About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed the performance of Virgil van Dijk for victory at Wolves last night.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Molineux and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Carragher told Sky Sports: “He makes other people play better around him. Tony Adams made the rest of that Arsenal back four better. He does the same.”He scored a great goal for Holland a few weeks ago. His goal record isn’t great considering his size but the type of goal he got there, how many centre backs would put that over the bar?”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday.
Marco Silva demands Everton responseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Silva wants his side to show their quality in their next game on New Year’s Day.The Toffees ended 2018 with a disappointing loss to Brighton, which put them 10th in the league.Their manager now wants them to bounce back against Leicester City at home.”It is important to be strong again and ready for the next match in three days,” Silva told the club’s website.”We don’t have time to prepare in the normal way but that is the schedule and we have to put in our players’ minds how important the next game is.”We have to change our recent form at home and give a different answer.”It will be a tough match but we have to give 100 per cent to win it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Sarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
McTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right manby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is fully behind the club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.McTominay believes that Solskjaer is the right man to lead United to success domestically and in Europe.The Norwegian has come in for significant criticism after his side’s dismal start to the season.They face a tough home clash against Arsenal on Monday night.”It takes time for a new manager coming in,” the Scotland international told The Mirror. “It’s not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place.”Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole.”You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we’re going through one right now.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@keola_vWell, this was probably inevitable. N.C. State fans really, really don’t like North Carolina, and many have gotten a lot of joy out of the recent academic scandal in Chapel Hill. We’ve seen many fans get custom license plates, many of which are used to taunt rival fans. This “UNCCHE@T” license plate was bound to be made—the only real question was whether a Duke fan would be a State fan to the punch.School spirit I guess, lol #ncst #unc #wolfpack #tarheels #acc #ncstate #Duke pic.twitter.com/RrLYLryobI— Keola Victorino (@keola_v) July 7, 2015We’re sure the Tar Heels fans in the area really appreciate seeing this on their daily commute.
The 2019 MLS draft is little more than a week away and the league is putting the finishing touches on the class of college underclassmen who will headline the draft class, including one U.S. youth national team standout. U.S. Under-20 midfielder Frankie Amaya and Syracuse University forward Tajon Buchanan headline a class of seven players who have signed Generation adidas contracts, sources have confirmed to Goal. Amaya, who finished his freshman season at UCLA and started for the U.S. U-20s in their 2-0 win against Mexico in the Concaaf Championship final, heads into the draft as the highest-rated prospect available. The skilled central midfielder impressed at the Concacaf Championships, and is very much a possibility to go as the first overall selection in the 2019. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Canadian forward Buchanan is regarded as another one of the top prospects in the draft. The 19-year-old forward/winger was a first-team All-ACC selection, registering eight goals and four assists for Syracuse. University of Kentucky junior forward J.J. Williams will be in the running for the top pick in the draft as well. The American striker earned All-American honors for the Wildcats after scoring 18 goals and adding eight assists in 2018. University of Maryland goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair helped lead the Terrapins to an NCAA title and will be looking to follow in the professional footsteps of fellow Maryland goalkeeping alumnus Zack Steffen, who completed a transfer to Manchester City in December. A 6-foot-4 junior, St. Clair recorded 12 shutouts to help Maryland win its first NCAA title in a decade. University of North Carolina sophomore John Nelson has also signed a Generation adidas deal and should be one of the first defenders selected in the draft. The Tar Heels left back earned second-team All-ACC honors and is a former U.S. Under-17 World Cup player. Indiana University forward Griffin Dorsey was a teammate of Amaya’s on the U.S. Under-20 national team that won the Concacaf Championship in November and now joins Amaya as a Generation adidas signing. The sophomore earned first-team All-Big Ten honors on a Hoosiers team that reached the NCAA final four. Virginia Commonwealth midfielder Siad Haji is another player with a lengthy U.S. youth national team resume. The winger/attacking midfielder has played for the United States on the U-17 and U-19 level, and is expected to earn a call-up to the U.S. Under-20 team for its next camp. Hadji recorded five goals and 10 assists for VCU in 2018. The Generation adidas program is the MLS mechanism for signing top college underclassmen to go through the MLS draft. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Jack Harrison are some of the top players to pass through the program. MLS has succeeded in securing most of its top 2019 Generation adidas targets, but not all of them. U.S. Under-20 national team right back Manny Perez would be one of the highest-rated players in the 2019 draft if he signed with MLS, but is weighing transfer offers in Europe. Sources tell Goal that, as of Tuesday, signing a Generation adidas deal is still a possibility for the North Carolina State defender. UCLA forward Mohammed Kamara is another prospect who had been considered a candidate for a Generation adidas contract, but sources say he is weighing offers in Europe, with German club Paderborn a strong possibility. Akron University forward David Egbo is another player who has drawn consideration as a Generation adidas target after scoring 13 goals for a Zips squad that reached the NCAA final four, but as of Tuesday he has not signed a deal. The members of the Generation adidas class will join the top college seniors at the MLS combine, which kicks off on Saturday in Orlando, with the 2019 MLS draft set for January 10 in Chicago. Expansion side FC Cincinnati currently holds the first overall pick in the draft.
