Javier Morales improving, Nick Rimando fine ahead of Real Salt Lake’s Saturday visit from LA Galaxy

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When you consider Real Salt Lake were without Javier Morales and Chris Schuler Saturday in Santa Clara, the point they took from the Earthquakes looks like an even better result. Of course, the Western Conference champions were up two at half-time, meaning their eventual 3-3 draw could be seen as points lost. Against a team that’s now won 20 straight at Buck Shaw, however, a slightly short-handed RSL should be content with its result.

This weekend, however, Jeff Cassar’s team will expect full points when the LA Galaxy visit Rio Tinto (4:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN), a game that should see Morales back at full strength. After sitting out Saturday’s game with back problems, the Argentine creator has declared himself fit. The rest is up to Cassar.

“I’m feeling good and I’ll be ready, so you’ll have to ask the coach,” Morales joked on Thursday, speaking to the Salt Lake media assembled after practice (as reported by Chris Kamrani). The 34-year-old midfielder played 78 minutes in RSL’s season-opening win at LA before being left out of Cassar’s 18 in San Jose.

Schuler has yet to make RSL’s bench this season, with the nominal first choice center back still recovering from offseason ankle surgery. Though Cassar said the 26-year-old is “getting healthier everyday,” all indications are he’ll join Sebastian Velazquez (hamstring) out of the team this week. Aaron Maund, however, the defender who has slid into Schuler’s spot along side Nat Borchers, looks set to resume his place in the starting XI as he recovers from a recent knock.

RSL’s other major fitness concern, a potential back injury to Nick Rimando, turned out to be no concern at all. The U.S. international appeared to tweak his lower back while making that remarkable reflex save on Chris Wondolowski last weekend. According to the veteran keeper, the soreness he expected to experience Sunday morning never materialized. Per Kamrani’s timeline, Rimando “felt great” the day after RSL’s draw at Buck Shaw.

It leaves Real Salt Lake as healthy as they could have expected ahead of Saturday’s game. Velasquez was always a long shot, while Schuler’s progress is being managed with care. With Morales, Rimando, and Maund apparently fine, Cassar has close to his full team available for their rematch with LA.

Bartra error emphasizes Dortmund’s latest Bundesliga woes

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Christian Pulisic sat out Friday’s 2-1 Dortmund defeat against Stuttgart. Coincidence? Perhaps.

However, the club’s struggles are apparent as Dortmund’s winless run extended to four matches and their gap from Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich could be up to nine points by the end of the weekend.

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BVB was without several of its top talents for the match, including U.S. Men’s National Team star Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it’s Dortmund’s defending that continues to be the side’s biggest issue.

Stuttgart struck after five minutes when Chadrac Akolo broke the deadlock off of an embarrassing blunder by Marc Bartra and the Dortmund defense.

Bartra attempted a routine back pass to goalkeeper Roman Burki during the early moments of the match, but his ball back proved to be way too strong and deflected off of Burki and into the path of Stuttgart forward Akolo (video below).

Dortmund atoned for the former Barcelona man’s mistake just prior to halftime when Maximilian Philipp equalized, but it took just six minutes into the second stanza for Josip Brekalo to restore the Stuttgart advantage.

Moyes: Chicharito could miss two weeks with hamstring strain

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David Moyes has given Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez assurances that he’ll have the opportunity to compete for a starting role with the Hammers, but the Mexican international will have to wait a bit for a chance.

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Hernandez, 29, is currently nursing a hamstring strain, leaving his status for this weekend against Watford in doubt.

“I think everyone knows he [Chicharito] has got a hamstring injury,” Moyes said during Friday’s press conference. “It could take a week, it could take two weeks.”

Moyes didn’t mince words recently when speaking about Chicharito and other players within the squad, essentially pointing out that no player will be awarded a starting role simply because of their stardom.

Hernandez has scored four goals in 13 matches this season for West Ham, who currently sits 18th in the Premier League. The Hammers have won just two matches to start the 2017/18 campaign and sit on nine points.

Alessandro Nesta steps down with NASL side Miami FC

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Miami FC quickly put itself on the U.S. soccer map in two short seasons, and much of the club’s success can be attributed to manager Alessandro Nesta.

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The former Serie A defender has managed the club in its first two years of existence, but Nesta’s time in South Beach is coming to an end.

Nesta revealed on Friday that he won’t be returning to the NASL club in 2018, as he prepares to fnd a “new challenge” in his managerial career.

With NASL’s future as a league very much up in the air, Nesta could be seeking a more stable position entering 2018, especially given that his name has been thrown around with several MLS jobs over the last few months.

Orlando City raised over $300,000 in friendly for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

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It isn’t always the score at the end of the match that matters, and Orlando City proved that with its recent friendly to benefit those affected by hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

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Orlando City faced off with the Puerto Rico national team on Nov. 4, which the Lions won 6-1, but it was the club’s humanitarian efforts that proved to be the real story from the event.

The club announced that it raised $327,530 from the match, with all proceeds from the event going directly to the Puerto Rican people.

“I’m very proud of what our Club and our partners were able to accomplish,” Orlando City SC owner Flavio Augusto da Silva said in a team statement. “What we did meant more than just raising funds for Puerto Rico. Once again, we came together as a community to rally behind something bigger than us all.”