Friday, May 29, 2015

MLS: Sporting KC Way Too Much For Ten-Man Hoops

At Kansas City, Kansas:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Graham Zusi scored one goal (64') and assisted on two others (Krisztian Nemeth in the 19th minute and Kevin Ellis in the 57th) as Sporting Kansas City demolished visiting ten-man FC Dallas 4-0.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Copa Libertadores: Scoreless Road Draw Good Enough For Guarani As Paraguayan Club Advances To Semis

At Avellaneda, Argentina:

A 0-0 game-two road draw with Racing Club was good enough for Club Guarani as the Paraguayan club won their two-match series 1-0 on aggregate on Thursday and advanced to the semifinal round of the Copa Libertadores.

Here are the match-up for the Copa's Final Four, with the game-one hosts listed first:

River Plate (Argentina) vs. Club Guarani (Paraguay)

Internacional (Brazil) vs. Tigres (Mexico)

Both series will open July 14-16, with the return matches set for June 21-23.  The winners will meet in the two-game final, set for July 29 and August 5.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MLS: Sounders, Timbers, Galaxy Bag 1-0 Wednesday Wins

Three Major League Soccer matches were contested on Wednesday.

At Seattle:

Marco Pappa Smurfed the only goal of the match in the 16th minute as the Seattle Sounders defeated the visiting Colorado Rapids 1-0 move into not only the top spot in the Western Conference but first place in the Supporters' Shield race as well.

At Portland, Oregon:

Maximiliano Urruti scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute as the Portland Timbers defeated visiting DC United 1-0.

At Carson, California:

Juninho successfully converted a penalty kick in the seventh minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated visiting Real Salt Lake 1-0.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   DC United (GP: 13; GD: +3; PTS: 22)
2.   New England (GP: 13; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
3.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 11; GD: +3; PTS: 17)
4.   Columbus (GP: 11; GD: +3; PTS: 15)
5.   Toronto FC (GP: 10; GD: 0; PTS: 13)
6.   Orlando City SC (GP: 12; GD: -1; PTS: 13)
7.   Philadelphia (GP: 13; GD: -8; PTS: 12)
8.   Chicago (GP: 10; GD: -3; PTS: 11)
9.   Montreal (GP: 7; GD: -1; PTS: 8)
10. New York City FC (GP: 12; GD: -7; PTS: 7)

NOTE:  With Toronto FC and Orlando City level on points with 13, the Reds have more total wins than the Lions (4-3).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Seattle (GP: 12; GD: +9; PTS: 23)
2.   FC Dallas (GP: 12; GD: +3; PTS: 21)
3.   Vancouver (GP: 13; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
4.   Los Angeles (GP: 14; GD: -2; PTS: 20)
5.   San Jose (GP: 12; GD: +1; PTS: 18)
6.   Kansas City (GP: 12; GD: +2; PTS: 18)
7.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 13; GD: -4; PTS: 17)
8.   Houston (GP: 13; GD: 0; PTS: 16)
9.   Portland (GP: 13; GD: -2; PTS: 16)
10. Colorado (GP: 12; GD: 0; PTS: 13)

NOTES:  With Vancouver and Los Angeles level on points (20), the Whitecaps have more wins (six) than the Galaxy (five); with San Jose and Kansas City level on points (18), the Earthquakes have more wins (five) than Sporting (four); with Houston and Portland level on points (16) and wins (four), the Dynamo have the superior goal differential (0 to -2 for the Timbers). 

Copa Libertadores

Two more teams advanced to the semifinal round of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.

At Porto Alegre, Brazil:

Juan Silveira dos Santos (2') and Yerry Mina (OG-88') provided the scoring as Internacional blanked visiting Independiente Santa Fe 2-0 in game two and won their two-match series 2-1 on aggregate.

At Belo Horizonte, Brazil:

Carlos Andres Sanchez (19'), Jonathan Maidana (44'), and Teofilo Gutierrez (51') each scored a goal as River Plate more than made up for their series-opening home defeat with 3-0 game-two road domination of Cruzeiro and eliminated the Brazilian club 3-1 on aggregate.

Take It From Lord Acton

Power tends to corrupt, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely!

CARLOS BACCA SCORES TWICE AS SEVILLA TOP DNIPRO FOR UNPRECEDENTED FOURTH EUROPA LEAGUE CROWN; SPANISH CLUB QUALIFY FOR '15'-'16 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE

At Warsaw, Poland:

Carlos Bacca scored twice (31', 73', that's him celebrating after scoring the game-winning goal) on Wednesday as Sevilla won their second straight Europa League title---and a record fourth overall---with a 3-2 victory over FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

With the victory, the Spanish club gained automatic entry into the group stage for next season's UEFA Champions League.

