Player ratings, Three things we learned from US U-23s loss to Mexico

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The United States U-23 national team emerges from the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying group stage one win from the desired outcome despite three substandard showings including Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Mexico.

Former Man City and LA Galaxy property Uriel Antuna scored the lone goal and gave the U.S. fits to move Mexico to 3-0 with eight goals scored and just one conceded over 270 minutes.

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The match got feisty late, and Mexico and U.S. fans alike may want to see their rivals win the semifinal stage just to get a chance to go all-in on a rematch (let alone to provide the chance of a knockout round match-up in Tokyo).

Mexico will face the second-place team from Group B, likely Canada or Honduras, while the Yanks definitely get one of those teams in the Group A winner.

1. Kreis does his best Mourinho, but USMNT deliver Spurs-like errors: The United States threw away a good game plan and a super solid first half just before the clock struck 45. Jason Kreis clearly wasn’t about to risk his Olympic remit just because he was facing a rival, but he knew he’d go for it if the match was in the balance over the final half-hour (which it was).

Kreis accepted that the Yanks could cede possession but still managed 50% of the ball. And he also kept an eye on Sunday by keeping Jackson Yueill, Justen Glad, Jesus Ferreira, and Sam Vines on the bench before deploying Yueill and Ferreira — the latter sitting a yellow card shy of a semifinal ban — late in the match.

It could’ve easily been 0-0 into the final half-hour were it not for a major American error.

The Yanks were bailed out of a first mistake by an incredible sliding tackle by Mauricio Pineda when Julian Araujo slipped, but the center back couldn’t save the zero on the sheet in the 45th minute. That’s when U.S. center forward Sebastian Soto dropped very deep into the midfield and cut the ball right to Mexico’s Uriel Antuna, who made the most of the error and Soto’s aggressive run to make amends for the mistake. A great shot later, it was 1-0 Mexico.

Before we go any further, let’s be clear that we aren’t saying the Yanks were very good in the first half. But Kreis did design a game plan that could’ve delivered the group. There was a five-minute spell in and around the Mexico box, but the U.S. totaled one shot attempt. Yet while Mexico threatened it wasn’t much to put on a highlight reel. Like Jose Mourinho so many times against a talented opponent, there was just an overwhelming feeling of, “Yeah, sure you feel like you were better, but was that really dangerous?”

2. Antuna and Aguirre Show: We can’t say for sure that Mexico targeted Julian Araujo on the right side of the U.S. defense, but they certainly wanted to get the ball to captain Erick Aguirre and then Uriel Antuna on the left.

Aguirre attempted the game’s most passes for Mexico and his comfort on the stage shone bright; The 24-year-old was Best XI at the 2015 Olympic Qualifying Tournament and has won the CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and the CONCACAF U-17 Championship while finishing 2017 U-17 World Cup runner-up.

Antuna is already a Gold Cup winner with a CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI and Liga MX Best XI under his belt. Oh, and eight senior goals for Mexico in 16 caps, including goals against the USMNT and Costa Rica.

3. Dotson injury a concern: If there are three standout players from the United States this group stage, you’d pick Jackson Yueill, Djordje Mihailovic, and Hassani Dotson.

The last name on the list, 23-year-old Dotson, has looked much better than his 5-goal, 4-assist career at Minnesota United would indicate via traditional numbers. He’s been explosive, bruising, smart, and industrious.

Dotson limping off the pitch late means more minutes for someone who hasn’t shown a ton during the tournament, whoever gets that job.

BONUS. The jersey combo, though: Yes, we’d love to see Mexico in green at home against the U.S. in white, but those Mexican alternate kits were so, so beautiful.

Man of the Match: Uriel Antuna

U.S. U-23 Player Ratings versus Mexico

David Ochoa: 7 – Nearly got a hand on Antuna’s goal but was calm and collected over 90 minutes.

Aaron Herrera: 5

Henry Kessler: 6 – Most passes of any player on the pitch.

Mauricio Pineda: 7 – Really solid in possession and, of course, that incredible sliding tackle.

Julian Araujo: 4 – Struggled mightily and gave up multiple big chances in a performance unlike what we’ve come to expect from the LA Galaxy man.

Johnny Cardoso (Off 61′): 5 – Surprisingly quiet, especially so given his hyper-aggressive mentality.

