Deric makes 4 saves, Dynamo and FC Dallas tie 0-0

Deric makes 4 saves, Dynamo and FC Dallas tie 0-0

USA Today Sports Images FC Dallas (5-2-5) outshot the Dynamo (6-5-2) 16-5 and seemingly controlled the match, but extended its winless streak to four games, despite the return of Mauro Diaz. The 26-year-old designated player was third in MLS last season with 13 assists before tearing an Achilles tendon on Oct. 16. Houston has just two wins in its last 30 MLS road games (2-20-9), but snapped a five-game road losing streak during which it had been outscored...
Chelsea clinches English Premier League title with win at West Brom

Chelsea clinches English Premier League title with win at West Brom

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had the golden touch in his first season in the English Premier League, all the way through to the title-clinching game. With Chelsea scoreless at West Bromwich Albion on Friday and looking like squandering the first of three opportunities to regain the trophy, Conte took the bold decision to remove star winger Eden Hazard and introduce substitute Michy Batshuayi, a player with just one goal to his name all season. Within six minutes, Batshuayi was poking home a close-range finish and getting mobbed by teammates in front of Chelsea’s jubilant visiting fans. It sealed a 1-0 win at The Hawthorns and Batshuayi had just won the league for Chelsea. He later referred to himself as an “unexpected hero” in a Twitter post. “The beauty of football,” Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said, “a player who didn’t play a lot scores the winning goal for the championship.” Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute strike was only his second league goal, and first since August, in a tough first season in England. More soccer: Month-by-month: How Chelsea won the English Premier League Key players behind Chelsea’s Premier League title win Antonio Conte wins battle of super-coaches in English Premier League As for Conte, it couldn’t have gone any better. The Italian became the fourth manager — after Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Manuel Pellegrini — to win the Premier League in his first season in English soccer, and he was thrown in the air by his celebrating players in joyous scenes after the final whistle. His moves in the transfer market, his tactical switches, and his...
Manchester United survives scare from Celta Viga to reach Europa League final

Manchester United survives scare from Celta Viga to reach Europa League final

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba celebrates after the end of the Europa League semifinal second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Manchester United drew the match but go through to the final 2-1. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson) MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United survived a late scare against Celta Vigo to stumble into the Europa League final on Thursday, keeping alive its hopes of winning the only major trophy missing from the English club’s collection. United drew the second leg of their tension-filled semifinal 1-1 to advance 2-1 on aggregate, but only after Celta squandered two chances in the final seconds to snatch the biggest win in its history. In the game’s last attack and with Celta needing one goal to go through on away goals, Claudio Beauvue chose to cross the ball instead of shooting from close range with only the goalkeeper to beat. Even then, it landed at the feet of John Guidetti, who couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball with a goal at his mercy. The final whistle was blown moments later and Celta’s players slumped to the ground, some of them holding their heads in their hands and others in tears. “I feel really, really sorry for them,” said United manager Jose Mourinho, whose first reaction at fulltime was to console rival manager Eduardo Berizzo rather than celebrate with his players or United fans. More soccer: Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final Inside Everton’s efforts to become a Premier League giant Arsenal beats Southampton to climb into fifth place Not...
CHELSEA, REAL MADRID CLEAR TITLE RACE HURDLES; PSG SLIPS; BAYERN CLINCHES ANOTHER

