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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, left, goes around West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian before scoring his side's third goal during the Premier League match Manchester City versus West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Aug. 28, 2016.(Peter Byrne/PA via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)

Soccer Roundup: Seattle celebrates MLS Cup title with 3-1 win over Red Bulls/ World Scores

SEATTLE (AP) — Jordan Morris fell awkwardly on an already sore ankle during the first half on Sunday. At halftime the Seattle Sounders team doctor suggested subbing him out and letting him rest with matches for the U.S. national team upcoming.

Morris argued with the doctor — his father Michael — to stay in the match. An argument the younger Morris eventually won.

“We were going to go out there and try for 10 minutes and see and it felt fine. A little bit of pain but nothing too bad,” Morris said. “I always want to be playing.”

Morris drew a penalty to set up Seattle’s opening goal in the first half, scored on a header in the 66th minute to retake the lead, and the Sounders celebrated last year’s MLS Cup title with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

More than 45,000 turned out for Seattle’s home opener and were rewarded by goals from Clint Dempsey on a penalty kick, Morris’ finish off a beautiful buildup and Harry Shipp’s redirected goal off Joevin Jones’ shot in the 79th minute.

Morris was a constant threat throughout but the knock on his ankle is not good news for U.S. coach Bruce Arena ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifying match against Honduras. The U.S. already ruled out forward Bobby Wood due to a back injury. Morris was flying to join the national team Sunday night and didn’t think the ankle was going to be a major issue.

“I sprained it in preseason a little bit and it’s the same ankle but I could play 60 minutes on it or whatever so that’s promising,” Morris said. “I’ll get it looked at down there but I think it will be fine.”

Morris drew the penalty that led to Dempsey’s second goal of the season when he was tripped in the box in the 27th minute by Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. Bradley Wright-Phillips pulled New York even in the 57th minute with a header off the inside of the far post, but Morris’ first goal of the year proved to be the game-winner.

Shipp’s goal was his first since joining Seattle in the offseason, a deft redirection of Jones’ shot from distance that curled just inside the post for a late two-goal advantage.

The loss snapped New York’s 18-match unbeaten streak in the regular season dating back to last season. The Red Bulls had not lost an MLS regular season match since July 3, a 2-0 loss against New York City FC. Wright-Phillips’ goal was his first of the season after leading the league in goals last year.

“It was going to end sometime, but in this fashion, I’m not happy with that,” Wright-Phillips said of the streak. “We could have kept going. But the performance today wasn’t good enough.”

Eight years to the day Seattle made its MLS debut with a victory over the Red Bulls, the Sounders celebrated their first MLS Cup title with New York again playing the complementary role.

The championship trophy was paraded through the streets of downtown Seattle before the match, then across the field by retired defender Zach Scott and injured captain Brad Evans just before kickoff. The Sounders unveiled their green championship banner in the rafters of CenturyLink Field as well after spending the first two weeks of the MLS season on the road.

Seattle was staked to the early advantage because of a mistake by New York defender Damien Perrinelle. His poor back-pass to Robles allowed Morris an opportunity to pressure the Red Bulls’ goalkeeper and created the trip that led to the penalty kick.

Jones, who finished with two assists, also got the better of New York defender Sal Zizzo on Morris’ goal. Jones’ dribble split Zizzo’s legs along the end line. Nicolas Lodeiro was open in the penalty area but instead of shooting his one-touch cross found Morris alone at the back post for the header.

“It was a proper start to what I know is going to be a great home season,” Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said.

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With their top strikers absent, there were concerns that Manchester United and Tottenham could stumble in their push for Champions League qualification from the English Premier League.

No need to worry.

United defied the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic — and fatigue because of its hectic fixture schedule — to beat relegation-threatened Middlesbrough 3-1 away in a match that ended with player bust-ups on and off the field.

