ProSoccerTalk daily soccer re-set

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Soccer birthdays:

Yikes. Tim Cahill (right) is already 34? I mean, we knew he was at this stage of his career when he came to New York last summer, but in light of the “adjustment period” last fall, that number is a little higher than you’d like for a guy who still needs to adjust to MLS. But another place, another time … Happy Birthday, Tim!

Big Important Stories of the Day:

Stage 1 of this year’s MLS Re-Entry Draft happens today, with the final round taking place next Friday. If all goes right, we’ll have more on this later today (updated player list, general principles, what to look for, and of course, results). For now, know that this is essentially a garage sale. You might find something interesting and make good use of it, but if you decide not to show up, you probably won’t regret it.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day):

Gyasi Zardes

*Ahead on the blog today:

In addition to the Re-Entry draft content? Well, aren’t we greedy. Very well. Mr. Steve Davis will be dropping in for another post from Breakfast with Jurgen (where, I can only infer, no food was served). We’ll start looking forward to the European weekend (and one game, in particular), and we’ll be keeping an eye on all the happenings in the lands of Becks, LD, and Kaká.

What you should watch on TV today:

If you have access to it, there’s a good match in the English second division today. I know, I know – what’s this guy who’s constantly taking shots at Anglophilia doing directing people to the second division of English soccer? Hey, a good game is a good game.

Cardiff City, currently sitting first, visits preseason promotion favorites Blackburn, with Rovers sitting ninth coming into the day’s action. Cardiff’s been the heartbreak team of recent seasons (so close but never promoted) while Blackburn – who still have the likes of Paul Robinson, Martin Olsson, Scott Dann, Morgan Gamst Pedersen on their roster (along with a number of names they’ve acquired since being relegated – continue to stuff the feathers inside the bird.

Check your local beIN Sport listings for time.

Background noise while blogging: 

I apologize for this, but this song has been stuck in my head for seven years: The Outfield, “Your Love.”

Don’t click on that. I mean, I’ve been clicking on it. Constantly. I’m just saying you shouldn’t.

And between refreshes of that page, the Denver Broncos are playing some kind of scrimmage against a team that’s doing a passable impression of the Washington Generals.

We’ll leave you with this:

I’m not sure I agree with it, but if somebody wanted to make the argument that there are only two English Premier League games that matter this season, I’d be willing to listen. Manchester vs. Manchester is Sunday morning.

Barcelona’s Twitter hacked to claim Di Maria signing

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FC Barcelona had eyeballs popping across the Twitterverse for a solid 90 seconds there.

La Liga’s giants Tweeted out a welcome to Angel Di Maria, the current PSG and former Real Madrid star, with the hashtag #DiMariaFCB.

[ MORE: EFL Cup Tues. wrap ]

It was an odd Tweet for 4 a.m. local time, as humourously pointed out by our Andy Edwards, and the hackers were quick to claim credit before any Tweets could be deleted.

So if someone tells you Angel Di Maria is the latest member of Barcelona, be sure to stop the spread of fake news.

On a day where Barca’s reportedly ready to up their bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, something tells us someone at the Camp Nou is turning over their keys to the club’s social media.

Rescheduled Yankees game moves NYCFC-Houston to Connecticut

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A rescheduled New York Yankees game is moving New York City FC to Connecticut.

Relax, it’s only for a day.

NYCFC will entertain the Houston Dynamo at Rentschler Field at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 instead of their regular home of Yankee Stadium.

[ MORE: EFL Cup Tues. wrap ]

The club will offer tickets to another match to current ticket holders, and will also discount tickets to the game in East Hartford for fans who hold tickets to the Yankee Stadium game and want to travel for the Dynamo match (More info here, if you are in either of those camps).

This is the third of three scheduled seasons NYCFC will play at Yankee Stadium, and it doesn’t look like it’ll find a new home any time soon.

Given the everyday nature of Major League Baseball, it’s surprising there have not been more conflicts for NYCFC. We just remain hopeful for the day we can watch NYC’s star-studded roster play on a bigger home field.

“Injustice.” “Incomprehensible.” Ronaldo again protests suspension

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The five-game suspension Cristiano Ronaldo received for making contact with an official is not sitting well with the forward.

Better put: it’s still not sitting well.

Six days ago, Ronaldo took to Instagram to say he was being persecuted after his red card in the Spanish Super Cup.

[ MORE: EFL Cup Tues. wrap ]

Tuesday afternoon, he kept up the strong words by saying the suspension is “incomprehensible” and “an injustice.”

Roughly translated, Ronaldo posted, “One more incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustive, they will never overcome me. And as always I will come back stronger. Thank you to all who have supported me.”

We’ll say this: He’s a really good soccer player.

Barca to offer Liverpool $176M for Coutinho

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Barcelona is insane.

Desperate following a rough two-legged loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, the Blaugranas are reportedly ready to offer $176 million to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.

Read it again: $176 million for Philippe Coutinho. It’s about $126 million with $12 million more when Barca clinches a UCL spot over the next four seasons (which they have done every year since finishing sixth in 2002-03).

[ MORE: EFL Cup Tues. wrap ]

Even in this transfer market, that’s nuts. Crazy to offer, and maybe even crazier not to accept.

That’s pretty much two-thirds of the Neymar money. Two-thirds (I keep repeating myself with this story)

It’s even a convenient out for Jurgen Klopp, who’s said Liverpool is not a selling club. Here, he can say with a straight face that the club can improve with this money by selling a player who has — and I recognize it’s not all about goals and assists — one double-digit goal season in his career and a career single-season high of seven PL assists (done thrice).

Almost anyone who’s had the audacity to say the Reds should accept the bid has often been shot down by the Anfield faithful online. “It’ll ruin our season” and “How do we replace him this late?” are the common cries.

To the first question: No, it won’t. To the second: Easy?

It’s not like-for-like, but nearly every player in the world is available for $176 million. It’s not like-for-like, but here’s a short list: Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale, Paulo Dybala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus… Shoot! Klopp could sign 2-3 of his favorite BVB alums.

With this fee, Coutinho would become the second-highest transfer fee of all-time, behind only Neymar. There are makeweights Barcelona could offer that would make the deal even more intriguing to the Reds: Arda Turan, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez.

Look at it from a neutral’s eyes — which I know is hard from the number of times I’ve read @ Tweets that say, “The only people who would like this deal are fans of Chelsea or United!” — at some point, it becomes unreasonable to not take advantage of Barcelona’s desperation. Maybe Coutinho is worth the “fit” for Barca, but rejecting this fee is more illogical than the offer itself.

At the risk of inflaming every more Liverpool supporters, Ross Barkley is probably going to cost someone $35 million and he’s a year and a half younger (Coutinho is a superior player right now, but we’re talking about the market here).

And, lastly, at some point you’re telling your entire team room that you’re willing to turn down near record money — it would be the highest non-buyout clause transfer ever — to keep a player from his dream club.

Take the money. Use it. Move on.