BY ADAM SERRANO
The United States Under-20s advanced to the final of the Milk Cup on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark.
A pair of goals by Santos Laguna product Adrian Rueglas and a goal by Toronto FC's Faud Ibrahim put the Americans through to the final in a match that the team needed a win to reach the Final. The win comes off of what was a sloppy match for the Americans who gifted Denmark two goals on a goalkeeping error and an own goal. The under-20s will face off against Northern Ireland in the finals of the Milk Cup on Friday. Northern Ireland earned their spot in the final with a 5-0 victory over China.
HUGHES TO COACH FULHAM
Former Manchester City head coach Mark Hughes reached an agreement on Wednesday night to become the head coach of Fulham according to the Guardian. The Welshman replaces Roy Hodgson who left to manage Liverpool and will take the position only a week after the club was unable to sign Ajax manager Martin Jol. Hughes was dismissed midway through the season at Manchester City, but will now be expected to enjoy the same success with Fulham that he had with Blackburn. The candidates for the position were believed to have included U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley.
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CELTIC FALLS TO BRAGA IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The return to the Champions League did not go according to plan for Celtic on Wednesday after a 3-0 to Portuguese club Braga. Goals by Alan, Echiejjile and Matheus were the difference as the Scottish club was embarrassed in their opening Champions League Qualifying match. Celtic were anemic throughout the match, failing to register a single shot during their defeat. The match was the debut of Mexican international Efrain Juarez for Celtic.
RIBERY ADMITS RELATIONSHIP WITH UNDERAGE SEX WORKER
Months of speculation about the Franck Ribery prostitution scandal have ended with the Bayern Munich midfielder confessing to his actions with an underage prostitute to French newspaper Le Parisien. In his interview with the newspaper, Ribery detailed the actions of himself and Karim Benzema during Ribery's birthday party in Munich in 2009.
The midfielder was indicted along with Benzema earlier this month on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute. Although prostitution is legal in France, soliciting an underage woman could land Benzema and Ribery in jail for three years along with a 45,000 Euro fine.
REAL MADRID ANNOUNCES TRAVEL SQUAD FOR CALIFORNIA FRIENDLIES
Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid squad announced their travel roster for their tour of California which begins today with the club flying in to LAX. Los Blancos will take part in the annual Jose Mourinho tradition of training camp on the campus of UCLA. The roster boasts all of the club's major stars like Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and each of their Spanish World Cup players. Here is the roster:
GOALKEEPER (3) – Iker Casillas, Jerzy Dudek, Antonio Adán
DEFENDERS (8) – Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeola, Royston Ricky Drenthe, Ezequiel Garay, Pepe, Nacho Fernández, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
MIDFIELDER (12) – Xabi Alonso, Sergio Canales, Lassana Diarra, Mahamadou Diarra, Ãngel Fabian Di María, Fernando Gago, Esteban Granero, Ãlex Fernández, Kaka, Pedro Leon, Marcos Tébar, Rafael van der Vaart
FORWARD (5) – Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Ãlvaro Morata, Juanfran Moreno, Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid will take on the Club America on August 4th at Candlestick Park in San Francisco and then the Los Angeles Galaxy just three days later at the Rose Bowl.