LAFC is the favorite, but the other seven quarterfinalists all have reason to also believe they can win the mid-summer tournament. Read the whole story
July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida
Portland 1 FC Cincinnati 1 (Portland wins 4-2 on penalties). Goals: Niezgoda (Blanco) 67; Locadia pen. 81.
Portland -- Clark, Duvall, Mabiala, Zuparic, Villafana, Williamson (Polo 88), D.Chara, Y.Chara (Niezgoda 64), Valeri, Blanco, Ebobisse (Mora, 90).
FC Cincinnati -- Tyton, Waston, Pettersson, Deplagne, Gutman, Medunjanin, Amaya (Alashe 59), Stanko (Locadia 72), Kubo (de Jong 58), Regattin (Cruz 59), Gyau (Manneh 89)
July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida
Minnesota United 1 Columbus 1 (Minnesota United wins 5-3 on penalties). Goals: Lod (Aja) 18; Zardes 79.
Minnesota United -- Miller; Metanire (Hairston 73), Aja, Boxall, Gasper; Alonso, Gregus, Dotson (Hayes 65), Lod (Edwards 79), Finlay; Amarilla (Schoenfeld 78).
Columbus -- Tarbell; Afful, Mensah, Keita, Valenzuela (Jimenez 65); Nagbe (Cadden 76), Artur, Diaz (Etienne 46), Zelarayan, Santos; Zardes (Adi 84).
Sunday's game Houston-Chicago game averaged 653,000 viewers, topping the viewership of 587,000 for the tournament opener. Read the whole story
1. Washington, D.C.
6. New York
8. San Francisco
10. San Diego
Note: NBC Sports Group averaged a total audience delivery of 462,000 viewers per match window, the highest average viewership since 2015-16.
The move comes after he became a free agent, leaving German club Hannover 96 after two seasons. Read the whole story
1. *Reed Baker-Whiting (Tacoma Defiance) 15
2. Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United 2) 15
3. Rafael Jauregui (Sac Republic FC) 15
4. Dantouma Toure (NY Red Bulls II) 16
5 Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union II) 16
6. Victor Valdez (LA Galaxy II) 16
7. Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union II) 16
8. Jack Jasinski (Philadelphia Union II) 16
9. *Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City) 16
10. Gerardo Duran (Timbers 2) 16
Note: Current ages. *Signed to pro contract.
Bora Milutinovic, after taking the U.S. helm in spring 1991, coached the USA to its first continental title, the 1991 Gold Cup. Read the whole story
"It annoys me because there's only one Messi and I want to make my own name in football as Luka Romero."
-- Real Mallorca's Luka Romero on being compared to Lionel Messi following his LaLiga debut in June at the age of 15, making him the youngest player to ever play in Spanish league. Romero was born in Mexico to Argentine parents but spent most of his life in Spain, making him eligible to play for three countries. He has been dubbed the "Mexican Messi" by the Spanish press but says he wants to play for the Argentina national team, admitting his idols are Messi and Diego Maradona. (Fox Sports Argentina in Spanish)
The American Rivers Conference with eight schools in Iowa and one in Nebraska announced on Tuesday that it will go ahead with conference play. Read the whole story
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3. Fathers, sons and soccer: Reflections on the family business By Rory Smith (New York Times)