NEW YORK: Edison Flores scored an 86th-minute equalizer as Peru grabbed a 1-1 draw against a youthful United States side in an international friendly on Tuesday.Mexico-based winger Flores popped up at the far post to jab home a wicked low cross to delight a large contingent of Peru fans in an estimated crowd of 25,000 at East Hartford’s Rentshler Field in Connecticut. Flores’s late strike was a disappointing finish to a game that US coach Dave Sarachan’s new-look side had come close to winning.Sarachan made nine changes from the US team thumped 4-2 by Colombia last week, recalling goalkeeper Brad Guzan for his 59th cap.Three USA players were handed debuts including 19-year-old winger Jonathan Amon, who plays for Danish side Nordsjaelland.Amon had a role in the home side’s only goal, scored by 18-year-old striker Josh Sargent, winning the free-kick on the right flank which set up the opener. Germany-based Sargent swept in a deflected finish from Kellyn Acosta’s dead ball in the 49th minute after a cleverly worked training ground move.The United States are rebuilding under Sarachan, who was appointed on a caretaker basis a year ago following the USA’s shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.The veteran coach’s untested side was on the back foot for long periods on Tuesday against a Peru team featuring just four members of the squad who qualified for Russia this year.The USA had two good early chances, when Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah broke down the right in the ninth minute and [Read More…]
LOS ANGELES: Carli Lloyd scored three goals as the United States beat Panama 5-0 Sunday to advance their bid to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.With the win in Cary, North Carolina, the Americans have won the first two of their three group matches in the eight-nation CONCACAF Women’s Championship.They opened with a 6-0 victory over Mexico and were assured of a semi-final spot in the regional qualifying event when Mexico beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-1 on Sunday.The US will play their last Group A match against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, when Mexico will take on Panama — level on three points — in a duel for the second semi-final spot in Group A.The top two finishers from the each of the two groups after round-robin play advance to the semi-finals in Frisco, Texas.The semi-final winners automatically advance to next year’s World Cup in France, with the winner of the third-place playoff also advancing. The team that finishes fourth will play Argentina for a World Cup berth.US coach Jill Ellis made nine changes from the Mexico match, retaining only midfielders Julie Ertz and defender Abby Dahlkemper in the starting lineup.Lloyd took her tally of international goals to 105 with strikes in the 23rd, 29th and 48th minutes.Samantha Mewis opened the scoring in the sixth minute when she headed in a corner kick by Christen Press. Press herself scored on a breakaway in the 32nd.Despite the lopsided score, it was a solid display for 17-year-old Panamanian goalkeeper Yanith Bailey, [Read More…]
SEOUL: The United States and England were top of their pools as an incoming tropical storm badly disrupted the LPGA’s UL International Crown team event in South Korea on Friday.Jessica Korda and Michelle Wie won 6 and 4 against Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum to boost the US score, while England’s Charley Hull and Georgia Hall beat Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling and Teresa Lu 2 and 1.Organisers brought forward Saturday’s third round to avoid Tropical Storm Kong-Rey, which was closing on Incheon, but darkness halted a wet day’s play with eight matches in progress on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course. Spectators were barred on Saturday to give staff a chance to prepare the course, which is expected to be drenched in the early part of the day, for competition. “However, if we can’t safely play golf on Saturday, the plan is to resume play on Sunday at 7am (2200 GMT Saturday),” the LPGA said in a tweet.
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