Josh Sargent looked lively in Norwich’s narrow loss to Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester Untied, while Tim Ream and Fulham remain top of the Championship.

Norwich 0 – 1 Manchester United

Josh Sargent went the full 90 for Norwich in their spirited display against Manchester United.

It took a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in the 75th minute to separate the two sides as Norwich left it all on the field against the Premier League giants. Sargent was all over the field, helping win possession in the left back role while also forcing diving tackles from the United back line.

Texas born Jonathan Tomkins, a USMNT U23, was on the bench for Norwich for the first time. Also making his Premier League debut was Manchester United assistant coach Chris Armas, formerly of Toronto FC.

Norwich had several real chances, the best falling to Ozan Kabak in stoppage time. A well flighted free kick found him at the back post, but United goalkeeper David De Gea made an incredible point blank save to secure the three points.

Norwich will hope to fare better Tuesday against Aston Villa at home.

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Luton Town 1 – 1 Fulham

Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson were held to their fourth tie in a row, but remained top of the Championship.

Fulham captain Ream went the distance for the league leaders, but Robinson was only fit enough for the bench having just overcome an illness.

In true Fulham fashion, Aleksander Mitrovic was on the score sheet just 19 minutes in after cleaning up a loose ball after a free kick. The ball was swung to the back post and the ensuing saves created an opening, and the striker obliged with a finish from close range.

Luton pulled one back in the 62nd minute after a James Bree free kick found the diving header from Elijah Adebayo. Ream almost had a chance himself a few minutes later as his header was cleared off the line.

Fulham will hope to bounce back to winning ways on Monday against Sheffield United, with only two points separating them and second place Bournemouth.

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Huddersfield Town 1 – 1 Coventry

Duane Holmes nearly scored for Huddersfield Town, but will feel disappointed his team didn’t get all three points.

The opener for Huddersfield Town came from a sweeping motion that was thundered into the back of the net by Danny Ward after a great cut back from Harry Toffolo. Holmes thought he had the second after an incredible run through the middle to find the gap, but his shot was tipped on to the far post and out.

Coventry had several good chances and were finally rewarded in the dying moments of the game when Matt Godden equalized. The visitors kept the ball alive in the 93rd minute and Godden was able to rise up to glance his header just over the Huddersfield Town goalkeeper.

Huddersfield now sits in 10th place, and up next for Holmes and company is a trip to Bristol City on Saturday. 

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Sunderland 2 – 1 Plymouth

Lynden Gooch was forced into an injury substitution at half time in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Plymouth.

The opening goal came just four minutes in as Dan Neil finished off a training ground routine corner kick. A short corner was flicked on at the near post by Callum Doyle and Neil smashed home the opener.

Nathan Broadhead scored the would be winner with a clever backheel from a Leon Dajaku cross. Sunderland went in to half time 2-0 up, and Gooch pulled up with a groin injury and was forced to be switched out.

The visitors pulled one back through Dan Scarr off of a corner kick. Scarr left the highest to thump in a convincing header to the back post. 

The win sends Sunderland in to third place in their hunt for promotion to the Championship. The Black Cats hope to continue their winning ways on Saturday against Ipswich.

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Notes:

Christian Pulisic was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Leeds.

Zack Steffen was on the bench for Manchester City in their 1-0 win over Wolves.

Folarin Balogun did not make the bench for Arsenal who beat Southampton 3-0.

Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Nottingham Forest’s 4-1 win against Swansea City.

Matthew Olosunde did not make the bench for Preston North End in their 2-1 win over Barnsley.

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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