Gennaro Gattuso: Women have no place in soccer

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Rino Gattuso says he cannot see a place for women in soccer.

The comment was made after AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani agreed last week to share his role with Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of club president Silvio.

“For someone like Galliani there should be more respect,” Reuters reported Gattuso as telling Italy’s Radio Radio.

“I can’t really see women in football. I don’t like to say it but that’s how it is.”

Galliani tendered his resignation last week after hinting that the increased power being demanded by Barbara Berlusconi was undermining him.

He was convinced by the Rossoneri’s president to reverse his decision over the weekend.

The two-pronged managerial team have agreed that Galliani will take responsibility for sporting projects while Berlusconi will concentrate on marketing and social duties.

Gattuso, who won two Champions Leagues with Milan in 2003 and 2007, moved into management in 2013 with Swiss side Sion, with whom he ended his playing career. Sion sacked him in May and the 35-year-old was hired by Serie B side Palermo this fall but we sacked six weeks into the season.

The former AC Milan and Rangers midfielder is no stranger to controversy. He saw red multiple times in his career, including being sent off for slapping Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a 2003 Champions League match. He also found himself in hot water in a 2010 Champions League match at Tottenham when he grabbed coach Joe Jordan by the throat.

Report: USMNT’s Arriola drawing transfer interest abroad, in MLS

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Paul Arriola’s motor was constantly running as the United States men’s national team claimed its sixth Gold Cup title, and it could drive him all the way from Club Tijuana to Europe or a prime spot on an MLS roster.

There’s a snag, though.

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Arriola is reportedly wanted by Real Salt Lake and clubs in both the Netherlands and Portugal, but the LA Galaxy has what Goal.com describes a “dubious homegrown player” claim on Arriola, who participated in a minimal of practices with the Galaxy when he was younger.

As you’ll see below, there isn’t much “homegrown” about it and, to its critics, it is peak MLS monopolized tomfoolery. Here’s how Goal describes it:

“He was already a U.S. youth national team player when he traveled the 120 miles from Chula Vista to take part in a handful of training sessions with the LA Galaxy academy and eventually the Galaxy first team.

“The Galaxy are believed to hold a homegrown player claim on Arriola, and would have the right of first refusal on making Arriola an offer if he comes to MLS. The Galaxy’s current salary-cap situation might not allow them to make a serious bid for Arriola.”

But… here’s how the Galaxy described his choosing to sign for TJ instead of a pro deal from LA in 2013:

“It’s a little disappointing,” Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Friday. “He went through our system, we offered him a contract and he decided to move on and go somewhere else. But that’s going to happen. It’s something that has happened before, and it’s something that will happen again.”

Arriola’s response in the same article? “I thank the Galaxy for giving me a wonderful opportunity to train with their first team and be a part of their first team which really taught me a lot.” That doesn’t read as much like he “went through their system.” He played in at least one U-18 game, debuting in October 2012, did more training with TJ in December 2012, and signed for the Mexican side in May 2013.

Should that qualify him as Homegrown?

https://www.transfermarkt.com/paul-arriola/leistungsdaten/spieler/189876

Did Arriola spent significant time with LA, or is it possible the Galaxy might reap rewards from having an already established youth national teamer to practice when he was a kid? Whether you’re okay with that or not, consider that it encourages clubs to pilfer rights without actually registering or training the player.

Not to mention there is no guarantee that playing in the Netherlands or Portugal will be better for his development than MLS. Benfica or Ajax and potential action in European tournaments? Maybe. NAC Breda or Tondela? Maybe not.

Nevermind the quagmire that is American youth soccer clubs’ not earning money from transfer fees, the Arriola drama seems baseless. We don’t know the Galaxy will hold the player hostage, but they would actually be depriving MLS of a talent, as LA would theoretically get nothing should TJ sell him to a European club.

In any event, check out Arriola’s use chart from Tijuana and you’ll see why he’s valued by Bruce Arena as well as his suitors. He’s a Swiss Army Knife. Here’s hoping Tinseltown doesn’t stop him from a proper next step (assuming he’s ready to leave Liga MX).