LA make it three in a row

LAFC continue to set the pace atop the Western Conference following a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi were on target for the hosts as LAFC stretched their lead over the Seattle Sounders to five points in the standings, although LAFC have played one more game than their rivals. Eduard Atuesta found Vela with a sweet throughball to open the scoring as LAFC, 3/1 to win the MLS Cup, moved the ball well just outside the box before the Mexican forward finished smartly. Rossi added a second after a video review in the second half.

These two teams are back in action on Sunday when they meet at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco as fifth-placed Dallas attempt to gain some ground on the Sounders, the LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.

Seattle have a tough match-up on Saturday as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union, who are in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Sounders are undefeated in their last five outings although three have been draws. The Houston Dynamo have a home game, but face the challenge of Wayne Rooney and DC United, who currently top the Eastern Conference by a point over Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy will fancy their chances against a Colorado Rapids side that are winless in 11 matches and sit firmly in the cellar in the Western Conference.

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Atlanta win in Vancouver

Atlanta United may have started the season off slowly, but the defending MLS champions have hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks.

Wednesday Atlanta made it five consecutive clean sheets with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

Josef Martinez scored from the penalty spot for the only goal that Atlanta would need in a victory that set an MLS record for shutouts in a row.

The win also pushed Atlanta up to third in the Eastern Conference, even on points with the Montreal Impact and trailing only DC United and the Philadelphia Union in the standings.

Sunday Atlanta will be in New York to take on the Red Bulls, with the visitors 9/5 to win the game and 11/1 to do so by a 1-0 scoreline.

Meanwhile, DC United was also in action and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the Union.

There was no scoring in the match between Toronto FC and the visitors, but DC United will likely be happy with the point and their elevation to the top spot in the East.

Top spot in the Western Conference belongs to LAFC, who host FC Dallas on Thursday in the only game on the MLS slate.

Dallas is currently fifth in the standings behind LAFC, the Seattle Sounders, the LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo.

The visitors have lost two in a row, to the Red Bulls and the Dynamo, and failed to win in their last three outings – having drawn at home to the San Jose Earthquakes at the end of April.

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DC United visit Toronto FC

Wayne Rooney and DC United can move into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday when they take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Tied with the Philadelphia Union on 23 points, with both teams having played 12 games so far this campaign, DC United lead the Montreal Impact in third, New York City FC in fourth and Atlanta United FC and Toronto FC in fifth and sixth respectively.

The visitors come into the game in Toronto having won both of their previous games in the month of May, defeating Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew SC.

Struggling mightily when Rooney joined the team towards the end of last season, DC United made a late push to make the playoffs before being knocked out in the opening round by the Crew on penalties.

DC United are 4/1 to win the game, with Toronto 8/13 and the draw priced at 3/1.

The defending MLS champion Atlanta United FC are also in action on Wednesday when they travel to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps.

Atlanta stumbled badly out of the gate to start this season, but can move into third in the Eastern Conference table ahead of Montreal should they get the better of Vancouver.

Atlanta has kept a clean sheet in their four previous games over the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and last time out against Orlando City SC, and faces a Whitecaps side that has won two in a row and is undefeated in three.

Also on the slate are the Houston Dynamo entertaining the Portland Timbers while Orlando City FC joins Atlanta in the Pacific Northwest when they play the Seattle Sounders.

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Atlanta on the rise

The defending MLS champions, Atlanta United, moved up to fifth in the Eastern Conference on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Orlando City at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Pity Martinez scored his first goal for Atlanta, 12/1 to win the MLS Cup, to with an absolute screamer of a left-foot shot 13 minutes into the opening half and that was all that United would need to post a fourth straight clean sheet.

Since losing to FC Dallas three weeks ago, Atlanta have defeated the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and now Orlando without conceding a goal.

Martinez, the former River Plate star, has struggled early in his MLS career, as has the rest of the Atlanta side. The Philadelphia Union, DC United, the Montreal Impact and New York City FC all currently sit ahead of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference, but the quartet will no doubt be looking over their collective shoulders in the next couple of weeks.

DC United were also in action on Sunday and also secured a 1-0 victory as they defeated Sporting Kansas City at Audi Field.

Paul Arriola scored the only goal of the game after the visitors failed to close down Wayne Rooney in midfield. The former England international found Arriola who moved inside onto his right foot and curled an 18-yard shot past Tim Melia in the Kansas City goal.

DC United join the Philadelphia Union at the top of the Eastern Conference once more with 23 points. Both teams have played 12 games in the season, while Atlanta have only played 10.

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Union edge Toronto FC

The Philadelphia Union moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday with a 2-1 triumph over Toronto FC at BMO Field.

A tantalizing cross from Kai Wagner in the 24th minute led to the opening goal as Philadelphia striker Fabrice Picault and Toronto defender Chris Mavinga arrived at the same time.

The latter was ultimately credited with an own goal, as Quentin Westberg in the Toronto goal had no chance.

Alejandro Pozuelo equalized early in the second half with a well taken free kick, but the Union would not be denied as Jamiro Alvarenga played a nice give and go with Kacper Przybylko for the final margin of victory.

Since losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy a month ago, Philadelphia have been undefeated with victories over the Montreal Impact, FC Cincinnati and the New England Revolution along with Saturday's triumph. The Union also drew with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sunday DC United can draw even with Philadelphia on points when they welcome in Sporting Kansas City to Audi Field in Washington DC.

