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Union, Borek Dockal crush Real Salt Lake for 2nd straight win

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Union, Borek Dockal crush Real Salt Lake for 2nd straight win

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CHESTER, Pa. — Make it two for the Union. 

With production from Borek Dockal and Marcus Epps, the Union claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season by easily taking down Real Salt Lake, 4-1, on a foggy Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium. 

Putting together one of their best efforts of the season, the Union move to 4-5-2, while Real Salt Lake falls to a paltry 4-6-1. 

It looked like one of those snakebitten games for the Union attack in the 20th, when they pressed furiously but were solved by Nick Rimando, who made a strong diving stop on Keegan Rosenberry and then an equally impressive save on Fafa Picault’s rebound volley. 

But despite the early heroics, Rimando wasn’t able to stop Epps just a minute later. The Union found a speed mismatch with Picault against Adam Henley on the left wing and took full advantage, as he gained the box and ripped a low cross that was cleanly finished by Epps for the 1-0 Union lead. 

Rimando was still the best player on the field for RSL despite giving up four goals. He finished with five stops, many of which were eye-popping. The mercy rule would have been enacted without him. 

The 21st minute goal was Epps’ first of the season and third of his MLS career. He made the start for struggling David Accam, who is still scoreless in 10 games this season. Epps captured two assists as well. 

Dockal kept the Union momentum rolling in the 34th, when, off the rush, he accepted a smooth lead pass from Alejandro Bedoya and gently lifted his top-of-the-box shot over Rimando to double the Union’s advantage. 

It was a deserved reward for Dockal, who was arguably the best Union player in the first half. It was his second goal in 10 games. He also added two assists for two goals and four helpers on the season. 

Despite being dominated early, RSL didn’t go home empty-handed. The visitors got one back in the 65th, when a scramble in the box allowed Sebastian Saucedo to find Damir Kreilach at the top of the box for the easy low-shot goal, to cut into the Union’s lead, 2-1.

But the Union didn’t panic. Off the rush in the 74th minute, Epps dropped a pass to Dockal that sprung the newcomer in alone with Rimando. Instead of ripping a shot, Dockal chipped a center pass to Ilsinho for the easy tap-in. It was his second of the season. 

Piling on, Rosenberry decided to show off in the 81st, when he fired off a golazo from way outside the box. The rocket shot slipped through defenders and beat Rimando clean for the 4-1 Union lead. It was Rosenberry’s first goal in his last 25 games.

While it was a convincing win, if the Union want three-in-a-row, it won’t come easy. The club hits the road once against on Saturday to take on the 6-3-0 New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. 

MLS is Back Tournament 2020: Scores, schedule, TV channels, groups, odds

MLS is Back Tournament 2020: Scores, schedule, TV channels, groups, odds

Major League Soccer in the U.S. is making its comeback, four months after things ground to a halt because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The league resumed play at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando with Orlando City and Inter Miami FC playing their first ever game against each other. It's part of a huge, World Cup-style tournament, aptly named the MLS is Back Tournament that will continue through mid-August. It should be quite a show.

What does this mean for the rest of the MLS season? What are these teams playing for in the tournament? And what's the format of this unique event?

Here are all the details you need to know about the MLS's tournament.

What does the tournament look like? When does it start?

Here's a rundown of the tournament format:

- First a group stage, then knockout rounds
- The group stage counts toward regular season points
- Tournament winner earns a 2021 Concacaf Champions League spot
- The regular season continues after tournament

And here are the key dates:

- July 8: Group Stage presented by Heineken begins
- July 25-28: Knockout Stage (Round of 16) begins
- July 30-August 1: Quarterfinals
- August 5-6: Semifinals
- August 11: Final

How are the teams grouped? 

Six groups were determined during a draw on June 10. FC Dallas and Nashville SC were forced to drop out due to COVID-19 concerns. The groups now stand:

Group A: Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF, New York City FC, Philadelphia Union
Group B: Seattle Sounders FC, Chicago Fire FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, San Jose Earthquakes
Group C: Toronto FC, New England Revolution, Montreal Impact, D.C. United
Group D: Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United FC
Group E: Atlanta United FC, FC Cincinnati, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew SC
Group F: LAFC, LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers

Two teams will advance from each of the groups. The four teams with the best remaining records will then close out the Round of 16 knockout stage. 

How do I watch the games?

Games will be broadcast on a mixture of ESPN, TSN (Canada), TUDN (en español), FOX, FS1, TVA Sports (en français), and the respective ESPN, TSN, FOX Sports, TUDN, and TVA Sports apps, along with a few games being broadcast on Twitter. You can find specific television info for each group stage below.

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Where can I find the schedule and results?

Here's the full schedule for the group stage, with television information and results

Wed, July 8

Orlando City SC 2, Inter Miami CF 1

Thu, July 9

Philadelphia Union 1, NYCFC 0
New England Revolution 1, Montreal Impact 0

Fri, July 10

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes - 9:00 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Sat, July 11

Atlanta United vs NY Red Bulls - 8:00 PM ET

USA: FOX, TUDN, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC - 10:30 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App, TUDN, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Sun, July 12

Toronto FC vs D.C. United - 9:00 AM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Sporting KC vs Minnesota United - 8:00 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids - 10:30 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Mon, July 13

LAFC vs Houston Dynamo -  8:00 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App, TUDN, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers - 10:30 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App, TUDN, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Tue, July 14

Chicago Fire FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC - 9 AM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN app
Canada: TSN, TSN app

Orlando City SC vs NYCFC - 8 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app, Twitter (English commentary)
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Philadelphia Union vs Inter Miami FC - 10:30 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app
Canada: TSN, TSN App

