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Watford charged by FA over penalty protest against Bournemouth

Bournemouth and Watford played out a 1-1 draw in a game that Glenn Murray missed a penalty to give Bournemouth the win.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe expresses his disappointment as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home, where Watford manager Quique Flores believes it was a good result for his side.

Watford have been hit with a Football Association charge following last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

The Hornets players were unhappy when referee Michael Oliver gave Bournemouth an 82nd-minute penalty for Etienne Capoue's foul on Adam Smith.

But their protests have earned the club an FA rap for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

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An FA statement read: "The alleged breach of FA Rule E20 is in relation to surrounding the match official in the 82nd minute...

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi says he is on road to recovery

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop tells Alexis Nunes that Johan Cruyff's questioning of Cristiano Ronaldo's team ethic was justified.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Barcelona's recent performances without Lionel Messi, and what they might need to do in order to perform well in his absence.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes discusses Gonzalo Higuain's omission from the Argentina squad for their opening WCQ matches, while Paulo Dybala received a call-up for his fine form with Juventus.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi told fans via Facebook on Thursday that he is on the road to recovery and sent a message of support to his Argentina teammates.

Paso a paso, sigo recuperándome bien para volver...

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Chelsea sign goalkeeper Marco Amelia to cover for injured Thibaut Courtois

Marco Amelia has signed with Chelsea, who had been down to just one healthy senior goalkeeper.

Chelsea announced the signing of former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia on a free transfer on Thursday.

Amelia, who signed a deal until the end of the season, came to Chelsea on trial at the end of last month following Thibaut Courtois' knee injury

Asmir Begovic had been the only senior goalkeeper available to Jose Mourinho with sources saying Courtois will miss 10 to 12 weeks after knee surgery.

The 33-year-old last played for Serie B side Perugia, after spending four years with Milan.

U.S. prospects blog: Five standouts in Olympic qualifying group play

Forwards Jerome Kiesewetter and Jordan Morris have starred for the Yanks at CONCACAF's under-23 championship.
Forwards Jerome Kiesewetter and Jordan Morris have starred for the Yanks at CONCACAF's under-23 championship.

The eyes of American soccer are turned toward Saturday's high-stakes CONCACAF Cup between the U.S. and Mexico. But just hours before the border rivals play for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup, the U.S. Under-23 squad and its band of future senior teamers will take on Honduras in the semifinals of CONCACAF's under-23 championship for a spot in next summer's Olympics.

The young Yanks cruised in the first round, winning Group A as a result of beating Canada, Cuba and Panama by a combined score of 13-2. And while Saturday's match isn't exactly a must-win --the two semifinal losers will face off with the victor facing South American runner-up Colombia for a ticket to the Games -- it represents their best chance to reach Rio de Janeiro (Mexico plays Canada in the other semifinal match).

As the results so far would suggest, there were plenty of impressive performances from the Americans in the group stage. But if the tournament hosts are to accomplish their ultimate goal in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday (kickoff is at 3 p.m. ET; the match will be broadcast on Spanish-language network Telemundo), they will do so largely on the strength of the following five blue-chippers who have excelled so far and are locks to start against the Catrachos.


Delhi Dynamos land first ISL win over Chennaiyin with Chicao penalty

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Chicao slots his penalty home.

Delhi Dynamos picked up their first win of the Indian Super League season against Chennaiyin FC thanks to a penalty from Chicao inside the opening 10 minutes.

Gustavo dos Santos created a chance for Delhi captain Hans Mulder and his shot hit the arm of a Chennaiyin defender, allowing Chicao to step up and coolly slot home.

Dos Santos had a chance to make it 2-0 and, before the break, Delhi had to rely on John Arne Riise to block Stiven Mendoza's effort in order to maintain...

South Sudan begin first World Cup qualifying campaign with draw

South Sudan earned a draw in their World Cup qualifying debut, holding Mauritania 1-1 on Thursday, a day after the game began and was then abandoned because of heavy rain.

The score was unchanged from when it was stopped after 10 minutes of play on Wednesday at the National Stadium.

Boubacar Bagili had scored in the third minute for Mauritania. Dominic Abui Pretino equalised with South Sudan's first goal in World Cup qualifying, giving the world's newest nation hope ahead of the return leg in Mauritania...