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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Either Hull or Newcastle will be relegated by the end of the English Premier League’s final day of action.


RSL spoils Kreis return with shutout victory over NYCFC

Goals from John Sterzer and Alvaro Saborio led the way as Real Salt Lake spoiled Jason Kreis’ return in a 2-0 victory over NYCFC.

Sporting KC earns road draw with Sounders

Sporting KC lost Dom Dwyer to a pregame neck injury, but still salvaged a road point in a scoreless draw against the Seattle Sounders.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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All eyes fall on the Northeast of England as Hull and Newcastle fight to avoid the final relegation spot.

The final day drama in the English Premier League has boiled down to two teams trying to beat the drop, with Chelsea already deemed league winners and the rest of the top four set in stone. A win for Newcastle against West Ham keeps the club in the Premier League, but anything less could hand a lifeline to Hull against Manchester United.

The Italian Serie A has a few more rounds to go, with AC Milan’s game against Torino highlighting the action there.

Back in North America, Liga MX playoffs are down to the second legs of the semifinals. Chivas host Santos Laguna after a scoreless first leg, while Pachuca holds a 2-0 advantage while visiting Queretaro.

The New York Red Bulls’ meeting with Eastern Conference foes the Philadelphia Union kicks off the MLS national coverage. The evening wraps up with San Jose Earthquakes hosting Orlando City.

If you will be watching any of today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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RSL spoils Kreis return with shutout victory over NYCFC


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Jason Kreis’ return to his old stomping grounds proved to be a disappointing one.

In his first game at Rio Tinto Stadium since departing the club following the 2013 season, Kreis’ New York City FC fell, 2-0, to Real Salt Lake to extend the expansion team’s winless streak to 10 games.

After seeing Josh Saunders make a pair of big-time saves to keep RSL off the board early, John Stertzer finally got the best of the NYCFC goalkeeper in the 25th minute for his first MLS goal.

Following a turnover in the midfield, Devon Sandoval flicked a header backwards into the path of an onrushing Stertzer, who dashed into the NYCFC box before rifling a shot off Saunders’ arm and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

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Sporting KC earns road draw with Sounders


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SEATTLE– Shorthanded, tired, and far from home, Sporting Kansas City still found a way to earn a point on Saturday night.

Fielding a makeshift lineup in one of the toughest venues in MLS, Kansas City held the Seattle Sounders to a single shot on target, leaving the Emerald City with a scoreless draw in front of 40,653 at CenturyLink Field.

Benny Feilhaber nearly gave Kansas City a stoppage-time win, forcing Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei into a diving save in the 93rd minute.

An unusually listless Seattle attack — missing striker Obafemi Martins for the second straight match — couldn’t muster a shot on goal until the 82nd minute, when Chad Barrett redirected a Brad Evans over-the-head shot directly to goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Lamar Neagle earned the first good look of the match in the 46th minute, but hooked a wide-open shot well wide of the right post.

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Rapids hand Whitecaps second straight loss behind Pittinari finish


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Kevin Doyle made his debut as the Colorado Rapids’ third ever DP on Saturday night, but it was a defensive midfielder that helped the Rapids grab three points at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps

The Whitecaps travelled to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park needing a win after a bad loss to the Seattle Sounders last time out, but the hosts had other intentions, and the Rapids pulled out a hard fought 1-0 victory at home.

In a game that was delayed after halftime due to rain, Lucas Pittinari scored the important goal for the Rapids in the 51st minute. Dillon Powers sent a driven ball in to Gabriel Torres, who chipped it up with one touch to Pittinari. The on-loan midfielder sent a volley past David Ousted to put the Rapids up 1-0.

A controversial call by the referee was made about 10 minutes from time, when a Vancouver free kick that beaten Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin was called back for a supposed foul against the Whitecaps.

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Nine-man Revolution hold on to tie D.C. United

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What was billed as a matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings quickly devolved into a test of endurance Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The New England Revolution’s Chris Tierney and Lee Nguyen picked up red cards six minutes apart early in the second half against D.C. United., and that opened up the window for Ben Olsen’s squad to secure an 80th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw in front of the 15,216 in attendance.

“You practice being down to 10 men. I’ve got to be honest with you, we don’t practice behind down to nine men,” Revs coach Jay Heaps said afterward. “But we just had a 35-minute session.”

Charlie Davies banged home a rebound in the closing moments of first half stoppage time to send the Revs in front, but Jairo Arrieta finished at the left post on a feed from fellow substitute Taylor Kemp on D.C.’s only shot on target the entire game.

The result ensures that D.C. United (6-2-4) remains two points ahead of the Revolution (5-3-5) in first place. D.C. moves on to play four games over the next two weeks, while the Revs are off until next Sunday when they host the LA Galaxy in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup Final.

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Surging Impact topple FC Dallas


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For the second straight week, the Montreal Impact impressed in a victory over a Western Conference foe.

Led by goals from Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney, the Impact knocked off FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

The victory is the Impact’s second of the season and second straight following a 4-1 domination of Real Salt Lake last time out.

The Impact kicked off the scoring in the 24th minute through Piatti, who buried a penalty kick to give the Impact the early lead. Continue reading »

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Giovinco strike leads Toronto FC to win over Timbers


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After losing Jozy Altidore to injury last week, Toronto FC’s other big summer signing stepped up to lead the way in spectacular fashion.

Sebastian Giovinco scored a magnificent long-distance strike, leading Toronto FC to a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at BMO Field.

The Italian’s finish came just five minutes into the contest, setting the tone for a first half where he would prove threatening throughout.

After receiving the ball from Luke Moore, Giovinco rocketed a curling left-footed shot from well outside the box past a diving Adam Kwarasey, giving TFC an early lead that the team would never relinquish. Continue reading »

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Spanish Primera Division draws to a close, with Barcelona taking a proverbial lap of honor.

Barca takes to its home pitch against a Deportivo side still fighting off relegation at the other end of the table. The Catalan club’s job is done this season, though there is the matter of a Champions League final in a few weeks.

Deportivo knows a win seals their spot in La Liga for next season, and even a draw might be enough. Either way, the club really needs Eibar to lose or tie against already relegated Cordoba.

Also trying to end on a winning note is Real Madrid, who faces Getafe at the Bernabeu. In France, PSG wraps up a title winning season against Reims.

In MLS action, Eastern Conference rivals clash with the New England Revolution hosting D.C. United. Another potentially entertaining affair comes later with the Seattle Sounders playing Sporting KC.

If you will be watching any of today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

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