ORLANDO CITY VS PORTLAND TIMBERS: TALKING POINTS

Orlando City drew 1-1 with the Portland Timbers in a tough road match in which Orlando was missing key players due to international duty. Conceding a late penalty kept Orlando from taking all three points, but a draw in Portland is not the end of the world given the circumstances.


Here are two takeaways from the Lions’ draw with the Timbers.

Late Mistake Proves Costly

It seemed as though Orlando might be able to sneak out with two wins in two weeks playing on the west coast, however crucial mistakes late in the game meant Orlando drew with Portland. The most important mistake came in the 80th minute when Andres Perea committed a foul that led to a penalty kick. Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes put the ball in the back of the net to convert the penalty and level the game.
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ATLANTA UNITED MAKE OFFER FOR DUPUY

MLS football giants Atlanta United have reportedly made an offer to sign Luca Martinez Dupuy from Rosario Central from the Argentine top flight. Atlanta United recently made a big statement in MLS football with the signing of young Argentine attacker Thiago Almada from Velez Sarsfield in Argentina and it looks like they are not done with the big signings following the reported interest in Martinez Dupuy. For Almada, Velez Sarsfielddisclosed in December 2021 that they have reached an agreement to sign the young attacking talent in February 2022   and MLS football side Atlanta United confirmed the transfer earlier this week. It was revealed that Atlanta United paid a record transfer fee of $16m for Almada as far as MLS  football is concerned.

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On Martinez Dupuy, the Atlanta United transfer rumours have been circulation for some weeks now as it was consistently reported that a team in the MLS wants to sign him. Atlanta United official Darren Eales was recently pictured watching a Rosario Central game thus fuelling the transfer reports.
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NEW MLS CHAMPIONS SET TO EMERGE

MLS football will have a new champion at the end of the playoffs next month after holders Columbus Crews failed to qualify for the playoffs. Columbus Crews were the MLS football champions from the 2020 season thanks to the big win over Seattle Sounders in the final. Columbus Crews recorded a 3-0 win to seal their status as MLS champions.

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In addition to Columbus Crews, Seattle Sounders won’t be in the final like what was obtainable in MLS football last season after they were knocked out of the playoffs at the first round stage.
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SPORTING TRIO MAKE BEST PLAYERS LIST

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Three players from Sporting Kansas City were named in the MLS football Team of the Week powered by Audi earlier this week. The Sporting Kansas City trio of Johnny Russell, Gadi Kandi and Daniel Salloi were rewarded with a place in the best players list for week 29 following their respective performances during the 4-2 win at home to Houston Dynamo as far as MLS football is concerned.


Scottish player Russell made the starting XI after he found the back of the net twice during the Houston Dynamogame to become the first Sporting Kansas City player to score in five successive regular season matches since club legend Preki achieved the feat in the inaugural MLS football season for the club in 1996, while Salloi and Kinda were on the bench. Salloi is a candidate for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in MLS football this season and he strengthened his case with a goal and an assist during the home clash with Houston Dynamo encounter. On his part, Kinda also provided a goal and an assist during the game. Continue reading “SPORTING TRIO MAKE BEST PLAYERS LIST”

RONALDO ONCE AGAIN LINKED WITH A MOVE TO MLS

The future of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is still up in the air and has continued to be one of the most trending topics in the football world. The Portugal international superstar is said to be unsettled at the Italian Serie A giants and has been attracting a lot of speculations as well. Ronaldo was first said to be getting ready to leave Juventus after the end of last season following how really close it was for the Old Lady outfit to miss out on Champions League football this season. Since then, there have been different reports from varying sources that he could be set for a move away from the Italian League and one of the places he has been tipped to go is the United States.

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The first club Ronaldo was linked to is his former side, MA Chester United and he was then rumored to also be eying a return to Real Madrid, the club which he left in 2018 to complete a transfer to Turin. He has also been linked with a move to French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, which could see him play alongside his long-time rival Lionel Messi, with the Argentine superstar sealing a surprise exit away from Barcelona and joining the French outfit this summer.
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