Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: Red Bulls, SKC, RSL, Galaxy Advance To Quarterfinals; No Non-MLS Clubs Left

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament's Round of 16 concluded on Wednesday with eight games.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Sal Zizzo (5'), Anatole Bertrand Abang (42'), Sacha Kljestan (PK-54'), and Mike Grella (90') each scored a goal as the New York Red Bulls finished off the tournament's last remaining non-Major League Soccer entry by dominating the visiting New York Cosmos of the NASL 4-1.

At Kasnas City, Kansas:

Dom Dwyer delivered a quadruple (5', 30', 41', 69'), the first in any competitive match in franchise history, while Krisztian Nemeth added a double (45'+1, 59') as Sporting Kansas City throttled visiting FC Dallas 6-2.

At Sandy, Utah:

Sebastian Jaime (54') and Javier Morales (PK-71') each scored once as Real Salt Lake blanked the visiting Portland Timbers 2-0.

At San Jose, California:

Jose Villarreal scored the only goal of the match in the sixth minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on the road.

FIFA Women's World Cup: Laura Bassett's Stoppage-Time Boo-Boo Carries Japan Into Final; Japanese Will Again Battle Team USA For Title (Japan Won In PK Shootout In 2011)

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Laura Bassett's own goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time carried Japan to a 2-1 victory over England in Wednesday's FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal.

The Japanese, who won the title against the Americans four years ago, will take on the United States in the final on Sunday at 4:00 PM Pacific Time at Vancouver, British Columbia.

UEFA Champions League: Late Goal Delivers Series Opener To TNS On Road

At Torshavn, Faroe Islands:

Michael Wilde scored the winning goal in the 90th minute on Wednesday as The New Saints took the opening game of a two-match series in the opening round of UEFA Champions League qualifying 2-1 on the road over B36 Torshavn.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

US Open Cup: Philly, Fire, Lions, Dynamo Advance To Quarterfinals

The Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament commenced on Tuesday with four games.

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

Eric Ayuk Mbu (56') and Fabio Alves Macedo (a.k.a. Fabinho; 79') each scored a second-half goal as the Philadelphia Union came from behind and overtook visiting DC United 2-1.

At Orlando, Florida:

Kaka (21') and Carlos Rivas (35') each delivered a goal as Orlando City blanked the visiting Columbus Crew 2-0.

At Bridgeview, Illinois:

Mike Magee scored twice (37', 82') as the Chicago Fire ousted the last remaining USL club left in the tournament, the visiting Charlotte Independence, 3-1.

At Houston:

Mauro Manotas scored the only goal of the match in the 43rd minute as the Houston Dynamo defeated the visiting Colorado Rapids 1-0.

Copa America: Argentina Smothers Paraguay, Will Take On Chile In Final

At Concepcion, Chile:

Angel Di Maria scored twice (47', 53') as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to advance to the final of the Copa America.

Argentina will take on host country Chile in the Copa America Final on Saturday at Santiago.

FIFA Women's World Cup: Team USA Blanks Germany, Will Play In Final

At Montreal:

Carli Lloyd (PK-69') and Kelley O'Hara (84') each scored a goal on Tuesday as the United States shut out Germany 2-0 to reach Sunday's final of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Europa League: The Road To Basel Begins

Three games were played on Tuesday as the opening round of qualifying for the 2015-16 Europa League opened.

At Paola, Malta:

Riad Bajic scored twice (PK-4', 13') in the first quarter-hour as Zeljeznicar took control of their two-game series with Balzan after their series-opening 2-0 road triumph.

At Differdange, Luxembourg:

Shamrock Rovers held hosts Progres Niederkorn to a series-opening 0-0 stalemate.

At Skopje, Macedonia:

Mihai Rosca scored the only goal of the match in the 12th minute as Dacia Chisinau took the opening game of their series with Renova 1-0 on the road.

UEFA Champions League: The Road To Milan Begins

Three games were played on Tuesday as the opening round of qualifying for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League commenced.

At Yerevan, Armenia:

Vardges Satumyan (45'+2) and Cesar Romero (48') each scored a goal as Pyunik defeated visiting Folgore 2-1 in the opening game of their two-match series.  Adolfo Hirsch kept the club from San Marino alive with his goal in the 71st minute.

