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Report: Crystal Palace’s Mutch nearing MLS move

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While Crystal Palace tangled with Newcastle United on Sunday, one of its unused players was making progress on a move to Major League Soccer.

Jordon Mutch, a young 26, has not been able to get any time for Palace this season, and is being linked with Vancouver Whitecaps.

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ESPN says talks are at an “advanced stage” between the two parties.

Mutch scored seven Premier League goals for Cardiff in 2013-14, but has not found the back of the net in the top flight during 40 appearances between QPR and Palace.

He scored for Reading on loan in the Championship last season.

In theory, Mutch at his best would be a huge factor in MLS. But it’s not like just everyone on a Premier League roster can skip over the pond and succeed (though most legit starters have done so).

A box-to-box guy who can make plays and swing out left on occasion? Worth the risk.

PL Friendly Roundup: Real Madrid downs Manchester City, Liverpool draws Malaysia XI

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Four Premier League teams were in action today across the globe, and it was a mixed day for teams in the English top flight look to get ready for the season that is quickly nearing.

Manchester City was pounded by Real Madrid in the Australian edition of the International Champions Cup in the early morning on Friday in the title of the event. The Spanish giants toppled their Champions League foes 4-1 as Ronaldo scored a stunner in the first half.

Real Madrid raced out to a 3-0 lead on a goal from the Portuguese phenom plus ones from Pepe and Karim Benzema, while Yaya Toure slotted a penalty to pull one back before halftime, and Madrid cruised in the second half, restoring their three-goal lead late from substitute Denis Cheryshev.

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Liverpool also found themselves with a disappointing result, finishing with a 1-1 draw against the Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh stunned the Reds in the 13th minute to take the lead for the home side, but Jordan Ibe brought things back level on the half-hour mark. That was all the scoring despite a heavy host of starters on the field for the Premier League side, with Malaysia coming the closest in the second half, requiring an impressive stop by Adam Bogdan late into stoppage time.

Crystal Palace smashed South African side SuperSport United to reach the final of the Cape Town Cup. Mile Jedinak opened the scoring in just the third minute, and Lee Chung-yong, Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell all scored first-half goals to push Palace firmly in front. They would cruise through the second half to a 4-0 win as Patrick Bamford made his team debut in the second half. Alan Pardew’s side will take on either Sporting Lisbon or Ajax Cape Town in the finals on Sunday.

Finally, Swansea City finished level with Championship side Reading as both sides scored quick-fire second-half goals to end with a 1-1 draw. After a dull first half, Reading’s Nick Blackmon stunned Swansea just a minute after the break with a shot from well far out that hit off the underside of the crossbar and went in. The lead lasted just over a minute, as Jefferson Montero found Kyle Bartley for the tap-in equalizer. Jonjo Shelvey was influential in the second half, but couldn’t put Swansea ahead throughout the second 45.

Watch Live: Sunderland vs Crystal Palace (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Sunderland looks to keep momentum going as the Black Cats can go six clear of the drop with a successful follow-up to last week’s energizing Tyne-Wear derby win as the Stadium of Light welcomes Crystal Palace at 10am ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Manager Dick Advocaat has made just one forced change to his starting lineup from that win, replacing the suspended Seb Larsson with Jack Rodwell. The influential Larsson is suspended for a pair of matches after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season against Newcastle. These two games will be the first he’s missed all Premier League season.

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Palace also comes into this match in form, on the heels of three straight wins and four in their last five that has seen them suddenly closing in on a top 10 table finish, just three points back of Stoke City for 10th position. Even more surprisingly, they’ve done it all without captain Mile Jedinak, who returns from his four-match suspension today.

Joe Ledley was thought to be injured for today but is able to make the Palace bench, while Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell and Jordon Mutch are all still dealing with long-term injuries.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon, O’Shea, Vergini, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Gomez, Rodwell, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.
Bench: Bridcutt, Johnson, Reveillere, Graham, Coates, Mannone, Buckley.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Bolasie, McArthur, Jedinak, Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.
Bench: Hennessey, Hangeland, Sanogo, Ledley, Gayle, Kelly, Ameobi.

Queens Park Rangers set to add Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch

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Cardiff City’s disappointing season in the Premier League couldn’t diminished the promise of Jordon Mutch, a 22-year-old midfielder who scored seven goals during his return to the top flight. Now, while the Bluebirds go back to life in the second division, Mutch has been given more time in the first division, with Queens Park Rangers pulling the Birmingham City product into an already deep midfield.

