Diego Rossi and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored as Los Angeles FC ended their road woes with a 3-1 victory at Real Salt Lake in MLS.

LAFC claimed their first away win of the season after seeing off RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, having lost four games on the road in 2020.

Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as RSL became the 21st different team the English forward has scored against in his MLS career, per Opta.

Rossi doubled the lead five minutes later to score his MLS-leading 12th goal of the season after capping a swift counter-attacking move.

LAFC's Brian Rodriguez made it 3-0 approaching the hour-mark when the Uruguay international glided by two opponents before finding the back of the net.

An Eduard Atuesta own goal gave RSL hope five minutes later but LAFC were not to be denied maximum points.

Reigning Supporters' Shield holders LAFC are fifth in the Western Conference after 15 games, six points behind leaders Seattle Sounders, while RSL are three points further back.

 

 

Toronto recorded an impressive win in MLS on Saturday, while the LA Galaxy's struggles continued.

Alejandro Pozuelo's fine run of form continued as Toronto came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in Connecticut.

Sergio Santos' delicate chip had put Philadelphia ahead in the fifth minute, but Toronto fought back in the second half.

Ayo Akinola headed in a Tony Gallacher cross from the left approaching the hour-mark to bring Greg Vanney's side level.

Pozuelo scored what proved to be the winner in the 76th minute, heading in at the back post following a corner.

As Toronto won for the 10th time in their past 13 meetings with the Union, Pozuelo has been directly involved in 10 goals since the MLS regular season resumed in August, as per Opta.

Toronto joined Columbus on 31 points atop the Eastern Conference after the Crew were held to a 2-2 draw by Dallas.

LA Galaxy are bottom of the Western Conference after slumping to a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clasico.

The Galaxy seemed on track when Sebastian Lletget put away the opener after Javier Hernandez hit the post, and goalkeeper David Bingham saved Chris Wondolowski's 12th-minute penalty.

But Marcos Lopez drilled in a wonderful equaliser before half-time, and Andres Rios made no mistake with San Jose's second spot-kick of the game in the 82nd minute.

Orlando City continued their fine season with a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

The club's tally of 29 points from their first 15 matches is five more than they have ever had through the same number of games in any previous campaign, according to Opta.

Gonzalo Higuain's Inter Miami fell to a 3-2 loss to New York City, while Atlanta United crushed DC United 4-0.

Montreal Impact and Chicago Fire drew 2-2, Alan Pulido scored a brace as Sporting Kansas City edged Houston Dynamo 2-1 and Minnesota United enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati.

Western Conference leaders the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1, while the clash between the New England Revolution and Nashville finished goalless.

Former Liverpool full-back Emiliano Insua hopes LA Galaxy can end their MLS title drought this season.

The Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history with five trophies from nine finals appearances, though they have not tasted glory since 2014.

Last season saw the Galaxy reach the Western Conference semi-finals thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 31 goals, though the ex-Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain striker has since departed for Milan.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto's Galaxy are 11th in the 12-team Western Conference, with 15 points from 13 games – three points behind eighth-placed Real Salt Lake, who occupy the final qualifying spot amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After leaving Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart at the start of the MLS season, Insua was asked if he was confident of the Galaxy ending their six-year wait and the 31-year-old told Stats Perform News: "Hopefully.

"The MLS is a tournament that you can start not so well but little by little, you can grow and at the end you can get the trophy.

"We have to try to reach the playoffs as soon as possible because at the moment we are very inconsistent. We won four in a row but after that, now we aren't in a good moment. But of course we will come back and be sure that we are in the playoffs. Then, it's about one game and we have to be ready for the moment."

Insua, who spent four years at Premier League powerhouse Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, ended his five-year association with Stuttgart as he swapped Germany for California in 2020.

"I'm enjoying it a lot. This year of course has been special for everyone," said the five-time Argentina international, who has teamed up with ex-United and Real Madrid forward Javier Hernandez at the Galaxy.

"But since the beginning I feel really good here in the club, with the staff and players. Now, I'm enjoying more because we are playing.

"Little by little, I'm feeling better and better and I'm trying to help my club and team-mates grow so we can be successful this year."

