FC Dallas and Nashville played out a goalless draw in MLS following a lengthy weather delay which saw the match finish in the early hours of Monday morning in the United States.

Dallas and Nashville were meeting for the second time in five days in their regular-season restart after the MLS is Back Tournament.

Expansion franchise Nashville – competing in their inaugural season – edged Dallas 1-0 for their first MLS victory in the previous encounter.

Renewing hostilities on Sunday, the Dallas-Nashville clash was scheduled to kick-off at 20:38 (local time), however, lightning around Toyota Stadium led to a three-and-a-half-hour delay.

The match did not get underway until 12:07 and when it did, neither side could find the breakthrough.

Dom Badji hit the post for Nashville in the 64th minute against his former side, and that was the best chance of the match for either side.

Nashville have four points from four games to sit 11th in the 14-team Eastern Conference, while Dallas are 10th in the Western with five points from their four fixtures.

FC Dallas have strongly condemned "repulsive and unacceptable" racist comments and death threats Reggie Cannon has been subjected to this week. 

Dallas defender Cannon criticised supporters who booed players for kneeling during the national anthem before his side returned to MLS action against Nashville on Wednesday.  

Some fans were allowed into the game, which started after the teams showed their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Sportsmen and women have taken a knee worldwide since NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first to do so in the 2016 season, protesting against police brutality and racial inequality. 

But jeers were heard among supporters as Dallas, Nashville and the officials took a knee, with a water bottle also appearing to be thrown on the field in response. 

Dallas chairman Clark Hunt and president Dan Hunt says the abuse United States international Cannon has come in for will not be tolerated. 

"We want to be clear: We love and support Reggie Cannon. The racist comments and death threats he has received are repulsive and unacceptable," a statement from the duo said. 

"There is no place in our sport, or in our country for that matter, for the kind of horrific vitriol Reggie has had to endure today. Hateful or violent threats are never warranted – especially when they are directed toward a member of our FC Dallas family. 

"We will continue to work together – with our players, our coaches and our fans – against racism and in the cause of equality for all." 

Full-back Cannon said after a 1-0 defeat for Dallas: "I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting.

"You've got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in, and millions of other people support this cause.

"We discussed with every other team and the league what we were going to do, and we've got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that?

"For a lack of a better word, it p***** me off."

Cannon said the players had asked for the anthem not to be played before the match but "they ignored our wishes".

"We were going to kneel regardless if the anthem was played or not," he explained. "Unfortunately, it was played during the time when we asked for the anthem not to be played."

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has offered its congratulations to Reggae Boyz Captain Andre Blake for having won the Golden Glove Award for the just-concluded MLS IS BACK Tournament.

United States international Reggie Cannon criticised supporters who booed players for kneeling during the national anthem before FC Dallas played Nashville on Wednesday.

Dallas and Nashville were in MLS action for the first time since March after both teams missed the MLS is Back Tournament due to positive coronavirus tests.

Some fans were allowed into the midweek regular season game, where teams had planned a demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Kneeling before games was a display brought to the public attention by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 season, protesting against police brutality and racial inequality. He has not played in the league since.

The demonstration has been repeated around the world across various sports since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

But jeers were heard among supporters as Dallas, Nashville and the officials took a knee, with a water bottle also appearing to be thrown on the field in response.

Dallas full-back Cannon said after the 1-0 defeat: "I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting.

"You've got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in, and millions of other people support this cause.

"We discussed with every other team and the league what we were going to do, and we've got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that?

"For a lack of a better word, it p***** me off."

Cannon said the players had asked for the anthem not to be played before the match but "they ignored our wishes".

"We were going to kneel regardless if the anthem was played or not," he explained. "Unfortunately, it was played during the time when we asked for the anthem not to be played."

Cannon, who is black, revealed he had subsequently received an apology from white team-mate Ryan Hollingshead.

"The first thing [Hollingshead] said to me after we got up from the knee was, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry for our fans'," he said.

"We had someone chanting 'USA' when they don't understand what kneeling means. They don't understand why we are kneeling. They can't see the reason.

"They just think we're the ignorant ones. It's incredibly frustrating."

