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MLS: FC Dallas 2-0 Union | Dynamo 3-3 NE Revs | Earthquakes 1-0 Rapids

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The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas are MLS Cup contenders this year, just as they were in 2015, and they’ve built themselves a fantastic jumping-off point for the 2016 season with a 2-0 home victory over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Mauro Diaz assisted on both of FCD’s goals — as he typically does — which were scored by Fabian Castillo and Maximiliano Urruti. For all the praise that FCD’s attack is given — and rightly so — they were oh so good defensively in this one. It’s that kind of balance and ability to win games in so many different ways that’ll make them one of, if not the, team to beat.

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Three moments that mattered

22′ — Castillo turns on the burners, 1-0 to FCD — Diaz -> Castillo. We’ve seen that combination once or twice before, haven’t we? Diaz is the magical no. 10 capable of springing Castillo, the blazing-fast winger into space at the drop of a hat. The Union were the first victims of 2016.

79′ — Urruti bags his first for FCD, courtesy of Diaz — Hey, remember what I just said about Diaz and Castillo? The same looks to already be true of Diaz and Urruti, who arrived this offseason from the Portland Timbers. Diaz crossed from the ball from the right side of the six-yard box and Urruti poked it home from the goalmouth. Argentine connection.

87′ — Castillo stretchered off the field — This is just about the worst possible news, both for FCD fans and fans of MLS in general. Fingers crossed Castillo is OK and doesn’t miss significant time.

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Man of the match: Mauro Diaz

Goalscorers: Castillo (22′), Urruti (79′)


The game in 100 words (or less): The Houston Dynamo blew a pair of second-half leads to drop two points at home against the New England Revolution, going from 2-1 and 3-2 ahead to 3-3 in the end. To their credit, though, they came back from a goal down after three minutes to take their first lead of the season. Giles Barnes scored in his first game as the new Dynamo captain, and Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger marked their Dynamo debuts with goals after coming to Houston from Philly in the offseason, but goals by Diego Fagundez, Charlie Davies and Daigo Kobayashi were enough to steal a point for the visitors despite trailing by a goal into the 93rd minute.

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Fagundez rifles in the opener from 25 yards out — Chest control. Bounce. Fire. Fagundez makes it look oh so easy, doesn’t he? This is how every player would like to open his season — three minutes on the clock, scoring an early Goal of the Year nominee.

77′ — Barnes slots home from outside the box, 3-2 Dynamo — Houston went 2-1 ahead in the 50th minute, but Davies pulled the Revs back level two minutes later. Then, with 13 minutes left in regular time, Will Bruin crossed the ball to the top of the penalty area, Boniek Garcia dummied it and let it run in order for Barnes to apply the deft finish to the far post. Poetry in motion.

90+3′ — Kobayashi heads home for the late equalizer — Fagundez’s cross was pinpoint to the penalty spot, and Kobayashi rose above the crowd to head the ball downward and past Joe Willis for the final-minute-of-stoppage-time equalizer.

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Man of the match: Diego Fagundez

Goalscorers: Fagundez (3′), Maidana (45+1′), Wenger (50′), Davies (52′), Barnes  (77′), Kobayashi (90+3′)


The game in 100 words (or less): It’s going to be a might long season for the Colorado Rapids, and it began in depressing fashion, a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, on Sunday. Sure, Pablo Mastroeni’s men held a significantly larger chunk of the game’s possession than San Jose (58-42) and out-shot the Quakes 18-7 (5-4 on target), but they left Avaya Stadium with nothing to show for it once again. Chris Wondolowski did the damage, scoring the game’s only goal 44 seconds after halftime.

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Two moments that mattered

46′ — Wondo heads home to start the 2nd half — Darwin Quintero provided the cross, Wondolowski provided the textbook header from just about the penalty spot. It’s what he does.

85′ — Bingham stretches to make the big, late save — David Bingham played the role of late hero for the Quakes, as his 85th-minute save to deny Eric Miller’s long-range blast was a thing of beauty.

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Man of the match: Chris Wondolowski

Goalscorers: Wondolowski (46′)

Watch Live: West Ham United v. Liverpool

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After weeks of having a game in hand on Premier League title chasers Manchester City and Leicester City, the full extent of Liverpool’s lead will be revealed when the Reds visit West Ham United on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

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Once the full-time whistle blows at the London Stadium, all 20 PL sides will have played 24 games. Ahead of kickoff, Jurgen Klopp‘s side leads second-place Man City by a whopping 16 points.

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West Ham, meanwhile, sit 17th in the table and are only clear of the relegation zone by way of goal differential. That’s something that could very easily change between now and 5 p.m. ET.

LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Man City v. Man United

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It’s time for leg two of the Manchester derby in the semifinals of the EFL Cup (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET) at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City lead 3-1 following their first-leg dismantling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In theory, it’s a mere formality to reach the final at Wembley, where they would take on Aston Villa following their late dramatics on Tuesday.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while we will have you covered here at Pro Soccer Talk with all of the reaction and analysis.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs’ striker search

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Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.


A roundup of all of the major transfer rumors, most notably those involving Premier League clubs, on Wednesday…

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Barcelona have reportedly had a $110-million bid for Richarlison rejected by Everton. That’s a mind-blowing number for a club like Everton to receive, but the Toffees apparently didn’t have to think long before saying “thanks, but no thanks.” Luis Suarez is expected to miss four months due to a knee injury, leaving the Blaugrana somewhat for a replacement. Everton, however, have no desire to lose a key member of their squad with little to no time to sign a replacement.


After adding winger Steven Bergwijn on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur are heavily linked with a number of strikers as options to replace the injured Harry Kane. AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek is the most frequently linked (and most expensive) player coming out of the rumor mill, while Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has come up as an emergency option (he is reportedly open to the idea). However, Jose Mourinho has reportedly been told he has just $13 million to acquire a new forward after spending a combined $108 million on Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes.


Elsewhere in Tottenham rumors, full back Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to complete a loan move (without an option to buy) to Southampton in the very near future. The 22-year-old has been on the fringe of the first-team squad for what feels like five years now, but has never quite broken through. This could be Spurs putting into the shop window a player who they don’t believe is in their long-term plans in order to drive up his price tag come this summer.


Sheffield United look set to make a big push for a top-six finish, as the Blades are linked with moves for a pair of highly rated young players: Richairo Zivkovic, from Chinese side Changchun Yatai, and Sander Berge, from Genk. Zivkovic was one of the most highly touted youngsters in Europe before moving to China on a big-money deal; Berge has been linked with some of the biggest clubs across Europe in recent years, all the while the 21-year-old has become a fixture for the Belgian side.

Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes

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Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.


Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of becoming a Manchester United player after the club announced on Wednesday that an agreement has been reached with Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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From the club’s website, which is currently unreachable at the time of posting:

“Manchester United are delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The dollar figure most commonly reported is $61 million (potentially reaching $88 million after add-ons). Fernandes, 25, is reportedly in the process of visiting the Sporting offices to terminate his current contract and record a goodbye video for fans before boarding a flight to Manchester.

Fernandes came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but an agreement could never be reached between the involved parties and they ended up signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis instead.