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England, Germany stay on World Cup course, Dutch axe Blind

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Blind sacked as Dutch coach after World Cup flop

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Danny Blind was sacked as Netherlands coach on Sunday after a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria left the team’s chances of reaching the World Cup finals hanging by the slenderest of threads.

Blind, 55, had been in charge since July 2015, succeeding Guus Hiddink, but Saturday’s loss in Sofia left the Dutch in fourth place in qualifying Group A, six points behind leaders France.

Blind sacked as Dutch coach after World Cup flop

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Danny Blind was sacked as Netherlands coach on Sunday after a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria left the team’s chances of reaching the World Cup finals hanging by the slenderest of threads.

Blind, 55, had been in charge since July 2015, succeeding Guus Hiddink, but Saturday’s loss in Sofia left the Dutch in fourth place in qualifying Group A, six points behind leaders France.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to World Cup qualifier win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to World Cup qualifier win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Five things learned from England v Lithuania

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London (AFP) – England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learned as Gareth Southgate’s team moved a step closer to next year’s finals in Russia:

Deadly Defoe

Handed his first England appearance since November 2013, Jermain Defoe made up for lost time as the Sunderland striker netted the opening goal in typically ruthless fashion.

Five things learned from England v Lithuania

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London (AFP) – England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learned as Gareth Southgate’s team moved a step closer to next year’s finals in Russia:

Deadly Defoe

Handed his first England appearance since November 2013, Jermain Defoe made up for lost time as the Sunderland striker netted the opening goal in typically ruthless fashion.

Schuerrle nets twice for five-star Germany

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Baku (AFP) – Germany leaked their first goal since July, but still extended their perfect record in World Cup qualifiers to five straight wins following Sunday’s 4-1 victory away to Azerbaijan with Andre Schuerrle scoring twice.

First-half goals by Schuerrle, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez put the world champions 3-1 up at the break, although Azerbaijan midfielder Dimitrij Nazarov, who plays in Germany, had netted an early equaliser to the delight of the home crowd.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

England pay tribute to attack victims

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London (AFP) – England’s football team paid tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s London terror attack ahead of their World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania on Sunday.

England’s players, led by captain Joe Hart, wore black armbands at Wembley and the game was preceded by the laying of wreaths in the centre circle and a minute’s silence.

Arsenal

Video: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scores a brace for France

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored two goals as France recorded a 1-3 World Cup qualification victory in Luxembourg on Saturday evening. Giroud...

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Tweet and Photo: Arsenal midfielder reacts to England 2-0 Lithuania

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Job done, 3 points #Russia2018 pic.twitter.com/3YCfEJal9M Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) March 26, 2017 Arsenal midfielder Alex...

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Even internationals cannot lift Arsenal star’s awful form

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To be honest I was expecting the Arsenal and Wales international midfield star Aaron Ramsey to show something like his best form during this international break, just as he did for Wales last summer at Euro 2016 in which he was included in the team of the tournament. In some ways that would have been [.

Why Arsenal will regret Wilshere transfer to AC Milan

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This is all just an Arsenal transfer rumour at the moment and even if it is on the cards then things could change in the coming weeks, as we do not know how the rest of the Premier League season will go for Jack Wilshere at his loan club AFC Bournemouth or even who will [...]

Arsenal get BIG injury boost with Ozil in Germany squad

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I am not sure whether it would have been better for the Arsenal and Germany international star to be in the starting line-up against Azerbaijan today, because Mesut Ozil has not kicked a ball in anger for over a month and so could certainly do with the run out. However, just the fact that the [...]

Latest Ozil news proof that Wenger is staying at Arsenal?

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Arsene Wenger has already given us a clear indication that the decision about whether he will stay on as the manager of Arsenal has been made and that we should all know pretty soon what that decision is. So far, though, we can only speculate and there have been some very conflicting reports in the [.

Manchester United

Video: Former Man Utd man Bastian Schweinsteiger training at Real Mallorca

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Thanks for the possibility to have some training sessions on your facilities until I get my visa for the US, RCD Mallorca ⚽...

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Photo: Injured Man Utd defender watches England with his feet up

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Off to a flying start already GET IN!!! Gutted I can't be there but COME ON THE BOYS #England #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/Hb7w8TtjRJ ...

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Man Utd man on his dad’s sacking

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Samen gewerkt op het allerhoogste niveau, een droom voor ons beide als vader en zoon. Het was niet makkelijk en het heeft niet altijd mee gezeten...

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Boring Int’ break? See United youngboy Gomes Golazo

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Manchester United's Angel Gomes scored another goal this past weekend against wolverhampton and has been scoring, assisting & putting in good performances constantly this season. We hope to...

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Fosu-Mensah: I dream of spending forever at this beautiful club

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Tim Fosu-Mensah has given an interview with Manchester United's official site where he discusses his favourite goal, his dreams and comparisons with Paul Pogba.

What's the best goal you've ever seen – live and on TV?
I think of two great goals. The long-range one from Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] for Sweden against England.

