Full highlights from Portland’s win over San Jose

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Emotions are high and athletes are competitive. So things will be said to each other and to referees that may defy logic or reason.

Still, that’s really no excuse for simply not knowing the rules and how they are generally applied.

As you watch the full NBC Sports Network highlights (at the bottom of this post) from last night’s late 1-0 Timbers win at Jeld-Wen Field, check out how many times the Earthquakes are protesting calls that are clearly correct.

Alan Gordon argues about his first-half yellow even though his sliding challenge was way late, way too high and quite dangerous. This is a textbook cautionable offense.

(MORE: San Jose didn’t know the rules here, either, in an unusual Round 6 incident)

Later, Gordon gets his second booking (and subsequent ejection) when he gets his elbow up too high and too aggressively while jumping into Timbers defender Mikael Sivestre. Sivestre is left with a bloody mouth; Gordon and the Earthquakes cannot seem to understand.

There was also an incident where Gordon clearly doesn’t remember two MLS players getting suspended for homophobic clurs.

(MORE: Gordon offers apology for homophobic slur)

Later, Ramiro Corrales cuts down Portland’s Kalif Alhassan. It’s a clear foul, and anyone who argues it simply does not understand the rules. (Corrales certainly does; in watching the video later, the respected veteran would surely cop to his offense and agree that this is a foul.)

That violation turned into Will Johnson’s game-winning free kick strike.

By the way, the San Jose players gathered around referee Hilario Grajeda – that became a big no-no when Major League Soccer issued a preseason emphasis on this very issue, which the league has termed “mass confrontation.”

On this subject, I have frequently lamented the “It’s my first foul!” cry when players are presented with a yellow card; There is absolutely nothing in the rules about “first fouls” and how they should affect a referee’s decision on cautions or ejections. (San Jose was not guilty of this one Sunday, at least. Not that I know of.)

Here are the full NBC Sports Network highlight package:

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2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)

Report: Man City adding Mendy to continue backline restoration

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Fresh off of completing a record deal to help bolster the club’s back line this summer, Manchester City is back at it with the Premier League season looming.

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The Citizens are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy to yet another world-record fee — which will total over $67 million.

Confirmation of the deal has yet to be announced by either team, but L’Equipe is reporting that the Citizens are hot on the 23-year-old’s trail in adding to their pricy back four.

Manager Pep Guardiola and Man City have not been shy readjusting their defensive unit over the past year, adding expensive first-team choices John Stones and Kyle Walker.