Thursday, September 18, 2014

CONCACAF Champions League: SKC, Herediano Gain Thursday Wins; Isidro Metapan Eliminated

Two games were played on Thursday in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Group Two:

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Antonio Rodriguez Dovale (a.k.a. Toni) scored twice (69', 76') as Sporting Kansas City defeated visiting Deportivo Saprissa 2-1.

GROUP TWO STANDINGS:

1. Sporting Kansas City (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 4)
2. Deportivo Saprissa (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
3. Real Esteli (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 2)



Group Seven:

At San Salvador, El Salvador:

Victor Nunez (33', 60') and Yendrick Ruiz (72', 88') each scored twice as CS Herediano eliminated AD Isidro Metapan from the tournament with a 4-2 road victory.

GROUP SEVEN STANDINGS:

1.    CS Herediano (GP: 3; GD: +6; PTS: 7)
2.    Club Leon (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 4)
3. z-CD Isidro Metapan (GP: 3; GD: -8; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament

Europa League: Group-Stage Play Opens

24 games were contested on Thursday, which marked the opening day of Europa League group-stage play.

Group A:

At Monchengladbach, Germany:

Ikechukwu Uche's equalizer in the 68th minute lifted Villarreal to a 1-1 road draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.  Patrick Herrmann scored for the hosts in the 21st minute.

At Nicosia, Cyprus:

Philippe Koch's own goal in the 87th minute proved costly as Apollon Limassol defeated visiting FC Zurich 3-2.

GROUP A STANDINGS:

1. Apollon Limassol (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Villarreal (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Borussia Monchengladbach (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. FC Zurich (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)



Group B:

At Bruges, Belgium:

Club Brugge battled visiting Torino to a 0-0 deadlock.

At Copenhagen, Denmark:

FC Copenhagen, with Nicolai Jorgensen delivering both goals (68', 81') blanked visiting HJK Helsinki 2-0.

GROUP B STANDINGS:

1. FC Copenhagen (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Club Brugge (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Torino FC (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. HJK Helsinki (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



Group C:

At Belgrade, Serbia:

Partizan Belgrade and visiting Tottenham Hotspur battled to a 0-0 draw.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Facundo Parra's equalizer in the 88th minute lifted Asteras Tripoli to a 1-1 draw with Besiktas.  Gokhan Tore scored for the Black Eagles in the 33rd minute.

GROUP C STANDINGS:

1. Asteras Tripoli FC (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
2. Besiktas JK (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Partizan Belgrade (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Tottenham Hotspur (GP:1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)



Group D:

At Wals-Siezenheim, Austria:

Alan Douglas Borges de Carvalho (36') and Jonatan Soriano (78') each scored a goal as FC Red Bull Salzburg came back from a pair of one-goal deficits to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Celtic.  Wakaso Mubarak (14') and Scott Brown (60') provided the scoring for the Bhoys.

At Zagreb, Croatia:

Dinamo Zagreb, with El Arbi Hillel Soudani delivering a natural first-half hat trick (17', 24', 45'+1), demolished visiting FC Astra Giurgiu 5-1.

GROUP D STANDINGS:

1. Dinamo Zagreb (GP: 1; GD: +4; PTS: 1)
2. Celtic (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. FC Red Bull Salzburg (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. FC Astra Giurgiu (GP: 1; GD: -4; PTS: 0)



Group E:

At Eindhoven, Netherlands:

Luuk de Jong's successfully-converted penalty kick in the 26th minute produced all the scoring in PSV Eindhoven's 1-0 hove win over Estoril.

At Athens:

Aleksandr Kokorin (40') and Alexei Ionov (49') produced the scoring as Dynamo Moscow held off home-standing Panathinaikos 2-1.

GROUP E STANDINGS:

1. Dynamo Moscow (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. PSV Eindhoven (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Panathinaikos (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Estoril (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)



Group F:

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Sainte-Etienne held hosts Qarabag FK to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Kiev, Ukraine:

Danilo D'Ambrosio scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute as Inter Milan defeated ten-man FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-0 on the road.  This game was played in Kiev instead of Dnipropetrovsk due to pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine.

GROUP F STANDINGS:

1. Inter Milan (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Qarabag FK (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Saint-Etienne (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)



Group G:

At Liege, Belgium:

Laurent Ciman (74') and Vinicius Araujo (87') delivered the goals as Standard Liege blanked visiting HNK Rijeka 2-0.

