Thursday Kickoff: Mexico beats Venezuela, Bayern angers fans and more

Thursday Kickoff: Mexico beats Venezuela, Bayern angers fans and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Mexico beats Venezuela, Bayern angers fans and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mexico seemed ready to settle for a draw with Venezuela, but two late goals coming in a span of two minutes lifted El Tri to a 3-1 victory over the South Americans.

Fielding a squad largely comprised of players competing for a spot on the Olympic qualifying team, the Mexicans won on Wednesday night courtesy of goals from Rafael Marquez Lugo and Oribe Peralta in the 88th and 89th minutes, respectively.

Mexico trailed Venezuela after forward Edgar Greco nodded home a corner in the 52nd minute. The Mexicans responded 16 minutes later when Carlos Salcido rifled a shot into the back of the net, paving the way for the late-game heroics from Marquez Lugo and Peralta.

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BAYERN PR STUNT UPSETS FANS

If losing to Borussia Moenchengladbach last week was not enough to anger Bayern Munich fans, what the club did next surely is.

Bayern Munich announced it was set to make a spectacular forward signing, an announcement that sparked heavy interest among fans on social media websites. Fans tuned into the club's Facebook page to see who was being signed, but were let down when Bayern general manager Christian Nerlinger showed fans' Facebook profile pictures instead. The fans then say their names appear on the back of a No. 8 jersey. Within half an hour, several thousand comments were made about the PR stunt, mostly negative.

ALEX WANTS PSG SWITCH

Queens Park Rangers may want Alex, but it appears he does not want them. The Brazilian centerback prefers to join Paris Saint-Germain instead, and he continuted to hold talks with the French club on Wednesday. No offer has been made yet by PSG, but it is suspected that Chelsea wants a transfer fee of $6.6 million for Alex.

ORLANDO SELLS ALVAREZ TO RSL, SIGNS ROONEY

USL Pro defending champions Orlando City announced a pair of moves on Wednesday during their Supporters' Summit, the first being the sale of midfielder Yordany Alvarez to Real Salt Lake. Alvarez had joined RSL on loan after helping Orlando City win the league title, and the MLS club exercised its option to buy. The other move the Lions made was the signing of John Rooney, the younger brother of Wayne Rooney who was drafted by the New York Red Bulls last year.

HERRON JOINS STRIKERS

The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers bolstered its attacking options on Wedenesday, signing former Chicago Fire forward Andy Herron. The signing of Herron is one the Strikers are hoping will help make up for the loss of some of its key players, including Bryan Arguez. The 33-year-old Herron most recently played for Limon FC in his native Costa Rica.

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Surprised Venezuela went winless against Mexico and the United States? What do you think of Bayern's PR stunt? Think Alex should leave Chelsea in favor of PSG?

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