MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

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One game, 100 words (or less): Two goals from Blas Perez, a full one of them on purpose, have FC Dallas back in the win column, with a resilient performance from Vancouver thwarted when the chaos after a late set piece left the Dallas striker with an open goal. Blasting his shot home from 14 yards out, Perez snapped Dallas’s two-game losing streak, his seventh and eight goals of the season giving the home side a 2-1 win.

Goals

Dallas: Blas Perez 20′, 78′
Vancouver: Hurtado 67′

Three moments that mattered:

20′ – Your latest goal of the season – There’s no way Blas Perez was trying to score, but goals don’t have to be planned to count. With a ball that could have been confused for a gridiron punt, the Panamanian international scored one of the goals of the season, arcing a shot from against the sideline, eight yards from the goal line, into David Ousted’s far side-netting.

67′ – The Rosales pay-off – Mauro Rosales was one of the night’s best players from the get go, but just after the hour mark, his influence finally found its way to the scoresheet. Attacking a Dallas defense adjusting after Matt Hedges’s foray into midfield, Rosales found the seem between right back Jair Benitez and Hedges’s partner, Zach Loyd. In for Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado powered his first touch past Raul Fernandez, giving Vancouver hope of a result.

78′ – On purpose – Perez may  have lucked into his first goal, but his second was finished with too much authority to leave any doubt. After a set piece won by Vancouver’s Kendall Waston deflected into the left of the penalty area, Perez first-timed a rocket into an abandoned goal, with Ousted leftf in no one’s land after indecision on the initial ball.

With his second goal of the night, Perez matched his total for Panama at the Copa Centroamericana. He also put his team back in the win column.

Lineups

Dallas: Fernandez; Watson, Loyd, Hedges, Hernandez (Benitez 45′); Castillo, Michel, Ulloa, Escobar (Dias 57′); Akindele (Acosta 82′), Perez
Vancouver: Ousted; Sampson, Waston, Dean, Harvey; Teibert, Laba, Ballouchy (P. Morales 57′); Rosales (Manneh 81′); Fernandez, Mattocks (Hurtado 62′)

Three lessons going forward:

1. Neither team is back – Returning at home, Dallas had a chance to jump back into the win column after two straight losses on the road (Chicago, RSL). Likewise, Vancouver had a chance to carry over momentum from Wednesday night, when they broke a long scoreless drought while notching a much-needed win.

To a small extent, both of those things happened at Toyota Stadium, but Dallas didn’t look as impressive as it had before its momentum was blunted in Chicago. And Vancouver, while now capable of scoring goals, still doesn’t look like the team that played so well this spring.

If Dallas is going to be a contender in the West, it needs to show its summer surge was more than an isolated hot streak. And Vancouver may need to play closer to its talent level to hold off Portland.

2. Waston is impossible on set pieces – A header off a Vancouver corner in the 92nd minute generated a moment of controversy, with a redirection finding Loyd’s outstretched arm. Most of the time, that infraction’s a foul, but on Saturday, the Whitecaps saw no mercy.

Amid the controversy was a detail that will have a more lasting significance: Kendall Waston was again doing damage on set pieces. Coming into the night, the Costa Rican was averaging 4.5 aerial duels won per game, a number that puts him above the likes of Eddie Johnson, David Horst, Aurelien Collin, Chad Marshall, and Omar Gonzalez (one-through-five in MLS in duels won). Though one of Waston’s wins on Saturday ended up working against his team, the 26-year-old has been unstoppable on dead balls since arriving last month.

Had the whistle blown on Saturday, unstoppable would have meant a point in Frisco.

3. That Mauro Rosales trade’s working out okay – Granted, it gave Carl Robinson an excuse to shake things up again, and this Vancouver team needs to pick a plan and go with it, att some point …

But damn if Mauro Rosales isn’t a good soccerer (TM). Started at the tip of the Whitecaps’ midfield diamond, Rosales out-Moralesed Pedro Morales, supplying the Chilean’s playmaking while adding a defensive intensity Vancouver’s typically lacked.

When he arrived, it was unclear where he’d play. All we knew was (a.) Rosales was very talented, (b.) he only cost Nigel Reo-Coker, and (c.) the Whitecaps still seemed stacked.

Now, it looks like Rosales will be a key part of Vancouver’s stretch run – if not the key part.