At Seville, Spain:

Grzegorz Krychowiak (8') and Stephane M'Bia (31') each scored a goal as Sevilla began their Europa League title defense with a 2-0 home blanking of Feyenoord Rotterdam.

GROUP G STANDINGS:

1. Sevilla (GP: 1; GD; +2; PTS: 3)
    Standard Liege (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
3. Feyenoord Rotterdam (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)
    HNK Rijeka (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



Group H:

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France:

Simon Kjaer's equalizer in the 63rd minute enabled LOSC Lille Metropole to salvage a 1-1 home draw with FC Krasnodar.  Ricardo Laborde scored in the 35th minute for the visiting Russian club.

At Liverpool, England:

Seamus Coleman (45'+1), Leighton Baines (47'), and Kevin Mirallas (89') each scored a goal as Everton dominated visiting VfL Wolfsburg 4-1.

GROUP H STANDINGS:

1. Everton (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
2. FC Krasnodar (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. LOSC Lille Metropole (GP:1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. VfL Wolfsburg (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)



Group I:

At Bern, Switzerland:

Jan Lecjaks became the first of five different goal scorers with his fifth-minute tally as BSC Young Boys demolished visiting FC Slovan Bratislava 5-0.

At Naples, Italy:

Dries Mertens scored twice in the second half (51', 81') as Napoli downed visiting Sparta Prague 3-1.

GROUP I STANDINGS:

1. BSC Young Boys (GP: 1; GD: +5; PTS: 3)
2. Napoli (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
3. Sparta Prague (GP: 1; GD: 2; PTS: 0)
4. FC Slovan Bratislava (GP: 1; GD: -5; PTS: 0)



Group J:

At Bucharest, Romania:

Claudiu Keseru delivered a natural hat trick (61', 65', 72') while Raul Rusescu added a double (PK-59', 73') as Steaua Bucharest blasted open a contest that had been scoreless at halftime and turned the game with visiting Aalborg BK into a 6-0 massacre with all six goals taking place during a 22-minute span.

At Vila do Conde, Portugal:

Andriy Yarmolenko (20'), Younes Belhanda (25'), and Artem Kravets (70') each scored a goal as Dynamo Kiev dominated Rio Ave 3-0 on the road.

GROUP J STANDINGS:

1. Steaua Bucharest (GP: 1; GD: +6; PTS: 3)
2. Dynamo Kiev (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
3. Rio Ave (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)
4. Aalborg BK (GP: 1; GD: -6; PTS: 0)



Group K:

At Thessaloniki, Greece:

Stefanos Athanasaidis produced a natural hat trick (11', 16', 28') during the first half hour of the match as PAOK FC destroyed visiting FC Dinamo Minsk 6-1.

At Florence, Italy:

Juan Vargas (34'), Juan Cuadrado (67'), and Filippo Bernardeschi (88') each scored a goal as Fiorentina dominated visiting ten-man Guingamp 3-0.

GROUP K STANDINGS:

1. PAOK FC (GP: 1; GD: +5; PTS: 3)
2. Fiorentina (GP:1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
3. Guingamp (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)
4. FC Dinamo Minsk (GP: 1; GD: -5; PTS: 0)


Group L:

At Lviv, Ukraine:

Avram Papadopoulos scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time as Trabzonspor defeated FC Metalist Kharkiv 2-1 on the road in a contest that was moved from Kharkiv due to the ongoing pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine.

At Warsaw, Poland:

Miroslav Radovic scored the only goal of the match in the 58th minute as Legia Warsaw defeated visiting Lokeren from Belgium 1-0.

GROUP L STANDINGS:

1. Trabzonspor (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Legia Warsaw (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. FC Metalist Kharkiv (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Lokeren (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CONCACAF Champions League: Impact Blank Red Bulls; America Annihilate Puerto Rico Bayamon

Three games were played in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday.

Group One:

At Guatemala City:

Marvin Avila's hat trick (35', 53', 66') provided all the scoring as CSD Municipal eliminated visiting Real Espana from the tournament by dominating the Honduran club 3-0.

