The soccer news starts with the only USMNT player left in this season's European competitions. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 at home to Red Bull Salzburg in the first-leg of their Europa League round of 16 series. Valon Berisha converted a 49th penalty and doubled Salzburg's lead in the 56th. Pulisic subbed on in the 61st minute and setup Andre Schurrle's goal a minute later. The series concludes next Thursday in Salzburg.
"Luckily, we have a second game," Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger said. "If you lose a match in the league, there's no chance to repair the damage. Now we're facing a really difficult task, but we're by no means out at this point. We know that we have the quality to get the win in Salzburg. But we will need to produce a different performance if we're to do so."
Bundesliga .com had Pulisic saying, "We started well, but then kinda went through a bad phase. I tried to bring on some energy, but in the end it just wasn't enough to tie it up and try to get the winner. We weren't completely 100 per cent tuned into the game, for the whole game. We were in for parts of it, and that's not going to be enough against this team."
MLSsoccer.com's Bobby Warshaw explains the San Jose Earthquakes offense. The Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson on Toronto FC's success in the Concacaf Champions League. Cincinnati.com's Paul Daugherty on the appeal of a stake in SUM for MLS expansion targets.
The Guardian's Jamie Jackson asks if Jose Mourinho's Manchester United is playing it too safe. BBC Sport's Danny Murphy questions the use of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Goal.com's Robin Bairner has Sam Allardyce accepting the pressure for results at Everton. The Independent's Simon Hughes tells the story of League Two club Accrington Stanley's 2017-18 season, succeeding with a tight budget. Bundesliga Fanatic's Louis Ostrowski with Gladbach's situation in the Bundesliga. ESPN's Raphael Honigstein on the immediate future of Germany's 50+1 rule. Tifo Football's Euan McTear explains what Girona is doing differently in La Liga.
AP's Graham Dunbar has former FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments on the 2026 World Cup bids.
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