More concussion worry for Rapids’ Pablo Mastroeni

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The Colorado Rapids report today that captain Pablo Mastroeni will miss at least six additional weeks as precaution for the concussion-related symptoms he continues to experience.

Mastroeni has said before that his wife and family are priorities, and that he must always consider life after soccer.

He reports that manager Oscar Pareja and his Rapids staff have been quite supportive all along, never mind the veteran’s obvious importance around Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The elephant in the room here is this: Mastroeni is 35. He’s been at this thing professionally since 1998. This is his 15th season in Major League Soccer, having started with that talented 1998 Miami Fusion side.  No matter what else happens, he’s had a fabulous domestic soccer career. The Argentine-born midfielder was a surprise choice on Bruce Arena’s 2002 U.S. World Cup side, but hardly a surprise when chosen to represent his country once again at Germany 2006.

Given what he’s already (rightly) said about health and family, given his age, and given how we’ve already seen others – Taylor Twellman and Alecko Eskandarian most notably – forced into retirement due to concussion issues, there’s a looming possibility here that Mastroeni may lean to caution and not return.

Major League Soccer, by the way, is taking the issue seriously, having already implemented changes in concussion protocol.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.