MLS roundup: Toronto FC shock D.C., Timbers top Revs with late goals

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Yet another Saturday night of Major League Soccer action is in the books, with Week 14 nearly completed (just a pair of Sunday afternoon/evening games remain).

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Remember that whole “it’s hard to win on the road in MLS” thing from the last few weeks? Well, here’s the thing: forget about that for a week, OK? Because on Saturday night, five of the seven games ended in resounding victories for road teams. Just remember: None of us know anything about MLS.

Without any further ado, your roundup of Saturday’s MLS action…

D.C. United 1-2 Toronto FC

When you’re right, you’re right. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. Sebastian Giovinco continues to be the best player in the league by a country mile (two more goals) and makes TFC a really, really, really scary proposition once the playoffs roll around and they’ve had a full season to gel. Look out, Eastern Conference, they’re coming. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Portland Timbers 2-0 New England Revolution Late drama at Providence Park, as the Timbers got a pair of 85th-plus-minute goals from Fanendo Adi. No Jermaine Jones and no Juan Agudelo left Jay Heaps with little choice but to play it safe and hope for a draw. With the victory, the not-so-long-ago-hapless Timbers are up to fourth place in the Western Conference. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

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Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Seattle Sounders So, here’s the thing: it probably shouldn’t have been a penalty, and Seattle’s disallowed goal should have definitely been allowed. That said, Sporting end a ridiculous five-game stretch against four of the league’s top teams and come out miles ahead of where anyone would have predicted they’d be, and they did it with half of their roster injured. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

LA Galaxy 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Kekuta Manneh can outrun and out-swivel his pants more effectively than Omar Gonzalez, which is really what this game came down to. The Whitecaps unleashed the Gambian speedster into the open field, where he does his best work. It resulted in the game’s only goal and three massive points for the struggling ‘Caps. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Chicago Fire 2-3 Orlando City SC

Don’t sleep on the Lions, y’all. Adrian Heath has his expansion side playing some good soccer, but more importantly, grinding out and getting results. Cyle Larin, who scored the late equalizer before Adailton’s second own goal of the game gifted Orlando City the three points, gets better and better every single week, which very few rookies actually do.

Kennedy Igboanike and David Accam — the latter by the grace of Harry Shipp — put the Fire on the board and in the lead with a half-hour to play. That’s the kind of implosion that breaks spirits inside a locker room, while it’s the kind of comeback that signals a corner having been turned and better days ahead. For now, OCSC will settle for fourth place in the East.

Philadelphia Union 1-2 New York City FC

New York City FC got their first road victory in club history, thanks to second-half goals scored by Thomas McNamara (long live the mullet) and Patrick Mullins. CJ Sapong opened the scoring for the home side with his third goal in four games, but the Union couldn’t hold on for their fourth win in five games.

Columbus Crew SC 1-2 Montreal Impact

What happened to Crew SC? Gregg Berhalter’s side is now winless in five (two draws, three losses) and falling quickly in the Eastern Conference. So quickly, in fact, that they’re now sixth in the East and just two points clear of ninth.

Maxim Tissot and Andres Romero provided second-half goals for the Impact on Saturday night, which was more than enough to hold off a lethargic Crew SC side, whose only consolation came in the form of Federico Higuain’s late tally. Don’t look now, but L’Impact are just two points off the final playoff places and have four games in hand.

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.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

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DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

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Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).