The soccer news starts with NYCFC beating Houston 3-2 at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC's Alexandru Mitrita opened the scoring in the 16th minute with Juan Cabezas equalizing in the 26th. Houston's Romell Quioto saw red in the 29th for violent conduct. The Dynamo took the lead in the 77th minute through a Mauro Manotas goal. Subbing on in the 58th minute, Taty Castellanos equalized for NYCFC in the 83rd and scored their winner three minutes into stoppage time.
"I’m very happy with Taty," NYCFC coach Dome Torrent said. "They all deserve to play but he’s shown me in training that he has the desire to play every single game - he’s a fighter and in this year he’s improved a lot. He's a goalscorer."
Also in the soccer news, the 2019-20 Premier League season begins this weekend with the obvious favorites the same as how we left it a few months ago. Manchester City and Liverpool with City once again the team to beat in the EPL. The NY Times' Rory Smith looks at how the rest of the Premier League prepares for Manchester City. It's a safe assumption that this will be the theme throughout the 2019-20 season even as City waits to see what happens with UEFA's Financial Fair Play investigation.
The Washington Post's Steven Goff looks at the importance of Christian Pulisic at Chelsea for US interest in the Premier League. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald also asks about Pulisic at Chelsea. Whether or not Pulisic represents the breakthrough, it's worth noting that even with the windfall of overseas rights fees remaking their finances, the Premier League isn't necessarily a ratings winner in the United States. The league could use the help of an American marquee player on a team that can compete for the title. Bloomberg's Eben Novy-Williams puts the focus on ratings and rights fees for NBC.
Birmingham Live's Joseph Chapman looks at how much Aston Villa is spending to make sure their first season back in the Premier League is successful. Most previews have Villa following Fulham's lead from their promotion season, but it's different for Villa. They're not competing as a small club in the biggest city in the country. Instead, it's the return of the biggest team in the greater Birmingham area with those expectations in place. The Guardian has its preview of the opening weekend of the 2019-20 season. BBC Sport on transfer spending in the Premier League. iNews' Daniel Storey with a reminder about a successful transfer window.
The Independent's Tony Evans explains the proposed changes to the Champions League and what that would mean for the Premier League. It's an interesting situation across Europe right now, with the elite clubs and UEFA crafting a future that very few seem to want. UEFA's intent has been clear since the founding of the Champions League as a way to stave off a European super league. For the clubs, it's not so clear when that will no longer be enough. That's still the big picture question hanging over European soccer after all of these seasons. When does this reach a breaking point and why hasn't it already happened?
SBI's Franco Panizo talks to Houston's DaMarcus Beasley about retiring at the end of the season and the situation with the Dynamo. The Athletic's Sam Stejskal reviews the secondary transfer window. Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre has what almost happened during the secondary transfer window.
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