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Man City gets first PL loss since January; Houston Dash to play Tigres Femenil in Mexico

The Houston Dash are headed to Mexico to face the Liga MX Femenil Champions. Credit: Houston Dash

With the FIFA international break over, leagues around the world resumed their calendar and with it many interesting results. Major League Soccer didn't have a big pause during the international fixtures so the league just resumed business as usual (although Zlatan was one of the many who disapproved).

Here are the top stories from around the globe:

English Premier League

Matchday 5 Results

  • Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle
  • Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City
  • Sheffield Utd 0-1 Southampton
  • Brighton 1-1 Burnley
  • Wolves 2-5 Chelsea
  • Tottenham 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City
  • Bournemouth 3-1 Everton
  • Watford 2-2 Arsenal
  • Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

Top six: Liverpool (15), Man City (10), Tottenham (8), Man Utd (8), Leicester City (8), Chelsea (8)

Scoring leader: 7 - Sergio Aguero (Man City) / Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)

Assists leader: 5 - Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

Spanish La Liga

Matchday 4 Results

  • Mallorca 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
  • Real Madrid 3-2 Levante
  • Leganes 0-3 Villareal
  • Real Sociedad 2-0 Atletico Madrid
  • Barcelona 5-2 Valencia
  • Eibar 1-2 RCD Espanyol
  • Alaves 0-1 Sevilla
  • Celta Vigo 0-2 Granada
  • Valladolid 1-1 Osasuna
  • Real Betis 1-1 Getafe

Top six: Sevilla (10), Atletico Madrid (9), Real Madrid (8), Athletic Bilbao (8), Barcelona (7), Granada (7)

Scoring leader: 5 - Gerard Moreno (Villareal)

Assists leader: 3 - Ander Capa (Bilbao) / Angel Montoro Sanchez (Granada)

German Bundesliga

Matchday 4 Results

  • Fortuna 1-1 Wolfsburg
  • Cologne 0-1 Monchengladbach
  • Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen
  • Mainz 2-1 Hertha Berlin
  • Union Berlin 1-2 Werder Bremen
  • Augsburg 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
  • RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich
  • Hoffenheim 0-3 Freiburg
  • Paderborn 1-5 Schalke 04

Top six: RB Leipzig (10), Dortmund (9), Freiburg (9), Bayern Munich (8), Wolfburg (8), Schalke 04 (7)

Scoring leader: 7 - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Assists leader: 4 - Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)

Italian Serie A

Matchday 3 Results

  • Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus
  • Napoli 2-0 Sampdoria
  • Inter Milan 1-0 Udinese
  • Genoa 1-2 Atalanta
  • SPAL 1-0 Lazio
  • Brescia 3-4 Bologna
  • Parma 1-3 Cagliari
  • Roma 4-2 Sassuolo
  • Hellas Verona 0-1 AC Milan
  • Torino 1-0 Lecce

Top six: Inter Milan (9), Bologna (7), Juventus (7), Napoli (6), Atalanta (6), Torino (6)

Scoring leader: 5 - Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)

Assists leader: 3 - Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo) / Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)

French Ligue 1

Matchday 5 Results

  • Lille 2-1 Angers
  • Amiens 2-2 Lyon
  • PSG 1-0 Strasbourg
  • Montpellier 2-1 Nice
  • Dijon 0-0 Nimes
  • Bordeaux 2-0 Nice
  • Brest 0-0 Rennes
  • Nantes 1-0 Reims
  • St-Etienne 2-2 Toulouse
  • Monaco 3-4 Marseille

Top six: PSG (12), Rennes (10), Nantes (10), Marseille (10), Lille (9), Nice (9)

Scoring leader: 5 - Moussa Dembele (Lyon) / Victor Osimhen (Lille)

Assists leader: 3 - Thiago Mendes (Lyon)

Portuguese Liga Nos

Matchday 5 - Top Results

  • Setubal 1-0 Braga
  • Benfica 2-0 Gil Vicente
  • Portimonense 2-3 Porto
  • Boavista 1-1 Sporting

Top four: Familicao (13), Benfica (12), Porto (12), Boavista (9)

Scoring leader: 6 - Pizzi (Benfica)

Assists leader: 4 - Bruno Fernandes (Sporting)

Netherlands Eredivisie

Matchday 6 - Top Results

  • Ajax 4-1 Herenveen
  • AZ Alkmaar 5-1 Sparta
  • PSV 5-0 Vitesse
  • Feyenoord 3-2 Den Haag

Top four: Ajax (13), PSV (13), Twente (12), Vitesse (11)

Scoring leader: 6 - Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven)

Assists leader: 5 - Bryan Smeets (Sparta) / Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

Scottish Premiership

Matchday 5 - Top Results

  • Hamilton 0-1 Celtic
  • Hearts 2-3 Motherwell
  • Rangers 3-1 Livingston

Top four: Celtic (15), Rangers (12), Motherwell (10), Aberdeen (8)

Scoring leader: 4 - Liam Donelly (Motherwell) / Ryan Christie (Celtic)

Assists leader: 3 - James Forrest (Celtic)

Major League Soccer

East top seven: 1. NYCFC (57), 2. Philadelphia (52), 3. Atlanta (48), 4. Toronto (45), 5. D.C. United (45), 6. New York Red Bulls (41), 7. New England (40)

