Altidore scores in first start for US in 20 months, Americans top Panama

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jozy Altidore made an impression in his first return to the United States’ starting lineup.

Altidore scored on an overhead kick in his first start for the national team in 20 months, lifting the U.S. over Panama 1-0 Wednesday night as the Americans finished first in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group.

Altidore got the goal from 2 yards following a corner kick in the 66th minute that was redirected by Matt Miazga. Coming back from a hamstring injury that slowed him at the start of training camp, the 29-year-old Altidore scored his 42nd goal in 113 international appearances.

Altidore scores to give @USMNT the lead!!! #USAPAN | #GoldCup

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) June 27, 2019

After the match, he walked by reporters and did not stop to respond to questions.

The defending champion United States went 3-0 in group play and outscored opponents 11-0. The 30th-ranked Americans play No. 79 Curacao in the quarterfinals at Philadelphia on Sunday, and the winner faces Jamaica or Panama in the semifinals.

“This is a team we can’t take lightly,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. “We’re going to go in fully prepared. They have talent. They can score goals.”

The plus-11 goal difference was the best in the Gold Cup for the Americans, topping plus-nine in 2013. The Americans did not allow a goal in a three-match group stage for the second time, the first since 2007, and improved to 36 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage.

“I talked to Jozy at halftime and asked how much more he had in him,” …read more



Qazaishvili scores twice as Earthquakes beat Dynamo

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Valeri Qazaishvili scored a goal in each half and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Qazaishvili opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. After San Jose played a quick corner kick, he flicked it over goalkeeper Joe Willis. In the 75th minute, Tommy Thompson sent a cross through traffic and Qazaishvili created space to slot it past Willis for his third goal of the season.

San Jose (6-6-4) extended its unbeaten streak to five games. Houston (7-5-3) is winless in four games.

Chris Wondolowski nearly made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, but Willis knocked the header wide. Magnus Eriksson sailed an open shot over the crossbar three minutes later.

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The most memorable tweets from Roberto Luongo, aka @Strombone1

Roberto Luongo announced his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday via an open letter to the fans.

However, fitting to his personality, the longtime Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks netminder also did so with a pitch-perfect tweet.

The 40-year-old, whose infamous online moniker is @Strombone1, channelled 2010 LeBron while informing the public of his decision as he sent the best sports retirement tweet since Marshawn Lynch threw up a peace sign emoji and an image of green cleats hanging from a wire.

I’ve decided to take my talents to a South Beach retirement home

— Strombone (@strombone1) June 26, 2019

Luongo’s retirement message was heartfelt and at times poignant, but adding that bit of levity in the form of the tweet was the cherry on top.

His roughly 800,000 followers aren’t quite as plentiful as P.K. Subban’s 1.1 million or Alex Ovechkin’s 2.69 million, but if you ask anyone who the king of hockey twitter is, Luongo wins in a landslide.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at a random collection of Luongo’s more memorable tweets from over the years.

Scrolling through the @Strombone1 page, you’re witness to a master class of self-deprecating humour.

You know the boys have confidence in your goaltending skills when 3 guys line up to block a shot…..

— Strombone (@strombone1) September 18, 2017


— Strombone (@strombone1) November 28, 2015

Whenever a goalie scores in his own net I always laugh cuz I know I could never let that happen to me! #WorldCup2014

— Strombone (@strombone1) June 15, 2014

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Vako nets two goals to lead Earthquakes past Dymano 2-0

SAN JOSE — Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili scored two goals, and Daniel Vega picked up his fourth shutout of the season, leading the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Vega needed to make just one save as San Jose extended its MLS unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2).

Joe Willis finished with four saves for Houston, which was playing the second game of a three-game, eight-day road trip that will cover more than 5,000 miles. The Dynamo, which lost at Portland 4-0 on Saturday night, next plays at the New England Revolution on Saturday.

San Jose dominated possession in the first half when it controlled the ball for 63.6 percent of the action en route to a 1-0 lead.

The Earthquakes, who outshot the Dynamo 5-3 before the break, scored in the 22nd minute on a play off a corner kick. Cristian Espinoza passed the ball to an open Magnus Eriksson outside the 18-yard box, and Eriksson then found Vako cutting toward the right post. Vako then flicked the pass over a diving Willis for his second goal of the season.

Espinoza had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 56th minute, but his wide-open shot from the top of the box sailed over the goal. Six minutes later, Willis got his left hand up just in time to deflect a Chris Wondolowski header from the edge of the 6-yard box.

Vako then got his second of the night in the 75th minute. His right-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box flew past a diving Willis and inside the left post.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who has extensive experience playing for the Georgia national team, was later subbed off to a standing ovation in the 88th minute.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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