The Portland Timbers exited the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League, drawing 1-1 with group winners Saprissa at Providence Park. Rolando Blackburn put Saprissa up in the 24th minute with Jack McInerney equalizing for the Timbers in the 57th. With Vancouver already qualified for the knockout round from Group C, Sporting Kansas City finished in 2nd-place with a 3-1 home win over Central FC. Sporting . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 19, 2016) US Soccer Players - Heading into the final game of the regular season, the LA Galaxy knows its path to MLS Cup. They're home for one match. Get past that, and another match-up against Sunday’s rivals, FC Dallas, is all but a given. What the club can’t know, and won’t know until it’s too late, is how the season will come to a crashing halt or how to . . .
Wednesday's soccer news update starts with the CONCACAF Champions League roundup from last night's games. In Group D, Arabe Unido shutout Don Bosco 2-0. Arabe Unido had already advanced. In Group F, Alianza beat Antigua 3-1 on the road. The Red Bulls already won Group F and played their final group game. Tigres shutout Herediano 3-0 at home, winning Group G. Group A is still open with Honduras . . .
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund beat Sporting 2-1 in Champions League Group F. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Dortmund up on the road in the 9th minute with Julian Weigl doubling the lead in the 43rd. After Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki handled a back-pass, Sporting's Bruno Cesar scored from an indirect free kick in the 67th. "It was a real shame that Sporting simply continued to play . . .
It's more from the Champions League group stage on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. There's a meeting of super clubs in Group C with Barcelona hosting Manchester City on Fox Sports 1. ESPN2 has PSG playing Basel. Also on the soccer schedule, the US Women play Switzerland. Barcelona vs Manchester City at 2:30pm on Fox Sports 1. Barcelona leads Group C by two points over Manchester City in a group . . .
Wow, that Liverpool vs Manchester United game was something else... said nobody who bothered to watch. It's that "bothered to watch" stat that's already an issue for the Premier League this season. The numbers aren't exactly flattering and the easy excuses aren't there, according to The Irish Times' Ken Early. Part of what any pro sports league sells is the idea that their games, their product, . . .
The Champions League group stage continues on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule with the Premier League champions in action. That's the ESPN2 game, with Fox Sports 1 showing Bayer Leverkusen hosting Spurs. There's also games from the CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision and Univision Deportes. Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen at 2:30pm on ESPN2. It's not going all that well for Leicester City, . . .
Monday's soccer news update starts with another edition of what counts for success in MLS. The New England Revolution lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire on Sunday, meaning for all practical purposes they join the Fire in missing the 2016 postseason. The Fire were already out, adding to the Revs' dismay. Hey, maybe New England can somehow manage to makeup that 12-goal differential and squeeze into the . . .
MLS switched to a Sunday conference schedule for week 33. The Eastern Conference teams played each other in the early time slot with the West doing the same in the late slot. Chicago beat New England 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. Michael de Leeuw scored for the Fire in the 9th minute with Diego Fagundez equalizing in the 43rd. Luis Solignac saw red in the 54th with New England going a man down in the . . .
USMNT player Eric Lichaj scored in Nottingham Forest's 3-1 win over Birmingham City in the Championship. Lichaj opened the scoring in the 33rd minute at The City Ground. Apostolos Vellios doubled the lead in the 63rd. Lukas Kutkiewicz pulled a goal back for Birmingham City in the 71st. Hildeberto Pereira scored Forest's third goal in the 83rd minute. "It was a good goal, a good team performance . . .