Fiorentina took the field in their first match since the untimely passing of their captain Davide Astori, who passed away in his sleep last Sunday. The Fiorentina players all wore shirts with Astori’s No. 13 on them during warm ups, a banner reading “Ciao Davide” was held aloft by Fiorentina players, and during the 13th minute the game was stopped for a moment of applause for Astori. Fiorentina won the match 1-0, and at the final whistle all the Fiorentina players broke down in tears. This was a very emotional day for everyone, and it was moving to see all the tributes that were done for Davide Astori.
West Ham have had a trying week, and it all boiled over on Saturday. Earlier in the week there had been a a few fan protests that had been set up and the cancelled after, And a 3-0 home loss to Burnley was the straw the broke the camel’s back. After Burnley’s first goal, a fan ran onto the field and confronted Mark Noble before being shoved away. Then after the second Burnley goal hundreds of fans ran to the part of the stadium with the directors box, and yelled and chanted for the board to resign. This had definitely been a disappointing season for West Ham, who were thought to challenge for a European spot this year. But besides their struggles on the field, they must look at their safety and security measures to make sure there is not a repeat of what happened in London Stadium on Saturday.
Tottenham easily overcame Bournemouth on Sunday, but a damper was put on the game for Spurs and England fans as Harry Kane was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, this could be the worst time for it to occur for Kane and his teams, as Tottenham are trying to hang onto a Champions League spot, and the World Cup is only three months away, and Kane is probably England’s best player. There is no early indication for how bad the injury could be, but fans will be holding their breath as the tests are run and the injury is diagnosed.
Besides Los Angeles Football Club’s storming start to the season, maybe the biggest story in MLS has been what is happening with the Portland Timbers. Despite losing Darlington Nagbe, and parting ways with coach Caleb Porter, Portland were still considered to be a top contender, they did after all win the west in the regular season last year. Two games in though and things haven’t gone great. Portland lost their first game to the LA Galaxy, and didn’t look particularly good while doing so. Then on Saturday night the Timbers got crushed 4-0 against the New York Red Bulls, who rested almost all of their starters in the game. It’s only two games in, but there is some concern to be had. Stumptown Footy, the Portland Timbers blog for SB Nation, takes a look at what went wrong on Saturday vs the New York Red Bulls.
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