According to multiple sources out of England, the Rs have agreed to terms with Cardiff on Mutch’s move, with reports putting the fee at between $8.4 and $10.1 million. Provided he passes his Tuesday medical, Mutch becomes the second Cardiff player to join QPR this summer, following in the footsteps of defender Steven Caulker.

Capable of playing through the middle or on the left, Mutch joins an enviable collection of midfield talent; at least, enviable compared to the typical talent coming up from the second tier. Between Joey Barton nd Karl Henry, QPR already has a players with Premier League experience to man the middle. Alejandro Faurlín is returning, while Adel Taarabt, Junior Hoilett, and Matt Phillips provide attacking options. The Rs may have been in the Championship last season, but they have a number of options.

What makes Mutch different is his age. Whereas QPR has spent the last few years collecting veterans who’ve trickled down the ladder, Mutch combines hope for the future with somebody who’s already had success at the top-level. Should Barton become a problem or Harry Redknapp want a more versatile player than Henry, the Rs will have options, particularly if tougher competition forces them to play five in midfield.

If anything, the Rangers seem overloaded. With players like Mutch coming in, perhaps Barton or Taarabt are set to move on. Thanks to purchases like today’s, though, QPR can afford to pursue some return on their more established stars.

Premier League Roundup: Chelsea slip up, Man United respond, relegation drama

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Many would argue we’re witnessing the best season in Premier League history and after another spectacular Saturday played out, it’s hard to disagree.

Chelsea slipped up away at Crystal Palace to leave their title hopes in tatters, Manchester City and Arsenal tied in a pulsating clash, Manchester United saw off Aston Villa 4-1, while Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion played out arguably the game of the season in a enthralling 3-3 draw.

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There were 22 goals in Saturday’s seven games, as action packed matches were the order of the day. In case you missed any of it, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered at PST.

Here are all the recaps, analysis and highlights from all of Saturday’s games.

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

Man City started superbly against Arsenal, and David Silva put the Citizens ahead after just 18 minutes as he reacted first to Edin Dzeko’s shot that crashed off the post. City were the better team for most of the first half, as the Gunners’ faint title hopes looked to be fading out with a whimper. However a totally different side appeared after the break, with Mathieu Flamini finishing superbly to level things up and then Lukas Podolski’s shot was well saved by Joe Hart as City held on. City are still title favorites, but Arsenal keep themselves in the hunt. Just.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

Palace dealt Chelsea’s title hopes a massive blow as a John Terry own goal in the second half means Chelsea’s title hopes are over, in the words of their own manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea just couldn’t handled Palace’s physical approach, as the Eagles took the game to the Blues and gave their chances of Premier League survival a huge boost.

Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa went 1-0 up through Ashley Westwood’s free kick, but that only acted to fire up United. You won’t like them when they’re angry. Wayne Rooney scored twice, plus goals from Juan Mata (his for in the PL for United) and Javier Hernandez sealed a comfortable win. Villa boss Paul Lambert didn’t think his side deserved a hiding, but United were clinical.

Southampton 4-0 Newcastle United

The Saints were sensational against the Magpies, and three England hopefuls kept their charge towards Brazil going. Jay Rodriguez scored twice, Rickie Lambert bagged another and Adam Lallana scored a screamer as Saints jumped into eighth ahead of Newcastle, who were truly shocking. Mauricio Pochettino’s men continue to impress.

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Peter Odemwingie was the hero for the Potters, as Stoke sealed their third-straight win. A determined Hull kept plugging away, but the Tigers weren’t quite good enough and Stoke did a job on them. How high can Mark Hughes’ men finish now? They have already reached the magic 40 point marker.

Swansea City 3-0 Norwich City

Swansea had been threatening to give someone a hiding for a while, and that team was Norwich. Two Jonathan De Guzman goals set Swansea on their way and another from Wayne Routledge sealed the win to ease Swansea’s relegation worries. As for Norwich, they are embroiled in the battle to stay up. Big time.

West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Cardiff City

This season we’ve been blessed with so many stunning games in the PL, but this could take the biscuit. West Brom raced into an early 2-0 lead with Morgan Almafitano and Graham Dorrans on the score sheet, but Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch scored before the half and then Steven Caulker leveled the scores in the 73rd minute. More drama arrived in stoppage time, as Thievy put West Brom ahead in the 92nd minute and the Baggies looked to have snatched a massive three points. But with the last kick of the game, Mats Moller Daehli popped up to send Cardiff’s fans wild and reignite their survival bid with a stunning late goal. You can’t write this stuff.