Tyler Adams Tyler Adams focused on making his own mark, and not on filling other players’ shoes Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike DiNovo MLS New York RB The U.S. national team midfielder is still just 19, but after his breakout 2017, is ready to be a figurehead for the revamped Red Bulls A year ago, Tyler Adams was seen as the young prospect with the unenviable task of trying to replace a fan favorite and MLS All-Star in former New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty. A year later, Adams has emerged as someone capable of much more. His evolution as a player is now much less about the guys who have come before him, and now is about one of Major League Soccer’s brightest prospects casting his own shadow.Adams enters 2018 with much different expectations having set the bar high for himself after a breakout 2017. And as much as Sacha Kljestan’s departure from the Red Bulls might lead some to think Adams will spend another season helping fill a void left by a star player’s departure, he doesn’t quite see things that way.AdChoices广告”You see people talking about ‘Are you going to fill his shoes’ and I think that for myself, there’s no shoes to fill in my mind,” Adams told Goal. “In my mind I’m going to be the player that I’m going to be, and I’m completely different than all those players. Obviously they’re both great players, but I want to be my own player and I’m going to try and fill any void or gap that we have now and do it off of my own game.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player No, the Red Bulls aren’t counting on Adams to replace Kljestan — Alejandro Romero Gamarra has been signed to do that — but Adams enters the new season expected to be one of the team’s leaders despite having just turned 19 earlier in February. That seems like a lofty set of responsibilities for someone his age, but last year saw him skyrocket from promising Red Bulls prospect to one of the most exciting young talents in the American soccer pipeline.Adams enjoyed a dream 2017, one which included his emergence as an MLS starter, his impressive showing at the Under-20 World Cup, and eventually his first U.S. national team appearance. Along the way he has quickly developed a reputation in MLS circles as a young player with the fearlessness and attitude to become a dominant player.”Over the last six months, (Adams) has been put in situations that could be overwhelming for a player his age and with his lack of experience. Yet, no matter what the situation is, you don’t ever get the sense that he’s overwhelmed by the challenge,” Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles told Goal. “If anything, he embraces it, and because he embraces it in that way, it brings confidence to the group. We’re not thinking we’re just putting a young player in there that could get caught up or swept up by what’s happening. We’re putting in someone that’s capable. It doesn’t matter how young or inexperienced he is. He’s capable.”That sort of characteristic lends to thinking that this person has greatness in his future. I’m one of those people and I think absolutely, that he’s not just great for the Red Bull organization, but U.S. Soccer in general.”Adams’ poise has helped him make a smooth transition to the pro game, but so has a temperament that some coaches around MLS admiringly call “mean.” It is a fearlessness and on-field relentlessness that belies his baby face.”This would go back to when he was 15 when I first met him. You could tell he was different,” Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch told Goal. “It wasn’t just that he was athletic and was a good player. It was that he believed he was going to be a good player. That maturity and that self-belief that he has lends itself towards him continuing to grow in a big way.”When asked if he could think of a young player who Adams reminded him of in terms of mentality, Marsch brought up long-time U.S. national team standout and Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley, who Marsch saw develop from his earliest days. “Michael Bradley was always very locked in to his process,” Marsch said. “At a young age, he was very mature, but they have a different kind of intensity. Michael’s intensity is very, I think, inner-focused and over the years he’s had to teach himself to expand outside of himself. Tyler has a real ease to his inner focus, his ability to integrate within a group, his appreciation for people around him. He’s social. He’s a balanced young man. I think that will help him integrate and adapt to whatever situation he’s in.”That much was clear after the recent U.S. national team camp in January. Adams was one of the standouts of that camp, following up his November national team debut with a second straight start and solid showing as the team’s youngest