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England to host Euro 2020 final, strike deal with Germany to support Euro 2024 bid


The reigning World Champions are looking to host the European Championships in 2024, but they will need a little bit of help from their friends in England.

You read that right.

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On Wednesday the general secretary of the German football federation, Helmut Sandrock, revealed to German magazine Bild that a deal had been struck with England for both nations to support each others bids for the 2024 and 2028 European Championships.

The deal will see Germany drop their interest in hosting the semifinals and finals of Euro 2020, which is being held in various European nations for the first time, and instead support Wembley Stadium as the venue to host the prestigious matches. So, the Euro 2020 final seems to be heading to London. In return, England will hold off applying for Euro 2024 and instead support Germany’s bid to host the Euro’s for the second-time in its history.

UEFA’s executive committee will announce the successful nations who have won the right to host the Euro 2020 matches on Sept. 19, but it is the next two tournaments which seem to be interesting both the English and German FA’s.

Here’s what Sandrock had to say about the two nations striking up a deal.

“We’ve spoken with (England) about it, that they could hold off (applying for) Euro 2024 and support our application,” Sandrock said. “In turn, we’d forego the Euro 2020 games and support England’s bid for Euro 2028.”

It seems like England and Germany have it all figured out, doesn’t it?

With France hosting the 2016 tournament, then the 2020 tournament being spread out across the continent, it seems likely that a return to a more traditional format will prevail. But, what if the cost effective and unique experience of the 2020 tournament taking place in several different nations rather than one works out better than anyone expects? Well, both Germany and England’s chances will be scuppered.

Time will tell on this one, but with two countries who have the power, infrastructure and soccer heritage to host a major tournament tomorrow if they were so chosen, it seems like a no-brainer for England and Germany to be successful with their bids. Right?

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)