GROUP ONE STANDINGS:

1.    Pachuca (GP: 2; GD: +7; PTS: 6)
2.    CSD Municipal (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 4)
3. z-Real Espana (GP: 3; GD: -6; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group Three:

At Montreal:

Marco Di Vaio scored the only goal of the match as the Montreal Impact held off the visiting New York Red Bulls 1-0.

GROUP THREE STANDINGS:

1.    Montreal Impact (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 9)
2.    New York Red Bulls (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. z-CD FAS (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group Eight:

At Bayamon, Puerto Rico:

Luis Gabriel Rey (3', 5', 35') and Martin Zuniga (42', 58', 87') each delivered a hat trick while Emilio Sanchez (67', 88') contributed a double as Club America nuked Puerto Rico Bayamon 10-1 on the road.

GROUP EIGHT STANDINGS:

1.    Club America (GP: 3; GD: +14; PTS: 7)
2.    CSD Comunicaciones (GP: 2; GD: +5; PTS: 4)
3. z-Puerto Rico Bayamon FC (GP: 3; GD: -19; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament

AFC Champions League: Goose Eggs In Seoul

At Seoul, South Korea:

The Western Sydney Wanderers held home-standing FC Seoul to an AFC Champions League semifinal series-opening 0-0 stalemate on Wednesday.

UEFA Champions League, Group H: Dragons Toast BATE; Athletic And Shakhtar Gather Goose Eggs

Action from Group H of the UEFA Champions League opened with two Wednesday contests.

At Porto, Portugal:
Brahimi brilliance sees Porto blow away BATE
Yacine Barhimi delivered a hat trick (5', 32', 57'; that's him celebrating after his first tally) as FC Porto scorched visiting FC BATE Borisov 6-0.

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At Bilbao, Spain:
Honours even as Athletic hold Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk held hosts Athletic Bilbao to a 0-0 stalemate. In this photo, we see Athletic forward Iker Muniain (left) battling with Shakhtar defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy for the ball.

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GROUP H STANDINGS:

1. FC Porto (GP: 1; GD: +6; PTS: 3)
2. Shakhtar Donetsk (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Athletic Bilbao (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. FC BATE Borisov (GP: 1; GD: -6; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group G: Two-Draw Wednesday

Two games on Wednesday marked the opening of Group G action in the UEFA  Champions League.

At London:
Stubborn Schalke fight back to hold Chelsea
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equalizer in the 62nd minute lifted Schalke to a 1-1 road draw with Chelsea.  Cesc Fabregas scored for the Blues in the 11th minute.  Here, we see the Royal Blues' Christian Fuchs tackling the Blues' Eden Hazard.

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At Maribor, Slovenia:
Last-gasp Zahovič earns Maribor draw with Sporting
Luka Zahovic's stoppage-time equalizer (90'+2) lifted NK Maribor to a 1-1 home draw with Sporting CP. Nani scored for the Lions in the 80th minute.  That's Maribor's Agim Ibrahimi (second from the right) contesting for the ball.

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GROUP G STANDINGS:

1. FC Schalke 04 (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
2. Sporting CP (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Chelsea (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. NK Maribor (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)

UEFA Champions League, Group F: Barca Top Visiting APOEL; Ajax and PSG Draw

Two Wednesday contests marked the opening of Group F play in the UEFA Champions League.

At Barcelona:
Piqué the head boy as Barça edge past APOEL
Gerard Pique scored the only goal of the match in the 28th minute (as shown here) as Barcelona defeated visiting APOEL FC 1-0.

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At Amsterdam, Netherlands:
Schöne free-kick earns Ajax draw against Paris
Lasse Schone's equalizer in the 74th minute enabled Ajax Amsterdam to salvage a 1-1 home draw with Paris Saint-Germian.  Edison Cavani scored for the French club in the 14th minute.  That's ol' Lasse battling PSG's Maxwell for the ball.

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GROUP F STANDINGS:

1. Barcelona (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Paris Saint-Germain (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Ajax Amsterdam (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. APOEL FC (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group E: Late Goal Sends Bayern Past Citizens; Roma Too Much For Horses

Group E play in the UEFA Champions League commenced on Wednesday with two games.

At Rome:
Gervinho helps Roma to overpower CSKA
Gervais Yao Gervinho scored twice (10', 31', that's him celebrating after scoring) as AS Roma scored four goals in the first half en route to a 5-1 demolition of visiting CSKA Moscow.

