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Jozy Altidore scores twice to lift TFC over Dynamo


TORONTO — Jozy Altidore became Toronto FC’s second all-time leading scorer, as TFC defeated the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at BMO Field on Friday night.

Altidore grabbed a brace in the victory, recording his 33rd and 34th goals in all competitions with TFC to move past Dwayne De Rosario on the team’s all-time scoring list.

The U.S. Men’s National Team striker has now racked up 20 goals and nine assists in 29 matches since returning from a hamstring injury on July 23.
Altidore is also tied for third in scoring in MLS this season.
It appeared as if Altidore and TFC would be left frustrated by the Dynamo based on the first 15 minutes. The visitors enjoyed long spells of possession and tried to restrict Toronto’s attacks by having Juan David Cabezas operating as a third centerback when the Reds had the ball. Houston forced countless
turnovers in midfield, but Alberth Elis and Erick Torres failed to capitalize. Eventually, TFC found the breakthrough in the 16th
minute. After a strong run by Marco Delgado, Raheem Edwards collected the ball on the left flank and picked out Altidore for the opener. Replays showed that Edwards may have been offside, but the goal stood.

The Dynamo kept pressing as Elis tried to pressure Toronto’s backline with his pace. Once again, though,
TFC’s quick movement unlocked Houston’s deep lines. Edwards found Altidore, who laid it off for Giovinco with his first touch.

The Italian flicked the ball over the
defense for the American, who took it off his chest and powered it past Joe Willis.

Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera switched to his patented 4-3-3 in the second half after bringing on Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas.

Houston tried to pick out one of its three forwards as soon as it won possession in its own third, but TFC cut out any potentially dangerous attack.
The victory temporarily moves Toronto up to second place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points.

TFC also obtained its fourth clean sheet of the season. The Dynamo, meanwhile, have earned just one victory in their past four matches and have lost all their of their away games in 2017.

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Didier Drogba sends message to Arsenal after booking Chelsea FA Cup final

Didier Drogba could not help but aim a dig at Arsenal after they set up an FA Cup final clash against Chelsea next month

Didier Drogba scored 16 goals in 16 match against Arsenal

Didier Drogba has taken to social media to troll Arsenal after the Gunners secured their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Arsenal secured their spot in next month’s showpiece at Wembley when they beat Manchester City 2-1 in Sunday’s semi-final after extra-time.

Chelsea, meanwhile, progressed through to the final on Saturday thanks to an impressive 4-2 win over Tottenham at Wembley.

Drogba had an ominous record against Arsenal and scored 16 goals in 16 games against Arsene Wenger’s side.

And the Ivorian, who has recently signed for Phoenix Rising FC, could not help but aim a dig at Arsenal after their victory on Sunday.

Drogba tweeted: “Dear @PHXRisingFC I’ll be off on loan with @ChelseaFC for two days 26/27th of May, just to make it 17/17 against #afc #IswearIBeBack #banter.”

Arsenal are looking to win the FA Cup for the third time in four years after lifting the trophy in both 2015 and 2014.


The Gunners return to Premier League action with a home clash against Leicester City at The Emirates on Wednesday night, while Chelsea host Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Hyndman targets Gold Cup,Bournemouth return following Rangersloan

