Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Copa Libertadores: Independiente Top Pumas In PK Shootout To Advance

At Mexico City:

In the finale of the quarterfinal round of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, Ismael Sosa's double (15', 17') enabled Pumas to take game two of their series with Independiente del Valle 2-1 and square the series at 3-3 on aggregate.

However, with overtime dispensed with, the Ecuadorian club, with Gabriel Cortez, Emiliano Tellechea, Jose Angulo, Luis Caicedo Medina, and Arturo Mina all converting their spot kicks, won the penalty-kick shootout 5-3 to advance to the semifinal round.

Here are the match-ups for the semifinal round, with the game-one hosts listed first:

Sao Paulo (Brazil) vs. Atletico Nacional (Colombia)

Independiente del Valle (Ecuador) vs. Boca Juniors (Argentina)

The opening games are set for July 5-7 with the return matches to be played July 12-14.

AFC Champions League: Lokomotiv Tashkent, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Shanghai SIPG Advance To Quarterfinals

The AFC Champions League's Round of 16 continued on Tuesday with four games.

WEST ZONE:

At Tabriz, Iran:

Salem Saleh scored what proved to be the series-winning goal in the 16th minute as Al-Nasr (UAE), despite dropping a 3-1 game-two road decision to Tractor Sazi, still ousted the Iranian club 5-4 on aggregate.

At Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (26') and Sherzod Fayziev (56') each scored once as Lokomotiv Tashkent defeated visiting Al-Hilal 2-1 in game two and, with by that same score on aggregate, won their two-game series and advanced to the quarterfinal round.



EAST ZONE:

At Jeonju, South Korea:

Leonardo Rodriguez Pereira scored twice (28', 71') as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors defeated the visiting Melbourne Victory 2-1 in game two and ousted the Australian club 3-2 on aggregate.

At Shanghai, China:

Wu Lei scored the series-winning goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time as Shanghai SIPG defeated visiting FC Tokyo 1-0 in game two and, with the aggregate score at 2-2, won the series on away goals.

Monday, May 23, 2016

ZLATAN HELPS LEAD PSG TO COUPE DE FRANCE TITLE

At Saint-Denis, France:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (shown here celebrating), in his swan song for his current club, scored twice (PK-47', 82') as Paris Saint-Germain racked up their record-tying 10th Coupe de France title on Saturday by defeating Marseille 4-2.

Associated Press photo

Sunday, May 22, 2016

BARCA TOP SEVILLA IN OT DESPITE BEING DOWN TO TEN MEN, CAPTURE 28TH KING'S CUP

At Madrid:

Despite losing Javier Mascherano to a red-card ejection in the 36th minute, Barcelona, with goals in overtime from Jordi Alba (97', shown here) and Neymar (120'+2) defeated Sevilla (who finished the match with nine men) 2-0 to capture their record 28th Copa del Rey title on Sunday.

Photo from ESPN FC website

MLS: Timbers Snap Three-Game Skid, Double-Up Caps In Cascadia Cup Clash; Late Equalizer Gain Road Draw Vs. Galaxy For Quakes

Two games were contested in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

At Portland, Oregon:

Diego Valeri (PK-4'), Jack McInerney (29'), Dairon Asprilla (PK-78'), and Darlington Nagbe (82') each scored once as the Portland Timbers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 Cascadia Cup home win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

At Carson, California:

Fatai Alashe's equalizer in the 87th minute lifted the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 California Classico road draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Marvell Wynne's own goal in the 83rd minute produced the Galaxy's score

MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Philadelphia (GP: 11; GD: +4; PTS: 18)
2.   New York City FC (GP: 13; GD: -6; PTS: 17)
3.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 13; GD: +1; PTS: 16)
4.   Toronto FC (GP: 12; GD: +2; PTS: 16)
5.   Montreal (GP: 12; GD: +1; PTS: 16)
6.   Orlando City SC (GP: 11; GD: +2; PTS: 14)
7.   DC United (GP: 12; GD: -1; PTS: 13)
8.   New England (GP: 13; GD: -7; PTS: 13)
9.   Columbus (GP: 11; GD: -3; PTS: 11)
10. Chicago (GP: 11; GD: -4; PTS: 10)