Where this leaves them:

  • The win moves Dallas within one point of RSL for third in the West. Catch them, and FCD avoids that four-five, play-in game.
  • Vancouver re-opened the door for Portland, but with the Timbers graciously ended Colorado’s seven-game losing streak, the Whitecaps stay in fifth place, one point up on their rivals.

Liverpool – Arsenal: How to watch, start time, odds, predicted lineup

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Liverpool – Arsenal: Two heavyweights clash at Anfield on Monday (Watch live at 3pm ET online via Peacock) as both team have a perfect record with two wins from two so far.

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Reigning champions Liverpool have perhaps been more impressive as they’ve beaten upstarts Leeds United and then Chelsea, while Arsenal eased past Fulham but struggled past West Ham.

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When it comes to Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta, their playing philosophy as managers could not be more different as Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley to win the Community Shield last month.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a massive early-season clash as Arsenal look to put down a marker.


Team news: Liverpool – Arsenal (INJURY REPORT)

Liverpool will be hoping center back Joe Gomez will be fit after he missed the win at Chelsea last weekend, while this game will come too soon for fellow defender Joel Matip. Judging by the early reports, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson should also be fit to start.

Arsenal could have Kieran Tierney back fit for this game, which would be a big boost. Pablo Mari, Calum Chamberls, Gabriel Martinelli and Shkodran Mustafi all remain out injured.


Predicted lineup

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Thiago, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Arsenal (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Understandably Liverpool are the heavy favorites (-210) given their long unbeaten home record at Anfield. That said Arsenal (+520) do seem a high price after they beat Liverpool during ‘Project Restart’ and also in the Community Shield final. The draw at +360 is intriguing and the value perhaps lies there.

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Liverpool – Arsenal prediction

Arsenal have a lot more grit under Arteta and they ware capable of bending but not breaking. This is a huge test for them, though, and Gabriel against the fluid front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane will be his biggest test yet. Arsenal have the attackers to make the most of any more slack defending from Liverpool but I expect Klopp’s side to have just too much in midfield and attack. Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal.


How to watch Liverpool – Arsenal stream and start time

Kickoff: 3pm ET Monday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Fulham – Aston Villa: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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Fulham – Aston Villa: How early is too early to call a game “must-win” in the Premier League? Perhaps we will find out on Monday (Watch live at 12:45 pm ET, online via Peacock), when bottom-of-the-table Fulham host Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

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Scott Parker’s side has had a torrid start to life back in the PL — not at all dissimilar to the way their last stint ended — and find themselves with zero points and seven goals conceded after their first two games. Losing 3-0 to Arsenal on the opening day of the season wasn’t altogether surprising, but following that defeat with four more goals conceded to Leeds United last weekend will undoubtedly have done a number on the Cottagers’ confidence.

Villa, on the other hand, have played just once and secured a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United earlier this week. A win on Monday would see Dean Smith’s side start the season with back-to-back PL victories for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Fulham – Aston Villa this Monday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: Fulham – Aston Villa (INJURY REPORT)

Fulham – No injuries or suspensions

Aston Villa – OUT: Bjorn Engels (thigh), Tom Heaton (knee), Wesley (knee), Ahmed Elmohamady (thigh)


What they’re saying: Fulham – Aston Villa

Scott Parker, on a “must-win” game: “I don’t see it as drastic as a must-win. We want to win. I know it’s either high or low in a drastic world, but we need to stay level and take realism of where we are in the campaign and where we are as a team. We will try everything we can to take some points and be up to the challenge. I don’t think we’re the only team at this present moment in time who have let in some goals in the first two games. It’s not ideal, of course not. Villa at home on Monday is a game we’re going to try to get three points.”

Dean Smith, on needing another signing: “We’re always looking in the market, we’re probably one short in the squad at the moment so we’ll keep looking at that. I think there’s seven days left until the window shuts internationally, another seven days domestically. Our sporting director at the moment has got his finger on the pulse, hopefully we might get one more in and maybe a couple more out.”


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

This one is just about a coin flip with Fulham (+185) ever so slight underdogs to Villa (+150). In a game that could go either way like this one, the draw (+225) might just be the safe middle ground.

