Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Andre Blake suffered an injury during the Philadelphia Union’s 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire FC Wednesday night.

Philadelphia Union closed in on the MLS Supporters' Shield, while the Portland Timbers clinched a play-off spot on Wednesday.

A 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire saw Philadelphia push three points clear of Toronto in the Eastern Conference, and for the Supporters' Shield, which they are bidding to win for the first time.

Kacper Przybylko opened the scoring from the penalty spot approaching the half-hour mark, following a handball in the area.

Chicago's chances of a comeback were dealt a blow nine minutes before half-time, Francisco Calvo sent off after a tackle on Alejandro Bedoya.

However, they managed to find an equaliser prior to the break as Robert Beric headed in from close range.

But Philadelphia scored what proved to be the winner in the 65th minute, when Cory Burke headed in a cross from Olivier Mbaizo.

According to Opta, Union became the first team to win their first eight home matches of an MLS season since San Jose in 2002, when the Earthquakes claimed their first 10.

The Timbers clinched a spot in the play-offs thanks to a 5-2 thrashing of the struggling LA Galaxy.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored a brace for Portland, who were 3-0 up after 30 minutes following Diego Valeri's penalty.

Eryk Williamson and Andy Polo also netted as the Timbers thrashed the Galaxy, who are bottom of the Western Conference.

Portland became the first team with multiple five-goal games against an opponent in a single MLS season since the Fire against the New York Red Bulls in 2008, having thrashed the Galaxy 6-3 earlier this month.

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace as the Earthquakes enjoyed a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

It was his 24th multi-goal game in MLS. Only Landon Donovan (32) has more.

The New York Red Bulls left it late to edge the New England Revolution 1-0 and reach the play-offs, Sporting Kansas City overcame Cincinnati 1-0 and Orlando City thrashed Atlanta United 4-1.

New York City upset Toronto 1-0, Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1, DC United were too good for Columbus Crew 1-0, Dallas claimed a 2-1 win over Inter Miami and Los Angeles FC were 2-1 victors over the Houston Dynamo to clinch their play-off place.

Seattle Sounders booked their spot in the MLS play-offs after defeating Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0, while Nashville claimed a crucial win over Montreal Impact.

Defending champions the Sounders secured their post-season berth for the 12th consecutive campaign thanks to goals from Raul Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro on Tuesday.

Ruidiaz opened the scoring for Seattle in the 54th minute, finishing off Nouhou's cross, after the goal had initially been flagged for offside before VAR intervened.

Western Conference leaders the Sounders doubled their lead six minutes later when Ruidiaz picked out Lodeiro, who finished from inside the penalty area.

Only MLS great and San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski (14) has scored more goals against the Whitecaps in their league history than Lodeiro (six), per Opta.

New York City – fifth in the Eastern Conference – also advanced to the play-offs after Thierry Henry's Impact lost to Nashville 1-0.

Nashville boosted their post-season hopes after leaving Red Bull Arena with maximum points courtesy of Randall Leal's 33rd-minute goal.

Leal is the fourth Nashville player to score three goals this season, tied for the most at the club, while Joe Willis has kept nine clean sheets this term – more than any other goalkeeper in MLS in 2020.

Expansion franchise Nashville are now seventh in the east and on track to qualify for the play-offs in their maiden campaign.

Los Angeles FC earned bragging rights in El Trafico after seeing off struggling 10-man neighbours LA Galaxy 2-0 in MLS.

LAFC claimed derby honours in Los Angeles thanks to second-half goals from Danny Musovski and star Carlos Vela on Sunday.

The Galaxy – without stuttering former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward Javier Hernandez – were dealt a blow in the 25th minute when centre-back Giancarlo Gonzalez was red carded after denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

Referee Kevin Stott had initially awarded a penalty and shown Gonzalez a yellow card before VAR intervened, with Diego Rossi brought down just outside the box as the Galaxy defender saw red.

LAFC had gone 238 minutes without scoring against the Galaxy – having averaged a goal every 28.6 minutes in the first seven derbies – but that drought ended courtesy of Musovski's 58th-minute opener at Banc of California Stadium, the forward getting on the end of Rossi's throughball.

Vela came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining for his first appearance since August 22 due to a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury.

The reigning MVP capped his long-awaited comeback for the Supporters' Shield holders with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time, taking Vela to 23 goals from his previous 22 MLS matches at Banc of California Stadium.