Insua, responding to the arrival of countryman Gonzalo Higuain at David Beckham's MLS rivals Inter Miami from Serie A champions Juventus, added: "It's a tournament where you can see every team can beat everyone. Every club have a budget to spend and almost the same money, so the league is really stable.

"In other leagues, you have teams who are ahead of the others and it's difficult to play against them. But here it's good in this way.

"We are a big team, we have to show this every game. Every team when they come here want to show us that they are playing against the big team. Every game is difficult."

The Seattle Sounders claimed an impressive win over LA Galaxy in MLS, while Gonzalo Higuain endured a tough debut on Sunday.

Cristian Roldan inspired Seattle to a 3-1 win over the Galaxy in California.

Roldan opened the scoring in the 12th minute, completing a fine team move by getting on the end of a Jordan Morris cross.

Morris doubled the lead seven minutes before half-time, finishing after a lovely pass from Nicolas Lodeiro.

Roldan produced a clinical finish from a Joao Paulo pass to make it 3-0 just after the hour-mark, with Seattle winning despite Sebastian Lletget's late goal for the LA Galaxy.

It marked Roldan's third multi-goal game in MLS, and two have come against the Galaxy.

Seattle are top of the Western Conference, equal on points with the Portland Timbers, who recorded a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

After joining Inter Miami following his Juventus release, Higuain had a tough debut in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

Higuain hit the outside of the post with a bicycle kick and later put a penalty over the crossbar.

Anthony Fontana, Ilsinho and Brenden Aaronson scored for Philadelphia, who are second in the Eastern Conference.

Higuain, meanwhile, has failed to convert his past four penalties in all competitions.

Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew fell to a 3-1 loss to Toronto.

The New York Red Bulls thrashed the Montreal Impact 4-1, the New England Revolution beat DC United 2-0 and Chicago Fire overcame Atlanta United 2-0.

Minnesota United played out a goalless draw with Real Salt Lake, while Dallas' clash with Orlando City also finished 0-0.

The San Jose Earthquakes ended a nine-game winless run by beating Los Angeles FC 2-1.

Gonzalo Higuain endured a difficult debut as Inter Miami were beaten by Philadelphia Union in MLS on Sunday.

Higuain, signed after leaving Serie A champions Juventus, missed a penalty as his side suffered a 3-0 loss at Subaru Park.

The former Real Madrid forward almost made a dream start to his career in the United States, hitting the outside of the post with a bicycle kick in the 20th minute.

With his team trailing 2-0, Higuain had a chance to get Inter Miami back into the game in the 77th minute, but he blazed a penalty over the crossbar.

Higuain has failed to score with his past four penalty attempts in all competitions, as per Opta.

Anthony Fontana, Ilsinho and Brenden Aaronson were on the scoresheet for Philadelphia as struggling Inter Miami were left in second bottom in the Eastern Conference.

Alexandru Mitrita's brace inspired New York City to a 4-0 rout of FC Cincinnati in MLS, while Nashville surrendered a lead against Houston Dynamo.

Mitrita led the way for New York after opening the scoring just 30 seconds into the match at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

It was the fastest goal in New York's history and quickest in MLS since Allan Cruz's 28-second effort for Cincinnati in 2019, per Opta.

After Cincinnati went close to equalising, Anton Tinnerholm doubled New York's lead from an acute angle in the 25th minute.

Mitrita made it a brace two minutes before half-time and Jesus Medina completed the scoring with two minutes remaining as New York moved up to fifth in the Eastern Conference, five points behind fourth-placed Toronto.

Elsewhere, Maynor Figueroa's 89th-minute equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Houston against Nashville.

Daniel Rios' 49th-minute goal had Nashville on track for maximum points until Figueroa scored from a set-piece situation.

Houston are ninth in the Western Conference, while Nashville sit ninth in the east.

Bayern Munich or Barcelona?

Two of the world's biggest clubs are going head-to-head for Ajax sensation Sergino Dest.

And the club from LaLiga are reportedly favourites to land the teenager.

