Monday's soccer news starts with the USMNT playing Bolivia later tonight (6:30pm ET - FS1). The side returns to action under interim coach Dave Sarachan once again focusing on young players. Here's our preview.
Pro Soccer Talk's Andy Edwards focuses on the young USMNT players. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald on the DC United connection between USMNT goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Bolivia's Bruno Miranda. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle talks to Christian Pulisic about a potential Bundesliga connection in midfield. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta talks to USMNT player Rubio Rubin. SBI Soccer's Larry Henry Jr has USMNT coach Sarachan talking progress. SI.com's Brian Straus finds meaning in the friendlies.
Returning to the club season coming to a close around Europe, Tim Ream's Fulham won their promotion playoff final over Aston Villa with a 1-0 result at Wembley. Tom Cairney scored in the 23rd minute. Fulham played a man down from the 70th with a red card to Denis Odoi.
“We’ve shown we are one of the best Championship teams,” Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic said. “We showed we can be solid, organised and work altogether for a clean sheet. The last 20 minutes [with 10 men] all we were thinking about was not conceding. This is a really important victory for us. We deserved it. It’s not easy to play at Wembley, there is a lot of pressure. We know what is ahead of us. The Premier League is the best and most competitive league, and we must be clever."
One other result for USMNT players in Europe. Mix Diskerud's IFK lost 2-0 at Sundsvall in the Allsvenskan.
In the 2017-18 Champions League final, Real Madrid pulled off their three-peat seeing off Liverpool 3-1. Garath Bale scored twice for Real Madrid, playing the supersub role coming on in the 61st with the game tied 1-1 and scoring two minutes later. Bale added Real's third goal in the 82nd. Liverpool faced an early issue having to sub out Mohamed Salah in the 30th minute with a shoulder injury.
"I’d love to say ‘no’ but he was very decisive obviously, especially with the bicycle kick – it was a fantastic goal, an unbelievable goal," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said of Bale's influence on the game. "They hit the crossbar as well and had one or two big counter-attacks, but we hit the post, [our] set-pieces that were absolutely OK. The difference is that you need a little bit of luck in a football game, especially a final, and we not only had no luck – we had none plus bad luck. That’s the problem. In life you always have to accept that we do that, and we will carry on. But in the moment we see all the situations and think, ‘Wow, how did that all happen tonight?’ But the game is over and whatever I could say, the result will not change."
Reuters' Simon Evans puts the focus on what Liverpool didn't do in the Champions League final. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens points to Real Madrid's ability to do one thing well. The NY Times' Rory Smith on how Real Madrid took advantage. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson asks a serious question about the Real Madrid era.
It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need. pic.twitter.com/HTfKF4S70e— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 27, 2018
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