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MICHELLE KAUFMAN'S
SPOTLIGHT ON SOCCER

On The Waterfront


With every passing day, I am more and more convinced that David Beckham's plan for a stadium and waterfront park in the heart of downtown Miami is a great idea. (I will put on my helmet now and let all the detractors pelt me with their politically correct — and dare I say politically biased — arguments.)
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Chelsea's Diego Costa, second left, celebrates his goal against Leicester City with teammates during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

    Costa guides Chelsea to 2nd straight win

    Diego Costa kept up the prolific start to his Chelsea career on Saturday, setting the title favorites on their way to a 2-0 win over Leicester and a second straight victory to open the Premier League.

  • J-League leader Reds in 4-4 draw with FC Tokyo

    J-League leader Urawa Reds and FC Tokyo shared the points in an entertaining 4-4 draw, while Gamba Osaka scored a late equalizer at Ventforet Kofu to finish 3-3 in a high-scoring round on Saturday.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenge, right, reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

    2 late goals secures Arsenal 2-2 draw at Everton

    Arsenal scored twice in the final seven minutes to grab a 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday and avoid another demoralizing defeat on Merseyside.

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, scores against Leicester City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

    Chelsea beats Leicester 2-0 in Premier League

    Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored in the second half as Chelsea finally broke down Leicester's stubborn resistance for a 2-0 victory in the Premier League on Saturday.

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West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt clears as Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, rear, closes in during the English Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton, England, Saturday Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Chris Ison)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Southampton held 0-0 at home by West Brom

    Southampton and West Bromwich Albion played out a 0-0 draw Saturday in the Premier League in Ronald Koeman's first home game in charge of the Saints.

  • Understrength Celtic slips to defeat in Scotland

    Celtic slipped to the first defeat in its defense of the Scottish league title, losing 1-0 to Inverness Saturday as the champions paid the price for picking an understrength side ahead of a crucial Champions League qualifying match.

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Burnley's Danny Ings battles for the ball with Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yueng during the English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Saturday Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Nick Potts)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Dyer goal earns Swansea 1-0 win over Burnley

    Swansea made it two wins from two games at the start of the Premier League season by beating Burnley 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Nathan Dyer's first-half goal.

  • Dallas beats Real Salt Lake, tied at top of West

    Dallas made it a three-way tie atop the standings of Major League Soccer's Western Conference by winning 2-1 at home against Real Salt Lake on Friday despite playing the second half a man down.

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