player.”Getting called into January camp was obviously a huge opportunity for myself, and obviously you can never take those opportunities for granted,” Adams said. “I thought I had a strong camp, and was rewarded with a start against Bosnia. In the game against Bosnia obviously a lot of things we could have done better, and a lot of things you’d like to see improve, but I think as a whole it’s good to get a lot of young guys on the field. Going from that point on it will be fun to figure out individually how I fit in that team going forward, and then collectively trying to help that team any way I can.”Adams adaptability was clear to see last year, when he was shifted into a right wing-back role by Marsch and thrived there, finishing the season as arguably the best right-sided fullback/wing back in MLS. Though central midfield remains his preferred position, the time spent on the right wing helped him round out his game.”i think playing that wing-back position you’re more an attacker than defender, which I wasn’t really known for,” Adams said. “I’m not really a 1-v-1 player so when I find myself out on the wing it’s kind of abnormal to the game that I usually do play, but I think that adding that 1-v-1 ability, especially in certain situations because of my pace and athleticism, I got to find myself in unique situations and definitely got better at those situations.”Though he did well as a right wing back, his future lies in a central midfield role, where his quickness, tenacity and improving passing can make him a force. While Marsch agrees with the idea that Adams is very much a midfielder, he does plan on continuing to take advantage of Adams’ versatility, and his growth as a player.”Our goal is to play him more in the middle of the midfield this year, but I still think there will be times when we do use him out wide,” Marsch told Goal. “We’ll just have to look at each week and realize where we’re at and figure out how to get the best out of our team in that particular week. Tyler is the type of person and player that grows each day and each week. I expect that, a year from now, we’ll be talking about a very different player than we are right now.”
Teams will travel from many areas across the Territory to compete in the event, including East Arnhem, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Ramingining and from around Darwin to battle it out for the title of Mixed under 18, Mixed over 35’s, Men’s and Women’s Open champions. Under 18 teams include; Taminimin, Katherine High School, NPGA ST Johns, Alice Springs, Team Deadly, East Arnhem and the Red Dragons. This year will see the introduction of the Mixed over 35’s division and will see the Darwin Legends, the Mixtures, the Uni Titans and Gove all challenge for the title.In the Women’s Open division, seven teams will be competing in Darwin with Alice Springs, Gove, the Scorpions, Hoops 4 Health, the Prospects, the Titans and Ramingining all vying to be the Territory’s number one side.The Men’s Open division will see six teams competing with the AIRSNT Tigers, Alice Springs, the BOC Dodgers, Ramingining Warriors, the Bears and the Prospects all being represented in the premier division.This year’s titles will see Alice Springs in the Under 18’s, the BOC Dodgers in the Men’s Open and Hoops 4 Health in the Women’s Open divisions returning to defend their 2011 titles. The grand finals will be played out on Sunday afternoon with the Under 18’s game kicking proceedings off at 3.30pm, with the Men’s Open’s concluding the event with a 6.00pm final. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 NT Titles, please click on the link below:www.ntstatechamps.mytouchfooty.comLive updates of the scores during the finals will also be broadcast on TFA’s official Facebook page. To stay up to date with finals scores, please join us at 3.30pm on Sunday via:http://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff believes the world’s top players would now prefer to join Manchester City.Cruyff, 44, joined United from Barca — the club built in his father Johan’s image — in 1996 when they were the dominant force in England.He said, “Like other players at the time, I did not need to think twice about whether I would join United or City. Just like Barca, United were irresistible in those years.“With everything that is happening and developments at City, it is no longer an automatic choice for players to choose United, and that is an even bigger concern.“United was not just a beautiful football club, it also followed up the football I was used to.“Home or away, United had a playing style, youth players and a winning mentality which was clear to everyone in the club.“If Barcelona have one bad year, they would still not finish any lower than 3rd in La Liga. That should be the case at Man United, but sadly it is not.”
