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Quick turnaround won’t keep Cahill, Henry, Wright-Phillips out of New York’s lineup

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It’s not that Wednesday’s game was that taxing, though based on the efforts Tim Cahill, Thierry Henry, and Bradley Wright-Phillips gave during the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in Portland, Ore., the trio of Red Bull veterans would be forgiven for carrying tired legs back to New Jersey. Cahill’s hard-nosed play helped set the tone for a surprisingly contentious evening, while Henry’s effort on the FieldTurf of Providence Park was cited as an example by his All-Star teammates. With Wright-Phillips a part of the crew that helped kill off the team’s win, all three did more than stroll through a half’s worth of soccer.

No, it’s the travel that may really get them tomorrow in Chicago. At home to New England last Saturday. In Portland by Sunday. Back in New Jersey on Friday, and set to play in Bridgeville, Ill. tomorrow, the three veterans, who’ll carry a combined 99 years into tomorrow’s game, have barely had a chance to sit still, let alone relax and recover.

Speaking to the league’ website, Henry, 36, concedes he’s feeling the effects:

“It wasn’t easy, I will be honest,” Henry said. “…I’m not going to complain that’s what we like, that’s what we love to do. Having said that, it’s not an easy one but you have to perform under any circumstances. We’re going to try to do that, it won’t be easy against Chicago. … Hopefully we can do something and recover well.”

Or, perhaps Mike Petke could rest them? Undoubtedly, the Red Bulls boss will look for a chance to get his veterans off the field, but amid a tight playoff race in the East, days off are a luxury few teams can afford.

“It would’ve been tough to play [Saturday],”Petke told “I think, with any indication from practice today, if they are not ready yet, they are very close and, by [Sunday], they should be.”

As for Chicago, no Fire players were on the All-Star team, leaving the likes of Mike Magee, Harry Shipp, and Sean Johnson eight days to recover and prepare for the Red Bulls’ well-traveled stars.

Klopp to the Kop: Multiple reports say deal agreed at Liverpool

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp shouts to his players during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund at Juventus Arena on February 24, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.

The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.

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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.

From the BBC:

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.

There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.

This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.

Appeal rejected! Lionel Messi will face court trial in Spain

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lionel Messi looks dejected after the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on September 23, 2015 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.

Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.

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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.

From the BBC:

Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.

Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.

Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.