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MLS Snapshot: Crew SC 1-1 Rapids; NE Revs 2-0 Fire (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The post-Kei Kamara era is underway in Columbus after Crew SC traded their scorer of 22 goals and arguer of penalty kick-taking duties this week. Without last year’s talisman, it was mostly more of the same from a disappointing Crew SC side that lacked the kind of pace and vigor that typified their run to MLS Cup 2015. The Colorado Rapids, meanwhile, came into Saturday night’s trip to MAPFRE Stadium having already played this week, thus more than happy to settle for an away point and extend their unbeaten run to seven games (six since the debut of Jermaine Jones). As such, the Rapids will finish the weekend right where they started — top of the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield race.

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Three Two moments that mattered

23′ — Mabwati blasts off to make it 1-0 — Harrison Afful did unbelievably well (especially for a full back) to remain composed, cut back to the inside and pick out the streaking Mabwati. The finish was no piece of cake, either.

55′ — Doyle heads home from Gashi’s corner kick — Crew SC have been the worst set-piece-defending side in MLS for going on three seasons now. They remain unfazed by their dubious designation.

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Man of the match: Shkelzen Gashi

Goalscorers: Mabwati (23′), Doyle (55′)

The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution’s Kamara era got underway Saturday night as well, and it’s all positives on first return with the Revs knocking off the bottom-of-the-league Chicago Fire (7 points from nine games), 2-0 at Gillette Stadium. Kamara went straight into Jay Heaps’ starting lineup and was his typically active self on the night (six shots, four on target), though he failed to find the back of the net. Lee Nguyen and Femi Hollinger-Janzen took care of that, though, as the Revs broke their six-game winless skid with relative ease. The victory boosts the Revs (13 points from 12 games) up to sixth in the Eastern Conference, two points clear of Orlando City SC (who have three games in hand at this point. The Fire, meanwhile, remain rooted to 10th in the East and 20th in the Supporters’ Shield race.

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Three moments that mattered

22′ — Nguyen curls home to cap a set-piece routine — Note to opposition defenders: always know where Nguyen is. Or else…

52′ — Kamara’s header headed off (over?) the line — It’s impossible to tell from this angle, but Brandon Vincent looks to be inside the goal when he heads this ball back out, right?

84′ — Hollinger-Janzen heads home for 2-0 — Juan Agudelo chipped it to the back post, where Femi was waiting to apply the easy finish.

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Man of the match: Lee Nguyen

Goalscorers: Nguyen (22′), Hollinger-Janzen (84′)

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.

Canada’s Beckie: Sinclair asked if I wanted to take penalty v. Sweden

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Prolific forward Janine Beckie didn’t dodge cameras after her missed penalty helped seal Canada’s fate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and she also explained why legendary striker Christine Sinclair wasn’t at the spot.

Beckie, 24, scored two goals in Canada’s run to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the Houston Dash forward and Texas Tech product has 25 goals in 57 caps.

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The American-born Beckie was called upon to try to level the score against Sweden on Monday in the Round of 16, and took a solid effort which was parried by Hedvig Lindahl in an outstanding bit of goalkeeping.

“I’m confident in my penalty,” Beckie said. “I thought I hit it really well. I thought she made a really good save. It’s the big moments. It’s the moments that you live for. You get all the glory if it goes in, and you take the blame it feels like if you miss. That’ll stay with me for a long time.”

So why was she at the spot? Here’s Beckie on TSN, and Sinclair’s confirmation of the tale. As we expected, Lindahl’s success against Sinclair at the Algarve Cup played a role.

“Christine actually asked me if I wanted to take it. That’s a big moment for me and it’s gonna be hard for a while.”

Full marks for stepping up to both places: The penalty spot and the post-match interview.

Watch Live: Copa America — Group C finales

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We’ll know the full knockout round bracket following the conclusion of Group C play at the 2019 Copa America on Monday.

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If Chile draws or defeats Uruguay, it will meet Peru in the quarterfinals, sending Uruguay into a date with perfect Colombia.

Meanwhile Japan and Ecuador meet knowing a win is necessary to hope for any further dates in Brazil.

As it stands, Peru is one of the third-place teams to qualify for the next stage, while Paraguay needs Japan and Ecuador to draw in order to hold onto its spot.

You can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App. All you have to do is click on the links below.

2019 Copa America schedule

Group C: Chile v. Uruguay – 7 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Group C: Japan v. Ecuador – 7 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

Check back later for recaps and highlights.