12/17/21 US Men vs Bosnia Sat 8 pm FS1, MLS NYCFC Champs, Champ League Sweet 16 Set

US Men (MLS Group) vs Bosnia Sat 12/18 8 pm FS1

The US Men have a friendly tomorrow vs Bosnia Herzogova at 8 pm on FS1.  The men made up of all US based players have been in camp for about 10 days already as they get a chance to put their names in the hat for the all important Qualifiers in January.  A ton of youngsters in the group but the return of winger Jordan Morris who missed all of last year with a knee injury might well lead the group.  Expect to see him start along with Pepi and probably Cade Cowell up front.  I am interested to see if Justin Che gets anytime at right back along with how many youngsters Berhalter plays in midfield.  Would be cool to see Cole Basett or Jordan Cardoso at the attacking mid (8 slot).   I am thinking the US wins this one 2-1 maybe.   WTW4  

 Shane’s 11 to start vs Bosnia Sat night  

Morris/Pepi/Cowell

Bassett // Roldan

Acosta

Bello, Long, Zimmerman, Che

Turner

USMNT ROSTER For DEC (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (3): John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0) 

DEFENDERS (11): George Bello (Atlanta United; 5/0), Justin Che (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City; 0/0), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; 0/0), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 1/0), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; 0/0), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 22/2)  

MIDFIELDERS (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 44/2), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 15/0)

FORWARDS (7): Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II/GER; 0/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 39/10), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 6/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 65/14)

MLS Cup Finals –NYCFC beats Portland 2-1 in PKs

Wow what a final – when my Timbers scored in the 94th minute with just seconds left before the whistle blew – I collapsed to the floor in joy.  Of course NYCFC recovered and despite some hairy moments when Portland seemed to have it won – NYCFC held on and took it to PKs.  NYCFC GK Andre Blake – playing in his first playoffs – was spectacular as his 2 saves on the first 2 shots – won it in PKs for the New Yorkers.  Anyone who saw the game – saw what is heralded as THE BEST soccer experience in the US for MLS soccer.  The Timber Army was every bit as glorious as I remember when I joined them for their first MLS Cup win in Columbus in 2015.   So disappointment city for me and my Timbers – but huge congrats to NYCFC with the win and Championship.  Maybe this will help them get a soccer specific stadium built rather than playing in Yankee Stadium. 

Champions League Sweet 16 Set – Games Feb 15- Mar 16

RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City
Benfica vs Ajax
Chelsea vs Lille
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United
Villarreal vs Juventus
Inter Milan vs Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid

Sad to see the news that former Man City and current Barcelona striker Sergio Arguero’s career is over due to a heart condition discovered last week.  Crazy what is going on in England and across Europe with the Covid Game Cancellations – hopefully that doesn’t kill the normally busy holiday match schedules.  Matthew McConehey says soccer is Alright Alright Alright.  Huge congrats to Lindsay Horan for winning US Ladies Player of the Year and Trinity Rodman for winning young player of the year.  Also huge news that NWSL is now going to pay all the Ladies salaries and US Soccer will no longer be paying those wages – so they can be paid the same way the men are – by game and result rather than salary. Hopefully NWSL stays afloat and everything works out for all!

BIG GAMES TO WATCH  

(American’s in parenthesis)

Fri,  Dec 17

2:45 pm ESPN +                  Bayern Muchen vs Wolfsburg (Brooks)

3 pm beIN Sport                 PSG vs Lyonnais (Coupe De France) 

Sat, Dec 18 

7:30 am NBCSN            Man United vs Brighton

9 am CBSSN                 Atalanta vs Roma

9:30 am ESPN+             Hoffenhiem vs Mgladbach (Scally)  

10 USA                          Aston Villa vs Burnley

10:15 am ESPN2           Real Sociadad  vs Villarreal

10 am NBCS                 Liverpool vs Aston Villa

12 noon CBSSN            Bologna vs Juventus (McKinney)

12:30 NBC                    Leeds vs Arsenal 

12:30 ESPN+                 Hertha vs Dortmund (Reyna)

8 pm FS1                       USA Men vs Bosnia

Sun,  Dec 19

7 am NBCSN                        Everton vs Leicester City

9 am NBCSN                        Chelsea (Pulisic)  vs Wolverhampton

11:30 NBCSN                       Liverpool vs Tottenham 

11:30 ESPN+                       Frankfort vs Leverkusen

12 noon CBSSN                   Sampdoria vs Venezia (  )   

