ProSoccerTalk’s weekly MLS rankings (in two parts)

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Here are Nos. 11-19 of ProSoccerTalk’s weekly countdown following seven rounds of regular season play.

(Nos. 1-10 are on deck …so check back)

19. Seattle Sounders – The hits just keep coming for beleaguered Sounders fans: on the same night they drop points in a scoreless draw at home against New England, supporters discover that popular midfielder Osvaldo Alonso looks quite unlikely to ever suit up for the U.S. national team. Hard times, man. Hard times.

18. Chicago Fire – A loss in Houston wouldn’t be so hard on Frank Klopas’ team – everybody loses in Houston. But when piled onto the rest of the misery that has been Chicago’s 2013 season (just four points in five matches, tied for last in the East) it adds critically to the instability around Toyota Park. At least Chris Rolfe broke the seal, smashing in his first goal of 2013.

17. D.C. United – United needs scoring. United needs a striker. That is all. (Well, and they need to get Dwayne De Rosario healthy and sharp, too.)

16. New England Revolution – They may not have gone into Seattle looking for a scoreless draw, but Jay Heaps’ and Co. are probably happy enough with the result. Once again we say it: the Revs’ defense looks to be in fine shape, but one goal over five matches is not going to work.

15. Toronto FC – Robert Earnshaw (pictured) is king of the breakaway! Through serendipity or  skillful instinct (or, most likely, a combination of both) the Welshman keeps finding himself behind defense. He did once again in a 1-1 draw at Philly; Earnshaw shares the league lead with five goals.

14. Colorado Rapids – Two wins in a row for Oscar Pareja’s team (still quite depleted through injury) have the Rapids in a much better place than when they limped sadly into April. A visit this weekend by reeling Seattle puts the Rapids in a good spot to climb even further in the standings.

13. Philadelphia Union – Jack McInerney scored late to prevent a loss to Toronto at PPL Park, but that may be a bit misleading. Philadelphia was dominant in this one; it took an MLS Player of the Week performance from opposition goalkeeper Joe Bendik to keep “Jack Mac” and his PPL Park teammates off the board for 90-plus minutes.

12. San Jose Earthquakes – Sometimes all the fight and emotion works for San Jose. Sometimes the ‘Quakes just take it all too far – which we saw in the team’s 1-0 loss at Portland. On another day, they could have had a couple of players thrown out rather than just one. Frank Yallop’s side looks frustrated.

11. Portland Timbers – A lively debate broke out at Stumptown Footy over Man of the Match in the Timbers’ exciting, eventful late 1-0 win over San Jose.  Will Johnson (late goal, another big and busy match in Portland’s midfield) had a good case. But so did Mikael Silvestre, who dealt admirably with all that San Jose offensive muscle and might.

VIDEO: Christian Pulisic scores Dortmund’s first goal of the season

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The kid just can’t help himself, can he?

Christian Pulisc, still just 18 years old, scored Borussia Dortmund’s opening goal of their Bundesliga campaign at Wolfsburg.

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The U.S. national team star picked up the ball on the edge of the box and smashed home across goal, hitting the far post before the ball hit the back of the net.

Take a look at the video below to see the Pennsylvanian playmaker strutting his stuff for Dortmund.

Who needs Ousmane Dembele anyway?

Jose Mourinho: Man United “let the horses run freely”

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This season we will get used to seeing Jose Mourinho nodding his head in approval as it looks like he has a nasty smell under his nose.

[ VIDEO: United destroy Swansea

The Portuguese coach is feeling his Manchester United team, and rightly so, and images before the game show him pretending to smoke a cigar as he laughed and joked with Swansea boss Paul Clement.

Mourinho watched on as his side won 4-0 for the second-straight game to open the 2017-18 Premier League season, with a flurry of late goals in a three minute and 41 second spell doing the damage.

Speaking after the game Mourinho to BBC, the Red Devils boss is happy to let his side roam free after they dominated the game.

“During almost 90 minutes, I don’t say 90 because there was a moment when they had a chance and we lost a little bit the confidence,” Mourinho said. “They were waiting with class, calm and consistency for the moment to kill the game. Swansea played with five in the back and they had a moment when they felt they had to change and when they did we had more space and killed the game.

“I felt in control, if you had a chance to look at me and my body language I think you could see that. Football is football and when you make a mistake you can concede so I never felt totally relaxed. I had players on the bench who could help me. Happiness in our play. It happened to me so much with my teams, you winning 1-0 and you can can concede. There was no need to close the door, just let the horses run freely.”

One of those horses who galloped gallantly was Paul Pogba who dinked home a wonderful goal late on to make it 3-0 and he put in a dominant display with Romelu Lukaku (four goals in three official games for United) and Anthony Martial also scoring and Marcus Rashford once again impressing.

“We had a very good result. 4-0 again. We carry on this road. We want this and we have to carry on like this,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “We are more confident and we know each other more. First year you have the first year for the manager, you have to train the team, it is not easy but we still won trophies. This season we are more confident and we know the team very well. Everyone knows each other and we work for each other and that is easier for us.”

Henrik Mkhitaryan, who was named the man of the match with two assists late on, believes United are now getting some more luck after they drew plenty of games they should have won last season.

“The team spirit, that’s what we need. Of course we had it last year but now we have a little bit of luck where we are scoring the chances we are creating. We started very well and most important we keep doing the same,” Mkhitaryan added.

VIDEO: Man United score three in less than four minutes

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It took 3 minutes and 41 seconds for Manchester United to totally destroy Swansea City.

Leading 1-0 at Swansea as they entered the final 10 minutes, Jose Mourinho’s side were always in control.

Then they exploded into life.

[ RECAP – United batter Swansea 4-0

Henrikh Mkhitaryan set up Romelu Lukaku (he has three goals in his first two Premier League games for United) and Paul Pogba in a few moments, watch their goals in the video above, then Anthony Martial finished things off with a fine goal.

Click play on the video below to see Martial score for the second-straight game off the bench.

Watch Live: Five Premier League games at 10am ET

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Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and you can watch them all live online.

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Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield, Southampton and West Ham clash at St Mary’s, new boys Brighton travel to Leicester, while Bournemouth host Watford and West Brom head to Burnley.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

You can also access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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The schedule for all five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. West Brom – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bounemouth vs. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Brighton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Southampton vs. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]