Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Geraldo's New Gig

And we ain't talkin' about Mr. Rivera either.

AFC Champions League: Al-Ain Take Semifinal Series Opener

At Al Ain, United Arab Emirates:

Goals from Douglas (16'), Omar Abdulrahman (21'), and Ciao Lucas Fernandes (90'+1) carried Al-Ain to a 3-1 Tuesday series-opening victory over visiting El Jaish in the semifinal round of the AFC Champions League.

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls Advance To Quarterfinals; Timbers Stun Dragon Late On Road To Stay Alive

The CONCACAF Champions League resum group-stage play with two games on Tuesday.  

GROUP B:

At San Salvador, El Salvador:

Fanendo Adi (79') and Darlington Nagbe (90') each scored a late goal as the Portland Timbers came from behind to do something they still haven't done this season in league play----win on the road---by upending CD Dragon 2-1.

Group B Standings:

1.    Deportivo Saprissa (GP: 3; GD: +8; PTS: 7)
2.    Portland Timbers (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 6)
3. z-CD Dragon (GP: 4; GD: -8; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP F:

At Guatemala City:

A 0-0 stalemate on the road against Antigua GFC locked up the Group F title and a berth in the quarterfinal round for the New York Red Bulls.

Group F Standings:

1. x-New York Red Bulls (GP: 4; GD: +4; PTS: 8)
2. x-Antigua GFC (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 2)
3. z-Alianza FC (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 2)

x-Won Group F and clinched berth in quarterfinal round

z-Eliminated from tournament

NOTE:  Antigua gained a 1-1 road draw with Alianza on August 23.

UEFA Champions League, Group H: Tuesday Wins For Sevilla, Juve

Two UEFA Champions League contests will be played on Tuesday in Group H.  Kickoff times are set for 11:45 AM Pacific Time with the hosts listed first.

At Seville, Spain:

Wissam Ben Yedder (that's him celebrating) scored the only goal of the match as Sevilla defeated visiting Lyon 1-0.

Associated Press photo by Miguel Angel Morenatti

At Zagreb, Croatia:

Miralem Pjanic (24'), Gonzalo Higuain (31'), Paulo Dybala (57'), and Adrian Semper (OG-85') each scored once as Juventus demolished Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 on the road.  It appears that Dinamo head coach (or manager) Zlatko Kranjcar had better nights.

Associated Press photo by Darko Bandic

Group H Standings:

1. Juventus (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 4)
2. Sevilla (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
3. Lyon (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
4. Dinamo Zagreb (GP: 2; GD: -7; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group G: Lions, Foxes Come Up Winners

Two Group G games are set to be contested on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.  The hosts are listed first with kickoff times set for 11:45 AM Pacific Time.

At Copenhagen, Denmark:

Stefano Denswil (OG-53'), Thomas Delaney (64'), Federico Santander (69', that's him celebrating while a dejected Stefan Denswil looks on), and Mathias Jorgensen (90'+2) each scored once as FC Copenhagen demolished visiting Club Brugge 4-0.

Polfoto photo (via Associated Press) by Jens Dresling

At Leicester, England:

Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute as Leicester City defeated visiting FC Porto 1-0.  Here's a reaction by visiting Dragons (and ex-Real Madrid) goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Associated Press photo by Rui Vieira

Group G Standings:

1. Leicester City (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. FC Copenhagen (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 4)
3. FC Porto (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)
4. Club Brugge (GP: 2; GD: -7; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group F: Dortmund Gain Home Draw With Galacticos; Lions Blank Legia At Home

Two Group F games are on the Tuesday UEFA Champions League with the hosts listed first and kickoff time set for 11:45 AM Pacific Time.

At Dortmund, Germany:
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the opening
Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (43') and Andre Schurrle (87') carried Borussia Dortmund to a 2-2 home draw with Real Madrid.  Cristiano Ronaldo (17', shown here) and Raphael Varane (68') each scored once for the defending champs.

Associated Press photo by Michael Probst

At Lisbon, Portugal:

Bryan Ruiz (28') and Bas Dost (37') each scored a goal as Sporting CP blanked visiting Legia Warsaw 2-0.  Here, we see the Lions' Jefferson (left) falling over Legia's Bartosz Bereszynski as the two battle for the ball.

