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Socceroos are going to give Australia a night to remember – Mat Ryan

Maty Ryan has promised Australians a night to remember as they try to beat Peru and advance from Group C as just the second Socceroos side to reach the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Ryan is one of the few players to have featured from the get-go in Australia’s qualifying mission that began three years ago.

He said putting the scale of the achievement into context was near impossible.

“It’s difficult to find words to describe that,” he said.

“It would be the absolute meaning of why myself and many others play this sport. To be as successful as you can and try and create as many lifelong memories.

“If we’re successful in achieving that tomorrow, I dare say not only us as players but the whole nation of Australia is going to remember that night.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“And that achievement, for the rest of their lives. Just as the team did back then in 2006 in Germany.”

In 2006, Harry Kewell’s late equaliser against Croatia in Stuttgart sent the Socceroos into the round of 16 at their expense.

Germany’s World Cup — including Tim Cahill’s iconic goals on Australia’s drought-breaking return to the tournament — was a formative experience for the modern-day team.61

An experience, a dream, they will now live against Peru in Sochi on Tuesday night.

“I for one am never going to forget those nights,” Ryan said. “Getting up and celebrating in Australia when we beat Japan and getting the results we needed to progress.

“And obviously the heartache that followed in the Italian game.

“It would mean the absolute world to me and show all the sacrifices and dedication all over the years to achieve something like that.

“It would have all paid off.”

Coincidentally, the Croatians loom as a likely opponent for Bert van Marwijk’s side if they are to replicate the feat of the 2006 team.

In Russia, the equation is trickier than it was for Guus Hiddink’s trailblazers.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Not only must Australia beat the already eliminated firebrand South Americans, they must also hope France defeat Denmark.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi brace lifts New York City FC past Orlando City

Rookie Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored two goals as NYCFC remained unbeaten at home with a 3-0 victory over Orlando City FC on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

Tajouri-Shradi made it 1-0 by converting New York’s first scoring chance in the 35th minute. Trailing the play, he went into the box, took the pass from Anton Tinnerholm and released a nifty left-footed shot after defender Donny Toia fell to the ground that sailed into the far side of the net.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Tajorui-Shradi’s big night helped NYCFC improve to 6-0-0 at home and beat Orlando for the second time this season.

He added his seventh goal of the season by converting a rebound off a free kick by Maximiliano Moralez in the 78th minute.

It was the second career two-goal game for the 24-year-old, who was born in Switzerland to Libyan parents. He also tallied twice on March 24 in a 2-2 tie at the New England Revolution.

Moralez made it 3-0 in the 87th minute after Orlando was unable to clear the box twice, just moments after David Villa hit the crossbar with a left-footed shot.

NYCFC is outscoring opponents 18-2 in six home games this season.48

NYCFC improved to 8-3-3 on a night when Villa was not in the starting lineup. No reason was given for Villa’s absence at the start, but he warmed up briefly on two occasions around the 22nd minute and the 52nd minute before entering the game in the 65th minute.

Orlando played without leading scorer Dom Dwyer for the third straight game with a lower-body injury. Dwyer, who was seen at training this week, missed his sixth game this season, and Orlando dropped to 0-5-1 when he sits out.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Orlando, which lost its fourth straight game, was unable to convert five corner kicks and missed a golden opportunity to tie the game on a penalty kick in the 48th minute when Sacha Kljestan hit the right post with his right-footed shot.

New York’s Sean Johnson made two saves and notched his 48th career shutout. It was his fifth shutout this season.

Alan Gordon, Aleksandar Katai lead Chicago Fire past San Jose Earthquakes

Alan Gordon and Aleksandar Katai scored as the Chicago Fire defeated the hapless San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday at Toyota Park, winning at home for the just the second time in five matches.

Gordon put the Fire on top in the 29th minute as he ran to the far post and jumped over San Jose defender Jimmy Ockford to head Luis Solignac’s cross from the right sideline past Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. Johan Kappelhof also received credit for an assist on the goal.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Katai added to Chicago’s lead four minutes into the second half, taking a nifty pass from Brandt Bronico on the head run to beat Earthquakes forward Florian Jungwirth into the box before lobbing a shot over the head of the hard-charging Tarbell and into the far side of the net.47

Gordon and Solignac had great chances to add to the lead in the 57th minute, but each player had shots cleared off the line by San Jose defenders after they got past Tarbell.

San Jose cut the Fire’s advantage in half in the 74th minute when Danny Hoesen rushed into the zone to receive a pass from Chris Wondolowski and boot it into the goal, as Chicago keeper Richard Sanchez had no chance to respond.

Katai had a chance to ice the match in the 85th minute, but his hard shot from inside the 18-yard line was parried wide by Tarbell.