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At Munich:
Bayern's Boateng breaks City resolve
Jermoe Boateng haunted his former team with his 90th-minute strike (that's him celebrating)as Bayern Munich defeated visiting Manchester City 1-0.

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GROUP E STANDINGS:

1. AS Roma (GP: 1; GD: +4; PTS: 3)
2. Bayern Munich (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Manchester City (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. CSKA Moscow (GP: 1; GD; -4; PTS: 0)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CONCACAF Champions League: DC United, Timbers, Cruz Azul Grab Tuesday Wins

Three games were played on Tuesday as CONCACAF Champions League group-stage action resumed.

Group Four:

At Kingston, Jamaica:

Fabian Espindola scored twice (38', 50') as DC United all but locked up a berth in the quarterfinal round with a 2-1 road win over Waterhouse FC, who concluded group-stage play.  DC United would need only one draw from two contests against Panama's Tauro FC to win Group Four and advance to the quarterfinals.

GROUP FOUR STANDINGS:

1. DC United (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Waterhouse FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3. Tauro FC (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 0)



Group Five:

At Portland, Oregon:

Maximiliano Urruti scored twice (11', 57') as the Portland Timbers doubled up visiting CD Olimpia 4-2.

GROUP FIVE STANDINGS:

1.    Portland Timbers (GP: 2; GD: +5; PTS: 6)
2.    CD Olimpia (GP: 2; GD: +5; PTS: 6)
3. z-Alpha United (GP: 3; GD: -10; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group Six:

At Mexico City:

Mauro Formica (15'), Ismael Valadez (34'), and Marco Fabian (PK-90'+5) each delivered a goal as Cruz Azul dominated visiting Chorrillo FC 3-0.

GROUP SIX STANDINGS:

1. LD Alajuelense (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Cruz Azul (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 4)
3. Chorrillo FC (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 3)

CLINT DEMPSEY SCORES WINNING GOAL IN OT AS SOUNDERS TOP PHILLY TO CAPTURE 4TH US OPEN CUP TITLE

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

Goals from Chad Barrett (47'), Clint Dempsey (101'), and Obafemi Martins (114') enabled the Seattle Sounders to bounce back from behind to defeat the home-standing Philadelphia Union 3-1 in overtime to win the final of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament on Tuesday.

The Sounders, who won their fourth US Open Cup title in their six seasons of Major League Soccer existence, have qualified for the group stage of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League as a result.

UEFA Champions League, Group D

Two games were played on Tuesday as action from Group D of the UEFA Champions League commenced.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Burak Yilmaz successfully converted a penalty kick in the opening minute of second-half stoppage time as Galatasaray salvaged a 1-1 home draw with RSC Anderlecht.  Dennis Praet scored in the 52nd minute for the visiting Belgian club.  Here, we see Gala's Aurelien Chedjou (left) battling Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic for the ball.

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At Dortmund, Germany:
Formidable Dortmund too strong for Arsenal
Ciro Immobile (45') and Pierre Aubameyang (48') produced the goals as Borussia Dortmund blanked visiting Arsenal 2-0.  Here, we see Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos battling with the Gunners' Alexis Sanchez for the ball.

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GROUP D STANDINGS:

1. Borussia Dortmund (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. RSC Anderlecht (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Galatasaray (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Arsenal (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group C: Monaco, Zenit Post Group-Stage Opening Wins

Action in Group C of the UEFA Champions League opened with two games on Tuesday.

At Fontvieille, Monaco:
Monaco's Moutinho makes Leverkusen pay
Joao Moutinho (that's him here, trying to pressure Leverkusen's Lars Bender) scored the only goal of the match in the 61st minute as AS Monaco defeated visiting Bayer Leverkusen 1-0.

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At Lisbon, Portugal:
Familiar Zenit faces come back to haunt Benfica
Hulk (5', that's him here, celebrating) and Axel Witsel (22') delivered the goals as Zenit Saint Petersburg blanked SL Benfica 2-0 on the road.

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GROUP C STANDINGS:

1. Zenit Saint Petersburg (GP:1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. AS Monaco (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Bayer Leverkusen (GP:1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. SL Benfica (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group B: Stevie G's PK Saves Reds; Galacticos Start Title Defense In Style

Two games were played on Tuesday as action in Group B of the UEFA Champions League commenced.

