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LA Galaxy downs Caraginés in Champions League match


Bruce Arena would surely have liked to have kept Landon Donovan on the bench Tuesday as his Galaxy opened Champions Legue play. And the Galaxy manager probably wanted to get Robbie Keane off the field ASAP, too.

There are important MLS matches ahead; one is in Vancouver in just four nights.

But with the score at 0-0 and half an hour remaining against Costa Rican club Cartaginés, and with CONCACAF Champions League opportunity slipping away, the Galaxy boss turned to his substantial reinforcement plan. Soon enough, the team’s top playmaker, Donovan, was on the field and setting up a pair of goals for the in-form Keane and the Galaxy went on to a 2-0 win over the visitors at the StubHub Center.

With his goals, the first in the 66th and the second deep into injury time, Keane moved passed teammates Jack McBean and Juninho as the club’s all-time leaders in Champions League goals.

Keane’s second goal, in the 93rd minute, may well become meaningful. With so few matches (and therefore fewer games to create separation in the standings) goal difference could become important.

Not all news was good for Arena, who saw winger Robbie Rogers leave the field with an apparent hamstring injury.

The Galaxy meets Metapan from El Salvador on Sept. 18 outside Los Angeles in its next CCL contest.

Klopp to the Kop: Multiple reports say deal agreed at Liverpool

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp shouts to his players during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund at Juventus Arena on February 24, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.

The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.

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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.

From the BBC:

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.

There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.

This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.

Appeal rejected! Lionel Messi will face court trial in Spain

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lionel Messi looks dejected after the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on September 23, 2015 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.

Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.

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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.

From the BBC:

Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.

Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.

Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.