Starry nights: MLS Team of the Week – Round 17

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Goalkeeper:

  • Chicago’s Sean Johnson

Rationale, motive and intent: Sporting Kansas City wasn’t very accurate with 27 shots aimed toward Chicago goal last Friday, but five needed saving – and the pressure overall pushed the young goalkeeper.

Back line:

  • Columbus’ Josh Williams
  • Colorado’s Drew Moor
  • Toronto FC’s Ashtone Morgan

Rationale, motive and intent: Toronto FC really has something in Morgan, a 21-year-old graduate of the TFC academy program who already has two Canadian caps. Moor led the way as Colorado limited visiting Portland to just seven shots (and only two on target).

Midfield:

  • San Jose’s Marvin Chavez
  • Columbus’ Eddie Gaven (pictured)
  • Toronto FC’s Torsten Frings
  • Houston’s Brad Davis
  • DC United’s Chris Pontius

Rationale, motive and intent: Guys like Chavez and Gaven aren’t showing up on the score sheet as much as others, but they are reliably involved, always on the buzz and making things happen. Pontius is a constant threat, too, one who does show up frequently on the stat sheet.

Forwards:

  • Seattle’s Eddie Johnson
  • Toronto FC’s Danny Koevermans

Rationale, motive and intent: Don’t you wonder what Koevermans, making this team for the second consecutive week, might have already accomplished in 2012 without all that early season injury? Heck, for that matter, is there a chance that Aron Winter may have even kept his job a little longer?

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 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.