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Shipp, Beasley among names eligible for Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft

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Protected lists have been released for Major League Soccer’s Expansion Draft, scheduled for Tuesday to help aid in roster construction for Atlanta United and Minnesota United.

Like the SuperDraft, a team can reap plenty from the Expansion Draft. Unfortunately, it can also be more of an avenue to acquire assets than select on-field components.

Only 10 players will be selected in this season’s draft, and no team can lose more than a single player. At most, Atlanta and Minnesota will add five names to their lists.

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While there are names “available” that have retired or stated their intentions to move on — Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba, and Brad Davis among them — there’s plenty to like from the list.

Sebastian Le Toux, Harry Shipp, Jose Goncalves, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Frank Lampard, Maurice Edu, Charlies Davies, Clarence Goodson, Alvaro Fernandez, Chance Myers, Steven Beitashour, Clint Irwin, and Giles Barnes among the productive names available.

Some, like DaMarcus Beasley and Will Johnson, are eligible for free agency at 4 p.m. EDT. The expansion draft is at 1 p.m.

Notable names left unprotected

Chicago: Arkshakyan, Cocis, Gehrig, Harrington, LaBrocca, McLain, Morrell, Stephens, Ramos, Thiam

Colorado: Burch, Burling, Berner, Castillo, C. Doyle, J. Jones, Le Toux, Pappa, Ramirez, St. Ledger, Watts, M. Williams

Columbus: Ashe, Clark, Duka, Francis, Hollingsworth, Mabwati, C. Martinez, Pacifici, Saied, Saravia, Sauro, Stuver, Wahl

DC: Boswell, Dykstra, Franklin, Horton, Jeffrey, A. Kamara, Korb, Mishu, Opare, Rolfe, Saborio, Worra

Dallas: Dos Santos, Bonner, David, Harris, Herman, M. Hernandez, Lizarazo, Loyd, Ortiz, Paparatto, Pitter, Rosales, Ruiz, Seitz

Houston: Arboleda Quinones, Beasley, C. Brown, K. Brown, Garcia Iniquez, Garcia, Horst, Lovejoy, Maidana, Mansally, Rodriguez, Steinberger, Warner, S. Williams

LA: Aguilar, Da Silva, Donovan, Garcia, Gerrard, Gordon, Husidic, Keane, Kennedy, Larentowicz, Lassiter, Magee, Romney

Montreal: Bekker, Bernier, Dia, Drogba, Fisher, Kronberg, Mallace, Oduro, Ontivero, Salazard, Shipp, Toia

New England: D. Barnes, Goncalves, Hollinger-Janzen, Knighton, Kobayaski, McCrary, Neumann, Shuttleworth, Smith, Turner, Watson, Woodberry

NYC: Brandt, Bravo, Gomez, J. Hernandez, Johansen, Lampard, D. Martinez, Mena, Mendoza, Rawls, Saunders, Taylor, White

RBNY: Abang, Baah, Bilyeu, Damari, Duvall, Long, Ouimette, Perrinelle, Reynish, S. Wright-Phillips, Zizzo, Zubar

Orlando City: Alston, Ambrose, Baptista, Barry, Boden, Carrasco, Edwards, Garcia, Hines, Mateos, Ribeiro, Rocha, Rochez

Philadelphia: Barnetta, Carroll, Conceicao, Davies, Edu, Fernandes, Gaddis, Jones, McCarthy, Missimo, Restrepo, Tribbett, Washington

Portland: Asprilla, Barmby, N. Besler, Borchers, Brett, Hamilton, Igboananike, Klute, Konopka, McInerney, Okugo, Peay, Polk, J. Taylor, S. Taylor, Thoma, Valentin, Zemanski

RSL: Attinella, Baez, Garcia, Morales, Okwounu, Olave, Sandoval, Stertzer, Welshman, Wingert

San Jose: Amarikwa, Barrera, Barrett, Colvey, Emeghara, Francis, Goitom, Goodson, Lenhart, Meredith, Pelosi, Quintero, Sherrod, Silva, Stewart, Wynne

Seattle: Farfan, Anderson, A. Fernandez, Fisher, Friberg, Gomez, Ivanschitz, Lowe, Lyon, Mears, Ockford, Remick, Sturgis, Valdez

Sporting KC: E. Alvarado, Appiah, Coelho, Davis, Hallisey, Joya, Kann, Mapp, Myers, Nagamura, Olum, Peterson, Porter, Sinovic

Toronto: Babouli, Beitashour, Bloom, Cheyrou, Irwin, Johnson, Lovitz, Ricketts, Roberts, Simonin, Williams

Vancouver: Aird, G. Barnes, De Jong, Edgar, Flores, Kudo, Levis, Morales, Perez, Seiler, Smith, Techera, Tornaghi

In 2014, Orlando City and NYCFC had plenty of hits and misses. NYC’s picks of Tommy McNamara was a home run, while Ned Grabavoy was certainly serviceable. Orlando’s draft was largely forgettable.

