MLS Snapshot: Columbus Crew SC 3-3 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): In what might just be a sneak peek of the 2015 Eastern Conference finals, Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC played to a thrilling 3-3 draw at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night, and all the big names played their part in making sure the affair lived up to the hype. Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay bagged four of the six goals on the night, as both sides crept a little closer to pace-setting D.C. United at the top of the East standings. TFC, running with three at the back, went down 3-0 just after the halftime restart, but showed the kind of unwavering resilience during the final 40 minutes to earn one of the best points of any team in Major League Soccer this season.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Tchani hammers home from outside the box — Even when Ethan Finlay messes up, the man picks up an assist these days. On this occasion, Finlay’s poor first touch ended in a Crew SC goal, despite the fact he booted the ball in the complete opposite direction to which he meant. Tony Tchani pounced on the loose ball and blasted his curling effort past Joe Bendik to make it 2-0 early on.

50 — Giovinco’s volley puts TFC on the board — Giovinco does what Giovinco does, you know? Collen Warner hit the perfect diagonal ball into the penalty area, where the Atomic Ant was waiting patiently. He made no mistake with what is an insane bit of skill.

88′ — Altidore draws a PK and converts for 3-3 — Jozy Altidore is a big man, while Waylon Francis is quite diminutive in comparison. So, when Francis makes the slightest bit of contact with Altidore, the TFC striker shouldn’t flail to the ground like Adebayo Akinfenwa just clubbed him from behind. Anyway, Fotis Bazakos bought the acting and awarded TFC a late penalty, which Altidore converted himself.

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Columbus Crew SC: Clark, Francis, Wahl, Parkhurst, Barson, Tchani, Trapp, Meram (Steindorsson 66′), Higuain (Saeid 78′), Finlay (Cedrick 86′), Kamara

Goals: Kamara (17′), Tchani (36′), Finlay (47′)

Toronto FC: Bendik, Morrow, Perquis, Zavaleta, Lovitz, Cheyrou (Osorio 82′), Warner, Jackson, Delgado (Chapman 90+4′), Altidore, Giovinco (Findley 90+2′)

Goals: Giovinco (50′), Warner (55′), Altidore (89′ – PK)

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

“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

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


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.


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.