Andres Perea (Off 61′): 5

Hassani Dotson (On 75′): 7 — Again was the team’s best player and his late injury is a real worry for Sunday’s huge semifinal.

Sebastian Saucedo (On 71′): 5

Djordje Mihailovic: 7 – The captain for the night was busy and creative despite little time on the ball but set piece service left much to be desired.

Sebastian Soto (Off 61′): 4 – Terrible error to gift Antuna the chance that became the lone goal. What was he doing dropped so deep from center forward into the U.S. third?

Jackson Yueill (On 61′): 7 – The team’s best player, as he should be given his experience.
Jonathan Lewis (On 61′): 5 – Nothing remarkable.
Jesus Ferreira (On 61′): 6 – Full marks for not taking a yellow card.
Benji Michel (On 71′):6 – Ran hard but couldn’t get service into the box.
Tanner Tessmann (On 75′): N/A

Premier League transfer news, live! Complete list of January transfers so far


The January transfer window is again seeing big-name imports into the Premier League, and the final hours of the window are seeing a flurry of deals take place.

Chelsea’s signed Benoit Badiashile and Andrey Santos, Newcastle’s formally welcomed Garang Kuol, and Liverpool’s reinforced its forward ranks with Cody Gakpo joining the Anfield set.

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There’s plenty of discussion about Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur making additions to deepen their squads’ top-four pushes, but nothing complete yet for either big name side.

The same is true for title-fighters Arsenal and Manchester City, though their top-end footing is a lot more stable.

Latest transfer deals developing – January 30

Weston McKennie to Leeds United is a done deal as the American midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Leeds having an option to buy him for $36 million.

Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian midfielder not playing for Brighton in the FA Cup against Liverpool amid a reported new $86 million bid from the Gunners. Anthony Gordon has signed for Newcastle from Everton for a fee believed to be around $60 million.

AFC Bournemouth

Dango Ouattara (Lorient)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)

Ferdinand Okoh (Dorchester) Loan
James Hill (Hearts) Loan
Will Dennis (Slough) Loan
Noa Boutin (Gosport) Loan


Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia Calcio)

Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry) Loan
Miguel Azeez (Wigan) Loan
Arthur Okonkwo (Sturm Graz) Loan
Ovie Ejeheri (SJK Seinajoki) Loan
Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town)

Aston Villa

Aaron Ramsey (loan recall)
Tyreik Wright (loan recall)
Alex Moreno (Real Betis)
Jhon Duran (Chicago Fire)

Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough) Loan
Tyreik Wright (Plymouth Argyle)
Frederic Guilbert (RC Strasbourg)
Indiana Vassilev (St. Louis City SC)
Danny Ings (West Ham)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
Morgan Sanson (Strasbourg) Loan


Byron Wilson (Coventry)
Conor McManus (Bray Wanderers)
Fin Stevens (loan recall)
Mads Bech (loan recall)
Beaux Booth (Dorking)
Kevin Schade (Freiburg) Loan
Paris Maghoma (loan recall)
Romeo Beckham (Inter Miami) Loan
Nathan Young-Coombes (loan recall)

Myles Peart-Harris (Forest Green Rovers) Loan extension
Aaron Pressley (Accrington) Loan
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan extension
Edon Pruti (Hartlepool)
Mads Bech (Groningen) Loan
Ellery Balcombe (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Rotherham) Loan
Paris Maghoma (MK Dons) Loan
Charlie Goode (Blackpool) Loan

Brighton & Hove Albion

Facundo Buonanotte (Rosario Central)
Jamie Mullins (Bohemians)
Mark O’Mahony (Cork)

Aaron Connolly (Hull) Loan
Reda Khadra (Birmingham)
Ed Turns (Leyton Orient) Loan
James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)


David Datro Fofana (Molde)
Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)
Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)

Bashir Humphreys (Paderborn) Loan
Malo Gusto (Lyon) Loan

Chelsea transfer news
Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace

Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury) Loan
Jack Butland (Man Utd) Loan
John-Kymani Gordon (Carlise) Loan
Malcolm Ebiowei (Hull) Loan
Ryan Bartley (Eastbourne Borough) Loan
David Boateng (Dover) Loan