With the result, LAFC are fourth in the Western Conference and five points adrift of leaders Sporting Kansas City, while the Galaxy remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for Adama Traore, while Antoine Griezmann looks set to stay at Barcelona.

Traore has been linked with numerous European heavyweights after starring at Wolves, and the speculation around the winger's future continues.

It seems another Premier League giant is interested.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD JOIN RACE FOR TRAORE

Manchester United are the latest club to be interested in Wolves star Traore, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus have all previously been linked with moves for the Spain international.

Traore, 24, is without a goal or an assist in five Premier League games so far this season.

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- Despite struggling to live up to expectations at Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann seems likely to stay with the LaLiga giants. L'Equipe says Barca have no plans to let the forward leave in January. Griezmann is yet to score or provide an assist in five LaLiga games this season.

- Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a replacement for Virgil van Dijk after the star defender's serious knee injury. The Mirror says the Premier League champions have opened talks with Schalke about a £20million (€22m) move for 20-year-old Turkey international Ozan Kabak in January.

- Houssem Aouar ended up staying at Lyon to begin the 2020-21 season, but the midfielder's future remains a talking point. Football.London says Arsenal – who were linked with Aouar throughout the close season – could make a fresh approach for the France international in January.

- Released by West Ham earlier this month, Jack Wilshere's future is uncertain. The Mirror reports the midfielder is considering a move to MLS.

Sergio Santos' hat-trick inspired the Philadelphia Union in MLS, while Sporting Kansas City also enjoyed a big win.

Sergio Santos netted three times as Philadelphia crushed Toronto 5-0 at Subaru Park on Saturday.

The result equalled the Union's biggest ever win and Toronto's largest defeat, as per Opta.

Philadelphia needed until the 27th minute to get going, Sergio Santos heading in a wonderful cross from Kai Wagner.

Just six minutes later and the hosts doubled their lead, Mark McKenzie heading in from close range after a corner.

Jamiro scored a spectacular third for Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia in the 56th minute, his 20-yard effort going in off the underside of the crossbar.

Sergio Santos put away two more to complete his hat-trick – the fourth in the Union's history and first since C.J. Sapong in May 2017.

Western Conference leaders Sporting also enjoyed a fine win, thrashing the Colorado Rapids 4-0.

Alan Pulido, Andreu Fontas, Gadi Kinda and Gerso Fernandes netted in the victory.

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez's 89th-minute winner saw Inter Miami – without the suspended Gonzalo Higuain – edge Orlando City 2-1, while DC United overcame Atlanta United 2-1.

New York City recorded a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps were too good for the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1.

The Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls drew 2-2, Minnesota United edged Cincinnati 1-0, Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew drew 1-1 and Real Salt Lake and Dallas played out a goalless draw.

Walker Zimmerman scored from a set-piece once more but Nashville were held to a 1-1 draw by the New England Revolution in MLS on Friday.

Zimmerman's 74th-minute opener was cancelled out by Adam Buksa in the draw at LP Field.

The clash was delayed due to weather and it took until late on for a breakthrough to be found.

Zimmerman headed in a Randall Leal corner to give Nashville the lead.

The defender has scored 15 of his 16 MLS goals from set-pieces, including 11 from corners, as per Opta.

But Buksa drilled in an equaliser from the edge of the area three minutes later to earn New England a point.

New England are fifth in the Eastern Conference, four points ahead of the eighth-placed Nashville.

Seattle Sounders denied Portland Timbers victory with an injury-time equaliser in Thursday's 1-1 draw in MLS.

The Timbers looked set to claim maximum points thanks to Andres Flores' 10th-minute opener at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Seattle's three earliest goals conceded this season have all been scored by Portland, according to Opta.

But reigning MLS champions the Sounders salvaged a last-gasp draw courtesy of Will Bruin's leveller in the third minute of stoppage time.

It meant Portland have conceded 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, three more than any other MLS club, per Opta.

The result ensured the top of the Western Conference standings remains unchanged, with the Sounders ahead of the Timbers on goal difference.

What does the future hold for Kylian Mbappe?

For so long, the Paris Saint-Germain forward has been tipped to join Real Madrid.

However, Mbappe is believed to be attracted to the idea of leaving Parc des Princes for Anfield.

