Republic of Ireland 2 United States 1: Judge hammers home late winner in Dublin Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 6/3/18 Getty Images Substitute Alan Judge scored a late winner as the Republic of Ireland recovered from a goal down at the Aviva Stadium. Alan Judge fired in a dramatic late winner to clinch the Republic of Ireland a 2-1 win over the United States in John O’Shea’s final international appearance.Substitute Judge swept home just over a minute after stepping off the bench to seal the come-from-behind victory after Graham Burke’s maiden international goal had levelled matters.Shamrock Rovers striker Burke’s 57th-minute strike cancelled out Bobby Wood’s first-half opener and set the stage for Judge to secure a fitting farewell for O’Shea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 37-year-old had exited in the 35th minute after winning his 118th cap – and it looked as though it would end in disappointment when Wood prodded home on the stroke of half-time.But, in their first game at Aviva Stadium since the heartbreak of the World Cup qualifying implosion against Denmark, the two second-half strikes went some way to erasing the memories of their play-off disappointment on home soil.They also served to end a youthful USA’s four-game unbeaten run, though the visitors struggled to create too many opportunities in the absence of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.After two years out of action following a broken leg, this is what it means! Well done, Alan Judge! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/uPS0BzKYO5— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018O’Shea almost marked his swansong with a rare goal when he glanced a header wide of the far post from a Jeff Hendrick corner early in proceedings.Untroubled on that occasion, Bill Hamid was forced into his first real piece of work in the 20th minute as he batted away a swerving James McClean effort, before a Tyler Adams strike at the other end was deflected over by team-mate Rubio Rubin.Colin Doyle, at fault for France’s second in a 2-0 defeat in Paris on Monday, comfortably held a low Jorge Villafana drive just beyond the half-hour and that provided O’Shea’s cue for an early exit, the former Manchester United man briefly soaking up the applause before making way for debutant Darragh Lenihan.Seamus Coleman spurned a chance to break the deadlock when he screwed wide following a Hamid fumble and the full-back was immediately made to pay for the miss, Wood prodding home Matt Miazga’s looping header as a free-kick proved Ireland’s undoing on the stroke of half-time.The lead would only last 12 minutes after the restart with Burke scrambling home at close range after Lenihan nodded down a cross at the far post.Graham Burke celebrates his first goal for Ireland ! #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/SXk4JQPoyN— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018The equalising goal proved the catalyst for a more open period of play; Jon Walters first curled agonisingly wide of the upright from inside the area before Timothy Weah, a scorer in USA’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Monday, blazed over when afforded both time and space in the 65th minute.It appeared the game would end all-square until Judge’s last-gasp intervention, the Brentford midfielder wasting no time in making an impact on proceedings when firing in off the underside of the bar after the ball broke kindly following McClean’s determined dribble into the box.Judge’s maiden goal for his country gave O’Shea the final verdict he must have hoped for, while also ending a four-game winless run for Ireland dating back to their 1-0 triumph over Wales last October. read more
Manchester United ‘Mourinho and Guardiola are very similar’ – Contrasting styles but same obsession, says Gudjohnsen Chris Burton 05:28 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Manchester City Guardiola José Mourinho Premier League A man who played under both coaches during spells at Chelsea and Barcelona considers the Manchester United and City managers to have plenty in common Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola may be drawing contrasting responses to their respective styles in Manchester with United and City but the pair are actually “very similar”, says Eidur Gudjohnsen.Roles for two arch-rivals were reversed in 2017-18, with those at Old Trafford forced to watch on as major silverware made its way to the Etihad Stadium.A year earlier, Mourinho’s debut campaign earned him three trophies while Guardiola was left empty-handed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now City are now Premier League and Carabao Cup double winners, with the Blues being lauded for their free-flowing football while United are condemned for adopting a supposed defensive mindset.Mourinho and Guardiola are the faces of the clubs placing so much trust in them, and a man who played under both in his playing days believes they have more in common than may meet the eye.Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Gudjohnsen told The Independent: “I always say the same: they’re very similar in their eye for detail, in their obsession in how the game should be played.“I think Guardiola puts more emphasis on possession of the ball and how can we dominate the opposition in possession and overload spaces where the ball is being played. “Mourinho is a little more direct, and this is from my experience. Both [are] at a standard which is very similar, it’s just who do you like more.“The biggest difference is the characters. Mourinho has got a bigger personality, a bigger character than Guardiola. Guardiola might be more of the silent type, thinking, an introvert.”Gudjohnsen does not envy either of his former bosses as they continue to chase down honours in an era which demands immediate success.Both have been able to deliver for expectant fan bases, but the challenges start all over again in 2018-19 as Mourinho and Guardiola look to assert dominance not only in Manchester but throughout England and across Europe.“If you look at the demands of football today, everything has to happen straight away,” added the iconic former Iceland international who tasted title success in England and Spain, as well as Champions League glory with Barca.“We want teams to play well, we want success, we want everything. We want almost perfection.“And we want new players to come in and set the world on fire, entertain us and just be the complete package as soon as they walk through the door.”