2:45 pm CBSSN                   Milan vs Napoli      

Tues,  Dec 20

3 pm ESPN+                         Arsenal vs Sunderland  English Cup

Weds,  Dec 21

2:45 ESPN+                          Liverpool vs Leicester City  

2:45 ESPN+                          Brentford vs Chelsea (Pulisic)

3:30 pm ESPN+                   Athletic Club vs Real Madrid

Sun,  Dec 26

2:45 ESPN+                          Liverpool vs Leicester City  

2:45 ESPN+                          Brentford vs Chelsea (Pulisic)

3:30 pm ESPN+                   Athletic Club vs Real Madrid

US Men

 WTW4 US vs Bosnia S&S  

Scouting Bosnia S&S

Who Stands to Gain the Most From USMNT’s December Camp?
Transfer news: Christian Pulisic wanted by Barcelona

Orange County SC’s Kobi Henry eager to make his mark during early call-up to USMNT

Transfer news: Juventus could sell USMNT’s Weston McKennie

Bundesliga wrap: USMNT’s Richards stoppage-time hero for Hoffenheim

Yanks Abroad – Last Weekend  –

MLS Final

NYCFC lift MLS Cup! How Ronny Deila’s team beat Portland Timbers

View from the pitch: How MLS Cup went down at Providence Park

VOICES: GREG SELTZER MLS Cup 2022 predictions: Your (very) early guide to top contenders
MLS end of season awards: a fiasco in Miami and Glesnes’ thunderbolt

“It was really a perfect match”: Pat Noonan leads FC Cincinnati

Champions League Round of 16- Feb 16


PSG to face Real Madrid in Champions League last 16 after draw farce

Barcelona to play Napoli in Europa League knockout play-offs

NWSL & US Ladies

Horan and Rodman win US POY

Horan: ‘Surreal’ to be named U.S. Soccer’s Female POTY

Rodman: Young POTY award ‘doesn’t feel real’
The Rush: Alex Morgan on joining Wave FC and stopping abusive coaches in sports

USSF, USWNT union deal averts strike  ESPNF Caitlin Murray
Alex Morgan is heading home to Cali, will play for San Diego Wave FC

US Soccer, USWNTPA extend CBA, end NWSL salary allocation system

EPL & World


England drawn against Italy and Germany in UEFA Nations League

Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero announces retirement due to heart condition

Sergio Aguero — Impish striker who became a Manchester City icon

Aguero retires with great legacy that is so much more than just his iconic goal
  Mark Ogden
Three talking points from the Premier League weekend

Ronaldo fires Man United in front of Norwich City

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool relief like curing tooth pain; Gerrard talk is no worry

Tuchel: Chelsea ‘lucky’ to beat Leeds

Real Madrid’s win vs. Atletico feels decisive in LaLiga title race
  ESPNFC Gabriele Marcotti
Real Madrid move 13 points clear of Atletico after derby stroll

Clemson wins NCCA men’s soccer title, beats Washington 2-0

USA vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2021 friendly: What to watch for

An opportunity for a win to close out 2021.  By Donald Wine II@blazindw  Dec 17, 2021, 7:00am PST

The United States Men’s National Team complete their 2021 busy calendar tomorrow night in Carson, California when they host Bosnia & Herzegovina in a friendly at Dignity Health Sports Park. The USMNT enter the match with a 2021 record of 16 wins, 2 defeats, and 3 draws, and they’re looking for 1 more in the win column. Standing in their way is Bosnia & Herzegovina, the 61st ranked team in the world but one that presents an interesting matchup for the USMNT. With a young roster in camp, it will give some valuable experience to some American players looking to make the most of their opportunity in a USMNT uniform.

Latest Form

USA

D (1-1) – Jamaica – World Cup Qualifying

W (2-0) – Mexico – World Cup Qualifying

W (2-1) – Costa Rica – World Cup Qualifying

L (0-1) – Panama – World Cup Qualifying

W (2-0) – Jamaica – World Cup Qualifying

Bosnia & Herzegovina

L (0-2) – Ukraine – World Cup Qualifying

L (1-3) – Finland – World Cup Qualifying

D (1-1) – Ukraine – World Cup Qualifying

W (2-0) – Kazakhstan – World Cup Qualifying

What To Watch For

Seize the moment. This is a prime opportunity for several players to make an impact on the match as well as show head coach Gregg Berhalter that in an important 2022, they will be ready when their number is called. It may be a friendly, but expect to see several guys play hard to show they can be a dependable option moving forward.