Barcelona coach Valverde: Malcom can offer us something differentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy with the progress of three of their summer signings.Valverde discussed Malcom, Clement Lenglet and Arthur yesterday.He stated, “Lenglet already knew LaLiga which is an advantage to get used to the rhythm of the matches. Also to the demands that are in defence. And for the injuries he has become indispensable. “Arthur’s case is different because he did not know LaLiga and he played at a different pace. But he has fit very well because his characteristics conform to the style of Barça.”On Malcom, he added: “He is a player who has not participated as much as the other two but is a forward, good at one against one and scoring. He is different. Hope he helps us. The injuries have burdened him but we believe he has a future ahead of him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Everton defeat hard to takeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to criticise his players after defeat at Everton.Goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed the three points for the hosts, who move up to tenth. Howe said, “It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.”We started strongly, created chances, defended well and then we switched off for a second and got punished. The game is then more difficult. We penned them in but couldn’t get that goal. “At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong. At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall, but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment. “In terms of Andre Gomes, certainly from my view, I thought the first one could’ve been a yellow, as well as the second. If you add them together, he is lucky to stay on the pitch. I haven’t seen back the one at the end, though.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria president Ferrero challenges Vialli to get seriousby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has challenged Gianluca Vialli to get serious if he wants to buy the club.Ferrero insists he’s not the one holding up the sale.”I called it a song and dance, because if I want to buy a club, a price is agreed, it is paid and the paperwork exchanged,” Ferrero told Rai Due.“Anyone who knows about football gives their value to Sampdoria. When I arrived here, the Primavera youth team was playing 80km away, there was no home stadium for them, but I created Sampdoria Next Generations, a football school introducing kids to Samp.“I don’t know how much they are offering me, because I haven’t heard from anyone and there are no negotiations. If Vialli wants Sampdoria, he should come here and make an offer. You’ve got to stop attacking me about this.“If they give me the money Sampdoria is worth, then I will walk away. If not, I’m staying here, as Samp is in my heart and I am not afraid of anything.“I work for Samp from morning until night. Vialli is a legend for Samp, I know that, but let’s try to make sense of the whole thing.”
Everton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Minaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is delighted with the form of Yerry Mina.Silva feels the Colombia defender is now showing his quality.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I am really happy with him. It was a tough season, last season, for Yerry Mina. He changed, two seasons ago, from Brazil to Barcelona and the top, top, top level in the world. He didn’t play so much but around that club, around those players every single day you are improving, playing or not.“After that he joined us in the Premier League, as an expensive signing and all of the things around that. Unfortunately for us, he had a bad injury in that period and lost two or three months. He had short, good moments, but he had some very good moments last season. The competition was tough and if you look at our central defenders last season, all of them improved but I am really happy with Yerry.“He is taking his role in the team, he is performing well. Like always he has many, many things to improve but I am really happy with him and I will tell you why.“What I can see in Yerry – his English is improving and all of these things – is one player who comes to Finch Farm everyday to improve and with a big desire to win, every single day and not just on a matchday, but everyday. He wants to learn, he is always paying attention to the feedback the technical staff give him and always with a big desire to improve and win. It is something I really appreciate in a football player, when they come everyday with a big, big desire to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man City boss Pearce urges Foden to leaveby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has advised Phil Foden to leave the club on loan in January.The 19-year-old has appeared just three times for City this season, and Pearce is adamant the midfielder needs playing time at a vital stage of his young career.He told talkSPORT: “In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment.”Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age.He’s coming to that age where he needs to play some games.”I think six months out on loan, if he hasn’t broken into the team, would do him the world of good.”Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line is, you’ve got to play.”Frank’s chucked a few youngsters in at Chelsea and that’s probably brought Foden’s name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn’t getting game time.”You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton striker Danny Ings praises character for Wolves drawby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Danny Ings praised their character after they ended a run of three straight Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux.Ings, who opened the scoring on 53 minutes, now has three goals in his last three league outings, taking his overall tally to six for the season.Despite Raúl Jiménez levelling from the penalty spot just past the hour-mark, Saints held on to pick up an important point on the road to leave Ings in buoyant mood.“I felt we could’ve won it,” he said. “But the way that we hung in there at the end showed real character from us after three defeats.“Obviously they scored from the spot which was unlucky for us, but to hang in there at the end was great.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva insists no fears over jobby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists he has no fears over his job.Silva says he will not be sacked even if Everton lose their fifth consecutive Premier League match and remain in the bottom three.Silva said: “I don’t think in this situation. It is not something that is ever in my mind because when I’m winning five or six games I’m not thinking if I win I will renew the contract and get three years more. “It is something that doesn’t stay in my mind. A football manager doesn’t have to lose one second to even think in this situation. “We have to go with ‘we worked well during the week, we have planned everything well, tomorrow our players they will perform well playing in our stadium and we have to show togetherness to win a football match.” Silva added: “We have to play with heart, we have to play with the atmosphere in our stadium but we also have to be patient. It is in our mind to win the match, be calm when we have to be and showing the desire to win the game.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid must sell to buy Tottenham star Eriksenby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid must sell in January if they’re to buy Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.AS says Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to free up the wage bill before dipping back into the transfer market for new players. Players at the top of Madrid’s departure list are Mariano Díaz, Brahim Díaz and Isco. The latter could be of interest to Spurs as manage Mauricio Pochettino has long been an admirer of the Spaniard. Their current league form may not provide an attractive proposition for the playmaker, however.
