MLS Snapshot: New York Red Bulls 2-1 Montreal Impact

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The game in 100 words (or less): The New York Red Bulls have all but clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the MLS Cup Playoffs home-field advantage that goes along with it. With a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact Wednesday night, their six- and eight-point leads on second-place D.C. United and fifth-place Toronto FC — the latter of which has a game in hand on United — are all but insurmountable with three games to play. Jesse Marsch’s side is also favorites for the 2015 Supporters’ Shield, given their four-point lead on FC Dallas, the only other team still capable of reaching 59 points or higher. The Red Bulls moved to 8-0 on the season when scoring first at home, riding a penalty kick from Sacha Kljestan and an elegant chip from Lloyd Sam to three points against a 10-man Impact side that got a late consolation goal from — who else — Didier Drogba.

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Three moments that mattered

15′ — Oyongo handles on the goal line, sees red — We all understand what Ambroise Oyongo was trying to do here, but let’s consider the following: You can either handle the ball on the goal line, get sent off and your team likely still concedes from the penalty spot, or you can let the ball go in and allow your team to keep 11 men on the field. Of course, in the moment it’s impossible to consider all of that.

39′ — Same chips into an empty net, 2-0 — This entire sequence could have gone better for Evan Bush. He could have won the 50-50 ball against Bradley Wright-Phillips; BWP’s blocked shot could have gone anywhere else inside Montreal’s half other than to Sam; and Sam could have gotten the finish wrong. Alas, BWP won the initial ball, the deflection went to Sam, and he chipped Bush expertly.

68′ — Drogba pulls one back from the penalty spot — Sam had to make some kind of challenge on Donny Toia at the back post, but a late, sliding challenge from behind probably wasn’t his best option. As it was, Montreal were awarded a penalty and Didier Drogba converted for his eighth of the season (eight appearances).

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Man of the match: Lloyd Sam

Goalscorers: Kljestan (PK – 16′), Sam (39′), Drogba (PK – 68′)

UCL AT HALF: Bale scores; Spurs lead, Man City and Reds level (video)

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Two Premier League sides are level, Spurs lead, and Real Madrid has luckily kept a Gareth Bale-authored lead thanks to some goofy officiating on the second match day of group stage play at the UEFA Champions League.

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Sevilla 2-0 Maribor

Wissam Ben Yedder has goals in both of Sevilla’s UCL qualifiers and now both group stage matches after netting a 27th minute marker in Spain. He’s added another before the break.

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool

Loris Karius will not enjoy the replay of a 23rd minute free kick given away by Philippe Coutinho, and he especially won’t enjoy his slow reaction to a free kick from Fernando (not that Fernando) which was not hit too near a post.

Coutinho made amends with a solidly struck equalizer just after the half-hour mark, working a 1-2 with Mane and lacing a shot beyond the hopes of Rebrov.

Besiktas 2-0 RB Leipzig

A man with a Liverpool connection is on the board in the form of Ryan Babel, and Anderson Talisca added a marker before halftime to double the Turkish side’s lead.

Manchester City 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Fairly even at the Etihad Stadium, with Kevin De Bruyne missing a solid chance and Ederson denying Marlos at the other end.

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale’s 18th minute goal has the double-defending champions up at the Westfalenstadion.

By the way, this was somehow not a penalty:

 

Napoli 1-0 Feyenoord

A sneaky side to watch in the tournament, Napoli leads through Lorenzo Insigne.

Monaco 0-1 Porto

Cameroon star Vincent Aboubakar scores against Ligue 1 opposition.

APOEL Nicosia 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane, guys and girls. The English striker beat an offside trap to a Toby Alderweireld pass and bested the keeper in the 39th minute.

LIVE – UCL: Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City all in action

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Three Premier League teams are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday in their second games of the 2017-18 group stage.

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Tottenham Hotspur head to Cyprus to face APOEL in Nicosia hoping to make it two wins from two, while Manchester City host Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk aiming to keep their 100 percent record and Liverpool are in Moscow to play Spartak hoping for a first win of the group stage.

Elsewhere Real Madrid head to Borussia Dortmund (Christian Pulisic alert) in a mouth-watering clash at the Westfalenstadion and Napoli host Feyenoord in another eye-catching tie.

Click on the link above to follow commentary on all the action, while below is the full schedule as we will have reaction and analysis on all the UCL action on Tuesday.

All games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.


Tuesday’s UCL schedule

Group E
Spartak Moscow vs. Liverpool
Sevilla vs. Maribor

Group F
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli vs. Feyenoord

Group G
Monaco vs. FC Porto
Besiktas vs. RB Leipzig

Group H
APOEL vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

VIDEO: Top Premier League goals – Week 6

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From Fabian Delph‘s curler to Alvaro Morata’s surging run and dink and from Philippe Coutinho‘s perfect free kick to Leroy Sane’s delicate touches.

Boy, did we have some fine strikes in the Premier League in Week 6.

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Click play on the video above to see the best of the bunch and let us know your favorite in the comments section below.

“What is your favorite?” I hear you cry. Settle down, settle down. I love a good curler which clips off the bar and in so I’m going with Delphy’s goal against Crystal Palace. Sublime.

PHOTO: New USMNT jersey for 2018 World Cup leaked?

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Now, of course, they have to qualify first.

But if Bruce Arena’s men do make the 2018 World Cup in Russia they could be wearing this beauty in the photo below.

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With all leaked jerseys there is a real possibility it could turn out to look completely different but information from Conrad Burry of Sportslogos over the weekend suggested something along these lines.

Take a look at the photo below of the home jersey (the away jersey is said to be “Midnight Navy with a second color of Blue Nebula”) and let us know what you think.