Jozy Altidore has expressed his discontent at Red Bull fans for booing him (and Michael Bradley) in Toronto FC’s 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday. He called the fans “classless“ and said “there is no loyalty anymore,“ after he and Bradley were booed by fans of their former club. He said he can understand disappointment with missing the World Cup, but that he expected more respect from the fans that used to support him. Toronto will head back home for the second leg on Sunday with two crucial away goals, one of which was — stop me if you’ve heard this before — a Sebastian Giovinco free kick goal from right outside the box, that Luis Robles had no chance to save.
In the Western Conference matchup last night, there was a different sort of drama. The Houston Dynamo hosted the Portland Timbers, and while the match ended in a scoreless draw, it was not without tension. Both teams missed clear chances on goal, and Portland had a penalty against them reversed after the referee took a look at the replay of Larrys Mabiala's sliding tackle on Alberth Elis. To add to some injury issues for Portland, midfielder Diego Chara broke a bone in his foot in the match, while Darlington Nagbe (hamstring) and Mabiala (hip) also left with injuries (Portland had to use all three subs for injuries). Chara is out for the return leg, while Nagbe and Mabiala may be able to play. Add these three to the injury list already consisting of forward Fanendo Adi, winger Sebastian Blanco and midfielder David Guzman, and it just keeps getting a bit harder for Portland in these playoffs.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will make a late call on whether Harry Kane will be in the lineup against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Pochettino has said he is “very confident“ Kane will be able to go on Wednesday, but does not want to make a decision too early. Kane is coming off a minor hamstring strain, which kept him out of action over the weekend, but it appears he should be good to go. On the other side, Real Madrid is struggling with injuries of their own, as they will be without Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Raphael Varane.
Chelsea supporters 'attacked' by masked Roma fans with metal bars in Irish pub ahead of Champions League clash
As Chelsea prepare to play Roma today, Chelsea supporters were reportedly attacked by some masked Roma fans with metal bars in downtown Rome last night. The incident reportedly took place at Shamrock Irish Pub, which is near the Colosseum in Rome. Italian police arrived on the scene and arrested two Roma supporters after about 40 Chelsea supporters in the bar were attacked. No serious injuries have been sustained, which is good news, and about 2,000 Chelsea fans are expected for tonight’s clash at the Stadio Olimpico, after a five-goal thriller in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
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