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Highlights and context: Another mid-week game, another offside goal as Manchester United draws West Ham

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Last week, two offside goals cancelled out in Dortmund, but we were left wondering what the goal line officials were doing when they allowed Eliseu and Felipe Santana’s goals to stand. If the extra officials can’t help with the hard calls, it’s worth questioning their value.

There were no goal line officials today at Upton Park, and given the nature of this one, they shouldn’t have been needed. When Shinji Kagawa turns and hits his shot from 18 yards out, Robin Van Persie is in an offside position. When he becomes a factor in the play, it became an infraction, one that should have been relatively easy to spot. Unfortunately for West Ham, the flag stayed down, and Manchester United got some help on their way to a draw.

source:  These borderline calls go against teams often enough, it’s not worth making a huge deal out of them. They’re noteworthy, they’re talking points, but they’re also events managers know are bound to occur. You have to prepare your team to adjust to a myriad circumstances, and while most of those are created by your opponents, others come from the viables around the game. Today, one of those variables went against West Ham. They’re neither the first nor the last squad to be asked to overcome a bad call.

But the non-call does have another deleterious effect: We’re talking about it instead of three very good goals. West Ham opened the scoring with a great team goal from Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll and (the scorer) Ricardo Vaz Te. Shinji Kagawa’s work made life easy for Antonio Valencia, while Mohamed Diame’s curling left-footer used the congestion in penalty area to prevent David de Gea from reacting to the ball.

Here are the highlights, courtesy of FOX Soccer.

Bayern, Germany legend Gerd Muller suffering from Alzheimer’s

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY  01:  Gerd Muller during a media event discussing the Golden Boot comptetition in the FIFA 2010 World Cup held at the adidas Jo'bulani Central in Sandton Convention Centre on July 1, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Getty Images for adidas)
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Bayern Munich has confirmed that legendary goalscorer Gerd Muller is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Muller’s 70th birthday is in November, and the club published a statement that no celebrations would be held due to his ongoing treatment.

One of the greatest strikers to ever play the game, Muller scored 525 goals during his 15-years with Bayern, the most in club history. Karl Heinze-Rummenigge is Bayern’s second leading goalscorer with 218 goals.

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Rummenigge currently serves as the club’s director, and spoke about Muller’s legacy.

Gerd Müller is one of the all-time greats of world football. Without his goals, Bayern Munich and German football would not be what it is today.

There will probably never be another goalscorer like Gerd, yet despite all his successes, he was always very humble and reserved, which particularly impressed me.

He was a fantastic team-mate and is a friend. Gerd will always enjoy a place in the Bayern family.

After he ended his playing career, he brought his experience as a coach of youngsters to the club, helping define the likes of world champions Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, and we are also grateful to him for this.

Muller won the Golden Boot at the 1970 World Cup with ten goals, helping West Germany to a third-place finish. That same year he won the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, and helped the West German team capture the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.

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He is one of the top scorers in German national team history with 68 goals, second only to Miroslav Klose’s 71. However, Muller reached 68 goals in just 62 caps, while it took Klose 137 appearances to reach his mark. His 14 World Cup goals are third all-time to Klose (16) and Ronaldo (14).

Watch Live: USA looks to stay perfect against Panama

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 01:  The starting lineup from USA poses prior to the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match against Canada at Sporting Park on October 1, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The United States U-23 team has gotten off to a great start in Olympic qualifying, winning their opening two matches by a combined score of 9-2.

Already into the semifinals, the U.S. faces Panama tonight in Colorado for a chance to stay perfect in Group A play. The U.S. needs a draw or a win to lock up the top spot in the group.

UPDATE: Due to Canada’s 2-2 draw against Cuba, the U.S. has clinched first place in Group A. 

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One of the keys to the United States’ success has been balance, as the team has nine goals from seven different players. Andreas Herzog’s side has also gotten off to quick starts in both matches, as Jordan Morris scored in the opening minute of play in a 3-1 win over Canada. Against Cuba, the U.S. had a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

You can watch the match live on NBC Universo, or online by clicking the link below.

Group A — USA vs. Panama

When: 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Live Stream: Telemundo