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Angels Links: MLS teams go down in CONCACAF Champions League again

Also matchfixing, joint World Cup bids, and a former Napoli star strikes.

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Vancouver Whitecaps ousted from CONCACAF Champions League by Tigres

Vancouver Whitecaps scored early in their game, but were unable to win, going down 2-1, and 4-1 on aggregate against Tigres. Brek Shea scored in the 3rd minute, but was forced off with an injury 10 mins in. This was really a microcosm of the game for the Whitecaps, some good moments but not enough to win. This, combined with FC Dallas’ 3-1 defeat to Pachuca on Tuesday was yet another chapter of heartbreak when it comes to MLS teams playing teams from Liga MX.

Dortmund vs Bayern this weekend might not be as exciting as usual

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been the two highest profile teams in the Bundesliga in recent times. However with Bayern’s lead at the top of the table, and Champions League matches looming for both teams, ESPN FC’s Raphael Honigstein thinks this version of Dortmund vs Bayern might not be as good as past ones.

Coach of lower level Spanish team detained in match fixing scandal

The coach and general director of Eldense, a team in the 3rd division of Spanish football, were arrested in a matchfixing scandal in relation to their 12-0 loss to the Barcelona B team. An Eldense player came forward saying some of his teammates were in on the fix, and given the disparity of the scoreline, its not hard to imagine there were some shenanigans going on.

USA, Mexico, and Canada considering combined bid for 2026 World Cup

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has said that the USA, Mexico and Canada are considering a bid for the 2026 World Cup. There has only been one combined World Cup, 2002 with South Korea and Japan, and no World Cups hosted by 3 countries. However, new FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed his hope for more joint bids, as they would allow more countries to host that otherwise wouldn’t normally get to host.

Gonzalo Higuain scores twice against Napoli as Juventus win their Coppa Italia matchup 5-4 on aggregate

Gonzalo Higuain netted twice against his former team Napoli, who won the game 3-2, but lost 5-4 on aggregate to Juventus. Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, and Lorenzo Insigne scored for Napoli, but it was not enough to overturn the deficit. Juventus face Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on June 2nd.

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