San Jose has won just once away from home in eight matches in 2018 and has just one victory in its past 12 outings. The Earthquakes dropped their third straight game and extended their winless streak to four matches.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The Earthquakes outshot Chicago 14-13 and each team had four shots on target. San Jose also earned advantages in blocked shots (6-3), crosses (25-10), total passes (481-433), possession (53 percent to 47 percent) and duels won (51-47), but had little to show for its good work.

San Jose returns home to host LAFC next Saturday while the Fire stay in the Windy City to host New England, also on Saturday.

Liverpool need a dose of Houllier pragmatism and a Karius replacement after UCL woe

Liverpool’s hugely disappointing 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final shouldn’t affect the long-term view of the team’s progress under Jurgen Klopp.

It’s the nature of all sport for competitors to keep improving, however, to test their limits and see how far they can go. That will apply to the Reds next season too.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

There would be a lot of fans who’d look upon fourth in the Premier League, 135 goals scored and reaching a cup final as a perfectly good return for Liverpool next time out.

The final was a bleak way of ending the season, not for the defeat so much as the manner of it. Losing Mohamed Salah so early was a massive blow and the errors of Loris Karius combined with an awe-inspiring strike from Gareth Bale meant they were doomed to fail on a night they needed most things to go their way.

They did benefit from a curious, toothless performance from Cristiano Ronaldo, but that was about the only break Liverpool caught all game.

The search for solutions to yet another cup setback began almost before the final whistle. A new goalkeeper was high on everybody’s wish list. While there was sympathy for Karius’ obvious distress, it didn’t stop fans from urging Klopp to make this his main priority in the summer.348

Finding an improvement shouldn’t be tricky, but what will stay the same is an all-round urge to get forward even when a little pragmatism is called for. A keeper told to release the ball quickly at every opportunity was bound to come unstuck. It happened in the quarterfinal second leg at Manchester City too, in the opening minute no less.

Karius put Virgil van Dijk under enormous pressure and an early goal resulted, when any sane team with a 3-0 first-leg lead would be moving at a snail’s pace and trying to silence the home crowd.

That’s the problem, though. This isn’t a sane team and has suffered various stumbles as a consequence. Liverpool conceded two goals or more in 17 of their matches, almost a third of them. They conceded three goals in one half seven times. That’s not acceptable, but their high-octane approach to football also resulted in Liverpool’s second-greatest season for scoring goals. Tampering with the formula may lead to a serious malfunction.

There’s a marked contrast to almost everything this team does with the one that began the century with three cups in one year under Gerard Houllier. They could often be boring but still managed 127 goals themselves, albeit in a lot more games played. There’s no question about which of the sides fans would prefer to watch, but winning trophies is what ultimately matters.

Most probably wouldn’t want a return to the days of the French pragmatist in every single aspect, but this team and manager could learn from them.customized nfl jerseys cheap

For one thing, the goalkeeper and defence were protected far more. Nobody would call Sander Westerveld one of the club’s best keepers, but he didn’t need to be.

Kyle Walker hopes to be England’s driving force at World Cup

Kyle Walker had to follow his parents on the motorway at the start of his senior football journey, but this summer he is aiming to be a driving force for England at the World Cup.

No outfield player accumulated as many minutes in qualifying as Walker did and just four of the 23 players Gareth Southgate is taking to Russia have won more caps than the defender’s 34.

An international veteran in this Three Lions squad, cheap nfl jerseys china nike Walker can still recall how green he was when he had his initial taste of first-team football a decade ago as an 18-year-old loaned to Northampton from Sheffield United.

“It was a massive opportunity for me,” he recalls of the nine-game spell. “I can remember driving down with my mum and dad. They were in the front car and I had to follow them down because I’d never driven on a motorway before! So it was strange.347

“They came in and watched me train. [Adebayo] Akinfenwa was there. Leon Constantine. And I was thinking, ‘These guys are going to think I’m a kid with my mum and dad!'”

There were other experiences early in Walker’s career, away from Britain’s motorways, which would stand him in good stead for what was to come.

It was early in the defender’s Blades career when he was first deployed as a centre-back — though it is unlikely his performance in a 2009 FA Cup loss to Hull persuaded Southgate to move him inside for England’s most recent friendlies.

“I did play central defence for Sheffield United — in my second game there against Hull,” Walker explained. “I had Chris Morgan to the side of me which was helping me a lot and if I did anything wrong I’d be sure to find out about it!

“Caleb Folan was the centre forward. He was a classic target man. I was like, ‘Morgs, you please go and head! And I’ll sweep up behind you.'”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

A season with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions Manchester City has also been particularly educational.

