MLS has some more new tiebreaker rules

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Wins matter more than goals. At least, now they do, according to Major League Soccer’s new tiebreaker rules.

Credit the Seattle Times’ Joshua Mayers for digging this one up. It’s a minor change, one that’s unlikely to matter, but it’s the type of thing we like to know about before it’s actually needed.

MLS has changed its end of season tiebreaker rules – the criterion that would be applied should two teams finish the season with the same number of points.

Last year (late last year) Major League Soccer pushed goals scored to the top of the list, a subtle nudge encouraging teams to pick it up a little. Now they’re reversed course.

Goals are important, but let’s not get carried away, the switch implies. Teams are asked to win. That should be the first on the list.

Here are the two almost identical orders:

2012 Tiebreaker Order 2013 Tiebreaker Order
1. Goals for
2. Most wins
3. Goal differential
4. Fewest disciplinary points
5. Road goals
6. Road goal differential
7. Home goals
8. Home goal differential
9. Coin toss (two teams), drawing of lots (three or more)
1. Most wins
2. Goals for
3. Goal differential
4. Fewest disciplinary points
5. Road goals
6. Road goal differential
7. Home goals
8. Home goal differential
9. Coin toss (two teams), drawing of lots (three or more)

Almost identical … except for places one and two.

One more note on Mr. Mayers, the Times’ Sounders beat reporter:

Apologies for the media glad-handing  but given many of the updates we get on Sounders FC come from his reporting, this is good news.

If you’re on Twitter, give him a shout of congratulations. We all need jobs, and Joshua just happens to be pretty good at his.

Football leaks: French police raid PSG HQ, 3 players’ homes

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PARIS (AP) A French official says police investigating suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of three Argentine players in France.

The official said anti-corruption police units searched the homes of PSG players Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, and that of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala on Tuesday.

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Police also raided the head offices of PSG at Parc des Princes and other offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside the French capital, the official said.

The official, familiar with the case, declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.

The national financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in December after so-called “football leaks” reports allegedly detailed tax arrangements by top players, coaches and clubs.

Real Madrid signs most expensive Brazilian since Neymar

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Real Madrid didn’t wait long after learning Vinicius Junior was healthy.

The 16-year-old Flamengo star is committed to the Bernabeu after passing a physical, and Real Madrid announced Tuesday that they’ll have their new player no later than July 2019.

The reported fee is $50 million, which would be the most money spent on a Brazilian player since Barcelona landed Neymar for about $64 million in 2013.

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The forward has made two appearances for Flamengo, and turns 17 on July 12. He has 19 goals in 22 appearances for Brazil’s U-17 side.

Here’s Real’s announcement:

Real Madrid C. F. and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of the federative rights of the player Vinicius Junior from July 2018. The player will remain at his current club until July 2019, although he will be able to play for Real Madrid before then if both clubs agree to it.

VOTE: 2016-17 Premier League Goal of the Season

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Okay, so you have 1064 to choose from, so choose wisely…

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The 2016-17 Premier League season is over but you can vote for your favorite goal of the campaign up until June 1.

Simply click on the video above to watch the contenders compiled by Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, and then you can vote by clicking here.

Enjoy!

Ex-Barcelona president Rosell held in money laundering probe

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MADRID (AP) Spanish authorities say former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained in a probe over his businesses in Brazil.

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The detentions early Tuesday are part of a money laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil’s national team.

Three other people have been detained, but their identities were not immediately released by authorities.

Police raided offices, homes, and businesses in Barcelona and other locations in Spain as part of “Operation Rimet,” in reference to former FIFA President Jules Rimet.

Authorities said the operation used information from the FBI following the U.S. case against high-level FIFA officials in 2015.

Rosell is already standing trial for fraud and corruption charges involving the 2013 transfer of Brazilian striker Neymar.