West top seven: 1. x - LAFC (64), 2. Seattle (49), 3. Minnesota (48), 4. Real Salt Lake (46), 5. LA Galaxy (45), 6. San Jose (44), 7. Portland (43)

Scoring leader: 28 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Assists leader: 18 - Maxi Morales (NYCFC)

Mexican Liga MX

Matchday 9 Results

  • Puebla 1-3 Atletico San Luis
  • Veracruz 0-0 Cruz Azul
  • Xolos 1-1 Tigres UANL
  • Monterrey 0-2 Necaxa
  • Guadalajara 1-0 Atlas
  • Leon 3-1 Juarez
  • Club America 1-1 Pumas UNAM
  • Toluca 0-2 Morelia
  • Santos 0-0 Pachuca

Top Eight: 1. Necaxa (17), 2. Queretaro (17), 3. Santos Lagua (17), 4. Club America (16), 5. Leon (15), 6. Tigres UANL (14), 7. Atleti San Luis (14), 8. Monarcas (13)

Scoring leader: 7 - Julio Furch (Santos)

Assists leader: 4 - Luis Quinones (Tigres) / Osvaldo Martinez (Atlas)

Argentina Superliga

Matchday 6 Results

  • Arsenal 4-1 Union
  • Cordoba 1-2 Defensa y Justicia
  • Godoy Cruz 0-1 Argentinos Juniors
  • Colon 2-1 San Lorenzo
  • Huracan 0-4 River Plate
  • Gimnasia 1-2 Racing Club
  • Banfield 0-1 Talleres Cordoba
  • Rosario Central 1-1 Newell's
  • Independiente 2-2 Lanus
  • Boca Juniors 1-0 Estudiantes
  • Aldosivi 1-1 Patronato
  • Velez 1-0 Atletico Tucuman

Top four: Boca (10), San Lorenzo (10), Arsenal Sarandi (9), Rosario Central (8)

National Women's Soccer League

The Houston Dash pulled themselves six points behind the fourth and final playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Utah Royals on Friday night at BBVA Stadium. The Dash play Tuesday night with an opportunity to continue to close the gap in a tough test against defending champion NC Courage.

The Dash will also become the first NWSL side to play a friendly in Mexico after announcing an October 5 friendly at Liga MX Femenil Champion Tigres UANL.

Standings: 1. North Carolina Courage (40), 2. Chicago Red Stars (38), 3. Portland Thorns (36), 4. Utah Royals (31), 5. Reign FC (31), 6. Washington Spirit (26), 7. Houston Dash (25), 8. Sky Blue FC (16), 9. Orlando Pride (14)

Scoring leader: 16 - Sam Kerr (Chicago)

Assists leader: 7 - Yuki Nagasato (Chicago)

Upcoming Matches (All Times CT):

Tuesday, September 17

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Inter Milan vs. Slavia Prague (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Dortmund vs. Barcelona (UniMas, TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Napoli vs. Liverpool (TNT, Galavision)

7:30 p.m. - [NWSL] NC Courage vs. Houston Dash (ESPNews)

Wednesday, September 18

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Brugge vs. Galatasaray (Galavision)

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Olympiacos vs. Spurs (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus (Galavision)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] PSG vs. Real Madrid (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

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The Texans should swing for the fences. Composite image by Jack Brame.

With each passing day, the Deshaun drama thickens. It's progressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeting, basically humbling himself to Deshaun.

A city that a few short weeks ago offered up mega star power across the board, has now seen James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and George Springer all depart for a variety of reasons. The impact of Deshaun leaving would be irreversible guaranteeing the Texans resting comfortably in the bottom of the AFC South for the next decade, wallowing in futility.

The saga will only intensify in two weeks should Patrick Mahomes collect another Lombard Trophy. As 2017 draft class contemporaries, Deshaun is comparing his career to #15. Another ring would place Mahomes up 2-0 in that discussion with Watson.

Perhaps the Texans should take a play from the Oilers playbook and inquire on Dabo Swinney. In the pursuit of securing the services of Warren Moon, the Oilers made a power play and secured the services of Moon's former CFL coach, Hugh Campbell. I've attended several luncheons and engagements in which Deshaun served as the keynote speaker. In many of those venues, a short video presentation would include personal greetings and feel good overtures directed to Deshaun from Dabo. The end result was Deshaun lighting up like a Christmas tree. There's a viable relationship in place there.

At the end of the day, Deshaun is a competitor. Losing DeAndre Hopkins was a major loss, but not to the degree that you might think. Deshaun still went out and threw for over 4,000 yards this season, and with a sub-par supporting cast, even pulling guys off of the practice squad in late December contests to fill out the receiving corps. The issue for Watson is trust, and culture. Hence, the recent headlines surrounding the Jets as a future home make very little sense. The Jets in 4 of their last 5 seasons have had double-digit losing seasons. Until the recent resurgence of the Browns, the Jets far and away have held the title of the "laughingstock" of the NFL.

The biggest challenge for the Texans is who could persuade Deshaun to stay? Could team President Jamey Rootes calm down the noise? It certainly won't come from Texans Ring of Honor recipient Andre Johnson. If I were Cal McNair, I would place a call to 105 Sikes Hall in Clemson, SC and ask for Dabo's office. That's as good of a place to start as any other.

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