YouTube/Swanny JA few weeks ago, it looked like Oklahoma would be a big roadblock for the TCU Horned Frogs on their path to the College Football Playoff. After the Frogs’ blowout loss to Oklahoma State (and a legitimate struggle against Kansas), and the Sooners’ huge win over Baylor, the script has been flipped. Now Oklahoma is being touted as a big time Playoff contender, while the Frogs are looking to climb back into contention. With Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson having injury issues, the Frogs are pretty beat up, helping give OU a chance at another big win.Sooners hype video-maker Swanny J dropped his TCU clip early this week. Sooners fans probably won’t complain. Beating the Frogs would be another big step towards making the top four:
Discussions about veganism can be rather divisive and the topic evokes strong feelings in those who adhere to its tenets as well as those who don’t.In the UK, for example, the mere promotion of a ‘vegan sausage roll’ by a bakery chain caused ructions on social media and it lamentably became a cause du jour on talk shows across the country.Some of those who bristle at the idea of veganism might be surprised to learn that an increasing number of elite-level athletes are ‘going vegan’, including footballers. 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? Players from teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have reportedly made the change to help, with each of them giving their own reasons.As more footballers embrace vegan diets, Goal takes a look at what it is, stars who have taken meat off the menu and the benefits of doing so.What is veganism?Veganism is the philosophy and practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. It is generally associated with diet, but also extends further into other aspects of life.The term ‘vegan’ was coined by animal rights advocate Donald Watson in 1944 and it is closely associated with vegetarianism, whose practitioners do not consume meat.A vegan diet is based predominantly on vegetables, grains, seeds, legumes, fruits, mushrooms and nuts.As well as abstaining from meat, vegans do not eat animal products such as eggs, milk or cheese, but there alternatives sourced from plants, such as oat or coconut milk.Footballers who are vegan or vegetarianScientific advances in sport over the course of recent decades have helped to increase the capacity of athletes and diet is a major part of that.A number of footballers at the highest level have revealed that they have adopted vegan diets in order to improve their performances or deal with chronic inflammation.Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been particularly vocal about his decision to become a vegan, explaining that he spoke with the boxer David Haye, who also follows a vegan diet, about the benefits.“For me the most important thing is that inflammation in my body after games and the speed that my body recovers compared to before,” Bellerin told The Players’ Tribune.”I’ve always had little problems in my ankles when I played very hard games, they’d get very inflamed and stiff.“Now I don’t even have to strap them to play any more. It doesn’t just make a difference in your body but I strongly believe that with what we’re doing to the earth [it’s] paying back the earth too.”Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling is another example of a footballer who has adopted a “fully vegan” diet, having been influenced by his wife Sam Cooke. The England international indicated, in an interview with ESPN, that it helped the tendonitis in his knees.West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has embraced a gluten-free vegan lifestyle and believes that it has improved his performances on the pitch as well as his appearance.”I feel that I look better, I have certainly lost a bit of weight, and am leaner. I am probably fitter as well,” Wilshere told the Evening Standard. “I feel sharper and quicker on the pitch. I feel like I can last longer.”Colombia international Sebastian Perez revealed in 2018 that he had become vegan telling Infobae: “There are those who say that animals are there to be eaten, but for me the world belongs to all living beings.”Russell Martin, a Scotland international who previously played for Norwich City, told the Eastern Daily Press in 2016 that he began following a vegan diet to help with his health.”It started because of a health problem I have which can sometimes flare up,” Martin said. “I had stopped taking my medication for it and turned to alternative Chinese therapy. And now along with not eating any animal products I have not had any flare ups since.”A number of players have recently been reported as vegans, but on closer inspection they are not strictly followers of the philosophy. Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, for example, has cut meat out of his diet in a bid to help avoid the recurrence of certain injuries, but he is more of a vegetarian than a vegan.”I had to change a lot of things, starting with my food,” Aguero told the Independent in 2015.“I went to a doctor in Italy and he checked everything we did, and I had to change quite a bit – no more pasta, no more sugar and no meat, which I used to eat quite a bit because Argentinian meat is very good.”Aguero’s compatriot Lionel Messi is believed to avoid meat during the playing season, while the striker’s Man City team-mate Fabian Delph is another example who is not strictly vegan, with the midfielder clarifying, contrary to reports, that he had only cut red meat – not all meat – out of his diet.England international Jermain Defoe has tried a vegan diet and frequently sings its praises, but admitted to being “more pescatarian” in late 2018, due to his love of fish.”I do it to try to prolong my career, to just give you that extra edge,” Defoe told ESPN. “But the diet is not just about football for me. It’s long-term. It’s clean living.”It is also interesting to note that English League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers recently became the ‘world’s first vegan football club’.Forest Green players are not forced to become vegans, but the club serves only vegan food at its training ground and stadium.What are the health benefits of veganism?One of the chief attractions of the vegan diet for athletes is the fact that it is associated with a variety of health benefits.Studies have concluded that balanced vegan diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and, as noted above, players have reported reduced inflammation in previously chronic rheumatic injuries.Vegan diets generally involve an increased intake of fibre, which helps improve digestion and a somewhat cosmetic bonus associated is clearer skin.If care is not taken to ensure a balanced vegan diet, followers can risk developing deficiencies in protein and vitamin B12.Vegan athletes in other sportsA broad span of athletes follow vegan diets, with examples in basketball, American football, mixed martial arts and tennis among others.Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, UFC fighter Nate Diaz and former San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are all famously vegan.New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reported to follow an 80 per cent plant-based diet, while Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones are all believed to follow vegan dietsNBA stars Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee, Enes Kanter and Jahlil Okafor are all said to be vegans.As mentioned, former heavyweight boxing champions David Haye follows a vegan diet. 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Twitter/@SECNetworkTexas A&M, to the surprise of many, was the No. 4 team in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. After losing to Mississippi State today, the Aggies’ playoff hopes are in peril.A&M lost quarterback Trevor Knight in the second quarter of today’s game in Starkville, and the hits continued from there for the Aggies.Back-up Jake Hubenak had a nice performance (222 yards, two touchdowns), but he threw an interception on the Aggies’ final possession, which sealed the deal. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was dynamic for the Bulldogs. He was 18-for-31 for 209 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and has rushed 20 times for a team-high 182 yards and two additional scores. This impressive four-yard scoring run to put MSU up two touchdowns proved to be the decisive play, as the Bulldogs wound up with a 35-28 win.Nickkkk Fitzgerald!!! MISSISSIPPI STATE GOIN DO THIS!!! pic.twitter.com/vIldPfb1DA— Jack McGuire (@TailgateHeisman) November 5, 2016The Bulldogs gained 363 yards on the ground as a team, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt, and three touchdowns.We wouldn’t automatically write off Texas A&M’s playoff chances because there is a ton that can still happen, but it is hard to imagine a scenario where it would sneak in with two losses at this point. For Mississippi State, this is a huge win in what was a pretty down year overall for Dan Mullen’s club. Nick Fitzgerald is no Dak Prescott, but he put together a pretty decent impression on Saturday. Supporters of Washington, Ohio State, and Louisville are big fans of his today.