AFP/Getty Images photo

US Open Cup

15 games are on the schedule as the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament's third round take place on Wednesday.

The nine US-based teams from the second-division North American Soccer League take part in this round.

Host clubs are listed first with all times Pacific.

At Tukwila, Washington:

Pablo Rossi scored the winning goal in the 104th minute as Seattle Sounders 2 defeated visiting Portland Timbers 2 in overtime 2-1 in a battle of USL clubs affiliated with their respective parent Major League Soccer clubs.  The Seattle Sounders' USL affiliate will travel to Sandy, Utah for a fourth-round clash with MLS's Real Salt Lake, to be played on June 17.

At Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

In a contest in which all the goals were scored in overtime, Asani Samuels scored twice (115', 120') as the Rochester Rhinos defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-1 in a battle of USL clubs.  The Rhinos will next face the Philadelphia Union at Chester, Pennsylvania on June 16.

At Richmond, Virginia:

Brian Ownby (20'), Jason Yeisley (38'), and George Davis IV (PK-51') lifted the Richmond Kickers (USL) to a 3-0 home domination of the NASL's Jacksonville Armada.  On June 16, the Kickers will host the Columbus Crew from MLS.

At Pittsburgh:

Rob Vincent scored the only goal of the match in the opening minute of second-half stoppage time as the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds knocked off the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0.  Next up for the Riverhounds is a fourth-round match at home against DC United on June 17.

At Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Jaime Chavez scored the game-winning goal in the 109th minute as the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks eliminated the tournament's only remaining NPSL club, FC Chattanooga 2-1 on the road.  The Silverbacks travel to Harrison, New Jersey for a June 16 encounter with the New York Red Bulls.

At Cary, North Carolina:

Ryan Finley scored the only goal of the match in the 81st minute as the USL's Charlotte Independence knocked off the NASL's Carolina Railhawks 1-0 on the road.  On June 17, the Independence will travel to Boston for a fourth-round encounter with the New England Revolution of MLS.

At Charleston, South Carolina:

Dane Kelly scored the winning goal in the 79th minute as the USL's Charleston Battery defeated the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 3-2 setting up a June 17 home match-up with Orlando City SC.

At Indianapolis:

After 90 scoreless regulation minutes, Nate Polak (115') and Sidney Rivera (119') delivered the overtime goals as Louisville City FC (USL) knocked off the NASL's Indy Eleven 2-0 on the road and earned a fourth-round shot at the Chicago Fire on June 16 at Bridgeview, Illinois.

At Queens, New York:

Leo Fernandes (14'), Sebastian Guenzatti (40'), and Mads Stokkelien (PK-81') each scored a goal as the New York Cosmos (NASL) dominated the visiting Jersey Express (PDL) 3-0.  On June 16, the Cosmos will host New York City FC.

At Fenton, Missouri:

After Bryan Gaul's 90th-minute successful penalty kick squared things at 1-1 and forced 30 minutes of scoreless overtime (he was tossed out via a red card in the 114th minute), teammates Brandon Barklage, Patrick Doody, and Oskar Gasecki converted their spot kicks as Saint Louis FC (USL) won the penalty-kick shootout over visiting Minnesota United (NASL) 3-1.  It's a trip to Kansas City, Kansas for Saint Louis and a June 16 encounter with Sporting Kansas City.

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

In a battle of Sooner State USL clubs, Peter Toth scored the game's lone goal in the 82nd minute, lifting Oklahoma City Energy FC to a 1-0 road win over the Tulsa Roughnecks.  The Energy will travel to Fort Worth, Texas for a June 16 encounter with FC Dallas from MLS.

At San Antonio, Texas:

Mikey Ambrose (50') and Trevin Caesar (78') delivered the goals as the Austin Aztex from the USL blanked the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions 2-0 on the road. The Aztex will visit the Houston Dynamo on June 17.

At Sandy, Utah:

In a battle of USL clubs, Aaron King's goal in the fifth minute stood up as Colorado Springs Switchbacks knocked off Real Monarchs SLC 1-0 on the road.  It's off to Commerce City, Colorado for the Switchbacks as they will face the Colorado Rapids on June 16.

At Ventura, California:

Dillon Justin scored the winning goal in the 80th minute as PSA Elite from the fifth-division USASA knocked out the tournament's last remaining fourth-division entry, the PDL's Ventura County Fusion 2-1 on the road.  PSA Elite will visit the defending MLS Cup champs, the Los Angeles Galaxy at Carson, California on June 17.

At Sacramento, California:

Adnan Gabeljic delivered the night's only hat trick (43', 59', 89') as the Sacramento Republic (USL) demolished visiting Chula Vista FC (USASA) 7-3 to earn a trip to San Jose for a June 16 match with the Earthquakes.

