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Colombia and Argentina Fit to be tied in Thriller at MetLife Stadium

Defense was a huge star in the Colombia and Argentina soccer match that was held at MetLife Stadium on September 11th.  David Ospina shined in the cage for Colombia, while Franco Armani made several spectacular stops for Argentina.

Exequiel Palacios had a stellar opportunity for Argentina at the 6′ mark, that was to the top center of the goal cage. Gonzalo Martinez continued the offensive opportunities with a left footed shot from outside the box at the 7′ mark.

Colombia saw a stellar opportunity at the 20′ mark as Gustavo Cuéllar had a right footed shot from outside the box that went high from the cage. Radamel Falcao had himself a left footed beauty at the 27th mark.

It was a match that saw plenty of physical play and rough tackles. There were a total of three blocked shots, 38 fouls won and 7 total cards between the two clubs.

1495Sports is proud to bring the following video from the match

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Charles and USA Earn Hard-Fought 100-88 Win Over China

Tina Charles netted 16 points and grabbed six boards as the USA Women’s World Cup Team battled China for a 100-88 win at the 2018 FIBA World Cup on Sunday evening.

 

In its first Group D game against Senegal, the USA started slowly and at one point trailed 10-2. While China did score the first basket, it enjoyed only 16 seconds with the lead. Charles scored 10 of her 16 points in the first quarter to ensure a quick start for the USA and a lead that it would never relinquish. The USA held the lead for 38:41.

 

“It’s really important to get off to a quick start,” Charles said. “It can be anyone’s game. We’re going to get everybody’s best effort, so it’s really important that all of us step up individually and play as a team.”

 

Despite USA playing in the forefront for most of the game, leading by as many as 18 points, China responded in slight spurts. The USA was helped, however, by its 57.6-percent shooting clip (38-66 FGs) and a 38-30 rebounding advantage.

 

Charles’s point total came on 58.3-percent shooting and her six rebounds mirrored two other Americans for a game-high. She also added a dime.

 

After an off day for all teams on Sept. 24, the USA will wrap up preliminary round play against Latvia at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25, which will be televised on ESPN+

For more information on Team USA fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.usab.com/womens/national-team/news.aspx

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Allen and Australia Torch Argentina , 84-43, and Remain Undefeated in World Cup

Rebecca Allen and the Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals obliterated Argentina, 84-43, and now have never trailed through two World Cup contests.

 

Australia contained Argentina’s shooting to a lowly 22.3-percent. At the line, Argentina converted just 42.9-percent of its tries. On the other end, Australia was a 48.5-percent shooting team on the morning and captured a 35.3-percent clip from far.

 

The Opals held a lead as large as 47 before resting upon the 41-point final.

 

Allen, the New York Liberty stretch forward, started her second consecutive game registering five points, six rebounds and a near team-best four assists. She only committed one turnover in over 21 minutes of action.

 

The Opals will now enjoy a day off before their final game of the group stage against Turkey at 11:30 AM EST.

 

A victory in that game will ensure first place in Group B which will advance Australia directly through to the quarterfinal. A second or third-placed finish means they will have to navigate a quarterfinal qualification on Wednesday night.

For more information on Team Australia fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.fiba.basketball/world/u17women/2018/team/Australia

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Nurse Explodes for 29 Points as Unbeaten Canada Defeats Greece in World Cup, 82-63

New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse  tallied a game-high 29 points as Canada Basketball’s Senior Women’s National Team defeated Korea, 82-63, to remain unbeaten in FIBA World Cup play.

 

Leading Korea 8-3 midway through the first quarter, Canada used a 7-0 run to take a commanding 15-3 lead. However, Korea briefly responded with a 4-0 run of its own cutting its deficit to just eight points at the end of the opening quarter.

 

Nurse began. “Coming out of the quick turnaround that we had from last night to this morning, we came out with the right energy and the right intensity and a focus that allowed us to get out early in transition and score a lot of points and defensively be disruptive.”

 

Canada exploded offensively in the second quarter, including a 17-0 run in which Nurse knocked down four consecutive three pointers on her way to 20 points in the frame. The Canadians entered halftime with a commanding 21-point lead, 45-24.