At Liverpool, England:
Gerrard ensures Liverpool edge Ludogoets
A successful penalty kick from Steven Gerard in the third minute of second half stoppage time lifted Liverpool to a 2-1 home win over Bulgaria's Ludogorets Razgrad. Here's a look at the Reds' Alberto Moreno.

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At Madrid:
Rampant Madrid ease Basel aside
Goals courtesy of Marek Suchy (OG-14', celebrated by happy Galacticos, as shown here), Gareth Bale (30'), Cristiano Ronaldo (31'), James Rodriguez (37'), and Karim Benzema (79') carried Real Madrid to a 5-1 home demolition of FC Basel as Los Galacticos began their Champions League title defense in style.

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GROUP B STANDINGS:

1. Real Madrid (GP: 1; GD: +4; PTS: 3)
2. Liverpool (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Ludogorets Razgrad (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. FC Basel (GP: 1; GD: -4; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group A: Legend Knock Off Mattress Makers; Carlos Tevez Comes Through For Juve

Group stage play commenced in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League with eight games, two of them contested in Group A.

At Piraeus, Greece:
Olympiacos stun Atlético in five-goal thriller
Kostas Mitroglou scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute as Olympiacos (whose players are shown celebrating) held off visiting Atletico Madrid 3-2.

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At Turin, Italy:

Carlos Tevez scored both goals in the second half (59', 90') as Juventus blanked visiting Malmo FF 2-0.  Here, we see Juve's Fernando Llorente holding off the Swedish club's Filip Helander for the ball.

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GROUP A STANDINGS:

1. Juventus (GP:1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Olympiacos (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Atletico Madrid (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Malmo FF (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

AFC Champions League: Al-Hilal Dominate Al-Ain In Semifinal Series Opener

At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

Nasser Al Shamrani scored twice in the second half during a four-minute stretch (61', 65') as Al-Hilal broke open what had been a scoreless stalemate after the first hour of action and dominated visiting Al-Ain 3-0 in Tuesday's opening match of a two-game AFC Champions League semifinal series.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MLS: Wondo's Equalizer Salvages California Classico Home Draw With Galaxy For Quakes

At Santa Clara, California:

Chris Wondolowski's equalizer in the 65th minute carried the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 home draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the lone Sunday Major League Soccer contest.  Omar Gonzalez used his noggin to score the Galaxy's goal in the 28th minute.  Robbie Keane's attempted penalty kick in the 37th minute, which would have stretched Los Angeles' advantage to two goals, instead bounced off the crossbar.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.    DC United (GP: 28; GD: +11; PTS: 47)
2.    Kansas City (GP: 29; GD: +9; PTS: 45)
3.    New England (GP: 28; GD: +2; PTS: 42)
4.    New York (GP: 28; GD: +3; PTS: 38)
5.    Columbus (GP: 28; GD: +4; PTS: 37)
6.    Philadelphia (GP: 28; GD: +2; PTS: 37)
7.    Toronto FC (GP: 27; GD: -7; PTS: 34)
8.    Houston (GP: 27; GD: -17; PTS: 32)
9.    Chicago (GP: 27; GD: -6; PTS: 30)
10.  Montreal (GP: 28; GD: -20; PTS: 21)

NOTE: With Columbus and Philadelphia level on both points (37) and wins (9), the Crew have the superior goal differential (+4 to +2)



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1. x-Seattle (GP: 27; GD: +14; PTS: 54)
2.    Los Angeles (GP: 28; GD: +27; PTS: 51) 
3.    Real Salt Lake (GP: 28; GD: +9; PTS: 46)
4.    FC Dallas (GP: 28; GD: +11; PTS: 45)
5.    Vancouver (GP: 28; GD: 0; PTS: 37)
6.    Portland (GP: 28; GD: +1; PTS: 36)
7.    Colorado (GP: 28; GD: -9; PTS: 31)
8.    San Jose (GP: 27; GD: -6; PTS: 28)
9.    Chivas USA (GP: 28; GD: -28; PTS: 24)

x-Clinched MLS Cup playoff berth

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MLS: Revs, Hoops Grab Wins On Four-Draw Saturday

Six games were contested in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

At Chester, Pennsylvania:

Pedro Ribeiro (41') and Sebastien Le Toux (PK-90'+2) each scored a goal as the Philadelphia Union battled back from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 home draw with the New York Red Bulls.  Peguy Luyindula (PK-37') and Thierry Henry (40') each scored once during a three-minute span for the guests.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Kelyn Rowe (23') and Lee Nguyen (25') each delivered a goal during a two-minute span in the first half as the New England Revolution overcame an early deficit and upended the visiting Montreal Impact 2-1.

