On Wednesday evening four games played out in Major League Soccer as the league took advantage of a lull in other professional sports across the U.S.
Below is a brief roundup of the four matches, as midweek MLS action helped to fill our soccer void now the World Cup has ended.
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There were wins for Sporting KC, Philadelphia and LA, while Canadian foes Toronto and Vancouver battled it out in Ontario.
Here’s the scoop on what went down.
Columbus 1-2 Sporting KC
An eventful match played out at Crew Stadium as SKC grabbed a late, late win. Two red cards saw Aurelien Collin and Will Trapp sent off in a feisty encounter. C.J. Sapong gave Sporting the lead but an own goal from Igor Julião made it 1-1. Deep into stoppage time Benny Feilhaber scored the winner in dramatic fashion.
LA Galaxy 5-1 New England
New England have lost five-straight as they were battered by a rampant Galaxy side. Robbie Keane smashed in a worldy in his double, Gyasi Zardes also scored twice and Stefan Ishizaki completed the rout. Lee Nguyen with the consolation for the Revs.
Philadelphia Union 3-1 New York Red Bulls
Conor Casey, Sebastian Le Toux and Fred put Philadelphia ahead and MLS-leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips bagged another for the Red Bulls. The Union grabbed their first win in seven home games.
Toronto FC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Jermain Defoe rescued Toronto FC, again, as the Reds fought back to bag a point against Canadian rivals Vancouver. The ‘Caps took the lead through Darren Mattocks just after the break, then Defoe scored off a PK 15 minutes later.
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.