 

TOP STORY – DEST WANTS BARCA

Ajax full-back Sergino Dest has pushed aside an offer from Bundesliga and Champions League holders Bayern Munich as he looks to join Barcelona, according to Sport.

Bayern and LaLiga giants Barca are both interested in the 19-year-old United States international.

But Dest has his heart set on Barca, where a principle agreement is reportedly in place between the player and Ajax.

 

ROUND-UP

Tottenham and Inter are in talks regarding centre-back Milan Skriniar, reports Sky Sport Italia. Skriniar is wanted by Jose Mourinho's Spurs but the Premier League club are unwilling to match Inter's £55million (€60m) valuation. Benfica's Ruben Dias remains a serious alternative.

- Diario AS claims Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez is wanted by Serie A trio Napoli, Roma and Milan.

- The same outlet also reports that Manchester United and Arsenal are two possible destinations for out-of-favour Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. Former club Lyon, Rennes and Inter have also been linked.

Aston Villa are eyeing Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley on loan, according to the Telegraph. Barkley is down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

- Kicker says Barca and Roma have joined Paris Saint-Germain in looking at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who looks set to leave London.

Manchester City are still pursuing Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez, says the Daily Star. An alternative to Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, City's interest in Gimenez could be scuppered as the Uruguay international isolates and recovers from coronavirus.

- Despite already signing Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi, Le10 Sport claims David Beckham's Inter Miami remain keen on free agent Edinson Cavani. However, the former PSG forward is still hoping to remain in Europe.

Los Angeles FC thrashed the Vancouver Whitecaps on the back of a record-breaking start, while Orlando City's fine form continued.

LAFC crushed the Whitecaps 6-0 at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday, thanks to five goals in the opening 33 minutes.

The five goals scored in 32 minutes, 13 seconds was the fastest a team has netted five from kick-off in MLS history, according to Opta.

The Seattle Sounders had set the previous record (32:43) just 13 days ago against the San Jose Earthquakes.

LAFC went ahead in the second minute through Dejan Jakovic, who headed in a Brian Rodriguez corner.

Another corner led to Bradley Wright-Phillips finishing before the veteran forward produced another acrobatic effort in the 11th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for Vancouver when Ranko Veselinovic turned in a Rodriguez cross just three minutes later.

Diego Rossi made it 5-0 after a one-two with Mark-Anthony Kaye in the 33rd minute.

LAFC would have to wait until the second half for a sixth, Rodriguez's cross from the right leading to an Andy Rose own goal.

The win saw Los Angeles climb into sixth in the Western Conference, while Vancouver are ninth.

Orlando City extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Tesho Akindele and Benji Michel scored before half-time and Orlando held on despite Johnny Russell's 53rd-minute strike.

The Earthquakes' struggles continued with a 5-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.

San Jose have conceded five goals in a match five times this season, which is the most allowed by a team in a single campaign, according to Opta. The Earthquakes are just 13 games into their season.

Chicago Fire recorded a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, while Inter Miami slumped to a 4-1 defeat against the New York Red Bulls.

History was made as Nashville beat DC United 1-0, with Tori Penso becoming the first female referee to oversee an MLS game in 20 years.

Columbus Crew retained their five-point lead atop the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 win over Minnesota United.

The New England Revolution beat Montreal Impact 3-1, Toronto edged New York City 1-0 and Atlanta United overcame Dallas 1-0.

Cincinnati and Philadelphia Union played out a 0-0 draw, Real Salt Lake enjoyed a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers edged the Seattle Sounders 1-0.

Philadelphia Union thrashed a 10-man Montreal Impact 4-1 to move into second position in the Eastern Conference in MLS.

Romell Quioto had given Thierry Henry's Montreal an early lead at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, but his first-half red card proved costly.

Alejandro Bedoya levelled before Kacper Przybylko's brace either side of half-time, and Anthony Fontana sealed the win.

Quioto found the bottom corner with a 25-yard free-kick in just the fifth minute, but he was sent off 11 minutes later for elbowing Mark McKenzie.

Quioto's goal was the first time Montreal had scored from a direct free-kick shot since 2018, according to Opta.