At Houston:

Will Trapp (48') and Ethan Finlay (54') each scored a goal during a six-minute second-half span to lift the Columbus Crew from a two-goal deficit to a 2-2 road draw with the Houston Dynamo.  Aaron Schoenfeld (OG-12') and Giles Barnes (38') each scored once for the hosts.

At Frisco, Texas:

Blas Perez scored twice (21', 78') as FC Dallas defeated the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1.

At Bridgeview, Illinois:

Dwayne De Rosario's equalizer in the 89th minute lifted Toronto FC to a 1-1 road draw with the Chicago Fire, whose goal came in the 11th minute courtesy of Lovel Palmer.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Gaston Fernandez delivered the equalizer in the 76th minute to carry the Portland Timbers to a 2-2 road deadlock with the Colorado Rapids, ending the hosts' seven-match losing streak.  Diego Valeri opened the scoring for the Timbers in the 43rd minute while Dillon Powers (PK-48') and Deshorn Brown (66') each tallied once for the Rapids.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MLS: Friday Wins For SKC, Sounders; Seattle Locks Up Playoff Berth

Two games were played on Friday in Major League Soccer.

At Seattle:

Andy Rose scored the winning goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time as the Seattle Sounders outlasted visiting ten-man Real Salt Lake 3-2 and became the first club to clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs, their sixth consecutive such appearance.

At Carson, California:

Dom Dwyer (39'), Benny Feilhaber (45'+2), Graham Zusi (52'), and Claudio Bieler (87') each delivered a goal as Sporting Kansas City demolished Chivas USA 4-0 on the road.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MLS: Lloyd Sam's Late Tally Lifts Red Bulls Past DCU; Galaxy Erase Two-Goal Deficit To Gain Draw In Montreal; 'Caps End Scoring Drought In Victory Over Quakes

Three games dotted the Wednesday Major League Soccer schedule.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Lloyd Sam scored the only goal of the match in the 90th minute as the New York Red Bulls knocked off visiting DC United (reduced to ten men in the 32nd minute following Fabian Espindola's red-card ejection) 1-0.

At Montreal:

Gyasi Zardes (59') and Alan Gordon (64') each scored a second-half goal as the Los Angeles Galaxy battled back from a two-goal deficit to gain a 2-2 road draw with the Montreal Impact.  Marco Di Vaio (28') and Ignacio Piatti (43') delivered the Impact's goals in the first half.

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Pedro Morales (PK-39') and Kendall Watson (56') provided the scoring as the Vancouver Whitecaps whitewashed the visiting San Jose Earthquakes 2-0.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1. DC United (GP: 28; GD: +11; PTS: 47)
2. Kansas City (GP: 28; GD: +5; PTS: 42)
3. New England (GP: 27; GD: +1; PTS: 39)
4. New York (GP: 27; GD: +3; PTS: 37)
5. Columbus (GP: 27; GD: +4; PTS: 36)
6. Philadelphia (GP: 27; GD: +2; PTS: 36)
7. Toronto FC (GP: 26; GD: -7; PTS: 33)
8. Houston (GP: 26; GD: -17; PTS: 31)
9. Chicago (GP: 26; GD: -6; PTS: 29)
10. Montreal (GP: 27; GD: -19; PTS: 21)

NOTE:  With Columbus and Philadelphia level on points (36) and wins (9), the Crew have the superior goal differential (+4 to +2).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Seattle (GP: 26; GD: +13; PTS: 51)
2. Los Angeles (GP: 27; GD: +27; PTS: 50)
3. Real Salt Lake (GP: 27; GD: +10; PTS: 46)
4. FC Dallas (GP: 27; GD: +10; PTS: 42)
5. Vancouver (GP: 27;GD: +1; PTS: 37)
6. Portland (GP: 27; GD: +1; PTS: 35)
7. Colorado (GP: 27; GD: -9; PTS: 30)
8. San Jose (GP: 26; GD: -6; PTS: 27)
9. Chivas USA (GP: 27; GD: -24; PTS: 24)