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Red Bulls take risk on exciting Danish forward Jorgensen

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Miguel Almiron’s transfer to Newcastle was a watershed moment for MLS players who dream of making a big move to Europe. In a similar vein, Mathias Jorgensen‘s transfer to the New York Red Bulls is the latest sign that MLS is a destination, even for young European players.

The Red Bulls announced early Tuesday morning the signing of the 18-year-old Danish forward, making him one of the highest rated players to leave Europe at a young age for greener pastures in MLS. Whether just to get into the Red Bull system or not, Jorgensen’s move is a risk for all involved, one that could pay off greatly in the next few years for both club and player, or one that could discourage others to make a similar move until they’re well established.

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“We are really excited to have added Mathias to our team. He fits the profile of a Red Bull player and person that we look for,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said in a statement. “As a striker, Mathias gives us another dynamic option up the field with his speed, clever movements, and willingness to run behind defenses. In addition to his talent though, we love his attitude, humbleness, and his desire to work for the team.”

Jorgensen, the Red Bulls announced, was signed with Targeted Allocation Money, meaning he doesn’t count against the team’s Designated Player quota.

After debuting for Odense BK in his native Denmark in 2017, he became a regular in the gameday squad throughout the last four months of 2018. Jorgensen made 13 appearances including four starts, scoring twice in the Danish Superliga. He’s also appeared for Denmark’s Under-18 and Under-19 National Teams.

Without a lot of professional experience, the Red Bulls are certainly taking a gamble on Jorgensen, especially because he’s signed to a multi-year deal. But he’ll have the opportunity to train every day with Bradley Wright-Phillips, one of the league’s best scorers and a veteran who can pass along some tips he learned himself from the likes of Thierry Henry. In the future, perhaps Jorgensen can be the replacement for Wright-Phillips in New York.

Man United win again, ease by Huddersfield

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  • Two wins from two for Solskjaer
  • Matic, Pogba score
  • Six-straight defeats for Huddersfield

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Boxing Day at Old Trafford, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it two wins from two as United’s caretaker manager.

Nemanja Matic put United 1-0 up and Paul Pogba scored twice in the second half to ease United to victory. Mathias Jorgensen pulled a goal back for Huddersfield late on, but David Wagner‘s men are now bottom of the table after six-straight defeats.

With the win United now have 32 points, while Huddersfield have 10.

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Huddersfield had a great chance to take the lead as a long throw into the box caused mayhem but Terrence Kongolo smashed the ball over the bar fro just six yards out.

United started to pour forward ahead of half time and that pressure eventually pay dividends.

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A corner from the left was flicked on by Victor Lindelof and Matic was on hand to tap home and score the first home goal of Solskjaer’s reign.

United should have doubled their lead before the break as Rashford did superbly to nutmeg a defender and cross to the back post, but Diogo Dalot put his effort wide with the goal gaping. Rashford then lashed an effort wide of the far post as United cranked through the gears.

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Huddersfield had a few chances at the start of the second half as Laurent Depoitre, Issac Mbenza and Elias Kachunga all went close. Solskjaer brought on Ander Herrera and Ashley Young for Fred and Dalot in the second half as he tried to kick United back into life, but Huddersfield went close again. Depoitre flicked an effort goalwards from a corner but David De Gea produced a magnificent save as the away side continued to threaten.

But Pogba then delivered two moments of quality as he first finished off after great work from Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, and then drilled a shot in from distance for his second and United’s third of the game. Game over.

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Huddersfield grabbed a consolation late on as Steve Mounie flicked the ball to Jorgensen to score, but in truth United barely got out of second gear as Solskjaer celebrated a win in his first home game in charge of the Red Devils on a caretaker basis.

Saints win six-pointer at Huddersfield

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  • Redmond, Ings, Obafemi score
  • Huddersfield lose fifth-straight game
  • Second-straight win for Saints
  • First consecutive PL wins for Saints since April 2017

Southampton’s revival under Ralph Hasenhuttl continued on Saturday at the John Smith’s Stadium, as they beat Huddersfield Town 3-1.

Saints led 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings, and although Philip Billing‘s strike have Huddersfield hope of a comeback, Saints found another gear late on as teenager Michael Obafemi scored his first-ever Premier League goal.