Montreal’s 2011 selections bore some fruit in Justin Mapp, Jeb Brovsky, Collen Warner, and Sanna Nyassi all appearing for the Impact. Seth Sinovic was selected from KC and traded back for Davy Arnaud, while Brian Ching was traded back to Houston for a first-round pick.

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Miguel Almiron knew nothing about MLS, everything about Tata

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Miguel Almiron’s future is going to be a big part of the story for as long as he’s in Atlanta United, but his past is in focus following another cool post in The Players’ Tribune.

It’s a cool read, for sure, to examine Almiron’s rise from “too skinny” kid without a club to one of the top prospects this side of the Atlantic Ocean, but the story of why he came to Atlanta is an argument for the “big name” manager (Tata Martino in this case).

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Before the Paraguayan youngster was the talk of the transfer market, MLS Newcomer of the Year, and the No. 1 jersey sale in the league, he was being recruited to the Georgian expansion outlet.

“I didn’t know much about MLS. I didn’t know where Atlanta was. I didn’t know anything. But Tata was manager, and that was all I needed to know.”

Given that Martino arrived not too long before Almiron, the following Tweet makes the point I’ve been trying to make as well as anyone:

Sevilla manager reportedly told team of cancer diagnosis at half

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When it comes to locker room tales, few compare to this one.

Any big comeback, especially one as high profile as Sevilla’s stunning second half against Liverpool, inspires the question, “What was said in the team room at halftime?!?”

Down 3-0 at halftime and in danger of bowing out of the UEFA Champions League, Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo gave his team some very serious news.

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According to Spanish reports relayed by The Telegraph, Berizzo informed his players of his prostate cancer diagnosis.

Sevilla confirmed that Berizzo is battling adenocarcinoma, saying, “Future medical tests will determine a course of treatment. Sevilla FC wants to show maximum support to its manager in these moments and wishes him a prompt recovery.”

It adds extra weight to Ever Banega’s postgame comments:

“We have to go out there with that attitude, for the fans that always back us and for the coach who has turned this around. He is the most important of all of us, he has us on the right path and we are with him to the hilt.”

Our best to Berizzo, and — sorry Reds supporters — it’s pretty cool Sevilla was able to rally after such stunning news.

Liverpool releases statement after Sevilla stadium supporter outcry

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Liverpool has proffered a strong and cautionary statement regarding its supporters’ treatment at Sevilla on Tuesday.

Claims of police punching a woman in the back and throwing her “political” flag at her, a Liverbird with the word “Defiance” on it, are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Fans claim that many were either delayed or denied in entry to the stadium, with “police in riot gear not letting you get to your seat” in some cases.

The Reds have released a statement, from LiverpoolFC.com:

Following detailed and troubling accounts given by Liverpool supporters attending the match against Sevilla last night, the club is seeking to establish the facts regarding their treatment at the hands of the host stewards and local police force.
The safety and security of our supporters is our paramount concern and we intend to gather all the relevant information before responding further.

Supporter treatment away from home is deservedly a hot button issue, and especially at Liverpool given the horrible Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 and wounded almost 800 more in 1989.

As for the match, the Reds squandered a 3-0 lead at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, drawing 3-3.

Sounders in firm control after Leg 1

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Seattle Sounders took full control of the Western Conference finals with a resounding 2-0 win over ten-man Houston. The Sounders already had hit first in the 11th minute through Gustav Svensson but the red card to Jalil Anibaba changed the game. Houston had some chances later but fatigue meant the focus and control was off. Former Dynamo striker Will Bruin’s goal may have put the tie to bed.

Three moments that mattered

11′ — Gustav Svensson Goal — The Sounders wanted to set the tone early and they picked up an early goal off a corner kick, as Svensson redirected a header past Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis. The goal changed the complexion of the game to that point, until our next big moment.

28′ — Jalil Anibaba red card — Joevin Jones was a menace to deal with tonight and after getting past Anibaba, the latter pulled Jones down and as it appeared to be denial of a goal-scoring opportunity, Anibaba was given his marching orders. Suddenly, Houston, down a goal and down a man, had a lot more to do to stay in the tie. Nicolas Lodeiro missed the subsequent penalty kick but Will Bruin picked Lodeiro up later.

42′ — Will Bruin goal — The former Dynamo man scored a massive goal against his former club on a great cross from Jones on the left wing. While the tie isn’t over, the Sounders are in firm control and look set to repeat as Western Conference playoffs champions.

Man of the Match: Joevin Jones