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2022 Premier League, global soccer live updates: Brenden Aaronson’s star is born, Messi and Neymar put on a show


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The English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 kicked off their 2022-23 seasons on Friday with smoke and superclub firepower. On Saturday, Americans stole the show.

A couple hours after Fulham, captained by Tim Ream, held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw, Brenden Aaronson capped a rip-roaring Leeds United debut with what appeared to be a 74th-minute winner.

The 21-year-old from South Jersey, dubbed “Medford Messi,” had already buzzed around the first EPL pitch he’d ever graced. He contributed to a first-half equalizer. Then, with Leeds and Wolves level at 1-1, he darted into the penalty box to seemingly finish off a Patrick Bamford cross — and an attacking move started by fellow American Tyler Adams — to clinch a 2-1 win.

Replays later showed that the final touch came off Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri, and thus, Aaronson’s winner became an own goal. But “it went off my shin somewhere in there, so I’m taking credit for it,” he said postgame. And nonetheless, “U-S-A” chants rung out around Elland Road — as Leeds’ American head coach, Jesse Marsch, also celebrated an opening-weekend victory.

Elsewhere in the Prem, Bournemouth beat Aston Villa, Spurs ran away from Southampton, and Newcastle beat Nottingham Forest. In the final match of the day, Chelsea withstood Everton.

In Germany, meanwhile, U.S. striker Jordan Pefok opened his Bundesliga account with a brilliant header, and spurred Union Berlin to victory in the Berlin Derby. And Dortmund hung on to beat Bayer Leverkusen in a battle of Bayern Munich’s top two title challengers.

In France, Neymar and Lionel Messi put on a show.

With full MLS, NWSL and Liga MX slates in the evenings, sunrise-to-sunset soccer is back in America. Follow along below for the latest highlights and biggest stories from around the globe. (And, below that, a schedule of the top games to watch this weekend.)

Games to watch

(all times ET)

Saturday, Aug. 6

Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

Leeds 2-1 Wolves

Everton 0-1 Chelsea

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Clermont Foot 0-5 PSG

8 p.m. — Monterrey v. Leon — Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes/Fox Sports app

10 p.m. — Real Salt Lake v. LAFC — TUDN/UniMás

Sunday, Aug. 7

9 a.m. — Manchester United v. Brighton — Peacock

11:30 a.m. — West Ham v. Manchester City — Peacock

5 p.m. — San Diego Wave v. Kansas City Current — Paramount+

6 p.m. — OL Reign v. Houston Dash — Paramount+

LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Brenden Aaronson of Leeds United celebrates scoring their sides second goal with teammate Jack Harrison during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on August 06, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Brenden Aaronson celebrates Leeds United’s winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Wolves. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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