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Rob Green retires after Europa League victory

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Chelsea reserve goalkeeper Robert Green announced his retirement on Friday, two days after the club lifted the Europa League title.

The 39-year-old did not make a single appearance for Chelsea this season, playing third-string behind Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero the entire way.

Green, an England international with 12 caps to his name, came up through the Norwich City academy and played eight professional seasons with the Canaries before moving to West Ham, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, and Huddersfield Town before ending his career with the Blues. In total, Green amassed 267 Premier League appearances, keeping 55 clean sheets.

“Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23-year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football,” Green said in a statement via Chelsea’s official website.

“Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game. I’ve loved every moment and feel privileged to have enjoyed the career I have. I’ve played with, and against, some of the best players in the world and have experienced so much that professional football has to offer.”

The Three Lions veteran was most well known in the United States for making an error in the 2010 World Cup against the USMNT, allowing Clint Dempsey‘s weak, speculative shot to clatter off his hands and into the back of the net. He was benched after that and did not make another World Cup appearance in his career.

2015 Gold Cup: USMNT player profiles – Forwards

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With the 2015 Gold Cup kicking off, it’s time to look at every single player on the USA’s 23-man roster.

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Can Jurgen Klinsmann’s side defend the Gold Cup crown they won in 2013 to seal a spot at the 2017 Confederations Cup?

Here are the forwards who are tasked with making the U.S. national team champions of the CONCACAF region this summer.

Full name: Josmer Volmy Altidore
Age: 25
Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey
Position: Striker
Caps/goals: 81/27
Club: Toronto FC

Best moment in a U.S. shirt: Scoring a hat trick against Bosnia away in a friendly in the USA’s 4-3 comeback win in 2013. Altidore stretched his scoring streak to five consecutive games, which set a record for any USMNT player in history.

Starter or squad player at Gold Cup? Starter. Altidore usually divides opinion among USMNT fans, but his hold-up play is pivotal to the USA’s attacking unit.

Full name: Clinton Drew Dempsey
Age: 32
Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas
Position: Forward, Attacking midfielder
Caps/goals: 113/41
Club: Seattle Sounders

Best moment in a U.S. shirt: Dempsey’s goal in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal vs. Spain is memorable, plus that goal vs. England in the 2010 World Cup (poor old Robert Green) but those two strikes in the 2014 World Cup will take some beating. Dempsey put the U.S. 1-0 up vs. Ghana early on with a ridiculous run and cool finish, plus his strike against Portugal in Manaus was pretty special too. Look, Deuce has had so many good moments in a U.S. jersey that its hard to pick one. But we have to… so I am going for this goal vs. Ghana.

Starter or squad player at World Cup? Starter

Full name: Aron Johannsson
Age: 24
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Position: Forward, Winger
Caps/goals: 12/3
Club: AZ Alkmaar

Best moment in a US shirt: Johannsson’s first goal for the U.S. still stands out as he rifled home an effort against Panama to doom their World Cup qualification bid. However his link-up play with former AZ Alkmaar teammate Jozy Altidore  to put the USA 2-1 up in a recent friendly vs. Denmark showed what he is capable of.

Starter or squad player at Gold Cup? Probably off the bench. Johannsson will not be given the lone role ahead of Altidore, but if Jozy struggles early on then the Icelandic-American will be next in line to start up top.

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Full name: Christopher Elliott Wondolowski
Age: 32
Hometown: Danville, California
Position: Forward
Caps/goals: 28/10
Club: San Jose Earthquakes

Best moment in a U.S. shirt: His run as starter for nearly every game of the 2013 Gold Cup tournament. Wondo scored five times and entered folklore after having an extra ‘W’ on his jersey after his name was misspelled as “Wondowlowski” by the U.S. kit man for the group game against Belize. Wondo score a hat trick in that match and has worn an extra ‘W’ on the inside of his U.S. jersey ever since.

Starter or squad player at Gold Cup? He will be on the bench and ready to come on late in the game if the U.S. needs a goal.

Full name: Gyasi Zardes
Age: 23
Hometown: Hawthorne, California
Position: Forward/winger
Caps/goals: 8/1
Club: LA Galaxy

Best moment in a U.S. shirt: His recent surge into the national team setup was capped off with a fine goal against Holland in Amsterdam. His first strike for the U.S., Zardes poked home instinctively to set the USMNT on their way to a famous win over Holland.

