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The U.S. Men’s National Team’s opening Gold Cup match did not go as planned. The tournament co-favorites drew 1-1 against Panama, giving up the 1-0 lead that Dom Dwyer had blessed them with once again.
The U.S. didn’t look in the opening 45 minutes like they deserved a lead, and when they got it in the 50th minute, they didn’t keep it for very long. Panama had come to play, and after one spectacular save by Guzan the Central Americans immediately forced him into another — but this time, they sent the rebound in. Just ten minutes after Dwyer’s opener, it was all square at 1. It is not surprising that, with the US’ overall lackluster performance, they could not put another one away in the last half hour.
Martinique currently lead their Group B after the first match, the only team to take three points. They likely won’t stay there, but if the US want to be the team to dethrone them they’ll have to put in a much better performance than on Saturday when they play the group leaders on Wednesday.
With Diego Costa on his way out and Eden Hazard’s injury set to keep him out for the first few matches of the new Premier League season, Chelsea really need to sign a striker this transfer window. And it looked like they were going to — until he snubbed them for Manchester United.
Chelsea had been showing significant interest in signing Lukaku from Everton, but evidently they did not work hard or fast enough as Manchester United were able to swoop in and secure a deal in a very short period of time. Some Chelsea fans blame his agent, who has orchestrated several other deals to United this year, but perhaps just because they don’t want to put the blame where it more likely belongs: on the club’s inability to simply get the deal done.
And Lukaku’s current blue team — Everton — can’t be thrilled about the transfer, either, as they’ll be losing their main attacking threat.
One would think that a match between the first- and second-placed teams in a league, separated by only four points and with the same amount of losses, would be relatively evenly matched.
But when the NASL’s SF Deltas took on Miami FC, they were in for a rude — and fast — awakening as to just how good Miami is. The Deltas were taken down 7-0, with three of those goals being scored within the first fifteen minutes and four total before the half. Miami’s Stefano Pinho alone scored a whopping four of the seven goals.
On top of the brutal scoreline, the victory clinched Miami the Spring Series title, the team’s first trophy; and the only thing worse than losing that badly is the winning team getting to throw a massive celebration right after.
The SF Deltas will play Miami again on the 16th, this time in San Francisco, and will be out for revenge.