THE SOCCER REPORT

UEFA Champions League Final caps off European soccer season

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The 2018-19 season has reached the end of the schedule before a busy summer of international competition kicks off. The Premier League will be on display in all-English European finals with the Europa League crowning its champion on Wednesday followed by the Champions League final on Saturday.

UEFA Champions League

Liverpool F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur will have the face off in the UEFA Champions League final - soccer's equivalent to the Super Bowl - in the neutral site of Madrid on Saturday to crown a new champion in European football. Liverpool, the winningest English club in European competition, are looking for their sixth UCL trophy while Tottenham aim to lift it for the first time in their 136-year history.

  • Saturday, June 1 - 2 p.m. CT [TNT, Univision]

UEFA Europa League

London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will face off in the final of Europe's secondary competition (equivalent to the NIT in college basketball) with a trophy on the line and, for Arsenal, a spot in next year's Champions League. Chelsea have already qualified for Europe's top tournament via league play but a trophy and denying their crosstown neighbors that honor would taste like sweet victory. For Arsenal, it's a must win to play in the UCL and a win over Chelsea would just be the cherry on top.

  • Wednesday, May 29 - 2 p.m. CT [TNT, UniMas]

English Premier League

While the Premier League concluded a few weeks ago, one spot was still up for grabs for next season. That spot would be reserved for the return of a famed English club to the top flight as Aston Villa, a two-time European champion, defeated Derby County in the promotion play-off final at Wembley.

Up the road in Manchester, United fans were treated to a rematch of the famed 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich that saw the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson back on the sidelines and legends like Peter Schmeichel, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and David Beckham back on the field in a 5-0 win over Bayer legends led by Lothar Matthaus.

Spain's La Liga

Valencia capped off an impressive season by defeating FC Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final. The domestic cup win denied the league champions Barcelona from completing the domestic double and gave Valencia fans their first taste of silverware since the 2007-08 season.

German Bundesliga

Over in Germany, Bayern Munich competed the domestic double by defeating RB Leipzig 3-0 in the DFB Pokal final.

The Bundesliga champions, who will be visiting Houston in July, were not the only ones to celebrate as Union Berlin fans stormed the field after seeing their team gain promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in club history. Union and Stuttgard tied 2-2 in the relegation playoffs but the former won the series thanks to the away goals tiebreaker.

Italian Serie A

Atalanta and Inter Milan secured their spots in next year's Champions League by finishing third and fourth in the league standings while A.C. Milan and Roma are forced to settle for Europa League. Fabio Quagliarella finishes the season as the golden boot champion.

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Major League Soccer

East top seven: 1.D.C. United (25), 2. Philadelphia (24), 3. NY Red Bulls (21), 4. Montreal (21), 5. Atlanta (20), 6. NYCFC (19), 7. Toronto (17)

West top seven: 1. LAFC (34), 2. Seattle (26), 3. LA Galaxy (25), 4. Houston (23), 5. Minnesota (21), 6. Real Salt Lake (19), 7. FC Dallas (18)

Scoring leader: 15- Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Assists leader: 9 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Liga MX

Tigres UANL end the season at the pinnacle of Mexican soccer by outlasting Leon 1-0 in the two-match final series to determine the Clausura 2019 champion. Tigres collects it's fifth league title this decade and fifth under Manager Ricardo Ferretti, who ties Ignacio Trelles as the manager with most Mexican league titles (7).

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U.S. Women's National Team

The U.S. Women finished their domestic preparation ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a 3-0 win over Mexico at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Team USA now sets their sights on defending their World title as they look to win their fourth World Cup.

Mauro Manotas scored twice to put a stop to the Dynamo's four-match losing streak. (Credit: Houston Dynamo)

The Houston Dynamo put an end to a four-match losing streak with a 2-2 result at home against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday. It was the first match under Interim Head Coach Davy Arnaud after the firing of the previous manager earlier in the week. In the bigger picture of still making the playoffs, the Dynamo will need to start winning again and see results fall their way as soon as possible. The team's next match is Sunday (7:00 p.m.) at rival FC Dallas.

The Women's local team, the Houston Dash, had a bye week and will be back at home against Sky Blue FC and former Dash Carli Lloyd on Saturday night.

The Leagues Cup tournament continues with Mexican powerhouses Tigres UANL and Club America facing off in the semifinals at BBVA Stadium on Tuesday night. The match has been announced as sold out however tickets are still being sold - the cheapest being a $45 standing room only ticket.

