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Lee Nguyen goes reverse Goonie, gives New England its first win of the season (video)

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Capping an MLS Saturday that saw late goals change results in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Commerce City, Frisco, Seattle, and Santa Clara, New England may have pulled off the most remarkable theatrics of all. They out “Goonied” the Goonies. Finishing a counter attacker deep into second half stoppage time, Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen reversed the flow of a half that San Jose had controlled. In the process, he gave his team its first win of the season.

The game-winner wasn’t without controversy, though, as Charlie Davies, fouled on the play, failed to stop the ball before playing it to Scott Caldwell. It was a technicality fans held onto after, one pass later, Nguyen’s right-footed finish from the middle of the area beat Jon Busch inside the right post, giving the Revs a 2-1 win at Buck Shaw.

The goal was also New England’s first credited to one of its own players. The team came into the night having failed to score in its first three games but got on the board in the first half through Víctor Bernárdez. The Honduran’s 35th minute attempted clearance ended up in the back of his own net when his plant foot slipped while attempting to play the ball, giving New England a 1-0.

(ELSEWHERE: Djimi Traore’s game-changing red sends Seattle crashing against Columbus (video))

It’d be over a half-hour before the Earthquakes pulled that opener back, during which time the team slowly took control of the game. Up 1-0, New England began to setting into a more conservative approach, one reminiscent of last year’s team that was often for difficult to break down. In the 69th minute, however, the linchpin of last year’s defense, reigning Defender of the Year Jose Gonçalves, hit a poor clearance right to Chris Wondolowski, allowing the San Jose captain to equalize from close range.

The goal appeared to set Mark Watson’s team up for another trademark dramatic finish, but let on the losing end of Saturday’s last late-game heroics, San Jose was handed their first major setback of the season – a loss that ended the team’s 21-match home unbeaten run. That it came against a team that had failed to score in its previous 270 minutes puts their previous results in a new perspective. Though the Earthquakes looked impressive in games against Real Salt Lake, Toluca (twice), and Sporting Kansas City, they weren’t able to retain that form and claim their first win over the season.

(ELSEWHERE: Wake up call: Real Salt Lake sends Toronto to 3-0 loss (video))

Instead, that honor went to the Revolution, whose unexpected win continues the slow progress the team’s made since its embarrassing opener. But whereas results in Philadelphia and Vancouver had to be seen in terms of their silver linings, New England doesn’t have to explain this result.

Though there are still questions about the attack, those questions can be addressed from a new, victorious perspective. The Revolution is in the win column.

Spanish FF fines Valencia for bottle toss; Chastises Barcelona

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22:  FC Barcelona are hit by objects thrown from the seats after Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Mestalla stadium on October 22, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Spain’s football federation has fined Valencia about $1600 for the water bottle tossed at celebrating Barcelona players on Saturday.

It’s also criticized Barca’s reaction to Neymar being hit with the water bottle.

[ MORE: Watch the incident here ]

Lionel Messi in particular flipped out at fans, who were furious after Barca scored a match-winning penalty and celebrated near the touch line.

From the BBC:

Spain’s football federation criticised the Barca players for their “exaggerated reaction” and for celebrating in front of home fans, but added “nothing justified” the reaction of the Valencia supporters.

There’s an easy joke to make about playacting/diving here, as Luis Suarez hits the deck despite not appearing to be hit.

But it’s critical to remember that these players at the moment don’t have any idea what’s happened, only that they’ve been hit. And Suarez is covering head, perhaps wondering what’s coming next. Neymar laying on the pitch for a while seems a bit overboard, but I don’t blame Messi nor his teammates for being furious with the supporters.

What do you make of it?

Mourinho admits missing family, but don’t be misled by “disaster” talk

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  Ander Herrera of Manchester United (L) speaks to Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United (C) after the final whistle during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Don’t be misled by the headlines screaming out “disaster”; If this is the beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, it has nothing to do with his speaking of his time in Manchester.

If you haven’t seen the headlines yet, you will. Mourinho says that life at United has been challenging and, yes, he uses the word disaster.

[ MORE: Chalobah’s double nutmeg ]

But he’s talking about being under the personal microscope, paparazzi and the like. And he’s talking about missing his family. Because, believe it or not, the man is a human being (at least we’re pretty sure).

“I just want to cross the bridge and go to a restaurant. I can’t, so it’s really bad,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t.”

That last line isn’t talking about tactics, title ambitions, or even the 4-0 loss to Chelsea. True story.

Mourinho’s comments regarding his life at Manchester are interesting and newsworthy, but allow us to go behind the curtain here. The media world is driven by monetization in the form of clicks and time spent on site.

Trumpeting the term “disaster” is tricky. Yes, there are seeds of discontent in Mourinho’s Manchester concerns — and credit to you for clicking through and reading what them in full — but let this thing play out, no? There’s a derby in town today.

WATCH: Chelsea’s Chalobah nutmegs two Manchester United players in seconds

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Nathaniel Chalobah of Chelsea is closed down by Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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For the first time since the 2011-12 season, Nathaniel Chalobah is not on loan and getting the chance to show what he can do for Chelsea.

At the very least, the 21-year-old midfielder has given the club a viral video.

[ MORE: Manchester Derby “a final” ]

Chelsea uploaded a video of Chalobah going double nutmeg on Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera.

Given the opposition, it’s gone quite well to the tune of several hundred thousand views inside of four hours.

Watch the ex-Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading, and Napoli man go.

BVB boss Tuchel not worried about Real Madrid links

SHENZHEN, CHINA - JULY 27:  Thomas Tuchel, head coach of Dortmund looks on during team training session for 2016 International Champions Cup match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at Shenzhen Universiade Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Less than five months have passed since Real Madrid won the Champions League final, yet in Florentino Perez’s mind that’s a lifetime. ()

Real’s president is anything but patient with managers, the latest example being Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian was fired a year after winning the club’s long-desired Decima and losing a whopping 19 of 119 matches in charge.

[ MORE: Manchester Derby “a final” ]

So even though Real Madrid leads La Liga under Zinedine Zidane and won the UCL last season, people are always imagining the future.

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel’s style of play has captured the imaginations of so many supporters. And with BVB president Hans-Joachim Watzke claiming that Real is tracking the German, the questions are heading for Tuchel.


“It’s dangerous if you are flattered as a coach.You lose focus on the important things. I read it as a rumour before our game in Ingolstadt and so I already said back then that it’s dangerous to admit it and to think about it because it takes on too much importance.”

There’s no reason for Tuchel to have to ask those questions. Perez has called Zidane’s appointment one of his proudest moments, and that was just three days ago. Even in Perez’s world, that’s only a solid month, maybe two. %tags%