THE SOCCER REPORT

Liverpool win sixth Champions League; summer of soccer begins

Liverpool win sixth Champions League; summer of soccer begins
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Liverpool F.C. are back at the top of European football after winning their sixth Champions League, standing alone as the third on the list behind A.C. Milan's nine and Real Madrid's 13 UCL trophies. Now the world moves on to international soccer with the upcoming summer that features World Cup qualifiers, the UEFA Nations League, Euro 2020 qualifiers, the Concacaf Gold Cup, Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

UEFA Champions League

Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool: 2019 Champions League Final Recap with Highlights, Goals, and Best Momentswww.youtube.com

Liverpool capped off an incredible season with a 2-0 win over fellow Premier League side Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday. A final that wasn't the best watch for the neutral fan saw the Reds pick up an important piece of silverware and the club's first European crown since the 2005 Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp's men were awarded a penalty in the first minute of the match and never looked back after goalscorer Mo Salah put them in the lead. Despite a rally in the second half by Spurs, Divock Origi would ice the match in the 87th minute.

UEFA Europa League

Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal: 2019 Europa League Final Recap with Highlights, Goals, and Best Momentswww.youtube.com

Chelsea were the English side victorious in the other final this past week, one that saw London rivals face off for the secondary European crown. A stalemate in Baku, Azerbaijan for the first half ended with a 4-1 Chelsea rout thanks in part to an Eden Hazard double. The Belgian has been linked to departing the Premier League and joining Spanish side Real Madrid this summer.

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Major League Soccer

East top seven: 1. Philadelphia (28), 2. D.C. United (27), 3. Atlanta (26), 4. NY Red Bulls (24), 5. Montreal (24), 6. NYCFC (20), 7. Toronto (18)

West top seven: 1. LAFC (37), 2. LA Galaxy (28), 3. Seattle (26), 4. Houston (24), 5. FC Dallas (21), 6.Minnesota (21), 7. Real Salt Lake (19)

Scoring leader: 16 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Assists leader: 10 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

National Women's Soccer League

Standings: 1. Washington Spirit (16), 2. Portland Thorns (14), 3. Utah Royals (13), 4. North Carolina Courage (12), 5. Chicago Red Stars (11), 6. Houston Dash (11), 7. Seattle Reign (10), 8. Sky Blue FC (2), 9. Orlando Pride (1)

Scoring leader: 6 - Sam Kerr (Chicago)

Assists leader: 3 - Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina) / Meghan Klingenberg (Portland) / Yuki Nagasato (Chicago)

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Upcoming Matches (All Times CT):

Tuesday, June 4

10:30 a.m. - [FIFA U20 World Cup] France vs. USA (FS2)

Wednesday, June 5

1:45 p.m. - [UEFA Nations League] Portugal vs. Switzerland (ESPN2, Univision Deportes)

6 p.m. - [International Friendly] USA vs. Jamaica (FS1)

6:30 p.m. - [MLS] Montreal vs. Seattle (ESPN+)

7:30 p.m. - [International Friendly] Brazil vs. Qatar (beIN Sports)

Thursday, June 6

1:45 p.m. - [UEFA Nations League] Netherlands vs. England (ESPN2, Univision Deportes)

Friday, June 7

2:00 p.m. - [FIFA Women's World Cup] France vs. South Korea (FS1, Telemundo)

7:00 p.m. - [International Friendly] Argentina vs. Nicaragua (beIN Sports)

Saturday, June 8

8:00 a.m. - [FIFA Women's World Cup] Germany vs. China (FS1, Telemundo)

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