Since making his loan move to Rangers, Emerson
Hyndman has shined. Given a starting role, the young
midfielder has stepped up in a big way once given the
stage to do so.
Now, as his loan move nears its conclusion, Hyndman
has set several targets for himself, starting with this
summer’s Gold Cup.
Speaking to Goal USA, Hyndman says he hopes to be a
part of the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for this
summer’s tournament. In the midst of World Cup
qualifying, USMNT head coach Bruce Arena says he
expects to field a squad bordering on the younger side
this summer, one featuring several new faces looking
to make their mark in the run up to the 2018 World
Cup.
At least on the club level, Hyndman has stated his
case. The young midfielder has provided four goals and
an assist in just 12 matches, while re-energizing a
career that seemingly stagnated on Bournemouth’s
bench to start the year.
“I’m really anxious to get back in with the national
team,” Hyndman told Goal. “Any time you’re doing well
and playing regularly, you want to get called in. It’s a
bit of a disappointment with the (March) roster, but at
the same time I’m really optimistic about the future. I
know I just have to keep performing at the level I
should do, and keep chipping in with goals and helping
my team win is all I can do.
“I hope to have a shot maybe at the Gold Cup in the
summer — that’s what I’m aiming for,” Hyndman added.
“I think that’d be a good time to make an impact. You
never know, that’s out of my control. All I can do is try
to work hard and get into the squad.”
The 21-year-old midfielder, who made two previous
USMNT caps under Jurgen Klinsmann, has had quite a
year. After making his mark at Championship side
Fulham, Hyndman joined Bournemouth last summer on
a four-year deal. A preseason injury derailed his initial
experiences with the club, and matters didn’t get much
better when the season started.
With the newly-promoted club integrating to life in the
Premier League, Hyndman’s chances were limited, as he
made just three cup appearances for the club totaling
87 minutes. Throughout his stay at Rangers, though,
Hyndman has been a driving force, becoming one of
the key pieces of the Scottish club’s midfield.
Currently 16th in the Premier League, Bournemouth
remains in the push for safety. The club currently
maintains a seven-point gap over the red line as
staying in the Premier League looks very much like a
possibility. With his stay at Rangers nearing its close,
Hyndman is looking forward to the chance to prove
himself with Bournemouth, earning a spot with the
team after what turned out to be a positive loan move.
“I was really excited to make this move to Rangers
because it came at a good time,” Hyndman said. “I
needed games, and it’s such a big club as well. It was
really exciting to have the opportunity to play in
pressure situations in front of big crowds.
“That was the goal when I came here, to get playing
time and find my form and earn experience to help me
in England,” Hyndman added. “I know Bournemouth has
been keeping tabs on me and I feel good about
competing for (playing time) next season.”

League UCL Rewind: Dybala propels Juventuspast Barcelona, Dortmund vs. Monacopostponed

The opening match of the UEFA Champions League
quarterfinal round on Tuesday saw a slew of talent on
display at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. However, it
was an Argentinian forward not named Lionel Messi
that stole the show.

Juventus took a huge first step to booking their place
into the semifinal round after a convincing 3-0 victory
against Barcelona. Forward Paulo Dybala added a
brace which propelled the hosts to a comfortable win
at home.

Dybala opened the scoring after seven minutes as he
curled home his third goal of the competition, after
finding a nice pocket of space in the Barcelona box.

Andres Iniesta came close to leveling the score in the
21st-minute, but the midfielder saw his breakaway
effort saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Dybala doubled the
Juventus lead a minute later as his left-footed strike
found the bottom-left corner.

Gonzalo Higuain saw a late first-half chance saved by
Marc-Andre ter Stegen which kept the score at 2-0
going into halftime.

Higuain missed the chance to play in a wide-open
Mario Mandzukic in the 54th-minute, and instead saw
his straightforward effort saved by ter Stegen.

Juve
extended their lead to 3-0 as Giorgio Chiellini’s header
from a corner-kick deflected off the left post and in.

Leo Messi’s 59th-minute header forced another save
from Buffon, while Suarez’s breakaway effort later in
the half saw the Italian keeper push the effort wide.

At the final whistle, Massimiliano Allegri’s men
celebrated a huge first-leg victory which now see them
only 90+ minutes away from a place in the semifinal
round. Ter Stegen’s five saves was the only bright spot
for Luis Enrique’s men who were frustrated for most of
the match.

Buffon made four saves in the clean sheet, which now
extends Juventus’ Champions League shutout streak to
441 minutes.

The Serie A leaders now take a 3-0 aggregate into the
March 19 second leg at the Camp Nou. Barcelona will
try to make it consecutive second-leg comebacks at
home, but face a much-sterner test against the
Juventus backline.

DORTMUND, MONACO POSTPONED UNTIL
WEDNESDAY

Borussia Dortmund’s first-leg against A.S. Monaco was
postponed on Tuesday and rescheduled for Wednesday
at 12:45 P.M. (FOX SPORTS 2).

Dortmund’s team bus
was the site of an explotion on their way to Signal
Iduna Park , which saw defender Marc Bartra injured in
the process.


Wednesday’s action features two originally scheduled
first-legs as Bayern Munich host Real Madrid (2:45
P.M. Fox Sports 1), while Leicester City travel to Atletico
Madrid (2:45 P.M., Fox Sports 2).