The fourth round of the tournament will be played on June 16 and 17.  All 17 US-based Major League Soccer clubs will enter the fray at this point.  Two of them, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will square off against each other on June 16 at Tukwila, Washington while the other 15 teams will take on lower-division clubs.

For the round of 32, there will be 17 MLS clubs, 12 from the USL (Divsion III) , two from the NASL (Division II), and one from the USASA (Division V).  There are no fourth-division clubs left in the tournament. 

AFC Champions League: Gamba Osaka, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, Al-Ahli (From UAE), Naft Tehran Advance To Quarterfinals

Four games were played on Wednesday as the AFC Champions League's Round of 16 concluded.

At Suita, Japan:

Anderson Patric Aguiar Oliveira (16'), Shu Kurata (45'), and Lins Lima de Brito (86') each scored a goal as Gamba Osaka defeated visiting FC Seoul 3-2 in game two and won their two-match series 6-3 on aggregate.

At Guangzhou, China:

Ricardo Goulart scored twice (PK-27, 57') as Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao overcame their series-opening road defeat with a 2-0 game-two home victory over Seongnam FC and ousted the South Korean club 2-1 on aggregate.

At Al Ain, United Arab Emirates:

After a series-opening scoreless stalemate, Ahmed Khalil scored twice (53', 56') and Humeid Salmein once (51') as Al-Ahli scored three times in a six-minute stretch in the second half and gained a 3-3 road draw with Al-Ain and took the series by that same score on aggregate thanks to the away goals rule and advanced to the quarterfinal round.

At Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

Leandro Padovani scored the series-winning goal in the 31st minute as Naft Tehran, despite dropping 2-1 game-two road decision to Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli, still advanced to the quarterfinal on away goals with the aggregate score at 2-2.

Copa Libertadores: Tigres Advance To Semifinals

At San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico:

In the lone Tuesday Copa Libertadores quarterfinal-round contest, Rafael Sobis (5') and Jose Arturo Rivas (79') each scored a goal as Tigres blanked visiting Club Sport Emelec 2-0 in game two and won their two-game series 2-1 to advance to the semifinal round.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Carlo Canned

If your team finishes second in La Liga only to its' arch-rival, only a year after winning the Champions League title and the Copa del Rey and five months after winning the FIFA Club World Cup crown, you're considered a bum.

AFC Champions League: Kashiwa Reysol, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Lekhwiya, Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia Advance To Quarterfinals

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

At Kashiwa, Japan:

Yusuke Kobayashi scored the series-winning goal in the 65th minute as Kashiwa Reysol, despite dropping a 2-1 game-two home decision, still won their series with Suwon Samsung Bluewings on away goals, with the aggregate score at 4-4.

At Beijing, China:

Edu (a.k.a. Eduardo Goncalves de Oliveira) scored the series-winning goal in the 72nd minute as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors defeated Beijing Guoan 1-0 on the road in game two and won their two-match series 2-1 on aggregate.

At Doha, Qatar:

Youssef Msakni (13') and Ismaeel Mohammad (83') each scored a goal as Lekhwiya gained a 2-2 game-two home draw with Al-Sadd and won their two-game series with their fellow Qatari club 4-3 on aggregate.

At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

Yousef Al-Salem (29'), Mohammad Al-Shalhoub (PK-57'), and Abdullaziz Al-Dawsari (90'+1) each scored a goal as Al-Hilal overcame their series-opening road defeat with a 3-0 game-two home domination of Persepolis and won their two-game series 3-1 on aggregate.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

CENTRAL KNOCK OFF W CONNECTION TO WIN CFU CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE; MONTEGO BAY UNITED WIN THIRD-PLACE MATCH, JOIN TRINIDADIAN CLUBS IN CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Both the championship match and the third-place contest in the CFU Club Championship took place on Sunday at Ato Boldon stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.
In the third-place playoff, Owayne Gordon scored the only goal of the match in the 70th minute as Montego Bay United of Jamaica locked up a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Don Bosco FC from Haiti.

In the championship game, in a battle of clubs from Trinidad and Tobago who are both heading to the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League, Central FC defeated W Connection 2-1.

MLS: Philly Blanks Red Bulls On Road; Lions and Quakes Exchange PKs in 1-1 Draw In Santa Clara As Wondo Scored Goal #100

Two games in Major League Soccer were contested on Sunday.


At Harrison, New Jersey:

Vincent Nogueria (57') and C.J. Sapong (62') each scored a second-half goal five minutes apart as the Philadelphia Union defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-0 for their first-ever victory at Red Bull Arena.

