USMNT player ratings from naive, confused, and historic loss in Panama


The United States men’s national team was set up to fail in Panama City, and few players did anything but follow along in a 1-0 loss to Panama in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Sunday.

Gregg Berhalter’s much-changed USMNT left Tyler Adams, Sergino Dest, and Miles Robinson on the bench and Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Zack Steffen, Antonee Robinson, and Giovanni Reyna at home (or in Europe).

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It did not go well, and Panama beat a punchless and naive USMNT in a World Cup qualifier for the first time in the history of this CONCACAF rivalry.

The USMNT was fortunate to be level at the break as Panama was opportunistic and took advantage of several American mix-ups in midfield and at the back.

The attack wasn’t bad in the sense that it was non-existent, and by the time Berhalter made changes it was woefully apparent the tactics was as poor as the personnel.

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He tried a similar fix to what worked in Honduras and it did not work in Panama City, giving Panama its first World Cup qualifying win over the Yanks.

Here’s a look at who stood out (for better or for worse) for Gregg Berhalter’s side, with some special bonus commentary (of the dissenting variety) from PST’s Andy Edwards (italicized)…

USMNT player ratings versus Panama

GK – Matt Turner: 5.5 – Couldn’t do anything on the goal and had a terrific save in the first half but looked quite shaky dealing with first-half corner kicks.

Turner – 6 – He was asked to make four saves, and he made three. The goalkeeper can’t cover the front and back posts on set pieces.

LB – George Bello: 4 – Turned inside out on several occasions and pressed like a 19-year-old normally does in a bad situation.

CB – Walker Zimmerman: 6 – The USMNT’s Man of the Match, not that that means much on a night like Sunday.

Zimmerman – 5.5 – Is he the No. 1 center back in the player pool right now? His partnership with McKenzie didn’t appear as polished as Zimmerman-Miles Robinson on Thursday, but they were anything but a worry.

CB – Mark McKenzie: 4.5 – Center back depth appears slimmer than ever with John Brooks struggling and hurt and Miles Robinson… rested?

RB – Shaq Moore (Off 67′): 5 – Allowed a bit too much room to crossers a few times, but wasn’t abject.

CM –  Kellyn Acosta: 4 – Set up to fail and struggled to boot. This is a guy that you want surging forward and playing the role of menace with Weston McKennie out, not trying to be a very poor man’s Tyler Adams.

CM – Sebastian Lletget: 3.5 – His worst performance in a USMNT shirt? Seems so.

CM – Yunus Musah (Off HT): 5 — So casual in the middle of the park. This isn’t playing out wide, which Musah does at Valencia, where you can take more chances in possession.

RW – Timothy Weah (Off 67′): 4.5 – Such was the state of the left side of the team that it’s difficult to remember more than 2-3 moments in the game that he was involved in the play.

LW – Paul Arriola (Off HT): 4.5 — Ran hard but either his touch or decision-making betrayed him often.

Arriola – 4 – In theory, this was the perfect game for Arriola, a two-way winger who can be just as helpful (or frustrating) in either penalty area. In theory, Moore would have had ample help at right back, but in reality Moore (and Bello on the other side) were stranded on an island in the first half.

CF – Gyasi Zardes (Off 67′): 4.5 – If Panama’s goal isn’t his own goal, he didn’t help his keeper at all with his attempt to turn the corner kick away from the box.


Tyler Adams (On HT): 6 — No surprise the team improved when he was introduced, but he certainly couldn’t fiz everything himself.
Brenden Aaronson (On HT): 5.5 — Energetic but trying to do too much himself (again, set up to fail).
Ricardo Pepi (On 67′): 5.5 — Center forward a black hole not in production but in that it seemed the Yanks didn’t know where it was.
Cristian Roldan (On 67′): 5.5 — Not the reason they lost.
DeAndre Yedlin (On 67′): 5 — See above.

Premier League final table: Final standings for 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 returned with a bang and the start to 2023 delivered plenty of fun and it continued into the business end of the season.

Manchester City chased down Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.

Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. And here’s how the table looked when all was said and done.

Premier League final table – End of season

Premier League standings

NBC Sports’ standings and scoreboard

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Leicester relegated despite final day win over West Ham


Leicester City has been relegated to the Championship despite getting the win it needed to have hope of survival: a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Championship Sunday.

Leicester entered the day two points back of Everton for 17th place on the Premier League table and got goals from Harvey Barnes and Wout Faes to secure three points, but Everton outlasted Bournemouth 1-0 to match the Foxes and keep them below the dreaded line.


Leicester finishes its season with 34 points in 18th place on the Premier League table.

