THE SOCCER REPORT

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 Moments www.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 Moments www.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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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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