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After a few days together in a training-camp setting in Germany, the U.S. Under-23 national team got to take to the playing field on Friday and turned in a positive result.
Tony Taylor scored the go-ahead goal, while Terrance Boyd and Dilly Duka also got on the board as the U.S. U-23s topped a reserve side from German club VfL Bochum, 3-1, in a scrimmage.
Sean Johnson got the start in goal for the United States; Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Royal-Dominique Fennell and Zarek Valentin started in defense; Joe Corona, Amobi Okugo, Mixx Diskerud and Greg Garza started in the midfield, and Juan Agudelo and Boyd began the match up top, according to U.S. Soccer.
The Under-23s have a second match slated for Friday against Azerbaijan's U-21 side, with a different crop of players from the 36-man camp set to play.
Here are a few more stories to get your day rolling:
AGUERO INJURED WITH ARGENTINA
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero suffered a groin injury while training with Argentina ahead of its World Cup qualifier against Bolivia. The extent of the injury is unknown, but he has been ruled out of Friday's match against Bolivia and is doubtful for Tuesday's quailfier against Colombia
It's not the first time Aguero has suffered a groin injury this season, as he was forced to miss a couple weeks in October for the same ailment.
LAMPARD GETS ENGLAND CAPTAINCY
Frank Lampard has inherited the captain's armband for England for the country's friendly against Spain on Saturday.
With usual captain John Terry relegated to the bench, Lampard will lead the Three Lions for the second time in his career. It is not expected to be a permanent switch, though, as Terry is slated to start against Sweden on Tuedsay.
Despite the controversy surrounding Terry and allegations of racist remarks that he made to Anton Ferdinand, Fabio Capello has insisted that dropping Terry to the bench is not punishment and that he is fully behind the Chelsea centerback.
VILLAS-BOAS CHARGED BY FA
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after making critical comments about referee Chris Foy following a loss to Queens Park Rangers earlier this season.
Villas-Boas said that Foy was "card happy" after two Chelsea players were sent off and a handul others were booked in the 1-0 result, and he added that "Chris and his team managed to play an emotional game and they conceded to the crowd and committed tremendous mistakes."
The extend of Villas-Boas' punishment has not yet been determined.
What do you think about the U-23s result? Think Argentina and/or Manchester City could be in trouble without Aguero? Do you read into England's captaincy switch at all? Think Villas-Boas deserves to be punished for his comments?
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