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Mini-tourneys could be better prep for the main event. Tyler Deric is suspended. Messi wins case against reporter over doping claim.

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Major League Soccer

With rumors of interest from Newcastle and Arsenal, and an asking price of $20 million, Miguel Almiron could be on the move to Europe, garnering much more cash than he was signed for. This could be a major milestone for MLS in becoming a ‘selling league’.

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Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric has been suspended by MLS after his arrest in connection with an alleged domestic abuse incident.

United States

Bobby Wood’s coach at Hamburger SV is not happy with him. In fact, Markus Gisdol says the striker is in a “negative spiral” and suggested he might be dropped if he can’t figure it out.


UEFA wants to start global national-team competitions every two years, with all 223 members of all the federations invited. This would hopefully take the place of the many friendlies scheduled throughout the year.

Liverpool joins several other major English clubs in ensuring that all of their employees will earn at least a ‘living wage’, starting next year.

Lionel Messi won a court case against a newspaper that had claimed, without evidence, that he was ‘doping’. He donated the €72,000 he won to Doctors Without Borders.

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