 

Despite multiple comeback efforts from Korea in the second half, Canada’s lead stood as it cruised to the 19-point victory.

 

Nurse’s 29 points came on 69-percent shooting. She also sank six attempts from distance on a 60-percent clip and generated four assists, three boards and two steals in 27 minutes.

 

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe finished with six points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

 

Following this victory, Canada will now face France on Tuesday in a first-place battle for Group A and a bye to the quarter-finals at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.  Fans can catch the action live on DAZN at 3:30 PM ET.

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New York City FC Earns 1-1 Draw with Montreal Impact

New York City FC walking out to the pitch. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Off the back of a two-week break from action, Dome Torrent welcomed back fit-again Jo Inge Berget, as well as Maxime Chanot (international duty) and Alex Ring (suspension) to the XI as the Boys in Blue looked to clinch their place in the postseason.

Three points would be enough to seal it but a resurgent Montreal Impact stood in their way at the Stade Saputo in the first of five remaining games in the 2018 Regular Season.

It was Berget who played the most significant role in the scoring of the opening goal on 17′, as he raced onto an incisive cross from Ben Sweat and forced Rudy Camacho to divert the ball over the onrushing Evan Bush.

Although the Norwegian couldn’t claim his fifth goal of the season for it, it was a perfect demonstration of what NYCFC have been missing in Jo Inge’s absence but, sadly, the lead would last just ten minutes.

Azira provided the equalizer with a shot which also picked up a deflection, with this one off the unlucky Alexander Callens completely wrong-footing Sean Johnson in the City goal, leaving him no chance.

It was a blow for Torrent’s side who had started the game well but they recovered from the concession and were well in the game, though there were few clear chances until the dying embers of the half.

First, Taider forced Johnson into a great save with his downward header on 44′, before David Villa forced an equally good stop from Bush at the other end after El Guaje did brilliantly well to take down Ronald Matarrita’s through ball and get his shot away.

Those saves meant that the teams went in at the break level, which was probably about right on the balance of play.

After the interval, Matarrita forced Bush into action for the first time on 56′ when he drilled an effort into the palms of the ‘keeper after a neat touch from Villa, who was in pain minutes later after a clash of knees, but fortunately, he was fine to continue after running it off.

Matarrita renewed his rivalries with Bush courtesy of a powerful thumped shot on 66′ but the Montreal no.1 was right behind it again and he was also able to watch Sweat’s dangerous right-footed shot clear the crossbar on 76’.

Johnson came to City’s rescue with a crucial late one-on-one save to prevent what would have been a fortunate home win for the Canadians.

As it was, it remained 1-1 and City will go for the clinch vs. Chicago back in the Big Apple on Wednesday night.

NOTES

  • Torrent made three changes to his lineup, bringing in Berget, Chanot and Ring after they missed the D.C. tie.
  • NYCFC’s all-time record vs. Montreal is now P9 W5 D3 L1
  • Alexander Callens will miss the game vs. Chicago for yellow card accumulation

QUOTES

 

NYCFC Head Coach Domènec Torrent

 

On the team’s performance

 

‘‘We played much better the last three or four games away. The performance has been much better. We had the control of the game, but they used the counterattack. Especially the last fifteen minutes in the first half. They decided to defend deep. They are a dangerous team when they make a counterattack. We knew that. But we controlled them well. The most important thing for us is we kept the ball, we controlled 70% of the game.”

 

On Berget’s performance tonight

‘‘Berget was injured the last month and we knew he was ready to play 50-55 minutes. In the first half, he told me ‘When I’m really tired, I’ll tell you.’ I think it was at 55 minutes that he told me he was tired and to change him because we knew he was not ready for 90 minutes.’’

 

NYCFC Goalkeeper Sean Johnson

 

Overall thoughts on the game

‘‘I thought it was one of our better road performances in the recent run of games we’ve had. Obviously disappointing to go up 1-0 and then not be able to close out the game out. But I thought there were some good things tonight. But we’re still trying to figure out how to get that elusive away win, so we’ll get back to it. We have another away game next weekend. But the positive is we can take a lot of things going into Wednesday’s match against Chicago.’’

