Portland vs Orlando

Portland vs Orlando Live: The time has almost come. Tomorrow, Orlando City will play in its first final since joining Major League Soccer when it takes on the Portland Timbers in the MLS is Back Tournament final.To prepare for the monumental occasion, I spoke with Grant Little of Stumptown Footy and he was kind enough to tell me what Lions fans should expect from the Timbers in tomorrow’s match.

Those final few minutes, just before kickoff, have been mapped out with almost military precision. At exactly 8:50 p.m. local time, a disinfected Champions League match ball will be placed on a ceremonial plinth. At 8:53 p.m., the players will leave their locker rooms. The teams will enter the field, separately, no more than two and a half minutes later.

At 8:57 p.m., as the strains of the Champions League anthem blare out of the stadium’s speakers, the players will face the stands — all but empty — while maintaining social distancing: a meter between each player. Team photos are at 8:57 p.m. and 50 seconds but the photojournalists do not have long to take them: the coin toss is at 8:58.

And then, at 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, European soccer will enter uncharted territory. After months of planning, weeks of uncertainty, hours of meetings and hundreds upon hundreds of pages of protocols and instructions, the strangest, most intense Champions League in history will finally begin its (belated) push to the final.

Rather than providing a slow-burn climax to the European season, with the final three rounds of games held over almost two months and staged across the continent, the Champions League, the most coveted prize in club soccer, will be settled in only 10 days and in one city: Lisbon.

If, that is, the coronavirus allows it. Already one team is facing a possible outbreak: Atlético Madrid reported Sunday that two members of its traveling party had tested positive.Per the rules, the two players — Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko — were isolated from the rest of the team, and on Monday Atlético announced that it would return to training and continue its preparations for a Thursday quarterfinal against RB Leipzig. That, too, is allowed; even amid a locker-room outbreak, a team can keep playing as long as the club can field 11 starters and two reserves who test negative.

The entire knockout round, in fact, is an abrupt break from history, and not one UEFA — the competition’s organizer, and European soccer’s governing body — is eager to repeat. Nor is it quite as pure a Champions League as anyone might have hoped, since there are vast differences in the preparations of the eight teams that have made it. Paris St.-Germain, which plays the opening match against Italy’s Atalanta on Wednesday, has played only two competitive games since March.

Bayern Munich had a monthlong break between the German Cup final and its meeting with Chelsea on Saturday, a layoff that Oliver Kahn, the club’s forthcoming chief executive, worries might be a disadvantage.The teams from England, Italy and Spain, meanwhile, might complain of a lack of rest. The Serie A season only finished on the first weekend of August, after a grueling schedule of 10 games in little more than six weeks. The Premier League campaign ended in the last week of July.

And then, of course, there are the myriad demands being placed on the teams to ensure the tournament can play to a finish. “I have a feeling that whichever team handles all of these fears and responsibilities the best has a big chance to win,” Kahn said.

Those requirements touch almost every aspect of each team’s preparation. Last week, representatives of all 12 clubs still involved in the competition at that stage joined an online call with UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, to go over what the tournament would look like.

They were presented with three sets of slides, amounting to more than 130 pages — as well as being sent the 31-page “Return To Play” protocol governing almost every aspect of their stay in Portugal.

As well as detailing where each team will stay and train in the city, the slides informed them that they would be afforded 210 bottles of water, as well as 90 bottles of Gatorade, every day at their appointed training facility; that they can ask for up to 50 kilograms of ice to be made available during training sessions and games; and that they must supply not only photos but the dimensions of their team buses, if they were planning on providing their own.

They were presented with maps of the stadiums they will use, detailing where, precisely, their players will be allowed to warm up. So-called “fast feet” exercises must take place away from the playing surface, and the area in front of each goal-mouth must not be touched. Players will not be permitted to perform warm downs on the field at all, to protect the turf as much as possible for other matches.

They were walked through the testing schedule for each of their players — one before setting off for Lisbon, one immediately upon arrival, one the day before each game. The results will be returned to them no more than six hours before kickoff — to ensure that the competition does not see an outbreak of the sort that has disrupted several major sports in the United States.Major League Soccer today announced its schedule for the initial phase of the continuation of the 2020 regular season, with Sounders FC set to play its first match following the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando on Sunday, August 23 against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park (7:00 p.m. PT / FS1). The initial slate of six matches includes other road fixtures against the LA Galaxy (August 26) and Real Salt Lake (September 2). The club returns to CenturyLink Field for the first time since March with an August 30 home date against Los Angeles FC (7:00 p.m. PT / FS1), with other home matches scheduled against Portland (September 6) and San Jose (September 10). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, these home matches are scheduled to be played without fans.