Blaise Matuidi has completed his move to MLS side Inter Miami on a free transfer from Juventus.

France midfielder Matuidi, who played a key role as Didier Deschamps' team won the 2018 World Cup, left Juve on Wednesday after three years with the Serie A giants.

The 33-year-old, who joined Juve from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, helped the Bianconeri to three successive Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia crown.

Matuidi had another season left to run on his deal with Juve, but the Italian champions agreed to terminate the remainder of his contract.

On Thursday, Miami officially revealed Matuidi as their new player.

"I couldn't be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He is an exciting and gifted player and a great person," said Miami co-owner David Beckham, who played alongside Matuidi at PSG.

"To have a World Cup winner of Blaise's quality in our new team is such a proud moment – for us as owners and for our fans.

"For me personally, to have a former team-mate joining our club is very special and I can't wait to welcome him and his beautiful family to south Florida."

David Accam was the hero as expansion franchise Nashville recorded their first MLS victory after claiming a late 1-0 win at FC Dallas.

The regular season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic but it resumed on Wednesday, following the MLS is Back Tournament, which concluded with Portland Timbers defeating Orlando City in Tuesday's final at Walt Disney World Resort.

Nashville and Dallas returned to action for the first time since March after both clubs withdrew from the tournament because of positive COVID-19 test results.

And Nashville – missing head coach Gary Smith, whose coronavirus test results did not come back in time for him to join the squad – emerged triumphant thanks to substitute Accam midweek.

As the fixture petered towards a draw in Dallas, Accam's deflected shot beat goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer with four minutes remaining at Toyota Stadium.

It ended Nashville's run of back-to-back losses to start life in MLS following their introduction in 2020 – Smith's side 12th in the 14-team Eastern Conference.

Dallas have four points from three games to sit 10th in the 12-team Western Conference.

Blaise Matuidi has left Juventus ahead of an expected move to MLS side Inter Miami.

Matuidi joined Juve from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, with the 2018 World Cup winner going on to help the Turin giants to three successive Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia triumph.

The French midfielder had another season left to run on his deal with Juve, but the Italian champions have agreed to terminate the remainder of his contract in order for the 33-year-old to join Miami on a free contract.

Matuidi made over 130 appearances for Juve, scoring eight goals.

"With our colours on his back, he fought and played his heart out in every single game; placing constant pressure on the opponents, tearing apart the run of play and ever so eloquently relaunching the ball into action," Juve said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Blaise is someone who will always be in our hearts and we wish him all the very best for the future."

Miami, part-owned by Matuidi's former PSG team-mate Beckham, have lost all of their competitive fixtures so far this season. 

Kai Havertz is reportedly still pushing for a move to Chelsea, while Manchester United are considering their options.

Havertz has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea after an impressive season with Bayer Leverkusen.

The attacker may be getting closer to a switch to Stamford Bridge.

 

TOP STORY – HAVERTZ STILL PUSHING FOR CHELSEA MOVE

Havertz is still pushing for a move to Chelsea from Leverkusen, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Germany international would join Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in heading to Chelsea ahead of 2020-21.

Havertz scored 18 goals and provided nine assists in 45 games for Leverkusen this season.

 

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- With Jadon Sancho potentially staying at Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United could look elsewhere. Sport reports United are insisting on Barcelona's teenage forward Ansu Fati and are willing to pay more than £90million (€100m). Meanwhile, ESPN reports United are looking at another Barcelona attacker in Ousmane Dembele.

- Real Madrid are considering their options ahead of next season. AS reports the LaLiga champions will bring back Martin Odegaard, who has been on loan at Real Sociedad, and Dani Ceballos, the latter having spent time on loan at Arsenal.

- Chelsea are linked with numerous moves ahead of 2020-21. However, The Guardian reports they are yet to make a bid for West Ham star Declan Rice.

- After a fine career at Manchester City, David Silva is leaving the Premier League giants. The Guardian reports Silva, 34, will join Lazio on a three-year deal.

- Quincy Promes has caught the eye at Ajax. The Sun reports Arsenal are eyeing a £25m (€27.8m) move for the forward, who netted 16 times in 28 games in 2019-20.