Eden Hazard is an “incredible” talent that deserves the opportunity to test himself at Real Madrid, says Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.The Belgium international forward has completed a €100 million (£90m/$114m) transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.Hazard had made no secret of his desire to take in a spell with the Blancos are seven productive years at Stamford Bridge. 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? Zola, who worked with the 28-year-old as assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea in 2018-19, believes one of the finest players on the planet will continue to flourish with La Liga giants.He told AS: “Madrid have bought a fantastic player.“This year he was incredible. And as a person, that’s how he is too. Chelsea lost a key player and Madrid have gained one.“I wish him all the best and that it goes as well at Madrid as it did at Chelsea. That’s what he deserves.“It will go well. His ability doesn’t allow for any doubts. La Liga will be good for him.“This year, he learned a lot and improved, learned to play more with the team, improved his passing. I think he’ll do well.”Madrid are looking for inspiration and leadership on the back of a forgettable season last time out and Zola believes that Hazard will bring both of those qualities to the fold.He added: “Last year, he was very good for us and he participated in close to 40% of the goals. Not just scoring but assisting too. He was really good, his numbers were incredible too.“Some leaders speak a lot in the dressing room, on the field and others do it with actions contributing important things in games, deciding big games. He is a great player for Madrid.”Hazard will be charged with the task of helping to fill the void at Real created by the 2018 departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.That expectation will pile added pressure on him, but Zola believes the Belgian will thrive if he continues to play the game that comes “naturally” to him.Quizzed on what advice he would offer to Hazard, the Italian icon said: “The best advice I can give is to keep doing what he has been doing. The rest will come.“We had many debates about football and he always told me that he performs better when he is having fun, that his best arrives when he is enjoying himself.“I hope he enjoys it at Madrid. If he does, the rest will happen naturally.”
Midfielder Alberto Soro will join Real Madrid imminently, according to Real Zaragoza president Christian Lapetra.It has been reported Soro will sign for Madrid in a €2.5 million deal that could rise to around €5m, before returning to Zaragoza on loan.Lapetra said on Friday he expected the transfer to be formally announced “in a matter of hours”. 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? “As president, I have to sign off on the sale and I want to announce Soro will join Real Madrid in a matter of hours,” he said, as reported by AS.”All that remains is to sign a deal that is already done.”The 20-year-old made 29 appearances in a breakout season in the Segunda Division last term, scoring twice.The former Spain U18 international signed an extension with Zaragoza through 2022 last fall, but his standout campaign has earned him a move to Madrid.The left-footed player, who can operate either centrally or in wide midfield, had also previously been linked with a move to Barcelona. Elsewhere, Udinese have confirmed the signing of Real Madrid striker Cristo Gonzalez on a five-year deal. ⚽️ Cristo Gonzalez è dell’@Udinese_1896! Il giocatore spagnolo 🇪🇸, proveniente dal @realmadrid, ha firmato con i bianconeri per 5 anni.👉 https://t.co/ISnuKIXO1t #bienvenidogonzalez pic.twitter.com/EF50W8dDRk— Udinese Calcio (@Udinese_1896) July 19, 2019The 21-year-old scored 21 goals for Madrid’s Castilla side last season and also made four appearances for Madrid’s senior side, scoring once in the Copa del Rey.