At Gibraltar:

The opening match between Lincoln Red Imps and visiting FC Santa Coloma from Andorra ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

At Belfast, Northern Ireland:

The opening match betwee Crusaders FC and visiting Levadia Tallinn ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Copa America: Chile Ousts Peru, Reaches Final For First Time Since 1987

At Santiago, Chile:

Eduardo Vargas scored twice (42', 64') on Monday as hosts Chile knocked off Peru 2-1 in Monday's Copa America semifinal.  

The Chileans will play the winner of Tuesday's Argentina-Paraguay contest in Saturday's final (their first since 1987, they have yet to win the title) at Santiago with the winner representing CONMEBOL in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, due to take place in Russia.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MLS: Red Bulls, Timbers Overpower Rivals

Two games were played in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

At New York:

Bradly Wright-Phillips (46'), Chris Duvall (52'), and Matt Miazga (73') delivered the second-half goals as the New York Red Bulls defeated New York City 3-1 on the road.

At Portland, Oregon:

Fenendo Adi scored twice (74', 76') during a two-minute span as the Portland Timbers bounced back from their mid-week StubHub Center debacle and overpowered the visiting Seattle Sounders 4-1 in a Cascadia Cup clash.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   DC United (GP: 20; GD: +6; PTS: 35)
2.   New England (GP: 19; GD: -1; PTS: 24)
3.   Toronto FC (GP: 15; GD: +3; PTS: 23)
4.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 16; GD: +2; PTS: 23)
5.   Orlando City SC (GP: 17; GD: +1; PTS: 23)
6.   Columbus (GP: 17; GD: 0; PTS: 21)
7.   Philadelphia (GP: 19; GD: -10; PTS: 19)
8.   Montreal (GP: 14; GD: -4; PTS: 18)
9.   New York City FC (GP: 17; GD: -4; PTS: 17)
10. Chicago (GP: 15; GD: -6; PTS: 14)

NOTES: With Toronto, the New York Red Bulls, and Orlando City level on points (23), the Reds have more wins (seven, to six apiece for the Red Bulls and Lions); the Red Bulls have the superior goal differential vis-a-viv Orlando City (+2 to the Lions' +1)



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Vancouver (GP: 18; GD: +5; PTS: 32)
2.   Seattle (GP: 18; GD: +6; PTS: 29)
3.   Portland (GP: 18; GD: +1; PTS: 28)
4.   Los Angeles (GP: 20; GD: +4; PTS: 28)
5.   Kansas City (GP: 16; GD: +8; PTS: 27)
6.   FC Dallas (GP: 17; GD: -2; PTS: 26)
7.   San Jose (GP: 16; GD: +3; PTS: 25)
8.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 18; GD: -5; PTS: 22)
9.   Houston (GP: 17; GD: -2; PTS: 20)
10. Colorado (GP: 17; GD: -5; PTS: 15)

NOTE: With Portland and Los Angeles level on points with 28, the Timbers have more wins (eight) than the Galaxy (seven).

CAF Champions League: Goose Eggs In Lubumbashi; Smouha Erase Two-Goal Deficit To Defeat Moghreb Tetouan

Group-stage play in the CAF Champions League continued with two games----both in Group A----on Sunday.

At Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Al-Hilal of Sudan held hosts TP Mazembe to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Alexandria, Egypt:

Salah Amin (66') and Hermann Kouao (78', 79') delivered the goals as Smouha overcame a two-goal deficit and upended visiting Moghreb Tetouan 3-2.

Group A Standings:

1. Smouha (GP: 1; GD; +1; PTS: 3)
2. Al-Hilal (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    TP Mazembe (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Moghreb Tetouan (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Copa America: Two Big PKs From Derlis Gonzalez (One In Regulation, One In The Shootout) Carry Paraguay Past Brazil

At Concepcion, Chile:

Derlis Gonzalez converted two penalty kicks on Saturday.  The first one in the 72nd minute deadlocked Paraguay's match with Brazil at 1-1 in regulation, the second one was the game winner in the penalty-kick shootout as the Paraguayans ousted the Samba Boys 4-3 in the shootout as the quarterfinal round of the Copa America came to a close.  

Paraguay will battle Argentina at Concepcion on Wednesday in a semifinal contest, with the winner to meet the Chile-Peru survivor in the final next Saturday at Santiago.

FIFA Women's World Cup: Japan, England Advance To Semifinals

The quarterfinal round of the FIFA Women's World Cup concluded on Saturday with two games contested in Canada.

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Mana Iwabuchi scored the only goal of the match in the 87th minute as Japan continued their defense of the World Cup title with their 1-0 victory over Australia.

