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MLS returns from Copa America break tonight with table tumult

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The two week break for the Copa America Centenario group stage is over, and Major League Soccer delivers regular season action today and on into the Fall.

Several teams remain impacted by the tournament thanks to the United States’ berth in the semifinals, but others have their Copa America stars back in the fold.

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Parity continues to reign in the league, perhaps a bit masked by the disparity in matches played.

Let’s revisit the standings ahead of the evening, as the league continues to see playoff fortunes “change” by the result:

Eastern Conference
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Philadelphia 14 6 5 3 21 16 5 5-2-0 1-3-3 23
New York 14 6 1 7 24 20 4 5-0-2 1-1-5 19
Montreal 13 5 4 4 22 20 2 3-2-1 2-2-3 19
New York City FC 15 4 6 5 22 29 -7 1-5-3 3-1-2 18
Toronto FC 13 4 4 5 14 15 -1 1-2-1 3-2-4 16
D.C. 14 4 4 6 14 16 -2 3-1-4 1-3-2 16
Orlando City SC 13 3 7 3 23 21 2 2-5-0 1-2-3 16
New England 14 3 7 4 19 25 -6 3-4-1 0-3-3 16
Columbus 13 3 5 5 18 21 -3 3-2-1 0-3-4 14
Chicago 12 2 5 5 10 14 -4 2-3-2 0-2-3 11
Western Conference
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Colorado 14 8 4 2 17 10 7 6-1-0 2-3-2 28
FC Dallas 16 8 4 4 24 22 2 5-3-0 3-1-4 28
Real Salt Lake 13 7 2 4 23 21 2 4-0-0 3-2-4 23
Vancouver 15 6 3 6 23 25 -2 4-3-1 2-0-5 21
Los Angeles 13 5 6 2 27 16 11 4-3-0 1-3-2 21
San Jose 14 5 5 4 16 16 0 5-2-0 0-3-4 20
Portland 15 5 4 6 23 25 -2 5-1-2 0-3-4 19
Sporting KC 16 5 3 8 14 18 -4 3-1-4 2-2-4 18
Seattle 13 5 1 7 13 15 -2 4-0-3 1-1-4 16
Houston 14 3 4 7 20 22 -2 3-2-1 0-2-6 13
Proof of that year-to-year tumult is strewn throughout the tables, with Seattle, Sporting KC, Columbus and New England down and Colorado, Philadelphia and Real Salt Lake on the up.
Saturday
New York City vs. Philadelphia Union, 1 p.m. ET
Vancouver vs. New England, 7 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET
Orlando City vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. L.A. Galaxy, 7:30 p.m. ET
Colorado vs. Chicago, 9 p.m. ET
Houston vs. DC United, 9 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland, 10 p.m. ET
Sunday
Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas, 5 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle, 7:30 p.m. ET

Real Madrid adds Brazilian teen phenom Reinier Jesus

Real Madrid adds Reinier Jesus
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Barcelona and Real Madrid may be neck-and-neck in the short-term, but the Madrid side keeps landing stars for the bigger picture.

The latest add is Reinier Jesus, a $33 million price affixed to the teenage phenom from Brazilian side Flamengo. As Joel Soria wrote earlier this month, the victorious fee is around half of Reinier’s reported release clause.

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Marca brands the kid a physically-gifted player in the Kaka mold, which is lofty praise given the latter won a Ballon d’Or.

Reinier, an attacking midfielder, joins wingers Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior in forming a young Brazilian heart of the squad’s future.

Renieir, no relation to Man City forward Gabriel Jesus, turned 18 on Sunday. He is coming off six goals and two assists in 17 senior appearances for Flamengo and is expected to be one of the stars of Brazil’s Olympic qualifying fight, which is currently underway in Colombia.

That team, should they qualify, would be terrifying at full strength. Brazil could utilize Douglas Luiz, Rodrygo, Thiago Maia, Wendel, and Renan Lodi.

 

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Here are the latest Prince-Wright‘s Premier League picks ahead of Matchweek 24 in the Premier League, the midweek slate of games.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


BASICALLY, FREE MONEY

Everton 2-0 Newcastle– (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Aston Villa 0-2 Watford – (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Tottenham 3-1 Norwich – (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton – (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Leicester 1-1 West Ham – (Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Wolves 1-2 Liverpool – (Thursday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton – (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Man United 2-2 Burnley – (Wednesday 3:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

Sheffield United 2-1 Man City – (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal – (Tuesday, 3:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

USMNT’s Bradley suffers serious ankle injury; Altidore hits out

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USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley will reportedly be out for up to four months due to an ankle injury he suffered playing for Toronto FC in the 2019 MLS Cup final against Seattle. That was the MLS Cup final, in November.

The TFC skipper, 32, suffered the serious ankle injury during the game and per reports he has been rehabbing the ankle over the past two months. However, that hasn’t had the desired effect and now ankle surgery is his only option.

Via Joshua Kloke from The Athletic, TFC’s General Manager Ali Curtis confirmed that Bradley will have ankle surgery in New York City on Tuesday. Curtis added that “surgery was a last resort and club believed they could rehab injury.”

Bradley’s teammates with Toronto and USMNT, Jozy Altidore, then hit out at the handling of the situation as Toronto will be without their leader for almost half of thee MLS season.

“Make no mistake. In my opinion, for me, it was handled poorly,” Altidore told reporters as TFC returned to practice on Monday, as he insinuated that Bradley was put in a tough position by the club over his injury.

The injury will reportedly keep him out for at least four months, meaning he will miss a huge chunk of the MLS season and also the USMNT’s friendlies against the Netherlands (March 26) and Wales (March 30).

This is a hammer blow for Toronto as Bradley led the organization on and off the pitch since he arrived in 2014, reaching three MLS Cup finals in the last four seasons. He only signed a new contract with Toronto FC over the offseason as his previous deal expired but it will be intriguing to see how this all plays out as Altidore obviously believes this situation could have been handled a lot better.

USMNT fans will now focus on having some of their younger players take the lead in central midfield in March and maybe beyond, with Tyler Adams now back to full fitness as he looks set to become Gregg Berhalter’s go-to guy in midfield.

Bradley’s displays in recent seasons have been lamented by USMNT fans but Berhalter has made him an integral part of his plans and he is one of the few players who survived the massive cull from the 2018 World Cup qualifying debacle. Losing Bradley for this amount of time is a big blow for club and country.

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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If you want more Premier League games you’ve come to the right place and below you will find our full TV and streaming schedule.

Matchweek 24 is spread across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as things start to shake out across the table.

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The full TV schedule for the games this weekend are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” for all the goals as they go in around the grounds. Goal Rush is available via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on NBCSports.com and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Tuesday
3:15 p.m. ET: Chelsea v. Arsenal – NBCSN [STREAM]
2:30 p.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
2:30 p.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Brighton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
2:30 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
2:30 p.m. ET: Everton v. Newcastle – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
2:30 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Man City – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Wednesday
2:30 p.m. ET: Tottenham v. Norwich – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
2:30 p.m. ET: West Ham v. Bournemouth – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
3:15 p.m. ET: Man United v. Burnley – NBCSN [STREAM]

Thursday
3 p.m. ET: Wolves v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]