USMNT defender Shaq Moore joins MLS side Nashville SC from Tenerife

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — USMNT right back Shaq Moore was acquired by Nashville of Major League Soccer on Tuesday and agreed to a contract through the 2025 season.

Nashville acquired the 25-year-old’s MLS rights from Montreal for $50,000 in general allocation money. The deal includes an option for 2026.

Moore spent the last three seasons with Tenerife in Spain’s second division. A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, he went to the IMG Academy and signed with Spain’s Huracan, then a second-division team, ahead of the 2015-16 season.

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He moved to another second-tier team, Oviedo, for the second half of 2015-16 and then Levante’s reserve team in the third tier for 2016-17.

Moore made his debut with Levante’s senior team in the Copa del Rey on Oct. 26, 2017, at Girona and his La Liga debut three days later at Eibar. He was loaned to second-division Reus for 2018-19 and was among the players who left the team in December 2018 when their salaries weren’t paid.

He signed with Tenerife in July 2019.

Moore has one goal in 15 appearances for the U.S., in a 1-0 win over Canada at last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. He appeared in four of the 14 World Cup qualifiers.

Real Betis wins Copa del Rey in penalties over Valencia, USMNT’s Musah

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USMNT midfielder Yunus Musah missed the lone penalty of the shootout as Valencia fell to Real Betis in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and no one scored in extra time, which saw Musah enter as a 100th-minute sub for Valencia.

The win marks Betis’ third tournament triumph in its fifth final, its first cup win since 2005, and gives manager Manuel Pellegrini a trophy with a seventh club (Man City, Villarreal, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Quito, Universidad Catolica).

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Ex-Arsenal man Hector Bellerin set up Borja Iglesias’ opener for Betis after 11 minutes, but Hugo Duro scored at the half-hour mark to restore level terms.

The win is especially poignant for 40-year-old Joaquin, who won the  2005 cup with Betis and the 2008 title with Valencia.

Valencia had won in 2019 and fails in its bid to win a ninth Copa del Rey. Only Atletico Madrid (10), Real Madrid (19), Athletic BIlbao (23), and Barcelona (31) have more.

Betis qualifies for the Europa League with the win, though it could still qualify for the Champions League. The cup champions are four points back of fourth-place Atletico Madrid and six back of Sevilla and Barcelona.

Top 30 Premier League moments: No. 7 – Jose Mourinho arrives at Chelsea, calls himself ‘The Special One’

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To celebrate the 30th season of the Premier League, we are counting down and ranking our top 30 moments in Premier League history and this time Jose Mourinho takes center stage.

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That’s right, yours truly, Joe Prince-Wright, has selected the top 30 moments in PL history.

This is not only a huge honor, but also a huge headache. How on earth do you condense 30 seasons of magic into 30 individual moments!?

Well, we did it.


How will our Premier League top 30 moments work?

Before each matchweek from now until the end of the 2021-22 season we will unveil the latest moment, as we count down the top moments in PL history from 30 to 1.

From incredible goals to late title drama and emotional sendoffs to legendary players dazzling awe-inspired crowds, we’re going to celebrate and rank the best moments this wonderful league has produced.

Click on the video above to see number 7, as below we focus on Jose Mourinho and his legendary arrival at Chelsea and the Premier League.


Premier League Top 30 moments: Number 7 – Jose Mourinho arrives at Chelsea, calls himself ‘The Special One’

Fresh from winning the UEFA Champions League trophy with FC Porto, Jose Mourinho arrived to take charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2004 and made an immediate impact. On and off the pitch.

In his first press conference as Chelsea boss he proclaimed that he was ‘not one of the bottle’ and then delivered the now famous line with a deadpan expression: ‘I think I am a special one.’

The rest, as they say, is history. Mourinho was, and is, special.

He won back-to-back Premier League titles in his first two seasons in charge of Chelsea, as they won the 2004-05 trophy to end a 50-year wait to become English champions. He then left Chelsea and won a Champions League title at Inter Milan as part of a historic treble, before winning trophies at Real Madrid and he turned up at Chelsea once again in 2013 and led them to Premier League glory in the 2014-15 season. He then won titles at Manchester United for good measure, before his recent spells at Tottenham and currently Roma.

All in all he’s won two Champions League titles and two Europa League titles plus the league in England (three times), Portugal (two times), Italy (twice) and Spain. He has also won an FA Cup, four League Cups, an Italian Cup, Copa del Rey and the Portuguese Cup among his incredible array of major trophies.