NOTES:  With the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, and Montreal all level on points with 16, the Red Bulls have more wins (5) than both the Reds and Impact (four each); Toronto FC have the superior goal differential vis a viv Montreal (+2 to +1); with DC United and New England level on points (13), DC have more wins (3, to the Revolution's 2).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Colorado (GP: 13; GD: +7; PTS: 27)
2.   FC Dallas (GP: 14; GD: +2; PTS: 26)
3.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 11; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
4.   Vancouver (GP: 14; GD: -2; PTS: 20)
5.   Los Angeles (GP: 11; GD: +12; PTS: 20)
6.   San Jose (GP: 12; GD: +1; PTS: 19)
7.   Kansas City (GP: 14; GD: -3; PTS: 17)
8.   Portland (GP: 13; GD: -3; PTS: 15)
9.   Seattle (GP: 11; GD: -3; PTS: 13)
10. Houston (GP: 12; GD: -2; PTS: 11)

NOTES:  With Real Salt Lake, Vancouver, and Los Angeles level on points (20), RSL and the Whitecaps each have more wins (6) than the Galaxy (5); Real Salt Lake have the superior goals differential vis a viv Vancouver (+2 to -2).

Saturday, May 21, 2016

BAYERN CAPTURE GERMAN CUP FINAL THRILLER IN PK SHOOTOUT

At Berlin:

After 120 scoreless minutes on Saturday, Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Douglas Costa each converted a spot kick as Bayern Munich, in Pep Guardiola's finale as manager, took the DFB-Pokal tournament title by winning the penalty-kick shootout 4-3 over Borussia Dortmund.  Here are the happy Bayern players celebrating their German Cup title.

RED DEVILS FOIL EAGLES' UPSET BID, CAPTURE FA CUP TITLE IN LIKE LVG FINALE

At London:

Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal lifts the FA Cup trophy as former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson joyfully looks on
Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal lifts the FA Cup trophy as former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson joyfully looks on
Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal lifts the FA Cup trophy as former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson joyfully looks onMan Utd manager Louis van Gaal lifts the FA Cup trophy as former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson joyfully looks on
Juan Mata squared things up in the 81st minute, then, Jesse Lingard scored the winning goal in overtime (110') as Manchester United, despite finishing the contest with ten men, came from behind to upend fellow English Premier Leaguers Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday to win England's FA Cup title at Wembley Stadium.

In what may have been his final match as the Red Devils' embattled manager, here's Louis van Gaal (expected to be replaced by Jose Mourinho) lifting the FA Cup trophy, with ex-Man U boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) joyfully looking on.

Photo from BBC website

MLS: Red Bulls Gore Citizens In The Bronx; Fire End Winless Run; Hoops, Lions, RSL, Rapids Grab Saturday Wins As Well

Seven games were contested on Saturday in Major League Soccer.

At New York:

Dax McCarty (3', 51') and Bradley Wright-Phillips (42', 45'+2) each scored twice as the New York Red Bulls obliterated home-standing New York City 7-0.

At Bridgeview, Illinois:

Arturo Alvarez's goal in the third minute held up as the Chicago Fire snapped a six-match winless streak to defeating the visiting Houston Dynamo 1-0.

At Toronto:

Despite combining for 22 shots, Toronto FC and the visiting Columbus Crew battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Orlando, Florida:

Cyle Larin scored twice (43', 87') as Orlando City came from behind to upend the visiting Montreal Impact 2-1.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Tesho Akindele scored twice (PK-5', 90') as FC Dallas doubled up the New England Revolution 4-2 on the road.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Goals from Juan Manuel Martinez (32'), Brad Davis (OG-45'+2), and Yura Movsisyan (53') carried Real Salt Lake to a 3-1 road victory over Sporting Kansas City.

