The soccer news starts with Orlando City joining Portland in Tuesday's MLS is Back final after knocking out Minnesota United 3-1. Nani put Orlando up in the 36th minute, doubling the lead in the 42nd. Mason Toye pulled a goal back for Minnesota in the 83rd minute. Benji Michel finished off the Orlando goals six minutes into stoppage time. "We're very happy to be in the final," Orlando City coach . . .
The Portland Timbers took a spot in the MLS is Back final, beating Philadelphia 2-1. Jeremy Ebobisse put Portland up in the 13th minute with Sebastian Blanco doubling the lead in the 70th. Andrew Wooten pulled a goal back for the Union in the 85th minute. "We don’t play for the commentators. We don’t play for the writers," Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said. "We play for our fans, for . . .
The 2019-20 Championship season came to an end on Tuesday with Fulham beating Brentford 2-1 in extra time at Wembley Stadium. With the game scoreless in regulation, Joe Bryan scored for Fulham in the 105th minute, doubling the lead in the 117th. Brentford pulled a goal back four minutes into extra time. Fulham takes the final promotion place after finishing 4th tied on points with 3rd-place . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with a look at the two USMNT players in the 2019-20 Champions League. It's not exactly surprising that it's a shortlist for Europe's top competition, finally set to complete the round of 16 on Friday and Saturday. For Tyler Adams's RB Leipzig, it's a longer wait. RB Leipzig knocked out Spurs 4-0 on aggregate on March 10 to advance to the quarterfinals. They already . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the return of the Europa League later this week. The round of 16 continues on Wednesday, picking up where European soccer's secondary competition left off following the March 12 matchday. Three USMNT players were active in the tournament when it went on hiatus. That number is now two with Matt Polster leaving Rangers for the New England Revolution. Polster's . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with Tim Ream's Fulham advancing in the Championship promotion playoffs. Fulham lost the second-leg 2-1 at home to Cardiff City, but advanced 3-2 on aggregate. Cardiff scored in the 8th minute with Neeskens Kebano equalizing for Fulham in the 9th. Cardiff scored again in the 47th minute. Fulham advances to play Brentford in the single-leg promotion final on Tuesday at . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the shift in attention to the Champions League and a lesser extent the Europa League. UEFA pushed its tournaments into August after the domestic leagues and domestic cups conclude. In strange times, that gives them a spotlight they normally wouldn't have. For those needing the reminder, the Champions League was midway through the round of 16 prior to the hiatus. . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with another unexpected result at MLS is Back. Columbus was one of the favorites after going three for three in the group stage. They're now out of the tournament courtesy of Minnesota. Tied 1-1 in regulation, United advanced 5-3 on penalties. Robin Lod put Minnesota up in the 18th minute with Gyasi Zardes equalizing in the 79th. Columbus failed to convert in the . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with Concacaf deciding eight is better than six when it comes to the final round of World Cup qualifying. Instead of this being the swansong for the Hexagonal ahead of World Cup expansion for 2026, we get the Octagonal. Two rounds will determine the three teams that join the USMNT, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Honduras with the final round starting in the June 2021 . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the roundup of the weekend MLS is Back games. Orlando knocked out Montreal 1-0 in the opening round of 16 game. Tesho Akindele scored the only goal in the 60th minute with Pedro Gallese making one save to keep the clean sheet. Orlando will move on without Dom Dwyer, who had to have a knee scan outside of the MLS bubble. Philadelphia knocked out New England 1-0. . . .