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Chelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt they weren’t at their best for victory at Brighton.Eden Hazard set up Pedro’s opener and then scored the second in a deserved victory at Brighton, which ended in a closer game than it looked like it would for much of the afternoon after Solly March pulled a goal back.”We could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” said Sarri.”We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match. My mind was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the last five minutes with long balls into our box. We are not a physical team.”With the substitutions I tried to have more physical impact in the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. But we could have won better.”Sarri added: “When we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous to ourselves. We know that we suddenly lowered the level of application and attention.”Their goal was the first situation in our box for 30 minutes. We were a bit unlucky, but the feeling when we have confidence and are sure we are in control of the match, is that we are dangerous to ourselves.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leeds send Samuel Saiz to Getafeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United have announced midfielder Samuel Saiz is returning to Spain at Getafe.Saiz travelled to Spain for a medical at the weekend and will not be returning to Yorkshire.He will instead stay in the country before his stint with high-flying Getafe begins, Leeds confirmed on Monday.Saiz will join LaLiga side Getafe on loan in January, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.The 27-year-old joined the Championship club from Huesca in 2017.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane avoids FA action after Lichtsteiner clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has avoided action after grabbing Stephan Lichsteiner around the throat during victory over Arsenal.Mane put his hands around Lichtsteiner’s neck during the first half of Saturday’s 5-1 home win at Anfield.However, The Sun reports referee Michael Oliver saw the incident at the time and duly awarded a free-kick which means there will be no further action.The clash summed up a feisty, frustrating evening for the Gunners as they fell five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.There was even a tunnel bust-up involving Arsenal defender Sokratis and Liverpool top scorer Mo Salah.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Butt: We must blood youngsters under Solskjaerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicky Butt believes that his Manchester United youth players must make the step up to the first team.Butt is of the belief that a United youth player should always get a shot with the first team.And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge until the end of the season, Butt hopes the likes of Angel Gomes will get their chances.”If you ask any Manchester United fan, or Ed Woodward, or the owners, or the manager, they want players in the first-team,” Butt said to the Daily Express.”That’s my job. That’s the job of the academy coaches – to get players into the first-team.”I think it’s something that fans will demand, the club will demand, the owners and the board will demand and the manager as well.”The academy is the lifeblood of the club and the home-bred players are the ones that help the superstars all around the world embed themselves into our culture and become Manchester United people.”I think that’s the most important thing.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonaliby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been linked with Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali.Tonali, 19, has been dubbed ‘the new Andrea Pirlo’, although the Brescia star himself has expressed that he’s trying to emulate his idol Gennaro Gattuso.Fiorentina negotiated for the Italy international last summer, but Brescia eventually chose to keep the midfielder.Now, Calciomercato.com says Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax scouted Tonali for Sunday’s meeting with Bologna.The three clubs are interested in acquiring Tonali for the upcoming January transfer window.