CHESTER, Pa. — Sergio Santos and Cory Burke both scored and Philadelphia captured its first-ever Supporters’ Shield with a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Sunday.
The Union had a chance to secure the trophy last weekend, but a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew put the celebration on hold. Philadelphia was in a tie Toronto FC for the prize heading into Sunday’s Decision Day.
But Toronto fell 2-1 to the Red Bulls, and Philadelphia (14-4-5) finished with 47 points to claim the top spot in the Eastern Conference and home-field advantage through the playoffs.
“The boys put a lot of work into this season and then obviously today to win it on our home field in front of our fans is special. The club’s first trophy — which is always the hardest one to get,” Philadelphia coach Jim Curtain said.
The Union will wait for the results of the play-in matches to learn their first opponent in the playoffs.
Philadelphia had the good fortune of playing the final regular season match at Subaru Park, where the team was 9-0-0 during the regular season. A limited number of fans were in the stands for Sunday’s match.
New England (8-7-8) will face Montreal in the play-in round.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead into the break after Santos scored on a shot that rebounded off the crossbar and landed at his feet in the 42nd minute. Burke added a goal for the Union in the 69th minute.
The Union had already clinched a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto was only eligible to secure a spot by winning the Canadian Championship.
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Raptors 905 announce Mutombo as head coach, Mahlalela to re-join Nurse – Sportsnet.ca
TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors have hired former New Orleans Pelicans associate head coach Chris Finch and ex-Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela as assistant coaches for Nick Nurse’s staff.
Raptors assistant coach Patrick Mutumbo will take over as coach of Raptors 905, a G League team.
Raptors assistants Brittni Donaldson and John Bennett also will join the Raptors 905 staff.
Finch spent the past three years in New Orleans. Previously, he was an assistant coach with Denver (2016-17) and Houston (2011-16).
Prior to his time in the NBA, Finch guided Rio Grande to two consecutive appearances in the G League final, including a championship in 2010.
Finch also was head coach of the British men’s national team at the 2012 Olympics, with Nurse serving as one of his assistants.
Mahlalela was an assistant coach with the Raptors for five seasons (2014-18) prior to becoming head coach for Raptors 905 the past two year.
A native of Swaziland, Mahlalela grew up in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Raptors open training camp this weekend in Tampa, Fla.
NHL considering mid-January start, 56-game season: reports – CBC.ca
The NHL is now considering a mid-January start date for an abbreviated 56-game regular season, multiple outlets reported Friday.
The league and NHL Players’ Association discussed multiple options for the upcoming campaign Thursday night.
The Jan. 1 start date both sides had been shooting for is no longer realistic given the time needed for training camp and other preparations. TSN reported that Jan. 15 or 16 is a more likely target, with the NHL looking to wrap up the Stanley Cup Final by early July.
A 52-game season was discussed, but sources told The Athletic, which CBC Sports has not independently verified, that both sides would prefer 56 games for obvious revenue reasons.
Training camps for all 31 teams would begin around Jan. 2.
There are still several financial issues that need to be worked out. Surges in COVID-19 numbers could also force further delays to the calendar.
The 2019-20 NHL season was interrupted in March by the pandemic. The hockey season eventually was completed over the summer in two bubble locations: Edmonton and Toronto.
The Stanley Cup Finals concluded Sept. 28 with the Tampa Bay Lightning defeating the Dallas Stars in six games.
Devils’ Jack Hughes won’t be released to Team USA for world juniors – Sportsnet.ca
“We need Jack to concentrate on the Devils,” Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald told NHL.com. “The silver lining for Jack [and all of our young players] during this pandemic was a lengthy opportunity to gain strength and weight to compete in the NHL when we start.”
The first-overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft scored 21 points in 61 games as a rookie last season. Hughes played for the U.S. at the 2019 world juniors where he had four points in four games.
The Devils were one of seven teams that did not return to play this summer and the team has not played a game since a March 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
USA Hockey announced its preliminary roster for the 2021 world juniors Monday, which includes top prospects Jake Sanderson, Cole Caufield and Nick Robertson, among others. The team will hold its selection camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., from Dec. 6-13.
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