Whatever you think about Mourinho the man and Mourinho the coach, you cannot deny he knows exactly how to rile people up and his trophy record in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, plus in European competitions, is special.

It looks like ‘The Special One’ tag will never leave Jose Mourinho. Some moments are unforgettable and this was one of those.


Top 30 list

30: Dennis Bergkamp’s brilliant hat trick
29: Newcastle’s amazing comeback from 4-0 down
28: Heung-min Son’s stunning solo goal
27: Thierry Henry’s incredible volley v. Man United
26: Late drama in epic Manchester derby
25: Olivier Giroud scores sensational scorpion kick goal
24: Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira clash in tunnel
23: West Brom’s epic ‘Great Escape’ from relegation
22: Paolo Di Canio’s stunning scissor volley
21: Blackburn Rovers win title on final day
20: Cristiano Ronaldo scores stunning free kick
19: Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant
18: Chelsea win first-ever PL title, first league title in 50 years
17: David Beckham scores amazing goal from halfway line
16: Heart-wrenching Steven Gerrard slip costs Liverpool title
15: Manchester United, Arsenal clash in ‘Battle of the Buffet’
14: Wayne Rooney, 16, scores amazing goal: ‘Remember the name’
13: Eric Cantona scores incredible chip, then delivers iconic celebration
12: Sheikh Mansour buys Manchester City, as new era arrives
11: Alan Shearer breaks Newcastle’s all-time scoring record
10: Sir Alex Ferguson bids farewell, calls time on legendary coaching career
9: Liverpool win first Premier League trophy, first league title in 30 years
8: Goalkeeper Alisson scores dramatic season-saving goal
7: Jose Mourinho arrives in England at Chelsea, names himself ‘The Special One’


Tottenham vs Newcastle final score: Spurs send another message

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Heung-min Son and Matt Doherty each had a goal and an assist to make Tottenham vs Newcastle rather academic just after the hour mark of a 5-1 Spurs win that further illustrates the growing North London firepower in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw its heroes go down 1-0 on a Fabian Schar free kick but Ben Davies had a quick answer before Doherty, Son, and Emerson Royal struck between halftime and the 63rd minute. Lucas Moura set up fellow sub Steven Bergwijn late to complete the score line.

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Tottenham moves back into fourth place with 54 points, level with North London derby rivals Arsenal. The Gunners play Monday as one of their two matches-in-hand with Spurs, though a remaining derby means Tottenham still controls its own top-four destiny. Tottenham has a better goal differential by two.

Newcastle’s 31 points are good for 15th, nine points clear of the bottom three with eight matches left on its PL docket.

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Tottenham vs Newcastle final score, stats

Tottenham 5, Newcastle 1

Goals scored: Schar (39′), Davies (43′), Doherty (48′), Son (54′), Royal (63′), Bergwijn (83′)

Shots: Tottenham 16, Newcastle 8

Shots on target: Tottenham 6, Newcastle 1

Possession: Tottenham 62, Newcastle 38


Three things we learned from Tottenham vs Newcastle

1. Magpies make moment matter (if only for a moment): A silly-enough foul on Joe Willock in a very dangerous area gave Newcastle its first genuine chance to wreak havoc, and Fabian Schar stung a shot around the wall that Hugo Lloris could only slow on its way into the side netting. It was indicative of Newcastle in years-past, bunkering in and hoping to deliver via a moment. Unfortunately for them, the lead lasted a very short period of time as Ben Davies turned a terrific Heung-min Son cross inside of Martin Dubravka’s far post.

2. Set pieces undo Newcastle: Davies’ header off Tottenham’s second bite at a late first-half corner kick showed Newcastle wasn’t at its best with balls in the air if Dan Burn wasn’t near them, and a terrible Newcastle free kick early in the second half allowed Spurs to burst forward with a counterattack that saw Kane cue up his latest assist as the Magpies failed to deal with a cross at the other end. Ugly.

3. Say it again — “All top four roads go through North London”: While we wait for the Premier League to give us a date for the postponed North London derby, it’s looking more and more like the only way it won’t be one NLD rival to reach the top four is if Chelsea somehow drops out of the picture because Spurs and Arsenal both join the fun. Tottenham is too good with this manager and the additions of Cristian Romero, Rodrigo Betancur, and Dejan Kulusevski joined a back-to-their-best Heung-min Son and Harry Kane in making this team capable of a Champions League return.