At Seattle:

Axel Sjoberg scored the only goal of the match in the 43rd minute as the Colorado Rapids knocked off the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on the road.

Friday, May 20, 2016

MLS: Philly Tops DC United

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Richie Marquez scored the game winner in the first minute of second-half stoppage time as the Philadelphia Union defeated visiting DC United 1-0.

Another Round, Another Forfeit

As was the case with the Ventura County Fusion's (PDL) first-round victory over the Los Angeles Wolves (USASA) in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament last week, The Villages SC (PDL) road win on Wednesday over the Charleston Battery (USL) was overturned.

As was with the Ventura County Fusion last week, the visiting PDL club from Florida was caught with a player who was cup-tied.

The Battery will visit the Jacksonville Armada of the NASL in a third-round contest on June 1 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time.  The winner will host Major League Soccer's Orlando City on June 15.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Copa Libertadores: Boca, Atletico Nacional Advance To Semifinals

Two games were played on Thursday as the quarterfinal round of the Copa Libertadores continued.

At Buenos Aires:

After a 1-1 draw following regulation in game two (and with the aggregate score at 2-2) , with overtime dispensed with, Carlos Tevez, Daniel Diaz, Frank Fabra, and Federico Carrizo each converted a spot kick as Boca Juniors defeated visiting Club Nacional of Uruguay 4-3 in the penalty-kick shootout and advanced to the semifinal round.

At Medellin, Colombia:

MacNelly Torres (45'+2), Alejandro Guerra (50'), and Orlando Berrio (90'+5) each scored a goal as Atletico Nacional overcame their 1-0 game-one road defeat with a 3-1 game-two home victory over Rosario Central and ousted the Argentinian club 3-2 on aggregate.

US Open Cup: Jersey Express Advance, Will Take On Cosmos Next

At Jamaica, New York:

In the final contest of the second round proper of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Thursday, the Jersey Express from the PDL defeated the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms of the USASA 1-0 on the road.

Here are the match-ups for the third round (featuring the US-based clubs from the second-division North American Soccer League), with the games scheduled for June 1.

The fourth round will see the first appearances of US-based Major League Soccer clubs.  The fourth round is set for June 15 (all 16 games set to be played that day), with the Portland Timbers hosting the San Jose Earthquakes in the round's lone all-MLS match-up at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.

The hosts are listed first with all times Pacific.

At Jacksonville, Florida:

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL), 4:00 PM; winner to host Orlando City SC (4:00 PM Pacific Time/Time TBD)

At Fort Lauderdale, Florida:

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL), 4:00 PM; winner to visit DC United at Boyds, Maryland (4:30 PM Pacific Time)

At Rochester, New York:

Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA), 4:00 PM; if the Rhinos win, they will host the New York Red Bulls; if the Bhoys win, they'll take on the Red Bulls at Harrison, New Jersey (4:05/4:30 PM Pacific Time)

At Indianapolis:

Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL), 4:30 PM; the Chicago Fire will host the Indy Eleven at Bridgeview, Illinois (5:30 PM Pacific Time)if the NASL club wins; the Fire will travel to Louisville, Kentucky (4:00 PM Pacific Time) if the USL club wins

At Queens, New York:

New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL), 4:30 PM; winner to visit New York City FC at Bronx, New York (4:00 PM Pacific Time)

At Cary, North Carolina:

Carolina Railhawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL), 4:30 PM; winner to host the New England Revolution at either Cary or Charlotte, North Carolina (4:00 PM/4:30 PM Pacific Time)

At Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL), 4:30 PM; the winner will visit the Philadelphia Union at Chester, Pennsylvania (4:00 PM Pacific)

At St. Petersburg, Florida:

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL), 4:30 PM, with the winner to visit Columbus Crew FC (4:00 PM Pacific Time)

At Miami:

Miami FC (NASL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads FC (USL), 5:00 PM with the winner to visit Real Salt Lake at Sandy, Utah (5:00 PM Pacific Time)

