Thorgan Hazard, the brother of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, has been asked to return the captain’s armband at loan club Zulte Waregem after being appointed to the position just 24 hours earlier.
Thorgan is also on the Chelsea books, but was sent on a season-long loan to the Belgian Pro League side for the second straight year.
The 20-year-old was made captain yesterday, much to the anger of fans who believed the appointment was made at the request of Chelsea.
According to Sky, the captaincy has been handed back to last year’s captain, 32-year-old defender Davy de Fauw, much to the delight of the fans.
Hazard made 28 appearances for Zulte last season in all competitions, including making it to the Champions League qualifying rounds.
The club issued a statement, saying, “Everyone involved with the club will help to shape the development of Thorgan Hazard. Therefore, we have decided in the interests of the club to inform Thorgan Hazard that the captain’s armband will go to Davy de Fauw.”
De Fauw also said he accepts the decision happily to help the club, and he will do his best to help the development of Hazard.
The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.
My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.
2018 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.
Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:
“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”
Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.
Sticking with the orange and blue color combination which has served them since inception, the shield has FC in the top left corner, Cincinnati running diagonally left-to-right in blue script on white, and a winged lion holding a sword as the primary icon.