English Premier League

World Cup Qualifying: Jermain Defoe On Target As England Ease To Victory v Lithuania (Photos &

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Jermain Defoe justified his re-call to the England side with a goal against Lithuania on Sunday, with the Three Lions cruising to a 2-0 win against a mediocre opposition.

Defoe has been one bright spot in Sunderland's dismal Premier League campaign, with the 34-year-old scoring 14 goals for the Black Cats this season.

Sportel continues to be where sports rights business gets done in the Americas

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SportelAmerica is the leading conference in the Americas where buyers and sellers of sports TV and streaming rights meet to get business done.

In the recent Sportel convention in Miami this month, all of the key players were in attendance to network with buyers and sellers. For example, when it comes to soccer rights, just some of the companies at the show in downtown Miami included the Premier League, FOX Sports, Bundesliga, beIN SPORTS, La Liga, Univision Deportes, Ligue Un, Sling TV, MLS, ESPN, Turner Sports and IMG.

Sportel continues to be where sports rights business gets done in the Americas

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SportelAmerica is the leading conference in the Americas where buyers and sellers of sports TV and streaming rights meet to get business done.

In the recent Sportel convention in Miami this month, all of the key players were in attendance to network with buyers and sellers. For example, when it comes to soccer rights, just some of the companies at the show in downtown Miami included the Premier League, FOX Sports, Bundesliga, beIN SPORTS, La Liga, Univision Deportes, Ligue Un, Sling TV, MLS, ESPN, Turner Sports and IMG.

Feature

Breakers Win Preseason Opener

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The Boston Breakers kicked off their preseason slate with a 5-1 victory over Boston College on Saturday at Newton Campus Lacrosse & Soccer Field in Newton, Mass.

Adriana Leon led the way with a hat trick (2nd, 68th, and 86th minutes) while Rosie White (88th minute) and Ifeoma Onumonu (90th minute) chipped in with goals of their.

Shuttleworth Back in Town

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After spending eight seasons in New England, there's no doubt Saturday's match must have felt surreal to Minnesota United keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Nearly two months after he was traded to Minnesota for Femi Hollinger-Janzen, the 30-year-old keeper was back in the Bay State facing enemy fire from some of his closest friends.

The Rest

Arsenal reveal their delight at star man’s return

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Great to see you back on the pitch, @MesutOzil1088

Video: Fans go wild for Man Utd’s Henrikh ‘Heno’ Mkhitaryan

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Henrikh "Heno" Mkhitaryan pic.twitter.com/mmo0Koh1cP Niko (@NikoYeganian) March 26, 2017 Manchester United fans might have been...

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Tweet and Photo: Spurs man reacts to England 2-0 Lithuania

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Good win today, a lot of positives to take from the week!! Congrats to @IAmJermainDefoe ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/JYBnrxtTtf Dele (@Dele_Alli) March...

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Washington Spirit thump UNC Tar Heels for their second straight preseason win

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Kristie Mewis and Line Sigvardsen Jensen both produced golazos at the Evergreen Sportsplex

The Washington Spirit got five goals from five different players on Saturday night to beat the University of North Carolina 5-0. Despite a slow start, the Spirit's attack strengthened throughout the night.

Will scathing Souness comments make Arsenal prove him wrong?

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We have all heard the old football adage about a manager pinning up in the dressing room some criticism of his players in order to sting them into extra effort to prove the doubters wrong, but I am not sure if Arsene Wenger has ever tried this little psychological trick on the Gunners. Maybe he [...]

World Cup Qualifying: Chris Martin Nets Late Winner v Slovenia To Keep Scotland’s Slim World Cup Hopes Alive (Video)

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Manager Gordon Strachan described Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday as a must-win game and his side duly obliged, albeit courtesy of alate winner.

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After their embarrassing draw withCanada on Wednesday, Scotland were in need of a good performance against Slovenia and in the first-half, they produced a fine attacking display, with Russell Martin, among others, going close against an opposition who rarely threatened the Scottish goal.

England, Germany stay on World Cup course, Dutch axe Blind

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Revs have no problem scoring against former teammate

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Nguyen and Tierney avoid head games as they score PKs against Shuttleworth.

It's difficult to take a penalty because the pressure escalates when you're one-on-one with the goalkeeper. This statement is especially true when you're facing a former teammate.

On Saturday, the New England Revolution received two penalties while playing Minnesota United FC.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Sacramento Republic: live stream, game time, and lineups

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The club is streaming today's home opener via YouTube.

It is the season opener for Seattle Sounders 2. The young team has a roster of 12 signed to USL deals, 2 loanees from the MLS team (Seyi Adekoya and Brian Meredith) and 14 eligible Academy talents. They face an ambitious Sacramento Republic side that dreams of entering MLS and challenges for championships.

VIDEO: Mkhitaryan scores in Armenia win

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Mkhitaryan's goal for Armenia vs Kazakhstan today pic.twitter.com/L2l0P0yurC

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Henrikkh Mkhitaryan scored the opening goal in Armenia's 2-0 win over Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifying today.

