The elephant in the room for MLS is Seattle Sounders and their seemingly unreachable roof on Designated Player purchases.
Major League Soccer has a problem here, whether officials want to admit so. The grumbling among MLS players, managers and officials has mostly been contained, but privately they have joked for two years that if a DP in Seattle doesn’t work out, they just go buy another one. It’s always followed by a wink, a shoulder shrug or both.
Lately, it has broken loose, going a little more public. Last week, MLS All-Stars joked about it on camera the day before playing against AS Roma.
So, yes, it’s a problem. League officials can tell us this has been in the rules all along – but I will tell you for 100 percent sure that not every MLS chief is buying what the league is selling. They have told me so, although not willing to rock the boat on the record.
Well, the fans clearly aren’t afraid of a little boat rocking. Here is the Twitter world, having some fun at MLS expense. Sorry, MLS, you deserve it.
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After failing to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, 2015 saw the Reds venture into the postseason for the first time ever, only to be thumped in the knockout round, 3-0, by their 401 derby rival Montreal Impact, of all sides.
This is the year, though, or so we’ve said and been told all season long. While it remains to be seen how deep of a run TFC can muster in 2016, they’ll always have the Jozy Altidore‘s terrible first touch; Altidore’s wayward second and third touches; Altidore’s overhead cross; and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike, all of which you can watch in all its hilarity glory below.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Green’s first goal in a competition match for Bayern came in the 42nd minute with a header off a cross by Thomas Mueller.
The 21-year-old American winger played in the previous German Cup round, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Carl-Zeiss Jena. Green has been in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s squad several times this season but this was his first start.
Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28.
As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium.
Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw
Liverpool vs. Leeds United
Manchester United vs. West Ham
Hull City vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal vs. Southampton