Juan Agudelo’s first New England appearance could come Saturday

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While we all worry and wonder over Thierry Henry’s possible appearance Saturday at Gillette Stadium outside Boston, there is one other high-profile striker whose possible appearance deserves our concern.

Juan Agudelo has arrived into his new club and could be on the field Saturday as the Red Bulls make the short trip north to meet Jay Heaps’ Revolution.

Goal.com’s Kyle McCarthy said via Twitter that New England’s coaching staff would decide by Saturday morning whether the young striker would be available for Saturday’s home match against the Red Bulls.

Whether it’s Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium or soon after, we can soon get a better look at whether Agudelo’s third MLS stop can shake something loose from a career that was once a fast-risfer, but that has apparently hit a sticking point.

While restrictive MLS policy on releasing trade-attached allocation money always makes assessing these swaps rather tricky, this looks like a decent deal for the Revs.

Agudelo was out of favor at Chivas USA (and pretty much with the national team, too, which is surely attached to his lack of playing time with the club.)

Either way, it’s a better situation for the young forward. (We tend to forget, he’s just 20 years old.) Agudelo just didn’t have the support at Chivas USA. With playmakers behind him at Gillette Stadium (Lee Nguyen and Juan Toja), he’ll have a little more to work with. Those runs and his ability to combine will have better chance of being rewarded.

Between Saer Sene, Jerry Bengston and Agudelo, there will be enough playing time to go around. The Revs’ current pair of strikers are both talented guys, but not overwhelmingly so, meaning Agudelo will have a reasonable chance to elbow his way into the order.

At the very least, it’s a move with little downside. There’s a reasonable enough chance that Agudelo moves into Europe sooner rather than later. But even then, the Revs haven’t lost much during what essentially becomes a lease, with New England presumably retaining his MLS rights.

Europa League Preview: Everton, Milan look to make group stage

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Everton look to make it back into the Europa League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season and it has a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg of its tie.

Ronald Koeman and co. travel to Croatia to face Hadjuk Split Thursday having won the first leg at Goodison Park, 2-0. Everton is coming off a hard-fought draw on Monday with Manchester City and will be on short rest heading into the match.

Elsewhere in Europa League action, AC Milan take its 6-0 aggregate lead to Skopje, Macedonia as the legendary club looks to return to the group stage of a European competition for the first time since 2013-2014.

Here’s a look at all of Thursday’s Europa League matches, with the current aggregate scores:

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League Cup wrap: Southampton, Newcastle knocked out by Championship sides

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Last season, Southampton made it to the EFL Cup final. This year, it’s a different story.

The Saints were bounced by Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at home on Wednesday in the second round of the cup. Joining Southampton of Premier League sides going home early was Newcastle, which lost 3-2 after extra time at home against Nottingham Forest.

Four other Premier League sides did advance to the third round, as Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley all won their fixtures.

Here’s a look at the rest of Wednesday’s EFL Cup action:

Blackburn 0-2 Burnley

Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham

Newcastle 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Southampton 0-2 Wolverhampton

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET