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A record spell of MLS managerial flux now almost complete; listing the coaching changes


The previous 10 months have seen managerial flux like never before in Major League Soccer. Ten of the league’s 19 teams (more than half) have changed head coaches since opening day of 2013.

With Wilmer Cabrera’s hiring at Chivas USA this week and then Oscar Pareja’s arrival (as expected for some time now) at Toyota Stadium in Dallas, this jaw-dropping spell of MLS coaching change is just about done. Still to come: Colorado’s choice to replace Pareja. And the clock is ticking on that one; Major League Soccer’s draft is Thursday.

Here’s the updated list of what has happened within MLS coaching ranks since opening day of 2013:

Out during the 2013 regular season:

Chivas USA’s José Luis Sánchez (May)

San Jose Frank Yallop (June)

Columbus Crew’s Robert Warzycha (September)

Out since the end of the 2013 season (or very close to it)

FC Dallas’ Schellas Hyndman

Vancouver’s Martin Rennie

Chivas USA’s José Luis Real

Chicago’s Frank Klopas

Real Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis

Montreal’s Marco Schallibaum

Colorado’s Oscar Pareja

Replacements now in charge

Mark Watson in San Jose (promoted from interim in late October)

Gregg Berhalter at Columbus

Jason Kreis at New York City FC (begins play in MLS in 2015)

Frank Yallop at Chicago

Carl Robinson at Vancouver

Frank Klopas at Montreal

Jeff Cassar at Real Salt Lake

Wilmer Cabrera at Chivas USA

Oscar Pareja at Colorado

Jobs that remain vacant

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Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze out 10-12 weeks with groin injury

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21:  Mario Goetze of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the international friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan of the Audi Football Summit 2015 at Shanghai Stadium on July 21, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.

The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.

Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.

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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.

However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.

Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.