Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan got the start in the 3-2 win over Oxford United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Middlesbrough moves on to play the winner of Huddersfield vs Manchester City. That game ended scoreless at John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Grant Leadbitter put Middlesbrough up from the penalty spot in the 26th minute with Rudy Gestede doubling the lead in the 34th. Oxford . . .
The Championship was in action on Tuesday, with no prohibition against lower divisions playing on a Champions League match day. Danny Williams scored in Reading's 3-2 win over Brentford at the Madejski Stadium. Jon Swift put Reading up in the 22nd minute. Brentford equalized in the 63rd and went ahead three minutes later. Williams equalized in the 77th. Roy Beerens scored Reading's winner in the . . .
Terrence Boyd opens the USMNT players in Europe and Mexico results with a goal. Boyd scored his first Bundesliga goal in Darmstadt's 2-1 win over Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund. Boyd opened the scoring at home in the 21st minute. Raphael Guerreiro equalized in the 44th minute. Antonio Colak scored Darmstadt's winner in the 67th minute. Boyd subbed out in the 58th. In the Scottish Cup, . . .
Nothing gets the soccer news quite as excited as bureaucratic maneuvering. UEFA's reform agenda has gotten committee approval, meaning it moves to a full vote. On the reform agenda are term limits and the qualifications necessary for election to the UEFA executive committee. Europe wants 16 World Cup slots when World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026, with 1 European team in each of the 16 . . .
USMNT players were in action in Germany's DFB Pokal yesterday. Bobby Wood scored the second goal in Hamburg's 2-0 win over Cologne. Gideon Jung put Hamburg up at home in the 5th minute with Wood doubling the lead in the 75th. Fabian Johnson assisted on Ozcar Wendt's 12th minute opener in Gladbach's 2-0 win at Greuther Furth. An 18th minute red card left Greuther Furth a man down. Thorgan Hazard . . .
The USMNT roundup for Europe and Mexico starts in Liga MX with a win but issues for Tijuana. Paul Arriola was one of the goalscorers in the 4-2 win over Leon, but Michael Orozco was forced out of the game in the 20th minute with an injury. Joe Corona subbed out in the 82nd minute with William Yarbrough in goal for Leon. Elias Hernandez put Leon up at home in the 6th minute. Consecutive penalties . . .
The soccer news starts with Emerson Hyndman scoring again for Rangers, but Perry Kitchen's Hearts got the 4-1 win. Krystian Nowak put Hearts up at home in the 4th minute. Hyndman equalized in the 36th, but that was it for the Rangers offense. Jamie Walker put Hearts up in the 49th minute with Don Cowie scoring in the 54th. Walker scored again in the 63rd. Hyndman subbed out in the 61st . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 30, 2017) US Soccer Players – While many American players dream of signing with a European club, some are living out their ambition of playing abroad by crossing our southern border. A growing number of Americans have signed with Liga MX clubs in recent years. The number of Americans currently in Mexico's top flight – including former MLS stars Omar Gonzalez . . .
Emerson Hyndman continued his strong debut for Rangers, scoring in their 2-0 shutout of Motherwell. Rangers went a man down in the 5th minute at Fir Park. Motherwell also lost a player to a red card in the 27th. Kenny Miller put Rangers up in the 72nd with Hyndman doubling the lead in the 87th. Hyndman won Man of the Match honors. “I wouldn’t call myself a goalscorer but I try to get in and . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 23, 2017) US Soccer Players – Europe’s various domestic tournaments mark the mid-season point – give or take a week – this month. It’s a time for teams to reassess their rosters, hit the transfer market, or dump their coach. There's plenty to play for after all. A championship and the European spots on one end, avoiding relegation on the other, and mid-table . . .