Chandler provides assist to help push Eintracht Frankfurt to DFB-Pokal final

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt are headed to a cup final.
The U.S. Men’s National Team fullback helped push Eintracht Frankfurt to a penalty kick win over Borussia 
Monchengladbach in Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal semifinal.
Following a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, Frankfurt edged the opposition, 7-6, on penalty kicks.
Chandler helped pave the way for Frankfurt’s lone goal In regular time, providing the assist as Taleb Tawatha scored a 15th minute opener. Monchengladbach, who was playing without Fabian Johnson due to injury, equalized just before halftime as Jonas Hofmann fired in first half stoppage time.
The match continued on to penalty kicks and, although Chandler was never called upon to take a shot from the spot, his team outlasted the opposition. After seeing both sides miss in the seventh round,
Frankfurt’s Branimir Hrgota finished from the spot while Monchengladbach’s Djibril Sow saw his shot saved.
Chandler and Frankfurt now await the winner of Wednesday’s match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the tournament’s finale, which is set
for May 27.

Newcastle joins Brighton in promotion to Premier League

Two sides have now booked their trips to England’s top flight after Newcastle United rattled off its 27th win of the season.

[ MORE:Oriol Romeu— The perfectly poised destroyer ]The Magpies earned a decisive 4-1 victory over Preston North End on Monday afternoon at St.James’ Park as the second-place side ensured its finish inside the top two in the English Championship.⚫️⚪️— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC)April 24, 2017Newcastle joins already-promoted club Brighton & Hove Albion, who currently sit atop the Championship on 92 points.Ayoze Perez paced the hosts with goals on both sides of halftime, whileChristian AtsuandMatt Ritchiealso converted for Newcastle.U.S. Men’s National Team defenderDeAndre Yedlinwas on the bench for the Magpies but didn’t feature in Monday’s match.

The third and final team to be promoted from the Championship will be decided by the league’s annual promotion playoff, which is held at the end of the season and contested by four sides that finish third through sixth position.
As it stands,Reading, Sheffield Wednesday,Huddersfield Town and Fulham occupy the four playoff positions.

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.

Sunday Free 40 odd soccer tip 


Liverpool – Crystal Palace
1 1.50

Las Palmas UD – Alaves
1X 1.27

Mirandes – Real Zaragoza
X2 1.34

Sassuolo – Napoli
2 1.40

Freiburg – Bayer Leverkusen
2 & GG 3.65

Lyon – Monaco
2 2.45

KRC Genk – Royal Mouscron
1 1.34


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European Soccer Saturday European Rewind: Chelsea ousts Tottenham in FA Cup, Dortmundfights back, and more

Premier League leaders Chelsea booked their place
into the FA Cup final with a 4-2 thumping of London
rivals Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.
Antonio Conte’s side used two second-half goals to pull
away from their rivals, who had previously pegged
them back twice. Willian’s fourth-minute free-kick gave
Chelsea a 1-0 lead as the Brazilian beat Hugo Lloris to
the bottom-right corner. Harry Kane drew Tottenham
level, heading home Christian Eriksen’s assist past
Thibaut Courtois after 18 minutes.
Willian’s 43rd-minute penalty kick put Chelsea back in
front before halftime. Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min was
whistled for the foul after tripping Victor Moses inside
of the box. Dele Alli’s 19th goal in all competitions,
drew Tottenham level at 2-2 early in the second-half.
Substitute Eden Hazard put Chelsea in front for good,
striking home in the 75th-minute. The goal of the
match however came five minutes later, as Nemanja
Matic’s long-range effort went off the crossbar and in.
At the final whistle, Chelsea booked its first FA Cup
final appearance since 2012, while Tottenham suffered
its first defeat in all competitions since Feb. 16.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich fought back for a point at
home and visiting Mainz, while Borussia Dortmund
fought back for a derby win against Borussia
Monchengladbach. In Italy’s early match of the day,
Atalanta defeated Bologna, 3-2. Sevilla earned an
important home win in Spain, while Valencia fell on the
road at Malaga. In Premier League action, Hull City and
Swansea earned important victories in their fight for

Giovinco brace guides TFC past Fire for first home win

TORONTO — Sebastian Giovinco’s 2017 has not been
kind to him thus far, but it took a turn for the better on
Friday night as Toronto FC toppled the Chicago Fire
3-1 at BMO Field to earn its first home victory of the
season. It’s also the Fire’s first defeat since Bastian
Schweinsteiger’s arrival.
Giovinco opened the scoring after a brilliant first touch
and turn, sending Michael Harrington to the ground
before firing past a helpless Jorge Bava. The Italian
completed his brace with a well-executed free kick in
the 82nd minute, while Eriq Zavaleta was also on the
scoresheet for TFC. David Accam netted a late
consolation for Chicago.
The match opened with some excitement after Giovinco
and Nemanja Nikolic were called offside after they
appeared to give their respective sides an early lead.
The Fire continued to possess the ball and tried to
unlock TFC’s defense down the flanks, though it was
seldom successful.
Toronto tried to take advantage by moving the ball
quickly. However, Dax McCarty and Juninho were often
in the right position to intercept the play. That was the
case until Giovinco turned past Harrington and snapped
a shot into the near post.
TFC did not let up after the opener, though. Raheem
Edwards, making back-to-back starts at left wingback
for the first time in his MLS career, continued to run at
Harrington following the goal. The homegrown star
connected with Jozy Altidore on a cross-field pass
before the U.S. international found Giovinco again for
another brillian

Tim Howard issues first public statement following suspension

Almost two weeks following the incident that
earned him a three-match suspension, Tim Howard has
issued his first statement on the situation.
Howard addressed the incident on his Facebook page
in a post that began with an apology.
“I let myself get too worked up after being provoked
and said some things I shouldn’t have,” the goalkeeper
wrote after issuing a formal apology. “I am at fault and
certainly not a victim in this incident,” he added.
He then took the opportunity to criticize MLS’ handling
of the situation, criticizing the decision to “admonish”
only him, but not the fan who engaged with him.
“We all want passionate fans,” Howard said, “but there
is a line that shouldn’t be crossed. It is not ok for an
apparently drunk fan to get inches away from an
athlete’s face and yell obscenities at them.”
The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper also provided a
further explanation of events in his critique, saying that
he had “never been put into a situation like that until
Kansas City.” He elaborated, adding, “I’m not a security
expert, so don’t know the details of how a fan could
get so close, but it was not the norm and not right.”
The final part of Howard’s lengthy Facebook post called
for a change to fan culture and stricter security
“I don’t mind – and even enjoy – a bit of verbal
jousting with fans,” he wrote, “but I don’t want to be
taunted for my race or my disability (Tourette
Syndrome), which didn’t happen specifically in Kansas
City but happens very often.
“I urge

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