Walker feels he has a greater appreciation of tactics, both for his personal role and the collective, and will look to use Guardiola’s lessons with an international team aiming to buck the trend when it comes to major tournament disappointment.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek calls step to first team ‘massive’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has spoken about the difficulties faced by young players breaking into the Chelsea team, as he prepares to play in the World Cup for England.

Loftus-Cheek spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, after failing to make much of an impression on the senior side at Stamford Bridge, nike cheap nfl jerseys despite excelling at youth level. He was part of the Chelsea teams that won the FA Youth Cup in 2014 (a tournament they have won five years in a row), and also the first of their UEFA Youth League-winning sides.

However, with the possible exception of Andreas Christensen, none of the players involved in any of those victories has gone on to establish themselves in the first team.

Most have been forced to leave on loan, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown, as well as Loftus-Cheek himself, seeking temporary moves to get regular football. Nathaniel Chalobah and Dominic Solanke left the club altogether on their paths to senior football blocked.288

“I was at Chelsea for a while and progressed quite quickly until I got to the first team, and then it was different,” said Loftus-Cheek. “I was used to playing every minute of every game, but when you get to the first team the step up is massive.

“There are world-class players in front of you and that step up is difficult at a big club like Chelsea, no matter how talented you are. Experience plays a big role as well, at the top level. I understand why it is difficult.”

Despite his season being disrupted by injury, Loftus-Cheek was excellent for Palace, and when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was ruled out of England’s World Cup with a knee injury, he was the natural choice to come in.

“I took something from both of them,” he said, when asked if it was better to work with elite coaching and facilities at Chelsea or to play regularly for Palace.

“For me to be around a squad of winners is good for me to be a part of, so I can analyse and see the dynamics of the squad and the team. Then to be at Palace, who struggled at the start of the season, and see the dynamics of the team and how they act when they are not doing so well — it is good for me to see both so in the future I know what it is like.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“Being at Chelsea I improved a lot with the training, because I think personally the coaches are the best and the facilities are the best and I improved a lot as a youth player growing up in the academy.”

Liverpool’s latest band of misfits on the verge of another unlikely European Cup

Jurgen Klopp was considering the reality of facing Real Madrid. “They are more experienced,” the Liverpool manager said Monday. “It’s a fact.” As Real have become the first team to retain the Champions League in its current incarnation, that is undeniable. But Liverpool have different experience.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal They go to Kiev with a collection of personal tales that makes them both improbable winners and a team in keeping with the club’s European history. Once again, Liverpool have assembled the unlikely lads.

They are the relegated and the rejected, the unwanted and the underestimated. It is mentioned with increasing frequency that Andrew Robertson was a part-time player just six years ago and that his Hull City team were demoted in 2015 and 2017. What is referenced less often is that Georginio Wijnaldum was part of the Newcastle United team that went to the championship in 2016. At that point, Trent Alexander-Arnold had yet to make his first-team debut. A player who had been described as a No. 6, a holding midfielder, in Steven Gerrard’s 2015 autobiography did not make his senior bow until October 2016; it came against Tottenham, whose manager, Mauricio Pochettino, thought the teenager should have been sent off. He did not start a league game until 2017. In 2018, he will begin a Champions League final and go to a World Cup.287

Loris Karius did not begin 2018 in the Liverpool goal. If others are more established, it is easy to envisage situations in which their careers took very different paths, sliding-door moments that could have taken them to mid-table, to obscurity, to anywhere other than a Champions League final.

Jordan Henderson has recently recounted how Brendan Rodgers told him he could go to Fulham as part of an exchange for Clint Dempsey in 2012. Instead, he could join Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard in the ranks of Liverpool’s European Cup-winning captains. If a late injury rules Henderson out, nike cheap nfl jerseys that mantle could instead pass to James Milner; the same Milner some of the club’s power brokers were willing to let sign for Newcastle last summer, the same one who spent last season playing left-back and has not merely been reinvented as a midfielder but has recorded more assists in a single season than any other player in Champions League history. That, to even the biggest fan of the versatile, selfless, perennially underrated Milner, still feels illogical.

Queens Park Ranger hire former Newcastle, England boss Steve McClaren as coach

Former England boss Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new manager of QPR.

The 57-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Loftus Road, where he worked for three months under Harry Redknapp during 2013 before embarking on his first spell at Derby.

“It’s great to be back — and it’s a challenge that I’m excited by,” McClaren told the Championship club’s official website after being confirmed as Ian Holloway’s successor.wholesale nfl football jerseys

“I must admit that I’ve followed the club closely over the last five years, because of the three months I had here.

“From the outside, I’ve seen the progress, work and changes that have gone on — especially over the last two years — in streamlining the squad and getting the budget down. The board and owners deserve credit for that.