Ellis Simms (loan recall)
Nathan Broadhead (loan recall)
Niels Nkounkou (loan recall)

Salomon Rondon (released)
Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich)
Tom Cannon (Preston) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne) Loan
Sebastian Quirk (Accrington Stanley)
Tyler Onyango (Forest Green) Loan
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)


Anthony Knockaert (loan recall)

Idris Odutayo (Maidenhead) Loan extension
Anthony Knockaert (Huddersfield) Loan
Ibane Bowat (Den Bosch) Loan

Leeds United

Max Wober (RB Salzburg)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)

Mateusz Klich (MLS pending)
Alfie McCalmont (Carlisle) Loan
Leo Hjelde (Rotherham) Loan
Max Dean (MK Dons)
Cody Drameh (Luton) Loan
Joe Gelhardt (Sunderland) Loan

Leicester City

George Hirst (loan recall)
Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
Tete (Lyon)

George Hirst (Ipswich) Loan
Ben Nelson (Doncaster) Loan
Jakub Stolarczyk (Hartlepool) Loan


Cody Gakpo (PSV)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan recall
Max Woltman (loan recall)
Jakub Ojrzynski (loan recall)
James Balagizi (loan recall)
Fidel O’Rourke (loan recall)
Rhys Williams (loan recall)

Jake Cain (Swindon Town)
Jarell Quansah (Bristol Rovers) Loan

Liverpool transfer news
Cody Gakpo photo vis

Manchester City

Liam Delap (loan recall)
Maximo Perrone (Velez Sarsfield)

Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Coventry) Loan
Liam Delap (Preston) Loan
Kayky (Bahia) Loan

Manchester United

Jack Butland (Crystal Palace) Loan
Wout Weghorst (Burnley) Loan

Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Shola Shoretire Loan (Bolton Wanderers)
Charlie Savage (Forest Green) Loan

Newcastle United

Amadou Diallo (free) 
Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)

Garang Kuol (Hearts) Loan
Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) Loan
Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton) Loan

Nottingham Forest

Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)
Danilo (Palmeiras)
Alex Mighten (loan recall)
Chris Wood (Newcastle United) Loan

Loic Bade (loan recall)
Dale Taylor (Burton Albion) Loan
Aaron Donnelly (Port Vale) Loan


Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
James Bree (Luton)

Dynel Simeu (Morecambe) Loan
Dan Nlundulu (Bolton) Loan
Nico Lawrence (Torquay) Loan


Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal) Loan

West Ham United

Luizao (Sao Paulo)
Armstrong Okoflex (loan recall)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Thierry Nevers (Bradford) Loan
Craig Dawson (Wolves)
Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland)
Darren Randolph (AFC Bournemouth)
Will Greenidge (Colchester) Loan

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Joe Young (loan recall)
Louie Moulden (loan recall)
Theo Corbeanu (loan recall)
Christian Marques (loan recall)
Lewis Richards (loan recall)
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)
Craig Dawson (West Ham)
Dan Bentley (Bristol City)
Ki-Jana Hoever (loan recall)

Leo Bonatini (released)
Joe Young (Telford) Loan
Goncalo Guedes (Benfica) Loan
Theo Corbeanu (Arminia Bielefeld) Loan
Leonardo Campana (Inter Miami)
Connor Ronan (Colorado Rapids)
Fabio Silva (PSV) Loan
Matija Sarkic (Stoke) Loan
Ki-Jana Hoever (Stoke) Loan
Jackson Smith (Walsall) Loan

Premier League transfers
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Cunha  (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis


Transfer deadline day is almost here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.

Premier League table, 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – January 23

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Weston McKennie joins Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star?


USMNT star Weston McKennie has signed for Leeds United from Juventus.

“Leeds United States of America” continues to grow with McKennie to join fellow Americans Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson playing for Jesse Marsch and newly-appointed assistant Chris Armas.

Who will be next to turn up at Elland Road, Christian Pulisic?

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Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed that Juventus and Leeds have completed the deal and that the USMNT midfielder will not be available to play for the Italian giants against Monza on Sunday.

“There’s an agreement ready between clubs to sell McKennie. He won’t be available tomorrow,” Allegri said.

Would a move to Leeds be a good fit for Weston McKennie?

Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.

He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.

It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.

McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.

However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.

McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.

The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.

Weston McKennie
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