It was an interesting night for Real Madrid in the Champions League. Spurs beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 meant the London team wins the group. Real Madrid's 6-0 over APOEL means 2nd-place with a game remaining. Given Real Madrid's issues with their offense weren't an issue for the fifth game in Group H, but what that means for their superstars is still an open question. Goal.com's Sacha Pisani . . .
The Eastern Conference finals opened with a 0-0 draw between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium. It was Columbus pressing the offense at home, taking 14 shots to Toronto's seven and putting three of them on frame to Toronto's none. The scoreless draw sets things up for Toronto in their home leg on November 29 with the return of Jozy Altidore and Seb Giovinco. "We planned for them . . .
Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. The result means Spurs wins Group H and Dortmund can finish no higher than 3rd-place. Hanging onto 3rd-place and the Europa League qualifying spot was made a bit easier by APOEL losing 6-0 at home to Real Madrid. Group H concludes on December 6 with Real Madrid hosting Borussia Dortmund and Spurs home to APOEL. Borussia Dortmund . . .
The Champions League returns later today with six points left up for grabs in the groups. Only in Group B have both teams already advanced to the knockout round. That's PSG with the best record of any team at 12 points and a +17 goal difference and Bayern Munich three points back. The Europa League spot is still in question with Celtic three points ahead of Anderlecht. With only one USMNT player . . .
It's the conference semifinal first-legs from the MLS playoffs on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. In the East, Columbus hosts Toronto and Houston plays Seattle in the West. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the Champions League returns. Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC at 8pm on ESPN in the MLS Eastern Conference finals. Columbus knocked out NYCFC 4-3 on aggregate, losing the second-game of that series . . .
MLS award season continued on Monday with Miguel Almiron winning the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year. Almiron, a member of Paraguay's national team, joined the expansion Atlanta United squad in 2017 as a designated player. He has nine goals and 14 assists over 30 games in a season where Atlanta qualified for the MLS playoffs. "For me it's a big honor, Almiron said. "It's wonderful that they voted . . .
It's Liguilla time in Liga MX. The 2017 Apertura season came to a close over the weekend with Monterrey clinching the title with 37 points from 17 games. Tigres finished in 2nd-place with 32, losing to local rivals Monterrey on the final day of the season. Club America took 3rd-place with 30 points. Morelia finished in front of Toluca with both teams at 29 points. Cruz Azul took 6th with 27 . . .
The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico returned to action over the weekend following the November international break. We start in the Premier League where DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United lost 4-1 at Manchester United. Yeldon assisted on Dwight Gayle's opener in the 14th minute. Manchester United equalized in the 37th and went ahead for good in first-half stoppage time. Danny Williams . . .
The club schedule returns following the November international break on the weekend soccer TV schedule . The Madrid derby is on beIN Sport on Saturday. beIN Sport also has the Rome derby. Saturday's Premier League schedule has the North London derby on NBCSN and Manchester United plays Newcastle on NBC. Manchester United vs Newcastle at 12:20pm on NBC. DeAndre Yedlin returns from USMNT duty . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday’s friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one. A conflicted mix of intrigue, bewilderment, and uneasiness. On the field, the part that should . . .