THE SOCCER REPORT

Dynamo lose 0-4 away at Sporting KC, Coronavirus halts Italian Serie A

The Houston Dynamo fell in their first road test of the season. Photo: Houston Dynamo

Coronavirus concern has seeped into the soccer world, especially in the Italian Serie A where matches have gone from being played in empty stadiums to the league being postponed altogether. Major League Soccer had a few matches on the West coast that could potentially have been played behind closed doors - all where played with spectators. As of Monday, MLS has joined other U.S. sports leagues in closing access to locker rooms for media members.

Here is the week that was in the beautiful game:

English Premier League

Top six: 1. Liverpool (82), 2. Man City (57), 3. Leicester City (53), 4. Chelsea (48), 5. Manchester United (45), 6. Wolves (43)

Bottom three (relegation): 18. Bournemouth (27), 19. Aston Villa (25), 20. Norwich City (21)

Scoring leader: 19 - Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Assists leader: 16 - Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

Spanish La Liga

Top six: 1. FC Barcelona (58), 2. Real Madrid (56), 3. Sevilla (47), 4. Getafe (46), 5. Atletico Madrid (45), 6. Real Sociedad (43)

Bottom three: 18. Mallorca (25), 19. Leganes (23), 20. Espanyol (20)

Scoring leader: 19 - Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Assists leader: 12 - Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

German Bundesliga

Top six: 1. Bayern Munich (55), 2. Dortmund (51), 3. RB Leipzig (50), 4. Bayer Leverkusen (47), 5. Monchengladbach (46), 6. Schalke 04 (37)

Bottom three: 16. Fortuna (22), 17. Werder Bremen (18), 18. Paderborn (16)

Scoring leader: 25 - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Assists leader: 16 - Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Italian Serie A

Top six: 1. Juventus (63), 2. Lazio (62), 3. Inter Milan (54), 4. Atalanta (48), 5. Roma (45), 6. Napoli (39)

Bottom three: 18. Lecce (25), 19. SPAL (18), 20. Brescia (16)

Scoring leader: 27 - Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

Assists leader: 12 - Luis Alberto (Lazio)

French Ligue 1

Top four: 1. PSG (68), 2. Marseille (56), 3. Rennes (50), 4. Lille (49)

Bottom three: 18. Nimes (27), 19. Amiens (23), 20. Toulouse (13)

Scoring leader: 18 - Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Assists leader: 14 - Angel Di Maria (PSG)

Major League Soccer

The Houston Dynamo continue winless in their first two matches under new Head Coach Tab Ramos after a 0-4 loss at Sporting Kansas City over the weekend. Offseason signing Darwin Quintero made his debut with the club as a second half substitution while star forward Alberth Elis continues to be out injured.

The Dynamo host Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at BBVA Stadium.

Liga MX

Clausura 2020

Top eight: 1. Cruz Azul (19), 2. Leon (18), 3. Club America (17), 4. Pumas UNAM (15), 5. CD Guadalajara (15), 6. Juarez (14), 7. Queretaro (14), 8. Pachuca (14)

Scoring leader: 8 - Jonathan Rodriguez (Cruz Azul)

Assists leader: 5 - Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul) / Pablo Barrera (Pumas)

Superliga Argentina

Boca Juniors crowned themselves champions of Argentina in dramatic fashion by winning 1-0 over Gimnasia, the team led by BOCA Legend Diego Maradona, and finishing top of the league by one point over archrivals River Plate.

TV listings (All Times CT):

For full info on soccer TV listings and streaming services in the United States, visit worldsoccertalk.com

Tuesday, March 10

3:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] RB Leipzig vs. Tottenham (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

3:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Valencia vs. Atalanta (Galavision)

7:00 p.m. - [Concacaf Champions League] Montreal Impact vs. Olimpia (FS1)

7:30 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] Boca Juniors vs. Medellin (beIN Sports en Español)

7:30 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] Palmeiras vs. Guarani (beIN Sports)

Wednesday, March 11

2:30 p.m. - [Premier League] Manchester City vs. Arsenal (NBC Sports)

3:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

3:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] PSG vs. Dortmund (Galavision)

5:15 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] River Plate vs. Binacional (beIN Sports en Español)

5:15 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] Colo-Colo vs. Atletico-PR (beIN Sports)

6:00 p.m. - [SheBelieves Cup] USWNT vs. Japan (ESPNEWS, TUDNxtra)

7:00 p.m. - [Concacaf Champions League] NYCFC vs. Tigres (FS2)

9:30 p.m. - [Concacaf Champions League] Club America vs. Atlanta United (FS2)

Thursday, March 12

1:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] LASK vs. Manchester United (UniMas)

3:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Olympiacos vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (UniMas)

9:30 p.m. - [Concacaf Champions League] LAFC vs. Cruz Azul (FS2)

Friday, March 13

3:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Real Madrid vs. Eibar (beIN SPORTS)

Saturday, March 14

7:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Watford vs. Leicester City (NBC Sports)

10:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Manchester City vs. Burnley (NBC Sports)

12:30 p.m. - [Premier League] Aston Villa vs. Chelsea (NBC Sports)

12:30 p.m. - [Bundesliga] Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich (UniMas, TUDN)

7:30 p.m. - [MLS] Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC (KUBE57)

Sunday, March 15

9:00 a.m. - [Premier League] West Ham vs. Wolves (NBC Sports)

11:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Tottenham vs. Man United (NBC Sports)

Monday, March 16

3:00 p.m. - [Premier League] Everton vs. Liverpool (NBC Sports)

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Houston gets back in the win column

Astros end six-game skid thanks to a gem by Greinke

Zack Greinke tossed a gem Saturday night. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After the Mariners roared back Friday night to get a walk-off win over the Astros, dashing their hopes of ending their losing streak, Houston tried to even the series with a win on Saturday night with their ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke would do his part, throwing a terrific game, and the Astros would squeak out one run, which was enough to get back in the win column.

Final Score: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 7-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-1)

Plenty of hits, but only one run

Although the Astros were racking up hits against Chris Flexen, they had little to show for it. Eight different batters would notch ten hits against him, but the only time it amounted to a run was on a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Jones in the top of the fourth, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

Greinke spins a gem

Luckily for them, Zack Greinke was making it look like that would be enough. He cruised through the Mariners all night, allowing just four hits while giving up zero runs along with six strikeouts, one of which moved him past 2,700 on his career. He could have attempted to finish the complete-game shutout, but at 91 pitches after eight, Dusty Baker opted to bring in closer Ryan Pressly for the ninth. Greinke's final line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 P.

Houston finally ends their losing streak

With the high-leverage save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered to hold on to the one-run lead. He would do his job, finishing off the win for Greinke and putting an end to Houston's disappointing losing streak.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get underway at 3:10 PM Central on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will look to make a rebound from his disappointing first start with the Astros, while the Mariners will start Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.04 ERA).

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