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November 21, 2018 
Quote of the day – "I feel as the leader over the last 12 months of this program, I feel that we have moved it forward. It may not look like that to everyone on the outside, but if you look at the games we have played and the players we have exposed to this level, that we brought forth, I am certain it will pay dividends down the line." - USMNT manager Dave Sarachan 
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USMNT: Italy grabs late deserved victory

The U.S. national team was just seconds away from a result it didn't deserve against an opponent that dominated the entire match, but a last-second goal by Italy doomed the Americans to a loss. It was a performance that summed up 2018 perfectly. The Italians thoroughly dominated the U.S. team. Only the heroics of U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and the wasteful finishing of misfiring Italian striker Kevin Lasagna kept the result from being an ugly one. It almost ended in a misleading result before Matteo Politano finished off a beautiful Italian passing sequence that was a work of art compared to the stick figure soccer the Americans played. A deserved goal for a deserved win, and equally deserving loss for the United States. Dave Sarachan's final lineup in charge as interim USMNT coach saw him trot out the youngest starting U.S. side in modern history. But, rather than deploying the squad in a bold attacking setup, Sarachan put his U.S. team in what amounted to a 5-3-2 that produced very little attack and left the American defenders chasing Italians around for the better part of 90 minutes. (Goal)
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International Friendly: France injury concerns after worrying win

France striker Kylian Mbappe went off nursing a shoulder injury as they beat Uruguay 1-0 with an Olivier Giroud penalty in a rematch of their World Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Mbappe was substituted in the 36th minute after being injured during a France attack. Tanguy Ndombele threaded a pass through the Uruguay defence to set Mbappe clear, goalkeeper Martin Campana came out to block the ball with his feet but the Paris Saint-Germain teenager was sent flying and landed awkwardly on his shoulder. France, who beat Uruguay 2-0 on the way to winning the World Cup, broke through in the 52nd minute. Griezmann had two shots charged down in succession, but the referee ruled that Uruguay's Martin Caceres had used his outstretched hand to stop the second and gave a penalty. Giroud sent a low shot into the left-hand corner for his 33rd goal in 87 international appearances. (ESPNFC)

International Friendly: Argentina see off Mexico

An early goal from Mauro Icardi and a late strike from Paulo Dybala gave Argentina their second win in a row with a 2-0 victory over Mexico in a lukewarm friendly in Mendoza on Tuesday. With two minutes gone Icardi, the Inter Milan striker controversially left out of Argentina's World Cup squad, beat two Mexican defenders on his right foot before transferring the ball to his left and whipping it past the keeper. Dybala doubled the lead three minutes from time when he finished off a sweeping counter-attack beautifully set up by Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego. Mexico had more of the possession, but Argentina were well worthy of a victory that came four days after their 2-0 win in Cordoba in the first match of the double-header. (ESPNFC)

Wednesday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Manchester City will need to break their transfer record to sign Ajax playmaker Frenkie de Jong, according to the Mirror, which warns that they will have to see off competition from Barcelona. The paper says City, who have long been linked with Netherlands international De Jong, will have to pay £75 million to prise him away from the Dutch club.
  • Barcelona believe they can sell Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool for £100 million -- but Liverpool are not so sure.
  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains interested in Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.
  • Midfielder N'Golo Kante is set to stay at Chelsea, with the club "increasingly confident they will conclude contract negotiations in the next few months."
  • Sevilla want to re-sign their former midfielder Vicente Iborra from Leicester.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • U-17 Women's World Cup: Spain vs Canada 12 pm on FS2
  • U-17 Women's World Cup: Germany vs USA 3 pm on FS2

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Real Sociedad goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya and wife Patrizia Ruiz

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