The danger in Jermaine Jones to New England: perceived league chaos

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Look, let’s imagine for a second that everything done to land Jermaine Jones in New England was above the sheets, by the book or however you want to categorize something being downright legitimate.

Imagine that Chicago wasn’t screwed, neither was Los Angeles in its pursuit of Sacha Kljestan and Bruce Arena’s still bummed that Jurgen Klinsmann’s getting more high fives than he did.

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In that case, everything’s cool.

But that’s not likely how the job got done, as a blind draw moved Jones away from his reportedly-preferred but today-denied destination of Chicago. And Los Angeles may’ve been kept from acquiring a respected American player who wanted to play for the Galaxy.

Now imagine Jones gives New England the boost they need to surge into the playoffs, that as a dominant midfielder he propels the Revs into a title game.

Against Los Angeles.

This would be a problem, and it’s not as silly as it sounds. Look at how DC United has surged from the bottom of the league to the top of the East. Jones is, no exaggeration, exactly what New England needs to facilitate its attack and organize its midfield. He’s the field general they’ve needed, and makes everyone better from Bobby Shuttleworth between the sticks to Teal Bunbury and new, big Dutchman Geoffrey Castillon up top.

The ‘blind draw’, so shrouded in secrecy until it happened, could genuinely not only affect how the East shakes out but who the West has to face to win the thing. The season’s timing in relation to the international transfer window already affects team prospects far too much; One of the last thing the league needs is yet another factor that can destory a season’s worth of work.

In sports terms, it feels a bit like law of war. Here came a massive, potentially game-changing figure. In the past, that figure has been able to engineer his destination. This time, cloudy measures got him to his eventual destination despite, well, this:

And these Retweets:

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And these comments from Chicago more than three weeks ago.

Sure, there’s a chance things literally fell apart with the Fire, that Jones decided he’d go to either location. But then why did it take so long?

And what if it all feels a bit dirty once a champion is crowned?

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 clubs, players and 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.