Due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, MLS announced today the initial phase of the league’s revised schedule with each U.S. club playing six matches by September 14. Major League Soccer continues to work with the league’s three Canadian clubs regarding plans to continue the regular season. More details on schedules for the Canadian teams will be announced in the near future. MLS plans to announce the balance of the regular season schedule by early September as the league continues to work with infectious disease experts, league and club medical personnel, and government officials in all markets in charting a course for the completion of the 2020 season.

MLS Cup Final 2020

Portland Timbers vs Orlando City: MLS is Back Tournament final live stream, TV channel, odds, watch online

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The MLS is Back Tournament will draw to a close Tuesday night with the Portland Timbers and Orlando City playing in the tournament final. The Timbers have impressed throughout their entire tournament while Orlando has turned heads throughout their campaign as well under new head coach Oscar Pareja. Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Match information

  • Date: Tuesday, Aug. 11
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  • Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: Orlando +150; Draw +250; Portland +175 (via William Hill Sportsbook)

Storylines

Orlando City: The pressure is off the team as they have surprised throughout the tournament advancing all the way to the final under a new head coach. Orlando will be without forward Dom Dwyer, but will likely rely on team captain Nani, who has been an anchor for the team throughout the tournament. Orlando will be facing an experienced Portland side, but maintaining expectations during this competition has kept the team playing loose and fluidly.

Portland Timbers: The Timbers have had an impressive tournament to date, going unbeaten in the group stage, and winning their semifinal against Philadelphia Union thanks to goals from Jeremy Ebobisse and tournament MVP candidate Sebastian Blanco. The team has been playing its best soccer in the knockout round, combining strong individual performances from young talent and veteran players. If the midfield continues to dictate the flow, they could have another winning performance.

Prediction

Championships are won with full team performances and Portland has offense and defense connecting into the final. Pick: Portland 2, Orlando 1

Wolfsburg vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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Shakhtar Donetsk is looking to build on its lead Wednesday as Europa League play resumes with their round of 16 second leg against Wolfsburg. Shakhtar won the first leg back in March 2-1 as they stole home-field advantage from Wolfsburg. It’s a slim margin for goals, and the winner of the match could face Basel or Frankfurt in the quarterfinal.

You can stream every match on CBS All Access. Sign up now and enjoy one month of CBS All Access for free ahead of the opening match. If you’re a CBS All Access subscriber looking for a match that’s live right now, go directly to the UEFA Europa League page. Every match will be available on demand shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Match information

So who should you back in the Europa League round of 16? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the money line has all the value in every Europa League match, all from the proprietary European soccer model that’s up an eye-popping 13,800 percent.

Storylines

Shakhtar Donetsk: The Ukrainian powerhouse is returning to Europa League action with a ton of momentum thanks to a five-match unbeaten run. They will be short a key player in Ismaily who is out with a knee injury, and will likely look for others to step up and have an impact, so watch for Brazilian midfielder Tete in this match. The team is coming off winning the Ukranian Premier League for the fourth consecutive season, and is looking to continue their undefeated streak since their return play against an injured Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg: The team finds itself on the bad end of a long injury list ahead of this match with several players unavailable, including two outsides backs in William and Paulo Otavio. Right winger Renato Steffen is also suspended. American fans have eyes on John Brooks as a player to watch, as the German side tries to continue its Europa League journey. The squad is facing a huge obstacle with so many key players unavailable, but is no strangers to Europa League knockout round scenarios, as it has advanced twice to the Europa League quarters.

Prediction

Shakhtar Donetsk is without a key player, but it will find a way to build through on goal. PickShakhtar Donetsk 2, Wolfsburg 1

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg on CBS All Access: UEFA Europa League live stream, TV, how to watch online

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Shakhtar Donetsk is looking to build on its lead Wednesday as Europa League play resumes with their round of 16 second leg against Wolfsburg. Shakhtar won the first leg back in March 2-1 as they stole home-field advantage from Wolfsburg. It’s a slim margin for goals, and the winner of the match could face Basel or Frankfurt in the quarterfinal.

You can stream every match on CBS All Access. Sign up now and enjoy one month of CBS All Access for free ahead of the opening match. If you’re a CBS All Access subscriber looking for a match that’s live right now, go directly to the UEFA Europa League page. Every match will be available on demand shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Match information

So who should you back in the Europa League round of 16? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the money line has all the value in every Europa League match, all from the proprietary European soccer model that’s up an eye-popping 13,800 percent.

