Tuesday Kickoff: U.S. U-17s top Mexico, Newcastle makes table push and more

Tuesday Kickoff: U.S. U-17s top Mexico, Newcastle makes table push and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: U.S. U-17s top Mexico, Newcastle makes table push and more

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It won't make up for Mexico's recent continental dominance, but it's something.

The U.S. Under-17 men's national team topped Mexico 1-0 in the fifth-place game of the Mondial Minimes Tournament in France Monday, getting a goal from New York Red Bulls academy forward Wesley Wade to cap off the competition with a victory. 

Wade and Chivas USA academy forward Bradford Jamieson led Richie Williams' squad with two goals apiece, as the U.S. U-17s finished 2-1-1 in the tournament. They beat the United Arab Emirates 4-0, lost to Portugal 1-0 and advanced past Japan on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1 draw to reach Monday's match against El Tri. 

Portugal topped Russia in penalties after a scoreless draw to take home first place, while England defeated host France 1-0 for third.

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NEWCASTLE ON SPURS', GUNNERS' HEELS

The team that has refused to go away is now very much in the mix for a UEFA Champions League berth.

Newcastle has drawn level with Tottenham on points in the Premier League table and is only out of a UCL spot on goal differential after Monday's 2-0 victory over Bolton and Tottenham's 2-1 loss to Norwich City.

Led by Hatem Ben Arfa's 60-yard run and score, and Papiss Cisse's latest goal, the Magpies won their fifth straight match to not only keep the heat on Tottenham but also apply pressure to Arsenal, who leads both sides by just two points for third place. The Gunners, who own a game in hand on both teams, can extend that lead back to five with a win over Wolves on Wednesday. Tottenham, meanwhile, continues to be in a funk, dropping points in seven of their last eight Premier League matches after defeating Newcastle 5-0 in February.

Newcastle has matches with Stoke City, Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton remaining this season, with the Wigan, Chelsea and Everton matches taking place away from home.

FULHAM'S RUIZ OUT FOR SEASON 

Costa Rica international and Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken foot.

Ruiz, who suffered the injury over the weekend against Bolton, will be out "until June or July" according to Fulham manager Martin Jol. The injury not only prevents him from suiting up for the Cottagers, but it could also be a bit of a blow to Costa Rica, as Los Ticos face El Salvador and Guyana in their opening CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers on June 8 and 12.

CLASICO DATE CHANGED

Barcelona and Madrid's La Liga showdown in a couple of weeks has been pushed back a day in order to give the clubs an extra day of rest prior to the second legs of their respective UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Originally slated for April 22, the Clasico at Camp Nou that could very well decide the Spanish title race will now be played on April 21. While that means less rest ahead of the Clasico after the first legs, the switch gives Barcelona three days ahead of their second leg against Chelsea instead of two, and Real Madrid four days ahead of their second leg against Bayern Munich instead of three.

Real Madrid held a 10-point lead in the league table over Barcelona at one point, but that deficit is in danger of being cut to one, at least momentarily, as Barcelona hosts Getafe today and will have played one more game than their rivals until tomorrow, when Real Madrid goes up against rival Atletico Madrid at Estadio Vicente Calderon.

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How do you feel about the U-17s' showing in the tournament? Happy to see them take down Mexico? Can you see Newcastle making it to the Champions League? Do you think Costa Rica could slip up in qualifying without Ruiz? Think the Clasico rescheduling makes sense?

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