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2014/15 Premier League fixtures: Week-by-week schedule

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been released!

Just like last season, you will be able to watch every single match live either on your television on online via NBC Sports Live Extra. TV times are released at a later date.

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Newly promoted Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, and Burnley have joined the fray, replacing relegated Fulham, Norwich City, and Cardiff City.

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Opening Day starts August 16.

(All times ET.)

8/16/14
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Leicester vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.

8/23/14
Everton vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

8/30/14
Everton vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/13/14
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

9/20/14
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/27/14
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/4/14
Chelsea vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

10/18/14
Everton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/25/14
Sunderland vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

11/1/14
Arsenal vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/8/14
Swansea City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

11/22/14
Stoke City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/29/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

12/2/14
Burnley vs. Newcastle United- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Stoke City-2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United- 3 p.m.
Swansea City vs. Queens Park Rangers-2:45 p.m.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool-2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Southampton-2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa- 3 p.m.

12/3/14
Everton vs. Hull City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 2:45 p.m.

12/6/14
Stoke City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/13/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/20/14
Liverpool vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/26/14
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/28/14
West Ham United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/1/15
Southampton vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/10/15
West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenha Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

1/17/15
Manchester City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/31/15
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/7/15
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

2/10/15
Hull City vs. Aston Villa- 2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 3 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Burnley- 2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United- 3 p.m.
Southampton vs. West Ham United- 2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City- 3 p.m.

2/11/15
Chelsea vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Queens Park Rangers- 2:45 p.m.

2/21/15
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/28/15
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.

3/3/15
Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal- 2:45 p.m.
Hull City vs. Sunderland- 2:45 p.m.
West Ham United vs. Chelsea- 2:45 p.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45 p.m.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Burnley- 3 p.m.

3/4/15
Stoke City vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United- 2:45 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City- 2:45 p.m.

3/14/15
Sunderland vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

3/21/15
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

4/4/15
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.

4/11/15
Burnley vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

4/18/15
Everton vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

4/25/15
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albionvs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/2/15
Hull City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

5/9/15
Hull city vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/16/15
Manchester United vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

5/24/15
Aston Villa vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Hull city vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

 

After a pair of La Liga draws, all is not well at Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF grimaces in pain during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on September 21, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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It’s amazing how results go hand-in-hand with off the field mood for the top teams in the world.

There is no club where that seems to be more true than Real Madrid. The team has drawn two in a row, first a 1-1 finish against Villareal at the Bernabeu that saw Los Blancos pump out 23 shots, but put only six on target. Then, they drew 2-2 Saturday with this year’s darlings Las Palmas out on the Canary Islands, crumbling at the back by blowing a pair of leads.

All this still leaves them atop the La Liga table, a point above Barcelona, and yet the wheels appear to be coming loose.

Things always start with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, and that was the case on Saturday, when the superstar was withdrawn by head coach Zinedine Zidane in the 74th minute, and appeared to be visibly upset with the decision. Zidane told media after the game he was looking ahead to Tuesday’s Champions League matchup with Borussia Dortmund, saying, “He [Ronaldo] always wants to play and be out there on the pitch, but I’ve also got to think about the player and he needed to rest and think about Tuesday.”

Ronaldo did not speak to the media following the match.

Always in his teammate’s shadow is Gareth Bale, but things aren’t going well for him either. According to a report by The Sun, Bale has increased security after his fiance’s family has reportedly been targeted for arson attacks by a drug gang. In addition, Bale is reportedly unhappy after being substituted himself in the 70th minute of the draw with Villareal, according to reports in Spain. There have been reports for a while that his agent is shopping the Welshman to top clubs like Manchester United.

“We’re relaxed,” Zidane said after the Las Palmas draw. “We are working hard and focused on what we’re doing. We have to realize that you can’t always win, but we’re on the right track.”

MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Sporting KC (video)

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, center, is congratulated by teammates, including midfielder Roger Espinoza (27), following his goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the Houston Dynamo in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Too many teams qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. There, I said it. Because MLS rules are written as such, two of Sporting Kansas City, Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will likely make it this year, and that’s two too many. On Saturday, the former most narrowly outplayed an even worse San Jose Earhthquakes side, to the tune of 2-1, to go fifth in the Western Conference and move eight points clear of the 7th-place Sounders. The worst part about the current playoff structure: one of the above mentioned sides will almost certainly get hot in the postseason, after doing very little over the course of 34 games to establish themselves as one of the league’s elite. You know, just like the Timbers did last year. Anyway, Dom Dwyer, Simon Dawkins and Kevin Ellis scored the goals on the night. Neither side is any good, nor should they be in the playoffs. That’s MLS.

[ MORE: Playoff Picture — 4 teams can clinch playoff berth this weekend ]

Three moments that mattered

7′ — Dwyer heads home for the early opener — The ball from Paulo Nagamura was inch-perfect, and the header by Dwyer was unstoppable.

42′ — Coelho whiffs, Dawkins makes it 1-1 — That’s just unlucky, if you’re Nuno Coelho.

81′ — Ellis bundles the corner kick home for 2-1 — A fitting winner to this game.

