Morning Ticker: Revs reach SuperLiga final, Fire downs Everton and Champions League results


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Good morning all. Last night was a good night to be an MLS fan. New England toppled Mexican champions Atlante in SuperLiga while the Chicago Fire defeated Everton in a friendly. Couple those results with the latest in the European soccer world and we’ve got a lot to get to this morning. Let’s get started:

Revs reach SuperLiga final

Shalrie Joseph’s first-half header goal was all New England needed as its defense held up without Michael Parkhurst in a 1-0 victory against Atlante in the SuperLiga semifinals on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.

The game was marred, as so many matches between Mexican and Amerian teams are, by post-game scuffles (call them handbags if you prefer). The result was five red cards for Atlante and one unfortunate red card for New England and Jay Heaps (has he ever not looked shocked at getting a card?).

Now England moves on to the SuperLiga final, where it will take on the Houston Dynamo in a rematch of the past two MLS Cup finals.

Fire downs Everton

Chris Rolfe’s first-half strike proved to be the difference as the Chicago Fire defeated English club Everton, 2-0, at Toyota Park on Wednesday.

The Fire played most of its starters in the first half, with the exception of Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who did not play. Tomasz Frankowski added a second half score to make the final 2-0.

Everton also played several starters, including Tim Howard, Jolean Lescott, Ayegbeni Yakubu and Mikel Arteta.

Champions League qualifying underway

The second round of Champions League qualifying got underway this week with a full slate of games on Wednesday. Teams will play a home-and-home series, with the winners moving on to the third-round of qualifying. Here are the first-leg results:

Anorthosis Famugusta (Cyprus) 3, Rapid Vienna (Austria) 0
IFK Gothenburg (Sweden) 1, Basel (Switzerland) 1
Tampere United (Finland) 1, Artmedia Bratislava (Slovakia) 3
AaB Aalborg (Denmark) 5, Modrica (Bosnia) 0
Domzale (Slovenia) 0, Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 3
Anderlecht (Belgium) 1, BATE Borisov (Belarus) 2
Fenerbahce (Turkey) 2, MTK Hungaria (Hungary) 0
Beitar Jerusalem (Israel) 2, Wisla Krakow (Poland) 1
Rangers (Scotland) 0, Kaunas (Lithuania) 0
Panathinaikos (Greece) 3, Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) 0
Sheriff (Moldova) 0, Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) 1
FC Baku (Azerbaijan) 1, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 1
Brann Bergen (Norway) 1, Ventspils (Latvia) 0
Drogheda United (Ireland) 1, Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 2


What did you think of last night’s SuperLiga semifinals? Did the post-game scuffle just absolutely shock you? Were you impressed with Chicago’s performance against Everton? Are you still in tears after Modrica’s 5-0 shellacking against Aalborg?

Share your thoughts below.

  • rick

    Is there a country that produces more sore losers then Mexico? They are pathetic when they lose. They need to stop making excuses and fighting when they lose, and figure out how they can play better.


  • martha

    Mex called up another proffesionl naturalized player. An argetninan named leondro.

    Maybe the Atlante goalie is showing hes ignorant enough for the Mex nat team


  • Angel

    Martha the player that was call up for the Mexican National team is not Argentinian, He is Brazilian, and Yes Atlante Goalie is an ignorant but remember that we have Argetinian people in our MLS league so lets give them some respect.


  • Seriously?

    I have been away, so you probably won’t see this Miguel as it’s old, but it appears that you are the one needing a translation. Nobody asked if you care about other sports, the point is, you can’t punish people for things that happen in sporting events are only slightly beyond the norm for that sport. Hence bringing up other sports to show how ridiculous your statement was. How about another example, should contestants in boxing matches get arrested, because if we use your standard of ‘if fans were to do that to one another in the stands, they’d be arrested, so people in the ring should be arrested’, then of course, all boxers would be arrested. Oh, and as you obviously missed in my previous post, using a soccer example, should we arrest every player who makes a slide tackle where they also take out the legs of the opponent? If fans were to do that in the stands, they’d get arrested. Do you not understand why your point is inane or do you need this translated?


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