Mexico again produced a poor first half, but were saved in the final 45 minutes as Juan Carlos Osorio led the CONCACAF squad to the semifinals of the 2017 Confederations Cup. Just five minutes into the game, Yuri Zhirkov burst into the Mexico box and went to ground under a challenge from Hector Moreno. The referee waved play on, but it appeared on replay that Moreno tripped Zhirkov.
When asked if he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain, Marco Verratti gave an answer sure to turn the heads of his teammates in the French capital. Transfer rumors have swirled around the Italian midfielder all summer, and he finally addressed the situation in Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. When asked if he wanted to leave, Verratti said he’d like to stay, but if he is to do so, the club must come through in the transfer window.
They meet again. And again, and again. The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders are meeting for the 98th time in all competitions and leagues. It is the fifth time this season the two organizations face each other (1 MLS game, 1 Open Cup game, 2 USL games). It is the 19th MLS regular season meeting. They have seven Open Cup contests between their USL and MLS eras, and once the two teams have met in the MLS Cup Playoffs. They know each other well and the tactics will not change much. “I’d just like to keep the streak going on because we've had a couple of good results, but obviously we understand they're going to be at home, they're going to have the crowd behind them there, but the tactics and