MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 4-3 Chicago Fire (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Drogba. Drogba. Drogba. I considered writing the name of Didier Drogba 100 times in this space, but he didn’t score 100 goals in the Montreal Impact’s 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire, the team that tried to sign Drogba this summer before he eventually landed with the Impact. Sadly, the Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend only scored three on the night to become the first player in Major League Soccer history to bag a hat trick within his first two games. Fitting that a player of his quality and resumé would be the one to do it, isn’t it? To be clear, it wasn’t all rosy for L’Impact, who were an unmitigated defensive disaster without Defender of the Year candidate Laurent Ciman (international duty). The Fire scored thee incredibly soft goals, which is a worrying sign for an Impact side currently playing for their playoff lives. Ciman won’t be back for two more games, either, as he serves a two-game suspension. (The Fire defense was even more dysfunctional, but an amazing performance by Sean Johnson limited the damage to four.)

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Three moments that mattered

27′ — Drogba bags his first MLS goal — Didier Drogba: certified beast. So what if he’s legend is 37 years old? This man could (and maybe will) score goals well into his 40s. For now, let’s just admire the way he shrugs off Eric Gehrig’s full-body challenge, and the silky-smooth touch, turn and finish (WATCH HERE).

61′ — Drogba gets no. 2, equalizes at 3-3 — Again, say it with me, “So what if he’s 37 years old? Drogba is going to score buckets and buckets of goals in MLS.” The league is simply more fun with arguably the best striker of his generation playing in it.

65′ — Drogba gets his hat trick, Stade Saputo nearly explodes — This is the Impact’s fourth season in MLS, and I struggle to recall a time when Stade Saputo lost its collective mind as we saw following the completion of Drogba’s hat trick. This is what the right signing in the right place can do.

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Man of the match: Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba.

Goalscorers: Drogba (27′, 61′, 65′), Larentowicz (PK – 36′), Lefevre (42′), Gilberto (44′), Igboananike (59′)

Watch Live: Liverpool v. Arsenal

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2-0 to start the season, Liverpool and Arsenal are both bidding for their first marquee three points when they tangle at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench for Arsenal as record signing Nicolas Pepe starts for the Gunners, who have beaten Burnley and Newcastle United.

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Liverpool’s wins have come against Norwich City and Southampton, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is deploying his very best to face the Gunners.

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AT HALF: Manchester United trails, 10-man Brighton loses goal to VAR

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We’ve got goals. We’ve got red cards. We’ve got fun.

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All four Premier League 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs have reached halftime. Here’s your primer to select which second half to stream live.

Watford 1-1 West Ham United

Chances and entertainment for days at Vicarage Road, where Mark Noble‘s early penalty was quickly offset by Andre Gray‘s emphatic finish of a Will Hughes through ball.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Southampton

Florin Andone has been sent off for the hosts after a gnarly challenge on Yan Valery, and further insult for Brighton came when VAR spotted a clear foul on Lewis Dunk‘s headed goal.

Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy may not tire of throwing parties, and James Maddison sure designs delightful invitations.

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Possession doesn’t matter much if you can’t handle a 70-yard goalkeeper pass, and Victor Lindelof‘s lost header to Jeff Schlupp allowed Jordan Ayew as much time as he needed to slot past David De Gea.

United probably should be up a man after Gary Cahill chopped down Anthony Martial, but only a yellow arrived at Old Trafford.

Lampard, Abraham react to first Chelsea win, goal

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Frank Lampard was all business in being asked about his first Premier League win as Chelsea boss.

Coming on the heels of a loss and draw heading into Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Norwich City, Lampard was ready to talk about the big picture (especially considering the Blues dealt with a pre-match injury to Pedro).

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With a lot of young players and a tricky transfer ban, Lampard has to walk a fine line between the expectations of Chelsea and the reality of working with a side he hasn’t been able to improve through the transfer window. From the BBC:

“We want to compete. We know this year is difficult on different levels. We’ve had a tough start, and yep, we needed a win. It helps confidence.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who has no qualms whatsoever with his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.

“I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you.”

Sheffield United is next, a real chance for the Blues to round into form even if the Blades have been plucky early in their Premier League return.

Watch Live: Four Premier League games at 10am ET

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Four Premier League games kick off at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as Matchweek 3 is in full swing.

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Man United host Crystal Palace, Southampton head to Brighton, Watford and West Ham do battle and Leicester travel to Sheffield United.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Man United v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Leicester – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]