Both Toronto and New England Revolution will advance from Group C at the MLS is Back Tournament after playing out a goalless draw in Tuesday's early match.

The unbeaten top two in the pool could not be separated despite some big chances, meaning they are each guaranteed to at least qualify as a best-ranked third-placed side on five points apiece.

Toronto's Ayo Akinola has five goals already in the competition but failed to add to his tally as the goalkeepers excelled at either end, with Matt Turner twice denying the in-form forward.

Akinola also saw the late award of a penalty overturned after a VAR review showed DeJuan Jones' desperate foul occurred outside the area.

Orlando City clinched top spot in Group A of the MLS is Back Tournament courtesy of their 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union.

Monday's draw was enough for Orlando to win the group ahead of Philadelphia due to their superior goal difference after both teams finished on seven points from three matches.

Ilsinho came off the bench to put the Union ahead in the 68th minute at Walt Disney Resort in Florida, where his effort from a difficult angle broke the deadlock.

But Orlando hit back just two minutes later through Mauricio Pereyra after he got on the end of Nani's cross.

New York City had defeated Inter Miami 1-0 earlier in the day to eliminate David Beckham's expansion franchise in Group A.

Inter Miami are yet to win a match since entering the league at the start of the 2020 season.

Inter Miami have been eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament after a 1-0 loss to New York City extended their winless start.

Diego Alonso's team suffered a fifth successive loss, leaving them with the longest winless start for an MLS expansion franchise.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored the 64th-minute winner as he beat the offside trap, brought down a long ball from Alexandru Mitrita and slotted home to keep New York's hopes of advancing as one of the best third-placed teams alive.

To compound Miami's misery, Juan Agudelo was sent off in the 90th minute for two cautions as he became the third different Inter player to be sent off in their opening five fixtures.

San Jose Earthquakes progressed to the last 16 of the MLS is Back Tournament as Group B winners, while Seattle Sounders joined them in the knockout stage.

The Earthquakes clinched top spot in the group thanks to Sunday's 2-0 victory over Chicago Fire in Orlando, Florida.

Chris Wondolowski added to his all-time leading MLS tally at Walt Disney World Resort, where Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring in the 56th minute.

After a goalless opening half, Espinoza was played into space by Earthquakes team-mate Jackson Yueill before firing past Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm.

Wondolowski then doubled the lead within seconds of his introduction – heading home Carlos Fierro's cross for the 37-year-old's 161st league goal.

The Fire, though, remain in the race to qualify for the knockout round.

Chicago could finish second behind San Jose if they beat Vancouver Whitecaps in their Group B finale.

The Sounders currently sit second on four points from their three matches – a point above the Fire with a plus-two goal difference and at least enough for one of the four best third-placed teams – after defeating the Whitecaps 3-0.

Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris and Raul Ruidiaz inspired the Sounders against the Whitecaps, who could still advance as one of the best third-placed teams with a big win against Chicago.

Diego Rossi scored four times as Los Angeles FC thrashed LA Galaxy 6-2 at the MLS is Back Tournament on Saturday.

Rossi starred at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as LAFC crushed their rivals in the Group F clash.

Galaxy led twice in the first half, with the opening goal coming when Latif Blessing put the ball into his own net.

Rossi equalised from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before Cristian Pavon converted a spot-kick at the other end to give Galaxy a 2-1 lead.

A rebound fell for Rossi to tuck away before half-time to send the teams into the break level.

Bradley Wright-Phillips curled a finish into the bottom corner for LAFC after a Brian Rodriguez pass before the latter also set up Rossi to complete his hat-trick.

Mohamed El Monir's 25-yard effort sealed Los Angeles FC's win before Rossi added his fourth with a tap in.

Bob Bradley's side are second in Group F with four points, while the Portland Timbers booked their spot in the last 16 with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Jeremy Ebobisse's brilliant finish and a Diego Valeri goal had the Timbers in control.

Alberth Elis' penalty brought Houston back into the game late before the forward picked up two yellow cards to be sent off.

Graham Zusi's 92nd-minute winner saw Sporting Kansas City overcome nine-man Colorado Rapids 3-2 in the MLS is Back Tournament.

The Rapids looked to have secured a point when Jonathan Lewis equalised with six minutes of normal time remaining after Diego Rubio and Jack Price had been sent off in Orlando, Florida on Friday.

