Chelsea attacker Oscar is on his way to the hospital after a heavy clash with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in the first half of Sunday’s Premier League matchup.
Oscar came off his line to challenge Oscar for a through ball, and he plowed into the Brazilian in a heavy collision. Replays showed the crown of Ospina’s head scored a direct hit on Oscar’s chin. Somehow, referee Michael Oliver did not call a foul or penalty despite the somewhat obvious situation.
Replays reviewed at halftime by the NBC Sports studio crew showed disturbing footage of Oscar immediately following impact, as he lay on the ground with a clear concussion.
New Premier League protocol regarding head injuries says any player that loses consciousness during play must come off the field immediately and not be allowed to continue. It is unclear whether Oscar loses consciousness, but his expression and movement directly following the clash suggests he at the least suffered the effects of a blow to the head.
Nonetheless, Oscar was allowed to continue for a full 30 minutes following the impact, only removed at halftime and replaced by Didier Drogba. Throughout the first half, Oscar received 14 passes and registered one shot on goal.
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.