There was yet another MLS Ask Me Anything on Reddit this week. This time Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman answered questions from MLS fans. Topics covered included why there isn't yet a Chipotle at Sporting Park, hypothetical stadium expansion, preferred MLS expansion cities, the All-Star Game, scouting and Golden Girls jello wrestling.
Bloomberg Sports takes a look at just how good David Beckham was as a soccer player by examining the records of his teams when he was available to play compared to their records when he wasn't available.
MLS managing editor Jonah Freedman feels that there is no need to raise the number of DP slots available to MLS teams, the argument being that 3 is the magic number.
I mentioned yesterday that there are several teams in Italy that are interested in signing Landon Donovan after his contract expires at the end of the season. Despite those reports, Donovan indicated that he wants to play for LA for the remainder of his career in an interview with TWC Sportsnet on Wednesday.
Monumental Network, an online media group, will announce "major DC United news" sometime today. Black and Red United speculates that the news could involve Monumental picking up the remaining DC United MLS games that CSN isn't broadcasting locally. If true, this brings up concerns about a conflict with the MLS Live service.
On Wednesday, the communications director of the Chicago Fire reacted to criticism of his job performance in social media with a blog post that really backfired. I seriously doubt that most MLS fans even know know the name of their team's communications director, but this guy is now soccer internet famous.
It appears that a few former MLS players are among those implicated in alleged match-fixing for El Salvador that left 22 Salvadorian players suspended.
The Vancouver Whitecaps Twitter account has been known to engage in a fair amount of trash talk (perhaps an excessive amount by Canadian standards) in the past, and took on the Vancouver Canucks Twitter account on Wednesday.
There are a few golazos making their way around the internet. The first one is an amazing left-footed self volley over a defender in the Copa do Brasil. In Chile, there was an impressive bicycle kick from near the top of the box.
An 1863 football rule book is temporarily being housed at the British Library, which is also the home of the Magna Carta.
In Champions League action earlier this week, Ante Rukavina of Dinamo Zagreb just may have set a competition record for the quickest red card after being sent off seconds after coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 loss to Austria Vienna.
In Europa League action yesterday, AZ Alkmaar's Aron Johansson scored an insurance goal late in the game in the first leg of the playoff round. If his side can hold that 2 goal lead on aggregate, they will compete in the group stage of the competition.
While Barcelona may be interested in adding Casillas, as I mentioned yesterday, a move that seems more likely at the moment is signing Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Barca Blaugranes points out that the deal would probably happen next summer, when Victor Valdes is expected to leave the team.
Real Madrid may have jumped the gun a bit (again) by offering a Gareth Bale kit in their online store. They may not be done dealing yet, with reports emerging that they have submitted a bid for Luis Suarez.
Tottenham now appear to have competition from within London in their pursuit to sign Willian.
Is Siri a Newcastle fan? That's what appears to be the case in a screenshot making its way across the internet. I tried this with other leagues and sports, and Siri also appears to be a Tampa Bay fan in the NFL, a Houston Astros fan in MLB and a DC United fan in MLS. Clearly, Siri is programmed to prefer the last place team in each league.
On Wednesday, Eric mentioned Grant Wahl's article on Mario Balotelli. Yesterday, Sports Illustrated released some extra material that was excluded from the magazine article. He apparently loves America but thinks we have too much air conditioning. Balotelli was recently criticized by the mayor of Verona for what he sees as "provoking" racist behavior in fans.
Also in Italy, Serie B is expanding its promotion playoffs from 4 teams to 6 teams, depending on the difference in points between the third place team and the teams below them.
Here are this weekend's TV listings:
- Ligue 1: Monaco vs. Toulouse 11:30 AM beIN Sport
- MLS: Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC 5:30 PM NBC Sports Network
- Liga MX: Querétaro vs. Guadalajara 5:30 PM Azteca, ESPN3
- Liga MX: Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna 7:30 PM Azteca
- Premier League: Fulham vs. Arsenal 4:45 AM NBC Sports Network
- Premier League: Southampton vs. Sunderland 7:00 AM NBC Sports Network
- Serie A: Hellas Verona vs. AC Milan 9:00 AM beIN Sport
- Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool 9:30 AM NBC
- Serie A: Sampdoria vs. Juventus 11:45 AM beIN Sport
- MLS: Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew 6:30 PM MLS Stream of the Week
- Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City 8:00 AM NBC Sports Network
- Serie A: Inter Milan vs. Genoa 9:00 AM beIN Sport
- Liga MX: Puebla vs. Cruz Azul 10:00 AM Azteca
- Liga MX: Toluca vs. Veracruz 10:00 AM Univision
- La Liga: Málaga vs. Barcelona 12:00 PM beIN Sport
- MLS: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers 7:00 PM ESPN2