But Zusi's deflected shot in stoppage time ensured Sporting KC snatched all three points in a dramatic Group D clash at Walt Disney World resort.

Colorado led through Kellyn Acosta's sixth-minute opener and it was not until the 65th minute that Sporting KC restored parity courtesy of Khiry Shelton from an acute angle.

Rapids forward Rubio was ruled to have handled Zusi's cross inside the box and sent off following a VAR review seven minutes later, and Alan Pulido converted the penalty.

After Colorado's Price was shown a straight red card for dissent moments later, Lewis found the far corner of the net to make it 2-2 in the 84th minute but Zusi's long-range attempt took a wicked deflection and looped over Rapids goalkeeper William Yarbrough in the second of 12 additional minutes.

It was Sporting KC's first win after two fixtures as they improved to three points, one point adrift of Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United.

RSL and Minnesota both had the chance to reach the last 16, however, the Western Conference foes played out a 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, DC United salvaged a 1-1 draw against New England Revolution in Group C.

Federico Higuain – the brother of Juventus forward Gonzalo – came off the bench and rescued a point with 18 minutes remaining following Adam Buksa's opener six minutes into the second half.

DC are still searching for their first win after back-to-back draws, while the Revolution are level with Toronto on four points.

Ayo Akinola stole the show for Toronto at the MLS is Back Tournament on Thursday, while Columbus Crew won again.

Akinola, 20, starred with a hat-trick in Toronto's thrilling 4-3 victory over the Montreal Impact at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The United States youth international helped Toronto to their first win in Group C, while Montreal were left without a point.

Toronto opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Richie Laryea, who cut inside from the left before finding the bottom corner.

Romell Quioto's finish in a one-on-one brought Montreal level before Akinola got on the end of an Alejandro Pozuelo cross to make it 2-1.

After a Saphir Taider penalty again levelled the contest, Akinola restored Toronto's lead following a Pozuelo pass.

Akinola showed off his strength before completing his hat-trick and Toronto held on despite another Taider penalty deep into additional time.

Columbus Crew booked their spot in the last 16 from Group E after a second straight win, beating the New York Red Bulls 2-0.

Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring before Lucas Zelarayan's low strike in the second half.

Jaap Stam secured his first win in charge of FC Cincinnati as Frankie Amaya's long-range goal downed nine-man Atlanta United 1-0 in the MLS is Back Tournament.

The game pitched together two former Netherlands team-mates with Frank de Boer in charge of Atlanta - and it was Stam who prevailed in the head-to-head contest with his compatriot thanks to a 78th-minute strike.

Amaya's goal was worthy of settling the contest too, as he curled home with his left foot from just outside the penalty area.

Atlanta - who have now suffered back-to-back defeats in Group E - were already a man light at that stage, Jake Mulraney receiving two yellow cards inside the opening 26 minutes at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

De Boer then saw substitute J.J. Williams dismissed deep into 13 minutes of additional time for kicking out at Kendall Waston.

Shea Salinas scored a fine individual goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time as San Jose Earthquakes produced a stunning comeback to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3 in the MLS is Back Tournament.

The Earthquakes trailed the Whitecaps 3-1 after 59 minutes in Orlando, Florida and were staring at their first Group B defeat on Wednesday.

But the Earthquakes – who drew their opening match – rallied midweek thanks to veteran striker Chris Wondolowski, Oswaldo Alanis and substitute Salinas' memorable 98th-minute solo run.

Opening their MLS is Back Tournament campaign, the Whitecaps made a fine start as they raced out to a 2-0 lead at Walt Disney World resort.

Ali Adnan's curled effort from the top of the penalty area put the Whitecaps ahead in the seventh minute before a Judson own goal following a swift counter-attack doubled Vancouver's lead 15 minutes later.

The Earthquakes gave themselves some hope on the stroke of half-time when Andres Rios reduced the deficit, only for Cristian Dajome to restore Vancouver's two-goal buffer approaching the hour-mark following a goalkeeping error.

Wondolowski came off the bench and kept San Jose in the contest with 18 minutes remaining – the league's all-time leading scorer improving his tally to 160.

The Earthquakes then drew level through Alanis nine minutes later before Salinas' moment of magic completed the breathtaking comeback.

