PST’s Major League Soccer power rankings: Pre-playoff edition sees new boss, different from old boss

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The season’s final power rankings feature changes at the top and bottom of the Top 10 thanks to a colossal win and the impending playoffs, while a top-heavy Bottom 10 sees a fair bit of fluctuation as well.

Yes, these are our final power rankings until after MLS Cup, when we can assess who did what, disappointed whom and left us clamoring for more. Seattle dismissed L.A. over two matches to kick the Galaxy out of the top spot and give the Eastern Conference plenty of hope for the playoffs.

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What happened to this powerful unit in Los Angeles? Actually, it’s simple: if Robbie Keane can’t go, they are merely a great team instead of one possessing the potential for all-time greatness. Without Keane and Omar Gonzalez, as we saw last week, they are just a contender.

[ MORE: Last week’s rankings | Methodology ]

Fortunately for Galaxy fans, both of those players will be back for the matches that matter, but Seattle did enough to claim what some consider to be the season’s ultimate prize.

Here’s where it all shakes out for us:

source:  1 UP 1 Seattle Sounders: I’m not sure he loves it when you call him ‘Big Pappa’, but Marco straight-up punked the Galaxy to close out the Supporters Shield match. Obafemi Martins continues to look like a maestro who happens to play striker, and Clint Dempsey is playing so ornery that Sam Elliott is going to call him and tell him the sun will come up tomorrow. While that version of Dempsey could also come back to haunt the Sounders, they look great. Sigi Schmid’s a good manager, and could pull down the MLS treble (or as a bunch of inferiority-complex driven folks are bound to chime in with, “The Triple”, which sounds unfortunate). (20-10-4)
source:  2 DOWN 1 LA Galaxy: There isn’t much reason for Galaxy fans to panic. Surely Landon Donovan has a lot left in the tank for his final few games of club ball, and Gonzalez and Keane shall return. Really, this whole postseason is about Bruce Arena reminding them that they barely lost the Shield despite plenty of factors not in their favor. One good win and they could become the favorites again. (17-7-10)
source:  3 DC United: Ben Olsen’s boys just keep doing it, week-in and week-out (for the most part). The Luis Silva injury hurts a ton but the Black and Red have defied expectations all year. Why should that stop now? (17-9-8)
4 New England Revolution: No one wants to see the Revs on their schedule right about now, regardless of the opposition’s form. Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones are making everyone around them better and Bobby Shuttleworth is making some big saves. If Jose Goncalves and Andrew Farrell bring their best, it could be curtains for the East. (17-13-4)
source:  5 Columbus Crew: Not trying to foreshadow anything here, but it’s hard to believe anyone’s done a better job than Gregg Berhalter (though the man below him in the rankings has an argument). (14-10-10)
6 FC Dallas: Losing to a desperate Portland team is no big worry, but Dallas is barely holding this spot above Real Salt Lake. This week is a real test for Oscar Pareja, the manager who has pushed all the right buttons this season despite some tough obstacles to overcome. (16-12-6)
7 Real Salt Lake: RSL looks fine, and beating Chivas USA and having the bye isn’t quite enough to leapfrog FC Dallas. (15-8-11)
source:  8 Vancouver Whitecaps: There may not be a better pick-up in MLS than Kendall Waston, the stalwart defender who just added the most important goal in Whitecaps MLS history to his resume. Not too shabby. (12-8-14)
source:  9 New York Red Bulls: The winners of three of four have also been trounced by Columbus and L.A. in their last two losses. Lots of questions here, as they could go boom or bust. They did, however, have the touching story of the week(13-10-11)
source:  10 UP 2 Sporting KC: They are the champs, are rise to 10th based on that and the fact that no one below them is still playing. There’s a boat load of questions regarding Sporting, and Peter Vermes needs to do some bailing out. Bad news for the rest of the East; It’s a new season, and KC’s been battle-tested. (14-13-7)
source:  11 DOWN 1 Portland Timbers: Caleb Porter and company have to answer some big questions this offseason, but the biggest one might be: What if they didn’t lose their minds against what turned out to be a nothing Toronto FC team in the 3-2 come-from-ahead loss? Their 2-0 win showed they had the guts to go out hard, but did they overachieve last year or underachieve this year? (12-9-13)
source:  12 DOWN 1 Philadelphia Union: Things are looking up here. John Hackworth should be sticking around, Maurice Edu, Amobi Okugo and Andrew Wenger look ready to stay atop their games and Philly has an offseason to adjust their roster for a better run in a tougher than most think East. (10-12-12)
source:  13 UP 1 Montréal Impact: This six-win team should theoretically be much lower, but they’d be even money or favored if they played any bottom 10 team tomorrow and are still alive in the CONCACAF Champions League. Now how to do they replace Marco Di Vaio? (6-18-10)
source:  14 DOWN 1 Houston Dynamo: Dominic Kinnear’s move to San Jose ushers in an era of uncertainty. (11-17-6)
source:  15 Chicago Fire: Felt really good to watch Logan Pause go off into the sunset with a dramatic, fun win. Are they getting a Spurs man in the fold? (6-10-17)
source:  16 UP 1 Chivas USA: The last time we see the Goats on this list coming off a game week, Chivas USA can be proud of the way Wilmer Cabrera’s team battled down the stretch. Cheers to those who faithfully supported the team. What does their exit mean? (9-18-6)
source:  17 DOWN 1 Toronto FC: “monumental disappointment” can be considered an understatement: Now TFC’s star Premier League import is making sure his slighted by MLS voice is heard (11-15-8)
source:  T-18 San Jose Earthquakes: They’ve been very poor… (6-15-12)
source:  T-18 Colorado Rapids: … but then again, so have they. (8-18-8)






























































