The soccer news starts with Concacaf's big reveal of the Gold Cup groups. That's different from the Gold Cup draw, since Concacaf announced predetermined groups during their show. As expected, the tournament sets up a Mexico vs USMNT finale.
Mexico is in Group A with Canada, Martinique, and Cuba. Costa Rica is the seeded team in Group B with Haiti, Nicaragua, and Bermuda. Group C is Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, an Curacao. The USMNT is in Group D with Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. The fun starts on June 15. The USMNT opens against Guyana at Allianz Field in Saint Paul on June 18.
“I think we have a great and challenging group,” USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you prepare yourself to get through a difficult group like this, it sets you up for good things to come. We’re excited to get into camp at the end of May, then develop the team and be able compete in the Gold Cup, which is a fantastic tournament.”
Also in the soccer news, Geoff Cameron's QPR drew 0-0 at Millwall in the Championship. Both teams finished with 3 shots on goal. Eric Lichaj's Hull City came back to beat Antonee Robinson's Wigan Athletic 2-1 at home. Nick Powell put Wigan up in the 41st with Fraizier Campbell equalizing in the 51st. Jordy de Wijs scored for Hull in the 89th minute. Matt Miazga's Reading drew 2-2 at Norwich City. Yakou Meite scored for Reading in the 30th. Norwich equalized in the 86th and went ahead in the 88th. Andy Rinomhota equalized for Reading seven minutes into stoppage time.
Joe Gyau subbed on in the 72nd minute for Duisburg's 4-4 home draw with Cologne in the 2.Bundesliga. Moritz Stoppelkamp had Duisburg up in the 2nd minute with Cologne equalizing in the 24th. Lukas Frode scored for Duisburg in the 29th. Cologne equalized in the 47th and went ahead with goals in the 53rd and 54th minutes. Stoppelkamp pulled a goal back in the 71st with Kevin Wolze equalizing in the 81st.
Mix Diskerud subbed out in the 68th minute in Ulsan Hyundai's 1-0 home shutout of Kawasaki Frontale in group H of the AFC Champions League. Su-An Kim scored in stoppage time with Oh Seung-hoon making 3 saves for the clean sheet.
Santos Laguna won on the night but lost on aggregate as Tigres advances to the 2019 Concacaf Champions League final. Santos won 3-2 at home, losing the series 5-3 on aggregate. Tigres took a 2-0 lead on the night with Enner Valencia scoring in the 11th and Julian Quinones doubling the lead in the 34th. Julio Furch scored for Santos in the 41st minute with Gerardo Arteaga equalizing on the night in the 59th. Diego Contreras scored Santos's third goal in the 77th but it wasn't enough to overcome the first-leg deficit.
AP's Rob Harris highlights Lionel Messi's performance in Barcelona's first-leg win at Manchester United in the Champions League. The NY Times' Rory Smith with what Barcelona has yet to prove in the Champions League quarterfinals. The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke looks at what Ajax did against Juventus in their first-leg. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson picks up the thread on Pep Guardiola's tactics when it comes to the Champions League.
Reuters' Daniela Desantis and Andrew Downie have FIFA president Gianni Infantino giving odds on World Cup expansion from 2022. Keir Radnedge reports that former DFB president Reinhard Grindel has resigned his position as a member of the FIFA council.
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