What does Luis Suarez’s ban mean for Uruguay, Liverpool? Which games will he miss?

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We all knew it was coming, and now we know how long Luis Suarez will be out of action for, it is time to discuss the impact his absence will have.

Banned four months from all soccer-related activity, Suarez is out of the World Cup. He will not be able to train, play or even attend a game inside a soccer stadium across the planet.

One of the greatest soccer players in the world has been exiled.

While Suarez sits there twiddling his thumbs between now and October, two teams will badly miss the supreme, yet flawed, talent. His national team Uruguay, and his club team Liverpool.

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Without Suarez in their side, Uruguay will struggle to make it out of the Round of 16 at the World Cup. They face Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janiero and many would expect a Suarez-less Uruguay to get knocked around by a talented Colombian outfit. Even if they make it through that, they will face hosts Brazil or fellow South Americans Chile in the quarterfinals. With a misfiring Edinson Cavani up top as Uruguay’s only other attacking option, Suarez has let his country down when they needed him most. Without him they wouldn’t have beaten England, as Suarez’s two goals secured the crucial victory and his tenacious display either side of his inexcusable bite, wore down Italy’s defense. He is the ‘X’ factor that a defense-minded Uruguay need to unlock other teams. Now, he’s gone.

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Suarez bite Italian defender Chiellini on Tuesday, as the Uruguayan bit another player for the third-time in his career.

As for Liverpool, Suarez will not be around for the first three months of the Premier League season and will not play until the first week of November. Below is a list of the 13 games Suarez could miss for Liverpool.

Just like last season when his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic carried over to the first few months of the 2013-14 campaign, Liverpool will be without their star man. They coped pretty well without Suarez to begin the last season. Can they do it again?

They do have Daniel Sturridge to rely on up top, as the English striker scored 21 PL goals last season and was the second-highest scored in the league behind, you guessed it, Suarez. They also have acquired Rickie Lambert over the offseason to bolster their attack. Liverpool should get by just fine in the PL during Suarez’s absence, but they will miss his supreme talents in the UEFA Champions League against Europe’s elite. It remains to be seen whether or not they sell Suarez or sue him for breach of contract, as this story is far from over.

Suarez’s absence will hurt Liverpool and Uruguay, as his latest act of lunacy will impact club and country. Big time.

GAMES SUAREZ WILL MISS

16 August 2014: Southampton (H)

23 August 2014: Manchester City (A)

30 August 2014: Tottenham (A)

13 September 2014: Aston Villa (H)

16-17 September 2014: Champions League fixture

20 September 2014: West Ham (A)

23-24 September 2014: Capital One Cup third round

27 September 2014: Everton (H)

30 September – 1 October 2014: Champions League fixture

4 October 2014: West Bromwich Albion (H)

18 October 2014: QPR (A)

21-22 October 2014: Champions League fixture

25 October 2014: Hull (H)

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.

MLS at Week 8: Galaxy host Atlanta, NYCFC aims to stay unbeaten out west

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A full weekend of MLS action kicks off on Friday night with two of the Western Conference’s elite, while Saturday and Sunday feature a number of quality matchups.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy have been quite the attraction since the Swede made his move to MLS a few weeks ago, but Sigi Schmid’s side will be in for another early-season test on Saturday when they take on a red-hot Atlanta United.

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Both sides currently sit in second place in their respective conferences, while Atlanta boasts the second-highest goalscoring total in the league to this point, with 15 goals in six games.

Western Conference leaders Sporting KC have gone unbeaten in their last six matches since their opening day defeat to New York City FC, and Matt Besler and Co. will have another opportunity to put their stamp on the conference with a crucial match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, who sit third in the West.

NYCFC and FC Dallas remain on the only two unbeaten clubs left in 2018, although the latter has been far less convincing in its first five matches.

Patrick Vieira and NYCFC are coming off of a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Atlanta last weekend, and now head west to take on the Portland Timbers.

Meanwhile, Dallas plays host to the Philadelphia Union, who have taken just one win out of their first five games.

Here’s a look at the full slate of matches around MLS in Week 8.

Friday

Sporting KC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps — 9 p.m. ET

Saturday

Montreal Impact vs. Los Angeles FC — 1 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC — 3 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire — 3:30 p.m. ET
Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution — 7:30 p.m. ET
Orlando City vs. San Jose Earthquakes — 7:30 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union — 8 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids — 9 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. Atlanta United — 10:30 p.m. ET

Sunday

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United — 4 p.m. ET
Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC — 6 p.m. ET