Friday’s soccer news starts with more from Major League Soccer. Orlando City beat Philadelphia 2-1 at Exploria Stadium, passing them in the Eastern Conference standings. City is now in 2nd-place with 25 points, two more than the Union with a game in hand. They trail leaders New England by five points also with a game in hand. Benjo Michel opened the scoring for Orlando in the 10th ith Andres Perea doubling the lead in the 59th. Philadelphia’s Kacper Przybylko pulled a goal back in the 68th minute.
“First of all, congratulations to the footballers today,” Orlando coach Oscar Pareja said. “It’s a fantastic win in a very difficult game in front of our fans. We wanted them to enjoy another victory after a period where we have been suffering a lot, trying to get the squad healthy and trying to get everybody back. Today we faced a rival that has a lot of consistency in their ways and I think we were protagonists, especially in the first half. Fantastic match against a fantastic opponent and three points that we value a lot tonight.”
Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz caught the goalkeeper off his line in the 67th minute for the only goal in their 1-0 win at Austin. Sounders goalkeeper Spencer Richey made three saves to keep the clean sheet.
“Our intention, and the winning culture of this club, is, ‘I don’t care who we put out on the field.’,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. “The culture of what this club is about is about winning,” he continued. “Those young kids did a great job of demonstrating to all of you that that’s what they believe. Those kids believed they could win.”
Also in the soccer news, Jadon Sancho is leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United. Sancho has been linked with high profile moves for the last couple of summer transfer windows. Borussia Dortmund confirmed that the fee is €85m.
“I can’t thank the people in charge at Borussia Dortmund enough for the chance they gave me as a very young player,” Sancho said in the press statement announcing the move. “At BVB I was able to mature into the player I am today. The DFB Cup win last season was a great end to my time at BVB. But I will always remember the support and love of the incredible fans as something special.”
What this means for USMNT player Gio Reyna is a clear opportunity to cement his status as a difference-maker at the club. Reyna played in 32 Bundesliga games last season, scoring four goals as part of a high-powered attack that featured Sancho and club-leading scorer Erling Haaland who finished with 27 goals. Haaland is also a transfer target this summer.
The Independent’s Jamie Braidwood on the Sancho transfer. The Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst explains how long United have tried to sign Sancho. DW’s Matt Ford with what Sancho can mean playing in the Premier League. The Athletic has USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter looking at bigger squads for World Cup qualifying.
OH MY WORD
RAUL RUIDIAZ SEES THE KEEPER OFF THE LINE AND….. 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/J42xDEyZE4
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