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Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City: Wasteful Red Devils punished by Joe Allen

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  • Anthony Martial scored off the bench
  • Joe Allen equalized with 8 minutes left
  • Stoke City moves off the bottom of the table

Manchester United was the better side for much of the game, but unable to capitalize on their plethora of chances, the Red Devils left the door open for Stoke City, and Joe Allen made them pay.

United looked dangerous through much of the opening 45 minutes, but could not find a way past Lee Grant. Anthony Martial finally gave the home side an opener minutes after coming on in the second half, but without the appropriate haul from their first-half dominance, the one-goal lead was not enough.

The game started with electricity, and Manchester United had an early chance under two minutes in when Paul Pogba sprung Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the prolific striker struck his wide-open effort right at Stoke City keeper Lee Grant.

It went the other way on 15 minutes when a brilliant touch from Ibrahimovic released Pogba, but the Frenchman’s first-time shot dragged wide. Stoke had its moments with Geoff Cameron going close just before Pogba’s miss, but it was mostly Manchester United asking the questions throughout the first half.

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Grant was required again twice before the half-hour mark, first as Juan Mata looked for a chipped effort but the on-loan Derby keeper was there to acrobatically tip it over. Then, Ibrahimovic swung in a venomous cross along the end line in to Marcus Rashford from point-blank range at the near post, but the on-loan Derby keeper was there again to cut off the angle.

The second half began in a more cagey nature than we saw in the first, but Manchester United looked far less dangerous than they had for much of the opening half, and Stoke looked to take advantage. The visitors held much of the ball through the early stages of the second half, but produced little.

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Finally, United had a second-half chance past 65 minutes as Ander Herrera blasted a low effort on net but it scuffed just wide left. Jose Mourinho responded by bringing Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial off the bench in favor of Mata and Jesse Lingard, and the substitutes proved immediately fruitful.

Rooney with the top of the box laid off to Martial on the left, and the young striker struck the ball beautifully into the top corner, finally beating Grant for the game’s opening goal just two minutes after entering the fray.

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Following the goal, United pummeled Stoke’s goal looking for a second. Seemingly everyone had a go, but a number of the efforts were blocked and Stoke barely held on. Old Trafford came to life with United’s new-found energy, and the hosts poured forward. Grant saved a low drive from Ibrahimovic, and the pressure was alleviated.

Mark Hughes responded by withdrawing an injured Marko Arnautovic and a useless Wilfried Bony, bringing on Peter Crouch up front. Waiting for their chance, Stoke capitalized to stun United with a moment of chaos in front of goal. It all began with David De Gea spilling a long, deflected shot. It came back at the United net, coming off the bar and falling to Joe Allen right in front who struck it home to stun the home crowd.

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Suddenly level, United poured forward once again. Rashford sent a perfectly weighted cross in for Pogba, but the header was denied by the crossbar. The visitors successfully navigated the four minutes of injury time, and the while the point leaves Stoke City just 19th, it does serve to pull them off rock bottom and provides a building point moving forward. For United, all three points would have pushed them into third, but with the draw, they can only move one place ahead to eighth.

U.S. Open Cup: Goals a-plenty as Atlanta, Minnesota advance

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The first two quarterfinal berths in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were earned Tuesday with 3-2 away wins.

Columbus Crew 2-3 Atlanta United

A pair of goals from Brandon Vazquez helped Atlanta United overcome both the Columbus Crew and a 48-minute weather delay.

Miles Robinson also scored for Atlanta, while David Accam bagged a goal for the hosts.

A 71st minute Brad Guzan own goal set up a nervy final 20 minutes for the Five Stripes, but they navigated the obstacles and emerged into the quarterfinals

Atlanta will play the winner of FC Cincinnati and Saint Louis FC.

Houston Dynamo 2-3 Minnesota United

The Houston Dynamo thought they were cruising to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, and instead just waltzed right out of the tournament.

Up 2-0 at home and at halftime, the Dynamo conceded three times in the final 24 minutes to bow out of the USOC.

The victor, who deserves full marks, is Minnesota United. Darwin Quintero struck twice and Mason Toye scored in the 89th minute as the Loons advanced to play the winner of New Mexico United and FC Dallas. No Texas Derby in the cup this year.

Berhalter names first USMNT Starting XI for Gold Cup

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Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Michael Bradley all start as the United States men’s national team will look a bit more like its best for Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Guyana.

The 10 p.m. ET kickoff in Minnesota will see the Yanks without injured Tyler Adams, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, and Sebastian Lletget, but Jozy Altidore has been relegated to the bench — perhaps not fully fit — behind Gyasi Zardes.

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The back line will see Nick Lima, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, and Tim Ream, while Bradley, McKennie work atop them.

Paul Arriola and Tyler Boyd will be out wide, with Christian Pulisic central underneath Zardes.

The substitutes are Sean Johnson, Tyler Miller, Omar Gonzalez, Wil Trapp, Jordan Morris, Reggie Cannon, Cristian Roldan, Daniel Lovitz, Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Lewis, Matt Miazga, Djordje Mihailovic.

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Chinese club reportedly offers $15M contract to Newcastle’s Benitez

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It would be peak Newcastle United of recent seasons to lose their coach to a squabble over the sort of players the manager wants to sign.

Rafa Benitez‘s contract expires at the end of this month, and he makes decent money at St. James’ Park, but his $6 million pales in comparison the money being offered by a Chinese Super League club.

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Benitez wants to stay at Newcastle, but his concerns aren’t about his wages as much as being allowed to build a contender under stingy owner Mike Ashley. With the team possibly getting a takeover, Benitez is not guaranteed the chance to improve his roster. Not to mention Newcastle operates under club-wide restrictions.

Sky Sports says, “the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Valencia boss wants to be given the green light to sign players over the age of 26, which has been against club policy in previous years.”

Sky Sports reports that Benitez is mulling a $15 million offer from Dalian Yifang, the CSL team currently sitting in 11th place under former South Korea national team manager Kang-hee Choi.

Dalian Yifang currently employs transfer rumor mainstay Yannick Carrasco, as well as Marek Hamsik and young Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Boateng.

If Newcastle allows Benitez to leave and the takeover is not completed, it would be the most embarrassing thing for the club since Joe Kinnear couldn’t pronounce half of his players’ names. That’s saying something.

Gold Cup LIVE – USMNT meets Guyana after Panama, T&T tangle

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Gregg Berhalter’s shaky USMNT welcomes several of its star players into the fold when it kicks off its 2019 Gold Cup campaign against Guyana on Tuesday.

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The match comes 2.5 hours after one between the two sides which conspired to keep the Yanks out of the 2018 World Cup.

While the USMNT played the biggest role in that monumental failure, Trinidad and Tobago is the team that beat the Yanks in Couva on the same night that Panama scored a ghost goal to push the U.S. into fifth in the Hex.

Guyana has lost to Haiti, Bermuda, and French Guiana in the last eight months, and it would be stunning if the U.S. didn’t post a generous amount of goals on the scoreboard even after miserable efforts against Jamaica’s B team and Venezuela.

Panama and T&T, on the other hand, should be a beauty, with Los Canaleros getting a bit older in the tooth and the Soca Warriors maturing a bit as a side.

Panama and T&T kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the USMNT expected to kickoff with Guyana a little after 10 p.m.