MLS Saturday roundup: Whitecaps break losing streak; D.C. United back on track

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Another weekend of Major League Soccer action will come to a close following two matches on Sunday: Seattle Sounders vs. the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution vs. the LA Galaxy.

As far as the meetings on Saturday, a couple of them were notable for late goals that altered the results.

Below is a roundup of the individual contests.

Toronto FC 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes: No Jozy Altidore for the Reds? No problem. The striker is set to miss four-five weeks with a hamstring injury as of May 19, and in this match, Toronto saw Sebastian Giovinco contribute significantly to ease the former Sunderland forward’s absence. Snapshot here.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Real Salt Lake: This time around, the Vancouver Whitecaps showed their playoff-worthiness after losing two-straight matches, and Real Salt Lake wasn’t able to regain form following a mid-week loss at the hands of the LA Galaxy. Vancouver still has some sorting out to do in midfield, but the goals arrived when needed. In the 36th minute, Gershon Koffie, scoring in this 100th MLS game, struck a deep winding shot that soared into the back of the net past goalkeeper Nick Rimando–a magnificent conversion. Seven minutes later, RSL’s Javier Morales nailed a beautiful free kick that squeezed into the corner of the net. Cristian Techera’s determined follow-up on Octavio Rivero’s header in the 79th minute handed the Caps a win.

New York City FC 1-1 Houston Dynamo: NYCFC got behind their raucous home crowd and pressed forward for the late winner. But the Dynamo’s back line held firm and goalkeeper Tyler Deric provided the heroics to grab a point on road. Snapshot here.

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D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union: United was directing its sights on three points due to a difficult three-game away stretch without a win, and came out triumphant against the Union, victorious in their previous two bouts.  D.C. extended their home unbeaten steak to 19, while Chris Rolfe and Davy Arnaud were two of several key men for the Black and Reds. Andrew Wenger fed Sebastian Le Toux for the close-range opening goal in the fifth minute, but D.C. stormed back, Chris Pontius and Chris Rolfe (on an 85th-minute PK from a Zach Pfeffer handball) burying the next two. D.C.’s dominant spell of possession (85 percent at one point) in the final ten minutes put an end to the Union’s aspirations for a draw.

Orlando City SC 2-2 Columbus Crew: Crew clearly got the better of Orlando City SC in 3-0 victory back in April. This tilt saw a reverse of what transpired then, as Crew went down 10 men on Michael Parkhurst’s first red card of his MLS career in the 16th minute. Kaka buried the penalty kick off the American’s handball, and the score was tied at 1-1 since Tony Tchani guided home a header early on in the 6th minute. Crew target man Kei Kamara did what he does best, rising above the rest to bang his header past goalie Tally Hall for the 2-1 lead sixteen minutes into the second half. But Orlando wouldn’t completely relinquish the golden opportunity afforded by the red, with Pedro Ribeiro zooming a long-distance effort late.

Chicago Fire 3-0 Montreal Impact: The Impact had their short run of favorable play and were not ready to compete with the Fire in this competition, who were winless in their past four games and hungry for three points. The red card to Montreal midfielder Marco Donadel (his second yellow) in the 37th minute didn’t help their cause. Chicago had already netted the first goal of the match in the 13th minute off Harry Shipp’s upper-90 finish; Jeff Larentowicz added a second on a penalty kick from Bakary Soumare’s hauling down of Fire midfielder David Accam in the box. Kennedy Igboananike, all alone against goalie Evan Busch in the 72nd minute, then tallied the third for his very first MLS goal.

Colorado Rapids 1-2 Portland Timbers: Talk about a wild ending. This game remained fairly steady throughout, and just before the 90 minute mark, the Rapids, unable to get many threatening attacks, drew the match level at 1-1. Then, Portland goes for gold and nabs the stoppage-time winner. Snapshot here.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.


Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.