With the win Saints move on to 15 points for the season, while Huddersfield remain on 10 points.

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The first big chance of the game went to Saints as Matt Targett‘s cross was pushed away by Jonas Lossl and Huddersfield hacked the loose ball away with Oriol Romeu‘s shot saved by Lossl. Soon after Saints were ahead.

Ings played it to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and his pass opened up the Huddersfield defense. Redmond ran on to it and slammed home his first goal of the season after his 28th attempt on goal.

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Huddersfield were dangerous from long throws and corner kicks but Southampton were lively on the counter and that is how they got their second.

The ball was played in to Ings and despite his heavy touch, Mathias Jorgensen brought him down and the hometown hero dusted himself off to score from the penalty spot and put Saints 2-0 up.

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Huddersfield threw everything at Saints in the second half and only some fine goalkeeping from Southampton kept them out at first. Alex McCarthy saved Jorgensen’s header superbly after some hesitant Saints defending but he then made a hash of Billing’s shot from distance soon after.

Billing’s shot was straight at McCarthy but the swerve deceived him and it was 2-1. Moments later he made a solid stop from Issac Mbenza and was then brave to deny Jorgensen as Huddersfield were back in the game.

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The introduction of 18-year-old striker Obafemi changed the game for Saints, as he had several chances to score on the break and finished one of them for his first-ever career goal to make it 3-1 and seal back-to-back wins for Southampton for the first time in almost 18 months.

Brighton fight back to beat 10-man Huddersfield

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  • Huddersfield took lead after 55 seconds
  • Steve Mounie sent off in first half
  • Brighton’s Andone scores first PL goal to win it

Brighton and Hove Albion beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, as the Terriers took an early lead but couldn’t build on it after Steve Mounie was sent off.

Mathias Jorgensen scored the fastest goal of the PL season so far to make it 1-0, but Mounie was shown a straight red card and Brighton sprung into life. Shane Duffy made it 1-1 and then Florin Andone was the hero for the Seagulls with his first goal in England to secure all three points.

With the win Brighton move up to 11th on 18 points, while Huddersfield are in 17th and just one point out of the relegation zone.

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The home side got off to a perfect start within the first minute, as poor Brighton defending from a Huddersfield long-throw allowed Jorgensen to nod home the opener off the post.

Jorgensen’s goal was the fastest in the PL so far this season, timed at just 55 seconds.

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Brighton battled their way back into the game and Shane Duffy’s header was saved well by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

The game then swung in Brighton’s favor as Huddersfield’s Steve Mounie was shown a straight red card. The Frenchman flew into a challenge on Yves Bissouma with his studs showing and referee Michael Oliver had no choice but to reduce Huddersfield to 10 men. Brighton went close through Jose Izquierdo’s shot just before half time, as the Seagulls smelt blood in the water.

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Brighton equalized right on half time as Duffy headed home Solly March‘s cross and the Seagulls went in level at the break.

At the start of the second half Lossl was forced into two fine saves from Bissouma and Pascal Gross in quick succession, and that was a sign of things to come.

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The winning goal arrived for Brighton through Romanian striker Andone, as he headed home March’s cross to make it 2-1 and break Huddersfield’s hearts with his first goal for the Seagulls.

AT HALF: Chicharito on the board, Bournemouth level at Man City

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There are goals in all five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, including a stunner at Leicester City and two red cards.

Man City 1-1 Bournemouth – NBCSN [STREAM]

Bernardo Silva‘s early goal was answered by Callum Wilson before halftime as the Cherries are hanging with the hosts.

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

It’s level at the John Smith’s Stadium, where Mathias Jorgensen put the Terriers ahead in the first minute. His teammate Steve Mounie took a red card in the 32nd and Shane Duffy restored level terms for Brighton before the break.

Leicester City 2-0 Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

A Jamie Vardy penalty and marvelous juggling goal from James Maddison have the Foxes holding the Hornets down.

Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Javier Chicharito took one of West Ham’s few chances, and Ayoze Perez has missed several chances to level the score at St. James’ Park.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

The Eagles are deservedly ahead of lowly Burnley, with James McArthur‘s 16th minute the only goal as Palace is out-attempting the Clarets 9-0.