Inter Miami slumped to another defeat at the MLS is Back Tournament, while Chris Mueller lifted Orlando City on Tuesday.

In their maiden season in MLS, Inter Miami are yet to grab a point after a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia Union in Group A in Florida.

Kai Wagner opened the scoring for Philadelphia in the fifth minute with a low strike from just outside the area.

But Inter Miami levelled before half-time through Rodolfo Pizarro, who capped off a fine team move to make it 1-1.

Kacper Przybylko found what proved to be the winner just after the hour-mark, finishing off a blistering counter-attack with a fine strike into the bottom corner.

Making matters worse for Inter Miami as they slumped to a fourth straight loss, defender Andres Reyes was sent off deep into additional time.

Philadelphia have booked their spot in the last 16 from Group A, and Orlando City did likewise after a 3-1 win over New York City.

Mueller produced a wonderful fourth-minute finish to open the scoring before doubling the lead six minutes later.

Jesus Medina's brilliant half-volley from 20 yards brought New York City back into the game, but Tesho Akindele sealed Orlando's win with a close-range header.

Mauricio Pineda scored a late winner as his first senior goal gave Chicago Fire a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders in the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

Defending MLS Cup champions Seattle had the better of the first half but fell behind in the Group B clash when Robert Beric displayed excellent composure to open the scoring in the 52nd minute after a pair of Sounders defenders inexplicably allowed him to latch on to a defensive clearance.

Seattle were level 15 minutes later when Handwalla Bwana slid home from Jordan Morris' left-wing pull back.

There was a sting in the tail, though, as Gaston Gimenez's corner made it all the way to the back post where Pineda settled the contest with a close-range volley.

Chicago are top after starting with a win, while Seattle have just a point from two games.

For most of the year, Lautaro Martinez has been tipped to leave Inter for Barcelona.

Barca are eyeing a long-term replacement for veteran forward Luis Suarez, though, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have impacted their transfer plans.

However, a blockbuster move could still be on the cards.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA STILL WANT TO SIGN LAUTARO

Barcelona remain keen on signing Inter star Lautaro Martinez at the end of the season, according to the front page of Tuesday's Mundo Deportivo.

Barca's interest in Martinez is well documented but a transfer has been put on hold as the LaLiga giants re-assess their plans after the Argentina forward's €111million release clause expired at the start of the month.

However, Barca head coach Quique Setien is reportedly considering three options in his pursuit to recruit Martinez.

Ousmane Dembele could be sold to raise funds or a swap deal involving Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti could be proposed to Inter, while a player plus cash offer including Junior Firpo is the third alternative.

 

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- The Mirror says Chelsea are ready to swap goalkeepers. Unhappy with the world's most expensive keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea are ready to use the Spaniard as a makeweight in a deal to sign Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak.

Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing in-demand Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai, reports Tuttosport. The Hungary teenager has been heavily linked to Milan and Napoli, as well as Arsenal.

Ajax are hopeful of keeping star goalkeeper Andre Onana for one more season, claims De Telegraaf. Onana has been linked to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Barca.

- Journalist Nicolo Schira reports Napoli are confident of reaching an agreement with Lille forward Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian has been tipped to join the Serie A side, who have prepared a five-year contract worth €3.5m per season amid talk of an €80m transfer.

- While Osimhen could arrive, Napoli are set to lose Arkadiusz Milik. Calciomercato claims Italian champions Juventus are interested, while the likes of Atletico, Tottenham and Roma are also keen. Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette is an alternative for Juve, as well as Atletico.

- According to Calciomercato, Edinson Cavani has turned down a move to David Beckham's Inter Miami in MLS. A free agent since leaving PSG, Cavani is reportedly wanted by Roma.

Everton and PSG both want to sign Napoli midfielder Allan, says Calciomercato. Napoli are looking to raise funds.

Manchester City will accelerate their rebuilding plans after having their Champions League ban overturned, claims the Telegraph. Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly – also linked to United, Liverpool and Real Madrid previously – is reportedly high on the list of targets, which includes Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Atletico star Saul Niguez.

Los Angeles FC rallied to rescue a 3-3 draw against Houston Dynamo in their MLS is Back Tournament opener, while Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened his account for LA Galaxy in a loss to Portland Timbers.

