The soccer news starts with USMNT players in the Champions League. Weston McKennie was on the bench for Schalke's 1-0 home shutout of Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D. Alessandro Schopf scored a minute into stoppage time with Ralf Fahrmann making one save to keep the clean sheet. Schalke advances to the knockout round in 2nd-place, five points behind group winners Porto.
“We were dominant over the 90 minutes," Fahrmann said. "It was kind of the story of our season that we had to put in so much effort for the goal."
Ethan Horvath was in goal for Club Brugge for their 0-0 home draw with Atletico Madrid in Group A. Club Brugge put 2 shots on goal to Atletico's 3. Club Brugge finishes 3rd in Group A with 6 points, advancing to the Europa League.
In the other Group A game, Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund won 2-0 at Monaco. Raphael Guerreiro scored in the 15th and 88th minutes with Marwin Hitz keeping the clean sheet without needing to make a save. Dortmund and Atletico Madrid both advance at the top of Group A with 13 points, with Borussia Dortmund winning the group on head-to-head goal difference +2 to -2.
"It's been the perfect week so far," Hitz said. "It's important that we got the win. It was good that we kept a clean sheet and that we came first in the group. You really can't ask for more."
Timothy Weah wasn't in the squad for PSG's 4-1 Group C win at Red Star Belgrade. Edinson scored in the 9th minute with Neymar doubling the lead in the 40th. Red Star pulled a goal back in the 56th with Marquinhos scoring for PSG in the 74th. Kylian Mbappe finished off the PSG goals two minutes into stoppage time. PSG advances to the knockout round as Group C winners, 2 points ahead of 2nd-place Liverpool. Napoli takes 3rd and the Europa League spot, finishing level on points with Liverpool but behind on the second tie-breaker 9 to 7 on total goals scored.
Also in the soccer news, FC Cincinnati picked five players and make moves in the MLS expansion draft. Cincinnati took DC United forward Darren Mattocks, Houston midfielder Eric Alexander, and Red Bulls defender Hassan Ndam. They also have the rights to Roland Lama from FC Dallas. Cincinnati picked Vancouver forward Kei Kamara before trading him to the Colorado Rapids for an international spot. They used that in a trade for Vancouver defender Kendall Waston, sending $450k in general allocation money and $300k in targeted allocation money along with other considerations. Cincinnati also traded for Atlanta United defender Greg Garza in exchange for $200k in GAM and $250k in TAM.
“We are thrilled to add someone with Greg’s soccer pedigree to our backline for next season,” Cincinnati coach Alan Koch said. “He has played at the highest level of soccer in the United States and Mexico and has been a key component of his team at every stop. We look forward to what Greg will bring to our group on and off the pitch next season.”
The Washington Post's Steven Goff speaks with USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen about officially signing with Manchester City and being loaned back to the Columbus Crew. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald talks to Stu Holden about the Berhalter brothers and US soccer.
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