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Jodie Taylor (11') and Lucy Bronze (14') each scored during the first quarter-hour as England held off hosts Canada 2-1.

Japan will take on England in a Canada Day (Wednesday) semifinal at Edmonton at 4:00 PM Pacific Time with the winner advancing to next Sunday's final at Vancouver against the United States-Germany winner.

CAF Champions League: USM Alger Knock Off Defending Champs On Road In Battle Of Algerian Clubs

At Setif, Algeria:

Nacereddine Khoualed scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute on Saturday as USM Alger defeated ES Setif 2-1 on the road in CAF Champions League Group B play.

Group B Standings:

1. Al-Merreikh (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. USM Alger (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. ES Setif (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. MC El Eulma (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

MLS: Caps, SKC, Quakes Pick Up Wins On Three-Draw Saturday

Six games were contested in  Major League Soccer on Saturday.

At Toronto:

Toronto FC and visiting DC United battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

In a match in which both clubs finished with ten men, Eric Ayuk Mbu (8') and Maurice Edu (7') each scored once to enable the Philadelphia Union to salvage a 2-2 home draw with the Montreal Impact.  Ignacio Piatti (28') and Jack McInerney (70') each delivered a goal for the visitors.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Cristian Techera (18') and Octavio Rivero (PK-31') each scored a goal as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 on the road.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Krisztian Nemeth (32') and Sam Cronin (OG-64') provided the scoring as Sporting Kansas City blanked the visiting Colorado Rapids 2-0.

At Sandy, Utah:

Tony Tchani (42') and Ethan Finlay (62') each scored once as the Columbus Crew overcame a pair of one-goal deficits and gained a 2-2 road draw with ten-man Real Salt Lake. Olmes Garcia (36') and Sebastian Jaime (46') provided the goals for the hosts.

At Stanford (Palo Alto), California:

Chris Wondolowski (28'), Clarence Goodson (53'), and Cordell Cato (72') each scored once as the San Jose Earthquakes cooled off the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy (who had scored 10 goals in their last two MLS games) 3-1.

Friday, June 26, 2015

MLS: Hoops Blank Dynamo In Texas Derby; Keep El Capitan Cup

At Frisco, Texas:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, which was delayed by storms and heavy rainfall for over an hour, Jermaine Taylor (OG-28') and Fabian Castillo (42') provided the scoring as FC Dallas blanked the visiting Houston Dynamo 2-0 to win the second of a scheduled three Texas Derby matches.

Copa America: Argentina Knocks Out Colombia In PK Thriller

At Vina del Mar, Chile:

After 90 scoreless regulation minutes (and no overtime), Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Ever Benega, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and (with the winning PK) Carlos Tevez converted their spot kicks as Argentina won the penalty-kick 5-4 over Colombia and advance to the semifinal round of the Copa America.

FIFA Women 's World Cup: Carli's Header Pulls Team USA Past China; Celia's Two PKs (One In Regulation, The Other In The Shootout) Help Germany Oust France

The quarterfinal round of the FIFA Women's World Cup got underway in Canada with two Friday contests.

At Montreal:

Celia Sasic successfully converted her game-tying penalty kick in the 84th minute of regulation to deadlock the match at 1-1, then, after 30 minutes of scoreless overtime, knocked in the game-winning spot kick as Germany defeated France 5-4 in the penalty-kick shootout.  France's Claire Lavogez had a chance to stretch the shootout into the sixth round, but German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer made the save to put her team into the semifinal round.

At Ottawa:

Carli Lloyd scored the only goal of the match in the 51st minute as the United States defeated China 1-0.



The US will take on Germany in a semifinal contest this coming Tuesday at Montreal at 4:00 PM Pacific Time.

CAF Champions : Al-Merreikh Blank MC El Eulma As Group-Stage Play Opens

At Omdurman, Sudan:

Group-stage play in the CAF Champions League commenced on Friday as Adel Namane (OG-6') and Bakri Al Madina (56') provided the scoring as Al-Merreikh blanked visiting MC El Eulma from Algeria 2-0 in a Group B contest.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Copa America: Peru Defeats Bolivia, Will Get Chile Next

At Temuco, Chile:

Paolo Guerrero delivered a hat trick (20', 23', 74') on Thursday as Peru defeated Bolivia 3-1 to advance to the semifinal round of the Copa America.

The Incas will take on Chile in a semifinal contest on Monday with the winner to advance to the final.