Tottenham has lost top scorer Harry Kane for up to five weeks because of injury and the team’s attacking midfielders stepped up to fill the void, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli scoring in a 2-1 win over Southampton. It was Spurs’ 10th straight victory at home in the league.

With Manchester City and Liverpool drawing 1-1 in an end-to-end game of numerous chances at Etihad Stadium, the race to finish in the top four behind likely champion Chelsea is too close to call.

Tottenham is in second place, 10 points behind Chelsea and two points ahead of City. Liverpool is a point further back in fourth and four clear of fifth-placed United, which has two games in hand.

United has finished each of the last 19 weeks in sixth place in the Premier League, but finally climbed a spot with its win at the Riverside Stadium. Arsenal, which lost 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, has slipped to sixth place.

Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s three games:

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MIDDLESBROUGH 1, MANCHESTER UNITED 3

There were two noteworthy goals from United — Jesse Lingard’s spectacular 25-meter strike and Antonio Valencia’s injury-time walk-in after a slip from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes — but they were overshadowed by bust-ups on and off the field around the final whistle.

In stoppage time, just before Valencia settled the result, tempers flared when Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and United’s Eric Bailly grappled with each other. Players from both teams piled in. The pushing and shoving continued in the tunnel after the match, with Bailly and teammate Ashley Young looking particularly aggrieved.

Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring for United, which won despite Jose Mourinho fielding a weakened team missing Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and playing after competing in the Europa League on Thursday night.

After weeks of chasing, the top four is suddenly in sight for United, although Mourinho said he would prefer to secure Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League.

“The Europa League gives us the same, gives us Champions League football, but gives us a trophy, gives us prestige, gives us a European Super Cup,” Mourinho said.

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TOTTENHAM 2, SOUTHAMPTON 1

Son Heung-min started up front in place of Kane but it was Eriksen and Alli who delivered.

Eriksen drove home the opening goal from the edge of the area in the 14th minute and Alli converted a penalty in the 33rd after he tumbled under Steven Davis’ challenge following a series of poor clearances by Southampton.

James Ward-Prowse celebrated his call-up to the England squad with a 52nd-minute reply for Southampton.

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MANCHESTER CITY 1, LIVERPOOL 1

City coach Pep Guardiola said it was “one of the happiest days of my career as a manager” after seeing his team fight back to salvage a point against a direct rival for the top four.

Guardiola said his players had been “so, so sad” in training this week after City’s elimination from the Champions League by Monaco on Wednesday. A defeat to Liverpool four days later would have been particularly damaging to morale.

City needed a 69th-minute equalizer from Sergio Aguero to prevent Liverpool from collecting a sixth win this season over a rival from the top six.

James Milner, a former City player, put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot in the 51st and both teams spurned great chances in a riveting final 20 minutes as they went on all-out attack.

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World Scores: Courtesy of Livescore.com