Starter or squad player at Gold Cup? Starter. After a strong display against Germany and then as a sub vs. Guatemala, it seems like Zardes could fill the slot on the left wing. If he isn’t starting, he will be the first player off the bench.

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Newcastle United: Magpies blow lead, still in relegation danger

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John Carver’s miserable Magpies blew a 1-0 lead in falling to already-relegated QPR 2-1 on Saturday at Loftus Road.

Emmanuel Riviere beat Robert Green to have Newcastle United up 1-0 at the break, but Charlie Austin turned playmaker for a pair of goals as Matty Phillips and Leroy Fer boosted the R’s to 30 points.

Newcastle has given Hull a lease on life, just two points ahead of the 18th place Tigers. Hull hosts Manchester United next week, while West Ham visits Newcastle.

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Newcastle scored on its first bonafide chance of the game, from a doubly-unlikely source. Goalkeepr Tim Krul sent in a long ball and Riviere made a great run to collect the pass out of the air before slotting over Robert Green.

The QPR goalkeeper was the victim of a grotesque collision, as Joey Barton’s race to clean up a loose ball ended with his knee splitting open Green’s head. The keeper came off.

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Austin’s brilliant chipped cross nearly tied the match just after halftime, but Jonas Gutierrez slid in to stop Matty Phillips close-range shot from beating Krul.

The equalizer came, though, as Newcastle’s makeshift back line was abused by Austin, who crossed for Phillips to head home.

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In classic Newcastle fashion, Phillips then picked off a Krul clearance and fed it to Fer with a sliding pass. Fer curled home a wonder goal to make it 2-1.

Newcastle United has lost 9 of 10 matches.

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Queens Park Rangers: Green (McCarthy, 34′), Onuoha, Caulker (Yun, 45′), Dunne, Hill; Phillips, Barton, Henry, Hoilett (Grego-Cox, 45′); Fer, Austin.

Goal: Phillips (54′), Fer (61′)

Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Dummett, Gutierrez, Colback, R.Taylor Ameobi 64′), Sissoko, Cabella, Perez, Rivière (Cisse, 64′)

Goal: Riviere (24′)

LIVE – Premier League, at the half: Newcastle leads among nervy, mostly scoreless ties

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Five games kicked off at 10 a.m. ET in the Premier League on Saturday, with only one team — an important cog in the relegation fight — netting a goal in some nervy contests.

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QPR 0-1 Newcastle United

Emmanuel Riviere stands to be the hero on Tyneside, as his 24th minute goal has Newcastle safe for now. Robert Green was knocked out of the game, bloodied and dazed by an accidental Joey Barton knee to the head.

Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City

The desperate Black Cats have out-attempted the visitors 8-3, but the teams look content to share points at the Stadium of Light.

Burnley 0-0 Stoke City

The Clarets continue to fight despite having their Championship fate sealed, but Stoke has a heavy advantage in possession.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Hull City

The Tigers have a lot of spirit, but so far have been unable to find a goal at White Hart Lane.

West Ham United 0-0 Everton

A chippy affair with three first-half yellows, the Toffees look poised to break through.

Report: QPR to avoid previously reported multi-division relegation for breaking Financial Fair Play rules

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The BBC is reporting that Queens Park Rangers have avoided the three-division relegation that awaited them for being relegated in a season in which they breached Financial Fair Play.

Harry Redknapp spent big under Tony Fernandez to get the club back to the Premier League, quitting his post in the middle of the season and end of a transfer window in which they brought in few reinforcements.

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Chris Ramsey was unable to undo the mess, and QPR are going down, just not as far as they could’ve fallen.

QPR are alleged to have spent more on salaries than rules allowed when they were in the division two seasons ago. From the BBC:

Queens Park Rangers will not be barred from the Championship despite being accused of breaching Football League regulations.

QPR are alleged to have spent more on salaries than rules allowed when they were in the division two seasons ago.

That will come as a major relief for Fernandez, whose club will have to bring in a bunch of new players this offseason. Several big names like Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips are out of contract, several more could retire, and players like Charlie Austin, Robert Green and Matty Phillips could be in demand.