MLS Snapshot: New York Red Bulls 4-2 Montréal Impact

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One game, 100 words (or less): After failing to convert their of early chances — opportunities that hinted New York would have its way with the East’s cellar dwellers — it was Montréal drew first blood, with Dilly Duka giving the Impact a 1-0 lead they’d take into halftime.

In the second half, Thierry Henry took over. With two goals and an assist within the half’s first 30 minutes, Henry built a lead his team would never relinquish, with final goals for each side leaving the Red Bulls with a 4-2 result.

Goals

New York : Thierry Henry (53′, 67′), Bradley Wright-Phillips (74′ 90′)
Montréal: Dilly Duka (37′), Andrés Romero (79′)

Three Moments That Mattered:

53′ – Thier …

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67′ – … ry …

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74′ – … Henry:

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Right now, your MLS Player of the Week.

Lineups

New York: Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Ibrahim Sekagya, Jamison Olave, Roy Miller’ Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill (Peguy Luyindula 67′), Eric Alexander (Ambrose Oyongo 60′), Thierry Henry (Saer Sene 83′), Bradley Wright-Phillips
Montréal: Evan Bush; Hassoun Camara, Wandrille Lefevre, Matteo Ferrari, Krzysztof Krol (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 81′); Calum Mallace, Felipe Martins; Andrés Romero, Dilly Duka, Ignacio Piatti (Maxim Tissot 69′); Jack McInerney (Marco Di Vaio 62′)

Three lessons going forward

1. Thierry Henry is still a match-winner – Sometimes, it’s just nice to be reminded.

2. Montréal may be stronger than their record suggests – While we asked, in the weekend preview, “If you can’t beat Montréal, what can you do,” the Impact looked legitimately capable at times on Saturday. Piatti, Duka, and Romero, playing in front of Felipe, formed an attack that could develop into something decent, if not outright dynamic. Calling them dangerous may be a step too far, but a previously dormant team showed more spark than it has through most of the summer.

3. – Bradley Wright-Phillips could still catch Lassiter and Wondo – Time to do our maths, mate. BWP, now up to 20 goals (a team record), is averaging a goal every 91 minutes. New York has 900 minutes left in its regular season. Carry the one, divide by π, and the Red Bull sniper is on pace for around 30 boas, provided he plays those minutes.

Even if Wright-Phillips slows, the league’s single season record (27) is within reach, though it might be out of his hands. Thierry Henry will need to stay hot; but if he does BWP could topple Roy and Wondo.

Where this leaves them

  • New York stays fifth, one point ahead of New England and within two points of Columbus and Toronto.
  • Montréal remains at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

EFL Cup Rewind: Southampton, Newcastle knocked out by Championship sides

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Last season, Southampton made it to the EFL Cup final. This year, it’s a different story.

The Saints were bounced by Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at home on Wednesday in the second round of the cup. Joining Southampton of Premier League sides going home early was Newcastle, which lost 3-2 after extra time at home against Nottingham Forest.

Four other Premier League sides did advance to the third round, as Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley all won their fixtures.

Here’s a look at the rest of Wednesday’s EFL Cup action:

Blackburn 0-2 Burnley

Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham

Newcastle 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Southampton 0-2 Wolverhampton

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET

UCL Playoff Wrap: Liverpool, Sporting CP, CSKA advance to group stage

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It was another memorable European night for Liverpool in front of the Kop at Anfield.

Lifted by three goals in the opening 21 minutes, the Reds cruised to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim 1899 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoff stage Wednesday evening. With the win, Liverpool returns to the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.

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Sadio Mane set up Emre Can twice and both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino chipped in with goals of their own to lead Liverpool to victory. After Can’s double and Salah’s goal gave Liverpool a three-goal lead, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann brought Mark Uth off the bench onto the field and he promptly scored in the 28th minute to draw within two.

Firmino again put Liverpool ahead by three goals with a goal into an open net in the 63rd minute. Hoffenheim recorded a consolation goal in the 79th minute through Sandro Wagner but Liverpool was resolute and held on for victory.

Liverpool, and the rest of the winning clubs, will learn their fates for the group stage on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Champions League playoff scores:

Slavia Prague 0-0 APOEL (APOEL advances 2-0 on aggregate)

FC Copenhagen 2-1 Qarabag FK (Qarabag advances on away goals, 2-2 on aggregate)

FCSB (Steaua București) 1-5 Sporting CP (Sporting CP advances 5-1 on aggregate)

CSKA Moscow 2-0 BSC Young Boys (CSKA advances on aggregate, 3-0)