St. Louis FC’s recent tough stretch in United Soccer League Championship play continued Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Swope Park Rangers in Kansas City.
The home team scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute, after STLFC pulled even in the 78th when Kadeem Dacres headed in a far-post cross from Paris Gee. Swope Park led 1-0 at halftime.
STLFC fell to 5-4-5 and is 0-3-3 in its last six league matches. By contrast, the local club is one of two USL Championship squads set to play July 10 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, playing in Georgia against defending MLS champion Atlanta United.
Swope Park (2-8-6) snapped an 0-4-4 streak. (Joe Lyons)
U.S. reaches Gold Cup semifinals: The United States was outplayed during the second half by 79th-ranked Curacao but managed to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament semifinals with a 1-0 win Sunday night, in Philadelphia, behind Weston McKennie’s goal in the 25th minute.
The defending champion U.S. extended its Gold Cup winning streak to nine and will play Jamaica on Wednesday at Nashville, Tenn., in the second semifinal, a night after Mexico faces Haiti at Glendale, Arizona. The U.S. reached the semifinals for the 10th straight Gold Cup and 14th in 15 overall.
Christian Pulisic, the Americans’ 20-year-old star midfielder, captained the U.S. for the second time and fed McKennie for the goal. Pulisic cut in from a flank and crossed, and McKennie headed in the ball from 4 yards for his second goal in 12 international appearances.
Earlier, Jamaica advanced by beating Panama 1-0, on a penalty-kick goal by Darren Mattocks in the 75th minute. Mattocks converted after Michael Murillo was whistled for a handball in the box. Mattocks, a forward for FC Cincinnati in Major League Soccer, had entered the game two minutes earlier. Jamaica has made it to the semifinal round in three straight Gold Cups. But defender Damion Lowe will miss the semifinal after receiving a 90th-minute yellow card for time-wasting.
NHL goalies traded: Carolina swapped goalies with Florida. with the Hurricanes acquiring James Reimer and the Panthers getting Scott Darling. Florida immediately placed Darling on waivers with the intention to buy out the remaining two years of his contract. Reimer, who had a 13-12-5 record and a .900 save percentage in 36 games last season, helps address the Hurricanes’ immediate need at goalie with co-starters Petr Mrzaek and Curtis McElhinney eligible to become unrestricted free agents.
For Florida, the trade amounted to the team freeing up space under the salary cap. The Panthers do have a need at goalie with Roberto Luongo retiring after 19 seasons on Wednesday. Florida, however, is considered the front-runner to sign Columbus starter Sergei Bobrovsky in free agency. (AP)
Elsewhere in the NHL: Chicago reacquired center Andrew Shaw, from Montreal, for three draft picks. Shaw, whom the Blackhawks dealt to the Canadiens three years ago, had a career-high 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) last season. The Hawks sent their second- and seventh-round picks next year and their 2021 third-round pick for Shaw and the Canadiens’ 2021 seventh-round pick
• Edmonton waived Andrej Sekeraintention, as did Philadelphia with fellow defenseman David Schlemko. Also, Vancouver center Ryan Spooner and Dallas forward Valeri Nichushkin cleared waivers and will have their contracts bought out by their respective teams. (From news services)
Verstappen prevails in Formula 1: Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix, in Spielberg, for a second straight year and ended Mercedes’ unbeaten streak this season. The Red Bull driver used all of his overtaking skills to get past Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages of the race before passing leader Charles Leclerc, in a Ferrari, with just two of the 71 laps to go. However, Verstappen had to wait more than three hours after the race to get his win confirmed. Race stewards investigated the Dutchman’s pass of Leclerc as the wheels of both cars touched in a duel full of excitement which was often lacking in recent F1 races.
Leclerc held off an attempt by Verstappen in lap 68, but failed to do it again the next lap. The cars came out of Turn 3 side-by-side when their wheels bumped, with Verstappen on the inside pushing Leclerc off the track. Officials considered it “a racing incident” and “in the totality of the circumstances, we did not consider that either driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident.”
Series leader Lewis Hamilton, who started fourth and lost time to replace the front wing of his Mercedes after 31 laps, finished fifth. (AP)