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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Daily Mail

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath is to train with Everton for three weeks.

The USA Under 20 international had a similar spell at Goodison last year and David Moyes will review his progress after he works alongside fellow countryman Tim Howard.

At 21, MacMath is rated as one of his country's hottest footballing prospects.

He was the star man when Aston Villa played in the Union during a summer tour of the States, pulling of a series of impressive saves highlighting his ability.

In a similar agreement, striker Cristhian Hernandez will join Real Sociedad.

A statement on the club website said: "Goalkeeper Zac MacMath and forward Cristhian Hernandez will continue to hone their skills in the off-season with European clubs in England's Premier League and Spain's La Liga.

'MacMath and Hernandez will depart today for three-week training stints with Everton and Real Sociedad respectively.'

The Echo

EVERTON are better than title-chasing Manchester rivals United and City, according to Fulham’s German defender Sascha Riether.
The full-back reckons the Blues are the best side he has faced in England since signing a season-long loan from German club FC Koln in the summer.
Fulham lost to both Manchester giants earlier in the season while grabbing a point on Saturday at Craven Cottage, but nevertheless the 29-year-old was highly impressed.

He said: “We played against a very good team.
"We were lucky but that’s football.
"I’m told Everton had 27 shots which is a lot so we’ll have to work on that.
“I can understand why Everton are disappointed. They’re the best team we’ve played this season. We had to fight until the end and we did it.”

Everton’s recent costly habit of conceding early goals this season continued on Saturday when Bryan Ruiz’s seventh-minute free-kick went in off Tim Howard, but Everton dominated after as Marouane Fellaini bagged a brace.
It looked like the Blues had done enough to win all three points until Riether’s cross was missed by Dimitar Berbatov but bundled home by substitute Steve Sidwell.
“I saw Dimitar and crossed but then Sidwell knocked it in,” said Riether, who joined manager Martin Jol in singing Everton’s praises after the contest.
"But it didn’t matter who scored.
"We needed a goal in the last minute so we’re happy.
“In football you always have to be positive.
"In the last games we’ve conceded goals in the last few minutes but we always know we can score and we’d get a chance because we’ve got quality all over the pitch.
"It was important that we didn’t lose.”

The Echo

EVERTON captain Phil Neville enjoyed a training session with young people as part of the anti-racism Kick It Out campaign.
Phil talked to the students about his experiences and what to do if they witness discrimination as part of an anti-racism workshop.
The Blues skipper, who has been vocal about his passion for kicking discrimination out of football and the wider community, visited University Academy Liverpool in Toxteth.
He also took part in a coaching session with students to show Everton’s commitment to promoting equality in sport.

Phil said: “Quite simply, there is no place for any form of abuse or discrimination in football.
“We have a responsibility to keep supporting the Kick It Out campaign.”

The Echo

ALAN Stubbs hailed the resilience of his Everton U-21 side after they hung on to beat West Brom 2-1 on Sunday.
The Blues were not at their best but goals either side of half-time from Matthew Kennedy and Hallam Hope were still enough to see them leapfrog their opponents and go fifth in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League National Group 1.
The win means Everton remain in the hunt for a play-off spot with just four games remaining.
“We did okay but I thought West Brom had the lion’s share of the possession, he said. “At times our lads at the back defended their 18-yard line really well and got some vital blocks in but performance-wise we’ve been better.
“They stuck at it and they got a result and it’s good if you can do that. They understand that when they’re not playing well they have to stay in the game.”
Stubbs was particularly impressed by 18-year-old winger Kennedy, a summer signing from Kilmarnock.
“Matthew scored a great first goal and he had a massive part in the second goal and they were probably the two bright points in the game.
“He’s done well since he’s come in. We want to keep his feet firmly on the ground but we’ve been happy with what he’s done and we’re hoping that he keeps progressing.”
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The Post

PHIL NEVILLE believes Everton must regain their cutting edge or become in danger of being reliant on Nikica Jelavic for goals.
In what skipper Neville believes was their best performance of the season, David Moyes’s side frittered a number of chances as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage at the weekend.
It was fourth successive Premier League stalemate for Everton, following similar scorelines against Wigan Athletic and Liverpool and a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers.
Despite four goals in 10 games this season, Jelavic has struggled to match the explosive opening to his Goodison career on arriving from Rangers in January.
And Neville has urged the Croatia international’s team-mates to help ease the goalscoring burden.

“The Fulham game was probably the best we’ve played all season, maybe the best we’ve played since January,” said the 35-year-old.
“We went to Fulham and totally dominated the game, we had all the possession, we had all the quality and they had nothing, probably two shots on goal, and scored two goals.
“I think we created maybe six or seven chances where maybe if we’d been a bit more clinical we’d have come out probably 7-2 winners. That’s how if felt playing.
“We just need to be a little bit more ruthless, not totally dependant on Jelavic scoring all the time and chip in with goals from centre midfield, wide areas and at the back. It’s up to us all to do it.”
Results elsewhere meant Everton moved back into the Champions League qualification places in fourth place ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
But Neville admits the Goodison outfit should be a lot nearer to front-runners Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
“Drawing is our Achilles heel at the moment and we need to win these games,” he added. “But we’ve got to take confidence from the performance – it was outstanding.

“We’re playing full of confidence and with movement and teams are finding it hard to play against us.”

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