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

World record-holding manager Gutendorf dies at 93

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The world record holder for most teams managed has died at the age of 93.

Rudi Gutendorf, who managed in the United States with the NASL’s St. Louis Stars (1968), last managed in 2003 when he led the Samoa national team.

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Those are two of 55 teams he led onto the pitch, 22 of which were national teams. He led teams from CONCACAF (Trinidad and Tobago), CAF (Ghana), CONMEBOL (Chile), OFC (Fiji), and AFC (Australia).

The German-born Gutendorf did a lot of his club work in Europe, leading clubs as big as Hamburg, Schalke, Real Valladolid, and Hertha Berlin.

Gutendorf managed Rwanda in the wake of the country’s dark civil war. From DW.com:

“Such hate, you cannot believe. I was able to unite these two tribes to play football, and good football,” he said in a 2013 interview of the mixed Rwandan team of Hutu and Tutsi players.

What a fascinating career Gutendorf had, and the stories he’s told.

Man Utd’s Maguire “showed what a man he is” versus Leicester

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Manchester United is still working to find its form as a team, but center back Harry Maguire continued his run of fine performances when the Red Devils beat his former team on Saturday.

United beat Leicester City 1-0 on the day, a Marcus Rashford penalty the difference, but Maguire and fellow new back Aaron Wan-Bissaka were again exceptional.

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Ashley Young has been through a few iterations of Manchester United, and the long-time club offered up lofty words to credit Maguire’s contributions to the team.

“Again he showed today what a man he is,” Young said. “You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well.”

Maguire won five aerial battles and two tackles while completing 83 percent of his passes and managing two shots against his former side (WhoScored). On the season, only Anthony Martial has consistently been more important to the team.

He also did not record a loss of possession, and seemingly was unbothered by plenty of criticism from the traveling fans. From The Manchester Evening News:

“I don’t think it bothers (Maguire) whatsoever,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “You’ve got to be that way and when you play, when you coach, when you manage, we don’t get carried away when we win a game that we maybe didn’t deserve to win, but we don’t get in the dumps when we don’t win.”

Solskjaer also loved Maguire and Victor Lindelof for their performance against pesky Leicester star Jamie Vardy.

“I’ve got loads of admiration for Vardy,” Solskjaer said. “I think he’s my type of centre forward, runs in in behind, harasses and you’ve got to be spot on with the decision-making, when to stay up, when to drop off, and both of them proved their worth today. There were a couple of races and Harry did well.”

Maguire didn’t love being on the other side of Vardy, either.

“It was tough playing against Jamie,” he said. “I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorize defenses when he is on his game. … We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.”

United hosts Kazakhstan’s Astana on Thursday in the Europa League before visiting West Ham United on Sept. 22.

Watch Live: Bournemouth v. Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets the start up top as Everton looks to take down hosts Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison join Calvert-Lewin in attack for the Toffees, who can go fourth with a win.

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Bournemouth enters the day in 16th, a point ahead of the bottom three, but can rise into the top half with a win. Early season vibes.

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Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Cook, Stacey, Solanke, Billing, L. S. Cook, Wilson, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, Simpson, Mepham.

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Delph, Schneiderlin, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Walcott, Sidibe, Bernard, Davies, Kean.

USWNT legend O’Reilly scores stunner on night to honor her career

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USWNT hero and North Carolina Courage playmaker Heather O’Reilly gave her special day its just desserts.

The 34-year-old New Jersey native scored a sweet goal late in North Carolina’s 6-1 demolition of Orlando Pride on Saturday night, which just so happened to be the evening chosen to celebrate her 17-year career.

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O’Reilly dribbled down the left before cutting to the middle and slashing a shot across the goal and inside the far post.

She has 231 USWNT caps with 47 goals, a Women’s World Cup crown, three Olympic gold medals, three top-flight domestic titles, two Women’s College Cups, and an FA Cup with Arsenal Ladies.

The Courage have four matches left in the regular season and look set to again be the No. 1 seed, so O’Reilly may yet have more memorable moments left in her playing career.