League Cup: How to watch, start times, as Premier League powers enter

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Fifteen Premier League teams eye dates in the fourth round when the League Cup returns for another September midweek.

The congested nature of the season will see some PL sides play three matches in as many weeks, though the European qualifying teams are just entering the fray this week.

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That includes Europa League sides Arsenal and Leicester City, who will stage the lone all-PL scrap of the round come Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.

Tuesday was going to see Tottenham Hotspur visit a club sponsored by Spurs striker Harry Kane, but Leyton Orient is in the news after positive COVID-19 tests have threatened to forfeit Spurs into the next round.

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Manchester United will hope to snap out of its season-opening funk when it begins its tourney Tuesday at Luton Town, while Chelsea hosts Barnsley on Wednesday.

Liverpool is off to Lincoln City on Thursday, kicking off its League Cup at the same time Manchester City welcomes Bournemouth.

Because of the aforementioned congested September in the tournament, the fourth round draw has already been held and those fixtures are at bottom of the page.

League Cup third round draw

All times ET

Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur — Postponed
West Brom v Brentford — 2 pm
Newport County v Watford — 2pm
West Ham United v Hull City — 2:30 pm
Luton Town v Manchester United — 3:15 pm

Preston North End v Brighton — 2 pm
Millwall v Burnley — 2 pm
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday — 2 pm
Stoke City v Gillingham — 2 pm
Chelsea v Barnsley — 2:45 pm
Leicester City v Arsenal — 2:45 pm
Fleetwood Town v Everton — 2:45 pm
Morecambe v Newcastle United — 2:45 pm

Bristol City v Aston Villa — 2 pm
Lincoln City v Liverpool — 2:45 pm
Manchester City v Bournemouth — 2:45 pm

League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
West Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull City
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United

How to watch League Cup third round streams and start time

Kickoff: Tuesday through Thursday
Online: Select games on ESPN+
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Transfer news: Dembele to Man United; Sancho deal off

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In the latest transfer news there is an Ousmane Dembele to Manchester United report, while Jadon Sancho to Manchester United is said to be off. Again.

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Let’s dive into the latest transfer news from around the Premier League, with a big focus on the Red Devils as they try to add key pieces late in the window.

Ousmane Dembele to Manchester United a good alternative to Sancho?

According to the Daily Record, Ousmane Dembele to Manchester United could happen in the final weeks of the window. Ronald Koeman has said Dembele, 23, is one of many players who are surplus to requirements at Barcelona. Per the report, Man United want a season-long loan deal for Dembele while Barcelona want a loan with an obligation to buy clause. They value Dembele at $117 million.

Look, the best thing Barcelona can do here is loan Dembele out and hope he stays fit and has a fine season at Man United so they want to buy him, or another club will buy him, or he could even return to Barca rejuvenated and able to be a key figure in their attack. Dembele’s last few seasons have been ravaged by injury and it is clear that Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and

For Man United, a loan move is a no-brainer. As they continue to chase Jadon Sancho but are more likely to make their move for the English winger next summer (more on that shortly), having a French international winger for a season to plug the gap is smart. If Dembele is up for the challenge of moving to Manchester United and rebuilding his career, he would provide plenty of competition to Mason Greenwood out wide and is a big upgrade on Jesse Lingard, Daniel James and Juan Mata as their other wide attackers.

Jadon Sancho to Manchester United off

It appears that Jadon Sancho to Manchester United will not happen unless the Red Devils panic massively in the latter stages of the transfer window and up their bid.

Sancho, 20, has been the top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the England international hasn’t forced through a move from Borussia Dortmund and our colleagues at Sky Sports in the UK state the German club are ‘bemused’ by the way United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has approached the deal as they’ve failed to get anywhere near Sancho’s valuation.

Speaking to Sport 1, Borussia Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl had the following to say about Sancho’s situation.

“We agreed that we had to show a certain attitude. And €80m are simply not enough for such a player,” Kehl said. “We owed that to the club and the fans. I don’t want to give him up either. Without Jadon this team is worse.”