 

TOP STORY – MBAPPE INTRIGUED BY LIVERPOOL

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is interested in a move to Premier League champions Liverpool, according to Le Parisien.

Mbappe is contracted to PSG until 2022 but the France international forward has reportedly made it clear he has no plans to extend his deal in Paris.

He has long been linked with LaLiga champions Real Madrid, though the 21-year-old is attracted to Liverpool's style of play. Barcelona have also emerged as a possible destination.

 

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Zinedine Zidane retains the backing of Madrid following last week's shock defeat to newly promoted Cadiz, says AS. Head coach Zidane has come in for criticism after Madrid's first loss of the season. While delivering LaLiga glory last term, Zidane is reportedly under pressure to succeed in the Champions League following their last-16 exit in 2019-20.

- The Daily Star says Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is wanted by MLS outfit DC United. Wayne Rooney previously played for DC between 2018 and 2020.

- Todofichajes claims PSG and United are interested in Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has struggled to establish himself in Milan since arriving from Tottenham in January.

Tottenham are close to agreeing a contract extension with Spurs star Son Heung-min, reports The Athletic.

Jhonder Cadiz scored his first goal for Nashville in their comprehensive 3-0 MLS win over Dallas.

Cadiz – making his second appearance after arriving on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica – doubled the lead with 17 minutes remaining on Tuesday.

Coming off the bench just past the hour-mark after Randall Leal opened the scoring in the 19th minute, Cadiz's long-range shot took a deflection and left Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer helpless.

Fellow substitute Daniel Rios completed the scoring in the 88th minute when weaved his way past two defenders, sending a scrambling Reto Ziegler to the ground, before firing low beyond Maurer.

The result ensured expansion franchise Nashville earned back-to-back MLS wins for the first time, per Opta.

Of Nashville's 24 points so far, 11 have been won against teams from Texas – seven versus Dallas and four against Houston Dynamo.

Nashville are eighth in the Eastern Conference, while Dallas are sixth in the west following just one win in six games.

Philadelphia Union closed the gap to Eastern Conference leaders Toronto with a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution on Monday.

A play-off place in MLS already secured, Philadelphia extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Andrew Farrell's own goal was followed by Anthony Fontana's strike and the Union moved within three points of Toronto despite Tajon Buchanan's 80th-minute effort for New England.

Farrell turned a cross into his own net to give Philadelphia the lead in the first half before Fontana lobbed New England goalkeeper Matt Turner following a Jamiro pass in the 69th minute.

Fontana has scored four of his eight MLS goals for Philadelphia against New England, as per Opta.

Buchanan produced a wonderful strike from 20 yards to give the Revolution hope, but Philadelphia held on.

Orlando City reached the MLS play-offs for the first time in their history, while Columbus Crew also clinched a spot in the post-season.

A last-gasp 1-1 draw against New York Red Bulls was enough for Orlando to secure a place in the MLS Cup play-offs on Sunday.

Orlando were stunned in stoppage time – Brian White's 95th-minute equaliser cancelling out Nani's 56th-minute penalty at Red Bull Arena.

But after Toronto edged Atlanta United 1-0, Orlando were assured of their first trip to the play-offs, having entered the league in 2015.

"We've put ourselves in a good position," Orlando forward Daryl Dike said. "Obviously we just made the play-offs today, but I think we're going to carry on. The goal wasn't just playoffs. We're not done now. We just keep going and keep going.

"We want three points every single game and we want to finish the highest in the table. That's the main goal."

Orlando – fourth in the Eastern Conference – are in the midst of a club-record 12-game unbeaten streak, per Stats Perform.

The Crew's 3-1 win over New York City, coupled with Toronto's triumph, sent the team back to the play-offs after missing out last season.

Columbus also snapped a four-match winless streak to move third in the east, two points ahead of Orlando and a point behind second-placed Philadelphia Union.

Elsewhere, LA Galaxy ended a six-game losing skid by topping Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 thanks to substitute Kai Koreniuk's late winner.

Koreniuk became the first substitute to score for the Galaxy this season – the Los Angeles club were the only team without a goal from a substitute in 2020.

Los Angeles FC's Christian Torres (16 years, six months and three days) became the youngest player to score in MLS since Sporting Kansas City's Gianluca Busio (16 years, four months and 20 days) in 2018, according to Stats Perform.

Torres' last-gasp equaliser earned LAFC a 1-1 draw at Western Conference high-flyers Portland Timbers.

