Lucas Torreira’s dad reveals he almost moved to Napoli prior to Arsenal switch

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Comment Lucas Torreira’s dad reveals he almost moved to Napoli prior to Arsenal switch Advertisementcenter_img Lucas Torreira almost joined Napoli in the summer according to his father (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira’s father has revealed that his son was close to joining Napoli last summer only to end up signing for Arsenal instead.Arsenal will face Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals next month and the Uruguayan is likely to be a prominent player in the tie having emerged as a key player for Unai Emery’s side since making a £22m move from Sampdoria after the World Cup.Torreira’s all-action displays in the middle of Arsenal’s midfield has endeared him to the club’s supporters while he has also popped up with the odd important goal including in the 4-2 win over Spurs in the north London derby back in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, according to his dad Ricardo, he almost stayed in Italy rather than moving to London as a deal with Napoli was ‘very close’.ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to Radio Marte, Torreira senior said: ‘It’s true, Lucas was very close to Napoli. There were negotiations with Napoli, but something strange happened, and you know in the transfer market things can change from one moment to the next.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Negotiations are long and complicated processes, so it can happen than they don’t go the way we expected. There was this opportunity to go to England and Lucas took it, so I have to say he is happy at Arsenal.‘Obviously, Lucas is very fond of Italian football, where he grew up, and might return to Italy in future. You can never say never, so it’s possible he could come back to this marvellous country and, why not to Napoli or another club that makes an offer?’Torreira started his professional career in Italy with Pescara whom he joined from Montevideo Wanderers in his homeland before moving to Sampdoria in 2015. The 23-year-old spent a season on loan at Pescara before establishing himself at Sampdoria in the 2016-17 season.Napoli are regarded as slight favourites to triumph over Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals after dropping down from the Champions League while they are currently second only to Juventus in the Serie A table.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Clutch hitting helps USC take two of three from Cal

first_imgCall it walk-off weekend for USC baseball.In their three-game homestand against California, the Trojans (19-10, 5-6) walked off against the Golden Bears (17-12, 2-7) on Friday and Saturday to win the series after dropping the opener Thursday.All three games were decided in the ninth inning. On Saturday, it was freshman pinch-hitter Garrett Stubb’s walk-off walk with two outs in the ninth that gave the Trojans a 3-2 win.Down to the wire · In the Trojans’ three-game series with California, each was decided in the ninth inning. In Saturday’s contest, freshman catcher Garrett Stubbs (above) walked with the bases loaded to give USC a 3-2 win. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Trojans held a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but the Trojan bullpen blew its second save of the series, allowing the Bears to tie the game. Senior right fielder Alex Sherrod led off the bottom of the inning with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. After an intentional walk, a groundout advanced the runners to second and third. With two outs, freshman left fielder Dante Flores was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up the force out at any base. But that left no room for error with Stubbs, who walked on five pitches to win the game.It was the Trojans’ second walk-off win in as many nights. After being blanked for 8 2/3 innings Friday, sophomore second baseman James Roberts’ two-on, two-out, two-strike, walk-off single gave the Trojans a thrilling 2-1 win.“It just felt good to be that guy,” Roberts said. “Before I even hit the ball I knew it was my time. I had to get this for the team.”It looked as if the Trojans would squander another phenomenal pitching performance by senior ace Andrew Triggs, who went the distance, allowing only one run on six hits in a complete game, striking out eight and walking three.“Andrew was spectacular,” USC coach Frank Cruz said. “He was fabulous. He was able to get out of some jams, which was really impressive. In that eighth inning, that was huge when he got out of that jam.”The Bears put two on with two outs in the eighth, but even having thrown 105 pitches, Triggs was still able to get out of the inning unscathed. He needed just seven to finish off his ninth inning at 112 total for the night.“Triggs pitched his butt off and we rewarded him with a win,” Roberts said. “Based on how he’s pitched this whole year, he hasn’t gotten much run support, so we needed that for him.”Triggs’ lone blemish came in the sixth inning, when the Bears scraped together a run with a pair of singles and a pair of sacrifices. Meanwhile, Triggs’ counterpart, Matt Flemer, took a perfect game into the fifth inning and left after 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball.But senior first baseman Matt Foat led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. He was pinch-run for by the fastest guy on the team, sophomore outfielder Omar Cotto Lozada, who was bunted to second. After sophomore third baseman Kevin Swick was hit by a pitch, a sacrifice fly allowed Cotto Lozada to move to third. Swick then stole second and was pinch-run for by senior outfielder Garret Houts. With two down, it was all up to Roberts, who singled through the hole at shortstop to score the tying and winning runs.“This year has been the walk-off hit year so far,” said Roberts. “The ninth inning has pretty much been our inning.”The thrilling nature of the Trojans’ wins was welcome given the nature of Thursday night’s loss. Up 4-0 after five and two-thirds shutout innings by freshman Stephen Tarpley, the Trojan bullpen gave up two in the sixth, one in the seventh and two in the ninth; a crushing 5-4 defeat.“There’s the ecstasy, there’s the agony of defeat,” said Cruz in summation of the weekend. “We know this group will compete. And that’s just what they did.”last_img read more

Syracuse gets caught ‘puck watching’ in 5-1 loss to No. 9 Northeastern

first_img Published on October 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edu After outshooting Northeastern by six and earning a power play in the first 11-and-a-half minutes, Syracuse gave up two goals in 41 seconds.Those two goals opened the way for three more by the No. 9 Huskies, as the Orange fell 5-1, on Friday night. Though the final 5-1 score suggests a dominant offensive performance by Northeastern, it was the Syracuse’s failure to communicate which led to the defense’s struggles. Despite being outshot by seven, the Huskies scored jumped out to an early five-goal run, three of which came on power play goals, exploiting Syracuse’s defense that seemed largely out of sync.“It just looked like the people without the puck were just watching the person with the puck,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “And we just weren’t communicating.”The team was quick to address this issue after the game in preparation for the series finale on Saturday. Flanagan stressed audible communication and said he would like to see more reacting to plays occurring on the ice instead of what the team refers to ask, “puck watching.”The Orange began the game aggressively on both ends, peppering the Northeastern defense with a multitude of shots on goal. It was not until the 11:34 mark of the first period that led to a change in play when Syracuse allowed two goals in 41 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We looked out of sync, we had players running into each other” Flanagan said, “We need to be more consistent on the ice.”The lone scorer for the Orange, Victoria Klimek, says the Orange needs to focus on learning the system and communicating better to avoid looking out of sync and eliminating any miscommunications.“Communicating with each other is big,” said Klimke, “and knowing where we’re supposed to be at all times.”The Orange showed flashes of defensive excellence in the second period. Counter attacks were put to rest and the defense helped push the tempo up the ice. But miscommunications and the early two goals flipped a switch for Northeastern, as it took over the game.The team said working on finding one another in the right spots and communicating more consistently on the ice could lead to a change.“We need to have a short-term memory, and we’ve got to learn from it. There is a lot of things to correct,” Flanagan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more