Highlights and context: Landon Donovan posts fourth career hat trick, but Galaxy can’t hold on

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Six goals. Five after the 45th minute. Three equalizers. A legend’s explosion, an assistant referee’s horrible night, and the continuing frailty of the two-time defending champions. This match had a little of everything, and as it concerns Landon Donovan goals and blown offside calls, it had a lot.

FC Dallas and LA Galaxy played to a 3-3 draw Sunday night, a result that leaves each team outside the Western Conference’s playoff spot. But in a game that saw both teams trail and each side have to fight back, the point could be see as a good thing for both. Los Angeles made a mid-summer trip to Dallas and came away with a result – an objectively decent result. FCD was able to counter a Landon Donovan hat trick, something that would normally put Bruce Arena’s team in the win column.

And this wasn’t one of those hat tricks players sometimes stumble onto. A defense-splitting run in first half stoppage time allowed Donovan to convert a Robbie Keane ball behind Dallas’s high line. His first time blast from inside the arc doubled his haul in the 73rd minute, while a marksman’s finish into the bottom right-hand corner completed his hat trick nine minutes later. If this were radio, the morning drive producer would have used the NBA Jam “He’s on fire” drop.

Ultimately, a couple of terrible calls and LA’s season-long foibles cancelled out Donovan’s hat trick. Matt Hedges opened the scoring from some pretty basic corner kick execution. In the second half, a restart saw LA’s defense exploited again, though the assistant referee’s flag should have end up for offside. And four minutes after Donovan’s third goal, more poor defending and assistant referee mistakes helped Dallas pull even.

The linesman has to be better with the calls on Dallas’s last two goals (below). There’s just no excuse for missing calls off a restart. At the same time, LA has to be better at defending these situations, from the goalkeeper forward.

Once that problem gets solved, you’d think LA’s tendency to give away late goals also disappears. They’ve got to solve this anti-Goonies thing at some point.

Landon’s goals are up top. Dallas’s goals? Right here:

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Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.