Evening Ticker: U.S. U-20's advance to Milk Cup Final, Hughes to coach Fulham and more



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.


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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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.  


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.


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, Ángel Fabian Di María, Fernando Gago, Esteban Granero, Álex Fernández, Kaka, Pedro Leon, Marcos Tébar, Rafael van der Vaart


FORWARD (5) – Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Álvaro 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. 

  • BradAR

    I am surprised Real Madrid is bringing over the big guns. I figured that they would want to keep resting them after the World Cup.


  • waka waka time for EPL

    they better use there top roster against LA and not waste it on Club America


  • menlo

    wonder if ronaldo is gonna reunite with his baby momma or if he is gonna go for another tango in paris


  • Colin

    I wonder if Benzema is gonna defect to the USA to avoid those charges in France… YIKES.


  • beckster

    I like Hughes alot. Much better choice than Sven. Dempsey should do well with him.


  • Igner Ant

    I think the Galaxy have clearly demonstrated they’re up for international competition with the likes of Real. Are any of those guys on the roster Puerto Rican? No?

    Phew. Dodged a bullet there.


  • BCC

    Strange not seeing Raul’s name on there.

    Very excited to see what Canales can do. I hope he makes Kaka obsolete.


  • Sean

    Hughes plays quite a bit of longball. I don’t know if Fulham has the players that suit his style.


  • DC Josh

    Yep. I watched the whole second half up to the 70th minute when I had to leave. I miss 3 goals…


  • Shark

    No he’s not….they were desperate because no one else who take the position and the owner didn’t have the guts in the end to hire someone like Bob Bradley so he brought in a retread who will send Fulham back to the bottom end of the table….

    His long ball style will kill Fulham…he has no creative nature what-so-ever. Too bad….I hope Dempsey puts in a transfer request.


  • Matt C in Tampa

    Hughes doesn’t thrill me either. But more than anything, I too and tired of the retreads.

    Have some guts.

    Did the Fulham bosses not read Soccernomics?


  • BetaMale

    O Noes! I knew there was zero chance of robobob getting the Fulham gig, but was praying for it. Now it seems like the stars are aligning for 4 more years…


  • JK

    This has been long rumored. Ecuador has been in contact with him since Honduras failed to advance at the World Cup.


  • phil

    yeah, looks like the window to manage in europe is closing for Senior. Too bad. Looks like we’re gonna have to wait for Kreis to have a go (who personally get’s my voice to coach the Yanks in another 8 years).


  • tommy w

    A repeat of the 2005 final. Chuck Deezey owned Northern Ireland, I expect another win this year.


  • Fran

    I guess no need for Casillas to go back to Spain in the meantime. He’ll just meet up with the squad when they get to Cali since he is chillin with Sara C. in San Fran. San Iker doing what it do.


  • Dave in San Jose

    Hey, Los Angeles! Better lock up your trailer-park waitresses. Ronaldo’s in town.


  • Aaron in StL

    I believe Canales was supposed to go back to Santander on loan for the year wasn’t he? I’m guessing this will be a ‘tase of Real’ for him then back to get some games.


  • David

    Zamora is a pretty good target forward. I think he can handle bring down balls if need be. Hangeland distributes pretty well out of the back. Hughes did well at Blackburn on a budget and was doing well for the overly ambitious Man City before they sacked him. I am not sure the style and organization will be as pleasing as Hodgson but he is not a bad manager.

    It would have been nice if someone from the supporting staff like Lewington was allowed to take over and carry on with the style Hodgson implemented but I think Hughes will at the very least keep them a mid-table club.


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