Associated Press photo by Armando Franca

Group F Standings:

1.  Real Madrid (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2.  Borussia Dortmund (GP: 2; GD: +6; PTS: 4)
3.  Sporting CP (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
4.  Legia Warsaw (GP: 2; GD: -8; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League, Group E: Spurs Top Horses In Moscow; Late Goal Gains Home Draw For Monaco

Play resumed in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday with eight games, two of them in Group E. 

At Fontvieille, Monaco:
Glik grabs draw for Monaco against Leverkusen
Kamil Glik's late equalizer (90'+4, that's him celebrating with teammates) enabled AS Monaco to salvage a 1-1 home draw with Bayer Leverkusen.  Javier Hernandez scored for the German club in the 73rd minute.

Photo from UEFA website

At Moscow:

Son Heung-min scored the only goal of Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 road in over CSKA Moscow in the 71st minute.  Here, we see the Horses' Roman Eremenko (left) struggling for the ball against Spurs' Dele.

Associated Press photo by Ivan Sekretarev

Group E Standings:

1. AS Monaco (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Tottenham Hotspur (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Bayer Leverkusen (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
4. CSKA Moscow (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

MLS: Sunday Wins For Sounders, Crew

Two games were contested on Sunday in Major League Soccer.

At Carson, California:

Jordan Morris scored twice in the second half (63', 74') as the Seattle Sounders knocked off the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-2 on the road, keeping their playoff hopes alive while preventing the hosts from locking up a postseason berth.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Ola Kamara scored twice (42', PK-84') in the Columbus Crew's 2-0 home blanking of the New England Revolution.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   x-New York Red Bulls (GP: 31; GD: +13; PTS: 48)
2.   x-Toronto FC (GP: 30; GD: +12; PTS: 48)
3.   x-New York City FC (GP: 31; GD: +2; PTS: 48)
4.      Philadelphia (GP: 31; GD: +2; PTS: 42)
5.      Montreal (GP: 30; GD: -4; PTS: 38)
6.      DC United (GP: 30; GD: +2; PTS: 37)
7.      New England (GP: 31; GD: -14; PTS: 36)
8.      Orlando City SC (GP: 30; GD: -8; PTS: 34)
9.      Columbus (GP: 29; GD: -4; PTS: 32)
10.    Chicago (GP: 29; GD: -12; PTS: 27)

x-Clinched playoff berth

NOTE:  With the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, and New York City FC all level on both points (48) and wins (13), the Red Bulls have the best goal differential amongst the three clubs (+13, compared to the Reds' +12 and Citizens' +2).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   x-FC Dallas (GP: 31; GD: +8; PTS: 53)
2.      Colorado (GP: 29; GD: +5; PTS: 48)
3.      Los Angeles (GP: 31; GD: +15; PTS: 48)
4.      Real Salt Lake (GP: 31; GD: 0; PTS: 45)
5.      Kansas City (GP: 31; GD: +1; PTS: 43)
6.      Portland (GP: 31; GD: -2; PTS: 41)
7.      Seattle (GP: 29; GD: -1; PTS: 38)
8.      Vancouver (GP: 31; GD: -9; PTS: 35)
9.      San Jose (GP: 29; GD: -4; PTS: 34)
10.    Houston (GP: 29; GD: -2; PTS: 32)

x-Clinched playoff berth

NOTE: With Colorado and Los Angeles level on points with 48, the Rapids have more wins than the Galaxy (12-11).

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CAF Champions League: It's Zamalek vs. Mamelodi Sundowns For The Marbles

The CAF Champions League's semifinal round concluded on Saturday with two games.

At Rabat, Morocco:

Basem Morsy (36') and Stanley Ohawuchi (81') each scored once as Zamalek, despite dropping a 5-2 game-two road decision to Wydad Casablanca, still ousted the Moroccan club 6-5 on aggregate.  The Egyptian club will be playing in their seventh Champions League final, having won it five times in their six previous efforts, their most recent title (and finals appearance) having taken place in 2002.

