It’s the return of the soccer news after intermittent holiday service, with the Championship in action on New Year’s Day. Our roundup of the USMNT players starts with Haji Wright subbing out in the 83rd minute of Coventry City’s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough. Trailing from the 31st, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto equalized in the 34th and Wright put Coventry in front in the 58th. Sakamoto scored again in the 69th. Wright saw yellow in the 82nd minute. Coventry City is 8th in the Championship table after 26 games, tied on points with 9th-place Cardiff City.
“Ellis Simms was unlucky but Haji Wright has followed it in and got his goal,” Coventry City manager Mark Robins said. “I thought Haji was outstanding.”
Josh Sargent subbed on in the 66th minute of Norwich City’s 1-1 home draw with Southampton. Down a goal from the 70th, Sargent equalized in the 78th minute. “It was very nice. The fans obviously were very good to me, and I’m very grateful to them,” Sargent told his club’s official site. “I’m also very grateful to the medical staff who have helped me get back on the pitch. I’m feeling good at the moment, so hopefully we can keep going.” Norwich City is 13th in the table.
Reggie Cannon’s Queens Park Rangers lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff City. Trailing from the 16th, QPR’s Paul Smyth equalized in the 52nd minute. Cardiff scored again in the 74th. QPR is 23rd in the table. Duane Holmes was on the bench for Preston North End’s 2-0 loss at Sunderland to goals in the 10th and 44th minutes. PNE is 14th in the table. Daryl Dike wasn’t in the squad for West Brom’s 1-0 loss at Swansea to a 55th minute goal. West Brom is 5th in the table. Lynden Gooch wasn’t in the squad for Stoke City’s 0-0 home draw with Ipswich Town. Stoke played a man down from a 67th minute red card to Jordan Thompson. Stoke City is 19th in the table.
On Tuesday, Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 71st minute of AC Milan’s 4-1 home win over Cagliari in the Coppa Italia round of 16. AC Milan’s Luka Jovic scored in the 29th and 42nd with Chaka Traore making it 3-0 in the 50th. Cagliari scored in the 87th. Rafael Leao added a fourth AC Milan goal a minute into stoppage time. Yunus Musah wasn’t in the squad for AC Milan. Cameron Carter-Vickers wasn’t in the squad for Celtic’s 3-0 win at St Mirren in the Premiership. Daizen Maeda put Celtic up in the 1st with Matt O’Riley doubling the lead in the 6th. St Mirren saw red three minutes into first-half stoppage time and Celtic’s Greg Taylor finished off the scoring in the 60th.
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