Drilling down on: at Portland 2, Chicago 1


Man of the Match: Throughout the day (but particularly early in the game), center half Hanyer Mosquera forced the issue for Chicago’s attackers, coming out of his position in Portland’s defense to meet Chicago’s attackers as they were turning on the ball. Mosquera did have a moment were some confusion (and apparently over-reliance on the assistant referee’s flag) nearly permitted a Pavel Pardo goal, but the play was the exception that proved the man of the match’s rule.

Packaged for takeaway:

  • Although one of their ranks was top man, it wasn’t a convincing day for Portland’s defense. You can’t help but wonder if some recent shuffling in central defense is has cost the Timbers some needed cohesion or familiarity. Tonight, Eric Brunner and Mosquera got the call, with Futty Danso suspended. Brunner chipped in with a goal, Mosquera had his bossy moments, but there were also a number of breakdowns that left Troy Perkins to bail out his defenders.
  • His hands could be been stronger a couple of times, but it was still a strong night for Perkins. Coming off his line for some tough catches, Portland’s goalkeeper provided some needed stability.
  • Portland will likewise be stabilized by a much-needed win. The only other victory the Timbers have notched since opening weekend was a 1-0 victory over Sporting, one where a Kansas City own goal was the night’s only tally. There were no such caveats today. Though the game-winning tally was ultimately an own goal, it was a goal that could have easily been credited to Kris Boyd.
  • It as the second corner converted by Portland, who showed early on that they were going to be able to push Chicago around on set pieces. The first goal saw a corner played long for Mosquera kept alive by an athletic play from Boyd, setting up Brunner. The second had Boyd beat his mark with the most basic of near post runs before flicking a ball onto Logan Pause.
  • Portland didn’t just push Chicago around on set pieces. They flexed their muscle throughout the night, with referee Silviu Petrescu tight with the whistles. All of Chicago’s attackers saw attempts to draw whistles met with s”get up” waves. By the 80th minute, Sebastian Grazzini had enough, nearly drawing yellow with some uncomfortably vehement protests.
  • The difference Petrescu’s style made was most evident when watching Rodney Wallace. Getting yet another start on the left of midfield, the natural defender was a handful. Wallace combined tenacity with his speed and athleticism to ignite Grazzini’s second half frustration. Typically subbed off late in second halves, Wallace’s play earned a full shift from John Spencer, who chose to keep Wallace on (and lift Darlington Nagbe) when Jorge Perlaza was brought on in the second half.
  • After the match, Frank Klopas went onto the field to give Petrescu his thoughts. The frustartion was understandable. Petrescu’s officiating played more to the Timbers likely, though Klopas and his team should have adjusted.
  • Dominic Oduro was also a surprise substitute. With Diego Chara and Lovel Palmer shutting down Grazzini, Chicago’s leading scorer couldn’t get the ball. He also took a rough tumble in the first half, Mosquera cleaning him out as Chicago tried to get out on the break. Federico Puppo came on for him near the hour mark.
  • With that supply cut off, Chicago couldn’t get anything going. They tried to work wide, attempting to exploit the matchup advantages Patrick Nyarko and Marco Pappa had against Mike Chabala and Steven Smith, but nothing came of it after an early first half chance. Then, a series of short passes down the left created a low percentage chance for Pappa. Unable to find the right formula, the rest of Chicago’s choice opportunities almost always came from Portland disorganization.
  • Although Portland was able to control the game’s tempo, they still have major issues in midfield. Of the four midfielders that started Sunday, only one (Chara) is really somebody you’d trust to make the right decision on the ball (even if Chara almost always selects the most conservative opinion). Wallace, Palmer and Frank Songo’o are too often giving the ball away or otherwise slowing things down.
  • The loss is a momentum-killer for a Chicago team that was undefeated in three, but there isn’t much to worry about. Though they could have adjusted to Petrescu’s style, these type of results happen during a long season. If Frank Klopas can figure out what went wrong on their corner kick defending, the Fire can chalk this up to a one-off.
  • Portland, however, is all of a sudden out of the basement. The new bottom-feeder in the Western Conference? The league’s highest paid team: LA Galaxy.

Premier League final table: Final standings for 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 delivered plenty of fun and it continued into the business end of the season.

Manchester City chased down Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.

Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. And here’s how the table looked when all was said and done.

Premier League final table – End of season

Premier League standings

NBC Sports’ standings and scoreboard

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Leicester relegated despite final day win over West Ham


Leicester City has been relegated to the Championship despite getting the win it needed to have hope of survival: a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Championship Sunday.

Leicester entered the day two points back of Everton for 17th place on the Premier League table and got goals from Harvey Barnes and Wout Faes to secure three points, but Everton outlasted Bournemouth 1-0 to match the Foxes and keep them below the dreaded line.


Leicester finishes its season with 34 points in 18th place on the Premier League table.