The No. 1 recruit in the country has yet to make a decision on where he’ll be playing college football. That’s not expected to change anytime soon, either. He reportedly doesn’t plan on making a decision until late in the summer.Where do things stand schools-wise with five-star Kayvon Thibodeaux? 247Sports has a new update.USC is believed to be the favorite to land the stud defensive lineman, but that might be changing, according to a new report.There’s now a new favorite, according to 247Sports’ recruiting guru Steve Wiltfong, and a couple of other schools are in the mix, too. Florida State now might be the frontrunner to land the five-star, according to Wilftong.Here’s the latest:A 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass-rushing force that lives in Thousand Oaks, California, Thibodeaux’s made visits to Oregon, Florida State and Alabama this summer. It’s important to also note that Thibodeaux (as you can tell from the last name) is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has visited LSU. That said, he’s said in the past that location isn’t really a factor in his decision. Right now the 247Sports Crystal Ball is heavily in favor of USC at 73 percent, with FSU (13%) and LSU (7%) trailing. However, things might be shifting in his recruitment. Thibodeaux said earlier this year that he’d like to make a “late-summer” commitment.Wiltfong’s Read: “I’m hearing Florida State may be the leader for him with Oregon and LSU firmly in it. USC is obviously the Crystal Ball favorite and they’re not going to go away, but the feel is the other three right now.” (Read more of Wiltfong’s thoughts on Thibodeaux’s recruitment here).Thibodeaux is one of the biggest recruits college football has seen in years. He’s an instant-impact player for whoever lands him.Stay tuned.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Another storyline was added to the Zach Smith-Urban Meyer-Ohio State controversy this morning, when The Blade’s Kyle Rowland reported that Smith was arrested on DUI charges in 2013.The arrest had not previously been reported or disclosed by Ohio State, per reports. Full details of the arrest can be seen here.It’s unclear at this point what this arrest meant to Smith in regards to his status at Ohio State and/or if he was punished by the Buckeyes because of it.USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken says this new information, though, is “massive.”“Despite all the nonsense over the weekend, the bottom line is this: Why did Urban keep Zach Smith around? That is the only question that matters. The drunk driving arrest is a massive new element to this story. How much did they ignore or cover up and why?” he tweeted.Despite all the nonsense over the weekend, the bottom line is this: Why did Urban keep Zach Smith around? That is the only question that matters. The drunk driving arrest is a massive new element to this story. How much did they ignore or cover up and why?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 13, 2018It’s a fair question to ask, but it might be a stretch to say that a report of a 2013 DUI arrest is “massive” to Urban Meyer and Ohio State now.Perhaps the Buckeyes’ investigation into Meyer and the domestic violence allegations will find a lot more that could be troubling. Or, perhaps they won’t.We should find out soon. Ohio State said last week that its investigation was expected to take two weeks.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Bowl season is back tonight. There’s one game on the docket, the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.Tonight’s matchup features MAC champion Northern Illinois against Conference USA winner UAB. The Blazers are in their second-straight bowl game following a two-year period where the school dropped football altogether, so it is no wonder head coach Bill Clark has garnered Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year honors.Northern Illinois, meanwhile, is playing in its 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons. The Huskies last played in the Boca Raton Bowl in 2014, when they lost to Marshall.ESPN has unveiled a prediction for tonight’s game. It favors the Blazers.The FPI gives UAB a 54.3 percent chance of winning tonight.Kickoff for UAB-Northern Illinois is set for 7 p.m. ET tonight.ESPN will broadcast the game.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Recruiting in college football, and the SEC in particular, is no joke. Just ask Arkansas head coach Chad Morris.The Razorbacks went 2-10 in Morris’ first season, but the focus is now on turning things around. Morris hosted a number of recruits on official visits this weekend, some of whom are already headed to Arkansas next year.The weather in Fayetteville didn’t really cooperate, but Morris was able to make due. He took matters into his own hands, making sure players and parents could make the most of the situation.According to Assistant Director of Football Ops Sean Tuohy Jr., Morris salted and cleaned his entire neighborhood so recruits could visit.“People thinking @coachchadmorris recruiting stuff is lip service: instead of cancelling recruiting social after dinner at his house, he personally went to Home Depot earlier today & salted not only his driveway but his ENTIRE neighborhood & roads to it to get parents here. #WPS,” Tuohy wrote on Twitter.People thinking @coachchadmorris recruiting stuff is lip service: instead of cancelling recruiting social after dinner at his house, he personally went to Home Depot earlier today & salted not only his driveway but his ENTIRE neighborhood & roads to it to get parents here. #WPS— Sean Tuohy Jr. (@SJTuohy) January 20, 2019If Arkansas doesn’t make major improvements next year, it won’t be for Morris’ lack of trying, that’s for sure.Right now, Arkansas’ 2019 recruiting class is ranked eighth in the SEC and 21st nationally. The Razorbacks have signed six four-star players.To view the full 2019 recruiting team rankings, click here.