Seattle Sounders drew 0-0 with San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo played out a 2-2 draw against Minnesota United and DC United beat FC Cincinnati 2-1.

Former Barcelona sensation Bojan Krkic scored as play-off chasing Montreal Impact edged Inter Miami 2-1 in MLS, while Chicago Fire salvaged a last-gasp draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Goals from Bojan and Maxi Urruti lifted Thierry Henry's Impact past Inter Miami at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

Bojan opened the scoring in the sixth minute before teeing up team-mate Urruti with 10 minutes remaining after Inter Miami's Brek Shea had equalised 12 minutes prior to half-time.

Spaniard Bojan recorded a goal and an assist in a league match for the first time since December 2010 during his time with Barca, per Opta.

Bojan has scored three goals from outside the box since the start of the 2019 MLS season – no Impact player has done so more than once in that time.

With the win, the Impact leapfrogged Nashville into eighth position in the Eastern Conference, while Inter Miami remain 12th after their three-game unbeaten streak was snapped.

Djordje Mihailovic scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time as the Fire snatched a 2-2 draw with Sporting KC.

With Sporting KC on track for maximum points, Mihailovic latched onto a ball over the top, got beyond goalkeeper Tim Melia and converted into the net.

At 94:14, it is Chicago's latest goal scored in MLS since Cuauhtemoc Blanco's 96th-minute penalty against Chivas USA in 2009, according to Opta.

Erik Hurtado and Robert Beric had traded goals in the first half before Gadi Kinda put Sporting KC ahead with seven minutes of regulation remaining.

Chicago are 10th in the east, while Sporting KC are third and level on points with Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

Bruno Fernandes has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

The Manchester United midfielder this week denied reports he had a bust-up with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their 6-1 loss to Tottenham. 

While that rift has been denied, it has seemingly put LaLiga’s giants on alert. 

 

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID, BARCELONA LOOKING AT FERNANDES

Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to battle for Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, according to The Sun. 

Fernandes only arrived at Old Trafford in January, signed in a deal worth €80million (£67.6m) from Sporting CP. 

Contracted until 2025, the Portugal international has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists in 17 Premier League games. 

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- Staying at Old Trafford and the Manchester Evening News reports Manchester United have triggered the one-year extension to Paul Pogba's contract, keeping the midfielder at the club until 2022.

- Giovanni Reyna, 17, is catching the eye at Borussia Dortmund. ESPN reports the teenage midfielder is on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid after a stunning start to the Bundesliga season. He has scored once and provided three assists in three league games.

- Contracted at Arsenal until next year, Mesut Ozil's future remains a talking point. The Daily Express says manager Mikel Arteta has given the playmaker two months to prove himself at the Premier League club.

- Crystal Palace reportedly tried to land Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr on Friday. Sky Sports says a £25m bid from Palace for Sarr was rejected by the Championship club. Sarr has been linked to Liverpool and Manchester United previously.

- In MLS, Robbie Keane could be set for a return to the LA Galaxy. The Sun reports Keane has agreed to replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who is under pressure with the Galaxy bottom of the Western Conference. Keane played for the Galaxy between 2011 and 2016 and is the club's second highest goalscorer.

Freddy Adu was once a teenage prodigy tipped to become the next big thing in world football - now he has a new home in the Swedish third tier with Osterlen.

The former United States international is back in the game after a two-year break and looking to make an impact at a modest level.

Adu, now 31, rose to prominence when making his debut as a 14-year-old with DC United way back in 2004 and scored his first professional goal at the same age in April of that year.

Such was his potential, Adu had a trial with Premier League giants Manchester United, but despite that early promise he never scaled the dizzying heights he was once tipped to reach.

Benfica and Monaco are among the plethora of clubs Adu can count on his footballing resume and the latest venture in Sweden gives him a 15th different team he will have represented.

Adu has not played professionally since being released by Las Vegas Lights of the USL Championship at the end of the 2018 season.

Posting on Twitter about his new venture, Adu wrote: "Missed this sport so much and just happy to have the opportunity to be playing again. One step at a time.

"Skipped a lot of steps in the past but now I get a chance to do it right. I’m excited and never been more ready!

"Being around these kids every day and seeing the light in their eyes honestly brought back my love and hunger for the sport and I'm really excited to have that opportunity again."

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