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The Daily Dirt May 2, 2018: A big day for Duane Holmes

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Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town - Emirates FA Cup First Round Replay Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

It was a big day in soccer yesterday - there was a huge game that had everyone captivated as goals by Hakeeb Adelakun and Ivan Toney put Scunthorpe United past Plymouth Argyle 2-0. Scunthorpe, featuring Columbus, Georgia native, Duane Holmes, is now assured a place in the top six of League One and a chance at winning a two round playoff for promotion to the Championship. And you all missed it because you were watching Real Madrid predictably beat Bayern Munich, boring.

Anyway, onto the Dirt...

Domestic

Meanwhile... in Orlando - if you ever wanted to know if Florida man would rather fight 100 swan sized horses or just like two swans and a baby duck, wonder no more. A former MMA fighter in the city decided to practice karate on the animals in a park before being arrested.

Who better to find you a life partner than a club that is still living in its parents’ basement. NYCFC is partnering with Tinder for... reasons. The press release is pretty much filled with the kind of corporate nonsense that is used to mask the implicit message that the club and site want your data for free, but also included this beaut: “Throughout the rest of the season, Tinder will work with NYCFC to provide special content for fans across digital channels and a number of in-person, exclusive experiences. In addition to hosting a “Chalk Talk,” Tinder will also become the official partner of the Club’s “After Dark” event that brings together Club fans for food, drinks and socializing outside of the stadium.” Nice.

Aside from the game itself, the most unimpressive thing about the opening of Banc of California Stadium was the gay slur chanted by some fans on goal kicks. It seems like both LAFC and official supporter’s group the 3252 have taken steps to try and discourage fans from using the chant in the future according to a joint statement they released.

NWSL is known for showcasing American talent for the most part, but international players also make their mark on the league - here is how they did in week 5 from Backline Soccer.

International

Let’s see how the world is getting ready for the big tournament in Russia...

Big news for managers. First Italy hired Roberto Mancini and then Everton reaffirmed its commitment to mediocrity and finishing 10th every year with talk of extending Big Sam’s contract.

Roma got some bad press last week after fan violence before the Champions League match in Liverpool, but the full story is deeper than just a few bad actors - from the Gentleman Ultra.

Goal

Even though James works for a new boss, he still technically works for his old boss and he decided to toe the company line here:

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On the MLS Fantasy Insider podcast - get a little taste of how Chicago might set Atlanta up for disaster and hear about why Orlando is going to win the Supporter’s Shield.