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USMNT draws Uruguay on late Morris goal

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Jordan Morris’ late goal rescued a draw for the United States men’s national team in a 1-1 draw against Uruguay which saw two B teams hoping to make an impression on their coaches.

LAFC young star Brian Rodriguez got his first goal on U.S. soil with a sensational marker to give the CONMEBOL giants a lead. No. 5 ranked La Celeste was without surnames Suarez, Godin, Cavani, and Stuani, while the U.S. was without Pulisic, Brooks, McKennie, and Adams.

The Morris goal was the Yanks’ first since the Gold Cup semifinal, the Yanks twice blanked by Mexico in between the markers.

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The first two dangers moments came through Uruguay, the final ball bungled by the visitors after a counter down the right before a counter down the left also came up short.

Sebastian Lletget crossed well for Cristian Roldan, but the Sounders midfielder saw his header saved by Fernando Muslera.

If Uruguay’s first chance should’ve been 1-0, then Tyler Boyd’s 22nd minute miss would’ve been 1-1. Jordan Morris spun a pretty cross toward the back post, but Boyd couldn’t get enough purchase and hit off the bottom of the bar from inside the six.

Hometown center back Tim Ream made an incredible block a minute later when Brad Guzan spilled a ball toward the penalty spot.

And Uruguay should’ve conceded a penalty when Jose Gimenez handled a cross while contending a 50/50 against Josh Sargent.

Mostly, though, the first half was a snooze. It slowed down considerably after some early excitement.

That changed early in the second half, as the USMNT was slow to react to a turnover in possession. Uruguay tore down the field with little resistance, and Rodriguez absolutely cooked Aaron Long before sending a rocket past Guzan.

Muslera made a fine save on a Morris header as Boyd spun a cross to the back post in the 58th.

The Yanks made some subs, and one of them had a funny role in the goal. While Ream and Roldan made incisive passes to set up Nick Lima, the San Jose defender saw his block crossed and then a clearance turn off of him and onto the path of Morris for a body goal.

VIDEO: Muslera’s shocking mistake on Griezmann goal

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Fernando Muslera had himself a “Loris Karius” moment as Uruguay trailed France in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinal.

The Uruguay goalkeeper will never want to see this replay again…

In the second half Muslera pushed a routine shot from Antoine Griezmann straight into his own net, in a horror moment to double France’s lead.

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Watch video of the moment below, as France is heading into the semifinals of the World Cup.

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UEFA bans Galatasaray from Europe for 1 season for Financial Fair Play violations, coach quits

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Galatasaray has been banned from the next European competition the club qualifies for over the next two seasons due to breach of Financial Fair Play rules, UEFA confirmed in a statement. They have also been ordered to cut player benefits costs.

The club has repeatedly broken the rules, and was put on a probationary period for the 2014/15 season having signed a break-even agreement. That agreement has been broken, it was announced in January, thus resulting in punishment.

Galatasaray chairman Dursun Özbek predicted this punishment back in January, adding that the club was doing its best to limit spending and reduce the heavy losses the club had been reporting over the past few seasons.

“The committee wants to ban Galatasaray from the European cups for 1+1 years. This is not their decision, but the meetings suggest it,” Özbek said during a press conference in January.

“If there is an improvement in the second year of monitoring us, if there is a loss of 10 million by the end of 2016 and 10 million at the end of 2017, then they recommend only a one-year ban,” Ă–zbek said. “We are working to bring the losses down to 5-10 million euros and minimize spending in the second half. This is not just for UEFA; this is necessary for Galatasaray’s survival.”

UEFA rules say a club cannot post a loss of over €30 million ($32.5 million) for three consecutive seasons. The Turkish club posted losses far in excess of that amount for between 2012 and 2015, reaching €70 million ($76 million) in the 2013/14 season.

Galatasaray has already been eliminated from European competition this season, finishing third in their Champions League group, and falling in the Europa League knockout stages to Lazio on a 4-2 aggregate.

With the ban looming and the defending champions currently sitting fifth in the league standings with 37 points, 16 behind leaders Fererbahce, manager Mustafa Denizli quit his post after just three months in charge. The 66-year-old Denizli had taken over back in mid-November to replace Hamza Hamzagolu, marking his third spell in charge of Gala, but the club confirmed on Tuesday that he would leave, replaced temporarily by developmental coach Orhan Atik.

Notable players who could see these events affect their future at the club include Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, Dutch superstar Wesley Sneijder, Arsenal loanee Lukas Podolski, and club captain Selcuk Inan.

Liverpool legend says Simon Mignolet is ‘worse than Dracula’

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If anyone has the right to criticize Liverpool’s goalkeeper, it’s Bruce Grobbelaar.

The Zimbabwe international stood in between the sticks for Liverpool for 13 seasons, making over 600 appearances for the Reds.

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As Liverpool continue to struggle in the Premier League, many players have come under fire from critics, especially keeper Simon Mignolet.

Although Liverpool finished second in the league last year, they conceded 50 goals on the season, prompting Grobbelaar to criticize Mignolet long before his recent struggles.

When asked if he was being too harsh on the Belgian keeper, Grobbelaar had some choice words.

I’m not being too harsh on him. Not at all. He’s worse than Dracula, because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then. He seems to stay on his line and that’s it.

The whole 18-yard area – not just the six-yard area – is the goalkeeper’s, in modern goalkeeping. If you come out and get the ball, and you get smacked, you’re going to get the foul. It’s not rocket science.”

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While Grobbelaar did compliment Mignolet on his shot-stopping abilities, he said his lack of aggression in the box is one of the reasons Liverpool have been conceding so many goals.

Since Mignolet’s arrival at Anfield in 2013, talks of his replacement have been ongoing. Reports linked Victor Valdes or possibly Fernando Muslera, but no major talks have taken place.

 

Report: Fernando Muslera wants move to Premier League

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Galatasaray is looking to cash in on one of their star players.

The club is reportedly willing to sell Fernando Muslera, their starting goalkeeper who has been with the team since 2011.

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The Uruguayan international came to Galatasaray three years ago for about $15 million, and the club is now looking to sell Muslera for over $30 million.

For a club in financial trouble like Galatasaray, it might be more of a business decision than a personnel decision.

In a recent interview, the goalkeeper said he has always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, putting clubs on high alert for more news out of Turkey.

The Premier League is my childhood dream. It’s every players dream to play at a top club in England one day, however, that’s up to my club.”

Reports state Liverpool and Manchester City are both interested in Muslera, who has played in two World Cups for Uruguay. The Reds have been unhappy with the play of their keeper Simon Mignolet, while a move to City would cause a great battle between Muslera and Joe Hart for the starting role.

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AC Milan are also reportedly lining up a bid for Muslera, who played in Serie A for Lazio before moving to Turkey.

While Muslera has expressed his personal desire to play for a Premier League club, Galatasaray will only be looking at the dollar signs when clubs start asking for their star goalkeeper.