The football news on Thursday kicks off with another trophy for Chelsea, who won the UEFA Super Cup 5-6 on penalties against Villarreal after a 1-1 draw at Windsor Park, Belfast. Hakim Ziyech scored for Chelsea in 27th place, while Gerard Moreno equalized in 73rd for Villarreal. Christian Pulisic exchanged in the 43rd minute and converted Chelsea’s penalty kick in the sixth round of the penalty shoot-out. Chelsea won the game in the next round.

“It was tough, 120 minutes after more or less nothing,” said Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel. “We were very strong in the first 30 or 35 minutes, but then lost a few easy balls after our goal. In the second half we were too passive, too many ball losses, and they deserved to equalize. From then on we were very strong again until the end. We invested more up to the 120th minute and deservedly won. “

NYCFC drew 1-1 with UNAM Pumas in the Leagues Cup and lost 3-2 on penalties in a game that was delayed by a storm until 11:00 PM ET. NYCFC took the lead in the 61st minute with a goal from Valentin Castellanos, Rogerio equalized for Pumas in the 71st minute. Castellanos and USMNT player James Sands converted in the penalty loop for NYCFC.

In the Concacaf Champions League, Monterrey won the first leg of their series with Cruz Azul 1-0 at home. Maximiliano Meza scored in the 9th minute. The series ends on September 16 at the Estadio Azteca.

Ethan Horvath’s Nottingham Forest defeated Bradford City 2-1 at home in the first round of the League Cup. Joao Carvalho scored for Forest in the 39th and 41st minutes. Bradford City scored in the 54th round. Horvath made eight saves in his first competitive game for Forest.

Atlanta United announced the hiring of Seattle assistant Gonzalo Pineda as the club’s new head coach. “Gonzalo has a great tactical mind and is someone I have always respected as a competitor for Mexico,” United’s technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in the press release announcing the move. “During his time in Seattle, he demonstrated tactical acumen, the ability to develop young talent and an understanding of what it takes to win in this league. He has a thorough understanding of the MLS and the league’s player pool, including our team. We are confident that he can make a smooth transition to our club. “

Sportico’s Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams announce their interest in MLS’s expansion into Las Vegas. Franl Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe with Bruce Arena’s work in New England. Steven Goff from the Washington Post introduces RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch. FiveThirtyEight’s Terrence Doyle asks about a healthy Liverpool this season.

#USMNT climbs to 10th place on the FIFA rankings, one place behind Mexico, despite being beaten in two finals this summer. The rankings have a big impact when it comes to GBE qualifying for Americans to play in England. Now it only takes 30% of the USMNT minutes to automatically qualify.

– Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) August 12, 2021

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