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Fuel Soccer Talk: Victory ends with a 3-0 win; MLS Power Rankings are in; FIFA Puskas award finalists set

US women wrap up Victory Tour with 3-0 win in St. Paul

Carli Lloyd scored twice and Lindsey Horan added a goal of her own on the U.S. women’s national team’s latest Victory Tour stop, a 3-0 victory over Portugal in front of 19,600 fans at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. The 2019 Women’s World Cup winners have beaten Ireland and Portugal (twice), by a combined score of 10-0 during their World Cup victory lap around the country.

Lloyd opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, simply by being in the right place at the right time. She was denied with his initial attempt, as was Jessica McDonald with her follow-up effort, but the ball returned to Lloyd near the corner of the six-yard box, with the goal wide open.

Lloyd made it 2-0 from the penalty spot just 10 minutes later. Tobin Heath was tripped just on the edge of the penalty area and the USA was awarded a penalty kick. Lloyd went high and right with the shot beating goalkeeper Ines Teixeira Pereira, who went the right way on the shot but still couldn’t stop it.

The US out shot the Portuguese 21-1, including 10-0 on target. The three-goal margin of victory was nothing short of what the two-time reigning world champions deserved .

The Americans will now return to their respective club teams before reconvening for a pair of friendlies against South Korea, in Charlotte and Chicago, next month.

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC holds onto to No. 1 despite loss

There is only one place to go for the MLS Power Rankings – MLSsoccer.com has you covered. The MLSsoccer.com editorial staff puts together the rankings each week and Alicia Rodriguez explains the reasons behind the numbers.

The two coasts continue to dominate as LAFC and NYCFC return to the top two spots in the rankings. LAFC, without Carlos Vela in the lineup, lost to Minnesota for only their fourth defeat of the season. Speaking of Minnesota, they made the biggest leap of the week moving up five spots to No. 7. “The Loons bounce back from a tough Open Cup final loss in the best possible way, by playing smart against LAFC and riding great performances from Mason Toye and Vito Mannone to victory.”

The Galaxy fell from eighth last week to 12th on the list following a 4-3 loss to a strong Seattle side. The Galaxy continue their inconsistent 2019 season on Sept. 11 against Colorado. Will be interesting to see which side shows up.

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Messi, Zsori and Quintero make list for FIFA Puskas award

FIFA announced their three-man shortlist for this year’s Puskas award.

Football’s chief governing body revealed the shortlist this morning ahead of their annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of this year’s footballing action. The Puskas award is given to the player who is judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or ‘most beautiful’ goal of the calendar year.

Perennial nominee and award winner Lionel Messi is among those nominated for his fabulous lobbed effort away to Real Betis last season that completed an incredible hat trick for the Argentine star.

Colombian playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero has also been shortlisted after his long range free kick from a tight angle in the game between River Plate and opponents Racing Club left fans purring.

Daniel Zsori makes up the final slot in the shortlist after the 18-year-old netted a sublime overhead kick for Debrecen FC against Ferencvaros TC in the Hungarian league.

Andros Townsend’s stunning volley against Manchester City failed to make the final cut.

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