League Cup Roundup: QPR and Aston Villa crash out

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One day after MK Dons’ 4-0 mauling of Manchester United two more Premier League clubs, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa, crashed out of the League Cup to sides from the Football League.

Sunderland and Stoke City enjoyed better fortunes and were subsequently included in the Third Round draw conducted after the Second Round matches concluded.

The Potters and Black Cats were matched up for a clash at the Stadium of Light while other fixtures involving Premier League clubs will see Chelsea play Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal host Southampton, West Bromwich Albion take on Hull City, Crystal Palace face Newcastle United, Liverpool match up with Middlesbrough, Manchester City take on Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City meet Everton and Tottenham Hotspur host Nottingham Forest.

Third Round matches are set to be played the week commencing September 22nd. For all the results from the Second Round of the League Cup, see below.

Burton 1 Queens Park Rangers 0

League Two side Burton Albion found a 77th minute match-winner from Adam Kirk to send Queens Park Rangers crashing out of the League Cup.

Aston Villa 0 Leyton Orient 1

League Two club Leyton Orient went in to Villa Park and nabbed a 1-0 win after Romain Vincelot scored with just three minutes to play.

Stoke City 3 Portsmouth 0

A Jonathan Walters brace and a 90th minute strike from Peter Crouch gave Stoke City a comfortable 3-0 victory over Portsmouth.

Birmingham 0 Sunderland 3

Birmingham enjoyed 61% possession but it was all for naught as Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson and Connor Wickham scored within a 13 minute span in the second half to see Sunderland advance to the Third Round of the Capital One Cup.

Bradford 2 Leeds 1

An 82nd minute goal from Matt Smith wasn’t enough to hold off Bradford who received an 84th minute strike from Billy Knott and a matchwinner two minutes later from James Hanson.

Second Round – Full Results

Port Vale 2-3 Cardiff City
Middlesbrough 3-1 Preston North End
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Nottingham Forest
Swansea City 1-0 Rotherham United
Watford 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Millwall 0-2 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth 3-0 Northampton Town
Brentford 0-1 Fulham
Scunthorpe 0-1 Reading
Derby County 1-0 Charlton Athletic
West Ham United 1-1 (p.k., 4-5) Sheffield United
Swindon Town 2-3 (a.e.t) Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town
Crewe Alexandra 2-3 (a.e.t.) Bolton Wanderers
Gillingham 0-1 Newcastle United
Norwich City 2-1 Crawley Town
Nurley 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Walsall 0-3 Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Oxford United
Milton Keynes Dons 4-0 Manchester United
Birmingham 0-3 Sunderland
Bradford 2-1 Leeds
Burton 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City 3-0 Portsmouth
Aston Villa 0-1 Leyton Orient

Third Round – Fixtures

Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Arsenal v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth
Sunderland v Stoke City
Derby County v Reading
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Milton Keynes Dons v Bradford City
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
Burton Albion v Brighton and Hove Albion
Swansea City v Everton
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.

Guingamp: 11-goal captain Briand off to Montreal

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Guingamp captain Jimmy Briand is making the move from Ligue 1 to Major League Soccer.

The French side announced that the 32-year-old, capped five times by France between 28-32, is coming to the Montreal Impact.

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Briand spent time with Lyon and Hannover after a eight-year stint with Rennes, where he was teammates with former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra.

The center forward scored 11 goals last season in France, including markers against Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Briand could provide a big missing piece of Montreal’s attack. The Impact have playmakers in Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taidir, but haven’t found much from their forwards.