Montreal’s Matteo Ferrari backtracks on critical comments – but wasn’t he right?

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According to the Montreal Impact, veteran defender Matteo Ferrari and Impact sporting director Nick De Santis have had a little conversation and things are all patched up and dandy.

But, honestly, I’m still trying to figure out what he said that was so bad. Here’s what the Italian veteran told reporters: “Right now, when I think about last year’s team, I think we’re a little bit – how can I say – not as good as before. We lost key players. We haven’t replaced anybody until now. I don’t know, maybe it’s early to say something because the market is still open. But I would like to say that because I don’t want people to think that we have to do what we did last year – of course, we won – but like this, it would be more difficult.”

It seems pretty clear that Ferrari (pictured) wasn’t dogging the Impacts younger players. He was, however, speaking of the two classy veterans who have yet to be replaced. One was Alessandro Nesta, who had certainly lost a step. But, my heavens, that guy is one the best Italian defenders of all time, and that’s saying something. He has forgotten more about the art of “conquering the ball,” as one Italian defender once said to me, than plenty of MLS defenders will ever know.

Davy Arnaud s the other Impact man who has yet to be replaced. He was the heart and soul of the team, not to mention a crowd favorite.

So, again, what was Ferrari’s sin here?

De Santis was apparently bothered at suggestions that younger players are quite ready to fill voids left by older, experienced types? Honestly, I don’t get that. Of course they aren’t. Or, at very least, it’s OK to wonder if they are ready for bigger tests.

At any rate, all seems well again.  Frank Klopas is a players’ coach and he’ll have a solid handle on how to deal with any residual effect. If there is any to deal with – and there probably will not be, since the players probably don’t believe what Ferrari said was a big deal, either.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.