Soccer Insights – September Vol. 2

International friendlies, UEFA Euro Qualifiers and some MLS action. This is what a new soccer week left behind for Soccer Insights.

Mexico 2-2 Argentina
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Mexico showed their best face in months against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. El Tri was winning the game with a 2-0 advantage, but Agüero and Messi scored to deny what could have been a valuable victory. Chicharito scored and it’s now is five goals away of Jared Borgetti’s all-time goalscoring record.

USMNT 1-4 Brazil
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The USMNT played Brazil on Tuesday, and were totally overwhelmed by the Canarinha. Neymar made a on-pitch return after some weeks absent due to mumps, and he did by scoring twice and showing some of his best play. Rafinha and Hulk were responsible of the other two Brazilian goals, while Danny Williams netted the only goal for the US.

Other friendlies

Other games where played between Friday and Tuesday, and here are the results of the most relevant match-ups:

Colombia 1-1 Peru
Costa Rica 1-0 Uruguay
USA 2-1 Peru
Argentina 7-0 Bolivia
Mexico 3-3 Trinidad & Tobago
Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica
Chile 3-2 Paraguay
Portugal 0-1 France

UEFA Euro Qualifiers
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Talking points

  • Some National Teams have booked a place to play the UEFA European Championship in France next year, including Iceland,  Czech Republic, England and Austria.
  • Wayne Rooney’s goal was his 50th overall with England, and became the Three Lions all-time top goalscorer, surpassing the legendary Bobby Charlton.
  • Netherlands is dangerously close to be out of the tournament after losing against Iceland and Turkey. Their fate is now out of their hands, as they need a win against Czech Republic combined with a Turkish defeat.

MLS
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Results 

New England Revolution 3-0 Orlando City SC
Columbus Crew SC 0-3 FC Dallas
Montreal Impact 4-3 Chicago Fire
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 Toronto FC
San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Philadelphia Union


Tables

Eastern Conference

1 DC United 44pts
2 NY Red Bulls 42pts
3 Columbus Crew 41pts

Western Conference

1 LA Galaxy 46pts
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 45pts
3 FC Dallas 44pts

Talking points

  • Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in his second official appearance with Montreal Impact. The Ivorian striker arrived this summer after winning the English Premier League with Chelsea last season.
  • Orlando City suffered a significant away defeat without three of their stars (Kaká, Cyle Larin and Darwin Cerén), out due to international duty.
  • FC Dallas got closer to Vancouver Whitecaps and LA Galaxy, and has yet to play some pending games to catch-up.

What to look out for this weekend

  • Premier League – Manchester United vs Liverpool, this match-up needs no explanations for being here. – Saturday, September 12 on NBC/Telemundo at 12:30 p.m. ET.
  • La Liga – Barcelona will pay a visit to Atlético Madrid, clash of titans. – Saturday, September 12 on beIN Sports/beIN Sports en español at 2:30 p.m. ET.
  • Bundesliga – Bayern Munich vs Augsburg will be the pick-up game from the German league. – Saturday, September 12 on Fox Sports 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET.
  • Serie A – Derby della Madonnina, Inter Milan vs AC Milan – Sunday, September 13 on beIN Sports/beIN Sports en español at 2:45 p.m. ET.
  • Ligue 1 – PSG face Bordeaux while trying to maintain their winning streak. – Friday, September 11 on beIN Sports en español at 2:30 p.m. ET.
  • MLS – Toronto FC will receive a visit from New England Revolution. – Sunday, September 13 on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Liga MX – Cruz Azul will try to end their crisis when they play Monterrey. – Saturday, September 12 on Univisión Deportes at 8:00 p.m ET.
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