MLS Roundup: Sounders, D.C. United slip; LA gains ground in the West

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MLS’s seven-match Saturday saw both conference leaders slip on the road, fifth place change hands in the West, and a long winning streak come to an end in Columbus. At this time of year, that’s a typical weekend in Major League Soccer, but the fact that so many games are carrying these types of story lines tells you the home stretch is upon us.

Toward, three players showed they’re ready for that finishing run:

  • Diego Valeri, again making a late charge for Best XI consideration, had a goal and an assist as Portland moved back into the West’s top five;
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips is on course of history after his third hat trick of the season. Sitting on 24, the New York striker is on pace for a league record 29 goals, if he plays the rest of his teams’ games;
  • Robbie Keane recorded his 15th goal and 14th assist of the season, bringing LA back for three valuable points in Carson.

Here’s how Saturday played out across Major League Soccer:

Portland Timbers 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 0

A strong start from the Whitecaps hinted Carl Robinson’s team was ready to make amends for the 3-0 drubbing Portland handed them in Vancouver three weeks ago. Instead, Diego Valeri thwarted that start with a sublime volley in the 28th minute, giving the Timbers the 1-0 lead they’d take into halftime.

In the second half, Valeri took the ball off Matias Laba near the center line, eventually setting Fanedo Adi up for the Nigerian’s seventh goal. Three minutes later, Darlington Nagbe did the same, finding Adi nine yards out for the game’s final score.

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Philadelphia Union 0, Houston Dynamo 0 

Two teams that needed three points ended scoreless in Chester, with Philadelphia suffering its second draw in a row at PPL Park.

Holding Houston to no shots on target, the Union threatened to take a first half lead through Conor Casey, who had multiple opportunities to open the scoring. Kept off the board, Philadelphia was left hoping its second half’s chances would come good, but a penalty shout (denied) for Vincent Nogueira and Pedro Ribeiro’s late test of the upright meant the Union would end scoreless.

The draw left Philadelphia in sixth place at night’s end, two points out of the East’s last playoff spot. Houston is seven points back of fourth place Columbus.

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Montreal Impact 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0

There’s an unfortunate irony behind Montreal, being MLS’s first team eliminated from postseason contention on the same night they continued their late reason progress. Given how 2014’s transpired, though, the Impact were under no impression they would play into November. Instead, performances like tonight’s two-goal win  are part of a building process toward next season.

That building process was slow going at Stade Saputo, with a team that was resting star striker Marco Di Vaio needing 81 minutes to craft its first goal. That’s when Di Vaio, on as a second half substitute, forced San Jose keeper Jon Busch into a diving stop, one that allowed Jack McInerney to knee-in the rebound.

Dilly Duka’s 87th minute insurance extended San Jose’s winless streak to nine.

New York Red Bulls 4-1 Seattle Sounders

This wasn’t your typical, lopsided Sounder aberration.  For most of the match they were competitive, if not outright better. Unfortunately, none of that competitiveness resulted in a first half goal. Instead, a half-strength team rotated in the way of Tuesday’s Open Cup win was pushed out of the game early it the second half, with Bradley Wright-Phillips’ third hat trick of the season giving New York its one-sided result.

Seattle’s defensive breakdown allowed Wright-Phillips to open his day from close range after 29 seconds, through his second came from the spot. Just before the hour, a counter attack built down New York’s left found the Red Bulls’ striker open in front of goal.

Though Clint Dempsey and Tim Cahill scored over the next 10 minutes, the match settled in after the home side’s final goal. Wright-Phillips ended the match with 24 goals, while Mike Petke’s team moved slightly closer to a postseason return.

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Columbus Crew 1, New England Revolution 0 

A dominant first half couldn’t get the Crew on the scoresheet before halftime, but that thanks to a piece of Federico Higuain dead ball mastery, Columbus was up three minutes into the second half.

Though New England pressed to find an equalizer, Columbus came closest to scoring the next goal, with A.J. Soares conceding a penalty kick in the 84th minute. With his kindness getting the best of him, Higuain failed to convert the ensuing chance, leaving New England within striking distance.

Moments later, Charlie Davies nearly  made Columbus pay, but thanks to Steve Clark’s breakaway stop, the Crew were able to preserve their 1-0 result. They remain within one point of New York for fourth, while third place New England ends its five-game winning run.

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 Chicago Fire 3,  D.C. United 3

A United team without Fabian Espindola, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Rolfe went down early at Toyota Park, conceding in the 16th minute to Quincy Amirkawa before Jeff Larentowicz doubled Chicago’s lead from the spot. Six minutes before half time, Luis Silva matched Larentowicz’s penalty score, pulling D.C. within one after Bakary Soumare’s foul on Steve Birnbaum.

In the second half, D.C. United began looking like its East-leading self, getting goals from Silva and Bobby Boswell to claim its first lead of the night in the 68th minute. Chicago, however, would quickly respond, with Matt Watson blasting a 26-yard shot inside Bill Hamid’s right post for a 78th minute equalizer.

With his first goal in a Fire uniform, Watson gave Chicago a record-tying 16th draw of the season. United is three points up on Sporting at the top of the East.

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LA Galaxy 2, FC Dallas 1

A dominant start from the home side left the Carson crowd bedeviled as the teams went back into the locker rooms scoreless. Shortly after intermission, however, FC Dallas opened the scoring, using the mismatch of Blas Perez against Dan Gargan to score off an early second half cross.

