Connect with us

Updates

Greg Vanney comments on ‘huge’ LA Galaxy win over rivals San Jose Earthquakes

Published

on


With their 3-2 win over rivals San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, the LA Galaxy jumped back above the MLS Cup Playoffs line at just the right time.

The Galaxy had been slipping down the Western Conference standings after suffering a run of just one win in six games. But this victory against Cali Clasico foes San Jose – coupled with a 4-1 thrashing of the Colorado Rapids – has them fifth, three points clear of Real Salt Lake below the line with just two games left.

Speaking after Saturday’s win in Stanford, Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney highlighted the importance of building ‘momentum’ at this late stage of the regular season.

Advertisement

“It’s huge because it does two things for us. … It continues to build the momentum and confidence that you want down the stretch when you’re going into, now, the two most important games in a season, which is to close things out,” Vanney said. “And it puts us in a position where you never know, we could fight for a home game in the playoffs. You’ve just got to keep building momentum and keep working on our performances.”

The Galaxy’s back-to-back wins have been inspired by Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who has scored three goals in two games to take his season total to 17 – fifth in the MLS Golden Boot race.

Like his team, Chicharito has rediscovered his best form at the perfect time following a two-game mini run without a goal.

“You want your striker to be hot at this time of year, that’s for sure,” Vanney said of his Mexican forward. “So he’s finding good spots, finding them with the ball. He’s putting them in the back of the net, that breeds a lot of confidence for him and for the group, so that’s always positive.”

Advertisement

Watch the story of Charlotte FC’s journey to MLS in 90min’s The Making of Charlotte FC, presented by DoorDash, on 90min channels now. Subscribe to our new US YouTube channel.



Source link

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Updates

Joe Rodon ready for challenge of facing ‘world class’ England captain Harry Kane

Published

on


Wales defender Joe Rodon is relishing the task of facing off against England captain Harry Kane as the two teams meet in the World Cup on Tuesday night.

Rodon and his Welsh teammates have disappointed at the tournament so far in Qatar, taking only one point from two games against the United States and Iran, and face elimination from the competition if they fail to beat their British rivals. Even then, their fate would depend on the other result in the group.

There has been some doubt about whether Kane should feature from the start against Wales with England comfortable in Group B and set for the knockout stages unless they remarkably lose by a four-goal margin. But Rodon, who played with Kane at Tottenham before going out on loan to Rennes at the start of the season, is up for the challenge of facing what he calls a world class striker.

Advertisement

“I’ve played against him maybe a million times in training. He is a top player, one of the best in the world,” Rodon said of Kane.

“Training with these players for the last couple of seasons has improved me as a player. In a competitive game it is going to be another big challenge – he is a top player who has done it for many years and I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to train with players like this.

“It is going to be a brilliant challenge for me and one I am very excited about. He is a brilliant finisher with both feet – he’s scored many goals and is a world class striker.”

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders and Toby Cudworth to look back on South Korea/Japan ’02 as part of the ‘Our World Cup’ series. We take a trip down memory lane – join us!

Advertisement

If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download or listen to the episode in full!

Rodon is spending the season on loan with Ligue 1 club Rennes, who have the option to make the deal permanent should they wish as part of the deal. But another player Rodon used to play with at Tottenham, Gareth Bale, will line up alongside the centre back as Wales fight for their lives to stay in their first World Cup in 64 years on Tuesday night.

The two have a strong relationship, and Wales will need to display unity and togetherness if they are to get a result against England – especially in light of the last two results and the criticism the likes of Bale has taken because of the performances in Qatar. But Rodon insists Bale plays a crucial part in taking the edge off in pressure situations in camp – to Wales’ advantage.

“He is a superstar and I think me knowing him, what he is like, he is always joking around,” Rodon said of the Wales captain. “Him being the player he is, he always takes the pressure off the group.

Advertisement

“You have seen he has delivered time and time again. For us to have him as a country it is unbelievable – we are delighted to have him and hopefully we will have him for many years.

“We all know what he is capable of as a player and we look up to him and respect him.”



Source link

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Football

Cameroon release statement over Andre Onana departure

Published

on

Cameroon have confirmed that Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended due to a disciplinary issue.

Onana played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland and had been expected to feature on Monday against Serbia, only for numerous reports to claim that the Inter stopper had been banished from the squad.

Some reports argued that Onana had been dropped due to a difference of opinion when it comes to tactics, with Cameroon manager Rigobert Song said to prefer a ‘more traditional’ style of goalkeeping.

Now, the Cameroon FA have confirmed that Onana has been suspended.

Advertisement

“The Cameroon Football Federation hereby informs the public that following Mr. Rigobert Song Bahanag’s decision, Head Coach of the Indomitable Lions, the player Andre Onana has been temporarily suspended from the group for disciplinary reasons,” a statement read.

“The Cameroon Football Federation reiterates its full support to the Head Coach and his entire staff as they implement the Federation’s policy aimed at preserving discipline, solidarity, complementarity and cohesion within the national team.

“FECAFOOT further reaffirms its commitment to create a peaceful atmosphere for the team and to provide them with adequate facilities for an outstanding performance.”

Source link

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Football

Player ratings as Fernandes double secures qualification

Published

on

Portugal booked their spot in the last 16 of the World Cup with a game to spare after a battling 2-0 win over Uruguay.

