MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 1-0 DC United

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One game in 100 words: Breaks were taken during the match due to the intense humidity of Orlando, and towards the end of the contest, you could tell the conditions were plaguing D.C. United as the Eastern Conference leader’s pace slowed. The outcome of this game could’ve gone either way since neither team really dominated, and as is the case in these types of contest, one chance can decide the victory. Orlando created that moment by drawing the penalty kick and did well to keep their back line tight. The Lions unbeaten streak extended to five, while D.C. braved their second-consecutive loss.

 

Goals

Orlando: Kaka 30′

D.C. United: None

 

Three moments that mattered

28’ — Ribeiro draws PK — Pedro Ribeiro took an excellent reversal shot in the box and forced Bill Hamid into a diving save, but the Orlando City SC man did not end pursuit of the rebound, which Steve Birnbaum minimally cleared away. And Taylor Kemp, trying to corral the ball at the edge of the box, made contact with Ribeiro and drew the penalty kick. Granted, Ribeiro’s hard fall can be viewed as debatable, but in the end, he saw and took the opportunity to gain a very important advantage.

30’ —Hamid spectacular but Kaka buries — How many times will you see Kaka have his penalty kick efforts saved in MLS? Not many. But if there’s one goalkeeper who would stonewall the former Ballon d’Or winner, United netminder Bill Hamid would stand out as a definite choice. Kaka stepped up and struck a right-footer to the opposite corner of the net, and Hamid dove hard to stuff the attempt. Nonetheless, the try deflected right back to Kaka and he finished it with his head.

84’—Doyle lashes just wide — Former Derby County forward Conor Doyle came on as a substitute for Nick DeLeon in hopes of providing a decisive attacking spark, and he nearly carried out this intention. Midfielder Luis Silva stretched and tapped a pass to Davy Arnaud just outside the penalty box, and he flicked a crafty back heel to Doyle; the Texas-native smashed a one-timed shot that appeared very threatening but hurtled to the right of the post.

 

Lineups

Orlando: Pedro Ribeiro (Carlos Rivas 83′); Tally Hall; Rafael Ramos, Aurelien Collin, Sean St. Ledger, Luke Boden; Erik Avila, Cristian Higuita, Lewis Neal (Amobi Okugo 83′), Kaka (Harrison Heath 90′), Brek Shea

D.C. United: Fabian Espindola, Jairo Arrieta (Miguel Aguilar 57′); Bill Hamid; Chris Korb, Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Taylor Kemp; Nick DeLeon (Conor Doyle 74′), Perry Kitchen, Davy Arnaud, Chris Rolfe (Luis Silva 78′)

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.

From Marca.com:

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.