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Two USMNT players on shortlist for Golden Boy award

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The 40-man (boy) shortlist for the prestigious Golden Boy award has been announced and two U.S. national team players have made it.

Kylian Mbappe (who was named Golden Boy in 2017 and would become the first-ever player to win it twice) is the favorite to win the award dished out by Italian newspaper Tuttosport since 2003, as they crown the best player under the age of 21 in European soccer.

USMNT star Christian Pulisic once again makes the list and after his fine start to the season for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, the 20-year-old from Pennsylvania will be up there with the top contenders.

Pulisic’s teammate with the USMNT, Tim Weah, has also made the list as the 18-year-old has scored once in five appearances for the Stars and Stripes and has also become a regular squad member for PSG, scoring twice in three appearances for the French champions this season.

Having two U.S. players on this list after breaking through at two of Europe’s biggest clubs is certainly something to get excited about.

From a Premier League perspective, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Phil Foden are also on the shortlist, as are Everton’s Tom Davies and Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot.

Below is the shortlist in full (see what we did there?), as you can vote for the elite youngsters in Europe here.


Shortlist for 2018 Golden Boy award

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Kelvin Adou Amian (Toulouse)
Houssem Aouar (Lyon)
Musa Barrow (Atalanta)
Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord)
Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg)
Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan)
Daniel Carvajal (Dinamo Zagreb)
Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)
Tom Davies (Everton)
Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)
Moussa Diaby (Paris Saint-Germain)
Moussa Djenepo (Standard Liege)
Ritsu Doan (Groningen)
Gabriel Eder Militao (FC Porto)
Odsonne Edouard (Celtic)
Evander (Midtjylland)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Achraf Mouh Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)
Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzburg)
Joao Felix (Benfica)
Jota (Benfica)
Jovane Cabral (Sporting Lisbon)
Dejan Joveljic (Red Star Belgrade)
Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)
Moise Kean (Juventus)
Abdoulaye Keita (Dijon)
Justin Kluivert (Roma)
Alban Lofant (Fiorentina)
Manuel Alonso Manu Garcia (Toulouse)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Pietro Pellegri (Monaco)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Marcelo Saracchi (Red Bull Leipzig)
Ismaila Sarr (Rennes)
Dayot Upamecano (Red Bull Leipzig)
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
Moussa Wague (Barcelona)
Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)
Nicolo Zainolo (Roma)

Europa League: Spurs sent packing, Ajax advances, Gladbach comes back

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Tottenham Hotspur was sent home in the Europa League Round of 32 after a 2-2 draw with Belgian side Gent at Wembley Stadium, leaving them down 3-2 on aggregate.

Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama scored for Spurs, but the road back was too long after Dele Alli was sent off in the 39th minute for a horrible challenge on Brecht Dejaegere that left the referee with no choice but to show the English international the first straight red card of his career.

With Spurs down to 10 men for the majority of the match, they were still able to press forward and pummel the Gent penalty area, but they wasted chances and were open on the counter, and that’s how they struck. With Spurs leading 2-1 and pressing for the third they needed to advance, Jeremy Prebert followed up his goal in the first leg with one in the second, punishing Spurs for throwing men forward to settle things in the 82nd minute.

Elsewhere, Ajax advanced thanks to a goal from Nick Viergever who bagged the only score of either leg in the 49th minute after Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Arkadiusz Malarz spilled an initial shot from Amin Younes. The Dutch side is through to the Round of 16 for the second time in the last three years.

Fiorentina held a 1-0 lead over Borussia Monchengladbach after the first leg, and they scored twice in the first half of the second leg, but the German side shattered that with a remarkable comeback. Finding themselves down 3-0, Gladbach scored four times in 16 minutes to put themselves into the Round of 16 on a 4-3 aggregate score. Lars Stindl was the man of the hour, as he scored a hat-trick, including one from the penalty spot to start the comeback. The incredible stunt was completed by an Andreas Christensen header in the 60th minute, and Gladbach held on from there to advance.

AS Roma eased into the Round of 16 thanks to their huge first-leg advantage, falling 1-0 to Villareal but still advancing 4-1 on aggregate.

Anderlecht clung on to a Round of 16 place in thrilling fashion despite falling 3-1 to Zenit St. Petersburg, moving on thanks to an away goal after a 3-3 aggregate draw. 24-year-old Swede Isaac Kiese Thelin scored in the 90th minute in Russia to give Anderlecht the away goal it needed.