Kehl went on to admit that Sancho could leave one day but for now he’s happy at Dortmund and vice versa. Is that the end of the summer-long Sancho saga? If it wasn’t over, it pretty much is now.

There’s no doubt that Sancho will end up in the Premier League, and probably at Manchester United, in the future but this deal always seemed like a long-shot considering the current financial situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Man United need a new winger to strengthen their already stacked attack and Solskjaer is better off focusing on a short-term solution and then lining up the deal for Sancho to happen over the next few transfer windows.

That said, United’s inability to get deals over the line (Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale and Jadon Sancho to name just a few) is starting to wear thing on most of their fans and unless they secure wins galore early in the season, it could be a tough few months for Solskjaer and Co.

USWNT star Alex Morgan eager for Tottenham, WSL debut

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Alex Morgan to Tottenham is a huge move for the FA Women’s Super League.

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USWNT star Morgan, 31, will make her debut for Spurs in the WSL in October, and she joins fellow U.S. stars Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis (both at Man City) Christen Press, Tobin Heath (both at Man United) in England.

Morgan is the biggest star name in the WSL, even though the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal are consistently successful and have attracted some huge names in women’s soccer over a busy offseason for the PL.

Remember: WSL action will make its TV debut in the USA this season as 50 games during the 2020-21 WSL season will be shown across the NBC Sports platforms as part of a season-long partnership with Atalanta Media.

Speaking to Tottenham’s website, here was what Morgan had to say about what she’s hoping to gain from her time in the WSL after moving from NWSL side Orlando Pride.

“I’ve heard so many great things about the WSL and some of my team-mates from the USA National Team have come over and signed with other clubs in the WSL,” Morgan said. “I wanted to challenge myself and play in a different league than what I’m used to, so this was a perfect opportunity for me to come here and just see the progress that the WSL has made and the quality all around the league.

“I hope I provide goals for this team, help to win games, help the team get to the top of the table, and set ourselves up for success within the season. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there from the start but the fact that we’re only two games in, I think that I could really help the team moving forward and get back to where I left off at the end of summer last year.”

How did the Alex Morgan to Tottenham move come about?

Well, it all happened very, very quickly for Morgan.

“Everything happened really fast. I was spending time in Orlando with my team in the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) and it just hit me that I needed consistent games and consistent training for an entire season, at least for the remainder of the year. I started looking at the league here and Tottenham is obviously a huge club that was on my radar and within, I think, less than 48 hours, we were able to get the deal signed and completed and within 48 hours after that I am sure I landed here, so it all happened extremely quickly,” Morgan said.

“Obviously, I had to take into account my family, my daughter, and my husband who plays football in the US. I also had to look at how I can get back after not playing for a good amount of time due to injury, also pregnancy and the pandemic, so there’s a lot of things that played into this decision. Just to be a part of this organisation is pretty incredible, you know, the rich history and the fact that the women’s team have continued to improve year after year, I’m really happy to take this next step in my career.”

Tottenham haven’t historically been among the most successful teams in the WSL and the other incarnations of women’s soccer in England, but signing Morgan takes them to the next level.

This will be a lot of fun to watch and it will provide Morgan with the perfect opportunity to get back up to speed ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo next summer.

Premier League statement on fans not being reintroduced

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A Premier League statement has been released after it was announced that fans will not be reintroduced to stadiums from October 1 in the UK as planned, as the PL “will continue to work with government to bring supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.”

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Amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases across the United Kingdom the government have halted plans for fans to return to stadiums from October 1.

Premier League fans haven’t been allowed in stadiums since play was suspended in March, but test events in the Championship, League One and League Two have been held in recent weeks with 1,000 fans in attendance.

The UK chief medical officer has said COVID-19 cases could climb to 50,000 a day if the current trajectory isn’t stopped, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a raft of new restrictions to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus in the UK and said it is now focusing on a six-month window across the winter months.

Here is the Premier League statement on fans not being able to return.

“The Premier League notes the Government’s announcement today and while the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority, we are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed. The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted. This is already evident in other European leagues.

“Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them. Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month. This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities. We are confident that Premier League clubs, using innovative ways to get supporters safely back into grounds, will enable revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as maintain solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial support for local and national economies.

“While there is a current pause in a date for fans returning to sports venues, the Premier League and our clubs will not slow down in our preparations for providing safe, bio-secure environments. We will continue to work with Government to bring supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.”

The fact that the UK will postpone fan reintroduction will hit the Premier League financially but it will hit the lower leagues harder. Clubs in the third and fourth tiers rely heavily on fans paying for tickets and they will now need big help from the football and government authorities in the UK to try and stay afloat in the coming months.

For now, Premier League fans will be eagerly await the next update from the UK government.

With fans being allowed back into stadiums in limited numbers in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, this news was slightly unexpected but right now the situation changes week by week.