USMNT vs El Salvador final score: ‘Jedi’ wills Yanks to 1-0 win


Antonee Robinson scored the game’s lone goal in a Man of the Match performance at left back as the United States men’s national team continued its World Cup qualifying pace with a 1-0 win over El Salvador on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.

Gregg Berhalter’s Yanks weren’t at their very best but were active on a frigid night with a substandard pitch (not really Columbus’ fault but the fault of playing a January game on grass in Columbus).

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The U.S. was led by Robinson and teenage midfielder Yunus Musah as the back line allowed zero shots to reach goalkeeper Matt Turner (who appears set to move to Arsenal in the coming days).

The Yanks could finish this matchday with as high as a Ifive-point lead on the fourth-place playoff spot and as much as a 10-point advantage on fifth.

Up next is a trip to Hamilton, Ontario, for a Sunday visit to Canada. The Canadians lead 1-0 in Honduras as of post time and will hold a one-point table lead on the USMNT should the lead hold.

USMNT vs El Salvador final score, stats

USMNT 1-0 El Salvador

Scorers: A. Robinson 52′

Shot attempts: USMNT 17, El Salvador 6

Shots on goal: USMNT 5, El Salvador 0

Possession: USMNT 63, El Salvador 37

COLUMBUS, OHIO – JANUARY 27: Yunus Musah controlled the center of the park for the USMNT (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Three things we learned from USMNT vs El Salvador

1. Ferreira’s nerves delay cruise launch as first-half woes continue: Jesus Ferreira is a promising talent but a surprise starter, and his finishing was… less than ideal in the first 20 minutes. Ferreira was cued up by Antonee Robinson will a nice square entry in the 16th minute and flashed it over the goal, then missing Tim Weah’s headed flick of a Sergino Dest-led rush and cross in the 20th. For a team that very much wanted to be rotating for Canada by the 60th minute at the latest, halftime might’ve been on the menu if he finished both of those.

The Yanks out-attempted El Salvador 8-0 in the first half and didn’t allow a shot on target over the course of 90 minutes but because of the missing finish had to play to the final whistle knowing that one mistake could doom them to a draw.

2. Gregg Berhalter most important contribution to the program might be convincing Yunus Musah to commit to the USMNT: That’s it. That’s the thing. Musah is so smooth on the ball at 19 and he’s only looking better as he begins to play more central and attacking for Valencia after spending a lot of his time in La Liga at right wing or right mid.

3. Christian Pulisic has a rare blah — maybe very blah — day: The man who has a chance to rival Clint Dempsey and Claudio Reyna for the honor of best American player in men’s program history showed us all that even the best players in the world can be poor on a given day. Pulisic lost all 10 of his first-half duels according to SofaScore and was limited to 42 touches. He finished the day with three key passes, showing how special talents just cannot be completely shut out of the attack, but this was a bonafide rough one for the Chelsea man.\

Man of the Match: Antonee Robinson

No, his crosses weren’t always on point but the Fulham man did his best Andy Robertson on Thursday night in Columbus right down to his clinical, smashed finish to finally put the Yanks on the board. You can see why Everton liked what they had in him, why Bolton and Wigan both liked him on loan, and why AC Milan believed he could fit in their mix before a heart issue trampled on his transfer. And despite his status in (generally) solid defensive position, Robinson is seemingly always available for an overlapping run. The USMNT program has been waiting for its next DaMarcus Beasley for some time and Robinson right now looks like a man who could have the next two World Cups right in front of him.

Clearly superior early but nothing to show for it

Dest and Tyler Adams both took poor and aggressive positions that allowed El Salvador a break in the 29th minute that left Alex Roldan, brother of USMNT midfielder Cristian, alone just inside the 18. Luckily, Roldan’s back post effort missed its mark as a flying Matt Turner held his breath.

Aside from the two Jesus Ferreira chances discusses in “Thing No. 1” above, the best chance of the first half came on a Christian Pulisic led rush through the middle of the pitch. The Chelsea man eventually got the ball to Antonee Robinson for a cross. Timothy Weah settled it but had trouble addressing it with his first or second touch and his third was a shot that was blocked over the goal.

Return of the Jedi

Antonee Robinson’s big game deservedly found the Fulham man on scene for a quality finish and the game’s first goal.

The 24-year-old — again, always available — was in the right spot to take advantage of terrible El Salvador defending, confident dribbling from Timothy Weah, and a strong, headed pass from Jesus Ferreira.