 

NYCFC Forward Jo Inge Berget

 

On getting a point on the road

‘‘Yes, it was an important point but what we’re missing the last games is a win. It was a good game and we got a good point but still, we didn’t get the win that we came here for and it’s been a while now since we last won a game. We really want to win. That’s the good thing about the tight schedule now. We have another game on Wednesday and we didn’t get it today.’’

 

On the lack of scoring for the team recently

‘‘You win games if you score goals. It’s as easy as that. If you score many goals each game, you’re most likely going to win many games. And these last games we haven’t really scored. We created loads of chances. Maybe not today but the last few games. And we just can’t get it in the net. But we know the quality of the players we have here that it is going to come. It’s just about giving that extra 5% and that little bit of luck as well. I’m sure it is going to come and when they do, hopefully they’re going to come for all of us.’’

 

On his role on the field when a team defends deep

‘‘My job is to be strong and to make runs in behind. Maybe not to get a ball but to stretch them and to give a little bit of room to Maxi and David. On our first goal, that is exactly what happened. David got a little room and then he can pick those passes and then got a great cross in. And it ended in the back of the net. And that’s what we need to do even when teams are laying low. There is still space for those kinds of players to take advantage. And then it’s my job to do the dirty work and run around and I’m happy to do that.’’

 

On his return from injury

‘‘The injury didn’t bother me, and I didn’t feel anything to it, so it was a good 60 minutes to get back there. Obviously, we wanted more but still, if you look at away games, it is a step in the right direction. Montreal is a good team and I think we played a decent game. We didn’t create as many chances as we wanted to but still, I think we played well tonight and it was a step in the right direction.’’

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New York Jets Transcript-Head Coach Todd Bowles 9/21

On if he’s watched any of the film yet…

I saw half of it. I saw defense and special teams. I’m getting ready to watch the offense in a minute.

 

On his thoughts of how the defense played in the second half after watching it on film…

(We) definitely didn’t play the way we played in the first half. A guy here or there out of position and we let some plays go that we would like to have back.

 

On if he was too conservative offensively in the second half…

I thought we were well-balanced on offense. I thought we had some plays dialed up off of what they did. They changed some things around in the second half that negated some of the things we had dialed up. But I thought offensively we had a good game plan that was balanced.

 

On if he’s perplexed as to why not finishing and penalties are lingering from last year…

No, I’m not perplexed. It’s different things that happen at different times. You don’t want things to happen on a two-point play and some plays he has too much time in the pocket and they can’t cover (receivers) forever. Sometimes the pressure is good and they’re not covering (receivers) at all or are blowing an assignment here or there. With a young team and with certain new guys it’s something we have to iron out that we will take care of.

 

On if the certain missed assignments are from younger players…

No, no, I’m not saying that at all. I think we can do some things better as coaches and players, that’s from everybody.

 

On why Robby Anderson hasn’t been a factor…

They’re doing some things different this year with Robby in trying to take him away and other guys have step up if they got somebody (on top of) him.

 

On what is leading to Anderson’s fumbles from the last two weeks…

He just got to tuck the ball away. When he’s in a crowd he’s got to know when to go down and tuck the ball away.

 

On if he worries about things getting away from him with a young team…

No, I really don’t. It’s not a concern at all. I know we got good character and I know we’ll fight and I know we have a decent team. I just got to cut down and fix some things.

 

On if the team is as far long through three games as he thought….

Like I said, we do some good things, but we have to do them more consistently than we’re doing to finish out the ball game. And it’s a guy here or there, we’ll do a better job at that.

 

On how much of a player getting penalties is on the player or the coaching staff…

Well, the penalties are definitely on the players. Coaches can’t play for them. We understand situations and we know what to do and what not to do. Guys got to be calmer in certain situations.

 

On how he avoids a loss like yesterday’s lingering…

It’s a 24-hour rule. You got to have tough skin and up here we’re a tough-minded team and it’s not going to drag. We got a couple of days to get some rest, and get some guys back, and get healthy and then we move on to Jacksonville next week. It’s no difference than if we would’ve won the ball game, so we’ll be fine, in that way. I think we’re mentally tough.