Man of the Match: Heung-min Son — He was everywhere and might’ve had a hat trick on a different day. His goal and assist were part of an industrious day as Newcastle did keep the ball out of his feet but Son’s three key passes were part of Tottenham’s show.


At least Newcastle got a cool highlight out of this one

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Son’s second chance is Spurs’ first goal

Harry Kane is back to his very best, and few have a better very best

Another US-Mexico World Cup qualifying draw at Azteca, but Mexican fans see different

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By Nick Zaccardi

MEXICO CITY – The splash headline of Récord, the daily sports newspaper of Mexico, on Thursday read: Clásico Del Milenio.

On the cover, stare-down faces of Chucky Lozano and Christian Pulisic were the same size. The USMNT and Mexico were treated as equals in newsprint.

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The US Men’s National Team still hasn’t won a competitive match at Azteca, but it also hasn’t lost one in 13 years after Thursday’s scoreless draw, following draws in 2013 and 2017.

Outside Estadio Azteca, with the fading reputation as a fortress for El Tri, the mood before the match was that the scales had already tipped. At least among a random sampling of green-and-white clad supporters.

“USA team is better than the Mexican team,” said Eduardo Del Campo, a middle-aged man. “First time ever.”

“U.S. won three games over us in a row,” said Hugo Hernandez, who is from California, noting the U.S.’s second-ever win streak over Mexico, though all three matches were in the States.

“They’re missing star power,” Eli Cuelad, a man with salt-and-pepper hair, said 45 minutes before kickoff, “and they’re missing a leader in the midfield.”

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The well-versed Mexican fans marveled at this group of American players.

The U.S. fielded a squad on Thursday missing Juventus’ Weston McKennie and Barcelona’s Sergiño Dest due to injuries, but still with seven starters from the five core European leagues in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

Mexico’s XI had five from those leagues, granted its domestic league is largely responsible for its seven consecutive trips to (and losses in) the World Cup round of 16.

“It’s the best generation of the USA team,” Del Campo said.

Perhaps one other time was the Mexican program jealous of the U.S.: At the 2002 World Cup, when the Americans knocked out their rivals in the round of 16.

That El Tri had a snarling young Rafa Marquez red carded out of that match for head-butting Cobi Jones.

Marquez retired from international competition after the 2018 World Cup.

“They’re missing Rafa Marquez’s energy and leadership,” Cuelad said.

Much more about Thursday’s match felt different than the mythical, urine-bag-throwing days from decades ago.

Inside Azteca, the some 90,000 seats were not half-filled at kickoff: partly because of COVID restrictions on capacity and partly because of late arrivals for the 8 p.m. local start.

The American Outlaws, seated together in the upper deck, were not surrounded by Mexicans as legend dictates. They were instead bordered by Corona and Club América logos, visible because the adjacent sections were empty.

American fans were still escorted through the gates by shield-wielding Mexican authorities. The Mexican fans from which they were being protected mostly took selfies and phone videos rather than try to taunt over the rhythmic English chanting.

With the U.S., Mexico and Canada tri-hosting the next World Cup, which usually means bypassing qualification, this may have been the last match of consequence in Azteca for many of the American players.

This also may have been the last U.S.-Mexico World Cup qualifier at Azteca of this significance for quite some time, with the World Cup going from 32 to 48 teams.

CONCACAF is likely to see an increase in berths from its current three and a half, and as of now there’s a dip from the three biggest nations in North and Central America to the rest of the group. It may move the drama of World Cup qualifying down to the likes of Costa Rica and Panama. Perhaps deeper than that.

Jamar Assah, the Phoenix chapter president of the American Outlaws, said his first time for an Azteca match five years ago was the most scared and excited he’s ever been.

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“We were in the cage in the second or third level,” he said before boarding the fans’ bus to the pre-match tailgate. “A stadium of 90,000 people, and a handful of U.S. fans. If you’re on the edge of the cage between where they sit and where you sit, it’s chaotic, the vulgarness.

“The Mexican fans are amazing people, but when that whistle blows, they’re so passionate about that football team, they’re wearing it on their sleeve.”

Perhaps that passion will be back in 2030, when the stadium is full and both nations will be back in World Cup qualifying.

But that’s a long time.

So Assah, and many others in the supporters’ group, made sure not to miss this match, which could in some ways be the last of its kind.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a different atmosphere,” said Assah, “but as far as the teams go in qualification, the desperation is not going to be there.”