Thursday, April 26, 2018

Copa Libertadores

Group-stage play in the Copa Libertadores is set to continue on Thursday with five games; all kickoff times are Pacific.


At Montevideo, Uruguay:

Penarol (Uruguay) vs. Club Libertad (Paraguay)

Group C Standings:

1. Club Libertad


At Buenos Aires:

River Plate (Argentina) vs. Club Sport Emelec (Ecuador)

Group D Standings:



At Belo Horizonte, Brazil:

Cruzeiro (Brazil) vs. Universidad de Chile (Chile)

At Rio de Janeiro:

Vasco da Gama (Brazil) vs. Racing Club de Avellaneda (Argentina)

Group E Standings:



At Barranquilla, Colombia:

Atletico Junior (Colombia) vs. Alianza Lima (Lima)

Group H Standings:

1. x-Palmeiras (GP: 4; GD: +7; PTS: 10)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

Europa League: Marseill Blank RB Salzburg In Semifinal Series Opener; Mattress Makers Gain Series-Opening Road Draw With Gunners

Two games were contested on Thursday as the semifinal round of the Europa League commenced.

At Marseilles, France:

Florian Thauvin (15') and Clinton N'Jie (63') each scored once as Marseille blanked visiting FC Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 in the opening game of their two-match series.

At London:

Antoine Griezmann's equalizer in the 82nd minute lifted Atletico Madrid to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette scored for the Gunners in the 61st minute.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


At Guadalajara, Mexico:

In Wednesday's second game of the CONCACAF Champions League Final, after dropping a 2-1 regulation decision at home to Toronto FC (thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco), thus squaring the series at 3-3 on aggregate (and with overtime dispensed with), Chivas de Guadalajara, with spot kicks successfully converted by Oswaldo Alanis, Jose de Jesus Godinez, Alan Pulido, and Angel Zaldivar, won the penalty-kick shootout 4-2 to win their first continental club championship since 1962 (their second overall) and will represent CONCACAF in December's FIFA Club World Cup, set to be contested in the United Arab Emirates.

Copa Libertadores: Flamengo Knock Off Boca Juniors On Road To Clinch Knockout-Stage Berth

Copa Libertadores group-stage play continued on Wednesday with five games.


At Maturin, Venezuela:

Lucas Trejo scored the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute as Monagas knocked off visiting Defensor Sporting 1-0.


At Tucuman, Argentina:

Leandro Diaz (30'), Gervasio Nunez (44'), and Luis Miguel Rodriguez (89') each scored once as Atletico Tucuman dominated The Strongest 3-0 at home.


At Bogota, Colombia:

Independiente Santa Fe and visiting Flamengo played to a 0-0 stalemate.


At Montevideo, Uruguay:

Sebastian Rodriguez (39'), Guzman Corujo (80'), Leandro Barcia (85'), and Gonzalo Bergessio (88') each scored once as Club Nacional scored three goals in a nine-minute span in the final quarter-hour to demolish visiting Real Garcilaso 4-0.

Group F Standings:

1. Santos (GP: 4; GD: +3; PTS: 9)
2. Club Nacional (GP: 4; GD: +2; PTS: 5)
3. Estudiantes (GP: 4; GD: 0; PTS: 4)
4. Real Garcilaso (GP: 4; GD: -5; PTS: 4)


At Buenos Aires:

Keno (39') and Lucas Lima (66') each scored once as Palmeiras blanked Boca Juniors 2-0 on the road to clinch a berth in the knockout stage.

UEFA Champions League: Galacticos Grab Semifinal Series Opener With Bayern In Munich

At Munich:
In Wednesday's opening match of a UEFA Champions League semifinal series, Marcelo (44') and Marco Asensio Willemsen (57') each scored a goal as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 on the road.

Here, we see Real's Cristiano Ronaldo reacting after a goal that he had scored was disallowed.

Associated Press photo by Matthias Schrader

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Copa Libertadores

The second half of Copa Libertadores group-stage play commenced on Tuesday with three games.


At Medellin, Colombia:

Dayro Moreno scored twice (33', 65') as Atletico Nacional dominated visiting Club Bolivar 4-1.


At Santos, Brazil:

Gabriel Barbosa (43') and Lucas Verissimo (49') delivered the goals as Santos blanked visiting Estudiantes 2-0.


At Cabudare, Venezuela:

Carlos Sierra scored twice in the first half-hour (9', PK-27') as Deportivo Lara held off visiting Millonarios 2-1.

UEFA Champions League: Reds Dominate Roma In Semifinal Series Opener

At Liverpool, England:
In the opening game of the UEFA Champions League's semifinal round, Mohamed Salah (36', 45'+1; that's him here, wearing the red uniform, scoring his second goal) and Roberto Firmino (61', 69') each scored twice as Liverpool dominated visiting AS Roma 5-2.

PA photo via Associated Press by Peter Byrne

Monday, April 23, 2018

OFC Champions League

Two games were contested on Sunday as the semifinal round of the OFC Champions League commenced.

At Lautoka, Fiji:

Osea Vakatalesau's goal in the 49th minute enabled Lautoka to salvage a 1-1 series-opening home draw with Marist FC.

Davidson Tome scored for the visiting club from the Solomon Islands in the 36th minute.

At Wellington, New Zealand:

Team Wellington settled for a series-opening 0-0 home stalemate with Auckland City.

MLS: Home Sunday Wins For Sounders, Timbers

Two games were contested in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

At Seattle:

Gustav Svensson (23'), Will Bruin (25'), and Jordy Delem (90'+4) each scored once as the Seattle Sounders gathered their first league win of the season, 3-1 at home over Minnesota United.

