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How will Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield get on?

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The three newly-promoted teams are gearing up for life in the Premier League.

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Newcastle United have only been away for a year, but for Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town, this is their first-ever foray into the PL.

Brighton were last in the top-flight in 1983, while Huddersfield last graced the big time in 1972. Needless to say excitement is building around both clubs as they prepare to do battle with the big boys.

Below we take a look at how each of the newcomers is shaping up ahead of the new season.


Newcastle United

Rafael Benitez has been frustrated with the lack of signings he has been able to make in the summer transfer window despite owner Mike Ashley telling him he could spend all of their added income from promotion back to the PL. That side, Murphy and Atsu will add plenty of pace out wide, while Manquillo brings plenty of experience in defense. Newcastle will no doubt be a tough team to beat, especially at home, and Rafa is a master tactician when it comes to setting teams up to grab a draw. When Tottenham come to a fired-up St James’ Park on Sunday it could spur the Magpies on to pick up a tidy opening weekend draw. There’s no doubt becoming a perennial top 10 team is the main aim, but making new additions between now and the end of the transfer window is a must for that to become a reality.

Premier League opener: vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

Transfers in:  Jacob Murphy (Norwich City, $13.3 million), Florian Lejeune (Eibar, $11.7 million), Christian Atsu ($9 million), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, $5.9 million), Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund, Loan)


Brighton & Hove Albion

The Seagulls added Davy Propper for a club-record fee and the Dutchman will add plenty of class in midfield. Brighton have steadily added to their squad over the summer with Matt Ryan coming in as a starting goalkeeper, plus Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner experienced campaigners joining from the Bundesliga. Chris Hughton is a steady hand and he will set up Brighton to be tough to beat as they aim to avoid relegation. That said, the man who can unlock opposition defenses is back fit and ready to roll with Anthony Knockaert recovering from an injury he picked up in preseason. A 3-2 friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid last weekend shows they can score goals but also suggests there will be plenty of gaps for Manchester City’s attackers to exploit at the AmEx on the opening day of the season.

Premier League opener: vs. Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com)

Transfers in: Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt), Izzy Brown (loan, Chelsea), Josh Kerr (Celtic), Mathew Ryan (Valencia), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Mathias Normann (Bodo/Glimt), Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient), Davy Propper ($13 million, PSV Eindhoven)


Huddersfield Town

David Wagner has added nine players over the summer with Steve Mounie and Tom Ince catching the eye in preseason. The Terriers will rely on their high-pressing style in the Premier League and that may unsettle plenty of teams early on in the season. However they may try and settle their way into the top-flight and they are equally capable of sitting back, soaking up pressure and launching counters just as they did against Reading in the playoff final. They may actually be the favorites at Palace on the opening day with plenty of optimism in the air despite a season-long battle against relegation awaiting Wagner and Co.

Premier League opener: at Crystal Palace (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET online via NBCSports.com)

Transfers in: Steve Mounie ($15 million, Montpellier), Tom Ince ($11.2 million, Derby County), Aaron Mooy ($10.5 million, Manchester City), Laurent Depoitre ($4.6 million, FC Porto), Scott Malone ($6.6 million, Fulham), Mathias Jorgensen ($4.6 million, Copenhagen), Danny Williams (Free, Reading), Elias Kachunga ($1.4 million, Ingolstadt), Jonas Lossl (Loan, Mainz 05), Kasey Palmer (Loan, Chelsea)

MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Greg Vanney and Toronto keep on doing their thing, and the Canadian side is yet another step closer to achieving MLS glory. TFC picked up its 50th point of the season on Saturday night after comfortably handling the Chicago Fire, who have cooled off significantly as of late in the Eastern Conference. The Fire are now nine points behind the East leaders and are losers of four of their last five matches.

Three moments that mattered

54′ — Accam, Fire level it up — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from everybody…

64′ — Hasler nets first MLS goal — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from all of their players…

90′ — Giovinco says goodnight to Chicago — That’s 12 goals on the season for Sebastian Giovinco and the TFC striker continues to help his side push towards the top seed in the East and MLS.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco

Goalscorers: Marco Delgado (14′), David Accam (54′), Nick Hasler (63′), Sebastian Giovinco (90′)

Video: Watts gifts D.C. United own goal for the ages

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Not many things have gone right for either side involved in 2017, but D.C. United was the recipient of a gift early on against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

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In the 27th minute, Rapids center back Jared Watts received the ball at the back, before making a routine back pass to USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard

Or at least, it should have been a routine back pass.

Instead, Watts’ pass was well off target and too strong for Howard to reach and landed in the back of the Rapids goal. 1-0 in favor of D.C.

Reminder: Both these teams sit at the bottom of their respective conferences on points.

MLS Snapshot: Piatti brace lifts Impact | Crew, Orlando City draw

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Montreal Impact have proven to be a second-half of the season team the last several years, and that form appears to be holding true once more. Mauro Biello’s side won its fourth straight match on Saturday, while Ignacio Piatti continues to show he’s one of the most deadly scorers in the league. Meanwhile, RSL’s six-match unbeaten run is snapped north of the border, leaving the Western Conference side three points out of sixth place.

Three four moments that mattered

11′ — Piatti nets his first of the night — The Impact made this attack look so easy, and Ignacio Piatti simply won’t miss a chance like this one.

26′ — Evan Bush left motionless as RSL equalize — Luis Silva took matters into his own hands, and boy did he connect with this effort!

29′ — Impact punish poor RSL defense — Guess who? Piatti has his second of the evening.

47′ — Hosts begin to pile it on — Anthony Jackson-Hamel played provider in the first two goals, so it’s only fair he got one of his own.

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Man of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Ignacio Piatti (11′, 29′), Luis Silva (26′), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (47′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Orlando City and the Crew settled for a point apiece on Saturday night, but for the former the club is running out of opportunities to pick up points in the playoff race. Giles Barnes pulled a goal back for the hosts after Lalas Abubakar netted his first MLS goal for the Crew, but Orlando couldn’t find a second. The Lions played up a man for the final 13 minutes, following Harrison Afful’s dismissal.

Three moments that mattered

35′ — Abubakar knocks in first MLS goal — Orlando City’s defensive woes are certainly notable as well, but for Lalas Abubakar this is a quality way to open his scoring account in MLS.

67′ — Barnes knots it up at 1-1 — The veteran MLS forward picked up his second goal of the season.

77′ — VAR used for red card decision — The video monitor came into play briefly in the second half, and Harrison Afful was sent off the pitch early after the referee viewed the defender’s elbow to the head of Yoshi Yotun.

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Man of the match: Zack Steffen

Goalscorers: Lalas Abubakar (35′), Giles Barnes (67′)

Atlanta United fans pack 20,000 into new stadium for training session

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Atlanta United is currently in the midst of a three-match road trip in MLS play, but that didn’t stop the club from unveiling its new home venue to a massive crowd of supporters on Saturday.

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Over 20,000 fans of the Eastern Conference expansion side filed into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch Gerardo Martino’s side train on Saturday as Atlanta prepares to finish out its road trip against D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union.

Atlanta will open up home play at their new stadium on September 10 when they host FC Dallas. The club will have the benefit of playing eight of its final 10 regular season matches in front of its Georgia fan base.

The first-year MLS side will share the stadium with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Here are some sights from the training session