CHELSEA, REAL MADRID CLEAR TITLE RACE HURDLES; PSG SLIPS; BAYERN CLINCHES ANOTHER

by SI Top Stories BEN LYTTLETON 24 minutes ago With the Champions League semifinals set to kick off this week, there were major developments around Europe over the weekend on various title fronts. Chelsea took a huge step towards clinching the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season as coach after a clinical win at Everton, while in Spain, Real Madrid needed a late winner from Marcelo to keep the title race in its own hands. Samsung Galaxy® S8 – Get It Now From T-Mobile® Get the fast S8 with T-Mobile & get a DeX adaptor on us. See details here.   Bayern Munich was confirmed as the Bundesliga champion for a record fifth straight season, but it has some significant questions to answer going into the summer transfer market. In Serie A, Lazio continued its renaissance under Simone Inzaghi and beat Roma in the Derby della Capitale, while Mario Balotelli-led Nice did Monaco a huge favor by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in a stormy and title-influencing encounter in France. RELATED: PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: PAGEAU’S CAREER DAY PROPELS SENATORS TO 2OT WIN OVER RANGERS Here is what caught our eye Around Europe this weekend: • PREMIER LEAGUE: Spurs keep pressure on, but Chelsea’s toughest foes are in the past • LA LIGA: Clutch Marcelo keeps Real Madrid in title driver’s seat • BUNDESLIGA: Bayern clinches another title, but was the season a disappointment? • LIGUE 1: A Nice assist for Monaco in the title race • SERIE A: Inzaghi’s influence continues in Lazio’s Rome derby triumph • TOP PLAYERS/GOALS OF THE WEEKEND: Alaba, Pedro, Marcelo come through in title races...
THIS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER STANDOUT PLAYS EVERY GAME WITH A BULLET LODGED TWO INCHES FROM HIS SPIN

THIS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER STANDOUT PLAYS EVERY GAME WITH A BULLET LODGED TWO INCHES FROM HIS SPIN

by Washington Post Sports Falls Church High School varsity soccer player senior Luis Ronaldo Vilca, 18, plays with a bullet still lodged in his abdomen. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) On the Falls Church soccer field, diving is a sin. The act of feigning injury to draw a foul — or, worse, to catch a breather — is not tolerated at Paul Weber Stadium, not after what happened last summer. Even if someone truly endures a blow, teammates always bring each other to their feet with variations of the same phrase. “Hey, Raymond got shot,” they implore. “Get up.” Raymond is one of many nicknames for Luis Ronaldo Vilca, who also goes by “Shooter,” and not because he likes to shoot (he doesn’t). While on vacation to visit family in Lima, Peru last July, Vilca survived a gunshot wound to the stomach, not to mention the ensuing 16-hour wait in the hospital before undergoing surgery. The senior has since overcome incidental nerve damage in his leg and earned his way back into the Falls Church starting lineup, reprising his role as the tenacious defensive midfielder on a talented Jaguars squad bent on forging another playoff run next month. RELATED: RONDA ROUSEY IS ENGAGED TO FELLOW UFC FIGHTER TRAVIS BROWNE “The team didn’t just gain another player,” Falls Church assistant coach Cristian Alvarado said. “They gained a brother back.” Falls Church Coach Joel Harrop remembers when Vilca exited last year’s Virginia 5A state final with cramping. Now he has no idea what it would take to keep his scrappiest player off the field. Vilca endured a vicious cleat to the head against T.C. Williams...
Everton Could Be Next In Line For A Premier League Fairy Tale

Everton Could Be Next In Line For A Premier League Fairy Tale

Leicester City F.C. delivered the story of the year in European Soccer in 2015. The nearly 5000/1 long shots with England Bookmakers went wire-to-wire over the 38 game Premier League season to raise the trophy, completing one of the most remarkable, entirely improbable achievements in the history of English football. Has Everton begun to mirror that kind of run in the new season? People all around Merseyside, the metropolitan county in North West England with a population of 1.38 million, aren’t that silly. But a dream start has at the very least cranked up the enthusiasm. Pubs such as The Cricketers Arms, a famous watering hole 16 minutes by taxi from Everton’s Home Goodison Park is full of locals buzzing about their soccer team. The Toffees have had their best start to a season in 38 years with four wins and a draw leaving them second behind Manchester City in the Premier League table. Ronald Koeman the Dutch manager placed in charge of Everton before the season began says it would be crazy to consider his team contenders for the Premier League title despite their impressive start to the season. “I don’t think we can do a Leicester,” Koeman told the Guardian Newspaper. “Normally not, but you don’t know what is normal in life and normal in football. I am realistic. If I tell you we will fight for the title I think most people will tell you that man is crazy. Even when I mention that it sounds crazy. “Why would we change our ambition and aspiration after 13 points from five games? The big teams have much more qualities and unless it is like it was last season it...