The soccer news starts with the polite way of saying that another MLS team lost to a Liga MX club in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. Atlanta United took the second-leg against Monterrey 1-0 at home, losing 3-1 on aggregate. Atlanta is the third MLS team to lose to Liga MX, with all three of the Mexican teams in the quarterfinals advancing. Josef Martinez scored the game's only goal in the 77th minute. Brad Guzan kept the clean sheet with four saves.
"It was a good performance from the team," Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst said of the second-leg. "It was always going to be difficult coming in three goals down to one of the best teams on the continent. We played our hardest. It's been a tough run of games for us, a lot of minutes, and guys laid it all out there on the field today. So it's a performance that we're proud of and that we can build off of."
Cameron Carter-Vickers's Swansea City lost 3-0 at West Brom in the Championship. West Brom took the lead in the 19th minute, adding goals in the 54th and 85th. Eric Lichaj's Hull City lost 3-2 at Norwich City. Hull fell behind to goals in the 11th and 14th minutes. Marc Pugh pulled a goal back in the 45th, with Norwich scoring their third in the 60th. Chris Martin scored for Hull in the 87th.
"It was always going to be a challenging game against a very good side that is incisive in its passing, and goals change the complexion of games," Hull City manager Nigel Adkins said. "We’ve conceded three poor ones here, but scored two good ones. We’re looking to address our away form and I thought we did well in patches tonight, but we’re disappointed with the manner in which we’ve conceded three goals."
Mix Diskerud subbed out in the 89th minute for Ulsan Hyundai's 1-0 shutout of Shanghai SIPG in the Asian Champions League. Junior Negrao scored in the 66th minute in the Group H win.
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ESPN's Jeffrey Carlisle reports on FIFA's decision on two of the solidarity payment cases. Pro Soccer USA's David Hunn updates the situation with St Louis's expansion efforts.
AFP's take on Lionel Messi's performance in Barcelona's win over Lyon in the Champions League. The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke makes the case for Liverpool as a European power. Yahoo Sports' Leander Schaerlaeckens with the Premier League needing to make a Champions League statement this season. AP's Rob Harris on FIFA's push for a revamped Club World Cup. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw has FIFA's decision not to put the global Nations League to a vote.
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