MLS Review: Kaka bags brace

first_imgMLS MLS Review: Kaka bags brace in Orlando rout, Atlanta secures playoff spot Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 20:18 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kaka Orlando City MLS Vincent Carchietta MLS Orlando City Atlanta United v Philadelphia Union New York RB v DC United Orlando City v New England Montreal Impact v New York City Dallas v Colorado Rapids Houston Dynamo v LA Galaxy SJ Earthquakes v Chicago Fire Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact LA Galaxy Philadelphia Union DC United Dallas Houston Dynamo Chicago Fire Vancouver Whitecaps Seattle Sounders Videos The Brazilian star scored twice as Jason Kreis’ men routed 10-man New England Atlanta United’s inaugural MLS season will see the club feature in the playoffs following its win over the Philadelphia Union, while a Kaka double inspired Orlando City to a crushing victory.Led by former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo Martino, in-form Atlanta made sure of a postseason berth with four regular-season fixtures remaining via a 3-0 victory on Wednesday.Julian Gressel, red-hot Venezuela international Josef Martinez and Jacob Peterson were on target as Atlanta — which became the first expansion side since 2009 to reach the playoffs — extended its unbeaten streak to seven games, a run that has resulted in five clean sheets and 24 goals scored. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. More than 43,000 fans packed into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Gressel opened the scoring with the outside of his boot in the 27th minute.It’s truly a party in theRelive the historic night: pic.twitter.com/eykyvYV4EH — Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 28, 2017 Martinez’s 18th goal of the season made it 2-0 six minutes later after the Venezuelan forward rifled a powerful low effort across Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and into the net.After Hector Villalba’s second-half goal was ruled out following a video review, Peterson came off the bench to complete the scoring with two minutes remaining.Atlanta is third in the Eastern Conference as the club prepares to join Supporters’ Shield leaders Toronto FC and New York City FC, which edged the Montreal Impact 1-0 on a Jack Harrison strike, in the postseason.The Chicago Fire will also take part in the playoffs after dismantling the San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 thanks to Nemanja Nikolic’s brace.Former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Kaka was at his trademark best in Orlando’s 6-1 humiliation of the 10-man New England Revolution.Before we get this second half started enjoy some magic from our .   pic.twitter.com/3vzRXVk0Qo — Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) September 28, 2017 In his first start in four matches, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner scored twice to remind the world he is not a spent force.After Xavier Kouassi was sent off in the 11th minute, Orlando took control thanks to 35-year-old captain Kaka, who netted in either half.The pick of the bunch was his stunning effort from outside of the box two minutes before half-time in Orlando.The struggling LA Galaxy surrendered 2-0 and 3-1 leads as Alberth Elis scored twice in four minutes to rescue a dramatic 3-3 draw for Houston Dynamo, while the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United also shared the spoils following a 3-3 thriller.The reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders accounted for the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, meanwhile, and FC Dallas defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0.last_img read more

Blistering first-half Dragons performance puts Broncos out of NRL finals running

first_img St George Illawarra Dragons beat Brisbane Broncos: NRL finals – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Read more news Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport It seems St George Illawarra’s late season fadeout is officially over. The form guide was thrown out the window after a first half hat-trick by Tariq Sims propelled the Dragons to a stunning 48-18 NRL elimination final win over title contenders Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.The Dragons booked a semi-final showdown with South Sydney on Saturday with the seven tries-to-three romp in front of 47,296 fans – St George Illawarra’s first victory at the venue since 2009.Remarkably the Dragons did it without playmaker Gareth Widdop (shoulder), James Graham (concussion) and NSW lock Jack de Belin (ankle), after they failed to finish the game. It marked the first time the Dragons had won a final since claiming the 2010 premiership. Share on Pinterest Share via Email Rugby leaguecenter_img Topics NRL Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Brisbane are suddenly out of the title race after having their streak of seven straight finals wins at Suncorp sensationally snapped. The Dragons weren’t expected to show much resistance after leading the ladder up until round 16, only to limp into the finals in seventh with six losses in their past nine games.And the omens weren’t good when Brisbane jumped to a 10-2 lead after 17 minutes. But St George Illawarra came alive off a string of Korbin Sims errors to pile on four tries in 18 minutes – including three to brother and backrower Tariq Sims – to snatch a shock 28-10 half-time lead.They didn’t have it all their own way as Brisbane threatened to launch a comeback when Widdop came off in the 55th minute after aggravating a shoulder injury that had sidelined him for the last three weeks.The Broncos crossed twice through skipper Darius Boyd (52nd) and halfback Kodi Nikorima (55th) in three minutes to cut the deficit to 34-18 and give the stunned local fans hope. But the Dragons stood up with ex-Broncos halfback Ben Hunt steering his team without Widdop in a happy homecoming after copping vile social media abuse during his side’s late season stumble.Brisbane lost key forwards Joe Ofehengaue (concussion) and David Fifita (ankle).Instead of another title, Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett is now expected to contemplate his future after the Broncos board knocked back his proposal to stay on to the 2020 season. He is locked in for 2019 but there is speculation Bennett may not see out his contract. It was Bennett’s 27th finals campaign and 65th finals match. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more