USMNT player ratings v. Jamaica


USMNT player ratings against Jamaica were very interesting to put together, as plenty of Gregg Berhalter’s youngsters put on a show in Austria but there were a few players who struggled.

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Sergino Dest scored a screamer, while Josh Sargent put one on a plate for Brenden Aaronson as a spirited (and severely understrength) Jamaica gave them a very good test as Jamal Lowe pulled one back but Sebastian Lletget scored two late on to seal a 4-1 win.

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Here’s a look at the USMNT player ratings from a useful first workout of the March international break.

USMNT player ratings v. Jamaica

Zack Steffen: 6 – Sloppy bit of control early. Handled crosses well. Will be disappointed with Lowe’s goal from that angle, but it was a great finish. Made a great stop late on.

Reggie Cannon: 5 – Poor outing. Booked. Allowed Andre Gray too much time to set up Jamaica’s goal. Didn’t take his chance to show he should be the starting right back. 

Aaron Long: 6 – Solid enough display. Almost caught out over the top once. Subbed off at half time.

John Brooks: 7 – Showed how important he is to this defense and the entire team. Classy on the ball and dominant in the air. Need to find him the right partner.

Sergino Dest: 8 – Brilliant display. Looked at home at left back, and the right back cut inside and scored an amazing first USMNT goal from distance. Some lovely touches, runs and link-up play with Pulisic. He can play anywhere, but is probably best at right back or right wing back.

Kellyn Acosta: 6 – Very solid shift from the Colorado Rapids man. Can he be the back up option in central midfield for McKennie and Adams?

Sebastian Lletget: 7 – Big chance for him, once again, and he did well in the second half. Some nice touches and slotted home two calm finishes late on, but not sure where he fits in to this U.S. team.

Yunus Musah: 7 – Classy on the ball in a deeper midfield role, and he is so composed. Allowed U.S. to get control of the game.

Gio Reyna: 5 – The youngster is going through a tough time for Dortmund and his confidence is low. Kept getting into dangerous positions but missed two really good chances. He will get back to his best soon. He didn’t hide.

Josh Sargent: 8 – Great assist for Aaronson’s goal and looked sharp all game long. Almost got on the end of a few chances. Looks in great form.

Christian Pulisic: 6 – Started poorly but then kicked on as Dest opened up a lot of space for him. Curled one shot well wide, another just wild and came close with a free kick.

Brenden Aaronson (46′ on for Pulisic): 8 – Set up Reyna for a great chance, scored a beauty.
Chris Richards (46′ on for Long): 5 – Switched off late on as Jamaica nearly scored.
Antonee Robinson (67′ on for Dest): 6 – Whipped in one good cross. Could have done better on the goal.
Nicholas Gioacchini 67′ on for Reyna): 7 – Some lovely touches and crosses.
Luca de la Torre (73′ on for Musah): 7 – Was busy and had an assist. Decent.
Jordan Siebatcheu (82′ on for Sargent): 6 – A real presence in the air on his debut.

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest, League Cup semifinal 2nd leg: How to watch


The mission for Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal second leg is pretty simple: Don’t mess it up.

Manchester United are in firm control after leg 1 after securing a 3-0 victory at the City Ground on Wednesday.

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United last won the League Cup in 2017, the Red Devils’ fifth title in the competition. Forest won the last of its four League Cup titles when it completed back-to-back titles in 1990.

How to watch Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday
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Key storylines & in-form Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest players to watch 

The injury lists for both teams mean we won’t see some serious talents including Morgan Gibbs-White and Christian Eriksen.

It will be interesting to see how Erik ten Hag lines up United without Eriksen and perhaps Scott McTominay, but we know we’ll see Marcus Rashford. The English forward is back ton his best.

Forest will hope to have Taiwo Awoniyi back in the fold, but young Brazilian center midfielder Danilo has been promising through his first two matches roaming the heart of the pitch after moving from Palmeiras.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Jadon Sancho (undisclosed), Luke Shaw (illness), Scott McTominay (undisclosed). OUT: Donny van de Beek (knee), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Diogo Dalot (thigh), Axel Tuanzebe (lower back), Anthony Martial (thigh).

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Chris Wood (illness), Jack Colback (illness), Ryan Yates (illness),  OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Cheikhou Kouyate (thigh), Morgan Gibbs-White (ankle).

Newcastle vs Southampton, live, in League Cup semifinal: Score, updates, link, lineups


Newcastle lead Southampton 1-0 ahead of the sides’ League Cup semifinal second leg at St. James’ Park on Tuesday (watch live, 3 pm ET). 

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After securing their narrow advantage down on the south coast last week, Newcastle are firm favorites to reach a major cup final for the first time since the 1998-99 FA Cup, when the Magpies were beaten by the famed, treble-winning Manchester United side.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Southampton

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How to watch Newcastle vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3 pm ET, Tuesday
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Key storylines & star players

Eddie Howe’s side has performed well above expectations this season, mounting a serious top-four challenge one or two years ahead of reasonable expectations. Getting to — and winning — a final in the same season would merely be icing on the cake for Howe, who took over the Premier League’s 19th-place side (5 points from 11 games) from Steve Bruce in November 2021.

Saints reached the League Cup final in 2017, but were somewhat controversially beaten by Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Southampton have won more cup ties (6 of 7) than PL fixtures (4 of 20), which goes a long way toward explaining why Nathan Jones’ side sits rock-bottom of the PL table with just 15 points.

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (foot), Emil Krafth (knee)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor), Duje Caleta-Car (suspension), Moussa Djenepo (head), Alex McCarthy (ankle)

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Chelsea in Portugal for Enzo Fernandez medical ahead of record deal


Chelsea is ready to trigger Enzo Fernandez’s $129 million release clause and is in Portugal to conduct a Deadline Day medical on the World Cup winner.

The fee would break the British record set by Manchester City when it purchased Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Fernandez, 21, has been chased by Chelsea for some time and wants to make the move to Stamford Bridge from Benfica.

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The Argentina star has a goal and six assists in 22 matches across all competitions, but his skills as an elite ball progressor are what most attracts the Blues.

Fernandez ranks in the 99th percentile of midfielders in progressive passes per 90 at 9.47 and in the 95th percentile in shot-creating actions per 90 (

Chelsea’s revolutionized its squad since the club was purchased by Todd Boehly’s consortium last year, with Wesley Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and many more.

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


Transfer deadline day is 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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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.