England, Germany stay on course for Russia

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup finals Sunday while Danny Blind was fighting to survive as Dutch coach after his team faced missing a second major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

England, Germany stay on course for Russia

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup finals Sunday while Danny Blind was fighting to survive as Dutch coach after his team faced missing a second major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Necaxa

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The youth and reserves got some valuable playing time and experience for future CCL games

Photos from the 1-1 draw between Seattle Sounders and Club Necaxa

Seattle Sounders vs. Club Necaxa: Highlights, stats and quotes

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MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Club Necaxa 1

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Tim Ford

Assistants: Eduardo Jeff, T.J. Zablocki

Fourth Official: Levi Rippy

Attendance: 38,045

Weather: 48 degrees and cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Alvaro Fernandez (Harry Shipp) 83'

NEC - Alejandro Díaz (Jesús Isijara, Xavier Baéz) 90'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

NEC - Nicolás Maturana (caution) 31'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Tyler Miller; Jordy Delem (Brian Nana-Sinkam - 78'), Gustav Svensson, Tony Alfaro, Nouhou; Cristian Roldan - captain, Zach Mathers (Seyi Adekoya - 67'), Henry Wingo, Harry Shipp, Alvaro Fernandez; Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Chad Marshall, Irvin Parra, Ray Saari, Shandon Hopeau, David Olsen

Total shots: 13 (Bruin, 6)

Shots on goal: 4 (Bruin, 3)

Fouls: 10

Offside: 3

Corner-kicks: 6

Saves: 2

Club Necaxa - Marcelo Barovero (Yosgart Gutiérrez - 45'); Xavier Baéz, Nicolás Maturana (Alejandro Díaz - 67'), Diego Riolfo (Jesús Isijara - 45') Jorge Sánchez; Manuel Iturra (Michel García - 62'), Félipe Gallegos, Maximiliano Barreiro (Jairo González - 82'), Jonas Aguirre, Mario De Luna - captain; Diego Hernández

Substitutes not used: Roberto Salcedo, Emilio Mac Eachen, Marcos González

Total shots: 14 (Maturana, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (three players, 1)

Fouls: 11

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 4

Saves: 3

POST-MATCH QUOTES:

Brian Schmetzer:

Cristian Roldan:

Alvaro Fernandez:

Tyler Miller:

Schuerrle nets twice for five-star Germany

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Baku (AFP) – Germany leaked their first goal since July, but still extended their perfect record in World Cup qualifiers to five straight wins following Sunday’s 4-1 victory away to Azerbaijan with Andre Schuerrle scoring twice.

First-half goals by Schuerrle, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez put the world champions 3-1 up at the break, although Azerbaijan midfielder Dimitrij Nazarov, who plays in Germany, had netted an early equaliser to the delight of the home crowd.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Kouassi held out for precautionary reasons

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Here's why Kouassi didn't play on Saturday.

Last week, Xavier Kouassi made his debut for the New England Revolution, playing 79 minutes against FC Dallas. This week, the Designated Player didn't see the field. This may seem concerning, but in reality, it's more precautionary than anything else.

England pay tribute to attack victims

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London (AFP) – England’s football team paid tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s London terror attack ahead of their World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania on Sunday.

England’s players, led by captain Joe Hart, wore black armbands at Wembley and the game was preceded by the laying of wreaths in the centre circle and a minute’s silence.

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With all the missing regulars, am I being greedy to want a win in Panama? Four more players, including starting left center back John Anthony Brooks, have been released to their clubs. Only Paul Arriola has been added to the mix, so the USMNT now has 23 guys available for selection on Tuesday. You may know them as.

Chris Tierney wants to retire as a Rev

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Chris Tierney loves playing for his hometown team.

Given the turbulent nature of MLS, it's rare to see a player stay with the same team for long, which is why it's so special that Chris Tierney is now in his 10th season with the New England Revolution.

On Saturday, Tierney made his 200th start for the Revs, an achievement few will ever reach.

Pats WR Mitchell On Hand for Revs Opener

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Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was on hand for Saturday's Revolution home opener to present his team's Super Bowl LI trophy before the opening whistle.

Mitchell, who made six catches for 70 yards in the Patriots' historic 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, donned a Revolution jersey for Saturday's opener.

International Winger Ready For Newcastle’s Final Eight Games

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Matt Ritchie is one of the Newcastle players away on International duty and he has also been one of our key players this season, netting a good 13 goals for us and was one of the best of Rafa's signings last summer. In fact, along with other new signings Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark [...]

Penn draws Pitt in first ever meeting

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Colin Brezniak scored for the visitors and Jerel Blades for the Quakers

Cross-state rivals Penn and Pitt shared the spoils in the first ever meeting between the two programs in a spring exhibition match on Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Field in West Philly.

Former D.C. United and Philadelphia Union Academy forward Colin Brezniak (Hanover, Pa.

Revolution players honor fans in new post-game celebration

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Witness something that could become a tradition.

They don't get to participate in the pregame huddle and they'll never step foot on the field, but the New England Revolution recognize that their fans have a large affect on the game. This is why the players have introduced a post-game sign of appreciation that they hope will become a tradition.