The Chicago Fire will be without Mexican star Guillermo Franco, who earned a one-game suspension from Major League Soccer and a fine after stomping on Brian Carroll in his club’s match against the Philadelphia Union Wednesday night.
Franco, who was red carded, will not be available for Saturday’s game with the New York Red Bulls. He will also miss the Fire’s tilt with the New England Revolution on October 20.
Here’s the release from MLS HQ:
NEW YORK (October 4, 2012) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Chicago Fire forward Guillermo Franco one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of his opponent with a reckless challenge on Philadelphia Union midfielder Brian Carroll in the 78th minute of their match on Oct. 3. Because the referee issued Franco a red card on the play, Franco will be suspended a total of two games.
Franco will serve the first game of his suspension this Saturday when the Fire travel to face the New York Red Bulls at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. He will serve the second game Oct. 20 when the New England Revolution host Chicago.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.
As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.
However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.
“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”
Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”
It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.