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Champions League final was world’s biggest annual sporting event on social mediaby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis year’s all-English UEFA Champions League final has broken a record of over 1 billion social media interactions, cementing its place as the world’s biggest annual sporting event, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAvailable and comparable data showed that the final of the world’s premier football club competition outperformed all other major events in 2019 by more than 30%, while according to the video optimisation and online video analytics company Conviva, “the UEFA Champions League final is now the biggest sports event ever on Instagram stories from a single account” with 177 million impressions. The stand-out figure of 1.09 billion social media interactions includes all engagements (likes, shares and comments) and video views, 110% up from the final a year ago. Interactions were tracked across all of UEFA’s social accounts as well as the official accounts of the participating teams, players and various media organisations around the world. Almost half – 486 million – of the interactions were generated from UEFA’s social media platforms, with the remaining 604 million coming from other sources. “For years, the UEFA Champions League final has been the biggest one-day sporting event in terms of the media coverage it gets, and the results from the Madrid final corroborate that this is also true on social media,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.The UEFA Champions League competition itself – from group stage to semi-finals (1 September 2018 to 9 June 2019) – drew over 6.5 billion interactions originating from UEFA’s own social media channels, including 3 billion cross-platform video views.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd manager Wilder leaps to defence of McGoldrickby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder has leapt to the defence of David McGoldrick.The 31-year-old was criticised for his wastefulness in front of goal during last weekend’s loss to Southampton.He missed Saturday’s win over Sheffield United with a groin strain, and Wilder stuck up for the 31-year-old when speaking after the game.He said: “So what does he do? He has a finishing session on his own and then goes back out to have another finishing session, because he’s trying to improve his skills and get that aspect of his game out of his system. It was then, he tweaked his groin. “But that tells you what kind of boy he is. An international player. Any sort of negativity or criticism towards him is ridiculous, because he gives everything for this football club and is brilliant for us.”I think we’ve got to be careful as a football club, because of the results and the way we’ve played, that we don’t put too much pressure on our players.”A couple of things got flagged up to me (after losing to Southampton). This team, where they’ve come from, they don’t deserve 70 per cent report. They deserve 100 per cent support.”
Crouch: Spurs just suffering blipby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham striker Peter Crouch insists their poor start to the season is just a “blip”.He wrote for the Daily Mail: “(Mauricio) Pochettino is the best thing that has happened to Tottenham in 20 years. I say that as someone who was at the club in the late 1990s and, again, 10 years later when Harry Redknapp took charge: I’ve seen good and bad times first hand and I know what I’m seeing now.”This is a blip, nothing more. I was at Leicester seven days ago and I didn’t see too much wrong with their performance. “They should, really, have won that game and I will argue with anyone who thinks VAR was brought in to decide offside calls like the one which went against Son Heung-min.”
