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Watson back to even par.

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    November 14, 2018 10:46 PM EST

    SHAPES OF MLS Toronto FC had week one of the new MLS season off, but their first opponents, the Seattle Sounders, kicked the campaign off with a home match against current MLS Cup champions, Sporting Kansas City. Joe Thomas Jersey . Rain and a slippery surface made passing difficult for both sides, but Ryan Nelsen and his coaching staff were given more than a few glimpses at the way a new Seattle side will want to play. The Sounders would win the game 1-0 in the fourth and final minute of added time through substitute and former TFC striker Chad Barrett. Front Two With Clint Dempsey only named on the bench, the attention was already on the front two of Seattle before the game began. Once it started, it was interesting to see Kenny Cooper, acquired from FC Dallas last December, as the striker who dropped deep. Lamar Neagle and former Chicago Fire star Marco Pappa were named by Sigi Schmid to play out wide, but neither of these players hugged the touchlines, instead choosing to play narrower to help their midfield duo. Full backs, Dylan Remick and DeAndre Yedlin in particular, were asked to provide width. It is worth noting that Yedlin had a very good game and whoever plays on the left for Toronto FC next week will have to work very hard defensively on that flank. The choice of Cooper to drop in, while surprising, turned out to be effective. First of all, Cooper recognized his defensive responsibilities. He knows Sporting Kansas City like to play the ball out to the centre backs, so he sat well on their first outlet, Lawrence Olum, as this image shows, while also highlighting the narrowness of the three behind Obafemi Martins. Coopers ability to drop into space also confused the centre backs who were unsure how deep to defend once he was able to get into the channels between the lines. Aurelien Collin, on this occasion, found himself guessing whether to stay deep and track the run of Martins or go to win the aerial battle against Cooper. If Cooper starts against Toronto, his positioning will need to be tracked more by the defensive midfielder, likely Michael Bradley, to stop Steven Caldwell from stepping up and leaving space in behind him, which is what happened for Martins here. Finding space behind Alonso and Evans There are very few midfield pairings in MLS better than Osvaldo Alonso and Brad Evans. The two have an excellent understanding, but one thing Toronto FC will look to exploit next week is the space they leave behind them. Seattles centre backs are not the quickest, so they like to sit deep and usually the midfield is diligent in its positioning, but when the team loses second balls, there is space behind them to exploit quickly on the counter. Toronto FC will need someone with the intelligence of Graham Zusi, who did it for KC, to recognize those times. Here you see Alonso lose concentration and Evans press, leaving space for Zusi to run into… Seconds later, Zusi is away to orchestrate a scoring opportunity for the visitors against an unprotected defence…. It helped that Sporting Kansas Citys 4-3-3 had someone with Zusis intelligence but Torontos likely 4-4-1-1 will have three candidates to get into that space with the wide men and whoever plays off the striker, likely Dwayne De Rosario, who, perhaps, wouldnt be best suited on the left against Yedlins attacks. Midfield structure essential to the end This game looked destined to end 0-0 when Benny Feilhaber was withdrawn in the 92nd minute, but a minute later his replacement, Ike Opara, was easily beaten by Alonso deep in his own half and suddenly Seattles DP had acres of space to sprint into. Suddenly, Alonso had their opponents where he wanted them, as he transitioned into their half and connected with Dempsey, who would lay it out wide for the cross that would win the match. It was a fairytale finish for Seattle who now head into next weeks game against Toronto FC with a perfect three points. We have seen that they do allow space in behind their full backs and the central midfield, but you have to be intelligent enough to exploit that when the opportunities arise. It will be interesting to see what they do with Dempsey. When he came on in the second half, he played just off Martins with Cooper moving out wide before he was later taken off. For that moment, there was room for all three on the pitch, but it will be rare to see that from the start. The key for Toronto will be tracking whichever player joins Martins in attack. The former Newcastle striker was quiet in this game, but this season will feast on slow defensive lines by running in behind when Cooper or Dempsey plays him in. Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey . But that changed when he committed a five-minute major penalty and helped pave the way for a comeback by the Philadelphia Flyers. Vincent Lecavalier scored at 2:45 of overtime and the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 5-4 victory on Sunday. E.J. Gaines Jersey . Nothing pretty. But this is 1/4 World Cup. Usually plays out this way.Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Graeme McDowell fired a 1-under 71 in Saturdays third round and his lead has been cut to one at the WGC - HSBC Champions. McDowell, who has held the lead at the end of each of the first three rounds, finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 205. McDowell has won 10 times on the European Tour and two times on the PGA Tour in his career. He entered the third round with a 3-shot lead and at one point was up by four on Saturday. Moderately pleased, McDowell said following his round. Hit the ball better than I did yesterday. Iron play was a little more solid. Just tricky, cold, a little overnight rain made this golf course play pretty long. All-in-all very happy to be in control, in the lead going into the final day of a WGC against a world-class field. Hiroshi Iwata continues to have a successful week as he carded a 4-under 68 to jump into sole possession of second place at 10-under 206. Martin Kaymer (66), the 2014 U.S. Open champion, and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (69) are both tied for third at 9-under 207. Rickie Fowler and Tim Clark shot matching 69s and they are tied for fifth at minus-8, while Thorbjorn Olesen (69) and 2012 champion Ian Poulter (72) sit at 7-under 209 through 54 holes at Sheshan International Golf Club. Holding a 3-shot lead through two rounds, McDowell started off strong and then cooled off as the round went on. McDowell opened up with a trio of pars before rolling in his first birdie on the par-3 fourth hole. After another pair of pars, McDowell drained his second birdie on No. 7. After going bogey-free in round two, McDowell tripped to a bogey on No. 8, ending a stretch of 35 straight holes without a dropped shot. Making the turn with a par on nine, McDowell made his third birdie of the day on No. 10, getting him back to 2-under. McDowell was cruising with six straight pars from No. 11 before tripping to another bogey on No. Authentic Cleveland Browns Jerseys. 17, dropping him back to 11-under for the week. McDowell closed out with a par on the last to end there. No complaints. I enjoyed my round today, said McDowell. Looking forward to the challenge tomorrow and like I said Im in good shape ... I have to just go execute my game plan, see where that leaves me come the decision-making holes 14 and 16 and the back nine tomorrow. Iwata, who shot a weeks best 65 in the second round, started off slow on Saturday with a bogey on No. 2. Iwata finished strong on the front nine, however, as he made three birdies in a four-hole stretch from No. 4. He ended the front nine with a pair of pars, making the turn at 2-under. Like the front nine, Iwata went in the wrong direction to start the back nine with a bogey on 11, but that was his final dropped shot of the day. Iwata finished with birdies on 12, 16 and 18, vaulting him into second place heading into the final day. Kaymer made four birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine to go along with a bogey on No. 15. Watson was up and down all day as he played the front nine at minus-3 with three birdies. A double-bogey on 10 and a bogey on 12 dropped Watson back to even par. Watson made five straight birdies to finish his round on Friday, and he nearly did the same on Saturday as he made four birdies on the final five from 14 to go along with a bogey on No. 17. NOTES: After playing the four par-5s at 3-under on Friday, McDowell was just 1-over with a bogey and three pars on those holes Saturday ... Iwatas only start on either the European or PGA Tours this year was at the British Open, where he missed the cut ... FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel has been having a tough week. A 79 on Saturday dropped him back to 20-over 236. Horschel is 75th out of the 76 remaining players in the field. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Nike Baseball Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Authentic Cheap NHL Jerseys Canada Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China NCAA Jerseys Cheap Nike NHL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Football Jerseys Store Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Jerseys NCAA China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys ' ' '