Kendall Waston wrote his name into FC Cincinnati history as Major League Soccer’s newest franchise recorded their first victory in a 3-0 triumph against Portland Timbers.

Club captain Watson netted the first MLS goal in Cincinnati after 15 minutes to give the Orange and Blue a perfect start in front of 32,250 fans at Nippert Stadium.

Allan Cruz and Mathieu Deplagne extended the lead in the second half to get the Ohio-based side up and running in Week 3, while Larrys Mabiala was sent off for the Timbers.

Veteran United States international Jozy Altidore made a dream return from injury to net a later winner as Toronto FC edged out New England Revolution 3-2 at BMO Field.

Carles Gil had given the Revs a ninth-minute lead before Ayo Akinola and Jordan Hamilton flipped the game on its head at 2-1 before half-time.

Former Spain Under-21 international Gil levelled the scores up after the break but Altidore came off the bench to score a decisive strike for the Reds on 80 minutes, several months after being sidelined with an ankle injury.

Mexico international Carlos Vela saved the day for Los Angeles FC, twice scoring equalising goals to spoil the party for New York FC at Yankee Stadium.

Romanian striker Alexandru Mitrita struck his first goal since joining NYCFC as a designated player in the off-season on 39 minutes, but Vela pounced four minutes later.

Alexander Ring restored the Blues lead on 62 minutes before Vela made sure he had the final word from the penalty spot on 76 minutes to earn a share of the spoils.

 

A thriller in the Bronx ends with a share of the spoils.#NYCvLAFC pic.twitter.com/OHM9dIDKQt

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Johnny Russell saved the day for Sporting KC when he scored in the 88th minute to deny Colorado Rapids a victory.

Diego Rubio had opened the scoring on 54 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The points were also shared at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as defending MLS Cup champions Atlanta United were held by Philadelphia Union.

Brenden Aaronson’s 47th-minute strike had set the visitors up for an upset victory, until Ezequiel Barco levelled the game at 1-1 on 70 minutes.

Claiming that Briana Williams is currently only operating at about 60 per cent of capacity, Coach Ato Boldon said she was not satisfied with her winning time in the 60m dash at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory in New York last weekend.

Briana Williams has pulled out of this weekend’s Bob Hayes Classic in Jacksonville, Florida, just days after she won the 60m dash in a personal best 7.28 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Nationals on Sunday.

Usain Bolt, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist, it was announced on Tuesday, as the global spokesperson for the Bolt Mobility brand of personal electric scooters.

Los Angeles FC continued their strong start to the MLS season, while Atlanta United were held on Sunday.

Bob Bradley's LA made it two wins from two with a 4-1 thrashing of the Portland Timbers at the Banc of California Stadium.

Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christian Ramirez, Adama Diomande and Carlos Vela scored in a comprehensive victory.

Kaye headed in a 14th-minute opener from Vela's corner, only for Jeremy Ebobisse to bring the Timbers level from a set-piece of their own.

But Ramirez tapped in a cross on the stroke of half-time to restore the hosts' lead before they dominated the second half.

Vela's cross was put away by Diomande to complete a fine team move before the Mexican got on the scoresheet in the 68th minute.

Timbers midfielder Diego Chara picked up his second yellow card four minutes later to add to Portland's misery.

In Atlanta, the defending MLS Cup champions were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Cincinnati.

Josef Martinez's opener was cancelled out by a late Roland Lamah goal, leaving Frank de Boer's Atlanta winless through two games and earning Cincinnati their first MLS point.

De Boer has won just one of five competitive games since taking charge of Atlanta in December.

Elsewhere, Sporting Kansas City recorded a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union and New York City drew 0-0 with DC United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner as LA Galaxy, who unveiled a statue of former star David Beckham before the match, came from behind to beat Chicago Fire 2-1 in the opening round of the new MLS season.

The visitors had led through Charles Sapong's opener in the 49th minute, Galaxy defender Diego Polenta having gifted his opponent possession with a costly misplaced back pass.

Daniel Steres headed home the equaliser in the 68th minute, rising to meet a cross from 16-year-old substitute Efrain Alvarez.

And Ibrahimovic sealed all three points with 10 minutes to go, heading home a rebound after Chris Pontius' initial shot came back off the crossbar.  

Galaxy marked the opening match of the campaign by unveiling a statue of former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star Beckham - who played for Galaxy from 2007 until 2012 - outside their stadium in Carson, as well as posting video tributes to social media from West Coast hip hop veteran Snoop Dogg and former LA Lakers NBA star Kobe Bryant. 

Elsewhere on Saturday, another former Manchester United star, Portugal international Nani, came off the bench to make his first appearance in MLS, the forward playing a role in Orlando City's equaliser as they drew 2-2 at home to New York City.

Andre Shinyashiki's late goal rescued a point for 10-man Colorado Rapids, who gave up an early lead and had Axel Sjoberg sent off just 27 minutes into their 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers, which was played amid a heavy snow storm.

Minnesota United came from behind to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 away from home, Francisco Calvo and Romario Ibarra scoring in a four-minute spell mid-way through the second half for the visitors at BC Place Stadium.

Michael Bradley's brace helped Toronto ease to a 3-1 victory at Philadelphia Union, while Seattle Sounders were also comfortable winners, Jordan Morris netting twice in a 4-1 victory over newcomers Cincinnati. 

