The comeback win was particularly sweet for goalscorer Joao Moutinho, who was traded by LAFC after his rookie season. Read the whole story
July 31 in Kissimmee, Florida
Orlando City 1 LAFC 1 (Orlando City wins 5-4 on penalties). Goals: Moutinho (Nani) 90; Wright-Phillips (Rossi) 60.
Orlando City -- Gallese; Moutinho, Jansson (Smith 80), Carlos, Ruan; Mueller (Michel 46), Mendez (Patino 89), Rosell (Perea 71), Pereyra; Akindele (Dike 71), Nani.
LAFC -- Vermeer; Palacios (Harvey 77), Segura, Jakovic, Blackmon; Kaye (Ginella 65), Atuesta (Cifuentes 81), Blessing; Rossi, Wright-Phillips (Musovski 77), Rodriguez.
Chelsea's Christian Pulisic is likely to become the third American to play in a FA Cup final. Read the whole story
"I've definitely learned a lot. Coming to a new league, a brand new team, a lot of things changed for me. I think I had a lot of stuff to overcome as well with an injury in the middle of it.
Obviously COVID-19 changed a lot of things as well. To be here in this position after my first season, I think I can say I'm happy. I think I've come a long way."
-- Christian Pulisic on playing the best soccer of his first season with Chelsea, which faces Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley. (ESPN)
By Monday, fall practice will be starting in five states. Three states and the District of Columbia have moved fall soccer to the spring. Read the whole story
England (Championship Promotion Playoffs) Tim Ream, Fulham, 90 minutes (1-2 vs. Cardiff City)
Italy (Serie B) Andrija Novakovich, Frosinone, 90 minutes (1-1 vs. Pisa)
Note: Fulham won 3-2 on aggregate to advance to final against Brentford.
The fall season has been cut back to four (or two) regular-season conference games plus a 12-day postseason tournament. Read the whole story
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