The soccer news starts with the Leagues Cup. Tigres advanced 5-3 on penalties over Club America with their game finishing 2-2 in regulation at BBVA Stadium. Tigres went up in the 14th minute from an own-goal with Andres Ibarguen equalizing from the penalty spot in the 36th. Ibarguen scored again in the 83rd minute. Club America went a man down in the 90th minute with a red card to Roger Martinez. Tigres equalized from another own-goal five minutes into stoppage time. There’s no extra time in the Leagues Cup, with the game going directly to penalties. Club America failed to convert in the third round.
In the other Leagues Cup semifinal, Cruz Azul knocked out the LA Galaxy 2-1 in Carson. Jose Maduena scored for Cruz Azul in the 4th minute with Emil Cuello equalizing in the 37th. Orbelin Pineda scored Cruz Azul’s winner in the 47th minute. The Leagues Cup final is set for September 18 in Las Vegas.
MLSsoccer’s Scott French has Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros-Schelotto questioning the addition of a tournament after setting the MLS schedule. MLS chose to obligate four clubs without much advanced notice. “But maybe in the future, when you organize the whole year, you can organize better if you know you’re going to play,” he said. All of the four MLS teams used squad players and lower division call-ups with only the Galaxy advancing from the opening round.
Also in the MLS news, St Louis officially became the latest expansion market. The team is set to join the league for the 2022 season. “It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “St Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.” The St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Benjamin Hochman on the successful St Louis expansion bid. SI.com’s Brian Straus takes a broader look at MLS expansion.
Ethan Horvath was the backup for Club Brugge’s 1-0 win at LASK in Champions League qualifying. Hans Vanaken converted a 10th minute penalty. In the Championship, Antonee Robinson subbed out in the 67th minute for Wigan Athletic in their 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough. Boro scored in the 23rd minute. A league down, Lynden Gooch subbed out in the 55th minute in Sunderland’s 2-1 win at Rochdale. Aiden McGeady scored for Sunderland in the 28th minute with Rochdale equalizing in the 33rd. Charlie Wyke scored Sunderland’s winner in the 56th minute.
Did Not Play: Eric Lichaj (Hull City 0 – Blackburn 1), Duane Holmes (Derby County 1 – Bristol City 2)
The Outline’s Sam Wetherell questions the point of VAR. BBC Sport has Premier League VAR expert Neil Swarbrick saying that it will take several seasons for instant replay to be less disruptive. The Independent’s Jack Rathborn on the lack of in-stadium replays in the Premier League while an incident is under VAR consideration.
A memorable Bundesliga debut for our Man of the Matchday, Zach Steffen ✍️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/8tQYRyGyCs
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