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Panthers women win, ATLUTD 2 2nd half collapse: The Starting Lineup, August 14

1- Big 2-0 win to close out the exhibition season for the Georgia State Panthers women yesterday afternoon over Chattanooga. Goals from sophomores Seika Ikeoze and Reese Gordon paced the offense, while goalkeepers Jaddah Foos and Ariana Anderson split the clean sheet. The regular season starts on Thursday as the Panthers host the Bulldogs of South Carolina State. Kickoff is at 7pm, here is a link to information on parking at the GSU Soccer Complex.

2- A brutal second half doomed Atlanta United 2 to a 5-1 loss on the road at Gillette Stadium in their MLS Next Pro match with the New England Revolution II. Damian Rivera's opener was canceled out by a well worked goal created by Toni Tiente and Luke Brennan and finished by Jackson Conway. Early in the second half, Efrain Morales had to leave the match due to injury, and Chris Gloster was also subbed out at the second time as he is still rebuilding his fitness. Things fell apart from there and New England's suffocating attack eventually broke Atlanta's defense. Atlanta remains six points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but now have five games to make up the ground. They'll be back in action next on the road on Monday, August 21 against New York Red Bulls II.

3- Spain will face Sweden in the first Women's World Cup semifinal on Tuesday at 4am locally. The winner will face the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between England and the hosts Australia. "It's going to be a high-pressure Spain and high-pressure Sweden," Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson said. "For me, it's lovely football." (Reuters) Be sure to check out Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall's article in The Guardian ahead of the match.

4- Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal have agreed to a nearly $100M deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, sources have told ESPN. The two sides are reportedly close to agreeing on the personal contract.

5- Real Madrid has brought in goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan from Chelsea to replace the injured Thibaut Courtois, the Spanish club said Monday. Courtois injured his knee in training last week. (AP)

6- Giselle Espinoza made her debut in Liga MX Femenil with Pachuca over the weekend. The Mexican youth international played locally at SSA and at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Congrats to Giselle!

7- La Liga champions Barcelona were held to a scoreless draw by Getafe in their season opener over the weekend. The match had plenty of controversy for the neutrals in the audience as both teams had a red card and Barcelona manager Xavi was sent off. After the match, Xavi called the referee a "disgrace" while Getafe manager Jose Bordalas said that Xavi's criticisms were a way to camouflage "the good game of my players." Get the popcorn ready next time these two teams face off. (Sportskeeda)

8- In today's matches around the world, Manchester United will start their Premier League season against Wolves. Mason Mount and Andre Onana could make their debuts. Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid faces newly promoted Granada in La Liga action. Cologne takes on second-division Osnabrueck in the pick of four games in the first round of the German Cup. The other Bundesliga teams in action are Hoffenheim at Luebeck and newly promoted Darmstadt against fourth-tier Homburg. Porto and Benfica get their seasons started in Porgual this afternoon. Also, two heavyweights meet in Brazil as Palmeiras hosts Cruzeiro.

9- Chelsea have reportedly gotten their man as their pursuit of Moises Caicedo could be coming to an end. The deal is just south of $150M and would be a new English transfer record. Caicedo would then sign an eight-year contract with the Blues. Brighton would be looking potentially at a near $140M profit on their initial transfer outlay of just over $5M when they brought the Ecuadorian international to England from Independiente del Valle.

10- On this date in 1978, the Atlanta Chiefs were reborn as the Caribous of Colorado (yes, Caribou with an "s" at the end) were purchased by Dick Cecil and Al Thornwell to be moved to Atlanta. Ted Turner provided a monetary assist as he wanted to fill dates at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and wanted inventory for his growing SuperStation WTBS.

11- On this date in 1966, Tanya Donelly was born. She went on to be part of the bands Throwing Muses and the Breeders, but it was her band Belly that was always my favorite. "Feed the Tree" was their biggest hit, but here's another one great one from their debut album to get you day started.

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