Philadelphia quickly took advantage of the sending off as Bedoya drove home a powerful finish from inside the area to make it 1-1 midway through the first half.

Przybylko headed in Matt Real's cross on the stroke of half-time and the forward put away a Brenden Aaronson pass early in the second half.

Fontana's low 20-yard effort in the 65th minute sealed the win as Philadelphia returned to second, three points behind Columbus Crew, while Montreal are sixth.

As per Opta, Philadelphia have scored eight goals from outside the box this season, which is three more than any other MLS team.

Nani inspired Orlando City to an impressive win in MLS, while Columbus Crew are clear atop the Eastern Conference.

Former Manchester United attacker Nani scored and provided an assist in Orlando's 4-1 thrashing of the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

After Chris Mueller opened the scoring, he crossed for Nani to head in a second in the 24th minute.

Given a chance to get back into the game, Chicago squandered it when Alvaro Medran had a penalty well saved by Pedro Gallese.

Chicago took their next chance from the spot through Robert Beric early in the second half, but Orlando sealed their win late.

Junior Urso scrambled in from inside the area after Nani's set-piece went uncleared, and the Portuguese attacker's pass later found Benji Michel to finish off in additional time.

Orlando are second in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the high-flying Columbus Crew.

Second-half goals from Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes saw Columbus record a 2-0 win over Nashville.

Diego Valeri netted a brace as the Portland Timbers crushed the San Jose Earthquakes 6-1 at Avaya Stadium.

Fresh off confirming the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Miami recorded a second win in three matches by beating Atlanta United 2-1.

Elsewhere, a 10-man LA Galaxy fell to the Colorado Rapids 2-0 and Dallas also finished with 10 but recorded a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Haris Medunjanin scored directly from a corner in the 85th minute as Cincinnati beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat a 10-man Real Salt Lake 2-1.

New York City drew 0-0 with the New England Revolution, DC United and Toronto played out a 2-2 draw, while the Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United did likewise.

Nicolas Lodeiro's record-setting brace inspired Seattle Sounders to a 3-0 win over Los Angeles FC as the MLS champions moved top of the Western Conference.

Lodeiro scored two first-half penalties to fuel the Sounders, who are a point clear of Sporting Kansas City in the west after 11 matches.

Seattle playmaker Lodeiro has now converted all 14 of his penalties during the regular season, the most by any player with a 100 per cent record in MLS history, per Opta.

Raul Ruidiaz completed the scoring with eight minutes remaining on Friday as the Sounders continued their ruthless form after humiliating San Jose Earthquakes 7-1 last time out.

The Sounders opened the scoring via Lodeiro's penalty in the 29th minute following Dejan Jakovic's handball in Seattle.

LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega was forced to collect the ball from the back of the net again four minutes later when Lodeiro converted another spot-kick, this time after Latif Blessing's foul.

Sounders topscorer Ruidiaz netted his seventh goal of the season in the 82nd minute to secure maximum points at CenturyLink Field.

Reigning Supporters' Shield holders LAFC have now lost three of their last four matches by 3-0 scorelines. They had lost by three or more goals just twice in their first 79 games – including play-offs – according to Opta. They are sixth in the west, six points behind Seattle.

Inter Miami have confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain following the termination of his contract with Serie A champions Juventus. 

Juve announced on Thursday that the former Argentina international's contract had been cancelled in a move that will cost them €18.3million.

The 32-year-old, who arrived at Juve from Napoli in 2016 and won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with the club, links up with former Bianconeri team-mate Blaise Matuidi at the MLS side. 

Higuain, who becomes Miami's third designated player alongside Rodolfo Pizarro and Matias Pellegrini, has an existing relationship with Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham, having played alongside him eight times for Real Madrid during the 2006-07 season. 

Miami have struggled to generate goals this season, with the club bottom of the Eastern Conference after scoring just nine times in 11 games; something Higuain hopes to address. 

"I feel good; I feel whole as a player," he told the club's official website. "I'm motivated to try a new league and help the team grow. Individually, my goal is to demonstrate that I can contribute and continue playing great football here, and I hope I can achieve that because I have all the tools necessary to succeed. 