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Wed, July 15

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC - 8:00 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app, Twitter (English commentary)
Canada: TSN, TSN App, TVA Sports, TVA Sports App

Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes - 10:30 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app, Twitter (English commentary)
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Thu, July 16

Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati - 9:00 AM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

D.C. United vs New England Revolution - 8:00 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App, TUDN, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Columbus Crew SC vs NY Red Bulls - 10:30 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Fri, July 17

Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids - 8:00 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Real Salt Lake vs Minnesota United - 10:30 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Sat, July 18

Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo - 8:00 PM ET

USA: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

LAFC vs LA Galaxy - 10:30 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Sun, July 19

San Jose Earthquakes vs Chicago Fire FC -  8:00 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 10:30 PM ET

USA: FS1, TUDN, Fox Sports App, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Mon, July 20

Inter Miami CF vs. New York City FC -  9:00 AM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC - 8:00 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app, Twitter (English commentary)
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Tue, July 21

Toronto FC vs New England Revolution - 9:00 AM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew SC - 8:00 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app, Twitter (English commentary)
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Montreal Impact vs D.C. United - 10:30 PM ET

USA: TUDN, TUDN app, Twitter (English commentary)
Canada: TSN, TSN App, TVA Sports, TVA Sports App

Wed, July 22

Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC - 9:00 AM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

FC Cincinnati vs NY Red Bulls - 8:00 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Colorado Rapids vs Minnesota United - 10:30 PM ET

USA: ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

Thu, July 23

LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo - 8:00 PM ET

USA: FS1, FOX Sports App, TUDN, TUDN App
Canada: TSN, TSN App

LAFC vs Portland Timbers - 10:30 PM ET

USA: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN, TSN App

What's up with the Union?

When the MLS paused its season in mid-March, the Union had played just two matches: a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas, and a 3-3 draw at LAFC.

The Union are part of Group A, which includes the Union, Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF, and New York City FC. Two teams from Group A will advance. The Union won their first group match, a 1-0 victory against NYCFC, on July 9.

Who are the best bets to win?

Here's a look at every team's odds to win the tournament, from Fox Bet:

LAFC: +450
Seattle Sounders: +850
Atlanta United: +1000
Toronto FC: +1000
Sporting KC: +1300
Philadelphia Union: +1500
NYCFC: +1500
Inter Miami: +1600
NY Red Bulls: +1700
Columbus Crew: +1900
Minnesota United: +1900
LA Galaxy: +2100
Orlando City SC: +2600
Portland Timbers: +2600
San Jose Earthquakes: +2900
Chicago Fire FC: +3400
New England Revolution: +3400
Montreal Impact: +3400
Real Salt Lake: +4100
Colorado Rapids: +4100
FC Cincinnati: +5100
Houston Dynamo: +5100
DC United: +5100
Vancouver Whitecaps: +6700

Will fans be allowed at games?

Because of safety protocols and restrictions put in place to keep players safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, fans will not be allowed at games.

Is anyone dropping out or opting out?

FC Dallas dropped out of the tournament earlier this week because 10 of the team's players and one member of the team's technical staff tested positive. Nashville SC dropped out of the tournament on July 9 because nine of the team's players tested positive.

LAFC's Carlos Vela and the Vancouver Whitecaps' Fredy Montero have both voluntarily opted out of the tournament.

Philadelphia Union honor Black victims of police brutality with amazing jersey nod

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Philadelphia Union honor Black victims of police brutality with amazing jersey nod

The Philadelphia Union returned to action Thursday morning in the MLS is Back Tournament, the first game since June's nationwide protests against police brutality and institutional racism.

In what ESPN's commentators suggested was an unexpected move, the Union revealed their Black Lives Matter shirts to reveal jerseys bearing the names of Black men, women, boys, and girls who were killed by police. 

Here's a look at the team's jerseys:

MORE: Everything you need to know about the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament

And here's a list of the Black lives the players honored:

No. 3 Jack Elliott: Eric Garner

No. 4 Mark McKenzie: Tamir Rice

No. 22 Brenden Aaronson: Tyree Crawford

No. 13 Cole Turner: Freddie Gray

No. 15 Olivier Mbaizo: India Kager

No. 27 Kai Wagner: Laquan McDonald

No. 12 Joe Bendik: Justus Howell

No. 5 Jakob Glesnes: Ronell Foster

No. 8 Jose Martinez: Tony Robinson

No. 10 Jamiro Monteiro: Alton Sterling

No. 28 Raymon Gaddis: Breanna Taylor

No. 32 Matt Real: Lamontez Jones

No. 14 Jack de Vries: Willie Tillman

No. 25 Ilsinho: Philando Castile

No. 21 Anthony Fontana: Natasha McKenna

No. 1 Matt Freese: Sandra Bland

No. 11 Alejandro Bedoya: Walter Scott

No. 24 Matej Oravec:  John Crawford III

No. 78 Aurelien Collin: Alteria Woods

No. 18 Andre Blake: George Floyd

No. 23 Kacper Przybylko: Michael Brown

No. 2 Warren Creavalle: Elijah McClain

The names were accompanied by messages on the bottoms of the jerseys, including "One name too many" and "Todos somos iguales", Spanish for "We are all equals".

The Union also created a custom armband for captain Alejandro Bedoya to wear, bearing the names of Black victims of police brutality:

The MLS returned to play Wednesday. The tournament is scheduled to run until August 11.

Elsewhere, the English Premier League wore the phrase "Black Lives Matter" in place of last names on players' jerseys when the league returned last month.

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