- If U.S. international Juan Agudelo cannot start for this team, I’m not sure what to say. He apparently had some sort of foot injury, although there was no official injury report this week, so it’s difficult to sort that one. Agudelo did come on at halftime in Columbus 3-0 win.
- About manager Jose Luis Sanchez Sola and his “8-second rule” to regain possession that we heard about? I didn’t see much evidence of anything like that.
- On the other hand, the Chivas USA manager, the man they call El Chelis, looked as sharp as any MLS coach. Ever.
- The ol’ halftime double change for Chivas USA, with Miller Bolanos and Agudelo coming on? Generally speaking, it never says good things about a pre-game plan to expend two subs after 45 minutes. In this case, as the team and the manager are so new, perhaps they should get a pass.
- And the third Chivas USA sub was on in the 56th minute. Why wait, eh? What could possibly go wrong?
- Columbus was definitely the more organized team; then again, Columbus has always been a tight-and-right team under Robert Warzycha, not always winning, but always a bugger to play against because of that well-drilled structure.
- Federico Higuain’s early second half goal was a seeing-eye gem, from just short of 30 yards. Do yourself a favor and watch it below.
- Best battle most of the night: Eric Avila along the Chivas right and Eddie Gaven along the Columbus left. Gaven did the two-way work all night and provided the assist on Columbus’ late insurance goal.
- Also fromColumbus, the debuting Glauber and Chad Marshall were a tough central defensive pairing for the visitors.
- While the passing and structure for Chivas USA will need tons of work, the club did create some reasonable chances. Agudelo’s shot from 12 yards in the 71st minute (it flew high) will really hurt.
Oh, and the crowd … oh, my. At least it gave everyone on Twitter a chance to roll out their best zingers.
Higuain’s wonderful goal is here.
MADRID (AP) Jose Mourinho’s agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros ($27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.
The information was made public on Tuesday by Gestifute, a company run by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
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The Portuguese company has been releasing details about its clients’ tax declarations after European media outlets published what they claimed were details of apparent tax arrangements made by top soccer players and coaches, including Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Gestifute, which also has Ronaldo as a client, has already published documents allegedly showing that Spanish fiscal authorities have certified that Mourinho and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are “up to date on … obligations.”
Mourinho coached Real Madrid from 2010-13 and took charge of United this season.
This is going to turn out to be one of the most exciting years of Matt Hedges’ life.
The FC Dallas man lead one of the best back lines in Major League Soccer to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.
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He’s also likely set for a chance to return to the USMNT fold under new coach Bruce Arena, as Hedges is one of the best players to be largely ignored by Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hedges, 26, was named the MLS Defender of the Year and made the Best XI, and now he’s inked a new long-term deal with FC Dallas.
The four-year deal will keep Hedges in Dallas through his 30th birthday. Capped once, Hedges has 159 appearances with 11 goals for FCD.
Christian Pulisic is one of the most exciting young prospects in the world.
It’s a statement that isn’t often said without hyperbole when it comes to American standouts, but the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund man has seen his names in the gossip pages a few times this year.
While Liverpool has often been the destination, Italian site Calcio Mercato says Premier League interest is wider than Merseyside. The clubs? Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
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Dortmund doesn’t want to sell the youngster, who is locked up through 2019. The whispered price has been $31 million at a minimum, but perhaps BVB would be tempted given their wealth of young attacking options.
Pulisic has made 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, nabbing four goals and six assists. He has 11 caps and three goals for the USMNT as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been linked with massive tax evasion, but Real Madrid would ask you to kindly go back to treating him like a king now that he’s proven his innocence.
In a move usually reserved for politicians aiming for high office, Ronaldo’s agent released some of his tax documents to prove everything’s above board.
It all looks good, unlike what befell Neymar and Lionel Messi, so back off, huh?
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From Real Madrid:
In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.
Only the utmost for CR7.
Real Madrid hosts Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a match which will decide Group F of the UEFA Champions League.