March 19
FT
Middlesbrough
Manchester United
FT
Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton
FT
Manchester City
Liverpool
March 19
FT
Notts County
Barnet
March 19
FT
Empoli
SSC Napoli
FT
Atalanta
Pescara
FT
Bologna
ChievoVerona
FT
Cagliari
Lazio
FT
Crotone
Fiorentina
FT
Sampdoria
Juventus
FT
Udinese
Palermo
FT
Roma
Sassuolo
March 19
FT
Cesena
Ternana
FT
Reggiana
00
Mantova
FT
Sudtirol
AlbinoLeffe
FT
FeralpiSalo
Sambenedettese
FT
Lumezzane
Maceratese
FT
Modena
Calcio Padova
FT
Parma Calcio 1913
Alma Juventus Fano
FT
US Ancona 1905
Pordenone Calcio
FT
Teramo
Gubbio
FT
Santarcangelo
Forli
FT
Akragas
Matera
FT
Catanzaro
Monopoli
FT
Cosenza
Juve Stabia
FT
Fidelis Andria
Siracusa Calcio
FT
Foggia
Lecce
FT
Messina
Taranto
FT
Virtus Francavilla
Melfi
FT
Paganese
Catania
FT
Reggina
00
Vibonese
FT
Leganes
Malaga
FT
Atletico Madrid
Sevilla
FT
Deportivo La Coruna
Celta Vigo
FT
Sporting Gijon
Granada
FT
Barcelona
Valencia
March 19
FT
Levante
Almeria
FT
Alcorcon
Valladolid
FT
Tenerife
Reus
FT
Girona
Cadiz
FT
Rayo Vallecano
Real Oviedo
March 19
FT
CD Lealtad
Burgos CF
FT
Coruxo F.C.
Guijuelo
FT
Osasuna B
Pontevedra
FT
Valladolid B
Racing de Ferrol
FT
Arandina CF
Izarra
FT
Leonesa
00
Racing Santander
FT
Ponferradina
CD Palencia Balompie
FT
Tudelano
Celta Vigo B
FT
UD Somozas
U. Mutilvera
FT
CD Boiro
00
Caudal Deportivo
FT
Athletic Bilbao B
Real Madrid Castilla
FT
Barakaldo
Mensajero
FT
Rayo Majadahonda
SD Gernika
FT
Socuellamos
Real Union
FT
Logrones
Albacete
FT
Toledo
SD Amorebieta
FT
Atletico Baleares
Lleida Esportiu
FT
Atletico Saguntino
Ebro
FT
Gava
Valencia B
FT
Mallorca B
00
Badalona
FT
Alcoyano
CE L’Hospitalet
FT
Sabadell
Atletico Levante UD
FT
Hercules
Espanyol B
FT
UD Cornella
Eldense
FT
Cordoba B
Linares Deportivo
FT
Granada B
Real Jaen
FT
La Roda
Futbol Club Jumilla
FT
Melilla
Atletico Sanluqueno CF
FT
Atletico Mancha Real
Recreativo Huelva
FT
CD El Ejido 2012
Linense
FT
San Fernando CD
Marbella FC
FT
Cartagena
Real Murcia
FT
Merida
Villanovense
March 19
FT
Mainz 05
Schalke 04
FT
Borussia Moenchengladbach
Bayern Munich
March 19
FT
Bochum
Erzgebirge Aue
FT
Dynamo Dresden
Sandhausen
FT
Karlsruher SC
Fortuna Duesseldorf
March 19
FT
Magdeburg
Wehen
FT
Sportfreunde Lotte
Hallescher FC
FT
1860 Rosenheim
Bayern Munich II
March 19
FT
Eintracht Norderstedt
Luebeck
Postp.
FC Hansa Lueneburg
??
SV Drochtersen/Assel
FT
Lupo-Martini Wolfsburg
ETSV Weiche Flensburg
Postp.
Oldenburg
??
St.Pauli II
FT
SV Eichede
VfV Hildesheim
FT
FC Schoenberg 95
RasenBallsport Leipzig ll
FT
BFC Dynamo
FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf
FT
Budissa Bautzen
Energie Cottbus
FT
FSV Union Fuerstenwalde
