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New York’s Tim Cahill out another 3-4 weeks


Tim Cahill will miss 3-4 weeks after being felled by yet another bad challenge, and there are two points to make on Monday’s revleation.

First is the ongoing, maddening inability to protect MLS attackers. So long as the hard men of MLS believe they have a reasonable shot at getting away with dangerous and reckless tackles, they are incentivized to try them. In this case, D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic crunches Cahill near goal.

Referee Juan Guzman, inexplicably, saw no foul here. His poor choice was bailed out when Loyd Sam found goal with a cross or a shot or something in between that sneaked past United ‘keeper Bill Hamid, but Red Bulls manager Mike Petke is clearly upset that a bad foul was left unpunished.

Here’s what he probably most upset about:

Cahill is likely to miss at least three matches, one against an Eastern Conference rival, Houston, and two matches at home against struggling teams – the very sort of clubs the Red Bulls must beat to be taken seriously as the regular season finish line approaches. (The full Red Bulls schedule is here.)

Thierry Henry scores the showy goals around Red Bull Arena, and he gets far more pub. But Cahill is probably just as important in the big picture for Petke’s team. In fact, the Australian international’s eight goals this year top Henry’s total by one.

His two-way work is vital, especially considering Henry’s relative lack of the same, and it will be sorely missed.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.