The first update of the New Year starts where last year left off, in England with the soccer scores. It was bad news for Tim Ream's Fulham in the Premier League, losing 4-1 at Arsenal. Trailing by two goals from the 55th, Aboubakar Kamara scored for Fulham in the 69th. Arsenal added goals in the 79th and 83rd minutes.
"When they created the first chance we made a mistake because the goal came from the heart of the box and we were too wide in that position," Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri said. “After they created another two chances, we have to stay more concentrated in every circumstance. In the second-half again we made mistakes and they scored again. And after we reopened the match, 2-1, and then we created another two chances to draw the match. But then of course after we were tired and the skill of the players of Arsenal was amazing and they created more chances and they could score more goals. At the end it’s 4-1 and we have to shut up and say well done to them."
In the Championship, Eric Lichaj's Hull City shutout Bolton 6-0 at home. Kamil Grosicki opened the scoring for Hull in the 29th minute with Evandro Goebel doubling the lead in the 62nd. Grosicki scored again a minute later with Chris Martin making it 4-0 in the 67th. Jarrod Bowen scored in the 76th and Nouha Dicko in the 83rd. Hull's David Marshall kept the clean sheet without needing to make a save.
“We were very wary of the threat that Bolton could bring," Hull City assistant coach Andy Crosby said. "I’m sure many people, having seen us go away to the league leaders and win 2-0 at the weekend, would have looked and thought that we only needed to turn up to win the game but that was never going to be the case. We changed things slightly in terms of personnel and it was important that we got that first goal. Bolton probably started the second half with more control than they had in the first, but scoring the second goal and then the third so quickly after that took the game away from them."
Cameron Carter-Vickers subbed on in the 87th minute for Swansea City's 4-1 win at Reading. Oliver McBurnie scored for Swansea in the 2nd minute. Connor Roberts scored in the 30th and Mike van der Hoorn in the 45th. McBurnie converted a 48th minute penalty. Reading pulled a goal back in the 77th.
Lynden Gooch's Sunderland beat Blackpool 1-0 on the road. Josh Maja scored the game's only goal in the 23rd minute with Jon McLaughlin keeping the clean sheet.
Did Not Play: Geoff Cameron (QPR 2 - Aston Villa 2), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic 0 - Sheffield United 3)
Also in USMNT players in Europe news, Shaq Moore is back with Levante after spending the first half of the season on loan to Reus. Emerson Hyndman returns to Bournemouth with his loan to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian over.
American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta talks to January camp invitee Djordje Mihailovic. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter takes a look at what we might expect from the LA Galaxy this year. Forbes' Bobby McMahon explains why the year after the World Cup is busy in international soccer. Goal's Jon Arnold on Mexico in 2019.
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