At Santa Clara, California:

Chris Wondolowski scored his 100th career MLS goal (being only the ninth player in league history to do so) with his successful penalty kick in the 68th minute as the San Jose Earthquakes gained a 1-1 draw with Orlando City in a contest played at Levi's Stadium.  Kaka converted a penalty kick of his own for the visiting Lions in the 64th minute.

MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   DC United (GP: 12; GD: +4; PTS: 22)
2.   New England (GP: 13; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
3.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 11; GD: +3; PTS: 17)
4.   Columbus (GP: 11; GD: +3; PTS: 15)
5.   Toronto FC (GP: 10; GD: 0; PTS: 13)
6.   Orlando City FC (GP: 12; GD: -1; PTS: 13)
7.   Philadelphia (GP: 13; GD: -8; PTS: 12)
8.   Chicago (GP: 10; GD: -3; PTS: 11)
9.   Montreal (GP: 7; GD: -1; PTS: 8)
10. New York City FC (GP: 12; GD: -7; PTS: 7)

NOTE:  With Toronto FC and Orlando City level on points with 13, the Reds have more wins (four, to the Lions' three).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   FC Dallas (GP: 12; GD: +3; PTS: 21)
2.   Seattle (GP: 11; GD: +8; PTS: 20)
3.   Vancouver (GP: 13; GD: +2; PTS: 20)
4.   San Jose (GP: 12; GD: +1; PTS: 18)
5.   Kansas City (GP: 12; GD: +2; PTS: 18)
6.   Los Angeles (GP: 13; GD: -3; PTS: 17)
7.   Real Salt Lake (GP: 12; GD: -3; PTS: 17)
8.   Houston (GP: 13; GD: 0; PTS: 16)
9.   Portland (GP: 12; GD: -3; PTS: 13)
10. Colorado (GP: 11; GD: +1; PTS: 13)

NOTES:  With Seattle and Vancouver level on points (20) and wins (six), the Sounders have the superior goal differential (+8 to the Whitcaps' +2); with San Jose and Sporting Kansas City level on points with 18, the Earthquakes have more wins (five, to Sporting's four); with Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake level on points (17), wins (four), and goal differential (-3), and goals (12 apiece), the Galaxy have fewer disciplinary points than RSL (235 to 253); with Portland and Colorado level on points, the Timbers have more wins (three) than the Rapids (two).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

MLS: Reds, Impact, Rapids, RSL Grab Saturday Wins; Revs and DCU Draw; Goose Eggs In Seattle

Six games were played on Saturday in Major League Soccer.

At Toronto:

Sebastian Giovinco scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute as Toronto FC defeated the visiting Portland Timbers 1-0.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Despite two second-half ejections, the New England Revolution still managed a 1-1 home draw with DC United.  Charlie Davies put the Revs in the lead with his goal in the opening half of first-half stoppage time, only to see Jairo Arrieta equalize for the guests in the 80th minute.

At Montreal:

Jack McInerney scored the winning goal in the 50th minute as the Montreal Impact knocked off visiting FC Dallas 2-1.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Lucas Pittinari scored the only goal of the match in the 51st minute as the Colorado Rapids ended their MLS-record 18-game home winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

At Seattle:

The contest between the Seattle Sounders and visiting Sporting Kansas City concluded in a 0-0 stalemate.

At Sandy, Utah:

John Stertzer (25') and Alvaro Saborio (49') as Real Salt Lake blanked visiting New York City 2-0, stretching the Citizens' winless run to ten games.

Friday, May 22, 2015

MLS: Stoppage-Time Heroics Gain Road Draw For Fire; Late Goal Carries Galaxy Past Dynamo

Two Major League Soccer matches were contested on Friday.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Jason Johnson's equalizer in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time lifted the Chicago Fire to a 2-2 road deadlock with the Columbus Crew, bouncing back from a two-goal deficit to do so. David Accam scored the other Chicago goal in the 58th minute while Kai Kamara scored both Columbus tallies in the eighth and 55th minutes.

At Carson, California:

Alan Gordon scored the only goal of the match in the second minute of second-half stoppage time as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the visiting Houston Dynamo 1-0.

CFU Club Championship: Trinidadian Clubs Advance To Final, Qualify For CONCACAF Champions League

Both games in the semifinal round of the CFU Club Championship were played on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.

In the opener, after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, Central FC from the host nation won the penalty-kick shootout 3-1 over Haiti's Don Bosco FC.

In the nightcap, W Connection, another Trinidadian club, defeated Montego Bay United from Jamaica 1-0.


With the victories, Central and W Connection not only advanced to Sunday's final, also to be played at Ato Boldon Stadium.  They also qualified for the group stage of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

The title game will be preceded by the third-place playoff between Don Bosco and Montego Bay United, with the winner also advancing to next season's Champions League.