The soccer news starts with week 29 in MLS. Atlanta United shutout FC Cincinnati 2-0 at Nippert Stadium. Josef Martinez scored in the 59th and 65th minutes with Brad Guzan making two saves to keep the clean sheet. Atlanta is in 3rd-place in the Eastern Conference, a point behind Philadelphia and six points behind 1st-place NYCFC with all three teams on 30 games played.
"We pride ourselves on keeping clean sheets," Guzan said. "We pride ourselves on being a team that’s tough to beat, and the last two results haven’t been good enough from a defensive standpoint. So, to come out and get a clean sheet was definitely important."
Portland lost again at home, this time 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls. Kyle Duncan opened the scoring in the 3rd minute with Daniel Royer converting a penalty six minutes into stoppage time. Luis Robles kept the clean sheet with three saves. New York is in 5th-place in the East, a point behind DC United. Portland is in 8th-place in the West, a point out of the final playoff spot but on 30 games played to Dallas's 31.
"I think what we saw tonight was a team that really believes in each other in what we’re all doing," Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said. "And to come here against a real good team that’s fighting for points too in a building that full tonight… maybe you know we get 20-something shots and limit them to three on goal, someone just shared those stats with me, so that’s… it was fun to watch. Fourteen good performances and an amazing team effort."
Seattle and Dallas drew 0-0 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle played a man down from the 86th minute with a second yellow to Xavier Arreaga for unsporting behavior. Both teams finished with three shots on goal. Seattle is in 2nd-place in the West, two points ahead of Minnesota United but on an extra game played.
Montreal took a 1-0 lead in the first-leg of the Canadian Championship final. Ignacio Piatti scored in the 17th minute at Stade Saputo. Impact goalkeeper Clement Diop made four saves to keep the clean sheet. The series concludes at BMO Field on September 25.
In the Champions League, Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Club Brugge's 0-0 home draw with Galatasaray. Club Brugge put 2 shots on goal to Galatasaray's 1. PSG leads Group A with their 3-0 shutout of Real Madrid, leaving the Spanish giants last in the group behind Club Brugge and Galatasaray. Play resumes on October 1 with Club Brugge at Real Madrid.
The Guardian's Barney Ronay looks at what happened to Real Madrid in Paris. The Independent's Miguel Delaney reports from Parc des Princes on a dominant PSG. Yahoo Sport's Leander Schaerlaeckens with how things came together for PSG.
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