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Angels Links: Dempsey does it again

Also Patrice Evra kicked a fan and probably won’t be kicking a soccer ball anytime soon.

MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dempsey the difference between Seattle and Vancouver as Seattle advance

Clint Dempsey scored early in the second half, and again late to seal the second leg for the Seattle Sounders against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday. This game between Seattle and Vancouver was tight just like the last one. The difference is with Dempsey back, he was able to apply that finishing touch to add goals to this tie. The first goal was from a great move down the left by Cristian Roldan that Dempsey took on his left foot and finished off. The second goal was scored by Dempsey at the back post on a great ball by Victor Rodriguez from a short corner. This is very disappointing from Vancouver’s side of things, they only needed a score draw to advance, but they were barely able to muster any attack to speak of. For Seattle, they are moving on to the Western Conference finals and a possible matchup with their archrivals, the Portland Timbers.

Raheem Sterling having a stellar season, and proving Manchester City don’t need Alexis Sanchez

Depending on what rumor you believe, Alexis Sanchez was almost a Manchester City player at this past transfer deadline. The purposed odd man out would’ve been Engand international Raheem Sterling. Indeed, even though Sanchez is not at City, Sterling is still the odd man out, but in more of a headlines way, as teammates Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Gabriel Jesus grab most of the attention. Sterling has been stellar this year though, scoring seven goals in the league, and two crucial ones, an equalizer against Everton and a late winner against Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Sanchez has a single goal against Everton after that game had long been won by Arsenal. Sterling has been up and down at City since his move from Liverpool, but he seems to be hitting his stride at the right time for the Sky Blues.

Patrice Evra sent off before a game for kicking a fan

Channeling his compatriot and fellow former Manchester United player Eric Cantona, Patrice Evra was being heckled by some fans and kicked one during warmups, leading to him being sent off before Marseille’s Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday. Marseille have not had a great season so far, and some Marseille fans let Evra know that, among other things. Since this was before the game, Marseille were still able to field 11 players during the game. Evra will probably receive a suspension for much longer than just this one game though.

Diego Valeri a perfect fit in Portland

Going into the second leg of their playoff match up against the Houston Dynamo, The Portland Timbers are facing an injury crisis. Already missing Fanendo Adi long term to an injury, Sebastian Blanco missed the last game after he burned his foot by spilling boiling water on it, and Darlington Nagbe and Diego Chara both left the first leg with a hamstring injury and a broken foot, respectively. However, Portland will have their most important player ready to go in Diego Valeri. Valeri has had an MVP level season this year for the Timbers, and has been a mainstay on the field for them for a long time. As Katelyn Best of Four Four Two describes though, Valeri has been just as good of a fit off the field as he has been on the field.

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