- Mario Gotze is set to have plenty of interest after leaving Borussia Dortmund. However, Sport Bild reports the 28-year-old has rejected a move to MLS side Inter Miami.

The Portland Timbers won the MLS is Back Tournament after a 2-1 victory over Orlando City in the final on Tuesday.

Larrys Mabiala's headed opener for Portland was cancelled out by Mauricio Pereyra before half-time at the Walt Disney World Resort.

But Dario Zuparic scored what proved to be the winner for the Timbers in the 66th minute.

It marked a first trophy for the Timbers since 2015 as Portland secured a place in next year's CONCACAF Champions League.

Portland took the lead in the 27th minute, Mabiala heading in a lovely set-piece from Diego Valeri.

But Orlando drew level six minutes before half-time after some nice work by Nani.

The former Manchester United star beat his man down the left before crossing, with Pereyra putting away the equaliser.

However, another Portland set-piece led to the Timbers restoring their lead.

Valeri's corner caused problems before Zuparic turned in Jeremy Ebobisse's effort for what proved to be the decisive goal.

The Jadon Sancho transfer saga continues to ramble on.

Borussia Dortmund insist Sancho will not leave following Monday's apparent deadline, while Manchester United are still eyeing the English sensation.

Will Sancho be gracing Old Trafford in 2020-21?

 

TOP STORY – UNITED STILL TARGETING SANCHO

Manchester United are not giving up on signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports in the UK.

United were dealt a blow on Monday when Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said Sancho will remain with the Bundesliga club in 2020-21.

Despite United's frustration over negotiations, the Independent and Goal claim the Red Devils are still pursuing the England international.

 

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Kai Havertz is closing in on a move to Chelsea, reports the Evening Standard. The Bayer Leverkusen star is "desperate" to join Chelsea following the German club's Europa League exit on Monday.

Andrea Pirlo's Juventus overhaul is underway. Calciomercato and Tuttomercatoweb say Blaise Matuidi is set to move to David Beckham's Inter Miami in MLS. Aaron Ramsey, Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa are also on the chopping block following Maurizio Sarri's exit. United have been linked with a move for Costa.

- Sky Sport reports Chelsea and Barcelona are battling to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested.

Milan are looking to re-sign star midfielder Franck Kessie, according to Calciomercato. Kessie is wanted by city rivals Inter.

- L'Equipe says Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is set to decide his future. Gabriel will choose between United, Arsenal, Everton and Napoli. RMC and L'Equipe, meanwhile, report Gent star Jonathan David will undergo a medical at Lille on Tuesday ahead of his €32million transfer.

A Nani double inspired a 3-1 win over Minnesota United as Orlando City reached the MLS is Back Tournament final.

Former Manchester United star Nani scored twice in the first half to help Orlando set up a showdown with Portland Timbers in Tuesday's showpiece.

Minnesota's Mason Toye reduced the deficit with seven minutes remaining, but Benji Michel's 96th-minute effort sealed Orlando's progression in Florida.

Nani put Orlando ahead after 36 minutes at the Walt Disney World Resort, where the Euro 2016, four-time Premier League and 2008 Champions League winner broke the deadlock.

Robin Jansson played a ball over the top to Nani, who controlled brilliantly before poking the ball past Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller on Thursday.

Nani then produced a moment of magic to double the lead six minutes later, the Portugal winger collecting the ball on the edge of the area, drifting onto his right foot and curling a shot past Miller.

Minnesota's first shot on goal did not come until the 75th minute – Raheem Edwards' free-kick forcing Pedro Gallese into a fine save.

Kevin Molino supplied his third assist to Toye as Minnesota kept their hopes alive with time running out, however, substitute Michel struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt.

The Portland Timbers moved into the MLS is Back Tournament final with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.

Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco scored for the Timbers in their semi-final victory at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Andrew Wooten pulled a goal back for Philadelphia, but Portland advanced into the decider, in which they will face either Orlando City or Minnesota United.

The opener came for Portland in the 13th minute through Ebobisse's fourth goal of the tournament.

Ebobisse got on the end of a Diego Valeri corner to head in and make it 1-0.

Philadelphia squandered a great chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time as Sergio Santos put a penalty over the crossbar.

