MLS roundup: Whitecaps, D.C. United win late ones; FCD, Sounders in disappointing draw

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The fourth Saturday of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and while one of the day’s biggest games left a bit to be desired, the rest of the league was looking out for us with most of the goals we were missing last week, and even threw in a couple of late winners, just for good measure.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Portland Timbers

Carl Robinson’s Whitecaps are rolling right along now, and this time they might just be able to keep it up. The balance between attack and defense feels like it’s been worked out, and if that’s the case, good luck beating these guys. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

FC Dallas 0-0 Seattle Sounders

No longer perfect, are FCD, but they’ll be thankful to manage a point after an early red card. As for the Sounders, they’ll just be happy when they get Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins back. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Columbus Crew SC 1-2 New York Red Bulls

Don’t look now, but Jesse Marsch’s Red Bulls are tops in the Eastern Conference, with a game in hand on most. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored Red Bulls’ first from the penalty spot and set up Mike Grella for the winner with 20 minutes left to play. There’s a good-to-great chance we all underestimated this year’s Red Bulls.

D.C. United 1-0 LA Galaxy

Don’t ever give up, kids. Stick with it and you’ll get your reward. If you gave up on D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy even 30 seconds before it was over, you missed everything you needed to see from this one. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

New York City FC 0-1 Sporting Kansas City

Soccer that looks like ping pong — that’s essentially what you’re going to get every week at Yankee Stadium as the small playing field lacks the space to spread the field and connect passes. On Saturday, it was more of the same as Sporting KC handed NYCFC their first defeat. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

New England Revolution 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes

The Revolution got their first goal of the season — hey, it only took four games — and the kind of dominant performance — in the first half, at least — that so many expected from them all season long, before the Earthquakes made it a game in the second 45. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Montreal Impact 2-2 Orlando City SC

Three goals in three minutes just before the half-hour mark was the highlight of a thoroughly entertaining affair at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Ignacio Piatti put the hosts up early (14th minute) before Jack McInerney doubled the lead (27th), then Pedro Ribeiro (29th) and Kaka (30th) brought the Lions level again, which is exactly where things finished.

Your weekly reminder that Kaka is still a really, really, really good player: this goal. Your regular reminder that MLS still does silly things: Orlando’s four-man bench.

Houston Dynamo 0-0 Colorado Rapids

If a scoreless game between two bottom-dwelling teams is played while five other games between playoff-competing teams are also being played, did that game really happen? That’s a question you’ll have to ask Dynamo and/or Rapids fans. Even if it did happen, 17 total shots with just five on target suggests very little actually occurred during said game.

UCL AT HALF: Marsch’s Salzburg rolling; Champions holding firm; Chelsea’s Mount hurt

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We’ve got news after 45 minutes of six more UCL matches, including a big injury at Stamford Bridge and a monumental start for an American in Austria.

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Chelsea 0-0 Valencia

No goals to report here, but early season hero Mason Mount has left the match with an injury for the Blues. He was not replaced by Christian Pulisic, rather Pedro.

Liverpool 0-0 Napoli

It’s been a pretty even affair, though Liverpool can thank Adrian for a pair of great saves on Dries Mertens before Hirving “Chucky” Lozano’s goal was ruled offside.

Red Bull Salzburg 5-1 Genk

Jesse Marsch is now officially the first American man to manage a team in a UEFA Champions League game.

The Red Bull Salzburg boss is also the first to hold a second minute lead, as red hot striker Erling Braut Haland scored his 15th, 16th, and 17th goals in nine matches under Marsch.

Haland also five assists on the season, having entered Tuesday’s match with 658 minutes across all competitions.

Haland is the son of former Leeds, Man City, and Nottingham Forest manager Alf-Inge Haland.

Hwang-Hee Chan has Salzburg’s other goal, and two assists.

Elsewhere

Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague — RECAP
Lyon 1-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
Ajax 1-0 Lille
Benfica 0-0 RB Leipzig

Yedlin nears return, hoping for October USMNT call-up

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Hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy to see that DeAndre Yedlin didn’t look right last season.

The Newcastle United and USMNT right back was not up to his standards during the 2018-19 season, and Yedlin says the injury that’s cost him the start of this season has been the culprit for a long time.

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Yedlin, 26, went through surgery this May for a sports hernia which he says bothered him on game days for almost a year and a half.

From NUFC.co.uk:

 “It was tough, and it was a bit confusing because it would come and go. There would be months that I’d be playing with it and I’d take pain killers before the game and try to get through it, then there’d be times when it didn’t bother me at all,” he said.

“Even in warm ups, I’d be thinking ‘it’s going to be tough to make it through this game.’ Once the pain killers hit in, you can’t really feel anything anymore and then adrenalin hits in but, yeah, it’s tough. As a player you don’t want to stop and then lose your place, but you’ve also got to do what’s best for you and for the longevity of your career.

That’s not good, and both USMNT and Newcastle supporters will hope the injury was the reason behind his decline in form.

Yedlin’s stats dropped in each of his last two PL seasons. For a player whose blessed with blazing speed, a sports hernia is only going to dramatically affect performance.

He says he has been in touch with USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

“That’s been tough. I’ve had contact with the manager and they’re keeping updated on how I’m doing. This last international break was just a bit too soon but hopefully the next one, I’ll be ready for and hopefully I’ll have some minutes under my belt by that time, then really crack on from there.”

Conte’s Inter avoids UCL upset in stoppage time

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The Champions League nearly began with an upset, as Slavia Prague led Inter Milan 1-0 into stoppage time at the San Siro on Tuesday.

But a pair of Inter loanees produced a play to tie the score in the second minute of stoppage, as Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo) curled a free kick off the bar and Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) first timed the rebound through traffic and inside the far post.

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Peter Olayinka started and finished the play for Slavia Prague’s second half opener. The scorer took the ball to the end line and cut back for Lukas Provod, whose shot was saved by Samir Handanovic.

But Olayinka followed the play and took advantage of the marker who slid to block his initial pass. On the doorstep at the back post, the Nigerian smashed the ball into the top of the goal.

The goal was deserved, and the score line represented the tightness of the contest. Inter barely out shot the Czech visitors and had just a little bit more of the ball.

Romelu Lukaku nearly thumped home a header in the sixth minute of stoppage, but Slavia keeper Ondrej Kolar made a fine save.

Here’s the equalizer:

LIVE, UCL: Napoli v. Liverpool, Chelsea v. Valencia

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is back, as Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea are both in action on Tuesday.

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Reigning European champs Liverpool head to Napoli in their opening group game, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to avenge the defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last season. As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard and several of his young Blues stars are making their UEFA Champions League debuts as a manager and players.

A beauty of a game takes place in Group F, as Borussia Dortmund host Barcelona with Lionel Messi back in the Barca squad after injury.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group E
Napoli v. Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg v. Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v. Barcelona

Group G
Benfica v. Leipzig

Group H
Ajax v. Lille
Chelsea v. Valencia