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Stoke City 1-1 Everton: Deserved draw at the Britannia

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  • Crouch scores 100th PL goal
  • Shawcross own goal
  • 27 combined shot attempts

With plenty of chances for both Everton and Stoke City, neither could find a breakthrough in a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.

Peter Crouch scored early off a Marko Arnautovic pass, but Seamus Coleman‘s shot was turned into the Stoke goal by Ryan Shawcross for an own goal that made it 1-1.

Everton sits 7th with 34 points, while Stoke moves ahead of Burnley and into 9th.

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Crouch broke out his robot celebration after pushing Everton in front, the lanky striker netting his 100th Premier League goal when he stretched to boot Marko Arnautovic’s square ball into the goal.

The big veteran came close to added another with a grounded shot across goal in the 26th minute.

Everton’s equalizer came moments after it appeared to be ruled out for offside. Romelu Lukaku got out of the way of Seamus Coleman’s rip before it moved off Ryan Shawcross and into the net. After conferring with the linesman, the goal was given for Everton.

Joel Robles denied Arnautovic just before halftime, sliding to deny the Austrian’s attempted finish of a Crouch flick.

Saido Berahino made his Stoke debut in the 67th minute.

Everton had a chance from the left, as Ademola Lookman tried to beat Lee Grant short side. The Stoke keeper made the save, and it was 1-1 with 20 minutes to play.

Berahino popped a header over Robles and nearly into the goal, but Ramiro Funes Mori cleared the chance out for a corner kick.

It was Everton’s turn to nearly win it moments later, when Grant slapped Tom Davies‘ shot into the path of Lookman. The rebound shot went across the six and Davies lunged to miss a tap-in.

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USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.