Berliner AK 07
FT
ZFC Meuselwitz
FSV Wacker Nordhausen
FT
Waldhof Mannheim
Kickers Offenbach
March 19
FT
Bonner SC
00
Schalke 04 II
FT
Viktoria Koeln 1904
Alemannia Aachen
March 19
FT
Caen
Monaco
FT
Dijon
Saint-Etienne
FT
Paris Saint Germain
Lyon
March 19
FT
SC Heerenveen
Feyenoord
FT
Excelsior
Ajax
FT
Go Ahead Eagles
PEC Zwolle
FT
AZ Alkmaar
ADO Den Haag
FT
FC Volendam
Cambuur
March 19
FT
Feirense
Chaves
FT
Maritimo
Arouca
FT
FC Porto
Vitoria de Setubal
FT
Vitoria de Guimaraes
Rio Ave
March 19
FT
FC Porto B
Vizela
FT
Penafiel
Benfica B
FT
Santa Clara
Braga B
FT
Freamunde
Aves
FT
Leixoes
Sporting CP B
FT
Olhanense
Gil Vicente
FT
Portimonense
Varzim
FT
Sporting Covilha
AD Fafe
FT
Academica
Viseu
FT
Uniao da Madeira
Famalicao
March 19
FT
Dundee FC
Celtic
March 19
FT
San Marino
Moldova
FT
Sarpsborg 08
Stabaek
FT
Switzerland U17
31
Montenegro U17
FT
Scotland U17
10
Serbia U17
FT
Belgium U17
12
Belarus U17
FT
Italy U17
12
Netherlands U17
FT
AGF
OB
FT
Broendby IF
Lyngby
FT
Esbjerg fB
AC Horsens
FT
FC Midtjylland
FC Nordsjaelland
FT
Silkeborg
FC Koebenhavn
FT
SoenderjyskE
Randers FC
FT
Viborg
AaB
March 19
FT
AB
Vejle Boldklub
FT
Fredericia
HB Koege
FT
Naestved
Fremad Amager
FT
Nykoebing FC
Skive
FT
B 93
Greve
FT
Thisted
Dalum
FT
Holbaek
Middelfart G og BK
March 19
FT
IFK Norrkoeping
Brommapojkarna
March 19
FT
IFK Mariehamn
HJK
March 19
FT
Salzburg
Austria Wien
March 19
FT
Lugano
Young Boys
FT
Thun
St. Gallen
FT
FC Vaduz
Lausanne
FT
Aarau
Servette
FT
Schaffhausen
Wohlen
March 19
FT
PAOK Thessaloniki FC
Panionios
FT
Asteras Tripolis
PAS Giannina
FT
Xanthi
Levadiakos
FT
Panathinaikos
Olympiacos
March 19
FT
AEL Kalloni FC
Aris Thessaloniki FC
FT
Acharnaikos FC
Chania
FT
Agrotikos Asteras
Panegialios
FT
Aiginiakos FC
AE Sparti
AAW
Kissamikos FC
30
Panthrakikos Komotini
FT
Panelefsiniakos
Lamia
FT
Panserraikos FC
Kallithea
March 19
FT
Genclerbirligi
Rizespor
FT
Bursaspor
Alanyaspor
FT
Istanbul Basaksehir
Karabukspor
FT
Antalyaspor
Besiktas
March 19
FT
Gaziantep BB
Denizlispor
FT
Elazigspor
Adana Demirspor
FT
Sanliurfaspor
Sivasspor
FT
Eskisehirspor
Goztepe
March 19
FT
Newtown
Llandudno FC
FT
Aris Limassol
Doxa Katokopia
FT
Ethnikos Achnas
Nea Salamis
FT
Ermis Aradippou
Karmiotissa Pano Polemidion
FT
UN Kaerjeng 97
AS Jeunesse Esch
March 19
FT
Jablonec
Vysocina Jihlava
FT
Hradec Kralove
FC Zbrojovka Brno
FT
Karvina
Viktoria Plzen
FT
Bohemians 1905
Dukla Praha
March 19
FT
Zizkov
FK Varnsdorf
FT
FK MAS Taborsko
Sigma Olomouc
March 19
FT
DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda
Spartak Trnava
FT
Trencin
FK Senica
March 19
FT
Krylya Sovetov Samara
FC Rostov
FT
FC Krasnodar
FC Ufa
FT
Terek Grozny
