Real Madrid kept their hopes for a three-peat in the Champions League on track with a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the game for Los Merengues, Bale scoring the first goal on a tremendous volley, and then added an assist, setting up Ronaldo who scored the last two goals for Real. This was a nice win for Madrid after a shaky start in the league, and Dortmund will hope to salvage their Champions League hopes after two straight defeats to start their campaign.
The protest of kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality started by Colin Kaepernick, and re-ignited by Donald Trump’s divisive comments over the weekend spread to NWSL this weekend, specifically to the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City game. Several players from each team remained in the locker room during the anthem, including Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe, Yael Averbuch, Elli Reed, Madalyn Schiffel, Desiree Scott, Lauren Barnes, Diana Matheson, and Becky Sauerbrunn, current USWNT captain. Megan Rapinoe was the first non-football player to kneel during the anthem when she did so last year during a USWNT game. Leroux talked about how having a son changed her, and said about her decision to protest “I have a baby and I want him to look up to me and be proud of me and be proud of what I stand for.” With Rapinoe starting the trend, and many protests occurring in the WNBA in the past year, women have carried the banner for protest without nearly as much publicity as their male counterparts, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the them continue in NWSL as the season shifts into the playoffs.
Fredy Montero and the team are doing well in his first year with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Now he is ready for his return to Seattle on Wednesday, after spending four seasons with the Seattle Sounders. He has quite the history there, having scored the Sounders’ first ever MLS goal, and tallied 45 goals and 34 assists with the team. Montero says that it will be strange being back in Seattle, but he is dedicated to the Whitecaps and to getting the three points in the game. We’ll see who comes out on top tonight, Montero’s old team or his new team.
Bayern Munich visit the French capital on Wednesday to take on Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League, and they are not having the greatest start to the season. They are coming off a disappointing home draw with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, and while their first Champions league game was a 3-0 win, the story of the game was Bayern’s relatively poor play and player unhappiness. A win against the other big team in their group, PSG, might set Bayern’s season back on track.
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