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Philadelphia can’t score anymore. And where does that leave the club’s MLS playoff chances? (video)

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The rate of scoring has gone bust around PPL Park along the Delaware River, and all that missing offense is about to leave the Union’s playoff chances all wet.

John Hackworth’s team has one goal in its last five matches, and just five in its last nine. Those totals include the latest damage to Philly’s once once-promising playoff chances, a 1-0 loss in suburban Philadelphia to the Houston Dynamo.

It was the double-whammy, too, as Houston lapped the Union in the Eastern Conference standings by taking all three points out of PPL Park. Ricardo Clark’s second half goal – off a restart … remember when the Houston Dynamo used to score on those with far greater regularity – was enough as the Dynamo collected a huge road result, making the Dynamo a respectable 4-7-4 away from BBVA Compass Stadium this year.

Here’s the deal on Philadelphia’s offense: it was always a little shapeless. Hackworth’s team could grind out results, a lot having to do with two streaky strikers. Earlier this year, Jack McInerney would get a goal for doing nothing more than falling out of bed in the morning. Or so it seemed.

As his big, early run dried up, Conor Casey (pictured) stepped up, and he filled up the Union mid-summer matches with important goals. But both players have cooled significantly; both missed wide or high on quality chances tonight, especially as new midfielder Fabinho provided a stream of tidy service from the left.

The Union, tied for second place in the East in early July, are not in the playoffs at the moment. And they won’t be unless the rate of scoring rises dramatically.


How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).