Take control in the midfield. Bosnia enters this match with a roster that has a combined 8 international caps from 5 players. You could argue that the most experienced part of the roster for the USMNT is in the midfield. That’s where the USMNT need to control the tempo of the match and keep consistent pressure on Bosnia’s defense.

Capitalize on scoring chances. Bosnia may be a team that hasn’t played well lately, but they have a system that normally tries to bog down opponents and limit their scoring chances. Scoring when the opportunity presents itself is something the USMNT is always working to improve. This will be a good test to see if the young kids can put the ball in the back of the net when it’s at their feet inside the box.

Lineup Prediction

With so many young players in camp along with some veterans, it presents some interesting options for Gregg Berhalter. In the end, this is what we predict we will see in the form of a starting lineup tomorrow:

Cowell// Pepi // Morris

Roldan /Bassett

Acosta

Bello/Zimmerman / Che / Gomez 

Matt Turner is the only goalkeeper with experience in camp and the arguable #1, so he gets the start. Justin Che gets the start alongside MLS Defender of the Year Walker Zimmerman, with George Bello at left back. If Kevin Paredes had been healthy, he likely would have recevied the start at right back. Instead, it’s dual national Jonathan Gomez who we should expect to see on the right side of the back line.In the middle, Berhalter goes with some experience, with Kellyn Acosta operating at the 6 and Cristian Roldan at the 8. Cole Bassett also gets the nod to provide some speed in the middle.   Up front, Ricardo Pepi gets the start ahead of Gyasi Zardes, who we should expect to see as a substitute later in the match. Jordan Morris is back with the national team and starts on the right wing, with Cade Cowell getting the start on the left.

Prediction

Bosnia’s lack of experience shows in this match, with the USMNT getting out in front early and carrying it throughout the match. The USMNT wins by a 3-0 score.

Who Stands to Gain the Most From USMNT’s December Camp?

A friendly outside of the international calendar isn’t the greatest litmus test, but it is a proving ground regardless—especially in the middle of a World Cup qualifying cycle.

AVI CREDITOR  SI  Any friendlies outside the FIFA calendar tend to be a bit weird. That’ll be especially true in the middle of World Cup qualifying for the U.S. men’s national team group gathered to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday. The competitive stakes are low, the rosters unorthodox, the motivations varying and the potential long-term impact a bit all over the place. Take last year’s December camp for the U.S., for example. Of the players in the starting XI that featured vs. El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale some 53 weeks ago, one now represents Mexico (Julián Araujo) and another plays for Canada (Ayo Akinola). Of the entire match-day squad, only six have gone on to be regular participants in World Cup qualifying (Brenden Aaronson, Paul Arriola, Sebastian Lletget, Mark McKenzie, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta). Suffice it to say, it was not exactly the A Group. Nor is it for the U.S.—and its opponent—this time around.The team the Americans are facing at Dignity Health Sports Park outside Los Angeles is not the one that could call on the likes of Edin Džeko, Miralem Pjanić and Sead Kolašinac. It’s a young, almost entirely domestic-based side with a total, combined tally of 10 caps. As experimental as this U.S. group is—and it is very hodgepodge, mixing new elements and domestic-based players who have been relied upon in qualifying—Bosnia’s takes things to another level. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t gains to be had.Speaking to his team in its first gathering (as shown through U.S. Soccer’s Behind the Crest video series), U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter laid it all out quite bluntly.”What are our objectives of this camp? Optimize fitness levels as we approach [the January] window. We’re doing this camp for you guys, because we realize that if you guys want to play any part in January qualifiers, you need this. Because you need to be fit. Trust me, if you’re not fit enough, you’re not going to be able to play, because we know what those games are about; you guys have been around, you know what qualifiers are about,” Berhalter said.”Then we want to expand the USMNT player pool. Think about all the new guys that are in this camp. It’s fantastic. We love seeing new faces. But what I’ll tell you guys, we want to do this, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. That’s going to be up to you guys. We’re looking for guys that aren’t taking plays off, that are using every single training session to get better and are competing in every single training session.”The message has seemingly gotten across.There’s a lot of young players in this camp, me included. We’re treating it as if it were a normal camp, and everyone’s here to work hard to prove to Gregg that we’re here to stay,” said Taylor Booth, a 20-year-old midfielder who trains with Bayern Munich’s first team but plays competitively for its reserves, under former Argentina international Martín Demichelis.For others, the camp isn’t a first impression. Between Zimmerman, Acosta, Ricardo Pepi, Jesús Ferreira, Matt Turner and Cristian Roldan, there’s a number of players who have played varying roles in World Cup qualifying so far. They’re the ones to whom Berhalter is referring when he addresses the players that are in to stay fit.The newbies and established players who are returning from injury layoffs are whom this camp is really for from a long-term potential standpoint, though. D.C. United’s versatile Kevin Paredes was one of the more intriguing players in camp, but an ankle injury suffered in training will keep the 18-year-old out of contention. But who else stands to gain something in the long run by capping a strong camp with a sound showing vs. Bosnia? Here are three to watch. Jordan Morris