Chelsea send Makelele to check on Gallagher at Charltonby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have been stunned by the form of Conor Gallagher at Charlton.The midfielder was shipped out on loan after featuring for the Blues over preseason.He has starred for the Addicks since then, having added four goals and one assist to his name.The Sun says youth loan coach Claude Makelele has been making regular visits to watch the 19-year-old in action.Manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed Makelele’s presence at the Valley and believes he is one to watch for the future. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe excited over Diego Rico contributionby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe is pleased with the progress that Diego Rico is making at the club.The Spanish star is starting to show his quality for the Cherries in the Premier League.He played 90 minutes in four of the past Bournemouth league games.He was disappointing last term, but Howe believes the penny has dropped with Rico.Asked about Rico’s recent impact, Howe told reporters: “I have been very impressed in recent weeks.”He’s had a decisive say in a lot of games. If you look at the assists he has made for the team, his corners and free-kicks have been really valuable to us.”You look at the Southampton game, the Everton game and the West Ham game. He has played a key role in goals for us which have changed the game at that moment.”Tight games have been swung in our favour because of it.”I think he has grown into the position, is growing in confidence all the time. The challenge for him is to maintain that progression.”If he does with his qualities, he is going to be an important player for us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard dead against Champions League expansionby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is dead against the expansion of the Champions League.Lampard – who lifted the trophy in 2012 – does not think that more matches will fit into the calendar.A proposed reform of the Europe’s elite competition – led by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli – seeks to expand from 17 to 21 matches for the finalists.”The feeling is that you’re in the ultimate club competition, and the reason for that is because you have the best teams from each league, and the best team from the year before that deserve to be there,” he said.”The year we won the Champions League we came second the year before. We know the format, we know what it is, but whenever you play in the Champions League you know you’re playing against the best and for me that is the format and the beauty of it.’ “As a manager I actually feel weight of games more than I did as a player, even though I was running around as a player,’ he explained. “As a manager you’re thinking about how can you keep the team fresh, and it’s a challenge with all the competitions we have now.”I have a soft spot for the League Cup because we won it a couple of times at Chelsea, and it was the first competition I ever won. Domestically it gives teams a feeling you can compete on a level in a cup at home, which is important.”If you ask me can we play more European games, I personally don’t believe you can fit them in amongst our busy schedule. “I would find it hard to keep the quality level and the freshness within the players. If you did do that there would be a lot of discussion about how that would work practically. At the minute I think the level is about right. I like the format personally.”
Aaron Connolly grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potterby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Connolly is grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potter for his first team chance.Potter seems committed to blooding academy graduates, fielding nine in the recent EFL Cup game against Aston Villa.Connolly told the Daily Mail: “The previous manager [Chris Hughton] gave me my debut against Barnet and I will never say a bad word about him. But this new gaffer is a breath of fresh air. “He has looked after me and Steve. We were hoping for that chance to impress. He showed a lot of faith in us by letting other players leave the club. It’s all about repaying that trust now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd No2 Phelan offers explanation for form slideby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant Mike Phelan has argued it was inevitable that the club’s form would dip last season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager in December brought about a run of 11 wins from 11 games.However, after Solskjaer’s permanent appointment, the Red Devils were unable to win any of their last six matches.”We’d taken them from nothing to sky high, but they bottomed out because it was just too much, they weren’t prepared for it,” Phelan told The Athletic. “So we had a lot of things to work on.”Ole relates well with the players, he understands what Man United is. It is definitely a difficult moment, but Ole hasn’t got his team yet.”He’s had three players (signed), you need more than three to be the manager of your own team.”We can build on something, I think. Ole just needs that opportunity to create the culture again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Karlos_SrDuring a College GameDay segment about Ohio State’s high profile quarterback battle, Desmond Howard made it very clear who he believes will come out on top. Citing Cardale Jones’ Twitter antics, which he does not appreciate, Howard thinks that J.T. Barrett is a lock to win the job. Desmond Howard on J.T. Barrett: “He’s not really about the foolishness” Tell us what you really think— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 5, 2015Desmond Howard just called Cardale Jones’ tweets to Ronda Rousey “foolishness” and cited it as a reason J.T. should start. So there’s that.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 5, 2015Former Florida State running back Karlos Williams, of all people, was very upset with Howard.Desmond Howard is a hater.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015He don’t know nun bout what players do in the personal time. He just talking.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015@JameisLover Bruh be hating.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015We probably wouldn’t have guessed that Karlos Williams would be a Cardale Jones defender this morning, but here we are.
