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Miami bar handed out free shots for each goal during USWNT onslaught

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The American Outlaws Miami chapter meets at American Social for every United States national team game – men’s or women’s, friendly or World Cup – and they have one key drink special that stands out among the litany of deals they have negotiated with the Brickell bar.

Free shots with every goal the U.S. scores.

It’s been that way for years, and was a must-have when the supporter’s group negotiated the move to their new home earlier this year after the closure of their old meeting spot. Recently for men’s games, it hasn’t been the most fruitful deal, with the squad shut out in the last two matches and scoring just two goals over the last four. For the women, it’s a different story.

The World Cup favorites are known as an offensive juggernaut, and during their first 2019 World Cup group stage match against Thailand, the local promotion took on a whole new flavor. Alex Morgan led the way as the USWNT topped their opening-match opponents 13-0, with Morgan scoring five of her own as the team rolled thanks to a 10-goal second-half onslaught.

To be clear, the bar is not dishing out rips of straight liquor for every goal, lest they risk unleashing a group of sauced-up soccer fans onto the streets of Miami. The free drinks are pre-mixed before the event in a pitcher – Tuesday night was a lemon drop vodka mix – and dished out every time the United States finds the back of the net. “After about six goals, our regular bartender Leo asked if we might need more,” said AO Miami Director of Media & Marketing Gabriel Miguel, “and as he said that goal number seven went in, I said ‘yeah you should probably go back and mix another.’ We couldn’t make them fast enough.”

Morgan, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis and company led 3-0 at halftime, but the final 45 minutes were complete domination. “It got to the point where we looked at each other glossy eyed and laughed,” Miguel said of the AO fans in attendance, many of whom lost their voices.

With the USWNT set to face Chile and Sweden next in group stage play before the knockout phase begins, it’s a good bet the goals won’t be coming at that same record-setting rate, but the AO chapter has no plans to tone down the traditional promotion, which Miguel says has been a fixture of their meet-ups for years. “We’re not shying away from the story,” he says. Thankfully for the group, the USWNT isn’t shying away from the goals either.

Haiti stuns Costa Rica to claim Group B at Gold Cup

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Poetic justice, put it in a Song.

Haiti’s Djimy Alexis made up for his early own goal by scoring a deserved winner as Haiti won Group B of the Gold Cup with an upset of Costa Rica on Monday.

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Los Ticos got everything they could handle from the upstart Gombey Warriors, who are now 3-0 on the tournament, and the World Cup mainstays tossed aside their early lead to meet Mexico in the quarterfinals.

Haiti will challenge Canada in the quarters, guaranteeing the semifinals an intriguing participant.

An early own goal had Costa Rica in control, but Duckens Nason’ 16th international goal was a part of a hard charge from the Haitians in the second half.

The other match saw Bermuda earn a 2-0 win over Nicaragua via goals from Lejuan Simmons and QPR’s Nakhi Wells. That gives the Gombey Warriors a 1-2 record while dropping Nicaragua to 0-3.

Bermuda was ranked 174th by FIFA to Nicaragua’s 129, but that will certainly change next month.

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

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The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

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Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7
Final

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.