DC United coach Ben Olsen addresses the De Rosario strain

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Reality has set it around RFK, where Major League Soccer’s MVP and D.C. United critical linchpin will miss the rest of the season. That’s a nasty kidney punch to a team that already needed to punch its way into playoff grace.

What manager Ben Olsen had to say to the Washington Post:

It’s bad news, but it’s over with. What changes is you don’t have a guy out there who can do really special things at any given moment. I’m looking for some other guys to raise their game. We are under it a little bit. We have a pressure situation here.”

The good news (if there’s any) is that DCU management has dutifully accumulated more offensive depth than most MLS team. Heck, two men who came into the league as Designated Players, Branko Boskovic and Hamdi Salihi, aren’t even starters.

It’s fair to criticize management and scouting to have these two significant underachievers (for DP finds, that is), but that’s beside the point now. This is a final chance for either or both to step forward and help close the De Ro gap.

Anybody who has seen Andy Najar has long recognized the game-changing ability within the Honduran midfielder. But he’s just 19, and the consistency has been elusive so far – understandable for his age. So… here’s his opportunity.

Nick DeLeon was an early, rookie revelation. Then he hit the rookie wall and has been a marginal factor in D.C. United’s season since the spring.

Maicon Santos of recently acquired Lionard Pajoy could gain a better career toehold by showing something during this important time.

And then there is Chris Pontius. I put him at the top of my list of “next” on the national team order. That is, if anybody has an unclaimed ticket on one of Jurgen Klinsmann’s rosters, I say it’s Pontius.

With 10 goals and 2 assists, the young American has already done his part around RFK. If he can drive the team even further (Past Columbus, perhaps, and into the MLS playoffs?), Klinsmann will find the man harder and harder to ignore.

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.