Here are the rest of the top stories from the past week:

English Premier League

Every goal from Premier League 2019/20 Matchweek 2 | NBC Sports www.youtube.com

Matchday 2 Results

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

Spanish La Liga

Highlights Athletic Club vs FC Barcelona (1-0) www.youtube.com

Matchday 1 Results

  • Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona
  • Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid
  • Valencia 1-1 Real Sociedad
  • RCD Mallorca 2-1 Eibar
  • Leganes 0-1 Osasuna
  • Villareal 4-4 Granada
  • Alaves 1-0 Levante
  • Espanyol 0-2 Sevilla
  • Real Betis 1-2 Valladolid
  • Atletico Madrid 1-0 Getafe

German Bundesliga

Emotional Fan Choreography - Union Berlin's Touching Tribute To Deceased Fans www.youtube.com

Matchday 1 Results

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

French Ligue 1

Matchday 2 - Top Results

  • Lyon 6-0 Angers
  • Nantes 0-0 Marseille
  • Metz 3-0 Monaco
  • Amiens 1-0 Lille
  • Rennes 2-1 PSG

Netherlands Eredivisie

Matchday 3 - Top Results

  • VVV-Venlo 1-4 Ajax
  • AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Groningen
  • Feyenoord 1-1 Utrecht
  • Heracles 0-2 PSV
Major League Soccer

LAFC became the first club of the 2019 season that has clinched a spot in the playoffs. Atlanta United had a big week, winning the Campeones Cup (MLS vs. Liga MX Supercup) 3-2 over Club America on Wednesday, that finished with a 2-0 away win at Portland Timbers in an MLS Cup 2018 rematch.

This following week features plenty of rivalry games including LAFC vs. LA Galaxy and Dallas vs. Houston in the Texas Derby.

East top seven: 1. Atlanta (45), 2. Philadelphia (45), 3. NYCFC (41), 4. D.C. United (39), 5. NY Red Bulls (38), 6. New England (35), 7. Montreal (34)

West top seven: 1. x - LAFC (58), 2. Minnesota (42), 3. LA Galaxy (41), 4. Real Salt Lake (40), 5. Seattle (40), 6. San Jose (38), 7. Portland (37)

Scoring leader: 24 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Assists leader: 16 - Maxi Morales (NYCFC)


Liga MX

Top Eight: 1. Queretaro (13), 2. Club America (13), 3. Santos Laguna (12), 4. Tigres UANL (10), 5. Pumas (9), 6. Monterrey 9), 7. Atlas (9), 8. Cruz Azul (8)

Scoring leader: 4 - 4 players tied

Assists leader: 4 - Luis Quinones (Tigres)

Superliga Argentina

El debut de De Rossi en la Bombonera www.youtube.com

Roma legend De Rossi made his long awaited debut at home for Boca Juniors in the 2-0 league win over Aldosivi. The 18-year Serie A veteran could make his debut in Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.

Matchday 3 - Top Results

  • Newell's 2-0 Union
  • San Lorenzo 2-2 Rosario Central
  • Racing Club 1-6 River Plate
  • Defensa y Justicia 0-3 Arsenal Sarandi
  • Boca Juniors 2-0 Aldosivi
  • Estudiantes 3-0 Independiente

National Women's Soccer League

Standings: 1. Portland Thorns (33), 2. Chicago Red Stars (29), 3. North Carolina Courage (28), 4. Utah Royals (27), 5. Reign FC (27), 6. Houston Dash (22), 7. Washington Spirit (21), 8. Sky Blue FC (13), 9. Orlando Pride (11)

Scoring leader: 12 - Sam Kerr (Chicago)

Assists leader: 5 - Lynn Williams (North Carolina) / Yuki Nagasato (Chicago)

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Upcoming Matches (All Times CT):

Tuesday, August 20

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

7:30 p.m. - [Leagues Cup] Club America vs. Tigres (ESPN2, TUDN)

9:30 p.m. - [Leagues Cup] LA Galaxy vs. Cruz Azul (ESPN2, TUDN)

Wednesday, August 21

5:15 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] LDU Quito vs. Boca Juniors (beIN Sports)

7:00 p.m. - [MLS] DC United vs. NY Red Bulls (UniMas, TUDN)

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

9:30 p.m. - [MLS] LAFC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (UniMas, TUDN)

Thursday, August 22

5:15 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores] River Plate vs. Cerro Porteño (beIN Sports)

7:30 p.m. - [Copa Sudamericana] Corinthians vs. Fluminense (beIN Sports)

8:30 p.m. - [MLS] Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United (ESPN)

Friday, August 23

1:30 p.m. - [Bundesliga] Koln vs. Borussia Dortmund (FS2)

2:00 p.m. - [Premier League] Aston Villa vs. Everton (NBC Sports)

3:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Levante vs. Villarreal (beIN Sports)

7:00 p.m. - [MLS] Orlando City vs. Atlanta United (ESPN)

9:00 p.m. - [MLS] Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders (ESPN)

Saturday, August 24

6:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Norwich vs. Chelsea (NBC Sports)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Dusseldorf vs. Bayer Leverkusen (FS1, TUDN)

9:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace (NBC Sports)

11:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Liverpool vs. Arsenal (NBC)

11:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Schalke vs. Bayern Munich (FS1, TUDN)

12:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Real Madrid vs. Valladolid (beIN Sports)

6:00 p.m. - [MLS] NYCFC vs. NY Red Bulls (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. - [NWSL] Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC (YahooSports.com)

Sunday, August 18

8:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Bournemouth vs. Manchester City (NBC Sports)

10:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Tottenham vs. Newcastle (NBC Sports)

12:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Leganes vs. Atletico Madrid (beIN Sports)

3:00 p.m. - [NWSL] Portland Thorns vs. Chicago Red Stars (ESPNews)

5:00 p.m. - [MLS] FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew (FS1)

7:00 p.m. - [MLS] FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo (FS1)

9:00 p.m. - [MLS] LAFC vs. LA Galaxy (FS1)

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