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Prediction: Fulham – Aston Villa

There’s not much to separate these two sides right now, and there likely won’t be much ground between them come the season’s final table. There should be a few goals, but that’ll be more down to poor defending than excellent attacking quality from either side. Fulham 2-2 Villa.


How to watch Fulham – Aston Villa stream and start time

Kickoff: 12:45 pm ET Monday
Online: Stream via Peacock

Serie A: Lozano scores twice for Napoli; 10-man Juve drop points to Roma

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A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Serie A, where Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to save a point for Juventus and Hirving Lozano also scored twice in Napoli’s 6-0 victory…

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Roma 2-2 Juventus

Juventus overturned a pair of deficits to salvage a point from their trip to Rome, but Andrea Pirlo might just feel his side should have taken more from the game if not for Adrien Rabiot’s red card in the 62nd minute.

Jordan Veretout fired Roma ahead from the penalty spot in the 31st minute, but Cristiano Ronaldo matched him with a spot kick of his own in the 44th. Veretout made it 2-1 less than a minute into the second half, with thanks to an assist from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Rabiot got his second yellow card of the game 15 minutes later, but it didn’t stop Ronalado from scoring his second equalizer in the 69th minute.

Regardless of the country, league or club, we’re seeing some of Europe’s greatest powerhouses struggle through uncharacteristically slow starts to the 2020-21 season. The safe assumption is that the cream will inevitably rise to the top after working out the early kinks, but it might just open the door for an unlikely title challenger or two as well.

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Napoli 6-0 Genoa

Napoli went top of the table (after two games) by way of Sunday’s beatdown of Genoa.

Mexican superstar Hirving Lozano opened the scoring in the 10th minute and added his second goal on the game in the 65th. In between his two tallies, Piota Zielinski (46th) and Dries Mertens (57th) also scored.

Eljif Elmas (69th) and Matteo Politano (72nd) each scored not much later to complete the scoring and the rout.

Crotone 0-2 AC Milan

Franck Kessie converted from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time and Brahim Diaz added an insurance goal five minutes into the second half to give AC Milan their second 2-0 victory in a row to start the season. All appears to be going too well for the Rossoneri right now.

Other Serie A results

Spezia 1-4 Sassuolo
Hellas Verona 1-0 Udinese

Transfer news: Arsenal’s latest Aouar bid; mystery Fati bid for $175 million

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Today’s Premier League transfer news includes Arsenal’s latest bid for Houssem Aouar, Barcelona rejected an astronomical bid for 17-year-old Ansu Fati, and Antonio Rudiger moving across London to West Ham for the season…

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Arsenal increase bid for Aouar, but is it enough?

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to increase their bid for Aouar, but only to $57 million, which remains $12 million short of Lyon’s valuation for the 22-year-old midfielder. The Gunners’ latest offer is said to include more than $11 million in add-ons, but Lyon are likely to reject that bid as well as they seek the full amount paid in full.

Barcelona reject mystery $175-million Ansu Fati transfer bid

First things first, let’s start the plainly obvious: $175 million is a lot of money for any player, let alone a 17-year-old who still has so much development left to come. Even Fati, who has been nothing short of a revelation thus far, can still fall short of expectations. With Lionel Messi seemingly headed for the exit door (for free) next summer, how exactly do Barca plan to rebuild their first-team squad? Sure, they’d enjoy themselves a great deal if a La Masia product like Fati is the focal point of their rebirth, but they still desperately need to put a competent team around him. Automatically rejecting a (reported) bid of $175 million seems a bit crazy, but so is everything else at Barcelona these days. According to some reports, Man United are said to be the club which made the mega-bid for Fati.

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Rudiger to West Ham on loan

Antonio Rudiger might be a first-choice option at center back for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, and he might not be as well. West Ham are taking the approach that the 27-year-old German won’t be getting the first-team action he requires, thus they wish to work out a loan deal for the 2020-21 season.

Torreira in limbo at Arsenal

Lucas Torreira’s time at Arsenal is (logically speaking) finished, but the Gunners are reportedly having a hard time finding a landing spot for the 24-year-old Uruguayan midfielder. Torino were interested for a time, but they no longer see Torreira as a viable option. Atletico Madrid are interested in a loan deal, but Arsenal don’t want to do that. Perhaps Torreria, plus cash, might tempt the La Liga side to finally part ways with Thomas Partey.