McClaren was in charge at Newcastle during the 2015-16 season before returning to Derby, a managerial role he left in March 2017.

The former England manager, who left that position after failing to secure qualification for Euro 2008, is confident QPR can progress next season following a 16th-placed finish.

“The introduction of younger players has been a breath of fresh air and it’s exciting for the future,” the one-time Middlesbrough boss said. “I like to play attractive, attacking football — and we’ve got young, hungry footballers here who can play that way.239

“The priority is to win football matches — but we want to win them in a certain style.”

Holloway joined the QPR for a second spell as boss in November 2016, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, but left with 12 months still remaining on his contract.

McClaren, meanwhile, brings with him a wealth of coaching experience, having worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and having managed in Europe at FC Twente and Wolfsburg. He had a brief stint with Nottingham Forest in 2011.

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand feels McClaren is the “perfect fit” for the west London club as they look to chart a course back to the Premier League.

“Steve has a fantastic reputation in the game for coaching and developing players,” Ferdinand said. “When you look at the average age of our squad, and the exciting young talent starting to emerge, he is the perfect fit for us.nike nfl football jerseys

“We want Steve to use his expertise and experience to help our players grow. We are delighted with this appointment and, speaking with Steve, I know how excited he is to be here and how determined he is to be a success.”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he’s ‘a hero’ for efforts at struggling club

Antonio Conte insisted he will always consider himself a “hero” for working even harder and better at Chelsea than last season to overcome the “negative situation” he has encountered.

Chelsea face Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final knowing that even victory will not redeem a disappointing Premier League campaign that ended with a fifth-place finish, nfl football jerseys cheap ensuring there will be no Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season.

Conte is expected to leave Chelsea after months of public and private tensions with the club hierarchy over transfer policy, coupled with a disastrous decline in results on the pitch since the turn of the year.

But the Italian is adamant that he and his players will always have clear consciences for the effort and commitment they have shown in increasingly difficult circumstances.

“My commitment has always been the same,” he insisted. “Maybe this season we worked harder than last season. I don’t know if something has changed… last season we were heroes for Chelsea’s fans. Now our stance, me and the players, has changed.238

“I don’t know [what went wrong]. But in my soul and my heart, I’m always a hero because I gave 120 percent, also this season to solve the problems.

“In every season you must divide the responsibility, positive or negative, with three parts: club, manager and players. Last season we were heroes. This season we are… I don’t know what we are to people, but I don’t care. It doesn’t matter.”

Asked why he felt that he has done a better job than in his Premier League title-winning debut campaign, Conte replied: “Usually, when you have a lot of positive situations, it’s more simple. When you have a negative situation, then you must be prepared to work very ahrd, to work and improve every aspect. I think in this season, I did this together with my staff.”

Conte has never wavered in his belief that Chelsea worked “a miracle” by becoming champions in his first season, repeatedly intimating that he has not been given the resources in the transfer market to build on that success this time around.

“Last season was a wonderful season, because we did fantastic work with the players,” he continued. “Last season we reached an important success.wholesale nfl football jerseys  [But] then you have to understand when you win and the way that you win — if your [team] is going at 300 km/h, or if you are winning and you are going at normal velocity and you don’t risk burning your engine.

Australia trim preliminary World Cup squad to 26 players

Australia have trimmed their World Cup squad to 26 players who will join the Socceroo’s pre-tournament training camp in Turkey.

Six players who had been named to the preliminary squad last week did not make the cut:cheap nike jerseys nfl  forwards Apostolos Giannou and Jamie Maclaren, defenders Alex Gersbach, Aleksandar Susnjar and Bailey Wright, and goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.

Still with the team are two uncapped players: Melbourne City’s 19-year-old forward Daniel Arzani and defender Fran Karacic, who turned 22 on Saturday.

The Socceroos’ all-time leading goal scorer, Tim Cahill, is also still in contention to play for his country at a fourth World Cup.180

The squad features five players from the A-League: Arzani, Joshua Brillante, Dimitri Petratos, Josh Risdon, and James Troisi.

Australia boss Bert van Marwijk must trim three more players before the World Cup, with an announcement set for June 3, two days after a friendly against Czech Republic is Austria.

The final team will then travel to Hungary for a final friendly on June 9 before heading to Russia, where France, Denmark and Peru await in the group stage.

“It is always a challenging task to reduce a squad, however this is the nature of professional sport at the highest level,” said van Marwijk. “Overall, I believe we have named a strong and ambitious squad for our training camp in Turkey and friendly against Czech Republic in Austria.”

“I am sure that in training in Antalya, and in our match against the Czech Republic, cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping we will see players pushing to go to a higher level as they compete for a place in the final squad,” he said.