Dwayne De Rosario

D.C. United cannot catch a break

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Fresh of a huge win – one that might not ordinarily reach “huge” status, but does in season gone sideways, where measures of success must surely be recalibrated – there are fresh concerns to deal with.

Foremost is the concussion injury to Chris Pontius, who will apparently miss Saturday’s home match with Toronto FC. Defenders Ethan White and James Riley are also out. Defender Dejan Jakovic and midfielder Kyle Porter are questionable, all as reported by The Washington Post’s Steven Goff.

Jakovic, a starting center back, would be the most significant loss. We could debate the impact of missing Pontius, a talented midfielder-forward who is having a wickedly tough go of it this season.

Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup win was good and bad news. The “good” was achieving some relief from the lack of success; the team is still riding that 12-game winless streak.  And Dwayne De Rosario’s breakout, a hat trick in the club’s 3-1 win over Philadelphia, propelling the team into the tournament quarterfinals, will put a smile on every La Bara Brava man and woman.

But even that come with this bit of temperance: “De Ro” is 35, and you have to wonder how quickly he’ll recover, how much he will have for Saturday’s critical contest against Toronto. Same for the rest of the club; Toronto will come in far more fresh, playing in its first match in 14 days.

EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]

England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.