USMNT vs Mexico final score? Dos a Cero, via super-sub Pulisic


Dos a Cero (clap-clap-clapclapclap)!

Dos a Cero (clap-clap-clapclapclap)!

Dos a Cero (clap-clap-clapclapclap)!

The United States men’s national team beat Mexico 2-0 in massive Friday night World Cup qualifier in Cincinnati, Ohio, finishing with 10 men in giving Gregg Berhalter status as the first USMNT coach to beat Mexico in three consecutive meaningful matches.

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Christian Pulisic scored five minutes after subbing into the scoreless match off an assist from Man of the Match winner Timothy Weah, and Weston McKennie put the finishing touches on the memorable score line.

Miles Robinson picked up his second yellow card late as the Yanks finished with 10 men, and he’ll join yellow-acquiring McKennie in missing Tuesday’s qualifier in Jamaica.

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The U.S. moves ahead of Mexico on goal differential with 14 points through seven qualifiers. Better yet, the Yanks now hold a three-point lead on fourth-place Panama and an eight-point hold on fifth.

USMNT vs Mexico final score, stats

Final score: United States 2, Mexico 0

Scorers: Pulisic (74′), McKennie (85′)

Shot attempts: USMNT, 18-8

Shots on goal: USMNT, 5-4

Possession: Mexico, 51%

Three things we learned from USMNT vs Mexico

1. Come the hour, come the man men: Christian Pulisic may only have had 21 minutes in him, but the Chelsea star only needed five to make Mexico remember how much it hated his production in the CONCACAF Nations League Final. Pulisic’s well-timed run to head Timothy Weah’s cross past Memo Ochoa was the stuff of (program) legends (in the making) and the megastar gave Gregg Berhalter status as the first USMNT manager to beat Mexico in three consecutive meaningful fixtures. And while Pulisic is a star, McKennie was a difference maker, too. The Juve man was all over the pitch. Even captain Tyler Adams, who was well below his standards in the first 45 minutes, was a huge part off the Americans putting their stamp on the rivalry over the final 45. Throw in Steffen, and the Yanks’ big names came to play.

2. CONCACAF’s VAR embarrassment becomes humiliation: Head referee Ivan Barton came to Cincinnati ready to allow anything but carnage, and the lack of Video Assistant Referee is the only reason that El Tri didn’t have to play the final 20 minutes down a man after Luis Rodriguez straddled a prone Brenden Aaronson and then raked his fingers into the Salzburg man’s eyes. It was right in front of Barton, and we’ll have to take his word that he somehow missed the foul because VAR isn’t yet in CONCACAF due to a flawed use of logic and an even more ridiculous application of funds. CONCACAF has not allowed VAR because not all of the member nations in this round of World Cup qualifying have the technology, and the confederation didn’t think it necessary to, I don’t know, purchase some cameras and a truck for the most important event it has on the books. Cool story.

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3. Steffen, Mexico’s finishers leave it 0-0: How different might this match have been if Zack Steffen didn’t make two key first-half stops… and if Mexico could put their shots in better places? But the game can be about fine margins and Steffen kept the Yanks in the match. That, too, is a big misleading in that the U.S. was very good for much of the first half. It just made some glaring errors that demanded either recovery or bailing out. When it was the latter, Steffen was there.

Man of the Match: Timothy Weah

The Lille man was an absolute force at right wing and the idea of him flopping to the left for Pulisic sure is a lot of fun. McKennie, Steffen, and Walker Zimmerman were also influential for the USMNT, and Yunus Musah was a delight.

USMNT vs Mexico recap

The United States pressed hard to start, and Timothy Weah swept in a promising cross instead of using the overlapping run of DeAndre Yedlin. Ricardo Pepi’s bid to redirect the ball toward goal was just off, and Mexico was relieved.

Weah then tried to catch Memo Ochoa off guard with a low drive from 25 yards, and Antonee Robinson soon won a free kick from 10 yards outside the 18.

Then a terrible giveaway from Tyler Adams led to Mexico’s first real danger. Walker Zimmerman stymied Raul Jimenez’s initial danger and Zack Steffen was soon called upon to save Edson Alvarez. An ensuing corner kick was cleared by Weston McKennie.

More U.S. pressure saw Hirving Lozano sprung toward the box, and Antonee Robinson kept him close enough to limit the danger to a still dangerous shot that Steffen did well to save with an outstretched left glove.

A Musah giveaway and Zimmerman slip helped Lozano cue up Corona at the back post, but Tecatito’s first-touch hit scuttered wide of Steffen’s left post.

Musah’s feast or famine first half hit feast with a good dribble and fortunate bounce in the six that ended with a tempting pass absent receiver.

The Yanks again took hold of the match until the 42nd minute, when Lozano won a free kick off Antonee Robinson but the U.S. dealt with it well.

The U.S. had two penalty shouts for Pepi and Aaronson before the break but there’s no VAR in CONCACAF.

A lot of what the U.S. did well came through Weah and that did not change in the second half. The Lille man set up McKennie for a drive right at Ochoa. That led to consecutive corner kicks and the second saw Musah hit the back post ball wide of the frame.

It continued to be all about the U.S., and Weah hammered a shot that deflected onto the path of Pepi for a flubbed shot over the goal from close range.

Then came Pulisic. And two goals in a short period of time.