West Ham, on the other hand, will be forgiven for focusing on the Europa Conference League Final but fought hard for an equalizer even though it only found a Pablo Fornals marker after Leicester had gone ahead two. The Irons finish 14th with 40 points.

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Too little, too late for Foxes

“Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season.

Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work.

Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli: Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that.

There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better.

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings: Stars of the Show

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings

Harvey Barnes goal video: Leicester lifeline!

Wout Faes goal video: Foxes double the lead

Pablo Fornals goal video: Irons pull one back

How to watch Leicester vs West Ham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: SYFY
Online: Watch live on Peacock + Watch live on NBCSports.com

Key storylines & star players

Leicester would love to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi pass fitness checks, but Dean Smith will have rested and ready Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in a bid to score more goals than the Irons.

West Ham could be seeing the penultimate appearance of Declan Rice in an Irons shirt, as the big-money midfielder is being linked to several big clubs in the Premier League.

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf), Wilfred Ndidi (thigh), Caglar Soyuncu (thigh), Ryan Bertrand (other)

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Gianluca Scamacca (knee)

Chivas vs Tigres: How to watch live, stream link, updates


Chivas and Tigres square off in Guadalajara on Sunday (kick off 9:25pm ET) as the second leg of Liga MX’s Clausura final should be absolutely epic.


Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, the advantage is with red-hot Chivas as their stunning recent form saw them win their final four games of the Clausura regular season to finish third in the table before beating Atlas and Club America in the playoffs.

Victor Guzman and Alexis Vega are Chivas’ main attacking threats as they will keep it tight defensively and the energy of the home crowd at Akron Stadium should be a huge help as Chivas aim to win their first Clausura title since 2017, when they also beat Tigres in the final.

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Tigres finished seventh in the Clausura standings and beat Toluca and Monterrey to reach the final. The duo of Sebastian Cordova and Andre-Pierre Gignac are their main hope of winning on the road in Guadalajara and lifting the trophy.

Below is everything you need for Chivas vs Tigres, one of whom will be crowned as the Clausura champions on Sunday.

How to watch Chivas vs Tigres live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Sunday, May 28 – 9:25pm ET 
TV Channel: Telemundo, Universo
Online: Stream via Peacock

First leg Tigres vs Chivas video highlights – 0-0

Leeds relegated from Premier League as Harry Kane hits 30-goal mark


Leeds (31 points – 19th place) have been relegated from the Premier League after they were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham at Elland Road on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

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Harry Kane scored twice more to complete his second 30-goal season, as Tottenham (60 points – 8th place) missed out on the Premier League’s final European place with Aston Villa beating 6th-place Brighton to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Now, a painfully pivotal summer of hirings and signings awaits for Spurs.

It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles.


New half, same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle.

Leeds gave themselves a faint hope when he slotted home after Georginio Rutter picked him out between two defenders in the 67th minute, but Kane answered just two minutes later with his second of the day and the 280th — and potentially final — goal of his Tottenham career.

Leeds United relegation reaction

Club statement:

“Everyone connected with Leeds United is deeply disappointed by the club’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship, after three seasons in the Premier League.

“Relegation is painful, and we apologize to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped.

“However, Leeds United remains in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season.

“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.

“Thank you for your unwavering support for the players and the badge, our objective is to continue to build the club into the one you deserve.”

Stars of the show

Leeds vs Tottenham
Photo: FotMob.com

Leeds vs Tottenham, final score: 1-4

2nd minute – Harry Kane hammers home Tottenham’s opening goal

47th minute – Pedro Porro places a pinpoint strike inside the far post for 2-0

67th minute – Jack Harrison gives Leeds a late lifeline

69th minute – Harry Kane answers immediately with his 30th goal of the season

90th minute +4 – Lucas Moura adds to Leeds misery with Spurs’ 4th goal

How to watch Leeds vs Tottenham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30 am ET, Sunday
TV channel: CNBC
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium + Watch on NBCSports.com

Key storylines & star players

Leeds have had plenty of time opportunities to drag themselves out of the bottom-three and away from the relegation scrap as a whole, but they are now winless in their last eight games (0W-2D-6L) and have won just three of their last 24. Their biggest problem? The Premier League’s worst defensive record in 2022-23 — 74 goals conceded in 37 games. In each of the last four seasons, the side to concede the most goals has been relegated.

With another summer of uncertainty (from the manager to most of the first-team squad) on the cards for Spurs, Sunday could be the final time Harry Kane pulls on the white shirt of Tottenham, following reports this week that he will ask — or perhaps has already asked — to leave the club if a fair offer is made. Kane’s 278 goals make him the club’s all-time record goal scorer, and his departure could signal a full-blown tear-down and rebuild for the incoming manager still to be hired.

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Luis Sinisterra (ankle – out for season), Patrick Bamford (thigh)

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Cristian Romero (undisclosed), Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Hugo Lloris (hip), Eric Dier (hernia), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (undisclosed)

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