Saborio, D.C. United host Real Salt Lake


Saborio, D.C. United host Real Salt Lake

A win at home before the bags are packed again is the goal for DC United. On Saturday the Black and Red hosts a highly motivated Real Salt Lake team at RFK Stadium before stepping away again for three straight road matches.

DC United just returned home last Sunday after five straight games away from RFK, including a U.S. Open Cup match, and managed to craft a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union. After Saturday’s game against RSL, United travels to Montreal and New York City FC for league play and then goes to Panama to play Arabe Unido in its CONCACAF Champions League opener.

After a demoralizing 3-1 loss in Colorado, Real Salt Lake is energized after consecutive home wins.  The defeat to the Rapids was followed by a 2-0 shutout of Houston and a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. The wins provided much needed points and lifted RSL to within three points of the final playoff position in the Western Conference.

The challenge:

  1. For starters a better start. Sure United was able to battle back and get all three points last Sunday against Philadelphia, but the method to the Black and Red’s madness in the 3-2 win left much to be desired. The Union scored twice in the first four minutes of the match and now six times in 2015 United has conceded at least one goal in the first 15 minutes of matches. “It left a little sour taste. We didn’t have a few guys physically or mentally ready to start the game,” said head coach Ben Olsen after the match. “It’s easy to play 2-0 down. There is nothing to lose. It takes men to play from the start of the game.” United will need a strong mentality from the start against a Real Salt Lake team desperate to scratch into playoff position.
  2. Building consistency. After using 22 different starting lineups in 23 games, it is possible United could use the same first eleven in consecutive games for the first time since the opening two weeks of the season. It is likely that Alvaro Saborio, who scored in his DC United debut against Philadelphia, will again partner in attack with Fabian Espindola. There will be extra incentive for Saborio and Espindola who were a successful partnership during their time with RSL. On the flank Nick De Leon scored his first goal in over a year last week and will look to build on his strong summer.
  3. Dealing with RSL’s numbers. Real Salt Lake operates out of a 4-3-3 formation and can attack in waves.  Luis Gil and Javier Morales are creative forces while Luke Mulholland provides a steadying presence in midfield. Up top it will be important for United to try and disrupt and occupy RSL forward Joao Plata.
  4. The Rimando factor.  RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella earned save of the week honors for his work against Sporting Kansas City, but Nick Rimando might return to the starting lineup for the first time since June 27. Rimando had been with USMNT at the Gold Cup. In Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game Rimando made three amazing saves in the first half of the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. In short Rimando not only makes saves, but can save games only added to the pressure on United to get it right on offense.

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Premier League Roundup 6/17: Paul Pogba wants out of Man U.

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Premier League Roundup 6/17: Paul Pogba wants out of Man U.

It has been a busy week in soccer with the FIFA Women's World Cup going on in France as well as everything happening in the Premier League.

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

Player Notes

Manchested United: According to reports, Paul Pogba is prepared to submit a transfer request to force his way to Real Madrid. Pogba would be the second major acquisition for Real as they have just recently announced the signing of Eden Hazard. The Belgian star made the jump to Real from Chelsea.

West Ham: Jack Wilshire admitted that he almost quit playing soccer in 2015 after a rash of injuries combined with a difficult situation at home with his young son. Wilshire returned to play back in May for West Ham.

Source: Rotoworld


Carli Lloyd scores 2 and the US downs Chile 3-0 at the World Cup

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Carli Lloyd scores 2 and the US downs Chile 3-0 at the World Cup

Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals for the United States in a somewhat subdued 3-0 victory over Chile that advanced the defending Women's World Cup champions to the round of 16.

The United States was criticized after its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand when players celebrated goals even after the victory was well in hand. The Americans were more muted in this one, and all three goals were in the first half.

Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand earlier Sunday in Nice. Japan, playing in Group D with England, also went through to the knockout stage because both the United States and Sweden won.

Lloyd earned the start after coming in off the bench in the opener, and in the 11th minute became the first player to score in six straight World Cup matches.

She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th minute for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the all-time U.S. list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12).

Four years ago at the World Cup in Canada, Lloyd scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the finale to lead the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan for the team's third overall title.

She nearly got another hat trick -- which would have made her the first player with two World Cups -- but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.

The Americans were blasted after their tournament-opening victory for the lopsided score, and overenthusiastic celebration, and the controversy clouded the run-up to Sunday's game.

Several of the U.S. players reached out to their Thai counterparts following the match. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and FIFA posted an interview with Thailand's coach thanking the U.S. players for being professional and playing well.

The United States set records for goals and margin of victory against Thailand. Alex Morgan tied the World Cup record for most individual goals with five, and she was among a record seven different scorers in a single game.

After such a rout, Jill Ellis made sweeping changes to the starting lineup against Chile with a new front line: Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory. Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath.

Becky Sauerbrunn, who sat out of the match against Thailand because of a minor quad injury, returned and anchored a backline that included 20-year-old Tierna Davidson, who was making her World Cup debut. Davidson is the youngest player to start for the United States in the World Cup since Tiffany Roberts against Norway in 1995.

Chile made just one lineup change, starting midfielder Claudia Soto in place of Yanara Aedo.

Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0 but goalkeeper Christiane Endler kept the Swedes out of the goal until the 83rd minute. The second goal got past her in stoppage time. The 6-footer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain was solid again against the United States, especially in the second half when the United States peppered her with shots.

Julie Ertz scored in the 26th minute with a header off a corner kick from Davidson that Endler got her hands on but couldn't stop. It was her first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on.

Ender was able to prevent Lloyd from another attempt at a hat trick when she tipped the U.S. captain's shot over the net in the 72nd minute.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. team's well-wishers before the sold-out game at Parc des Princes stadium. Biden, who is running for President in 2020, referenced the team's lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and seeking equitable pay.

"As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it's past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men," Biden posted on Twitter.

U.S. soccer maintains that the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements.

The United States plays Sweden in Le Havre on Thursday to wrap up the group stage. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sweden ousted the American from the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

Chile wraps up the group with a match against Thailand on Thursday in Rennes.