Man City vs Man United: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Manchester City vs Manchester United: Erling Haaland is set for his Manchester derby debut when the two-time defending champions host the rapidly improving Red Devils at Etihad Stadium on Sunday (watch live, 9 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm with an absurd 11 goals scored in his first seven games after (ostensibly) choosing Man City over Man United before leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Six weeks ago, Manchester United had not a single point from their first two games, including a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of tiny Brentford, but Erik ten Hag has since switched tactical course en route to four straight wins, including a 3-1 victory over PL leaders Arsenal last time out, to set up this hugely intriguing showdown on Sunday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Man City vs Man United

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

Kick off: 9 am ET, Sunday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Despite a pair of disappointing draws (Newcastle and Aston Villa), it’s been an unbeaten start to the 2022-23 season for Man City, who still lead the PL in possession (66.4 percent per game) while also becoming an unstoppable offensive force from last season (14 goals in their first seven games) to this season (23). That’s not to say it’s been easy as Manchester City go through a tactical shift of their own to better appeal to the big Norwegian’s poaching abilities. Though they have been forced to grind out results a few times already this season, it’s highlighted a newfound spontaneity for a side that’s been as regimented as any in the world. Will that freedom be what ultimately lands Pep Guardiola his first Champions League trophy since 2011, and perhaps a third straight PL title (and a fifth in six years) to boot?

As for Manchester United, the Ten Hag era has been a wild roller-coaster ride already, short as it’s been. The back-to-back defeats were one thing, but the abject performances were the real cause for discontent. While picking up the four straight victories, the Dutchman has also settled on a midfield setup with Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen operating in (effectively) a double pivot with Bruno Fernandes the most advanced of the three. It has brought defensive stability, of course, but more importantly the change has revealed a deadly counter-attacking side. Each of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Fernandes have scored twice during the winning run, with new boy Antony also getting in on the fun on his debut. With space in behind (and the proper service from deep), Ten Hag might just have his first winning formula (albeit quite unlike him).

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Marcus Rashford (thigh), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE, Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

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WATCH: Lionel Messi spins gorgeous free kick goal past Nice’s Schmeichel


Lionel Messi got the better of Kasper Schmeichel with an outstanding free kick as Paris Saint-Germain outlasted Nice 2-1 on Saturday at the Parc des Princes.

The world’s greatest scorer was fouled to set up a free kick just inside the arc. Nice, of course, got into a wall and former Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel arranged it to his liking.

As he does so many times, however, Messi spun a free kick just over the wall. The ball, which came so close to taking a slight turn off a leaping wall member (actually, did it?), tumbled down and right into the side netting to give PSG a 1-0 lead before the match was a half-hour old.

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Gaetan Laborde tied the match before halftime, and Nice’s revamped roster looked set to hold tight for a point (The club’s signed familiar Premier League names Schmeichel, Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey, and Mario Lemina).

Even that wouldn’t be enough, though, as Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to replace young Hugo Ekitike to finish a Nordi Mukiele assist for a 2-1 win.

PSG has eight wins and a draw this season, good for a two-point lead on second-place Marseille. Messi has five goals and a joint-league-best seven assists, tied with Neymar. Mbappe and Neymar are tied for the league goals lead with eight.

Lionel Messi free kick goal video

USMNT’s Ricardo Pepi defies xG with relentless goal (video)


USMNT forward Ricardo Pepi’s goal while trying to will Groningen back into an eventual 4-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar on Saturday will not be one of the expected variety.

The 19-year-old striker, on loan from Augsburg, ran onto an audacious long pass from 20-year-old defender Neraysho Kasanwirjo but had plenty of work to do with AZ leading 2-0.

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Pepi sees one defender fall in a race to the ball, then bodies up AZ’s Sam Beukema a little outside the six-yard box.

Hand-to-hand combat sees both players hit the turf, and Pepi probably could won a penalty.

But the World Cup hopeful spins while on the pitch and snaps a shot past charging AZ goalkeeper Hobie Verhulst to make it 2-1.

Video after the jump.

Ricardo Pepi

Ricardo Pepi goal video: Fantastic start to Groningen loan

Pepi now has a goal or an assist in his first three Eredivisie outings, not unlike his fantastic start to life in a USMNT shirt.

His goal contributions have taken a dive since his first two USMNT matches — World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Jamaica — and he only has one assist from the following 10 outings in a U.S. shirt.

Still, Pepi is clearly one of Gregg Berhalter’s favorite options for the upcoming World Cup, and his performances will be measured against Union Berlin’s Jordan Pefok, FC Dallas’ Jesus Ferreira, and others.

In a tournament where every moment matters, his work for this scrappy finish will be well-noted by the USMNT staff.

Josef Martinez scores vicious overhead kick in Atlanta United loss (video)


If this is the last goal of Josef Martinez’s (likely) final season with Atlanta United, it will be very appropriate.

So for Martinez, even in a losing effort, to go airborne for an overhead kick that is a simply sensational feat of athleticism and power, well, it just feels right.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan forward joined the Five Stripes in 2017 in what seemed a massive capture for the club at the time and now seems downright gargantuan, but he’s fallen out with current manager Gonzalo Pineda and was even suspended for a match last month.

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Martinez has nine goals and four assists in an injury-abbreviated 25-game season, giving him 111 goals in 156 appearances for ATL UTD. The former Torino and Young Boys striker is still being capped for Venezuela and would leave with an MLS Cup, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and Campeones Cup as well as a boatload of individual honors.

Atlanta lost 2-1 to New England on Saturday and returns home for their season finale next weekend versus New York City FC. The Five Stripes won’t make the playoffs unless at least two teams decide not to field teams, so if the NYCFC game doesn’t go well, let’s pretend this one was his final appearance for the club.