MLS: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union

Red Bulls use three second-half goals to beat Union

The Wright-Phillips brothers combined for the first time as teammates to help the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at D.C. United

D.C. United downs Real Salt Lake in wild, 10-goal clash

D.C. United and Real Salt Lake brought their shooting boots to RFK Stadium Saturday, but it was the Eastern Conference leader that scored the most in the 6-4 contest.

MLS: Montreal Impact at New York City FC

Frank Lampard makes long-awaited debut for NYCFC

More than a year since he was first linked to New York City FC, former Chelsea star and England legend Frank Lampard finally made his MLS debut on Saturday.

Orlando City runs riot over the Crew, as Larin’s brace gets Lions back to winning ways

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Orlando City SC

 

By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — After a winless month of July, Cyle Larin’s brace sealed Orlando City SC’s path to winning ways, as Adrian Heath’s men rallied from one goal down to defeat the Columbus Crew, 5-2, on Saturday night in front of 26,586 at the Citrus Bowl.

Federico Higuain’s opener in the first five minutes of the game put Gregg Berhalter’s men on the scoresheet first, but Cyle Larin’s equalizer in the 18th minute and Darwin Ceren’s go-ahead goal in the 38th gave the Lions the lead before heading into halftime.

Corey Ashe connected with Larin in the 54th minute to bag his brace, before Aurelien Collin scored Orlando’s fourth goal of the game in the 76th minute.

Kaka earned his second assist of the game when the Brazilian star connected with Cristian Higuita to cap the Lions’ first win over Columbus this season when he headed in the captain’s cross past goalkeeper Steve Clark in the 84th minute. Continue reading »

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Impact high on confidence following Drogba signing, statement win over NYCFC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

NEW YORK – While the off-the-field headlines generated by the signing of Didier Drogba proved to be a major win for the club, Saturday’s on-the-field performance by the Montreal Impact proved to be the week’s most impressive achievement.

Visiting Yankee Stadium, the Impact bested the New York City FC backline time and time again, earning a hard-fought 3-2 road win to pick up the team’s third victory in four games.

The win, which gives the Impact 27 points through 19 games, was just the team’s second road win of the season and eighth in the franchise’s three-and-a-half year MLS history.

Led by the performances of Dominic Oduro and Ignacio Piatti, the Impact displayed a bit of swagger in picking apart NYCFC’s defense, continuously pinging passes up and over opposing backline to create chance after chance.

Oduro, who provided the game’s opener, said that was all part of the plan, as the Impact were fully prepared to exploit space left unoccupied by NYCFC’s less-pacey defense. For the Imapct, it was all about execution, something made all the easier by the confidence generated in recent weeks.

“I think Didier coming in put a little spark into the team,” Oduro said. “Everybody is excited. The city of Montreal is excited. Coming here, we came with great confidence and I think him coming to join the team, it will be a great push. We’re confident going into our next game. We have a couple of games coming up and hopefully we can get points. Continue reading »

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Red Bulls use three second-half goals to beat Union

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, PA — Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips combined for the first time as teammates just outside the City of Brotherly Love to hand the New York Red Bulls a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

The Eastern Conference clash at PPL Park started with a whimper as the two sides combined for zero shots on goal in front of boisterous sets of visiting and home fans.

Although he was not credited with any saves through 45 minutes, Luis Robles did jump into action on two occasions to swat away dangerous looking crosses from the left wing from Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana respectively.

Sacha Kljestan created the best chance of the opening stanza in the 40th minute, when he knocked a shot from the left side of the penalty area into the side netting.

As the second half began, the action started to ramp up as the two teams started to dish out physical fouls in front of the sellout crowd of 18,883. Continue reading »

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D.C. United downs Real Salt Lake in wild, 10-goal clash

MLS: Real Salt Lake at D.C. United

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By AARON CRANFORD

Even in an uncharacteristic 10-goal affair, D.C. United found a way to win at home.

D.C. United and Real Salt Lake brought their shooting boots to RFK Stadium Saturday, but it was the Eastern Conference leader that scored the most in the 6-4 contest.