At Pretoria, South Africa:

Anthony Laffor (5') and Percy Tau (64') each delivered a goal as Mamelodi Sundowns overturned their series-opening road defeat with a 2-0 home triumph in game two against ZESCO United and won their series 3-2 on aggregate.  For the South African club, this will be their second appearance in the Champions League final, having coming up on the short end in 2001 against Egypt's Al-Ahly.

The two-match final will open in three weeks.

MLS: Red Bulls Clinch Playoff Berth; Reds and Citizens Likewise; DCU, SKC, Dynamo Also Win

Seven games were contested in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

At Toronto:

Justin Morrow's equalizer in the 70th minute lifted Toronto FC to a 1-1 home draw with the Philadelphia Union. Alejandro Bedoya scored for the hosts in the 25th minute.

At Washington:

Patrick Mullins scored twice (34', 53') as DC United dominated visiting Orlando City 4-1.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Daniel Royer scored the only goal of the match in the 60th minute as the New York Red Bulls defeated the visiting Montreal Impact 1-0.  The Red Bulls' victory locked up their seventh consecutive playoff berth.  It also sealed post-season places for Toronto FC and New York City (who will be making their playoff debut in their second season).

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Kendall Waston (51'), Pedro Morales (70'), and Erik Hurtado (90'+3) each scored once as the Vancouver Whitecaps, who finished the match with ten men, overcame three one-goal deficits and gained a 3-3 home draw with the Colorado Rapids.
Shkelzen Gashi scored twice (57', 75') and Dominique Badji once (8') for the guests.

At Houston:

Mauro Manotas delivered a hat trick (PK-34', 73', 85') as the Houston Dynamo downed the visiting Portland Timbers 3-1.

At Sandy, Utah:

Real Salt Lake and visiting DC Dallas battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

At San Jose, California:

Dom Dwyer (7') and Kevin Ellis (81') each scored once as Sporting Kansas City defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on the road.  It was Sporting's first road victory over the Quakes since 2000 when they were the Kansas City Wizards.

Friday, September 23, 2016

MLS: Citizens Douse Visiting Fire

At New York:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, David Villa scored twice (9', 83') as New York City dominated the visiting Chicago Fire 4-1.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

MLS: Jozy Helps Reds Battle Back From Two-Goal Deficit To Gain Home Draw And Lock Up Playoff Berth; Galaxy Gain Road Draw With SKC As LD Tallies; Hoops In Postseason Too

Two games were contested in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Alan Gordon (7') and Landon Donovan (76', his first post-retirement goal) each scored once as the Los Angeles Galaxy gained a 2-2 road draw with Sporting Kansas City.  Jacob Peterson (50') and Dom Dwyer (69') delivered the goals for the hosts. The draw locked up a playoff berth for FC Dallas.

At Toronto:

Jozy Altidore scored twice (69', 86') as Toronto FC, whom on two occasions trailed by as many as two goals, battled back to gain a 3-3 home draw with the New York Red Bulls and clinch a playoff berth.  Michael Bradley contributed to the Reds' coffers in the 41st minute.  Bradley Wright-Phillips became the first player in MLS history to scored 20 or more goals in two different seasons after tallying in the 31st and 48th minutes for the Red Bulls.  The other New York tally was an own goal charged to the Reds' Steven Beitashour in the 12th minute.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   x-Toronto FC (GP: 29; GD: +12; PTS: 47)
2.      New York Red Bulls (GP: 30; GD: +12; PTS: 45)
3.      New York City FC (GP: 30; GD: -1; PTS: 45)
4.      Philadelphia (GP: 30; GD: +2; PTS: 41)
5.      Montreal (GP: 29; GD: -3; PTS: 38)
6.      New England (GP: 30; GD: -12; PTS: 36)
7.      DC United (GP: 29; GD: -1; PTS: 34)
8.      Orlando City SC (GP: 29; GD: -5; PTS: 34)
9.      Columbus (GP: 28; GD: -6; PTS: 29)
10.    Chicago (GP: 28; GD: -9; PTS: 27)

