The soccer news starts with the top of the table in the Eastern Conference. NYCFC is in 1st-place with 58 points, Atlanta has 54 in 2nd, and Philadelphia is in 3rd with 52. Though the Union is only four points ahead of 4th-place DC United, the top three in the East are on 31 games played to United and the rest of the top six’s 32. The three points that extra game represents is enough of a difference to make the safe assumption that DC won’t be disrupting the top three.
Four points with three games remaining is interesting for Atlanta. With reports indicating that Josef Martinez’s injured knee won’t him out for the rest of the season after all, this is a now a different version of the club chasing City. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson has Martinez missing one game, and it’s the biggest date left on Atlanta’s calendar. They’re at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to play NYCFC. Atlanta is at Montreal on Sunday, finishing the season at home to New England on October 6.
What’s left for Atlanta on decision day should hinge on what happens on Wednesday night. A win pulls them within touching distance of the Eastern Conference title. A loss all but hands it to NYCFC.
It’s NYCFC with the tougher schedule to close the season. They’re at New England on Sunday before traveling to Philadelphia on Decision Day. The Union’s up and down form is a major issue. This is a team that beat Atlanta and drew with LAFC at home before getting shutout on Sunday at the Red Bulls. Should they pull it together at San Jose on Wednesday and Columbus on Sunday, Philadelphia could still be in contention in the East when NYCFC shows up on October 6.
NYCFC hasn’t lost since August 11 when Atlanta beat them 2-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Six wins over their eight-game undefeated streak speaks to the quality of this team. The unbalanced schedule kept them out of the top spot when they had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Now, that unbalance is once again an issue as they try to turn that four-point lead into more. The Eastern Conference title race could come to an end on Wednesday if NYCFC wins and Philadelphia doesn’t. For all practical purposes, NYCFC beating Atlanta will do that anyway.
The Manchester Evening News’ Dean Rudge has Manchester United at the top of the financial results table. The Athletic’s Oliver Kay works through United’s big picture issues. The Telegraph’s JJ Bull looks at Manchester United’s record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle on New Balance, Nike, and Liverpool FC. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in The Players’ Tribune. Football 365’s Seb Stafford Bloor takes issue with FIFA’s Best awards.
The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reports on an incident outside of Audi Field following the DC vs Seattle game.
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