Morris stoppage-time goal gives US 1-1 draw at El Salvador
Jordan Morris scored in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, offsetting Alexander Larín's 35th-minute goal past poorly positioned Ethan Horvath and giving the United States a 1-1 draw at El Salvador in a soggy World Cup warmup Tuesday night. Morris scored his 11th international goal, his first since November 2019 and first since tearing his left ACL in February 2021. Mexico's César Ramos, among 36 referees selected for the World Cup, immediately showed a red card. Horvath left his near post completely open, and the ball went past Horvath for Larín’s sixth international goal. Cuscatlán was mostly empty after being filled with about 29,000 fans for the opening World Cup qualifier against the U.S. last September, a 0-0 draw.wftv.com
Pulisic benched among 7 qualifying changes in 3-degree chill
WCup El Salvador US Soccer El Salvador's Roberto Dominguez, left, and United States' Christian Pulisic compete for possession during the first half of a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Pulisic, the top U.S. player, had subpar performances in the 1-0 win over El Salvador and the 2-0 loss at Canada. CONCACAF does not manage or run these matches, FIFA does, along with the individual federations.”De la Torre was making his first international start and fifth appearance, and Cannon his first qualifying start. Morris, back from a torn ACL, made his second qualifying start and first since Sept. 5, 2017, at Honduras. Honduras coach Hernán Darío Gómez made eight changes from Sunday's 2-0 loss at home to El Salvador, a defeat that eliminated the winless Catrachos with four games remaining.wftv.com
Christian Pulisic benched as US makes 7 changes vs Honduras
WCup El Salvador US Soccer El Salvador's Roberto Dominguez, left, and United States' Christian Pulisic compete for possession during the first half of a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez)ST. PAUL, Minn. — (AP) — Christian Pulisic was benched as U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter changed seven starters for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Honduras in chilly St. Paul, where the temperature at kickoff was forecast for 3-4 degrees (minus-16 Celsius). Pulisic, the top U.S. player, had subpar performances in the 1-0 win over El Salvador and the 2-0 loss at Canada. Morris, back from a torn ACL, made his second qualifying start and first since Sept. 5, 2017, at Honduras. Honduras coach Hernán Darío Gómez made eight changes from Sunday's 2-0 loss at home to El Salvador, a defeat that eliminated the winless Catrachos with four games remaining.wftv.com
Morris, Weah, Dest, Zardes on US roster for WCup qualifiers
NEW YORK — (AP) — Jordan Morris, Tim Weah, Sergiño Dest and Gyasi Zardes returned from injuries to make the U.S. roster ahead of the next three World Cup qualifiers, while Gio Reyna, Gianluca Busio and Aaron Long missed out. Twenty-three players were on the roster for November’s home win over Mexico and road draw at Jamaica. Weah recovered from a quadriceps injury to enter in the 68th minute for Lille on Tuesday in his first action since Dec. 1. Defender DeAndre Yedlin played his first match for Galatasaray since Dec. 18 on Wednesday. Germany), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Tim Weah (Lille, France), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus)___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Berhalter: US takes cold better than El Salvador, Honduras
They're playing in cold weather right now,” the U.S. coach said Friday. If it's tough for us, and we have guys playing in Europe in cold weather, what's it going to be like for Honduras, whose coming from Honduras mid-week, coming from 85-, 90-degree temperatures?" Wanting to minimize travel and draw a pro-U.S. crowd, Berhalter decided to avoid the Eastern seaboard and Florida. The field is going to be smooth,” Berhalter said of Minnesota. “If we don't bring him into this camp, he has no chance of playing in qualifiers,” Berhalter said.wftv.com
Jordan Morris tears left ACL, 3 years after tearing right
Swansea City's Jordan Morris is stretchered off the field after getting hurt during a Sky Bet Championship soccer match against Huddersfield, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield, England. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)SWANSEA – American forward Jordan Morris tore his left ACL while on loan for Swansea in the English League Championship, three years after rupturing his right ACL during a match for Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders. Morris tore his left ACL on Saturday during Swansea’s 4-1 loss at Huddersfield. Seattle announced Morris will return to the United States to prepare for surgery, which will be done by Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in Santa Monica, California. Morris missed a year of action after tearing his right ACL during Seattle's CONCACAF Champions League match at El Salvador's Santa Tecla on Feb. 22, 2018.
Columbus Crew win 2nd MLS title, beating Seattle 3-0
Columbus Crew's Jonathan Mensah, center, carries the trophy on stage after the Crew defeated the Seattle Sounders 3-0 in the MLS Cup championship game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)COLUMBUS, Ohio – No matter the absences from the lineup or the opponent, Caleb Porter implored the Columbus Crew to impose themselves. Porter's players responded, putting aside the recent history of the defending champion Seattle Sounders and capping the most unpredictable of MLS seasons with one of the league's original franchises raising a championship trophy. Columbus claimed its first title since 2008 and denied Seattle a chance at being just the fourth back-to-back champions in league history. Seattle needed a frantic comeback in the final 15 minutes of its Western Conference final against Minnesota United just to reach MLS Cup.
Sounders back in West final after 1-0 win over FC Dallas
Seattle Sounders defender Shane O'Neill (27) heads in a goal against FC Dallas during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Seattle. As in his one previous MLS goal before Tuesday night. The Sounders will face either Minnesota United or Sporting Kansas City in the West final next Monday. But O’Neill found himself unmarked in front of the Dallas goal in the 49th minute and flicked Nicolas Lodeiro’s corner kick past Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. It was the first Seattle goal by someone other than Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris in the past five matches.
Coastal Carolina knocks off No. 21 La.-Lafayette 30-27
– Massimo Biscardi made a 40-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Coastal Carolina a 30-27 victory over No. “We’ve never been in this position before,” second-year Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said. Coastal Carolina took a 13-7 lead with 1:03 left in the half when McCall capped an 84-yard march with a 13-yard scoring pass to Marable. The Cajuns drove 77 yards in 54 seconds, with Lewis scoring on a quarterback draw with 5 seconds left. The second half started like the first, with both teams scoring on their first possession.