MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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The game in 100 words (or less): It was soccer in Bridgeview, which is to say, not exactly scintillating. On the positive side of things, soccer in Bridgeview almost always means our weekly dose of Harrison Shipp. The 23-year-old was on top of his game once again, as he assisted on the game’s only goal and could have/should have had another. The mazy, never-ending run through the entire Union midfield late in the game was just for good measure and to remind everyone not to forget about Shipp.

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Three moments that mattered

37′ — Mbolhi whiffs and Chicago are ahead — Shipp provided the tantalizing service to the top of the six-yard-box, Adailton made the slightest little bit of contact with his head and Rais Mbolhi was completely lost at sea as the ball floated into the back of the net. Not good goalkeeping, but the marking was just as poor.

55′ — Mbolhi atones with a huge one-on-one stop — Kennedy Igboananike found a gap between the two Union center backs and Shipp’s through ball was inch-perfect for the Nigerian forward, but Mbolhi made the kick-save from close range to keep the deficit at one.

75′ — Edu, one on one with the ‘keeper, pulls it wide — The chances were few and far between late on for the Union following Fred’s 72nd-minute red card. When the ball fell to Maurice Edu, behind the Chicago backline and only Sean Johnson ahead of him, Edu had to find the back of the net, or test the ‘keeper at the very least. Or cross for Sebasastien Le Toux at the back post. Edu did none of the above and pulled his harried shot five yards wide.

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Man of the match: Harrison Shipp — What other reason is there to watch the Fire? What other hope is there for the Fire? He’s usually the best player on the field for the Fire, and pretty regularly between either team, and he dominated again on Sunday.

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Chicago Fire: Johnson, Gehrig, Larentowicz, Adailton, Palmer, Shipp, Polster, Stephens, Jones (Guly 84′), Igboananike (Watson 66′), Amarikwa

Goals: Adailton (37′)

Philadelphia Union: Mbolhi, Fabinho, White (Ayuk 83′), Vitoria, Gaddis, Lahoud, Edu, Wenger (Hoppenot 86′), Nogueira (Fred 67′), Le Toux, Aristeguieta

Watch Live: West Ham United v. Liverpool

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After weeks of having a game in hand on Premier League title chasers Manchester City and Leicester City, the full extent of Liverpool’s lead will be revealed when the Reds visit West Ham United on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

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Once the full-time whistle blows at the London Stadium, all 20 PL sides will have played 24 games. Ahead of kickoff, Jurgen Klopp‘s side leads second-place Man City by a whopping 16 points.

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West Ham, meanwhile, sit 17th in the table and are only clear of the relegation zone by way of goal differential. That’s something that could very easily change between now and 5 p.m. ET.

LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Man City v. Man United

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It’s time for leg two of the Manchester derby in the semifinals of the EFL Cup (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET) at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City lead 3-1 following their first-leg dismantling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In theory, it’s a mere formality to reach the final at Wembley, where they would take on Aston Villa following their late dramatics on Tuesday.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while we will have you covered here at Pro Soccer Talk with all of the reaction and analysis.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs’ striker search

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Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.


A roundup of all of the major transfer rumors, most notably those involving Premier League clubs, on Wednesday…

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Barcelona have reportedly had a $110-million bid for Richarlison rejected by Everton. That’s a mind-blowing number for a club like Everton to receive, but the Toffees apparently didn’t have to think long before saying “thanks, but no thanks.” Luis Suarez is expected to miss four months due to a knee injury, leaving the Blaugrana somewhat for a replacement. Everton, however, have no desire to lose a key member of their squad with little to no time to sign a replacement.


After adding winger Steven Bergwijn on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur are heavily linked with a number of strikers as options to replace the injured Harry Kane. AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek is the most frequently linked (and most expensive) player coming out of the rumor mill, while Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has come up as an emergency option (he is reportedly open to the idea). However, Jose Mourinho has reportedly been told he has just $13 million to acquire a new forward after spending a combined $108 million on Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes.


Elsewhere in Tottenham rumors, full back Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to complete a loan move (without an option to buy) to Southampton in the very near future. The 22-year-old has been on the fringe of the first-team squad for what feels like five years now, but has never quite broken through. This could be Spurs putting into the shop window a player who they don’t believe is in their long-term plans in order to drive up his price tag come this summer.


Sheffield United look set to make a big push for a top-six finish, as the Blades are linked with moves for a pair of highly rated young players: Richairo Zivkovic, from Chinese side Changchun Yatai, and Sander Berge, from Genk. Zivkovic was one of the most highly touted youngsters in Europe before moving to China on a big-money deal; Berge has been linked with some of the biggest clubs across Europe in recent years, all the while the 21-year-old has become a fixture for the Belgian side.

Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes

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Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.


Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of becoming a Manchester United player after the club announced on Wednesday that an agreement has been reached with Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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From the club’s website, which is currently unreachable at the time of posting:

“Manchester United are delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The dollar figure most commonly reported is $61 million (potentially reaching $88 million after add-ons). Fernandes, 25, is reportedly in the process of visiting the Sporting offices to terminate his current contract and record a goodbye video for fans before boarding a flight to Manchester.

Fernandes came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but an agreement could never be reached between the involved parties and they ended up signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis instead.