At Yukon, Oklahoma:

Rayo OKC (NASL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL), 5:00 PM; should Rayo OKC win, they will host FC Dallas at Yukon, Oklahoma; shout the Energy win, they will visit FC Dallas at Frisco, Texas (6:00 PM/5:30 PM Pacific Time)

At St. Louis:

Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United FC (NASL), 5:00 PM with the winner set to host Sporting Kansas City (5:00 PM Pacific Time at Fenton, Missouri or Blaine, Minnesota)

At Des Moines, Iowa:

Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL), 5:30 PM; the winner will visit the Houston Dynamo at 5:30 Pacific Time

At Westminster, California:

La Maquina FC (USASA) vs. Los Angeles Wolves (USASA), 7:00 PM; the winner will visit the Los Angeles Galaxy at Carson, California at 7:30 PM Pacific Time

At Sacramento, California:

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Kitsap Pumas (PDL), 7:30 PM; the winner will travel to Tukwila, Washington for a 7:30 PM Pacific Time encounter with the Seattle Sounders

At Peoria, Arizona:

Arizona United SC (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL), 7:30 PM with a trip to Commerce City, Colorado and a fourth-round encounter with the Colorado Rapids going to the winner (6:00 PM Pacific Time)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MLS: Reds and Citizens Draw; Red Bulls Top Fire

Two games were played in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.

At Toronto:

Will Johnson's equalizer in the 42nd minute enabled Toronto FC to salvage a 1-1 home draw with New York City.  Kwadwo Poku scored for the visiting Citizens in the 16th minute.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Mike Grella scored the only goal of the match in the 58th minute as the New York Red Bulls defeated the visiting Chicago Fire 1-0.

Copa Libertadores: Despite Dropping Game-Two Decision On Road, Sao Paulo Advances To Semifinals

At Belo Horizonte, Brazil:

Maicon Pereira Roque scored the series-winning goal in the 14th minute on Wednesday as Sao Paulo, despite dropping a game-two road decision 2-1 to Atletico Mineiro, still won their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal-series with their fellow Brazilian club on away goals with the aggregate score at 2-2.

THING GO BETTER WITH COKE AS HIS DOUBLE POWERS SEVILLA TO EUROPA LEAGUE CROWN AND CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BERTH

At Basel, Switzerland:


Coke, also known as Jorge Andujar Moreno, scored twice (64', 70') in the second half on Wednesday as Sevilla became the first team in UEFA Cup/Europa League history to win three straight titles by beating Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League Final.

That's ol' Coke himself, celebrating after scoring what proved to be the game winner for The Ones From Nevion.

As a result, the Spanish club will play, not only in the UEFA Super Cup (against the winner of the Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League Final), but also in the group stage of next season's Champions League.

Getty Images photo

US Open Cup

20 games were on the Wednesday schedule for the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

At Cincinnati:

Jimmy McLaughlin scored the winning goal in the 61st minute as FC Cincinnati (USL) defeated visiting Indy Eleven NPSL 2-1.

At West Chester, Pennsylvania:

Bobby Warshaw (13') and Matt Bolduc (49') delivered the goals as the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) blanked hosts West Chester United (USASA) 2-0.

At Richmond, Virginia:

Sunny Jane opened the scoring in the second minute as the Richmond Kickers (USL) scored twice in each half en route to a 4-0 home demolition of Aromas Cafe of the USASA.

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Christopher Hellman (44') and Jorge Herrera (50') produced the goal power to carry the Charlotte Independence (USL) to a 2-0 road blanking of the PDL's Charlotte Eagles in a Queen City derby.

At Wilmington, North Carolina:

Austin Martz delivered a first-half hat trick (6', 19', 32) while Kyle Parker added a second-half double (78', 90'+2) as the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) devoured visiting Miami Fusion FC (NPSL) 6-0.

