MLS Team of the Week, the USWNT win their final Olympic tune-up game and more in today’s links
Armas out, Austin find the gas & more from Week 11
Consider that Toronto are dead last in MLS with just one win and five points from 11 games, the worst start in club history. Not only is that saying something given that TFC missed the playoffs in each of their first eight years of existence, it’s also saying something given that TFC were second in the Supporters’ Shield race last year, and gutted out a memorable CCL series win over Club Leon back in March.
MLS can’t corroborate racial abuse alleged in Portland-Minnesota match
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPN that the allegation was that Loons midfielder Franco Fragapane racially abused Portland midfielder Diego Chara around the 62nd minute, with referee Rosendo Mendoza briefly suspending play in the 65th minute.
TFC to return to Toronto, hope to host games at BMO Field soon
Toronto FC president Bill Manning says he is optimistic the MLS team will soon be able to play games back at BMO Field.
MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls make their case in Week 11
Week 11 produced arguably the New York Red Bulls’ biggest win yet under head coach Gerhard Struber, and their 2-1 victory at Orlando City SC shapes the latest MLS Team of the Week.
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Nashville to host first USMNT home World Cup qualifier
The first home qualifier will come sandwiched by the USMNT’s first two road qualifiers. The USMNT open up World Cup qualifying on the road against El Salvador on September 2nd. After the home match in Nashville, they travel to Honduras for the final qualifier in that window on September 8th.
United States beat Mexico again in final tune-up for Tokyo Olympics
This was the second of two pre-Olympic friendlies for the U.S. against Mexico, with the Americans easing to victory by a 4-0 final scoreline on Thursday.
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Euro 2020 semifinal preview: Keys to victory, X factors, predictions
After a thrilling quarterfinal stage, we’re down to the final four countries that retain hope of winning Euro 2020. The semifinals begin on Tuesday, with Spain taking on Italy and England facing Denmark the following day.
Brazil grind out win over Peru to reach Copa America final
The host nation will play the winner of Tuesday’s other semifinal between Argentina and Colombia in the title decider at the Maracana stadium on Saturday.