LAFC overcame a 3-1 half-time deficit to salvage a point in Monday's Group F showdown with Houston at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Both teams were opening their MLS is Back Tournament campaigns after the 2020 season was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc in the United States.

The Dynamo made the perfect start thanks to Memo Rodriguez's first-half brace, sandwiched in between Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal for LAFC before Alberth Elis put Houston 3-1 ahead in the fifth minute of added time.

While Houston dominated the opening 45 minutes, reigning Supporters' Shield holders LAFC fought back after the interval – Diego Rossi reducing the deficit with a thunderous strike in the 63rd minute.

Brian Rodriguez completed the comeback six minutes later when slotted underneath Dynamo goalkeeper Marko Maric.

With the result, Bob Bradley's LAFC became the second team in MLS history to play out two consecutive 3-3 draws after Chivas USA in July 2006 – the Los Angeles franchise drew 3-3 against Philadelphia Union prior to the postponement.

In Monday's other Group F match, Los Angeles rivals the Galaxy lost 2-1 against the 10-man Timbers.

Goals from Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco gave the Timbers a 2-0 lead after 66 minutes, following a goalless first half.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Hernandez – who arrived from Sevilla in January – scored his first Galaxy goal with two minutes of normal time remaining after Portland's Dario Zuparic was sent off in the 75th minute but it was not enough.

What does the future hold for PSG stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar?

Real Madrid have made no secret of their admiration for Mbappe, while Barcelona have tried to re-sign Neymar.

As PSG prepare for the 2020-21 campaign, the Ligue 1 holders have made some transfer decisions.

 

TOP STORY – PSG KEEPING MBAPPE, MAKE NEYMAR DECISION

Paris Saint-Germain will not sell Kylian Mbappe ahead of the 2020-21 season but Neymar's future remains uncertain, according to L'Equipe.

Mbappe has been tipped to make the move to Real Madrid in the future, however, Ligue 1 champions PSG have no intention of parting with the France international before next season.

But Neymar – continually linked with a return to Barcelona after leaving in a world-record transfer in 2017 – could leave as PSG look to avoid losing the Brazilian star on a free transfer in 2022.

 

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Chelsea are preparing their first offer for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. Journalist Nicolo Schira reports Chelsea will make a £62million (€70m) bid plus add-ons for Havertz amid interest from Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barca. To fund the transfer, Chelsea will look to sell Inter target Emerson Palmieri, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Jorginho, who would like to reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.

Luke Shaw could be sacrificed as United look to sign Leicester City's Ben Chilwell, claims the Mirror. United have reportedly leapfrogged Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for full-back Chilwell.

- Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter are interested in Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, who has also been linked to Madrid.

Willian has turned down a move to David Beckham's Inter Miami, reports the Telegraph. Willian's Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and he has been linked to Liverpool, United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

- Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is wanted by Russian champions Zenit, according to the Evening Standard.

- Calciomercato says Juventus are not the only club eyeing Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo. Jose Mourinho reportedly wants the Italy international at Tottenham, while Madrid and United are also believed to be interested.

- The Express claims Chelsea are stepping up their pursuit of United goalkeeper and Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson. Chelsea are ready to ask Manchester United for a price as Kepa Arrizabalaga struggles in London.

Minnesota United recorded a dramatic win over Sporting Kansas City at the MLS is Back Tournament, while Real Salt Lake also claimed a victory.

Trailing heading into stoppage time in Florida on Sunday, Minnesota struck twice to claim a 2-1 victory in Group D.

Sporting took the lead through Khiry Shelton, who beat Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller at his near post after a wonderful turn by Alan Pulido just before half-time.

Minnesota had a goal ruled out before Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia was sent off after bringing down Aaron Schoenfeld.

They capitalised on their numerical advantage in the second minute of additional time, a set-piece coming off Shelton to make it 1-1.

And Minnesota found a 97th-minute winner through Kevin Molino, who tucked away a finish from inside the area to snatch all three points.

Real Salt Lake scored once in each half in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Albert Rusnak opened the scoring approaching the half-hour mark and while he was denied by Clint Irwin from the penalty spot in the second half, Real Salt Lake sealed their win through Damir Kreilach's low strike from distance.

Earlier, the day's scheduled game between Toronto and DC United was postponed due to an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test and an inconclusive one.

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