DCU is now 9-1-3 at home in 2015, and with the help of five different goalscorers, it ended RSL’s two-game win streak and is the first MLS team to attain 40 points or more in the 2015 campaign, sitting atop the combined table with 41 points after 24 games.

Two golazos stole the show for the home side, as it also had to come back from two goals down after Joao Plata and Kyle Beckerman found the back of the net early on.

Alvaro Saborio was a hassle for his old side, creating a couple of dangerous chances in the 16th minute, but it was Chris Rolfe who would cut the lead to one before the break. Continue reading »

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Frank Lampard makes long-awaited debut for NYCFC

MLS: Montreal Impact at New York City FC

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By MICHAEL PENG

NEW YORK — The roar of the crowd was already thunderous, then it became deafening.

After more than a year of connection with New York City FC, former Chelsea star and England legend Frank Lampard made his MLS debut at last.

The moment came seconds after David Villa, the club’s captain and first-ever player, had just converted a penalty in the 68th minute to cut into what was a 2-0 deficit to the Montreal Impact, and Lampard jogged onto the pitch at Yankee Stadium to a standing ovation of 27,645 in the Bronx.

“I think every player, if they are honest with you, would like to feel the crowd and to feel the crowd’s support and I’ve sensed that,” Lampard said after the game. “I’ve seen it in the games, particular last week, it was a fantastic atmosphere, [Andrea] Pirlo came on and got an amazing reception. I think the fans, the support was seen fantastically, it’s up to me now to repay that by playing well.”

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Impact end week on high note with big road win against NYCFC

MLS: Montreal Impact at New York City FC

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By MICHAEL PENG

NEW YORK — The Montreal Impact turned what was a good week into a great one after picking up a key win on Saturday.

Days after completing the signing of former Chelsea star and Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba, the Impact took advantage of some shoddy defense and defeated New York City FC, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium in a match with playoff implications.

Both sides came into the contest with 24 points in the Eastern Conference and on the fringe of the playoff cut line, but the win vaulted Montreal into sole possession of sixth place as of the end of the match, and it also helped the team avoid a season sweep after dropping the first two contests to NYCFC. Continue reading »

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By AARON CRANFORD

The European offeseason is winding down to a close, with domestic competition between the strongest clubs starting today.

Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich will face Wolfsburg in the DFL-Supercup (2:30 p.m., FOX Sports 2 Go), which is a match that pits the league winner and the DFB-Pokal winner. Wolfsburg never met its foe en route to winning the 2014-15 domestic cup, but each side did win one of the two meetings between them during the regular season, setting up an intriguing competition Saturday to kickstart the 2015-16 Bundesliga season.

In MLS, the coveted Cascadia Cup can be clinched Saturday when the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps meet up for their second meeting of 2015. The Sounders won the first meeting, 2-0, and with a win tonight (10 p.m., MLS Live), the Seattle faithful can celebrate because they’ll be four points above both the Portland Timbers and the Whitecaps, and both rivals will only have one Cascadia match left.

Meanwhile, after a strong second-place finish in the NASL Spring Season table, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have struggled as of late, losing their last three matches.

Rowdies head coach Thomas Rongen needs a spark and could look to insert U.S. international Freddy Adu into the starting lineup vs. the Carolina RailHawks (7:30 p.m., ESPN3), after he made his 15-minute debut and assisted the team’s lone goal on Aug. 25.

If you will be watching 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): Continue reading »

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After difficult spring seasons, Fury FC, FC Edmonton leading Fall table ahead of derby

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By RYAN TOLMICH

If one were to look at the NASL’s Spring Season table, it’s hard to imagine that either Ottawa Fury FC or FC Edmonton would be any sort of contenders early in the Fall Season.

Yet here they are.

After finishing ninth and 10th, respectively, in the Spring Standings, Fury FC and FC Edmonton now sit atop the table ahead of this weekend’s Canadian derby (Sunday, 4 p.m., ESPN3). Meanwhile the Spring Season champions, the New York Cosmos, currently sit as the season’s bottom-dwellers, signaling a bit of a shift in power as the Fall Season hits its stride.

Both Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos and Eddies head coach Colin Miller cited the three-week break between seasons as essential in helping their teams grow, an opportunity not afforded to many teams throughout the world. Continue reading »

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