CSKA Moscow
FT
Zenit St. Petersburg
Arsenal Tula
March 19
FT
Tyumen
FC Tambov
FT
FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
Tosno
FT
Neftekhimik
FC Volgar
FT
Shinnik Yaroslavl
SKA-Khabarovsk
Canc.
Volga Nyzhny
??
Luch Energiya Vladivostok
FT
Baltika
Luch Energiya Vladivostok
FT
Spartak Moscow II
Dinamo Moscow
FT
Fakel
Sibir Novosibirsk
FT
Kuban Krasnodar
Mordovya
FT
FC Rotor Volgograd
SKA Rostov
FT
Spartak Vladikavkaz
Afips Afipsky
FT
Angusht Nazran
Sochi
FT
Chayka
Torpedo Armavir
FT
Dinamo Stavropol
Druzhba
FT
Legion Dynamo
FC Krasnodar II
FT
Mashuk-KMV
Biolog Novokubansk
March 19
FT
Volyn
Zorya
March 19
FT
Korona Kielce
Cracovia
FT
Lech Poznan
Gornik Leczna
FT
Lechia Gdansk
Legia Warszawa
March 19
FT
NK Istra 1961
Dinamo Zagreb
FT
Rijeka
Slaven
March 19
FT
Cukaricki
FK Crvena Zvezda
FT
Vojvodina
Mladost Lucani
March 19
FT
Aluminij
Rudar Velenje
FT
Olimpija Ljubljana
Koper
FT
Dinamo Bucuresti
CS Universitatea Craiova
FT
Gaz Metan Medias
Botosani
FT
Neftochimic Burgas 1962
Cherno More Varna
FT
Levski Sofia
Botev Plovdiv
March 19
FT
Slutsk
20
Torpedo Zhodino
FT
BATE Borisov
Minsk FC
FT
Hapoel Beer Sheva
Maccabi Haifa
FT
Hapoel Raanana
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
FT
Belgrano
Racing Club
FT
Sarmiento
Temperley
FT
Godoy Cruz
San Lorenzo
FT
Estudiantes
Patronato de Parana
FT
Olimpo
Banfield
FT
Boca Juniors
Talleres
FT
Flandria
Villa Dalmine
FT
Los Andes
Sportivo Estudiantes
FT
Boca Unidos
Guillermo Brown
FT
Gimnasia Jujuy
Crucero del Norte
FT
Central Cordoba de Santiago
All Boys
FT
Juventud Unida Gualeguaychu
Douglas Haig
FT
CA Fenix
Club Atletico Platense
FT
Juventud Antoniana
Gimnasia y Tiro
FT
Union Villa Krause
CA Chaco For Ever
FT
Sarmiento de Resistencia
Altos Hornos Zapla
FT
CA Alvarado
00
Deportivo Madryn
FT
Union de Sunchales
Sportivo Las Parejas
March 19
FT
Ferroviaria
Corinthians
FT
Santos FC
Palmeiras
March 19
FT
Cobresal
Universidad Catolica
FT
Universidad de Chile
Union Espanola
FT
CD Jaguares
Tigres FC
FT
Deportivo Cali
America de Cali
FT
Tolima
Atletico Huila
FT
Millonarios
Santa Fe
FT
Luqueno
Cerro Porteno
FT
Sportivo Trinidense
Guarani
Postp.
Juan Aurich
??
Alianza Lima
FT
Plaza Colonia
Sud America
FT
Racing
Fenix
FT
River Plate
Defensor Sporting
FT
Club Atletico Penarol
Rampla Juniors
FT
Atletico Venezuela
Deportivo Zulia
FT
Estudiantes Merida
Caracas
FT
Atletico Socopo
Monagas SC
FT
Deportivo La Guaira
Carabobo FC
FT
Portuguesa FC
Trujillanos FC
FT
Mineros De Guayana
Aragua FC
FT
Tachira
Deportivo Lara
FT
Zulia
Zamora FC
FT
Necaxa
Jaguares Chiapas
FT
CD Guadalajara
Veracruz
March 19
FT
Pumas
CF America
FT
Puebla
Monarcas Morelia
FT
Portland Timbers
