NBC’s Kyle Martino says he sees a smarter Kansas City team, one that does not necessarily have “revenge” in mind, prepping for tonight’s match at sold-out (and possibly shivering) Sporting Park. Rather, he sees a smarter, focused bunch.
During a conversation for MLSSoccer.com, here is what else Martino had to say about tonight’s Kansas City-Houston match, with a place at MLS Cup on the line:
- He believes Sporting KC learned a lesson from last year’s unsuccessful series with Houston, and that it paid dividends when the teams met in the first leg.
- He saw a lot of cramps and tired players in the teams’ 0-0 draw to begin this two-legged set.
- He says the Dynamo needed to leave Houston with at least a goal on that one.
- Wand he wonders about Ricardo Clark, who hasn’t trained in two weeks for the Dynamo, about whether the former U.S. international can be effective – if he plays at all.
- Finally, Martino predicts a low-scoring game and then sees … well, here it is, you can watch it for yourself:
In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.
Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.
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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.
In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.
From the BBC:
“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.
“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”
The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.
What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.
Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.
Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.
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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.
From the BBC:
Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.
Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.