At Louisville, Kentucky:

After a 1-1 deadlock through 120 minutes Louisville City FC (USL) won the penalty-kick shootout over visiting Detroit City FC (NPSL) 3-1.

At Rochester, New York:

The Rochester Rhinos (USL), with Asani Samuels delivering a hat trick (44', 45', 48'), destroyed visiting Southie FC (USASA) 7-0.

At Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

Craig Purcell (10') and James Kavanagh (76') each scored once as the Lansdowne Bhoys (USASA) knocked off the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 2-0 on the road.

At Charleston, South Carolina:

After a 2-2 draw following 90 minutes of regulation followed by a half-four of scoreless overtime, The Villages SC from the PDL upended the home-standing Charleston Battery (USL) by winning the penalty-kick shootout 4-2.

At Chattanooga, North Carolina:

After 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) took the penalty-kick shootout 4-1 at visiting PDL club Reading United's expense.

At Clinton, Mississippi:

In another match that went goal-free through 120 minutes, visiting Oklahoma City Energy FC won a lengthy penalty-kick penalty shootout 10-9 over Mississippi Brilla.  OKC goalkeeper C.J. Cochran stopped two Brilla shots during the shootout as the visiting USL club survived a marathon match against the PDL home club.

At Fenton, Missouri:

Jamiel Hardware (22') and Jordan Roberts (77') each scored twice as Saint Louis FC (USL) blanked visiting AFC Cleveland (NPSL) 2-0.

At San Antonio, Texas:

In a San Antonio derby, Jacques Francois scored twice (70', 74') as San Antonio FC (USL) defeated visiting Corinthians FC of San Antonio (NPSL) 3-1.

At West Des Moines, Iowa:

Sean (Don't Call Me Ren) Hoek (70') and Elvir Ibisevic (82') each scored once as the Des Moines Menace (PDL) knocked off the visiting Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 2-0.

At Colorado Springs, Colorado:

Davy Armstrong scored the only goal of the match in the 13th minute as the Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) knocked out visiting Harpo's FC (the tourney's lone USSSA entry) 1-0.

At Westminster, California:

La Maquina FC (USASA), with Edwin Balboa (70') and Jose Castro Perez (79') each scoring once, knocked off the visiting Sacramento Gold (NPSL) 1-0.

At Wilmington, California:

After a 1-1 deadlock through overtime, the Los Angeles Wolves (USASA) defeated visiting Orange County Blues FC (USL) 4-2 in the penalty-kick shootout.

At Tucson, Arizona:

Long Tan scored twice (33', 68') minutes as Arizona United (USL) destroyed hosts FC Tucson (PDL) 5-0.

At Bremerton, Washington:

In a battle of PDL clubs, the Kitsap Pumas defeated the Seattle Sounders' visiting Under-23 squad 1-0.

At Sacramento, California:

Alfonso Motagalvan opened the scoring at 24 minutes as the Sacramento Republic (USL), with five goal scorers each tallying once, buried visiting CD Anguiluchos 5-0 (NPSL).


NOTE:  The Los Angeles Wolves were awarded a second-round berth by default after the PDL's Ventura County Fusion were disqualified after it was discovered that they used a player cup-tied to Cal FC as the Wolves' protest was upheld.  The game in questione was played on May 11.

AFC Champions League

Three games were played on Wednesday as the Group of 16 of the AFC Champions League continued.

WEST ZONE:

At Al Ain, United Arab Emirates:

Mohammadreza Abbasi's equalizer in the 76th minute lifted Zob Ahan to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Al-Ain.  Dyanfres Douglas scored for the hosts in the ninth minute.



EAST ZONE:

At Saitama, Japan:

Tomoya Ugajin scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute as Urawa Red Diamonds defeated visiting FC Seoul 1-0 in the opening game of their two-match series.

At Jinan, China:

Diego Tartelli's equalizer in the 56th minute enabled Shandong Luneng to salvage a series-opening 1-1 home draw with Sydney FC.  David Carney scored for the Australian club in the 15th minute.