Sporting Kansas City are second bottom of the Western Conference, tied with the Portland Timbers, with only the winless Colorado Rapids below them in the standings.

Colorado's futility continued on Saturday as they lost 3-2 to Real Salt Lake at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

With the LA Galaxy up next Sunday, followed by the Columbus Crew and the Union, it may be a while before the Rapids get their first win of the campaign.

Philadelphia are 14/1 to win the MLS Cup this season with LA Galaxy 7/1 and DC United 9/1.

Union are 10/11 to win next Sunday's clash with Seattle Sounders 12/5 and the draw is 3/1.

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Sounders host the Rapids

The Seattle Sounders will look to make it two wins in a row to start the MLS season when they welcome in the Colorado Rapids to CenturyLink Field on Saturday.

Seattle spotted expansion franchise FC Cincinnati a goal through Leonardo Bertone in the 13th minute of their season opener last weekend before rolling over the visitors 4-1.

Jordan Morris scored twice and Kelvin Leerdam and Raúl Ruidíaz also got the better of Przemyslaw Tyton in the Cincinnati net in what was the largest winning margin of the opening week.

Over in Colorado the Rapids got their campaign underway with a 3-3 draw against the Portland Timbers in what was reliably reported as the coldest game in MLS history.

In a game more reminiscent of England in the 70s, than the modern game where matches are rarely held in such weather, the two teams played while snow fell and accumulated on the field.

Andre Shinyashiki was on hand for the hosts in stoppage time at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City to level proceedings at three to give the ten-man Rapids a point.

Three other teams in the Western Conference also picked up opening weekend victories.

Minnesota United FC, who coincidently held the previous record for the coldest MLS game, the LA Galaxy and LAFC got the better of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City respectively and this week will take on the San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas and the Timbers with the latter on Sunday.

Seattle are 9/20 to beat Colorado on Sunday, with the Rapids 13/2 and the draw priced at 16/5.

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SPOTLIGHT: Stateside Rooney, Super Rafa and a Chile-ing Absence

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Today’s news circle around three parties that are familiar with being the center of attention. us is certain that the waves they made in the headlines will surely affect your betting prospects!

Wayne Rooney is headed to the MLS

Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to depart from the Premier League to MLS

Wayne Rooney’s potential move to MLS has been agreed in principle

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Wayne Rooney’s time in the Premier League is now up. The former England captain is 32, had a subpar season with Everton and does not want to play for any clubs other than the Toffees and Manchester United.

Some feel that his game isn’t suited to the English game anymore, and his move away from the Premier League is inevitable. Wazza confirmed those theories by agreeing a deal in principle with Major League Soccer side DC United.

The deal, reportedly worth £12.5m, was closed after Rooney’s representatives negotiated terms in the United States. Pundits such as Gary Neville supported the move, saying that his return to his boyhood club didn’t really work out well for him.

However, Everton boss Sam Allardyce insists that the Toffees haven’t asked him to leave.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” Allardyce said. “I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me.”

Should Rooney head to the USA, he will inevitable meet with former United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who already made himself a home with the LA Galaxy.

Rafael Nadal sets new record in dominant clay streak

Rafael Nadal broke McEnroe's 49-set winning run

Rafael Nadal holds an all-time winning record of 50 winning streak in a row

Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the man to beat on clay courts, and his wins at Monte Carlo and Barcelona are clear evidence of his dominance. However, not many people know that Nadal just added another huge accomplishment to his already-illustrious career.

The King of Clay broke American tennis legend John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface. The match that got him through the record books is his victory over Diego Schwartzman in the third round of the Madrid Open.

He will try to extend his record when he faces Dominic Thiem, but Nadal is just appreciating what he just did.

“When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row,” Nadal said. “Well, it’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about that anymore and let’s continue on what we have ahead, which is what I am concerned about.”

Chile’s World Cup absence will haunt Sanchez

Chile missed out the World Cup qualification

Despite being on FIFA’s Top Ten, Alexis Sanchez and Chile will miss the World Cup.

Football fans that know their FIFA World Rankings will be aware that almost every single nation in the Top Ten are on their way to Russia. Chile is the only curious exception.

It’s unimaginable that a team that stars Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo would be missing out on playing for the World Cup. However, a devastating defeat to Brazil forced Sanchez and friends to try and make it to the intercontinental playoff.

Colombia’s loss to Peru doomed La Roja to spend the summer watching the World Cup from their homes. The loss hurt Sanchez so bad that it affected his training with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger shared his opinion on his former winger: “I believe to play at the top level, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment. He is in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice, and now they don’t even go to the World Cup.”

It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Chile’s devastating exit from the World Cup was what prompted Sanchez to pack up and leave the Emirates for better pastures. While he is now playing on a better team at Manchester United, the sting of not playing in Russia will affect his mental state for quite some time.

He is among the list of excellent players who won’t play in the World Cup. The fault is in no way entirely Sanchez’s, but the team did lose some important matches that could have secured their spot.

All they could do now is hope that Sanchez is still as effective a player when he is 33 for the next World Cup. While this won’t be his last World Cup, Alexis won’t be playing at such a high level when the doors for Qatar open.

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