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Soccer Night in Newtown list continues to grow


The list of participants for that upcoming Soccer Night in Newtown continues to grow. A bunch of names from Major League Soccer have now been added, including LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan.

The event, launched by Houston Dynamo general manager and Connecticut native Chris Canetti, is set for Jan. 7.

A complete list of the MLS men now involved (it’s certainly possible that the list grows between in the coming week) can be found here from the league’s official site:

Meanwhile, the list of known soccer names now includes:

  • San Jose Earthquakes’ Marcus Tracy (whose mother once taught at Sandy Hook Elementary School)
  • The Houston Dynamo’s Corey Ashe, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark and Tally Hall
  • The Vancouver Whitecaps’ Brad Knighton and Omar Salgado
  • Former U.S. national teamers Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Mike Burns, Eric Wynalda and Tony Meola
  • Former U.S. women’s national teamers Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly
  • Current U.S. women’s captain Christie Rampone
  • FC Dallas’ Zach Loyd
  • The LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Sean Franklin
  • The New England Revolution’s Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Hunter Freeman, Ryan Guy, Matt Reis, Clyde Simms, Chris Tierney and Bobby Shuttleworth
  • New York Red Bulls’ Kenny Cooper, Heath Pearce and Ryan Meara
  • Philadelphia Union’s Chris Albright

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze out 10-12 weeks with groin injury

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21:  Mario Goetze of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the international friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan of the Audi Football Summit 2015 at Shanghai Stadium on July 21, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.

The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.

Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.

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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.

However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.

Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.