Houston Dynamo
March 19
FT
Seattle Sounders FC
New York Red Bulls
FT
AD Municipal Liberia
Santos de Guapiles
FT
Universidad de Costa Rica
Municipal Perez Zeledon
FT
C.S. Cartagines
LD Alajuelense
FT
Belen
Deportiva San Carlos
FT
Deportivo Saprissa
Club Sport Herediano
FT
Deportiva Carmelita
Limon
FT
CD Aguila
Municipal Limeno
FT
CD FAS
Alianza FC
FT
Deportivo Marquense
00
Deportivo Petapa
FT
Carcha
CSD Municipal
FT
CD Suchitepequez
Deportivo Malacateco
FT
CD Real Sociedad
CD Marathon
FT
Platense FC
Honduras Progreso
FT
CD Olimpia
Social Sol
March 19
FT
Gamba Osaka
Urawa Red Diamonds
March 19
FT
Fagiano Okayama FC
Kyoto Sanga FC
FT
Avispa Fukuoka
Roasso Kumamoto
FT
Montedio Yamagata
Kamatamare Sanuki
FT
Renofa Yamaguchi
Tokyo Verdy
FT
FC Gifu
Yokohama FC
FT
Matsumoto Yamaga
JEF United Chiba
FT
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Machida Zelvia
FT
Ehime FC
Shonan Bellmare
FT
Suwon Bluewings
Daegu FC
FT
Ulsan Hyundai
Sangju Sangmu
FT
FC Seoul
Gwangju FC
FT
Jeju United
Jeonnam Dragons
FT
Ansan Greeners
FC Anyang
FT
Asan Mugunghwa
Bucheon FC 1995
FT
Busan I’Park
Gyeongnam FC
March 19
FT
Cheongju Jikji
Jesus Hospital
FT
Gyeongju Citizen
Busan Pukyongdae
March 19
FT
Than Quang Ninh
Binh Duong
FT
Dong Tam Long An
Da Nang
FT
Ha Noi TT
FLC Thanh Hoa
March 19
FT
AZAL PFC Baku
FK Qabala
FT
Zira
Qarabag FK
FT
Dinamo Batumi
Samtredia
FT
Chikhura
FC Shukura Kobuleti
FT
Torpedo Kutaisi
Kolkheti-1913 Poti
FT
Adelaide United
Brisbane Roar FC
FT
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Wellington Phoenix
FT
AS Port-Louis 2000
Al Hilal Omdurman
FT
CAPS United FC
00
TP Mazembe Englebert
FT
Kedus Giorgis
Leopards de Dolisie
FT
Bidvest Wits
00
Al Ahly
FT
AS Vita Club
Gambia Ports Authority
FT
AS Tanda
12
Etoile du Sahel
FT
Enugu Rangers
Zamalek
AP
Barrack Young Controllers
Ferroviario Beira *
FT
Horoya
Esperance Sportive de Tunis
FT
Mbabane Swallows
Azam FC
FT
APEJES Academy
10
ASEC Mimosas
FT
SuperSport United
Al Ahly Shendi
Canc.
RSLAF
??
Club Africain
AP
Hilal Obayed *
Sanga Balende
March 19
Postp.
JS Saoura
??
MC Alger
Postp.
MC Oran
??
JS Kabylie
Postp.
USM Alger
??
CA Batna
March 19
FT
Thika United
Tusker FC
Postp.
Mathare United
??
Muhoroni Youth FC
FT
Muhoroni Youth FC
Kariobangi Sharks
Postp.
Ulinzi Stars
??
Western Stima
FT
Sofapaka
SoNy Sugar
FT
Nakumatt
AFC Leopards
March 19
FT
JSK Chabab Kasba Tadla
KACM
FT
KAC Kenitra
OCK Khouribga
FT
FAR Rabat
MAT Tetouan
FT
Hassania Agadir
Chabab Atlas Khenifra
FT
Highlands Park
Maritzburg United
FT
AS Gabes
CS Hammam-Lif
FT
CA Bizertin
Avenir de La Marsa
FT
US Tataouine
Stade Gabesien
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