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.
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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)
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.
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)
Felicitaciones a @BocaJrsOficial por la obtención de la #Superliga 2019/20, presentada por Quilmes Clásica 🏆 ¡Salu… https://t.co/aSe2svjWQh— Superliga Argentina (@Superliga Argentina) 1583633727.0
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):
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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)
After a quiet offseason the Houston Astros finally made some moves this week to bolster their roster by adding backup catcher Victor Caratini in free agency.
The club also acquired some bullpen help by trading for Royals reliever Dylan Coleman.
Astros GM Dana Brown also garnered a lot of attention this week by proclaiming Jake Meyers will get an opportunity to be the everyday starter in center field.
And while the Astros have been connected to several free agent relief pitchers by various media outlets, it appears Houston isn't looking to spend much money.
On the other hand, the Yankees went out and traded for superstar outfielder Juan Soto, and have shot past the Astros when it comes to World Series odds.
Which begs the question, have the Astros done enough to compete with the Yankees in 2024?
To be fair, we've seen this movie before. The Yankees historically out spend every team, but they've been a little more conservative over the last few years.
But now, they look like the Yankees of old when it comes to payroll.
Plus, we heard rumors a few weeks ago that the Astros might be looking to trade Jake Meyers. And now all of a sudden he's getting the first crack at the starting job in center?
Could this be a smoke screen from Dana Brown to try to elevate his trade value? We've seen the Astros value defense in center field before, they let George Springer walk and replaced him with Myles Straw.
Be sure to watch the video above as we decipher what the Astros are really trying to accomplish this offseason, and successful they can be in the AL in 2024.