MLS Saturday roundup: San Jose trips Seattle; RSL claims Rocky Mountain Cup

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LA Galaxy 3-1 Portland Timbers

Diego Valeri drew first blood, scoring on an early direct kick, but the Galaxy dominated play, with a great game plan that exploited the middle and right of the Timbers’ defense delivering LA’s second win in a row. Two goals from Robbie Keane give the Galaxy captain 12 on the season, while Gyasi Zardes is two short of double figures.

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Montréal Impact 0-2 Toronto FC

Michael Bradley and Dominic Oduro played a part in both goals, with Gilberto and Luke Moore helping the Reds move beyond Wednesday’s disappointment at D.C. United. The three points leave Toronto FC alone in second, while a Montréal team in the middle of a regroup turns its attention to Champions League.

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New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Despite going into half time up a man and a goal, New England left Red Bull Arena empty-handed, with a strong day from Dax McCarty helping the home side maintain 58 percent possession despite Matt Miazaga’s first half sending off. With goals from McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York was one of two 10-man teams to earn full points on Saturday, a result that vaulted the Red Bulls back into the East’s top five.

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Chicago Fire 1-1 Columbus Crew

Glaring mistakes from both teams accounted for the goals, with Tyson Wahl’s late first half handball offset by Patrick Ianni’s clumsy, failed clearance 10 seconds into the second. With goals from Mike Magee and Federico Higuaín, the teams shared points in Bridgeview, with Chicago relegated to its 13th draw of the season.

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Colorado Rapids 0-1 Real Salt Lake

Marvell Wynne’s first half mistake allowed Chris Wingert to set up Javier Morales’s opener, a goal that turned into a winner when Nick Rimando kept his record-tying 112th career clean sheet. Along the way, Aaron Maund received his marching orders, leaving RSL to play a half down a man. Like the Red Bulls before them, RSL still turned 10 men into three points, enough to claim the Rocky Mountain Cup.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Seattle Sounders

In front of over 45,000 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the Earthquakes climbed out of the Western Conference cellar, with Yannick Djaló’s late first half goal holding up for the one-goal victory. Despite close calls for Gonzalo Pineda and Chad Barrett, Seattle was shutout for the second game in a row.

World Cup’s only black coach says there should be more

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MOSCOW (AP) — The only black coach at this year’s World Cup says there is a need for more in soccer.

“In European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead,” Senegal’s Aliou Cisse said through a translator on Monday, a day ahead of his nation’s World Cup opener against Poland.

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The percentage of black players at this year’s tournament and with clubs in the world’s top leagues is far higher.

Cisse was captain of Senegal when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation’s only previous World Cup appearance.

“I am the only black coach in this World Cup. That is true,” Cisse said. “But really these are debates that disturb me. I think that football is a universal sport and that the color of your skin is of very little importance.”

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FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cisse cited Florent Ibenge, the coach of Congo’s national team, as a sign of progress.

“I think we have a new generation that is working, that is doing its utmost, and beyond being good players with a past of professional footballers,” Cisse said. “We are very good in our tactics, and we have the right to be part of the top international coaches.”

Africa’s best performance at the World Cup has been to reach the quarterfinals, accomplished by Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

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“I have the certainty that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” Cisse said. “It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We have realities that are not there in other continents, but I think that the African continent is full of qualities. We are on the way, and I’m sure that Senegal, Nigeria or other African countries will be able win, just like Brazil, Germany or other European countries.”

A lack of minority managers also has been documented at the club level. The Sports People’s Think Tank said in November there were just three minority managers among the 92 English professional clubs as of Sept. 1.

World Cup: Saudi team safe after plane caught fire mid-flight

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The Saudi Arabian national team arrived alive and well in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday after a terrifying incident that saw their plane catch fire in the air.

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The blaze was caused by “a technical failure in one of the airplane engines,” which the airline, Rossiya, claims was caused by a bird flying into the engine. Each of the planes engines were reportedly in operation upon landing at its final destination.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a message on Twitter later on Monday, saying they “would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely.”

The Green Falcons will face Uruguay in Rostov, hoping to rebound from their tournament-opening 5-0 loss to Russia on Thursday, in each side’s second game of Group A action on Wednesday (11 a.m. ET).

Seismologists clarify Mexico fans didn’t cause earthquake

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Seismological Service says there was seismic activity around the country’s capital Sunday, but it wasn’t linked to soccer fans celebrating their country’s game-winning goal vs. Germany at the World Cup.

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The service says in a report that there were two small earthquakes at 10:24 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. The goal came around 11:35 a.m. local time.

A geological institute reported Sunday that seismic detectors had registered a false earthquake that may have been generated by “massive jumps” by fans.

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Mexico’s Seismological Service explained Monday that the city’s normal bustle of traffic and other movement causes vibrations that are detected by sensitive instruments.

It says those vibrations notably quieted during the match as people gathered in front of TVs to watch, and rose after the goal.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 6 — Colombia vs. Japan; Salah’s debut?

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Day 6 of the 2018 World Cup is up next, on Tuesday — and would you believe it? — there’s another three games on the schedule. This whole “back-to-back-to-back games of soccer” thing isn’t so bad.

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Up first, it’s the 2018 debut of Colombia, winners of tens hundreds of millions of hearts in 2014, as they take on Japan. In the day’s other Group H fixture, it’ll be Robert Lewandowski and Poland facing Sadio Mane and Senegal. Star power aplenty.

Then, we swing things back around to Group A, where the hosts Russia will look to continue their hot start against Egypt with Mohamed Salah expected to make his World Cup debut.

Below is Tuesday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Tuesday, June 19

Group H
Colombia vs. Japan: Saransk, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Poland vs. Senegal: Moscow, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group A
Russia vs. Egypt: St. Petersburg, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE