Wolves, 10-man Everton in electric 2-2

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Richarlison scored two goals for 10-man Everton, but Ruben Neves scored and posted an assist on the equalizer as the Toffees and Wolves drew 2-2 at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday.

Mexican international Raul Jimenez scored said equalizer, which came against an Everton side which played down a man for 50 minutes following a controversial red card to Phil Jagielka.

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A boisterous Molineux settled into watching Everton having the better of early play, and Seamus Coleman forced an early save out of Rui Patricio.

Richarlison opened his account just a few minutes after collecting a yellow card. The Brazilian found Michael Keane‘s knockdown of a Leighton Baines free kick to make it 1-0 to the Toffees.

The Brazilian then led a 2v1 break, but opted for the outside of his right foot instead of the left for a cross, flubbing the chance to find Theo Walcott. Wolves broke right back, with Jordan Pickford saving a Helder Costa attempt.

The game changed wildly when Jagielka’s lunging recovery attempt of a casual touch clattered into the ankle of Diego Jota.

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And Neves curled the ensuing free kick upper 90 in sensational fashion, sending the clubs to the locker rooms level at one.

The game remained even, the pouring rain certainly depriving the match of a certain amount of flow.

Two saves marked the second half as it reached the 60th minute, with Cenk Tosun denied by Patricio and Wolves’ Jimenez blocked by Pickford.

Richarlison nearly had an assist when he knocked down a cross into the path of Walcott, but the ex-Arsenal man couldn’t get purchase on his shot.

And then he put the Toffees ahead, rewarding his manager for both buying him and leaving him in the game on yellow. It was a cute curling effort inside the far post and beyond the reach of a diving Patricio.

But hold on! Neves sent a beautiful cross over the head of a leaping Keane, and Jimenez buried his header to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes to play.

Galaxy teen Efrain Alvarez leaves door open for representing USMNT


There still may be some hope of a bright teenage prospect representing the U.S. Men’s National Team, despite having switched his allegiance to Mexico in 2017.

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LA Galaxy youth Efrain Alvarez currently represents El Tri at the youth international level, however, the 16-year-old won’t rule out making a comeback to the USMNT setup.

“I’m not closing the door on anyone,” Alvarez said ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Homegrown Game. “I could still play for the U.S. or I could keep playing for Mexico. But I’m with Mexico right now and that’s my focus.”

Similarly to Jonathan Gonzalez, Alvarez grew up in California and after representing the U.S. Under-15 national team two years ago opted to change his national team selection to Mexico.

Alvarez has impressed with LA Galaxy II this season by scoring eight goals in as many matches, making him a highly-coveted prospect.

“Something happened with the U.S., and then Mexico came knocking on my door, and I tried it and I liked it there,” Alvarez said.

While it’s not a certainty that Alvarez will come back to the U.S. on the international scene, a player of his caliber would surely be beneficial for the growth of a country that has just missed a World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

Juan Carlos Osorio steps down as Mexico head coach

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After leading Mexico to a Round of 16 appearance at the 2018 World Cup, Juan Carlos Osorio has stepped down has head coach of the Mexican national team.

The Mexican federation announced Friday that Osorio would depart, defiantly confirming that the 56-year-old declined a contract extension that would have carried him through the 2022 World Cup. Reports indicate he has already met with a host of other international federations, having informed the FMF a week ago of his decision. Considering reports have been swirling for days that Osorio will not just step down but weigh other job offers, it is likely that he is officially scooped up by another federation in a short period of time.

In a short statement, Osorio thanked the fans, employees, and players for what he called a “unique and unparalleled professional and life experience.”

Osorio took charge of El Tri in 2015 after the sudden firing of Miguel Herrera. The Colombian was tasked with following Herrera’s tenure, a tall task given how well Herrera was liked by the fans. Osorio succeeded with flying colors, often praised for his tinkering managerial style.

He won 33 of his 52 matches in charge, drawing nine and losing 10. His .721 win percentage is the highest of any coach to ever take charge of more than 20 games for Mexico. They finished a distant first in CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying, but saw mixed results in this summer’s tournament. After winning its first two matches in impressive fashion, including a stunning win over defending champions Germany, they faltered in their final group stage match, beaten soundly by Sweden and failing to secure victory atop Group F. That left them with an unfavorable knockout round match against favorites Brazil, which saw Mexico eliminated for the seventh straight time in the Round of 16.

According to Goal.com, Osorio has already been contacted by six other national teams, including two in South America – one being his home nation of Colombia, who currently employs Jose Pekerman. The report states the United States is not one of those teams, but many have speculated that could take place in the near future. The report says the lack of contact from the United States is mainly due to the gap in power with incoming general manager Earnie Stewart not officially beginning his job until August 1.

Video: Watch this incredible Copa MX bicycle kick

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It’s not every day that a second-division side gets to face a Liga MX club in a competitive match. Diego Esqueda made the most of his opportunity, in spectacular fashion.

Esqueda latched on to a cross in the box that was slightly behind him, flicked the ball up in the air, and the unleashed a perfectly-aimed chilena over his left shoulder to give his side, Tampico Madero, a 1-0 lead at the time over Pumas UNAM in Copa MX action Tuesday evening.

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You’ve gotta love both the goal and Esqueda’s nonplussed celebration, as if he’s done that a million times before.

For Esqueda, a 29-year-old midfielder who’s spent nearly his entire career in Ascenso MX, it’s a moment he won’t ever forget. Alas, his side couldn’t hold onto the league. In the first match of the Apertura Copa MX, Tampico tied Pumas, 1-1.

Liga MX wrap: Xolos beats Chivas as Apertura begins

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Liga MX’s Apertura season is off and running with all 18 clubs partaking in a match this weekend.

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Club Tijuana 2-1 Chivas Guadalajara

Scoreless at the half, the weekend’s marquee match sprang to life in the final 45. Juan Martin Lucero gave TJ a 54th minute lead before Jose Van Rankin knotted it up five minutes later.

Lucero assisted Jose Rivero’s 75th minute winner, which was helped in its status when Michael Perez took a red card in the 80th.

Cruz Azul 3-0 Puebla

Elias Hernandez scored a goal and added an assist, and Milton Caraglio put one of his five shots on goal into the net. Andres Renteria also scored in the win.

Tigres 2-0 Leon

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored, and Lucas Zelarayan marked a goal and an assist in the win.

Necaxa 2-1 Club America
Toluca 2-0 Morelia
Santos Laguna 2-1 Lobos BUAP
Pachuca 0-1 Monterrey
Veracruz 0-2 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 0-0 Queretaro