Eight minutes later, Robbie Keane responded, converting from the middle of the penalty area after Gyasi Zardes forced a Dallas turnover. Six minutes from time, Keane added an assist on the game-winning goal, lofting a cross for Alan Gordon that the substitute striker headed home.

The win moved LA even with Seattle atop the standings, and while the Sounders maintain a game-in-hand, the Galaxy made up ground. With the teams having a home-and-home to end the season, LA has moved close enough to control its own Supporters’ Shield destiny.

Premier League injury news, 2022-23 season

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Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 8 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.


Arsenal injuries

OUT: Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh), Reiss Nelson (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (knee), Kieran Tierney (head), Cedric Soares (knock)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee)

Bournemouth injuries

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (knee)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (undisclosed), Jack Butland (hand), Nathan Ferguson (foot) | QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin)

Everton injuries

OUT: Jordan Pickford (thigh), Ben Godfrey (broken leg), Yerry Mina (ankle), Nathan Patterson (ankle), Mason Holgate (knee), Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Jordan Pickford (thigh)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Harry Wilson (knee), Joao Pahlinha (suspension), Manor Solomon (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Rodrigo (shoulder), Stuart Dallas (thigh)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Ndidi (knock), Patson Daka (illness)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Curtis Jones (calf), Calvin Ramsay (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Anthony Martial (achilles), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Marcus Rashford (thigh), Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Aleksander Isak (leg), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Bruno Guimaraes (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Callum Wilson (thigh), Chris Wood (ribs), Elliott Anderson (knock)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Orel Mangala (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Emmanuel Dennis (knock), Morgan Gibbs-White (knock), Scott McKenna (knee), Joe Worrall (broken nose)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Lucas Moura (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Hugo Lloris (quad), Ben Davies (knee)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Benjamin Johnson (hamstring)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Raul Jimenez (groin), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Nathan Collins (suspension), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Diego Costa (undisclosed)

Fulham vs Newcastle: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Fulham and Newcastle United look set to entertain when Aleksandar Mitrovic entertains his old mates for a Saturday morning tilt at Craven Cottage on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

STREAM LIVE FULHAM vs NEWCASTLE

The Magpies are injury-hit but Eddie Howe has enjoyed pushing for offense and has largely found chances regardless of who’s been on the field, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers are healthy and have been on the front foot as often as possible during their Premier League return.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Fulham vs Newcastle.

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How to watch Fulham vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & star players

Somewhere in the multiverse, Mitrovic’s tied for the Golden Boot lead because Erling Haaland is an actual superhero. The Fulham man has six goals to tie Harry Kane five behind Man City’s prolific Norwegian hitman. Kenny Tete’s assisted three of those goals, and Tete’s also top six in tackles. Teammate Joao Palhinha is first.

Newcastle, meanwhile, is dealing with a ridiculous amount of injuries to key players, as Bruno Guimares, Chris Wood, and Alexander Isak were both hurt on international break to join Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin as walking wounded attackers.


Fulham team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle) OUT: Palhinha (suspended), Manor Solomn (knee), Harry Wilson (knee)

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Chris Wood (chest), Callum Wilson (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Bruno Guimares (thigh), Elliott Anderson (undisclosed). OUT: Alexander Isak (other), Emil Krafth (ACL),

Liverpool vs Brighton: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Liverpool plays its first Premier League match in 25 days when high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion debut a new manager as visitors at Anfield on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

Roberto De Zerbi takes the wheel for the Seagulls following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, and Brighton will be staging its first match since a 5-2 demolition of Leicester City on Sept. 4.

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That was one day after Liverpool drew Everton 0-0 at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby that came on the heels of back-to-back wins for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Liverpool’s currently four points back of fourth-place Brighton; Both clubs have played six matches, one fewer than 14 other Premier League sides.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs Brighton.

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How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & star players

Is Liverpool ready to turn chances into goals at a more familiar rate? The Reds’ expected goal total for this season is close to leaders Manchester City and Arsenal but its actual goal production is fifth and somewhat-inflated by their nine-goal beatdown of Bournemouth previously this season.

Brighton, meanwhile, has to show that it’s getting a handle on life after Graham Potter, as De Zerbi’s credentials say things might not look too different. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss craves possession in his teams and delivers chances as a boss in the manner you’d expect from a former attacking midfielder.


Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee). OUT: Calvin Ramsay (lower back), Curtis Jones (tibia), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Naby Keita (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh).

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness). OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (lower leg)

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Chelsea looks to keep up its top-four pace when it visits Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

The match is Graham Potter’s first in the Premier League since leaving Brighton for new digs in London. The Blues drew Salzburg in 1-1 in Potter’s first match with Chelsea, and many eyes will be trained on his Starting XI.

STREAM LIVE CRYSTAL PALACE vs CHELSEA

Palace is winless in its last three Premier League matches including back-to-back draws versus Brentford and Newcastle. Patrick Vieira would love to make that a three-match unbeaten run with a good result Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

What will Graham Potter’s first Premier League XI look like come Saturday? Kepa Arrizabalaga could be in goal if Edouard Mendy is not ready, but will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain a starter? Are Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic locks for the midfield? Lots to monitor as Christian Pulisic, Conor Gallagher, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech will hope to have made a major impression.

Palace has played well against the “Big Six” this year, leading Man City 2-0 before an Erling Haaland hat trick, drawing Liverpool, and losing on Opening Day vs Arsenal while holding 57% of the ball and matching the Gunners in shots and shots on target. A win over the Blues sure would do the trick.


Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin). OUT: James Tomkins (calf), Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Jack Butland (hand)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Edouard Mendy (knee), N’Golo Kante (thigh).