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Man of the match: Tim Melia

Goalscorers: Dwyer (7′), Dawkins (42′), Ellis (81′)

MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 3-3 Colorado Rapids (video)

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 23: Tim Howard #1 of the Colorado Rapids stands in the goal against the FC Dallas at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 23, 2016 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): And … exhale. Realistically speaking, the Colorado Rapids probably watched their hopes of catching and passing FC Dallas in the race for the Supporters’ Shield when they blew not one, not two, but three leads away to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, settling for a 3-3 draw in the end. Dominique Badji put the visitors 1-0 up after eight minutes, which was also the halftime score. The final 39 minutes would feature five goals, and a red card. Kendall Waston brought the hosts level in the 51st minute, then was sent off in the 56th minute, and Shkelzen Gashi made it 2-1 from the penalty spot a minute later. Pedro Morales scored for 2-2 in the 70th, but Gashi hit an inch-perfect free kick for 3-2 just five minutes later. Erik Hurtado scored in the 93rd minute for 3-3. The Rapids are safe in the Western Conference’s playoff places (currently second), while a draw is nowhere near enough to save Vancouver’s season. At least it was exciting, though.

[ MORE: Playoff Picture — 4 teams can clinch playoff berth this weekend ]

Three Four Five Six moments that mattered

8′ — Badji rolls it into an empty net for 1-0 — Marlon Hairston took one for the team when he clattered into David Ousted, but was a quick enough thinker to lay the ball off for Badji, who made no mistake with his wide open chance.

51′ — Waston rises above the crowd for 1-1 — Kendall Waston … still really big, and dangerous on set pieces.

57′ — Waston sees red, Gashi converts the PK — Kendall Waston … red card. That’s Kendall Waston bingo, right? Gashi converted the ensuing penalty kick, and the Rapids were 2-1 ahead.

70′ — Morales finishes a quick move down the left — Erik Hurtado flashed the skill, Giles Barnes provided the cut-back, and Morales kept his wits about him on the finish. A man down, but back on level terms, for now.

75′ — Gashi hits a free kick pure as can be — Gashi couldn’t have picked the ball up, carried it to goal, and placed it over the line anymore perfectly than he hit this one.

90+3′ — Hurtado bring Vancouver level one last time — To come back from a goal down, and a man down, twice … that’s pretty impressive. It’s far more demoralizing, though, for the Rapids.

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Man of the match: Shkelzen Gashi

Goalscorers: Badji (8′), Waston (51′), Gashi (57′ – PK, 75′), Morales (70′), Hurtado (90+3′)

MLS Snapshot: DCU 4-1 Orlando City | Red Bulls 1-0 Impact (video)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: Nick DeLeon #14 and Lamar Neagle #13 celebrate a second half goal by Fabian Espindola #10 of D.C. United (R) against the Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): On Friday, I billed D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC as something a “win to remain in the playoff race” matchup. On Saturday, DCU were the only side to show up to RFK Stadium hoping to further their case for a place in the postseason. Patrick Mullins bagged a brace for Ben Olsen’s side, bringing his tally to seven goals since being acquired via trade in late July, while Lloyd Sam found paydirt for the second time since also being acquired via trade, in early July. Juliao Baptista pulled a goal back for the Lions, 3-0 down by that point. Julian Buescher restored the three-goal lead in the 90th minute, and that was that. Now level on games played with the New England Revolution, DCU currently sit a point ahead of the Revs for the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference (New England are away to Columbus Crew SC on Sunday).

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Three moments that mattered

34′ — Mullins taps home to make it 1-0 — Mullins’ instincts inside the penalty area are exceptional. He’s one of those guys who always knows where to be, and exactly when to be there.

51′ — Sam heads past Bendik to double the lead — With the entire Orlando defense seemingly asleep, Sam was left all alone seven yards out.

53′ — Mullins goes far post for 3-0 — The window through which he had to slot this ball was quite small, but no problem for Mullins.

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Man of the match: Patrick Mullins

Goalscorers: Mullins (34′, 53′), Sam (51′), Baptista (72′), Buescher (90′)


The game in 100 words (or less): The Eastern Conference is no more discernible today than it was on opening day of the 2016 season. After nearly seven months of games, the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and New York City FC all sit on 48 points (TFC with a game in hand) after the Red Bulls’ 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. Daniel Royer scored the game’s only goal, right on the hour mark, when it was beginning to look like a breakthrough would never come, for either side. That’s 13 games without a loss for Jesse Marsch’s side (just six wins), who along with the other two sides on 48 points, has secured a place in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs berth.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Piatti blazes wide after a long run — Ignacio Piatti did brilliantly until the finish. He also had Drogba making the underneath run to the far post.

41′ — Bush denies Royer from inside the six — Royer got on the end of this Chris Duvall cross, and had he put it either side of Evan Bush, he’d have made it 1-0 to the home team.

60 ‘ — Royer heads it past Bush to break the deadlock — Duvall once again served up the tantalizing ball from the right flank, and Royer did the rest to bag his first MLS goal.

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Man of the match: Daniel Royer

Goalscorers: Royer (60′)