MLS Snapshot: D.C. United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City

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The game in 100 words (or less): Sometimes in soccer, the end is in no way related to the mean. In layman’s terms, it doesn’t matter if you play well or extremely poor; there’s a pretty good chance the ultimate result will be completely opposite of what you think you “deserved.” For almost the entire first half, Sporting KC dominated the run of play, creating chance after chance, but failing to put one away. Then, D.C. United, from a nothing play, grabbed a 1-0 lead. Sporting answered almost immediately, and nothing about this game seemed to make any sense. In truth, a 1-1 draw feels just about right, though it could have easily been 2-0 or 3-0 to the visitors early on. Sometimes it’s funny how a game arrives at its destination; this was one of those instances.

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Three moments that mattered

19′ — Peterson smashes the crossbar — Roger Espinoza provided the dangerous cross into the box and Jacob Peterson made a mad dash for the ball near the top of the six-yard box, but his shot was about six inches high and smashed off the cross bar, nearly giving Sporting an early lead on the road.

42′ — Arrieta finishes a great move from Kitchen, Pontius — Perry Kitchen dropped the long ball over the top onto the foot of Chris Pontius, who cleverly squared it for Jairo Arrieta. It’s the kind of goal that United, lucky as they are, have made a killing on the last year and a half.

45′ — Dwyer with a the smooth finish minutes later — SKC completely bossed the first half, and with 44 minutes on the clock, had nothing to show for their efforts. Finally, on perhaps their least-likely-to-be-scored chance of the half, Dom Dwyer applied a smooth finish to beat Bill Hamid and level the game up.

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Man of the match: Benny Feilhaber — 3 key passes for the early-season MVP candidate, and the highest usage rate of any non-defender in the game. Oh, and he also won the ball back for his side almost 15 times. Both sides of the ball, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better player every single week this season.

LINEUPS

D.C. United: Hamid, Korb, Opare, Boswell, Franklin, Rolfe (Farfan 74′), Kitchen, Arnaud, DeLeon (Aguilar 88′), Pontius, Arrieta (Silva 66′)

Goals: Arrieta (42′)

Sporting Kansas City: Melia, Sinovic, Besler, Palmer-Brown, Anibaba, Espinoza, Mustivar, Espinoza, Peterson (Hallisey 85′), Dwyer (Nemeth 71′), Zusi (Dia 89′)

Goals: Dwyer (45′)

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.