Lyon obliterated Dutch side AZ Alkmaar 7-1 en route to a huge 11-2 aggregate victory. Nabil Fekir scored a hat-trick, while Maxwel Cornet, Sergi Darder, Houssem Aouar, Mouctar Diakhaby all bagged goals as well to put the French club through with ease.

Cypriot club Apoel Nicosia earned a come-from-behind berth in the Round of 16 despite being reduced to 10 men with a half-hour to go. After a 3-2 defeat in Spain, they scored two at home to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 and advance 4-3 on aggregate. Pieros Soteriou and Giannis Gianniotas scored before the hour mark, and while Soteriou was sent off for a second yellow in the 65th minute, Apoel held on for the slim win as Athletic needed two more to advance.

Celta Vigo completed a comeback over Ukranian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. Down 1-0 after the first leg in Spain, Celta hit the road and seemed on its way out until Iago Aspas hit from the penalty spot in injury time, forcing extra time where they scored again via Gustavo Cabral which saw them through.

The Round of 16 draw will be Friday at 7 a.m. ET, while the matches begin on March 9th.

RESULTS(team in bold advances)

Tottenham 2-2 KAA Gent
AS Roma 0-1 Villareal
Fiorentina 2-4 Borussia Monchengladbach
Ajax 1-0 Legia Warsaw
Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 Anderlecht
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 Celta Vigo (AET)
Lyon 7-1 AZ Alkmaar
Osmanlispor 0-3 Olympiakos
Apoel Nicosia 
2-0 Athletic Bilbao
FC Copenhagen 0-0 Ludogorets
Racing Genk 1-0 Astra Giurgiu
Sparta Prague 1-1 FC Rostov
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2-1 Hapoel Be’er Sheva

La Liga & Serie A roundup: Suarez hat-trick leads Barcelona

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Catch up on all of the weekend action from Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Barcelona 3-1 Eibar

With Lionel Messi still out with a knee injury, Luis Suarez picked up the slack for Barcelona, scoring all three goals in a 3-1 win over Eibar. The visitors went ahead with a goal in the opening ten minutes, but then it was all Suarez, as Barcelona remains level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table.

Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid

In a battle for first place, Real Madrid prevailed over ten-man Celta Vigo. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 8th minute, and Danilo would double Real’s lead before the half-hour mark. Gustavo Cabral was sent off for Celta Vigo after getting a second yellow card in the 57th minute, and despite late pressure from the home side, Kaylor Navas stood strong in net for Real to preserve the win.

[ MORE: Aubemeyang hat-trick gives Dortmund ace 13 goals in 10 matches ]

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Valencia

Atletico remains two points behind leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona with a 2-1 win over Valencia. Jackson Martinez continued his great form for Atleti scoring the first goal, with Yannick Carrasco doubling their lead before the break. Paco Alcacer would pull one back from the penalty spot for Valencia late in the match, but Atleti took all three points at home.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Rayo 3-0 Espanyol
Granada 1-1 Real Betis
Sevilla 5-0 Getafe
Levante 0-4 Real Sociedad
Las Palmas 0-0 Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao vs. Sporting Gijon (Monday, 3:30 p.m. ET)


Fiorentina 1-2 Roma

Roma goes to the top of the Serie A table with a big 2-1 win over Fiorentina. Mohamed Salah put Roma ahead in the 6th minute, and Gervinho would make it 2-0 before halftime. However, Salah was sent off late in the match after receiving a second yellow card, so he will be suspended for Roma’s next Serie A match.

[ MORE: AC Milan debuts 16-year-old goalkeeper in win over Sassuolo ]

Juventus 2-0 Atalanta

Goals from Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus all three points as the club continues to try and battle back from a terrible start to the season. Juve now sits 12th on the table, with an even record of 3-3-3 through nine matches. After losing just three matches all of last season, there’s still room for improvement in Turin.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Empoli 2-0 Genoa
Palermo 1-1 Inter Milan
Carpi 1-2 Bologna
Sampdoria 4-1 Verona
AC Milan 2-1 Sassuolo
Chievo 0-1 Napoli
Udinese 1-0 Frosinone
Lazio 3-0 Torino