Instead, another corner saw Portland double their lead, Blanco heading in from close range after Dario Zuparic got on the end of a Valeri set-piece with 20 minutes remaining.

Blanco has enjoyed a fine tournament, scoring three goals and providing five assists.

Wooten scored in the 85th minute for Philadelphia, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Portland Timbers and Minnesota United progressed to the semi-finals of the MLS is Back Tournament on Saturday.

The Timbers overcame New York City 3-1, after Minnesota eased past San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 in Orlando, Florida.

New York City led after 27 minutes at Walt Disney World Resort, where Jesus Medina's penalty put Ronny Deila's men ahead, but Sebastian Blanco equalised two minutes before half-time.

The Timbers took control of the quarter-final clash in the second half – unanswered goals from substitute Diego Valeri and Andy Polo's setting up a final-four showdown with Philadelphia Union.

Earlier on Saturday, Minnesota accounted for the Earthquakes thanks to a two-goal opening 45 minutes.

Two goals in the space of a minute from Robin Lod and Jacori Hayes put Minnesota 2-0 in front after 21 minutes.

A 50th-minute Magnus Eriksson penalty gave the Earthquakes hope but Luis Amarilla restored Minnesota's two-goal advantage six minutes later before Marlon Hairston completed the scoring four minutes from time.

Minnesota will go head-to-head with Orlando City for a place in the MLS final.

Orlando City moved into the MLS is Back Tournament semi-finals after a dramatic win over Los Angeles FC on Friday.

Nani – who earlier had a penalty saved – set up Joao Moutinho's 90th-minute equaliser to cancel out Bradley Wright-Phillips' opener at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

After the 1-1 draw, Orlando edged the quarter-final clash 5-4 on penalties, with Nani putting away the decisive spot-kick.

It came after Los Angeles FC failed to record a single shot attempt in a half of an MLS match for the first time in their history, as per Opta, during the opening 45 minutes.

LAFC had a goal ruled out in the first half, before goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer stepped up after the break.

Vermeer dived to his right to save a penalty from Nani before Bob Bradley's side opened the scoring.

Diego Rossi's cutback from the right found Wright-Phillips, who finished into the roof of the net from close range.

However, Orlando found a 90th-minute equaliser through former LAFC defender Joao Moutinho.

Moutinho got on the end of a superb corner from Nani to head in the equaliser and force a penalty shoot-out.

Nani sent Orlando through in the shoot-out after only Jordan Harvey failed to convert, the LAFC defender hitting the crossbar.

Barcelona are set to re-sign Ansu Fati until 2024, while Real Madrid are eyeing "the new Raphael Varane".

Fati, 17, has been linked with a stunning move to Manchester United after a breakthrough season at Barca.

But the teenage forward seems to be going nowhere.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA TO EXTEND FATI STAY UNTIL 2024

Barcelona are set to renew Fati's contract until 2024, according to the cover of Sport.

Out of contract in 2022, Fati has scored eight goals in 32 games this season, leading to links to Manchester United.

Sport also reports Barcelona are prepared to listen to offers for attacker Ousmane Dembele.

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- Are Real Madrid looking to sign a new defender? AS reports the LaLiga giants are closely following Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, who it compares to Madrid star Raphael Varane.

- Raul Jimenez could be set for a Wolves exit. RTP Sport says Jimenez is on his way to Manchester United and Wolves are on the verge of signing Sporting Braga striker Paulinho as his replacement.

- Barcelona may be preparing to strengthen their defence. Mundo Deportivo claims three defenders – Bayern Munich's David Alaba, Paris Saint-Germain's Juan Bernat and Manchester City's Eric Garcia – are within range for the LaLiga giants.

- Tanguy Ndombele continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham. Sky Sport reports Inter have made contact with Spurs about the midfielder.

- Where to next for Willian? Coming out of contract at Chelsea at season's end, the attacker's future is uncertain. Sky Sports says Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Miami have made contract offers to the Brazil international.

- A player looking likely to leave Stamford Bridge is Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Sun reports the goalkeeper fears he has played his last game for Chelsea.

- After Dejan Lovren's departure, Liverpool continue to be linked with defenders. COPE reports the Premier League champions have made an offer of £9.1million (€10m) for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi.

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