Morris is in his first U.S. camp since tearing his ACL last February, and it’s clear this period is effectively an audition for a spot that Berhalter has loosely been reserving for him should he return to form. Even with Morris out with his injury, he was name-checked regularly as a guy who has earned his place among the core players, and the way Berhalter spoke of him upon revealing his roster for this camp was of a manager eager to give the forward a shot.”If we don’t bring him into this camp, he has no chance of playing in qualifiers,” Berhalter said. “So our job now is to work with him these next four weeks when we’re in camp, to get him ready to see if he can make an impact in World Cup qualifiers. We know his talent level. We know what he brings to the team. He gives us a different dimension, and it would be nice to get him in a place where he can perform in these games. But we just don’t know yet.”The U.S. doesn’t need the 27-year-old Morris to be a starter, but seeing what he’s capable of doing will determine whether he’s still valuable enough at this juncture to be part of the picture.”He’s looking sharp,” said Roldan, Morris’s teammate for club and country. “He’s probably the first one to tell you that the speed of play was a little bit fast initially [when returning with Seattle], but I think it’s slowing down for him and the amount of games that he got that were kind of unexpected were really nice. So him being back in the mix is really nice to see. He’s doing really well and playing like he never left.”He admits, understandably so, that he’s still in the process of getting back to top form, and given he’s nine months removed from ACL surgery, that he’s playing at all—let alone participating in a national team camp—is pretty remarkable. “I was just getting back when we got knocked out of the playoffs, so I think this camp is a great opportunity to get back in with the group and continue to get my sharpness and my fitness levels back up heading into a big year next year,” Morris said.

Jonathan Gómez

Despite Antonee Robinson’s improved play and Sergiño Dest and Joe Scally’s versatility, left back is still, all these World Cup cycles later, not a set position for the U.S. Enter Gómez, the 18-year-old who is headed to Real Sociedad after this camp following a standout run at Louisville City in the USL Championship. A dual-national with Mexican eligibility, Gómez is the latest to be wanted by both sides of the rivalry in recent months (Pepi picked the U.S.; Araujo, David Ochoa and Efraín Álvarez opted for El Tri). It’s wise of Berhalter to put out the senior-team feeler now. While that ultimately didn’t pan out for Araujo, it’s a no-risk invitation with a potential high reward.”It’s important for us to get a good look at him,” Berhalter said. “Left back has always been an issue of depth for us. And we think he’s a talented player and we think he could be ready to make an impact now. So it will be great to see him and great to get to work with him.”

Booth profiles as a box-to-box midfielder on the U.S. despite playing at right back for Bayern Munich II, which he said was designed for him by Julian Nagelsmann to give him a more direct pathway to the first team, at a position where depth isn’t as overwhelming. He’s aiming to break through into a position on the U.S. that is largely solidified, but between injuries, coronavirus and other variables, you never know when a strong first impression will lead to something greater, and versatility can only help a player’s case when roster sizes are finite.”He’s got quality,” Roldan said. “He’s a player on the ball you want in the half spaces; you want him dribbling at players. He’s just really smooth on the ball, and now it’s about him understanding the system, understanding what Gregg wants, what our team needs from him so that he can transition into this squad really smoothly, but, man, he’s got quality. He’s a player that can change rhythm and disorganize the opponent.”Will a good showing in a friendly vs. Bosnia Lite be the end-all? Probably not. Chris Mueller scored twice against El Salvador in December 2020, returned for the subsequent January camp and hasn’t been back since. But now’s the time for Booth and players of his ilk to plant the seed that they belong—either for the remainder of the current cycle or as potentially foundational pieces for the next one.

USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2021 Friendly: Scouting Bosnia and Herzegovina

he USMNT closes the year against European competition. By Brendan Joseph  Dec 16, 2021, 5:00am PST

 for the traditional winter camp, an opportunity for mostly domestic talents to gain experience and become further acquainted with the program. The training period closes with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The match is being contested outside of an official FIFA window, reducing the potential strength of both sides.This is the third meeting between the two nations, with the USMNT holding a 1-0-1 advantage. In 2013, Jozy Altidore scored a hat-trick to secure a 4-3 victory. Five years later, the sides played to a scoreless draw.Zmajevi (The Dragons) are enduring a dismal year, having won two out of 12 matches. The 2022 World Cup qualification campaign ended with a fourth-place finish in Group D, faint hope extinguished by losses to Finland and the Ukraine. Local press described the performance as “the weakest in [the country’s] independent history for all major competitions.” Bosnia has failed to reach the group stage twice since debuting in 2014.Bosnia is managed by Ivaylo Petev, a 46-year-old with previous stops at Ludogorets Razgrad, Levski Sofia, Limassol, Dinamo Zagreb, Omonia, Al Qadsiah, Jagiellonia Białystok, and the Bulgaria national team. This past January, the Bulgarian was appointed to the position, signing a contract through 2022 after predecessor Dusan Bajevic “failed to reach the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.” Since missing out on the World Cup, his employment status is tenuous, with the Executive Board of the Football Association not planning to reveal a decision until “after the New Year’s holidays.”Petev named a young and inexperienced 18-player roster for the friendly. The domestic Premijer Liga contributed all of the call-ups. The squad has a combined total of eight senior caps, representative of the non-FIFA window and pandemic restrictions. Almedin Ziljkić was held out “due to back problems.”

“Certainly, some more players would receive invitations, but the problem was that they were not vaccinated,” said the manager. “I have said many times that there are many interesting young players in the Premier League and most of them on this list are under 23. We are interested in how they will play in the national team jersey and against a quality national team. I expect maximum fighting spirit and commitment, because this is a chance for everyone to show the potential he has. It also gives us the opportunity to see who we can count on in the future.”

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GOALKEEPERS (2): Belmin Dizdarević (Sarajevo), Nikola Ćetković (Borac)

DEFENDERS (7): Selmir Pidro (Sarajevo), Numan Kurdić (Sarajevo), Aleksandar Vojnović (Borac), Hrvoje Barišić (Zrinjski), Josip Ćorluka (Zrinjski), Vedran Vrhovac (Željezničar), Ajdin Nukić (Tuzla City)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Andrej Đokanović (Sarajevo), Amar Begić (Borac), Igor Savić (Zrinjski), Marijan Ćavar (Široki Brijeg), Mehmed Ćosić (Velež), Haris Ovčina (Velež), Sasa Maksimović (Sloboda)

FORWARDS (2): Jovo Lukić (Borac), Sulejman Krpić (Tuzla City)

