Ondrasek delighted after scoring winner against England

first_imgZdenek Ondrasek admitted he is still coming to terms with the mind-blowing moment of scoring the winning goal against England in his first international appearance for the Czech Republic.Debutant Ondrasek, 30, was the hero in Prague as the Czech Republic came from behind to boost their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 with a 2-1 victory on Friday.The Czech’s moved level with England atop Group A having played an extra game than their star-studded opponents with three rounds remaining.Ondrasek, who plays for Dallas in MLS, replaced Roma forward Patrik Schick after 65 minutes with the game level at 1-1 and the striker could barely believe he had scored the winner against the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists.”I think it still doesn’t feel right, I’m happy that I scored, but I don’t feel it,” he told UEFA.com. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career GET IN!!! FULL-TIME!Fantastic performance and even better result! 2-1 pic.twitter.com/FPybUblhcp— Czech Football Team (@ceskarepre_eng) October 11, 2019″It’s so big I think my head will explode soon because I played my first game for my country, which I was waiting for so long, and I scored the winning goal against England. I’m so happy it’s unbelievable.”The other guys on the bench said, ‘score a goal, man’. So after an amazing pass from [Lukas] Masopust I hit it perfectly and I’m so happy it went in.”The Czech Republic play third-placed Kosovo at home next, and victory for the hosts would assure them of an automatic qualification spot. Kosovo are currently four points behind the top two, and defeat would leave an insurmountable gap.If England beat Bulgaria and Kosovo do not win, Gareth Southgate’s side would also confirm their place at the finals of the tournament.While qualification is still likely, the nature of the Three Lions’ performance in Prague was cause for concern, with a number of players underperforming. Danny Rose and Michael Keane were among those singled out for criticism as they struggled to impose themselves on the contest.The Czech Republic finish their qualifying campaign in November with a home game against Kosovo before a trip to Bulgaria in the final round, while England face Montenegro and Kosovo in their final two qualification games.last_img read more

MLS awards expansion team to Sacramento

first_imgMajor League Soccer announced on Monday that Sacramento has been given an expansion team, becoming the league’s 29th club.Sacramento Republic FC will begin play in MLS in 2022, putting a successful end to their pursuit of an MLS club that began when the team began play in the USL in 2014.As part of the expansion progress, Sacramento will build a $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer-specific stadium in the downtown Railyards District. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Major League Soccer continues to grow throughout North America and we are so proud to welcome Sacramento as our newest team,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “For many years, soccer fans in Sacramento have passionately supported Republic FC and shown that the club deserves to be competing at the highest level.”Thanks to the determined efforts and commitment of new owners Ron Burkle and Matt Alvarez along with the leadership of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento will join MLS with a world-class soccer stadium that will transform the sport in California’s capital.”Burkle, owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, is the club’s lead investor while Alvarez, an entertainment producer, and Sacramento Kings investor Kevin Nagle are also involved in the ownership group. Nagle has been with the club since 2014.“Sacramento’s selection by Major League Soccer for an expansion team is a victory to be celebrated by everyone in our community,” said Burkle. “This has been a true team effort between the amazing soccer fans of the Sacramento region along with Mayor Steinberg and City Council, our partners and corporate leaders.”We are proud to be part of the team that Kevin Nagle put together, which is made even stronger by an incredibly committed local ownership group. The relationship between Sacramento and our club already is a special one, and I’m committed to deepening that connection for years to come.”A total of 24 teams competed in MLS in 2019, the first season for expansion side FC Cincinnati. Next season, the league will feature the debuts of two new clubs, with Inter Miami and Nashville SC joining play to take the total to 26 teams.Austin FC will then join the league and begin play in 2021 with a new team in St. Louis set to join alongside Sacramento one year later.In April, the league announced plans to expand to 30 teams, with the likes of Charlotte, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Raleigh and Detroit among the contenders for that final spot.last_img read more