West Ham, on the other hand, will be forgiven for focusing on the Europa Conference League Final but fought hard for an equalizer even though it only found a Pablo Fornals marker after Leicester had gone ahead two. The Irons finish 14th with 40 points.

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Too little, too late for Foxes

“Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season.

Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work.

Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli: Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that.

There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better.

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings: Stars of the Show

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings

Harvey Barnes goal video: Leicester lifeline!

Wout Faes goal video: Foxes double the lead

Pablo Fornals goal video: Irons pull one back

How to watch Leicester vs West Ham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: SYFY
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Key storylines & star players

Leicester would love to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi pass fitness checks, but Dean Smith will have rested and ready Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in a bid to score more goals than the Irons.

West Ham could be seeing the penultimate appearance of Declan Rice in an Irons shirt, as the big-money midfielder is being linked to several big clubs in the Premier League.

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf), Wilfred Ndidi (thigh), Caglar Soyuncu (thigh), Ryan Bertrand (other)

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Gianluca Scamacca (knee)

Chivas vs Tigres: How to watch live, stream link, updates


Chivas and Tigres square off in Guadalajara on Sunday (kick off 9:25pm ET) as the second leg of Liga MX’s Clausura final should be absolutely epic.


Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, the advantage is with red-hot Chivas as their stunning recent form saw them win their final four games of the Clausura regular season to finish third in the table before beating Atlas and Club America in the playoffs.

Victor Guzman and Alexis Vega are Chivas’ main attacking threats as they will keep it tight defensively and the energy of the home crowd at Akron Stadium should be a huge help as Chivas aim to win their first Clausura title since 2017, when they also beat Tigres in the final.

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Tigres finished seventh in the Clausura standings and beat Toluca and Monterrey to reach the final. The duo of Sebastian Cordova and Andre-Pierre Gignac are their main hope of winning on the road in Guadalajara and lifting the trophy.

Below is everything you need for Chivas vs Tigres, one of whom will be crowned as the Clausura champions on Sunday.

How to watch Chivas vs Tigres live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Sunday, May 28 – 9:25pm ET 
TV Channel: Telemundo, Universo
Online: Stream via Peacock

First leg Tigres vs Chivas video highlights – 0-0

Leeds relegated from Premier League as Harry Kane hits 30-goal mark


Leeds (31 points – 19th place) have been relegated from the Premier League after they were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham at Elland Road on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

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Harry Kane scored twice more to complete his second 30-goal season, as Tottenham (60 points – 8th place) missed out on the Premier League’s final European place with Aston Villa beating 6th-place Brighton to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Now, a painfully pivotal summer of hirings and signings awaits for Spurs.

It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles.


New half, same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle.

Leeds gave themselves a faint hope when he slotted home after Georginio Rutter picked him out between two defenders in the 67th minute, but Kane answered just two minutes later with his second of the day and the 280th — and potentially final — goal of his Tottenham career.

Leeds United relegation reaction

Club statement:

“Everyone connected with Leeds United is deeply disappointed by the club’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship, after three seasons in the Premier League.

“Relegation is painful, and we apologize to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped.

“However, Leeds United remains in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season.

“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.

“Thank you for your unwavering support for the players and the badge, our objective is to continue to build the club into the one you deserve.”

Stars of the show

Leeds vs Tottenham

Leeds vs Tottenham, final score: 1-4

2nd minute – Harry Kane hammers home Tottenham’s opening goal

47th minute – Pedro Porro places a pinpoint strike inside the far post for 2-0

67th minute – Jack Harrison gives Leeds a late lifeline

69th minute – Harry Kane answers immediately with his 30th goal of the season

90th minute +4 – Lucas Moura adds to Leeds misery with Spurs’ 4th goal

How to watch Leeds vs Tottenham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30 am ET, Sunday
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Key storylines & star players

Leeds have had plenty of time opportunities to drag themselves out of the bottom-three and away from the relegation scrap as a whole, but they are now winless in their last eight games (0W-2D-6L) and have won just three of their last 24. Their biggest problem? The Premier League’s worst defensive record in 2022-23 — 74 goals conceded in 37 games. In each of the last four seasons, the side to concede the most goals has been relegated.

With another summer of uncertainty (from the manager to most of the first-team squad) on the cards for Spurs, Sunday could be the final time Harry Kane pulls on the white shirt of Tottenham, following reports this week that he will ask — or perhaps has already asked — to leave the club if a fair offer is made. Kane’s 278 goals make him the club’s all-time record goal scorer, and his departure could signal a full-blown tear-down and rebuild for the incoming manager still to be hired.

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Luis Sinisterra (ankle – out for season), Patrick Bamford (thigh)

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Cristian Romero (undisclosed), Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Hugo Lloris (hip), Eric Dier (hernia), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (undisclosed)

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