Yes, Philadelphia’s young center back Amobi Okugo scored the Union’s opening goal in Sunday’s snow-delayed contest in Colorado. And it was a swell header, wasn’t it – very nearly of the “towering” variety.
But it was Okugo’s work at the other end of his team’s huge 2-1 road win that really counted, that elevated the young Union defender beyond just local Man of the Match talk.
Everyone keeps talking about whether Okugo will be better as a defensive midfielder one day, and it’s a fair question to ask. But meanwhile, he keeps reminding everyone that this center back thing is something he can be pretty good at, too.
Okugo’s timing the tackle, his reading of the game and his smooth passing form the back all helped keep the Rapids mostly in check; Colorado bossed the midfield, but getting past Okugo was something else entirely.
Aigner has the resume to succeed and perhaps star in MLS, especially if he wasn’t slowed too much by a knee injury last season (He returned and produced at the 2.Bundesliga level).
Here’s what Rapids interim general manager Padraig Smith said:
“We’re excited to add a player of Stefan’s caliber to our roster for the next three-and-a-half years,” said Smith. “As an organization we are committed to fielding a forward-thinking side and bringing in Stefan – a technical and versatile player who can excel in multiple attacking roles – will help us achieve that vision.”
American backstop Ethan Horvath was under siege at home, but his Club Brugge side overcame throwing away a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-3 draw with İstanbul Başakşehir. The three road goals will give the Turkish visitors every reason to feel good about the Aug. 2 second leg.
Celtic 0-0 Rosenborg
Brendan Rodgers‘ Scottish champions outshot the visitors 12-8, but couldn’t find a way into the goal. Now the Bhoys will have to score in Norway to advance to the next round.
Nice 1-1 Ajax
Mario Balotelli‘s 32nd minute staked Nice to a halftime lead, but the UEFA Europa League finalists snared an away goal through Donny van de Beek to send Ajax back to Holland with a slim advantage.
The Turkish Football Federation statement said Terim, 63, and the federation agreed that “it would be healthier for both sides to part ways,” saying non-football related issues were harming both Terim and the federation.
It also thanked Terim, who has headed the national team since 2013, for his services.
Terim previously managed Galatasaray, Milan and Fiorentina. There was no word on who would replace him.
BVB mid Merino reportedly undergoing Newcastle medical