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Petev alternates between the 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 formations. He cited the USMNT’s speed and strength, intending to deploy a lineup that matches the opponent. While Bosnia is using a second-choice squad, the tactics of a deep defensive line and methodical, possession-based build-up should remain constant.The goalkeeper position is a toss-up between two young starters in the Premijer Liga. Borac Banja Luka’s Nikola Ćetković has experience at the youth international level. Belmin Dizdarević of Sarajevo is enjoying a strong run of form with seven shutouts in 17 matches. The latter is composed when stopping short-range shots, getting to everything within an arm’s length. He can also kick the ball to the opponent’s box, which is impressive and catches back-lines on the wrong foot.While towering veteran Hrvoje Barišić is available, Petev will likely opt to give younger players experience. After a half-season loan in Albania, Numan Kurdic has assumed a starting role for Sarajevo. The 22-year-old goes to ground often, diving in to stop advancing attackers. He has the opportunity to play next to Vedran Vrhovac of derby rivals Željezničar. His passing is an asset during the build-up, matched by frequent solo dribbling runs into space.Josip Ćorluka of Zrinjski, an attack-minded right back, appeared in a Nations League fixture against Italy last year. He pushes deep into the final third and fires in crosses, already contributing five assists this season. The other side of the field features Selmir Sidro from Sarajevo, who made his senior international debut in March against Costa Rica. The 23-year-old is a decent dribbler, plays long passes from his own half, and manages to disrupt counter-attacks with contact-free interceptions.The defensive midfielder position is taken by Andrej Đokanović, a 20-year-old that has already won the league and cup twice, well on the way to 100 club appearances. After claiming the ball, his immediate instinct is to make a vertical pass, attempting to break the opponent’s lines. This friendly is a massive opportunity for the young six who is looking to become a more frequent inclusion for the national team.Over the summer, Marijan Cavar returned home after three-and-a-half years on the books at Eintracht Frankfurt and Greuther Fürth, having failed to make an impact at either club. The former captain of the Under-21 team is trying to regain career momentum in his first senior call-up since 2018. On his best days, he is a hard tackler and facilitator of possession, the most active player on both sides of the ball. His partner in the midfield could be Igor Savić, a top domestic talent with four goals for league-leading Zrinjski. Not only standing out due to above-average height, his smooth movement and incisive passing are crucial if Bosnia is going to win the match.Tuzla City right winger Ajdin Nukić is one of the most experienced players on the roster with two caps, both from friendlies this year. He covers his entire half of the field and racks up assists, preferring to sneak behind fullbacks to play a cross but also drifts inward for the occasional finish. The left winger role can be filled by Sasa Maksimović, who tends to stay closer to the center of the field and serve as another striker. The native of Brčko fights hard for second balls, often regaining possession after a turnover.Sulejman Krpić is enjoying a solid season for Tuzla City after moving over from Romanian side Astra Giurgiu. The 30-year-old has the opportunity to earn his first senior cap. He runs the channels and beats out defenders for headers. The manager could also opt for the younger Jovo Lukić, a 6’4” target man that is dangerous on crosses and when holding possession.Results from winter camp can be a mixed bag, but Bosnia could put up a fight as local talents attempt to display the strength of the domestic league. For some players, these non-FIFA window friendlies are their sole call-ups to the national team, never to be included long-term. The run of play tends to be a little more disconnected than normal as there is less continuity and chemistry. The USMNT should emerge with a victory due to having more experience than the opponent, although surprises are known to happen.The match is scheduled for December 18th at 8:15 p.m. Eastern, 5:15 p.m. Pacific. Viewing options include FS1, UniMás TUDN, and Fubo TV (free trial).

UEFA Champions League last 16 draw: Schedule after ‘void’ draw

  • Joe Prince-Wright  Mon, December 13, 2021, 9:20 AM EST·3 min read

The initial UEFA Champions League draw for the last 16 has been declared void, as a technical issue caused chaos as European soccer’s governing body performed the draw in Switzerland.But the second draw of the day proved successful. Thank goodness.After a technical glitch which incorrectly paired Villarreal with Manchester United in the last 16, footage has appeared which showed United not being placed in the draw to face Atletico Madrid and Liverpool also not being correctly placed into a pot.UEFA then confirmed that the draw would be conducted again at 9am ET on Monday. Here is the statement in full:

“Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET.”And here is a look at what happened:

Who fared well?

As for the officially official draw, all four Premier League teams will be very happy with their Round of 16 ties.

Liverpool face Inter Milan, Manchester City were paired with Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea drew Lille (just like they did in the void draw), and Manchester United were drawn against Atletico Madrid after being paired against PSG in the initial draw.That will be a huge sigh of relief for Man United, and Atletico, as the latter drew Bayern Munich in the now infamous ‘void draw’ earlier on Tuesday.PSG against Real Madrid is the tie of the round as two heavyweights collide.Below are details for the Champions League draw, with the full schedule, dates, how to watch, latest odds and more.

How to watch UEFA Champions League live, stream and start time

Kick off: Last 16 games take place Feb. 15 to Mar. 16
Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com
How to watch: Paramount+

UEFA Champions League draw for last 16 – Full schedule

RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City
Benfica vs Ajax
Chelsea vs Lille
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United
Villarreal vs Juventus
Inter Milan vs Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid

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