Despite Real Salt Lake’s run to the team’s second MLS Cup final, the Western Conference champions lost their regional rivalry’s trophy in 2013. On Saturday, however, the team that saw its six-year-run as Rocky Mountain Cup winners come to an end took the first step toward regaining its title, with only late consolation bringing the Colorado Rapids to within 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL opened the scoring when a movement from right-to-left caught Colorado too narrow on the far side. Javier Morales fed João Plata into the left of the area, setting up the Ecuadorian for the home side’s 23rd minute opener.
Just after halftime, a foul in the penalty area by Drew Moor allowed Javier Morales to score his fourth goal in two games. Colorado pulled the goal back late through Moor’s close range header but went the final 14 minutes without a shot on target. Prolonging its rivals’ recent slump, RSL improved to 6-0-5 on the season, remaining the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer.
In the absence of Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, and Álvaro Saborío, it was a convincing performance by one of the league’s teams hit hardest by World Cup call ups. Granted, Colorado ended up putting more shots on target, but the Rapids didn’t test Jeff Attinella until two minutes into first half stoppage time. The rest of the team’s chances came with the score 2-0. RSL may have been limited to four tests of Clint Irwin, but the team maintained a degree of control.
That they were able to do so without three key cogs has to be a concern for Colorado. Unlike RSL, the Rapids are without World Cup absences, yet they were unable to replicate last year’s success against their Rocky Mountain rivals. After three straight poor performances, the Rapids look like they’re over their early bounce and are in need of a new solution, particularly going forward.
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.