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Soccer Roundup: Expansion LAFC Wins MLS Debut

  • Seattle Sounders defender Gustav Svensson, left, heads the ball away from Los Angeles forward Marco Urena during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Seattle. Los Angeles won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)



Monday, March 05, 2018

Seattle — Diego Rossi scored in the 11th minute off a pass from Carlos Vela and expansion Los Angeles FC beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Sunday in the opener for both teams.

Major League Soccer’s 23rd franchise got off to a sterling start in coach Bob Bradley’s first league match since 2006. Rossi, who turns 20 today, showed his scoring skill by one-timing the pass from Vela 20 yards from goal and curling a shot past Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei. It was a stunning strike, topped only by LAFC playing the final 79 minutes without giving up an equalizer.

Tyler Miller, a former backup goalkeeper in Seattle and Los Angeles’ first pick in the expansion draft, made several key stops, including deflections of shots by Nouhou Tolo in the first half and a header by Cristian Roldan midway through the second half.

Whitecaps 2, Impact 1

Vancouver, British Columbia — Seventeen-year-old Alphonso Davies scored his first career MLS goal and set up another by striker Kei Kamara in Vancouver’s season-opening victory over Montreal in the opener for both teams.

Davies, who doesn’t turn 18 until November but is already in his third season with the Whitecaps, scored in the 70th minute off a pass from Cristian Techera. Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush got his fingers on the ball, but it rolled into the net.

SheBelieves Cup

U.S. 1, France 1

Harrison, n.j. — Eugenie Le Sommer scored just before halftime and France finished with a 1-1 draw against the U.S. women’s national team in the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena.

Mallory Pugh had put the United States in front in the 35th minute with her ninth international goal. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a pair of big saves with France pressing late in the game.

The United States, the top-ranked team in the world, was coming off a 1-0 victory over Germany in the tournament opener in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday.

English Premier League

Chelsea, Arsenal Come Up Short

Manchester, England — It is looking increasingly likely that Chelsea and Arsenal will be the teams from the Premier League’s “Big Six” to miss out on Champions League qualification this season.

Chelsea lost in Manchester for the second straight weekend, defeated 1-0 at runaway leader Man City to drop five points adrift of the top four with nine games remaining.

Arsenal is eight points further back in sixth after a 2-1 loss at Brighton that capped a miserable 10 days for the London club, during which it lost four straight games across three competitions. Arsenal hasn’t lost four matches in a row since 2002.