x-Clinched playoff berth

NOTES:  With the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC level on points (45) and wins (12), the Red Bulls have the superior goal differential (+12, in contrast to the Citizens' -1); with DC United and Orlando City level on points (34) and wins (7), DCU have the superior goal differential (-1, to the Lions' -5).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   x-FC Dallas (GP: 30; GD: +8; PTS: 52)
2.      Los Angeles (GP: 30; GD: +17; PTS: 48)
3.      Colorado (GP: 28; GD: +5; PTS: 47)
4.      Real Salt Lake (GP: 30; GD: 0; PTS: 44)
5.      Portland (GP: 30; GD: 0; PTS: 41)
6.      Kansas City (GP: 30; GD: 0; PTS: 40)
7.      Seattle (GP: 28; GD: -3; PTS: 35)
8.      Vancouver (GP: 30; GD: -9; PTS: 34)
9.      San Jose (GP: 28; GD: -3; PTS: 34)
10.    Houston (GP: 28; GD: -4; PTS: 29)

x-Clinched playoff berth

NOTE:  With Vancouver and San Jose level on points with 34, the Whitecaps have more wins than the Earthquakes (9-7).

Saturday, September 17, 2016

CAF Champions League: ZESCO United Take Series Opener With Mamelodi Sundowns

At Ndola, Zambia:

Jackson Mwanza (54') and Mwape Mwelwa (57') each scored a goal three minutes apart in the second half on Saturday as ZESCO United took the opening match of their CAF Champions League semifinal series with Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1.  Khama Billiat scored what may turn out to be a precious road goal in the 87th minute to keep the South African club alive in the series, which will conclude next Saturday in Pretoria.

MLS: Sounders, Timbers, Dynamo, Revs, Crew Grab Saturday Wins; Citizens and Hoops Battle To 2-2 Draw In The Bronx; Goose Eggs For Rapids and Quakes

With the hosts listed first and all times Pacific, seven games are on the Saturday Major League Soccer schedule.

At Seattle:

Jordan Morris scored the only goal of the match in the 81st minute as the Seattle Sounders downed the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in a critical Cascadia Cup clash with playoff implications for both clubs.

At Portland, Oregon:

Diego Valeri (46') and Fanendo Adi (53') each scored once (with Darren Mattocks assisting on both goals) as the Portland Timbers defeated the visiting Philadelphia Union 2-1.

At New York:

Tommy McNamara (8') and Khiry Shelton (78') each scored once as New York City salvaged a 2-2 home draw with FC Dallas.  Maximiliano Urruti (20') and Michael Barrios (52') provided the scoring for the visiting Hoops.

At Orlando, Florida:

Ethan Finlay had a hand in all three of his team's goal, his own in the sixth minute, and Ola Kamara's double (44', 90'+5; he assisted on the Ethan Finlay tally) as the Columbus Crew climbed out of the Eastern Conference basement following their 4-1 road win over Orlando City.

At Montreal:

Keyln Rowe scored twice (27', 59') and assisted once (on Kei Kamara's opening-minute tally) as the New England Revolution upended the Montreal Impact 3-1 on the road.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

The Colorado Rapids and visiting San Jose Earthquakes battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Sandy, Utah:

Alex delivered the game's lone goal in the 36th minute as the Houston Dynamo handed Real Salt Lake their first home defeat 1-0.

Friday, September 16, 2016

MLS: Late Goal Enables DCU To Gain Road Draw With Fire

At Bridgeview, Illinois:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Bobby Boswell's equalizer in the second minute of second-half stoppage time lifted DC United to a 2-2 road draw with the Chicago Fire.  Rob Vincent also scored for the guests in the 19th minute while the Fire's tallies came courtesy of Razvan Cocis (22') and David Accam (29').

CAF Champions League: Zamalek On Cusp Of Reaching Finals After Semifinal Series-Opening Blowout

At Alexandria, Egypt:

Shikabala (4'), Ayman Hefny (18'), Basem Morsy (49'), and Mostafa Fathi (PK-73') each scored a goal on Friday as Zamalek demolished visiting Wydad Casablanca 4-0 in the opening contest of their CAF Champions League semifinal-round series opener.