Christian Pulisic nearly the difference in Chelsea draw to Manchester United, while Captain Tim Ream scores for the first time in four years.

Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester United

Christian Pulisic played the final 12 minutes for Chelsea in their home draw against Manchester United.

The game was a nervy affair in the first half, but it opened up after the halftime break. Chelsea enjoyed most of the possession, but United punished a Jorginho mistake on a devastating counter attack by Jadon Sancho who scored in the 50th minute.

Chelsea, and Jorginho, answered back with a penalty equalizer in the 69th minute after a foul by United defender Aaron Was-Bissaka. Pulisic came on minutes later, and looked to be the difference maker.

After creating several chances and key passes, he had a wild strike at the ball that didn’t end up amounting to anything. It wasn’t until the 96th minute that Captain America had his near moment of glory, picking out Antonio Rudiger at the back post, only for the golden opportunity to be shot wide of the United goal.

Up next for Chelsea is Watford away on Wednesday in more Premier League action.

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Norwich 0 – 0 Wolves

Josh Sargent was in the starting line up and was given 68 minutes as Norwich continued their unbeaten run in the Premier League.

New Norwich boss Dean Smith will be buoyed by the start to life at Carrow Road, even if it was a stalemate in the end. The last two outings saw the Canaries win 2-1 in each fixture, and seven points out of nine on offer will be exactly the kind of results that Smith will be looking for.

Sargent had a chance in the opening six minutes as his run from deep was found with a pass from Teemu Pukki. The American maybe had time to take another touch, but he opted for a first time shot that was always going well over the Wolves net.

Norwich will hope to continue their positive start to life under Smith when they travel all the way up the east coast to take on Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.

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Preston North End 1 – 1 Fulham

Tim Ream was on the score sheet as he and Antonee Robinson went the distance in Fulham’s frustrating away draw at Preston North End.

Fulham had gone on a seven game winning run, scoring 25 goals in the process. The draw at PNE is the second draw in a row, after doing the same last week with a 0-0 result against Derby County.  Things looked to be on the up and up after the opener in the 15th minute by the Fulham Captain.

The ball was whipped in after a free kick on the right flank, and Ream was the first to it, poking it home at the near post. The goal ends a four year dry spell for the American, who last scored in 2017.

PNE had two break away chances due to a miss by Ream and Robinson respectively, with Robinson getting a yellow card for a clattering tackle after his recovery run. The equalizer from PNE came in the 73rd minute, but it looked to have struck the hand of Emil Riis after Ched Evans’ initial header. The bodies in the box obstructed the referee’s view, but Evans bundled it over the line to steal a point.

Up next for the Americans is a Friday Championship clash at home against Bournemouth. Matthew Olusunde will hope to make the roster in PNE’s Saturday trip to Blackburn.

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Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Middlesbrough

Duane Holmes returned from injury to go 60 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s home defeat to Middlesbrough.

Town were unable to deal with Duncan Watmore who scored in the 16th and 23rd minute. The first goal came after a sweeping attack where he prodded home from close range, while the second goal was a beautiful chip from the top of the box.

Holmes had a chance to restore a goal lead with a shot from outside the box, but it went high and wide. Huddersfield’s lone goal came from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Luke Daniels as he turned it into his own net after a double deflection in the 93rd minute.

Up next for Huddersfield is a Saturday trip to Barnsley in Championship action.

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Cambridge United 1 – 2 Sunderland 

Lynden Gooch went the distance and had an assist in Sunderland’s away win over Cambridge United.

The opening goal came 15 minutes in to the affair as Alex Pritchard was assisted by the swirling wind in eastern England as his corner ended up as an olympico, bouncing off of the far post and over the line.

Sam Smith drew the home side level in the 27th minute after a good build up saw him squeeze his near post shot past Sunderland’s goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffman. The parity only lasted for nine minutes as Nathan Broadhead scored the game winner.

The ball found its way out wide to Gooch who had a couple of quick passes before squaring the ball to Broadhead. A clever turn inside and out found space 25 yards out, and the finish was an impressive bullet to the top corner far post.

Sunderland look to continue their winning ways in the EFL Trophy Papa Johns Cup clash Wednesday at home against Oldham Athletic.

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Notes:

Zack Steffen was on the bench for Manchester City in their 2-1 win over West Ham.

Folarin Balogun did not make the bench for Arsenal in their 2-0 home win against bottom of the standings Newcastle United.

Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw against 10 man West Brom Albion. Next up for Forest is a visit from Peterborough United.

By Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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