"Inter Miami is a team in construction but there is already a good base to reach important goals.

"I think it will be a beautiful experience in my life. It's what I was looking for; a new experience, a new league and a beautiful city. I'm really happy to be here and that it's official. My goal is to try to transmit all the experience I acquired in Europe and to help the team grow."

Higuain will be available for the club after completing a mandatory quarantine period under local government and MLS health and safety protocol.

Juventus confirmed the termination of Gonzalo Higuain's contract in a move that will cost the Serie A champions €18.3million.

Higuain, 32, arrived at Juve from Napoli in 2016 and won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with the club.

The forward, who spent 2018-19 on loan at Milan and Chelsea, scored 66 goals in 148 games for Juve.

Linked with a move to MLS side Inter Miami, Higuain's departure from Juve was confirmed on Thursday, with the former Argentina international having been contracted until 2021.

"Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces the mutual termination of the contract with the player Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain," a statement read.

"This operation generates a negative economic effect of approximately €18.3million on the 2019-2020 financial year due to the residual value write-down of the registration rights of the player."

Higuain has been heavily linked with a switch to David Beckham's Inter Miami in MLS, where former Juve team-mate Blaise Matuidi calls home.

Santiago Mosquera starred in MLS on Wednesday, while the Vancouver Whitecaps enjoyed a win over Montreal Impact.

Mosquera scored a hat-trick as Dallas cruised to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium.

The Colombian opened the scoring four minutes before half-time, producing a neat finish into the bottom corner after a Michael Barrios cutback from the right.

The hosts doubled their lead shortly after the break through Franco Jara, who met Reto Ziegler's corner with a powerful header.

Dallas were in complete control approaching the hour-mark, Mosquera dispossessing a defender before finishing for 3-0.

Andre Shinyashiki pulled a goal back for the Rapids, but Mosquera completed his hat-trick with another clinical finish.

Mosquera became just the second Dallas player to score an MLS hat-trick at home in the past 11 years and first since Roland Lamah in 2017, according to Opta.

Dallas climbed into fourth in the Western Conference, while the Rapids are 10th.

After losing back-to-back matches to Montreal, the Whitecaps won their third meeting since August 3-1.

Thierry Henry's Montreal were dealt a huge blow with the game locked at 0-0 in the 37th minute as Rudy Camacho was sent off for lashing out at Fredy Montero.

Montero converted the penalty and Cristian Dajome scored before half-time, the former then sealing Vancouver's win after Romell Quioto had struck for Montreal.  

Vancouver climbed off the bottom of the west, while Montreal are fifth in the Eastern Conference.

In the day's other game, the struggling San Jose Earthquakes drew 1-1 with the Portland Timbers.

Los Angeles FC bounced back to winning ways in MLS, while Sporting Kansas City moved top of the Western Conference on Sunday.

After four losses in five games following the MLS is Back Tournament, LAFC responded with a 4-2 win over Portland Timbers.

LAFC found themselves behind at Banc of California Stadium, where Eryk Williamson opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

But a strong finish to the first half helped the hosts take a lead into the break.

Mark-Anthony Kaye tapped in the equaliser before Diego Rossi put LAFC ahead after a pass from Brian Rodriguez four minutes prior to half-time.

Bradley Wright-Phillips then added to the hosts' lead in first-half additional time, tapping in a Francisco Ginella cross.

But the frantic finish to the half saw Portland – winners of the MLS is Back Tournament last month – pull a goal back through Jeremy Ebobisse's header.

LAFC managed to hold firm in the second half before Danny Musovski tucked away the sealer in the 95th minute.

In a congested Western Conference, LAFC climbed into fourth, above rivals LA Galaxy, who drew 0-0 with San Jose Earthquakes.

Sporting Kansas City are two points clear at the top after a 1-0 win over Minnesota United.

Johnny Russell scored the winner in the 80th minute after getting on the end of a long pass from Graham Zusi.

Sporting are the only team to score in every regular-season match in 2020 and have netted in their first 11 matches of an MLS campaign for the first time since 2007, according to Opta.

In the day's other game, Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact enjoyed a 4-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps as both teams finished with 10 men.

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