Ross McCormack has officially left the Central Coast Mariners in another blow for the struggling A-League club.Fresh from being thumped 5-2 by Sydney FC on Friday night , the Mariners released a statement on Saturday announcing the on-loan Scottish striker’s recall to parent club Aston Villa.McCormack was sent back Villa for specialist treatment on a knee injury earlier in December, but was expected to be back for the Mariners’ clash against Perth Glory on New Years Eve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However the 26-year-old was spotted watching former club Motherwell play after when he was supposed to return to Australia – in a clear sign he wasn’t coming back Down Under.— Del Sommerville (@Del1589) December 29, 2018 ”I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners and the fans for welcoming me on the Central Coast with open arms. Although I was only there for a short period, everyone made me feel very welcome from day one.” McCormack said.”The opportunity for me to return to the UK is something that I couldn’t turn down and will allow me to see my children more, which is something that is very important to me.”I wish the playing group and coaching staff all the best for the rest of the season.”McCormack scored one goal in five appearances for the Gosford-based club – a long way short of the 14 he struck for Melbourne City last season.The Mariners have had the worst start in A-League history and remain rooted to the bottom of the table with no wins and only two points from their 11 matches.
YouTube/WatchNDIt’s FlightAware season, college football fans. Time to speculate which flights around the country could be carrying head football coaches to their new jobs.Wednesday’s action? There is a flight currently scheduled from South Bend, Indiana to Eugene, Oregon at 4:40 p.m. ET tonight. Considering some fans think Brian Kelly could be a candidate for the now-vacant Oregon job, screenshots of the flight pattern on FlightAware.com are making the rounds.BREAKING: Private Jet flying from South Bend, IN going to Eugene, OR later today. Could be a coincidence, but Oregon also fired their coach pic.twitter.com/c6zNqINjta— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 30, 2016Well well well. Private plane flying from South Bend to Eugene, Oregon. ? pic.twitter.com/UIN4ALxdRz— Kevin Burke (@kevinjburke423) November 30, 2016Flight from South Bend to Eugene could simply be a recruiting trip. As I said, could just be a coincidence. https://t.co/sXsjzgExVY— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 30, 2016@Matt_Fortuna Private jet going from south bend to Eugene, OR today, coincidence? Doubtful pic.twitter.com/1hrZz062gE— Geno Freeman (@PapaGeno773) November 30, 2016For anyone curious, you can see the South Bend-Eugene private flight for yourself right here: https://t.co/0o8bUVSnS1#GoDucks— Mike Konowitz (@MikeKonowitz) November 30, 2016Keep in mind, this means nothing – other than the obvious fact that college football fans love to speculate. Right?
Twitter/@TheSpunOhio State will likely be one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff. ESPN’s Mark May, who often criticizes the Buckeyes, does not like it.Ohio State is ranked second in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, released on Tuesday night, behind only Alabama. We only have two years of data to work with, but thus far every team to make the field has been a conference champion. Ohio State lost a tiebreaker with Penn State, which beat the Buckeyes head-to-head, and does not play in tonight’s Big Ten Championship. Still, FiveThirtyEight‘s most recent College Football Playoff forecast gives the Buckeyes a rock solid 92-percent chance to make the Playoff, in part because they do not have a chance to lose today.Mark May, often an antagonist of Ohio State football, does not like that the Buckeyes could get in over Penn State, even if the Nittany Lions win the conference championship. On ABC opposite Mack Brown, May expressed his disagreement with the Buckeyes’ candidacy.Mark May, still biased as hell when it comes to Ohio State pic.twitter.com/Jco6E21E58— The Spun (@TheSpun) December 3, 2016Penn State fans are also not big on May, and couldn’t believe that the former Pitt Panther stood up for the Nittany Lions.Mark May advocating for #PSU. Has hell frozen over?— (((Der Kommissar))) (@RadarPSU) December 3, 2016@BlueLion13126 i’m assuming this is a different Mark May and not the one that once played for Pitt . Is this like Mark May the plumber?— Cliff Dressler (@CliffDressler) December 3, 2016And 2016 continues to be weird as Mark May said Penn State should get in over Ohio State if they win tonight…— Jim (@PandaPSU) December 3, 2016Penn State has the head-to-head win over Ohio State, and can win the Big Ten with a win over Wisconsin tonight, but two losses—including a 39-point drubbing at the hands of Michigan—could be too much for James Franklin’s club to overcome.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has praised the tactics of Steve Bruce and said the new manager has had an immediate impact.Bruce finally joined the Magpies on July 17 after a long period of speculation over who would replace Rafael Benitez at the helm at St James’ Park.The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss watched from the stands as his new club beat West Ham 1-0 in Shanghai to finish third in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bruce selected the Newcastle XI and novel 3-5-2 formation, but took a watching brief, allowing the interim pair of Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn to direct proceedings.Despite his absence from the touchline, Lascelles said Bruce’s influence could already be felt by the players.“We set up in a different formation today which I think suited us perfectly with our personnel,” the 25-year-old defender told the Premier League’s official website.“All of the instructions he gave to us we tried to do them to the best of our ability.“We’ve had him for two days now in training and straight away we’ve picked up and we’ve adapted very quickly.“When a new manager comes in you are always going to want to impress. The workrate has always been there because that’s what type of group we are.”It was not just Bruce’s team who were impressed with his tactics for the game.Defeated West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere was also struck by the way Newcastle set out to play and conceded that it had confused the Hammers.“In the first half I think Newcastle played well – let’s give them some credit,” the former Arsenal man said.“They set up differently to what we expected and maybe they caught us by surprise.“We didn’t know who should press the centre-back and who should stay and when you’ve got a player like [Jonjo] Shelvey in the middle controlling the game it makes it difficult.”While Bruce has convinced the players early on in his reign it may take more than a good performance in pre-season to convince the fans.The former Manchester United great admitted after his appointment that he had big boots to fill, replacing the popular Benitez, with his appointment not universally welcomed by the Toon Army support. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.