Zlatan Ibrahimovic backed up his words with a natural hat trick in the LA Galaxy's 3-2 victory over runaway MLS leader LAFC. Read the whole story
"You can't ask for anything else. It was perfect. It was really high-level, so it was a really good opportunity, a good experience. I'm really grateful for the club, everybody that's helped me. I'm
really happy. I wasn't expecting it. I really wasn't expecting it. I was expecting to play, but not start. I was really anxious. Not nervous but, you know, butterflies, really excited to get out
-- Gio Reyna, 16, after he started for Borussia Dortmund and assisted on the opening goal by Paco Alcacar in its 3-2 win over Liverpool in a preseason friendly before 40,361 fans at at Notre Dame Stadium. (Sporting News)
Ortega was youth technical director of one of the top national youth team programs in the world in recent years. Read the whole story
Baghdad Bounedjah's fortuitously deflected shot in the 2nd minute gave Algeria a 1-0 win over Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final. Read the whole story
1. The Utah Royals and Portland Thorns played to a 2-2 tie in front of 15,931 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium in the first NWSL game since the U.S. Women's World Cup
champions returned to league action. Christen Press scored the first Utah goal after megging her defender and Kelley O'Hara assisted on the tying goal. The Thorns' second goal came on a Becky
Sauerbrunn own goal.
2. The Philadelphia Union acquired goalkeeper Joe Bendik from the Columbus Crew for a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and $50,000 in GAM. In 2019, Bendik played six games without winning a game for the Crew, which signed Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room to replace Zack Steffen, who is now at Fortuna Duesseldorf on loan from Manchester City. Bendik has started 173 games in eight MLS seasons.
-- Results: USL League Two (Conference Semifinals)
3. Sac Republic FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen was transferred to Israeli club Maccabi Haifa. He was in his fifth season in the USL and earned second-team all-league honors in 2018 when Republic FC finished with the best defensive record in the Western Conference. The UC San Diego product joins Maccabi Haifa ahead of its Europa League qualifying series next week against French club Strasbourg.