Storylines

Shakhtar Donetsk: The Ukrainian powerhouse is returning to Europa League action with a ton of momentum thanks to a five-match unbeaten run. They will be short a key player in Ismaily who is out with a knee injury, and will likely look for others to step up and have an impact, so watch for Brazilian midfielder Tete in this match. The team is coming off winning the Ukranian Premier League for the fourth consecutive season, and is looking to continue their undefeated streak since their return play against an injured Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg: The team finds itself on the bad end of a long injury list ahead of this match with several players unavailable, including two outsides backs in William and Paulo Otavio. Right winger Renato Steffen is also suspended. American fans have eyes on John Brooks as a player to watch, as the German side tries to continue its Europa League journey. The squad is facing a huge obstacle with so many key players unavailable, but is no strangers to Europa League knockout round scenarios, as it has advanced twice to the Europa League quarters.

Prediction

Shakhtar Donetsk is without a key player, but it will find a way to build through on goal. PickShakhtar Donetsk 2, Wolfsburg 1

Shakhtar Donetsk vs VfL Wolfsburg

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg on CBS All Access: UEFA Europa League live stream, TV, how to watch online

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Shakhtar Donetsk is looking to build on its lead Wednesday as Europa League play resumes with their round of 16 second leg against Wolfsburg. Shakhtar won the first leg back in March 2-1 as they stole home-field advantage from Wolfsburg. It’s a slim margin for goals, and the winner of the match could face Basel or Frankfurt in the quarterfinal.

You can stream every match on CBS All Access. Sign up now and enjoy one month of CBS All Access for free ahead of the opening match. If you’re a CBS All Access subscriber looking for a match that’s live right now, go directly to the UEFA Europa League page. Every match will be available on demand shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Match information

So who should you back in the Europa League round of 16? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the money line has all the value in every Europa League match, all from the proprietary European soccer model that’s up an eye-popping 13,800 percent.

Storylines

Shakhtar Donetsk: The Ukrainian powerhouse is returning to Europa League action with a ton of momentum thanks to a five-match unbeaten run. They will be short a key player in Ismaily who is out with a knee injury, and will likely look for others to step up and have an impact, so watch for Brazilian midfielder Tete in this match. The team is coming off winning the Ukranian Premier League for the fourth consecutive season, and is looking to continue their undefeated streak since their return play against an injured Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg: The team finds itself on the bad end of a long injury list ahead of this match with several players unavailable, including two outsides backs in William and Paulo Otavio. Right winger Renato Steffen is also suspended. American fans have eyes on John Brooks as a player to watch, as the German side tries to continue its Europa League journey. The squad is facing a huge obstacle with so many key players unavailable, but is no strangers to Europa League knockout round scenarios, as it has advanced twice to the Europa League quarters.

Prediction

Shakhtar Donetsk is without a key player, but it will find a way to build through on goal. PickShakhtar Donetsk 2, Wolfsburg 1

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Copenhagen

FC Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir

Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir

Copenhagen will take on Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday as Europa League play resumes. The Turkish club won the first leg on a late-game penalty kick back in March at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium. It’s a narrow lead to take into Copenhagen, and whichever team advances will likely face Manchester United in the quarterfinal.

You can stream every match on CBS All Access. Sign up now and enjoy one month of CBS All Access for free ahead of the opening match. If you’re a CBS All Access subscriber looking for a match that’s live right now, go directly to the UEFA Europa League page. Every match will be available on demand shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Match information

So who should you back in the Europa League round of 16? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the money line has all the value in every Europa League match, all from the proprietary European soccer model that’s up an eye-popping 13,800 percent.

Storylines

Copenhagen: The host side is staring down a narrow deficit, but has won two of the last three matches in the Danish Superliga championship round. If the players can connect and find scoring chances in the early stages, the club will find themselves in good shape to reach the quarterfinal. Twenty-one-year-old playmaker Jonas Wind could prove to be a player to watch — he’s capable of setting up his teammates and scoring goals.

Istanbul Basaksehir: The Turkish side needs to build on its lead earlier in order to keep their Europa League journey going. The club was unable to score in the run of play despite having good looks on goal the last time these two clubs faced off, and scored only after converting on a late game penalty kick in the 88th minute. They’re fresh off winning the Turkish Super Lig for the first time in club history and punching a ticket to the Champions League group stage next season. Look for winger Edin Visca to try and have an impact in this game.

Prediction

Istanbul Basaksehir will carry their recent momentum into this match and advance on a narrow margin once again. Pick: Copenhagen 0, Istanbul Basaksehir 1

 

PSG vs Sochaux

PSG vs Sochaux Ce mercredi 3 août à 19h, le Paris Saint-Germain affrontera le FC Sochaux lors d’une rencontre amicale dans un Parc des Princes à huis clos. Omar Daf, entraîneur des Jaune et Bleu, s’est exprimé dans L’Est Républicain à propos de cette rencontre qui est un événement pour les joueurs et les supporters sochaliens.