Reports: Tottenham Hotspur to hire Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou as next manager


Multiple reports say that Ange Postecoglou will be leaving Celtic to become the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

Celtic had reportedly granted permission for Spurs to speak with their trophy-collecting boss, and things apparently progressed quickly as the 57-year-old looks set to oversee the club’s big rebuild.

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Spurs suffered through an inconsistent 2022-23 season with Antonio Conte at the helm, followed by Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason in interim stints.

Tottenham will not have European football this season and is at risk of losing legendary center forward Harry Kane. The club has eight players including Kane going into the final year of their contracts, including Ivan Perisic, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, and Hugo Lloris.

Spurs finished eighth last season, 15 points off the top four despite spending much of the season inside of it. The club’s finished fourth just once in the past four seasons despite qualifying for the Champions League the previous four seasons.

Ironically, Celtic is being linked with pursuit of Brendan Rodgers and Jesse Marsch if Postecoglou departs this week.

Who is Ange Postecoglou?

Postecoglou, 57, was born in Greece and moved to Australia at a young age, starring for South Melbourne as a player and earning for caps for the Socceroos.

He is coming off a domestic treble with Celtic and won five of six trophies available to him in his two seasons with the Bhoys.

At Celtic, Postecoglou played with a 4-3-3 for much of the first half of his tenure but played a lot of this campaign in a 4-2-3-1.

Postecoglou won trophies as a manager with South Melbourne, Brisbane Roar, and Yokohama F. Marinos, claiming the Asian Cup during his stint as Australia national team coach.

He said he expects tricky early times wherever he goes.

“Wherever I’ve been, the initial part is always rocky, because my ideas are… well they’re not extreme to me but I can see how they can be seen as extreme from the outside. It takes a while. Usually it can take me six months, it can take me a year to really bed them in, depending on how many opportunities I have to change the playing squad and the staff and all those kinds of things.”

Five players to watch in the Premier League’s summer transfer window


There’s going to be turnover in the Premier League this offseason, and it seems likely the big boys will again be looking to the top young talents in other leagues to get in when the getting is good.

There will be big price tags attached to some players this summer, but in the case of the players below we may be talking about players just a window away from having unattainably high price tags for most clubs.

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Most of these names have danced through ProSoccerTalk‘s transfer rumor mill at least once during the past season or two, and in one case have been on the radar for a half-decade or so.

Here’s a look at five players who may well find their way to the Premier League in the very near future, and could move somewhere this summer.

Xavi Simons, PSV Eindhoven

At times the teen hype around Xavi Simons coming out of Barcelona’s academy was akin to the recruitment of Martin Odegaard out of Norway so many years ago. But Simons couldn’t break through at Barca and his move to Paris Saint-Germain didn’t take off as expected. So Simons, who just turned 20 in April, landed at PSV Eindhoven. All he did was lead the Eredivisie in goals. PSG has a buyback clause but Simons would have to want to go there… and there are plenty of rumored suitors for the playmaker. Simons chipped in eight assists and was Fotmob’s highest-rated Eredivisie player.

Possible fits: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool

Jurrien Timber, Ajax

Still 21 for a couple more weeks, Timber got Mancunian tongues wagging when he attended the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Manchester City. The star center back played under United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and now has 15 caps for the Netherlands senior team. He has a ridiculous passing and ball progression profile for his position, and has showed enough attacking acumen to get any team excited about him.

Possible fits: Manchester United, Manchester City

Randal Kolo Muani, Eintracht Frankfurt

The 24-year-old has acknowledged dreams of playing in the Premier League following a blockbuster first season at Eintracht, where he scored 23 goals with 17 assists amongst all competitions. Moving to a new country did not slow him at all after his time at Nantes, and he was linked with a number of PL sides even before he admitted his interest in the league.

Possible fits: Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United

Sepe Elye Wahi, Montpellier

The 20-year-old nearly scored as many goals as his age in his third season with Montpellier’s first team, and has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Chelsea amongst others. Wahi is still very raw when it comes to passing the ball but part of his statistical deficiencies could have to do with his club’s relative struggles. A eager presser, his best traits are finishing and that’s the stat that drives the bus for him.

Possible fits: Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal

Gabriel Veiga, Celta Vigo

Here’s another playmaker linked with Arsenal, but you can see why he could fit in Mikel Arteta’s system. His 11 goals were 13th in La Liga this season and his four assists means he had a goal contribution on 15 of Celta’s 43 league goals. An eager dribbler, he delivered 80 shot creating actions this season and ranked in the 99th percentile for midfielders when it came to non-penalty goals.

Possible fits: Newcastle, Arsenal, Man CIty

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Champions League Final predictions

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QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.