Montreal Impact responded to going a goal down by beating San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on the road.

Houston Dynamo survived the late dismissal of Matias Vera for a second bookable offence to draw 1-1 at home to Real Salt Lake.

Columbus Crew and Dallas were also held to a 1-1 home draws, by New York Red Bulls and New England respectively. 

Jamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell has revealed that his heart had stopped on Saturday when he collapsed at the NYRR Millrose Games.

The gofundme campaign launched by the family of Jamaican 3000m runner Kemoy Campbell got a major boost on Tuesday when the president of Reebok announced a US$50,000 donation towards the athlete’s medical expenses.

Campbell, who turned 28 in January, collapsed during the 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

Paramedics spent about 20 minutes reviving him before taking him to the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He was into a medically induced coma while doctors treated him.

On Tuesday, his family released a statement that Campbell had awakened and was speaking but was unable to recall anything about the incident that had captured global attention. They also announced that they had launched a campaign to raise funds to cover his medical expenses.

In response, Matt O’Toole President of Reebok issued a statement to Sports Illustrated in which he said that sportswear company would be donating US$50,000 towards the athlete’s medical expenses.

“Kemoy is an important part of the Reebok family, and we are so happy to hear that he is making great progress,” O’Toole said in the statement.

“As part of our family, we will stand behind him and support him in his recovery. We are making a contribution of $50,000 to help with his medical expenses.”

The Jamaican government, through its Sports Development Foundation (SDF), has also announced that they will also be contributing to Campbell's medical expenses. His family is trying to raise approximately US$100,000.

In August 2017, Campbell became the first Jamaican male distance runner to qualify for the final at the IAAF World Championships. He finished 10th in a time of 13:39.74.

 

 

Kemoy Campbell is awake and talking.

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule believes it was natural speed and strength work done in the preseason that propelled her to a national indoor 800m record at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

Jamaica’s men and women won their respective 4x200m relays at the Bullis Invitational at the Armory in New York on Saturday when Natoya Goule set a new Jamaican indoor record.

The men – Daniel Jamieson, Kavon Rattray, Jermaine Brown and Oshane Bailey – won a close race over the USA in 1:25.61. Coach Evans said the teams ran close on the first leg but the Jamaicans gradually pulled away to win.

The USA finished in second in 1:26.33 while Caribbean All-Star team was third in 1:30.12.

The women, Evans said, were comfortable winners.

Tamika Chambers, Verone Chambers, Tatiana Markland and Tovea Jenkins clocked 1:37.70 to the USA 1:40.70. France was third in 1:44.18.

In the 1000m, Jamaica's Natoya Goule set a new national record of 2:37.55.

Reggae Girl Nicole McClure was honoured in New York recently at the office of the Consulate General of Jamaica, 767 Third Avenue in New York at an event hosted by Team Jamaica Bickle marking its 25th anniversary of operations at the Penn Relays.

Veteran striker David Villa is set for a reunion with former Barcelona and Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe.

After New York City confirmed Villa, 36, would leave the club upon the expiration of his contract, the 2010 World Cup winner made the announcement via social media that he will be moving to the J.League.

Iniesta left Barca for Vissel Kobe in May, and the pair are poised to join forces again after starring together at Camp Nou from 2010 to 2013, as well as for Spain's national team.

"In my years as a professional footballer, I have had to make many important decisions. For an athlete, the ones made off the field are the hardest, and I find myself in another one of those moments now," Villa said.

"Throughout my career, I have always listened to my body, people around me, and my instinct most of all.

"In those moments of doubt, I hope that a sign, a detail or something gives me clarity. A new challenge awaits, Asia."

During his time in the MLS, Villa scored 80 goals in 126 appearances and earned a recall to the Spanish national team in 2017 – three years after his previous appearance for La Roja.

New York Red Bulls set up an Eastern Conference Finals clash against Atlanta United after both eased through in the MLS play-offs on Sunday.

The Red Bulls went into their tie against Columbus Crew trailing 1-0, but Daniel Royer's brace and Alex Muyl's goal saw them to a 3-0 second-leg win.

The 3-1 aggregate success moved the Supporters' Shield winners into the conference finals, where Atlanta await.

Josef Martinez's double helped Atlanta past New York City 3-1 – and 4-1 on aggregate – in their semi-final.

At Red Bull Arena, Muyl put the Red Bulls ahead in the 17th minute to level the tie, but they had to wait until the second half to seal their success.

Royer completed a team move in the 73rd minute before unleashing a fine strike from 20 yards soon after to seal the hosts' win.

Atlanta, already in control of their tie, took command earlier, with Martinez opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute.

Miguel Almiron's superb free-kick doubled their lead and Martinez sealed their win after Maxime Chanot had given City some hope away from home.

In the Western Conference, Sporting Kansas City booked a spot in the finals against the Portland Timbers.

Daniel Salloi scored twice as Sporting recorded a 4-2 win at home to Real Salt Lake, sealing a 5-3 aggregate success.

Eric Remedi scored the first goal of his career as Atlanta United edged past New York City 1-0 in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semi-final.

In a bruising affair, Argentinian Remedi's solitary goal

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