The soccer news starts with the MLS roundup. NYCFC shutout Columbus 1-0 at home. Valentin Castellanos scored the game's only goal in the 36th minute. Sean Johnson kept the clean sheet with six saves.
"The second-half was a completely different game," Columbus coach Caleb Porter said. "We dominated I thought, we pinned them back, it was because we stepped higher and had more energy in the front. It allowed us to win the ball high and keep the ball and we got a lot of chances."
DC United lost 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls at Audi Field. Alejandro Romero put the Red Bulls up in the 6th minute. DC United's Wayne Rooney saw red in the 24th minute for violent conduct with Ola Kamara equalizing in the 55th. Daniel Royer converted a Red Bulls' penalty in the 59th minute.
"Anyone who knows the game of football can see what the intent was," Rooney said of his red card. "It was to try and ease the player out and the referee seen it as a red card. So I'm very disappointed. Obviously, disappointed to get a red card but also disappointed because I don't agree with the decision."
LAFC shutout San Jose 4-0 at home. Diego Rossi started the LAFC scoring in the 6th minute. Carlos Vela converted a 17th minute penalty. The referee sent off San Jose coach Matias Almeyda in the 38th minute for dissent, with Almeyda returning from the tunnel to continue arguing. Vela scored again in the 41st. Josh Perez finished off the goals in the 81st minute. LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller kept the clean sheet with six saves.
"When you play a top-quality team like them and make a couple mental mistakes and a couple physical mistakes, you get punished," San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski said. "It comes quick, you have to be ready, but he [head coach Matias Almeyda] also kept preaching to us, 'play with confidence, if you make mistakes that's fine'. If you make many, it's just a game, keep playing the way we know how to. We saw glimpses of it but were a little unlucky in front of our net. We couldn't get one."
The Montreal Impact announced that Remi Garde is no longer the coach of the club, hiring Wilmer Cabrera as his replacement. Houston fired Cabrera last week. "Because I have so much respect for Remi as a person and as a professional, it was a very difficult decision to make and it was well thought, but our latest series of failures in the past couple of months and the way the team acts on the field led to that change,” Montreal Impact president Kevin Gilmore said in a press statement. "We hope to bring back confidence to this group of players for the last stretch of the season, to get a playoff spot and to perform in the Canadian Championship final."
In the Championship Geoff Cameron subbed out at halftime in QPR's 3-1 home loss to Swansea City. Trailing from the 29th minute, Jordan Hugill equalized for QPR in the 66th. Swansea went up for good from a 70th minute penalty and added a goal in the 80th. Matt Miazga's Reading drew 1-1 at West Brom. Ovie Ejaria scored for Reading in the 71st with West Brom equalizing from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.
Tim Ream's Fulham shutout Millwall 4-0 at Craven Cottage. Ivan Cavaleiro scored in the 15th minute with Anthony Knockaert doubling the lead in the 32nd. Aleksandar Mitrovic converted a penalty in the 56th with Cavaleiro scoring again in the 63rd minute. Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli made one save to keep the clean sheet.
Did Not Play: Andrija Novakovich (Reading 1 - West Brom 1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town 1 - Cardiff City 2), Luca de la Torre (Fulham 4 - Millwall 0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City 1 - PNE 3)
Yahoo Sport's Leander Schaerlaeckens on the strengths of Serie A that begins its 2019-20 season this week. World Soccer's Paddy Agnew makes the case for a title challenge this season in Italy. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw has Juventus arguing against scheduling so many Serie A games at night. The Mirror's Mark Jones with the news that Liverpool still wants to add seating at Anfield. Reuters reports that the IFAB is taking issue with how leagues are using VAR.
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