MLS Snapshot: Toronto FC 1-3 Sporting Kansas City (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): This is what they call a “Toronto FC special,” kids. Not only have TFC — who have still never qualified for the Major League Soccer playoffs, mind — looked one of the league’s better sides in recent weeks and months, but on Saturday they found themselves facing a shorthanded Sporting Kansas City side (without Dom Dwyer, Graham Zusi and Roger Espinoza) at BMO Field. And yet, the Reds found a way — somehow, as they always do — to kill all positive momentum and the spirit of their ardent, tortured supporters. Goals scored by Benny Feilhaber, Krisztian Nemeth and Jacob Peterson (a former Red) were more than enough for Sporting KC to seal all three points following what has to be praised as an extremely professional, dogged performance by the visitors. SKC climb to fourth in the Western Conference, while TFC remain stuck in third in the East.

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Three moments that mattered

21′ — Ellis taken down in the box, PK to SKC — Why Jackson feels the need to grab and pull Kevin Ellis to the ground, I do not know. The floated ball into the box is either going to completely evade Ellis’s head, or carom off the top of his head and go straight up into the air. That’s not how Jackson saw it, though. Fair penalty call. Feilhaber converted.

22′ — Bradley equalizes less than a minute later — From the time Feilhaber’s penalty hit the back of the TFC net, to the time Michael Bradley’s equalizer hit the back of the SKC net, 55 seconds of real time elapsed. Six passes in 17 seconds from the center circle to the back of the net. Jonathan Osorio -> Bradley -> Sebastian Giovinco -> Bradley -> net.

29′ — Nemeth’s looping header evades Bendik, 2-1 to SKC — Everything Feilhaber touches turns to gold right now, doesn’t it? His free kick was, in all honesty, quite poor, but Nemeth’s looping header gave Joe Bendik fits from the moment it left his head, to the time it sailed over his own and snuck just under the crossbar.

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Man of the match: Benny Feilhaber — Another goal, another assist for the 2015 MVP candidate (eight and 12 on the season). In his only head to head matchup with the odds-on favorite for MVP this year, Giovinco, Feilhaber outshone the competition.

Goalscorers: Feilhaber (PK – 22′), Bradley (22′), Nemeth (29′), Peterson (87′)

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

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.