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November 16, 2018 
Quote of the day – "On the pitch we remain well positioned in the Champions League and although we have had a mixed start to our domestic campaign, the squad and the manager are fully united in their determination to regain our momentum in the Premier League." - Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said the club are fully behind manager Jose Mourinho despite the "mixed" start to the Premier League.
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USMNT: England ease to victory over USA in Wayne Rooney farewell

England overwhelmed the U.S. Men’s National Team in the first half at Wembley Stadium to take a 3-0 friendly victory on Thursday. Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored during a three-minute stint in the first half and Three Lions debutante Calum Wilson added a third in the second half on a night in which Wayne Rooney was honored in his last international appearance. Gareth Southgate’s men looked like the better side from the opening whistle, as the USMNT failed to keep up with the talent of the Three Lions and also struggled to put together a string of passes in the build up into the England half. Lingard’s opener was a piece of individual brilliance, as he sent the ball into the right side of the net from wide-open space on the left side of the penalty area in the 25th minute. Two minutes later, Alexander-Arnold scored his first international goal on an overlapping run into the right side of the penalty area. The USMNT looked better in spurts during the second half, but it was never good enough to deal with the challenges presented by the English side stocked with Premier League talent. In the 77th minute, Wilson added to England’s tally with his first goal in a Three Lions shirt, as he headed home past USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The USMNT returns to the field for the final time in 2018 on Tuesday to play Italy at a neutral site in Belgium. (SBI Soccer)
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UEFA Nations League: Croatia grab late win against Spain, Batshuayi hero for Belgium

Croatia 3-2 Spain
England is alive thanks to a wild second half between two World Cup powers, with Spain twice equalizing before falling victim to a goal deep in stoppage time. That goal was the second from — excellent name alert — Tin Jedvaj. If Croatia beats England on Sunday, Croatia moves onto the semifinals. If England wins, the Three Lions move on. A scoreless draw pushes Spain onto the finals and relegates Croatia, while a scoring draw moves Croatia above England and relegates the Three Lions.

Belgium 2-0 Iceland
Why he didn’t work for Chelsea, we don’t know, but Michy Batshuayi has scored everywhere else. That includes his national team, as the Red Devils now have firm control over Group A2 with a 2-0 defeat of Iceland. A draw against Switzerland in the group finale will be enough for Belgium to reach the semifinals.

Elsewhere
Austria 0-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
San Marino 0-1 Moldova
Luxembourg 0-2 Belarus
Andorra 1-1 Georgia
Kazakhstan 1-1 Latvia
Hungary 2-0 Estonia
Greece 1-0 Finland

Premier League: Clubs vote to use VAR in 2019-20 season

Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) from the start of next season. The Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A are already using VAR, which allows disputed incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays, and the technology was used at the World Cup in Russia this year. English clubs were provided with an update on this season's VAR trials, with key examples of its use in the FA Cup and League Cup discussed in detail. "The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season," the Premier League said in a statement. The League has been using goal line technology since 2013. The decision comes after contentious refereeing decisions overshadowed a 1-1 league draw between Southampton and Watford last weekend. Southampton striker Charlie Austin demanded the introduction of VAR after his goal was disallowed by referee Simon Hooper, who deemed Maya Yoshida to have interfered with the ball from an offside position. The introduction of the technology comes after clubs voted unanimously against its use in England's top flight during the 2018-19 campaign, instead agreeing to continue testing of the system. (ESPNFC)

Friday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Liverpool are favorites to lure Christian Pulisic to England after the Borussia Dortmund star admitted that he was enticed by the prospect of playing in the Premier League. Several top-flight clubs are said to be interested in signing the 20-year-old United States international, who has 18 months remaining on his Dortmund contract and has thus far proven reluctant to renegotiate it. The Reds saw an £11 million offer for Pulisic rejected back in 2016, though any latter-day move is set to cost the Anfield club an awful lot more.
  • Marca are reporting that Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeoneare close to agreeing a contract extension.
  • Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Barcelona's negotiations to confirm the permanent sales of Paco Alcacer to Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho to Guanzghou Evergrande are already underway.
  • Talks between Aaron Ramsey and Bayern Munich have seen a huge breakthrough, according to The Independent and he is due to sign a long-term contract this summer.

Top matches this weekend (All times EST)

DSD must-watch games in red

Friday
  • UEFA Nations League: Netherlands vs France 2:45pm on UniMas
  • UEFA Nations League: Wales vs Denmark 2:45pm on ESPN3
  • Friendly: Brazil vs Uruguay 3pm on beIN Sports
  • Friendly: Argentina vs Mexico 7pm on UniMas
Saturday
  • UEFA Nations League: Turkey vs Sweden 12pm on ESPN3
  • UEFA Nations League: Italy vs Portugal 2:45pm on UniMas
  • UEFA Nations League: Albania vs Scotland 2:45pm on ESPN3
Sunday
  • UEFA Nations League: England vs Croatia 9am on ESPN3
  • UEFA Nations League: Switzerland vs Belgium 2:45pm on UniMas

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico Gonzalez and girlfriend Alba Silva
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