, with all four quarterfinal matchups set for Wednesday night.

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It’s a mixed bag of haves and have-nots from the 2018 MLS regular season still alive in the competition. Current holders Sporting Kansas City are still alive and have been drawn away to the Houston Dynamo (8:30 p.m. ET), in something of a grudge match for Houston after coughing up a 2-0 lead and losing to Sporting KC 3-2 last month.

Los Angeles FC host Portland Timbers (10:30 p.m. ET) in a rematch of Sunday’s league clash at Banc of California Stadium (a 0-0 draw). Philadelphia Union and Orlando City SC open the night’s action at Talen Energy Stadium (7 p.m. ET), followed by Chicago Fire taking on the only remaining lower-division team still in the competition, Louisville City (7:30 p.m. ET).

All games will be streamed live on, direct links below.


Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC — WATCH
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Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City — WATCH
Los Angeles FC vs. Portland Timbers — WATCH

Miami City Commission sends Beckham stadium to Nov. ballot

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David Beckham and his business partners, the Mas brothers, are one top closer to securing the stadium deal required to bring an MLS expansion franchise to the city of Miami — maybe, but also maybe not.

[ MORE: Transfer rumor roundup: Pogba wants Juve move, Grealish to Spurs? ]

The Miami City Commission voted on Wednesday to place a referendum on the November ballot, paving the way for Beckham and Co.’s privately-funded complex on city land currently occupied by a golf course. The final vote tally was 3-2 in favor of sending the issue to ballot. A previous Commission session was conducted, and ended, last week without a final vote taking place as the fifth and final member had yet to make up his mind.

Beckham and partners used the last week, between Commission meetings, to put a full-court press on Miami’s general public, local media and the last remaining member of the Commission.

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The key, and most contentious, part of the proposal is (at least) $35 million worth of toxic waste which must be removed from the site. That number could very easily double or triple once clean-up begins, and Beckham’s group would be on the hook for the total cost.

The proposed stadium would seat roughly 25,000 fans and would be just one part of the 58-acre park which will also include retail, restaurants and hotels.

Sarri hopes to convince Hazard, Courtois in face-to-face meeting

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The coming days and weeks will be immensely tense times for players, coaches, directors and fans of Chelsea alike — but, for no one more so than new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, who faces the very real prospect of losing arguably his two best players before managing his first game at Stamford Bridge.

[ MORE: Transfer rumor roundup: Pogba wants Juve move, Grealish to Spurs? ]

Forward Eden Hazard has made it pretty clear he’d prefer a move to his yet-unnamed “preferred destination,” and goalkeeper Thibut Courtois has said he’d like to continue playing with Hazard, either in west London or elsewhere. Sarri hopes he’ll have a chance to persuade the Belgian duo to stay another year, or longer, but he doesn’t plan on doing so until they return from their offseason breaks, at which point he can meet with them face to face — quotes from the Guardian:

“Clearly the players you are referring to are very high-level players and I would like to keep them. But a telephone call without looking them in the eye will not give me any certainty.

“I would like to meet these players face to face and talk to them and understand what the best thing is for everyone to do. Before that I would also like a player to come on the pitch for four or five days with me to have a clear idea of what the plan is.”

Given that the Premier League’s transfer window will close before the upcoming season’s opening weekend (Aug. 9), the period of time during which Hazard and Courtois will be available to meet with Sarri, and the amount of time to reinvest and replenish the squad should they leave, will be an extremely narrow window. After finishing third-place at the 2018 World Cup, they could very easily be away until the final 48 or 72 hours of the window.