Manchester City have the opportunity to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday when they travel to face Everton.Liverpool have slipped up in their last couple of matches, and while Pep Guardiola’s side have also proven vulnerable, losing to Newcastle, what might have been a seven-point gap could be totally eradicated.City are playing this fixture in advance due to their raft of commitments in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and it gives them the chance to launch a pre-emptive strike on the Reds, though their city rivals are unlikely to make life easy for them at Goodison Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Everton vs Manchester City Date Wednesday, February 6 Time 7:45pm GMT/2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can watched on NBCSN or UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live or UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or available for streaming. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Everton squad Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg Defenders Keane, Zouma, Browning, Digne, Baines, Galloway, Coleman, Kenny Midfielders Schneiderlin, Gomes, Gueye, Davies, McCarthy, Sigurdsson Forwards Richarlison, Lookman, Bernard, Walcott, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin Everton make five changes to the side that were beaten by Wolves last weekend.Seamus Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison are all on the bench.Jonjoe Kenny, Lucas Digne, Idrissa Gueye, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all start.Confirmed Everton starting XI: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye, Davies; Walcott, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin Position Manchester City squad Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Sandler, Mendy, Walker, Danilo Midfielders Fernadinho, Gundogan, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, D. Silva, Diaz, B. Silva, Mahrez, De Bruyne Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane Pep Guardiola has made two changes from the team that beat Arsenal on Sunday, with John Stones and Leroy Sane returning to the starting XI.Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both on the bench.Confirmed Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva (C), Sane, Bernardo, AgueroBetting & Match Odds Manchester City are 3/10 favourites to win this game at bet365. Everton are a 9/1 shot, while a draw is 21/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview All eyes will be on Manchester City on Tuesday as they attempt to go back to the top of the Premier League table. Liverpool have stumbled in their quest for a first English crown since 1990, and while they still remain in the driving seat, if Pep Guardiola’s men were to win on Tuesday in response to two Reds draws, the psychological edge would surely have swung in their favour.City overcame a stern test from Arsenal at the weekend, winning 3-1 thanks to a treble from Sergio Aguero, and though there was controversy over his third goal, in which he admitted to a handball, the Citizens were resounding and deserving winners.It was an impressive way to bounce back from a stunning loss against Newcastle, which threatened to end their title challenge.Guardiola, however, is still aware that City’s hopes balance on the edge of a knife.“The pressure is when you’re behind. If you lose points, it’s tougher. When you’re top with distance you can lose points and still be there,” he said, but denied he is trying to play mental warfare with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.“I’m not in the mind of Jurgen and the players. Every press conference you say: ‘Put pressure on Liverpool.’ I don’t know. We have to be ourselves. That’s the main target we want to achieve. And win our games.”City will now aim to put on the kind of commanding display they managed at Goodison Park last season, when they ran out 3-1 winners but in truth were far more comfortable than that.“You could see it in their faces in the first half that they didn’t know what was happening … and that’s why you feel in so much control I guess, when you see it on their faces,” Kevin De Bruyne commented in the aftermath of that encounter. The same scoreline was repeated shortly before Christmas, when the clubs last met, and since then Everton’s form has largely been disappointing.The Toffees went down 3-1 against Wolves on Saturday, despite Andre Gomes drawing them level in the first half.Europe is not out of the question for Marco Silva’s side, but pressure is mounting on the manager, whose side could be in the bottom half of the table by the weekend if results go awry.Guardiola and City will, however, show little sympathy. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tennessee fans and alums are celebrating in style Saturday night. Former Vol Robert Ayers Jr. is making sure his NFL teammates know about it.Tennessee, after 11 years of misery, finally knocked off Florida Saturday night – staging a huge comeback after it faced a 21-3 deficit at halftime. Former Vol Robert Ayers Jr., who played for the school from 2004-2008 and now suits up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posted an awesome video of his celebration. He’s driving his orange McLaren to his team meetings, wearing an all-orange outfit. Check it out:It’s party time in Knoxville. Stay safe, everyone.
