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MLS Weekend Preview: Atlanta United hosts Orlando City, Toronto FC travel to LA

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One of Major League Soccer’s youngest rivalries may also be one of its fiercest right now, as Atlanta United is set to host a rematch with Orlando City SC.

Atlanta is coming off two of its best games of the season, both at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as Tata Martino’s men defeated FC Dallas last Sunday 3-0 and emphatically thrashed the New England Revolution, 7-0 on Wednesday. Orlando meanwhile picked up a big away win in our nation’s capital with a 2-1 result over D.C. United, setting up a mouth-watering matchup on Saturday.

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Elsewhere, Toronto FC takes it’s Supporter’s Shield leading side out west to face Sigi Schmid and the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas looks to end it’s slide against the streaking Seattle Sounders.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s MLS preview:


Atlanta United vs. Orlando City — Saturday, 4 p.m. ET

These two teams have a history of bad blood between them, even if it’s brief.

It began with a billboard in downtown Orlando, telling Orlando City players and fans that Atlanta was “coming to conquer,” and continued with a pair of 1-0 wins for Atlanta United in Orlando and Atlanta.

Now, after 10 goals scored in its last two games, Atlanta United is looking to keep the good times rolling against its closest regional opponent.

Toronto FC vs. LA Galaxy — Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET

Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC hit the skies to travel to Los Angeles, where they’ll face the Dos Santos brothers and the LA Galaxy.

The Galaxy aren’t faring much better under Sigi Schmid, with a record of 1-4-2 since he took over in July, but Toronto FC are running away with the Supporter’s Shield trophy. With a little more than a month to go, TFC has already qualified for the playoffs and is nine points up on second-place New York City FC.

Expect TFC to add to their points total this weekend against an injury-riddled Galaxy squad.

Full MLS schedule (All Times E.T.)

Saturday

Atlanta United vs. Orlando City — 4 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Columbus Crew — 7 p.m.
Montreal Impact vs. Minnesota United — 7:30 p.m.
FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders — 8 p.m.
Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United — 8:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution — 8:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC — 9 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers — 9:30 p.m.
LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC — 10:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo — 10:30 p.m.

Sunday

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union — 1 p.m.

Manchester United to seek out those who continue offensive Lukaku chant

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Some Manchester United supporters persisting in singing a chant glorifying Romelu Lukaku which has been deemed racist by many for its depiction of the player’s penis size.

Lukaku was among those to ask that fans stop singing the song, as did the club, but it was heard from the away end at St. Mary’s during Manchester United’s 1-0 win on Saturday (where Lukaku scored the winner).

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United responded with vigor after the match, releasing a statement claiming it would request closed circuit footage of the fans in attempts to ban those singing the song based on The Stone Roses’ “Made of Stone.”

WATCH: Coutinho spins gorgeous free kick past Schmeichel

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Minutes after setting up Mohamed Salah for a back door header for a 1-0 lead at Leicestwer City, Liverpool wizard Philippe Coutinho tacked on a goal of his own.

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Coutinho scored a beauty in the 23rd minute, as the Brazilian lorded over a free kick before spinning a goal just off the top of the wall and past a flying Kasper Schmeichel.

It looked like it was headed for the upper 90 even had it not taking its tiny deviation. The kick was a masterful effort from Coutinho.

Everton’s comeback win puts Koeman “in a totally different world”

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A quiz for you. Oumar Niasse‘s two goals:

  • A) Saved Ronald Koeman‘s job
  • B) Led Everton’s come back win
  • C) All of the above

Koeman admitted “there were a lot of emotions” in Everton’s 2-1 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday, as the Toffees got off the mat to post their first Premier League win since Aug. 12.

[ RECAP: Everton 2-1 Bournemouth ]

After a summer of spending, the Toffees were expected to compete for another berth in a European competition. Instead, a murderer’s row of early fixtures had Everton very low on the PL table.

Was Koeman able to stay calm as his team struggled at home against Bottom Three side Bournemouth?

“Calm after the game, yes. There were a lot of emotions. It was a difficult game, we did not create many chances and we took the right decision after 1-0 down to try something different – play two strikers and go more direct.

“It is a totally different world after winning. You have key moments during the season and this was a big win that will give everyone a boost.”

Apollon Limassol is next for the Toffees, followed by matches against Burnley and Brighton.

Jose Mourinho responds to sending off, Man United win

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho saw his side battle to a 1-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday as they kept their unbeaten start to the Premier League season going.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal of the game after 20 minutes and although Saints had the better of the play in the second half, United’s defense held firm.

Towards the end of the game Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson for encroachment as he stepped onto the pitch during the action.

What happened?

“I don’t know, you have to ask the referee,” Mourinho said.

He then wasted more time by shaking the hands of every member of Southampton’s coaching staff before he briefly went into the stands before the final whistle was blown.

It remains to be seen if he will face a touchline ban or fine for his actions but speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho focused on the performance of his team.

“It is not always possible to operate at high quality but fought hard. We did what many teams in the Premier League do for 90 minutes, which was play with five defenders at the back. Credit to Southampton, they tried to play. Pellegrino changed the team and sent on another striker to play more direct.

“It was a hard game but I am really happy. Romelu Lukaku’s work is so important for us. He scored his goal and worked hard like everybody else. Nobody feels the pressure to play always attacking football because so many teams play always defensively. I felt some of the boys were not sharp. I didn’t feel like we could score three or four goals like we sometimes do so the option was to make sure we got the points.”