Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea: Oxlade-Chamberlain strike wins Gunners FA Community Shield

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More than 85,000 fans packed Wembley Stadium for the FA Community Shield, where Arsenal left with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea.

The result means Arsene Wenger is no longer winless against Jose Mourinho, as it took him 14 tries to finally beat his rival manager. Now the Gunners must look forward to the start of the Premier League, which kicks off next weekend.

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It was a strange sight to see Petr Cech lining up in goal for Arsenal against Chelsea, the team he made nearly 500 appearances for over the past 11 seasons.

Both sides were missing some stars, as Diego Costa was unavailable for Chelsea while nursing a hamstring injury. Arsenal was without Alexis Sanchez, who is still being given some rest after leading Chile to a win in the Copa America tournament.

The match had a testy start to it, as a few strong challenges were made between the two London clubs. It didn’t take long for the Arsenal fans to begin taunting Chelsea’s supposed “boring” style of play, the same style of play that won the Blues the Premier League title last season.

It was Arsenal that had the better run of play to start the match, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired the Gunners ahead in the 24th minute. Oxlade-Chamberlain took a ball from Theo Walcott on the right side of the box, cut past Cesar Azpilicueta onto his left foot and rifled a shot into the top corner.

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After the goal, Chelsea picked up their play a bit and should have drawn level ten minutes later. Loic Remy threw in a cross from the left wing to Ramires, who was wide open on the top of the six. But the Brazilian put his header just over the bar as the scoreline remained in Arsenal’s favor.

In the second half, Radamel Falcao came in for Remy, as the Colombian striker is looking to find his form again after a disappointing loan at Manchester United last season.

While Falcao is a new face at Chelsea, it was the Blues’ main man Eden Hazard who nearly found an equalizer in the 61st minute. Last season’s PFA Player of the Year took a good ball from Cesc Fabregas in on goal, but Laurent Koscielny closed him down quickly as Hazard fired high.

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Petr Cech made his biggest save of the match just minutes later, keeping his old club off the board. With a free kick from just outside the box Oscar curled one towards the top corner, but Cech dove to his right and made a massive stop as he narrowly avoided clattering into the post.

Santi Cazorla had a golden opportunity to close out the match for Arsenal five minutes from full-time, but couldn’t get his chip over Thibaut Courtois, who stayed big to deny the Spanish midfielder.

With the clock winding down, Chelsea never really put the pressure on Arsenal, as the Gunners claim the first silverware of the season.


Arsenal: Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Ozil (Gibbs, 82′), Cazorla, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arteta, 77′), Walcott (Giroud, 66′)

Goal: Oxlade-Chamberlain (24′)

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta (Zouma, 69′), Terry (Moses, 82′), Cahill, Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Ramires (Oscar, 54′), Remy (Falcao, 46′)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to the LA Galaxy

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has bid adieu to Major League Soccer, thanking the LA Galaxy for “making me feel alive again.”

The Swedish superstar averaged nearly a goal per game with the Galaxy, and was rumored to be in line for another two years at the club.

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Perhaps those reports, and maybe AC Milan’s struggles to score goals, have made more suitors come forward. Time will tell.

The Galaxy said the decision was a “mutual parting of ways” and thanked the player for his work both on and off the pitch.


“We would like to thank Zlatan for his contributions to the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”

Zlatan’s full thoughts, below, were a bit more Zlatanny.

Klein will have his hands full in replacing Ibrahimovic, who scored 52 times in 53 matches, but the Galaxy have always managed to bring in big names.

Getting a star playmaker is even more important as El Trafico rivals LAFC have rewritten the MLS record book and snared plenty of attention in California and across the league.

Columbus acquires Nagbe from Atlanta for $1M in allocation

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Darlington Nagbe is headed for a reunion with old boss Caleb Porter.

Columbus has sent over $1 million in allocation money to Atlanta United in order to claim the influential midfielder.

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Porter coached Nagbe at the University of Akron and the Portland Timbers, and has 25 USMNT caps but has turned down Gregg Berhalter’s requests for service.

Nagbe made 46 appearances across all competitions for the Five Stripes this season, scoring twice with five assists. He has 313 matches played between Portland and Atlanta.


“Darlington Nagbe is a proven winner and the type of player who can be a difference-maker in our team,” Crew SC president and GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “In addition to his skill set, we believe that Darlington is someone whose character and values fit well within our organization. As we stated heading into this offseason, we continue to look both domestically and internationally for players that will make our team better, and we believe Darlington is an important part of those efforts.”

It’s a bold statement from Columbus, who had a reputation for getting the most of its talent under Berhalter but faded under Porter after a hot start. The Crew began 2019 with a 4-1-1 record but lost 13 of its next 15 matches.

Of course, being MLS, the Crew then only lost 2 of their final 13 matches. Shoulder shrug emoji.

NYCFC teen agrees move to Borussia Monchengladbach

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New York City FC’s impressive academy has earned one of the bigger transfer market payoffs in MLS Homegrown history, and will join the current Bundesliga leaders after next season.

Joe Scally, 16, is headed to Borussia Monchengladbach on a $2 million transfer with a sell-on clause, and will spend the 2020 MLS season with his boyhood club. Scally has played in the Open Cup, but has not debuted in an MLS match.

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The $2 million figure is on the edge of Top 30 for departing MLS players, according to Transfermarkt, just behind Cyle Larin’s move from Orlando City to Besiktas.

Scally appeared 11 times for the U.S. U-17 national team, going 90 minutes in all three matches and assisting on the lone American goal at the World Cup in Brazil.


“Joe Scally is a top American talent who we have been following for a long time. We see a lot of potential in Joe and we are looking forward to him joining up with us in January 2021. Until then, we will work together with New York City FC to prepare him for his move to Germany,” said Borussia’s sporting director, Max Eberl.

Not sure just how long they could’ve been following a 16-year-old, but we digress.

Scally will join U-17 teammates Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) and Maximilian Dietz (Freiburg) on the books at a Bundesliga club. Recent U-17 call-ups Pablo Soares (Gladbach) and Noah Jones (RB Leipzig) are also with clubs in Germany’s top flight.

Last month, NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna told me that Scally was the perfect example of a young player trusting a club’s preference of changing his position.

“The perfect example is Joe Scally on the U-17 World Cup team. He came to us from a club in Long Island as an athletic box-to-box midfielder. He was very strong, but we saw him as an outside back. The lesson that we now we share that with our players, don’t get upset if you move to a position, but Joe Scally understood, never complained, he played wherever he was told to do, and now he’s a right back now, 16 years old going to the World Cup after being in our academy for two and a half years.”

Looks like it’s worked out.

Spanish court to decide fate of Spanish league game in USA

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish court will decide whether the Spanish league will be allowed to play the Villarreal-Atletico Madrid game in the United States next month.

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A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Madrid to hear arguments from the league and the Spanish soccer federation, which is against taking the regular-season match abroad.

The league has called for an injunction to force the federation to give its approval. It accuses the local soccer body of unfair competition.

The league also needs the approval of UEFA and American soccer bodies to be able to play the match, which is scheduled for Dec. 6 in Miami.

The commercial court hearing the case is expected to issue a ruling within the next few days.

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