 

On what he thinks Sam Darnold learned last night about himself…

I don’t know if he learned anything about himself. I know he’s competitive and he tries to win every game and he has a fire within that you really can’t see. But in all, I thought he competed his butt off yesterday. I thought yesterday was one of his better ball games from a mental standpoint, and a toughness standpoint, and a grit standpoint and the natural stuff. It is easy to throw when you have time in the pocket and they’re wide open, but when you can move around and make plays happen (that is different). I thought he took care of the ball for the most part until the end of the ball game, obviously when we had to press to try and get something done. But I thought he grew a lot last night. Going in and watching the schedule, after he won the starting job, I thought this would be his toughest game from a scheme-coverage standpoint because of the things that they do on that side of the ball. I thought he handled that well.

 

On how they came out of the game injury wise…

So far pretty good. I haven’t got the full report yet. I’m still waiting on that. But nothing that I know of was pressing.

 

On the decision to cut ArDarius Stewart…

That’s all that was there. He was developing, and you got guys coming in every year. You got to compete for your job and some guys beat him out that way. And we like the core that we have. We can’t do anything about the suspension when he was here, but they were playing better in training camp. We draft guys but guys come in as free agents every year and we give everybody a fair shot to make the team and those guys made the most of their abilities.

 

On what guys can do to help out Darnold more…

We can run it better. We can protect better. We can run routes better. He can make some decisions better but it’s a team effort, it’s not just Sam. I was saying it from that standpoint, I wasn’t saying that people weren’t helping him out. I think we can do a better job all around helping him out.

 

On Leonard Williams performance yesterday…

I thought Leonard played well. I thought they tried to double him a lot and he got to the quarterback when the ball was out. He took the pressure off the other guys. They sent two or three guys at him almost every other play. But Leonard caused a lot of other people to make plays and that doesn’t shttps://www.newyorkjets.com/how up on the stat sheet. I’m happy with what he did.

 

On how he thinks Trumaine Johnson has done in the first three games…

He played tough. He gave up a play early I think in one of the games. But he plays tough and he does a lot of things for us. I’m happy with where he is.

 

On if he’s hopeful that he might get Marcus Maye back against Jacksonville…

It’s something we’ll check on. He’s been doing better. Hopefully with a longer weekend and next week we can get something accomplished there.

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New York City FC vs Montreal Impact Preview

New York City FC is finally back in MLS action this weekend as The Boys in Blue travel north to take on the Montreal Impact.

It’s Major Keys time…

Finishing Chances

It’s no mystery what the problem has been for the Boys in Blue as of late – and that’s finishing the chances created.

After 27 shots vs. New England and 31 vs. D.C. United – the manager is confident that his team is entering one of their best phases of play all season long – and the goals will surely follow.

Dome said: “We need time. We could score many many goals in the last two games, but the football is something like that. Maybe we arrive just five or six times in Montreal and we are able to score three goals.”

“The best way to win is to try to play well. And we’ve played well the last two games. Yes, we need to be more clinical in front of the goal.”

So, on that note, let’s keep it up, the goal avalanche will surely come.

Dangerman

Ignacio Piatti has been one of the most consistent playmakers in MLS over the past five seasons despite the rapid pace of change in Montreal.

He’s scored 60 goals so far for the Canadian side and is sitting on a cool 13 so far this season under new manager Remi Garde.

NYCFC teams of past and present could speak equally well to the danger posed by Piatti. Let’s be sure to keep an eye.

The Counter

Piatti is the key to Montreal’s most impactful form of attack – the counter. As evidence in their turning of the tide in Philadelphia just a week ago.

After going down to the Union 1-0, Montreal counter-attacked their way to a resounding 4-1 victory to stop a surging Union side.

Something to be aware of if NYC look to dominate the ball as they have done in previous outings.

Back in the New York Groove

The boys are back in town!

All of NYCFC’s internationals – Maxime Chanot, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Ebenezer Ofori, and Rodney Wallace – are back in the New York groove and join up with the rest of the squad as we try to turn the tide before the playoffs.

Dome says Jo is raring to go, most notably. Even midfield fulcrum Yangel Herrera, once thought to be out for good is now nearing a return at just the right time for NYCFC’s playoff push.

 

For more information on New York City FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nycfc.com/