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Monday Kickoff: Ronaldo breaks his Juventus goal drought, Costa facing lengthy ban for spitting, and more


It was a day to remember for Cristiano Ronaldo, who finally found the net, but also a day to forget for one of his teammates, who put on one of the more ugly displays seen in the sport in a long time.

Ronaldo finally found the net for Juventus, netting a double in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo. (REPORT)

Douglas Costa is likely to be hit with a lengthy suspension for a spitting incident on Sassuolo player Federico Di Francesco. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso looks to return in 2019 following a serious ACL injury against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. (REPORT)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that Eden Hazard has the “potential” to win the Premier League Golden Boot. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi wants to improve his record from the penalty spot. (REPORT)

Barcelona is reportedly looking at Harry Kane to replace Luis Suarez at striker next summer. (REPORT)

Flamengo and Vasco da Gama players push an ambulance during their match after it fails to start. (REPORT)

Weekend Rewind

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal in a 5-3 loss for the LA Galaxy to Toronto FC. (READ)

The Montreal Impact completed an amazing comeback victory against the Philadelphia Union. (READ)

A look back at all the scores from Saturday’s MLS matches. (READ)

Chris Richards scored his first goal for U-19 Bayern Munich team. (READ)

The Chicago Fire snapped their winless streak with a 4-0 win over Orlando City. (READ)

The New York Red Bulls and D.C United each got a point in an epic 3-3 draw that included a hat-trick from Bradley Wright-Phillips. (READ)

How did the Americans Abroad fare this weekend? (READ)

Jonathan Amon scored and provided an assist for Nordsjaelland in a 4-1 victory against Randers FC. (READ)

A look back at all the major games on Saturday in Europe. (READ)

Julian Green returned from international duty and scored for Greuther Furth’s in a 4-1 win over Holstein Kiel. (READ)

Alfredo Morales scores his first goal for Fortuna Dusseldorf in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim. (READ)


  1. if this website also covered the american second tier of pro soccer, the USL (which is also chasing a trophy at the end of the season), it would be just about perfect. is this still the website that claims to report “the world of soccer with an american voice”? you guys do everything else right, you just lack the USL coverage, that’s all. what is more important to american soccer fans, christiano Ronaldo scored for juventus (no connections) or if freddie adu scores for las vegas lights in the usl (important connections there). to be fair, ten years ago, the answer would have probably been different. public perceptions shift over time. you can delay shifting your news reporting if you like, but i think the fact is that the usl is growing bigger and more important with each passing month, and harder to ignore for those who seek to report “the world of soccer with an american voice,” i think.

    • wasn’t usaine bolt trying out for las vegas lights in the usl? where is the follow up story on that? did he try out? what happened? just sayin’. are you guys big euro soccer fans or something? sometimes you guys seem to get lost in your euro news (that american readers care less about) and you forget about the stories that american readers truly want to know (like freddie adu and usaine bolt). try to focus on the american reader and these decisions are easy for you to make, i think. just sayin’.

      • Usain Bolt is officially a footballer after making his pro soccer debut in Australia
        The fastest man in the the world is now the fastest man on the pitch.
        By Christian D’Andrea Aug 31, 2018, 9:36am EDT
        “Usain Bolt finally did it. He’s officially a professional soccer player.

        Bolt played the first game of his pro career Friday evening in Australia, taking the pitch as a substitute as his Central Coast Mariners mopped up Central Coast Football’s exhibition squad, 6-1. The eight-time gold medalist entered the game in the 71st minute and got some limited touches, but failed to find the back of the net in his debut.”

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