United to move on without Moyes
It looks like the David Moyes era at Manchester United will end after only one season, according to reports. The news won't surprise many, as Moyes has failed to meet any of the club's expectations. The Guardian highlights the 10 key moments that may have cost Moyes his job. Since the team can't finish in the top four, the contract stipulates that the termination fee is the equivalent of one year's salary, rather than the remainder of the 5 year deal.
United midfielder Ryan Giggs is expected to take over as caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp seems to be the favorite for replacing Moyes, according to reports emerging yesterday. The Independent claims that United have already approached Klopp. It seems that Klopp is interested in meeting with United, but Man United has also reached out to Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal.
Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone was asked to address reported connections between himself and the soon to be vacant job as manager of Manchester United, but he insisted that he's only focused on his team right now.
As SB Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt writes, both Klopp and Simeone would have to seriously consider taking the job at Manchester United, due to the stature of the club.
One surprising name being linked to United is Carloz Queiroz, who was the head coach of the MetroStars during the inaugural MLS season and has had two stints at United as an assistant. He is currently the manager of Iran's national team. Queiroz is probably the least likely candidate to replace Moyes, at least partially due to his duties at the World Cup this summer.
The Busby Babe ran through the list of what it considers the 11 favorites to replace Moyes.
New York City FC and Orlando will spend 2015 in stadia not designed for soccer
NYC FC's inaugural season will be played at one of the most famous facilities in all of professional sports. Yankee Stadium will be set up to seat 33,444 fans at each home game, which is much closer to the 38,500 capacity at most Sounders home games than the typical capacity at the home games of most MLS teams.
It will take about 3 days to convert the field between baseball and soccer. Neither NYC FC nor the Yankees expect scheduling issues. Season ticket deposits start at $30 for Supporters Sections and $50 for general seating.
Although the pitch will have to be narrow, due to the limitations of Yankee Stadium's dimensions, Jason Kreis believes it won't negatively affect his system.
Orlando City will play its entire inaugural season at the Citrus Bowl, despite previous plans to move into a soccer-specific stadium at some point during the 2015 MLS season. Season ticket deposits cost $50.
Several European clubs have secured promotion for the 2014/15 season
Burnley will join Leicester City in the Premier League next season, after a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic this past weekend. Burnley returns to the Premier League after being relegated following the 2009/10 season.
After being relegated in two consecutive seasons, the former club of Alan Hinton and Marcus Hahnemann secured promotion to Championship from League One, while Stevenage were relegated to League Two.
UEFA Champions League semi-final
The semi-final round of Champions League opens today at 11:45 AM PDT, as Chelsea travels to Madrid to face Atlético. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes and streaming is available on Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer 2 Go.
This is an interesting match up on a couple of levels. Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will face his parent club, as he is currently on loan from Chelsea. Chelsea striker Fernando Torres spent over a decade with Atlético Madrid at the youth level and with the first team before transferring to Liverpool ahead of the 2007/08 season. This is Atlético's first trip to the semi-finals in European Cup competition in 40 years, which is a new UEFA record.
The other semi-final is a classic Champions League match up involving Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. This marks the first time Pep Guardiola will face his old La Liga rivals since leaving Barcelona. Managing Madrid explains why Bayern is perhaps the most feared club in Europe.
Obafemi Martins has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week for his game-winning chip over Dan Kennedy. The competition seems to be a bit tougher this week than it was for Dempsey in last week's GOTW voting.
Those of you who don't live in the Seattle area and don't have a subscription to MLS Live will be glad to know that this week's Sounders game against the Colorado Rapids is eligible for Stream of the Week.
The Goat Parade has a couple of posts about Saturday's match between Seattle and Chivas USA, for anyone interested in the opposing perspective. Chivas USA's high defensive line may have cost the team at least one point. The match also led to 10 observations about the team.
The Sounders U23's have added North Carolina State midfielder Michael Bajza and Duquesne midfielder/defender Thomas de Villardi for the 2014 PDL season.
Sounders Reserves head coach Ezra Hendrickson talked about the 2014 MLS Reserve season, with a bit of a look ahead to a Sounders II team in USL Pro next year.
If you don't have plans for May 1, the Museum of History and Industry is celebrating the Sounders 40th anniversary for its Free First Thursday. Sounders trophies and memorabilia will be on display and players will make an appearance at 5:30.
There aren't any Sounders connections in this week's Save of the Week candidates, but Nick Rimando was nominated for his two best saves against Portland. Those saves helped Rimando win MLS Player of the Week, narrowly beating Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer.
Former New England Revolution goalkeeper and current LA Galaxy assistant coach Matt Reis was the subject of a BBC article about his actions that saved the life of his father-in-law last year at the Boston Marathon.
The Colorado Rapids have had enough of San Jose's physicality, arguing that the Quakes have repeatedly crossed the line and offering video footage as evidence.
If Qatar is in the news, you can pretty safely operate under the assumption that it isn't good news. That's definitely the case today, as 2022 World Cup organizers have had to cancel the construction of 4 of the 12 stadia that were planned for the World Cup.
Games to Watch
|UEFA Champions League||11:45 AM||Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea||Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2 Go|
|Copa Libertadores||5:00 PM||Bolivar vs. Leon||Fox Deportes|
|USL Pro||5:00 PM||FC Dallas Reserves vs. Orlando City||YouTube|