Uruguay always had the look of a team who were going to relish playing a spoiling game and that is exactly how the first half set off. Portugal dominated the ball but they found it hard to break down the disciplined and physical South Americans.

Half-chances came and went for Portugal, and William Carvalho would have expected to do better with an early long-range effort after fine hold-up play by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo himself got a glimpse of goal when he chested down a cross at the back post, but he was crowded out before he could get a shot away.

Advertisement

Although Portugal had more of the ball, the best chance of the first half fell to Uruguay. The brilliantly dynamic Rodrigo Bentancur was able to wriggle through the Portuguese defence and found himself one-on-one with Diogo Costa. However, his composure abandoned him at the crucial moment and the Porto stopper was able to scramble it clear.

Portugal started the second half much more brightly, and Joao Felix found himself in a great position in the inside left channel to open the scoring. However, he couldn’t find the target.

That proved to be the warning shot, though, and just a couple minutes later Portugal had the lead. Bruno Fernandes clipped a delicious ball into the box and Ronaldo looked to get the slightest of touches on it. It didn’t look like he did, though, despite his celebrations, and Fernandes’ cross dropped straight in.

Uruguay then had to abandon their spoiling and come out a lot more, although they took a while to really find their stride with it.

Advertisement

It wasn’t until Maximiliano Gomez and Luis Suarez replaced Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani up front that they were able to build pressure. Gomez rattled the post with a fine effort from outside the box, while Suarez could only find the side netting when the ball dropped to him in the six-yard box.

Another substitute, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, was next to miss a great chance, as he failed to beat Costa when through on goal.

It all looked set up for a grandstand finish, but VAR had other ideas. Jose Gimenez was adjudged to have handballed in the area while falling backwards. It was highly contested, but Fernandes didn’t care and he converted from the spot to put Portugal into the knockout stage.

Fernandes even hunted a hat-trick in the dying seconds of the game, but the post denied him.

Advertisement

For the stats lovers, it was Portugal’s first World Cup win over South American opposition since they beat Brazil at Goodison Park in 1966.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo – Might have scored the winner? / BSR Agency/GettyImages


GK: Diogo Costa – 7/10 –
Came up big with a crucial save in the first half.

RB: Joao Cancelo – 6/10 – Neither marauding nor maddening.

CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10 –
Quality and assured.

CB: Pepe – 6/10 – His nous was important on the night, although rarely felt all that safe.

LB: Nuno Mendes – 5/10 – Didn’t do anything wrong but didn’t influence the game either. Off with an injury in the first half.

Advertisement

CM: Ruben Neves – 5/10 – Did okay but didn’t seem to fancy the physical stuff as much as others.

CM: William Carvalho – 6/10 – Important physical presence in the midfield.

CM: Bruno Fernandes – 7/10 – Scored the opener, although he might have to fight Ronaldo for it. Literally. Nearly had a hat-trick.

RM: Bernardo Silva – 6/10 – Typically neat and tidy, but not much more.

Advertisement

CF: Cristiano Ronaldo – 7/10 – He might be a fading force, but he was still a thorn in the side of Uruguay’s experienced defence all night.

LF: Joao Felix – 6/10 – Always threatened to do something but never actually did.

SUB: Raphaël Guerreiro (42′ for Mendes) – 6/10 – Slotted in nicely.

SUB: Rafael Leao (69′ for Neves) – 6/10 – Lively.

Advertisement

Manager: Fernando Santos – 7/10 – Wasn’t pretty but got his team through a tough test.

Darwin Nunez
Not the best game for Darwin Nunez / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

GK: Sergio Roche – 6/10 – Well-protected in the main by the Uruguay defence until they left him horribly exposed for the first goal.

CB: Jose Gimenez – 5/10 – Out of step with his central defensive partners too often but very unfortunate to give away a penalty.

CB Diego Godin – 6/10 – A fading force. His brain is still sneaky but the body isn’t quite as willing.

CB: Sebastian Coates – 6/10 – Dependable but not dominant.

Advertisement

RM: Mathias Olivera – 6/10 – Had the energy and the will but not the quality.

CM: Federico Valverde – 6/10 – Some way short of his best.

CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 7/10 – Uruguay’s best player on the night for sure.

CM: Matias Vecino – 5/10 – Never stamped his authority on the game.

Advertisement

LM: Guillermo Varela – 5/10 – Didn’t really impress at all.

CF: Darwin Nunez – 5/10 – Will be disappointed with his performance.

CF: Edinson Cavani – 5/10 – Not at his best but poorly supported.

SUB: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (62′ for Vecino) – 6/10 – Made a difference but missed his big chance in front of goal.

Advertisement

SUB: Facundo Pellistri (62′ for Godin) – 6/10 – Injected some pace and purpose into the Uruguay attack, although little product.

SUB: Maximiliano Gomez (72′ for Nunez) – 6/10 – Rattled the woodwork and unlucky not to score.

SUB: Luis Suarez (72′ for Cavani) – 6/10 – Missed a great chance from inside the six-yard box.

SUB: Matias Vina (86′ for Oliviera) – N/A

Advertisement

Manager: Diego Alonso – 6/10 – Bit unlucky as his subs should have got him something.

Player of the match – Bruno Fernandes

Source link

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Trending

Home
Live Scores
Use App
Live TV
Predictions