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Il va falloir faire un match très sérieux, jouer avec nos forces. A nous d’être intelligents, d’aborder ce match avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme tout en sachant que derrière, les Parisiens ont des objectifs européens. »

Se déplacer au Parc des Princes pour y affronter le PSG est forcément un moment unique pour les jeunes joueurs qui pourront affronter certaines de leurs idoles. De son côté, le club de la capitale peut poursuivre sa préparation face à un adversaire pensionnaire de Ligue 2. De quoi avoir une certaine opposition sans, normalement, prendre des risques. Le principal objectif des Parisiens est de jouer une rencontre afin de garder le rythme. Il s’agit de travail et d’un peu de prudence.

Le score de ce match ne sera absolument pas révélateur puisque le plus important est de donner du temps de jeu à la plupart des joueurs de l’effectif. Surtout à ceux qui ne sont pas encore à 100% physiquement afin qu’ils soient aptes le 12 août prochain lors du quart de finale de Ligue des Champions face à l’Atalanta de Bergame. On compte sur Sochaux pour faire un match sérieux, profiter du moment, sans aller dans l’excès d’engagement.

A huge rescue operation and an international aid effort got underway Wednesday, less than 24 hours after much of Beirut was buried by rubble and choked by smoke in a colossal explosion Tuesday afternoon.

At least 100 people have been killed and 4,000 injured, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettana, told LBCI, a local broadcaster on Wednesday. Those figures look set to rise with hospitals overwhelmed and victims still trapped underneath debris.

Chargers vs Seahawks

Chargers vs Seahawks The San Francisco Giants took two games from the Texas Rangers to win their first series of the year. Now they take that momentum on the road for a dangerous and difficult 10-game trip, which starts with a four-game series at the greatest hitter’s park on earth.

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Who: San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

When: Monday (5:40 p.m.), Tuesday (5:40 p.m.), Wednesday (5:40 p.m.) and Thursday (12:10 p.m.)

National broadcasts: Thursday (ESPN+)

Where they stand

San Francisco Giants

Record: 5-5, fourth place in the NL West

Run differential: -11, eighth in the MLB West

Postseason standing: Sole possession of the second Wild Card in the NL

Colorado Rockies

Record: 6-2, first place in the NL West

Run differential: +19, second in the MLB West

Postseason standing: Second seed in the NL

Three Giants to watch

Johnny CuetoCueto hasn’t been great to start the year, having just 7 strikeouts to 4 walks, while allowing 5 earned runs in 7.2 innings. Going into Coors Field, the Giants will need some surprising pitching outcomes if they want to succeed. Cueto’s the best bet there.

Brandon BeltI thought about doing Belt and Evan Longoria as a duo here, but I already wrote about Longo for the weekly preview. So let’s focus on Belt, who has only had two starts since returning from the Injured List.

Belt has already shown the keen eye we’ve grown accustomed to, having walked in half of his 10 plate appearances. But he doesn’t yet have a hit in the other half. That’s way too small of a sample size to be concerned about (especially given how valuable walks are), but if Belt can return to something near All-Star form, that will add a huge presence to the middle of the lineup.

Hunter PenceIt wasn’t until Sunday — the Giants tenth game of the year — that Pence got his first hit of the season, a booming triple into triple’s alley. Can that turn things around for him? There’s no better place to start to find momentum as a hitter than Coors Field.

The Giants are only scheduled to face one left-handed starting pitcher though, so it won’t be the easiest task for Pence.

Three Rockies to watch

Nolan ArenadoWe all know what Arenado does against the Giants. He can sweep them on his own if he decides to.

German MarquezMarquez is a very nice pitcher, something that is often not realized because he plays in a park where pitchers go to die. His start to the year has been spectacular, as he’s allowed just 6 hits and 4 walks in 11.2 innings, while striking out 14.

He’s a righty, and Giants have hit better against righties than lefties this year (.740 vs. .701 OPS), so it should be a fun matchup on Tuesday.

Daniel MurphyAfter a down year in 2019, Murphy has been mashing to start the season, going .364/.440/.545 in 25 plate appearances. The Giants will be throwing a bunch of righties onto the mound in Colorado, so controlling Murphy’s left-handed bat is a big key this series.

Best case/worst case

Best case scenario: The Giants offense started to click over the last week. As a team, they rank 12th in wRC+ and 11th in position player fWAR. Those aren’t great numbers, but an above-average offense is comfortably better than what any of us had reason to expect.

So where better to keep that going than at Coors Field, the place where soft line drives are triples, and routine flyouts leave the park?

The best case scenario is not just the Giants winning the series, but also having such an offensive explosion that they continue to build on the confidence they’ve been gaining.

Worst case scenario: After leaving Denver, the Giants have three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers (in a hitter’s park), and three games against the Houston Astros (in a hitter’s park), with no off days. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say those are historically great offenses.

The worst case scenario is the Giants giving up so many runs at Coors Field — an easy thing to do — that their pitching staff is entirely depleted heading into those six brutal games.