At Portland, Oregon:

Sebastian Blanco (25'), Fanendo Adi (38'), and Larrys Mabiala (66') each scored once as the Portland Timbers blanked visiting---and previously unbeaten---New York City 3-0.



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

NOTES:  With New England and Columbus level on points (11) and wins (3), the Revolution have the superior goal differential (+4, compared to the Crew's +2); with DC United and Philadelphia level o points (5) and wins (1), DC has the superior goal differential (-4, compared to the Union's -5).


1.   Kansas City (GP: 8; GD: +9; PTS: 17)
2.   Los Angeles Football Club (GP: 6; GD: +3; PTS: 12)
3.   FC Dallas (GP: 6; GD: +6; PTS: 12)
4.   Los Angeles Galaxy (GP: 7; GD: -2; PTS: 10)
5.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 7; GD: -5; PTS: 10)
6.   Vancouver (GP: 8; GD: -9; PTS: 10)
7.   Houston (GP: 6; GD: +5; PTS: 8)
8.   Colorado (GP: 6; GD: +1; PTS: 8)
9.   Portland (GP: 7; GD: -2; PTS: 8)
10. Minnesota United FC (GP: 7; GD: -6; PTS: 6)
11. San Jose (GP: 6; GD: -2; PTS: 5)
12. Seattle (GP: 5; GD: -3; PTS: 4)

NOTES:  With Los Angeles FC and FC Dallas level on points with 12, the Wings have won more games than the Hoops (4-3); with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, and Vancouver all level on points (10) and wins (3), the Galaxy have the best goal differential amongst the three clubs (-2, compared to RSL's -5 and the Whitecaps' -9); with Houston, Colorado, and Portland all level on points (8) and wins (2), the Dynamo have the best goal differential amongst the three clubs (+5, compared to the Rapids' +1 and Timbers' -2).

SUPPORTERS SHIELD RACE: With Sporting Kansas City and New York City level on points (17) and wins (5), SKC has the superior goal differential (+9, compared to the Citizens' +7).

Saturday, April 21, 2018

MLS: Wings, Dynamo, Fire, Lions, Hoops, RSL, Five Stripes Pick Up Saturday Wins

Eight Saturday contests were on tap in Major League Soccer.

At Montreal:

Goals from Laurent Ciman (24'), Benny Feilhaber (52'), Jukka Raitala (OG-57'), Carlos Vela (PK-83'), and Latif Blessing (89') enabled the Los Angeles Football Club to overcome a 3-1 halftime deficit to overcome the Montreal Impact 5-3 on the road.

Ignacio Piatti's first-half hat trick (9', PK-16', 43') provided all the scoring for the hosts.

At Houston:

Mauro Manotas (3') Leonardo (7'), Eric Alexander (46'), Alberth Elis (60'), and Romell Quioto (77') each scored once as the Houston Dynamo destroyed visiting Toronto FC 5-1.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Aleksandar Katai (30') and Nemanja Nikolic (69') each scored once as the Chicago Fire held off the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on the road.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Teal Bunbury (14') and Cristian Penilla (45'+1) each scored once to lift the New England Revolution to a 2-2 road draw with the Columbus Crew.

The hosts' goals came through the courtesy of Andrew Farrell (OG-9') and Gyasi Zardes (43').

At Orlando, Florida:

Dom Dwyer scored the winning goal in the 69th minute as Orlando City held on for their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.

At Frisco, Texas:

Mauro Diaz (PK-64') and Maximiliano Urruti (74') each delivered a second-half goal as FC Dallas remained unbeaten after 2-0 home blanking of the Philadelphia Union.

At Sandy, Utah:

Joao Plata (PK-82'), Damir Kreilach (89'), and Albert Rusnak (90'+2) each scored a goal in the waning minutes as Real Salt Lake broke open what had been a scoreless stalemate and ended up overpowering the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-0 in the opening match of another Rocky Mountain Cup competition.

At Carson, California:

Josef Matinez (22') and Miguel Almiron (PK-90'+4) each scored once as Atlanta United blanked the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 on the road.

Friday, April 20, 2018

MLS: SKC Make Mince Meat Of Nine-Man Caps

At Kansas City, Kansas:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Johnny Russell produced a hat trick (10', 16', 48') as Sporting Kansas City annihilated the visiting (and nine-man) Vancouver Whitecaps 6-0.


End of an era.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Copa Libertadores

Group-stage play reached its' midway point on Thursday in the Copa Libertadores.


At Guayaquil, Ecuador:

Javier Pinola scored the only goal of the match in the 43rd minute as River Plate defeated Club Sport Emelec 1-0 on the road.

Group D Standings:

1. Flamengo (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
2. River Plate (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Independiente Santa Fe (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Club Sport Emelec (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)


At Avellaneda, Argentina:

Ricardo Centurion (32'), Lautaro Martinez (38'), Federico Zaracho (51'), and Lisandro Lopez (PK-60') each scored once as Racing Club de Avellaneda demolished visiting Vasco da Gama 4-0.

At Santiago, Chile:

Universidad de Chile and visiting Cruzerio battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

Group E Standings:

1. Racing Club de Avellaneda (GP: 3; GD: +6; PTS: 7)
2. Universidad de Chile (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Cruzeiro (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 2)
4. Vasco da Gama (GP: 3; GD: -5; PTS: 1)


At Lima, Peru:

Yimmi Chara (9') and Jonathan Alvez (82') each scored once as Atletico Junior blanked Alianza Lima 2-0 on the road.

Group H Standings:

1. Palmeiras (GP: 3; GD: +5; PTS: 7)
2. Boca Juniors (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Atletico Junior (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Alianza Lima (GP: 3; GD: -4; PTS: 1)