Two late goals from Victor Bernardez leave Real Salt Lake “goonied” at San Jose

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When Luke Mulholland scored his first career goal four minutes into first half stoppage time, Real Salt Lake appeared to have their game in Santa Clara under control. By now, however, we know: Against the Earthquakes, appearances are too untrustworthy to be deceive. A lead in San Jose isn’t a lead at all. It’s a target.

Over Saturday’s final 20 minutes at Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose did what they do best. They hit that target, though this time it wasn’t Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon, or Steven Lenhart – the trio we’re used to see convert penalty into Earthquakes results. Tonight’s Goonie came out of defense, with Honduran international Victor Bernardez scoring in the 75th and 95th minutes to give San Jose a 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Saturday’s result would have been ridiculous if wasn’t so utterly predictable see it coming. With the fifth minute of extra time reaching its final moments, San Jose’s attackers sent a pair of crosses bouncing off the Real Salt Lake players that’d crowded into Nick Rimando’s six-yard box. When one of their attempts bounced out to Bernandez (standing just outside the six-yard box), you couldn’t help but look to the back to the net before the defender even struck his shot. Within microseconds, a ball fired into the left of goal flexed Nick Rimando’s net, giving San Jose a typical, improbable draw.

(MORE: This save from Nick Rimando is proof: RSL’s veteran keeper is deep in ‘The Zone’)

Very early on, the night looked headed for a better fate, with Wondolowski’s 80th career MLS goal beating Rimando in the sixth minute. For the rest of the half, however, it was all RSL, with Kyle Beckerman, Joao Plata, and Mulholland staking the visitors to a two-goal lead at halftime. Beckerman’s goal was particularly noteworthy, with the U.S. international pulling back Wondolowski’s opener with a left-footed blast from well above the arch.

Two years ago, as the Earthquakes began their ascend toward a Supporters’ Shield, San Jose also got two late goals against Real Salt Lake, taking advantage of a nine-man team with stoppage time tallies from Simon Dawkins and Wondolowski. Tonight’s goals gave San Jose one point instead of the three they earned that day, but the result still carried the spirit of that magical, inexplicable 2012 campaign. To this date, does anybody really know how San Jose won the Supporters’ Shield?

Between Saturday night and Tuesday’s comeback against Toluca, San Jose has starting its season with two more Goonie moments. And against two of the toughest opponents it will face this season, San Jose also has two draws. We may not be able to explain why San Jose has so such success near the final whistle, but we know it when we see it.

Why PSG’s Alexis, Neymar pursuit fits in a (relatively) smart space

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Paris Saint-Germain’s run of four Ligue 1 titles ended last season, a campaign which also saw exciting league-winners Monaco go two rounds further into the UEFA Champions League.

Monaco looks set for a step back this season, with Bernardo Silva off to Man City and Tiemoue Bakayoko signing for Chelsea. Kylian Mbappe could join Monaco’s list of departures, and reports say Man City had a bid accepted for Benjamin Mendy.

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While Monaco is loading up on young talent again, PSG clearly sees its chance to surge back into the title seat and Les Parisiens may just make themselves European favorites as well if they can pry Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and Neymar from Barcelona.

That would be a South American trident nearly as potent as the one Neymar current shares with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi at Barcelona, and the Brazilian would not be second or third fiddle.

PSG has so far been relatively quiet this summer, with the addition of Dani Alves the lone new buy. Aside from money, how was Alves lured to Paris over Man City and a reunion with Pep Guardiola? The idea of a reunion with Neymar and several Brazilian mates — Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura — may’ve been enough and surely that conversation would’ve happened between the two Barca stars.

The French side has to make a big chance at some point soon, unless they’ve been able to unload their money bags and actually buy a fountain of youth. Thiago Motta is 34, Blaise Matuidi 30, Silva 32, and Edinson Cavani 30.

It’s calculated aggression from PSG to splash cash in hopes of rivaling Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barca in pursuit of the UCL title. The Neymar move weakens one of those rivals. If Marco Verratti isn’t part of a swap deal, the signings of Sanchez and Neymar would meet the Italian star’s ambitions well up the road.

De Boer: West Brom was out to injure Palace star Zaha

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No shrinking violet, new Crystal Palace boss Frank De Boer was left fuming at West Bromwich Albion players following the PL Asia Trophy third place match on Saturday in Hong Kong.

While the focus could’ve been on Luka Milivojevic‘s gorgeous free kick (watch here), De Boer couldn’t get past the hard fouls aimed at his key attacker.

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West Brom gave away the free kick that led to the aforementioned goal by chopping down Zaha, and the foul was not an isolated incident.

From the BBC:

“They were looking for him, to injure him,” said De Boer.

“He’s one of the exciting players in the league. I don’t want to think he’d be out for two weeks or months.”

De Boer is no stranger to rough play, so this is not coming from a soft place. We doubt it’s going to change anything from Tony Pulis‘ men, though.

Chelsea hammers Arsenal 3-0 in Beijing (video)

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Chelsea struck twice early and Michy Batshuayi put the cherry on top as the Premier League champions cruised past Arsenal 3-0 in Beijing on Saturday.

The Blues started a lineup they’d use on any occasion in the PL, while Arsenal had unproven prospects Cohen Bramall and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the XI.

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Willian‘s quick goal put the Blues up 1-0 at the Bird’s Nest, and Batshuayi scored the second and third. Both were pretty classy, especially the second.

Marcos Alonso did the lion’s share of the work to produce the second chance for Batshuayi, who is threatening to carry over his fine late season form to this campaign. What a smash.

Coutinho rocket helps LFC to PL Asia Trophy (video)

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Goals from Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool come back from an early deficit to win the PL Asia Trophy on Saturday in Hong Kong.

Islam Slimani gave Leicester City an early lead in front of a heavy pro-Liverpool crowd at Hong Kong Stadium, but Coutinho delivered the goods on both goals in a 2-1 win.

The tournament win is Liverpool’s first in its second trip to the PL Asia Trophy Final.

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First he crossed for Salah to head home, and then he scored the above goal by cutting in from the left and lashing a shot past a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.

We’ve seen this one before from Coutinho, just not on this particular continent. The Brazilian remains a Barcelona target, but looks prepared for the season in whatever land he sets foot.