Anybody care to guess which four teams in MLS are least excited about Landon Donovan’s reemergence as a potential force for the Galaxy?
I think we can all agree that it’s Vancouver, Seattle, Real Salt Lake and San Jose. You might also recognize that foursome as the MLS Western Conference playoff field. Well, those four plus the Galaxy, obviously.
Donovan was hurt three weeks ago, suffering an oddly difficult-to-diagnose knee injury. He hasn’t played since.
But there he was last night, hoping to get 60 minutes, according to Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, in a “get fit, get sharp” effort against the Seattle Sounders.
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Donovan started and played 90 minutes. His confidence and finishing isn’t there, although he was still able to arrange a few nice chances.
But seeing Donovan at less than full speed underscores exactly what makes his 90-minute shift incredibly important. Because Galaxy supporters want the U.S. all-time leading scorer to have this performance of lesser on a nice Sunday night in a match that doesn’t mean much to the bigger picture. They want this outing from Donovan-lite out of the doggone way. They do not want to see this game from Donovan on Thursday, in a 90-minute elimination contest against Vancouver with zero margin for error.
Thursday’s match at the Home Depot Center is a one-game knockout.
Here’s what Donovan had to say about playing all 90 minutes Sunday.
In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.
Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.
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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.
In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.
From the BBC:
“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.
“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”
The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.
What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.
Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.
Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.
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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.
From the BBC:
Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.
Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.