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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′)

Tottenham signs Mauricio Pochettino’s son to contract extension

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Mauricio Pochettino put his arm around the player as he always does when a Tottenham member signs a new contract. This one was different.

A proud dad smiled for the camera as son Maurizio put pen to paper on a new deal seeing him move up to the U-23 side. The 18-year-old has been with Spurs youth side since following his father from Southampton to the English capital four years ago.

The boy impressed in 21 appearances for the U-18 squad last season, deployed on the wing where he scored four goals and assisted another. He was part of the squad that took on his old club Southampton in the very first event held in the club’s new stadium, essentially a trial run before the true opening match for the senior side.

Unlike his father, who is Argentinian and played for the Argentina national team, Maurizio was born in Barcelona and therefore could choose to represent Spain if he so desires, or his father’s native Argentina – given, of course, he reaches those heights. First, it will be the Checkatrade Trophy he takes part in, with the Spurs U-23 squad set to take on Gillingham, Colchester United, and Ipswich Town in Southern Section Group A.

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USMNT notes: Robinson moves to Wigan, and more

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It’s been a busy day of U.S. Men’s National Team related news, from Tyler Boyd signing with Besiktas to U.S. Soccer announcing a friendly match with Mexico in September at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Here’s everything else you may have missed today relating to the USMNT and Americans Abroad.


Robinson joins Wigan in permanent transfer

Antonee Robinson is heading back to the Championship, but this time, he won’t be heading back to Everton at the end of the season.

Robinson on Monday completed a permanent transfer to Wigan. where he spent last season and helped the club avoid relegation. Robinson has signed a three-year contract and he joined for a reported $2.5 million transfer fee, per Wigan Today. He battled injuries to make 26 appearances in all competitions.

Robinson, born in England to an American father and British mother, came up in Everton’s Finch Farm academy but never broke through to make a first team appearance. Instead, he spent time in the lower levels on loan to Bolton and then Wigan. With Everton’s signing last year of Lucas Digne, the left back spot is locked up for quite a while, leaving Robinson second-choice and in search of first team minutes again.

For the USMNT, Robinson made his debut in the 3-0 win over Bolivia in late May, 2018, and has gone on to make seven appearances for the senior team, including a start against Jamaica, though it didn’t go well in a 1-0 defeat at home. Robinson was on the 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster for coach Gregg Berhalter and he also took part in a European-based training camp for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team as the team starts preparing for Olympic qualifying, which will likely take place later this year.

Robinson will likely play a key role in helping the U.S. make it to their first Olympics since 2008 in Beijing.


Reyna heading to USA with Borussia Dortmund

Claudio Reyna’s son Giovanni Reyna is off to a strong start after officially being announced as a signing by Borussia Dortmund. Whether for marketing reasons or sporting reasons, Reyna was one of the 26 players to make the flight to Seattle as Dortmund takes some preseason action in the U.S.

BVB will face the Seattle Sounders in Seattle on Thursday before heading to take on Liverpool in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday.

It’s a quick burst in the U.S., but perhaps Reyna can get a few minutes of action in his home nation before heading back to Germany to try and see if he can break into the squad.


Scott set for Newcastle? 

British-born American midfielder Kyle Scott appears that he will still be on the books at a Premier League club next season.

According to multiple reports, including the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle FC is interested in signing Scott, thanks to a reported recommendation from former coach Rafa Benitez. Scott, 21, has spent the past 12 years in Chelsea’s academy and reserves, but he’s hardly sniffed a match, at least for the first team. He spent some time on loan with Dutch second-division side Telstar last year, but it wasn’t declared permanent.

Now, having been let go by Chelsea, Scott is looking for a new club. It’s unclear, however, considering his lack of first team experience, if he’d be able to step into the lineup at Newcastle and really make a difference so soon.

In the past, Scott has appeared for the U.S. Under-18s and U-20s. Perhaps some regular playing time in the Premier League can get him into the senior national team.

Watch: Hear from Bournemouth’s Howe in training

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Ever wondered what it is like to go through preseason training with a Premier League?

Thanks to AFC Bournemouth, now we know.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was “mic’d up” during a preseason training session on Monday, giving fans an inside look into his team gaining fitness and going over some key movements that they’ll surely be using during games this season.

Plus….players biking to practice and the dreaded beep test.

Here from Howe and the players above and take a look at a Premier League preseason.

Dietrich quits as club president of crisis-hit Stuttgart

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Wolfgang Dietrich quit as president of German second-division team Stuttgart on Monday after saying he no longer wants to be made a scapegoat for all that’s wrong at the crisis-ridden club.

The 70-year-old Dietrich, who took over as president in October 2016 and whose term was due to run until 2020, said he never expected such “hostility and malice” as he experienced at the club’s annual general meeting on Sunday.

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The AGM had to be cancelled after about 4,500 members were unable to vote for the club’s management board because of Wi-Fi problems. Dietrich broke off the meeting to loud jeers and protests and was accompanied by bodyguards from the interior of the stadium.

Dietrich said he no longer wants to “be in charge of an organization that is neither willing to stand up to these interests against me nor is able to guarantee the smooth running of a general meeting.”

Dietrich was already under fire for his links to investment company Quattrex Sports, which provided loans to several of Stuttgart’s rivals. In his 3+ years at the club, Stuttgart has had three coaches, two sporting directors and was relegated from the Bundesliga last season.