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The Daily Dirt: Recapping Champions League, USWNT action

The big games in Europe left a bit to be desired.

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Wednesday's round of Champions League action wasn't exactly thrilling. Manchester City did provide some drama thanks to an injury time winner over Sevilla from Kevin De Bruyne, but Manchester UnitedReal Madrid, and Juventus all played out dull draws.

USA looks rusty in 1-1 finish against Brazil [SSFC]

Continuing its post-World Cup victory tour, the USWNT took a while to come into the friendly against Brazil. But despite the slow start, Carli Lloyd did Carli Lloyd things.

Jurgen Klinsmann may not really be the USMNT technical director after all [SSFC]

This headline brings a couple of points to mind, and neither of them are good for Klinsmann. If he isn't really technical director, then he doesn't get credit for building U.S. Soccer's talent pool. And, if he's only really serving as manager, he doesn't have the built in "I'm also technical director and I'm distracted" excuse for poor results and tactical decisions. The USMNT is a mess right now.

Sporting Kansas City 0:2 Colorado Rapids -- As Expected [Burgundy Wave]

Kansas City is doing its best to miss the playoffs. The club entered Wednesday night's game against last-place Colorado with a one-point lead for the final Western Conference playoff spot and a game in hand. A win would have secured the postseason berth, and even a draw would have improved KC's position. Now, if San Jose Earthquakes steal a result on Sunday against FC Dallas, Kansas City will have to find a way to win against LA Galaxy.

What's happening in The A?

The Hawks played their final preseason home game Wednesday, blowing an early lead in an 82-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the defeat, head coach Mike Budenholzer found some of positives in the game.