Even though the World Cup just ended, the search for the next U.S. women’s national team manager will have to begin as soon as possible following Tuesday’s news that Jill Ellis will step down this fall. Ellis will be a tough act to follow, having won back-to-back World Cups, but there is a promising crop of coaching talent both at home and abroad that could step in and ably fill her shoes.No head coach will be hired until the USWNT general manager position is filled, but U.S. Soccer says there will be a GM in place imminintely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? From there, the GM will need to immediately get to work, with the Olympics now one year away and the USWNT hungry to atone for their shocking quarter-final exit to Sweden in 2016. Here are some of the candidates who could step into the soon-to-be-vacant USWNT role. Paul Riley – North Carolina CourageRiley has been linked with the USWNT for years, with his name cropping up in 2014 before the position ultimately went to Ellis. Riley is the back-to-back NWSL Coach of the Year, presiding over the league’s best team over the past three seasons. The Liverpool native has won two of the last three NWSL titles and finished runner-up the other season. Riley also has familiarity with many of the current player pool, having coached a number of USWNT players during his time with the Courage and the Portland Thorns before that. The 55-year-old does prefer a variation of the 4-4-2 formation, which would be a shift from the team’s current 4-3-3 setup.Mark Parsons – Portland ThornsParsons would have an interesting challenge that none of the other USWNT candidates would: He’s actually younger than some of the players he’d be coaching. Despite his youthfulness, the 32-year-old Parsons is actually quite experienced as a high-level coach. He’s been an NWSL manager since midway through the 2013 season, and took over the high-profile Thorns job in 2015. Parsons has demonstrated an ability to create a team-first environment with a collection of high-profile individual talent, a skill that would obviously serve him well with the USWNT. He’s turned the Thorns into one of the NWSL’s top teams and won a championship in 2017. Laura Harvey – Utah RoyalsHarvey, who had previously served as USWNT U-23 coach, appeared set for an expanded role with U.S. Soccer following her departure from the Seattle Reign in 2017, but that appointment eventually fell through. Some said that Ellis was uncomfortable with her apparent successor getting a role so close to her during a period when her job was on shaky ground. Whatever the case, Harvey, now 39, landed on her feet in Utah. Harvey is vastly experienced for her relatively young age, having already coached Arsenal and Birmingham City in her native England before spending five seasons at the helm of Seattle. Harvey has long been seen as a future USWNT manager, but her teams have actually underachieved in NWSL in recent seasons. Will that be held against her?Vlatko Andonovski – Reign FCAndonovski took over FC Kansas City in 2013 as a virtual unknown, but quickly established himself as one of the country’s managerial up-and-comers by leading FCKC to back-to-back NWSL titles in 2014 and 2015. When the club folded, Andonovski took over for Harvey in Seattle. Andonovski is renowned for his ability to develop and incorporate youth talent, a trait that would serve him well with a USWNT side that still heavily relies on several players on the wrong side of 30. The 42-year-old has no experience outside of the U.S. or at the international level so moving up to the USWNT would be a major step up, but Andonovski has proven up to the challenge at every stop he’s made thus far. Tony Gustavsson – USWNTAnyone who’s watched the USWNT sideline in recent years will have noticed a ponytailed blond man shouting instructions at players constantly while actively communicating with Ellis on a regular basis as well. That’s Gustavsson, who’s been something of the second head coach for the U.S. during his time with the team.Gustavsson has returned to his native Sweden and is reportedly not in the running for the head coaching job, but the 45-year-old would be the ideal selection as a continuity candidate. He’s also nearly secured the position in the past, having been a finalist in 2014 only to see Ellis get the job instead. Sarina Wiegman – NetherlandsThere arguably has not been a more successful coach on the international level over the last few years than Wiegman, and that includes Ellis. Wiegman led the Netherlands to the 2017 European title and took her side to the 2019 World Cup final, continuing a rapid rise that has seen the Dutch quickly establish themselves as one of the world’s best sides.Wiegman usually employs the same tactics, but showed her flexibility in the World Cup final against the USWNT and successfully frustrated her opponents for the first hour of the match before a conceded penalty began her side’s unraveling. Wiegman also has familiarity with the American game, having played collegiately at the University of North Carolina. But after all her recent success, would Wiegman leave the Dutch project now?