News Roundup

Monday Roundup — Jan. 8, 2018

News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in the soccer world.

Welcome to the start of a new week and Monday’s News Roundup. Here’s what you may have missed and what is still to come in the Beautiful Game.

Philadelphia Union

Pat Noonan Set to Become Philadelphia Union Assistant Coach

According to Steven Goff of The Washington Post’s Soccer Insider, the Union are on the verge of naming Pat Noonan as the club’s replacement for former assistant coach, Mike Sorber, who joined Los Angeles Football Club’s staff last month.

Noonan, 37, is a former U.S. international player who has played for several Major League Soccer teams in his career. Currently, Noonan serves under interim United States manager Dave Sarachan. Previously, Noonan was part of Bruce Arena’s technical staff.

Goff reports that several members of the current USMNT staff, including Noonan, are pursuing long-term coaching opportunities elsewhere. Goff also reports that Noonan interviewed for the New England Revolution head coach vacancy in the Fall, but he, of course, did not land the gig.

Noonan has recently completed his U.S. Soccer Federation Pro License Coaching course, which is considered the, “highest form of soccer licensing offered in North America,” per the USSF.

PFD will keep an eye on timing of a possible announcement of Noonan as the club’s next assistant coach.

Major League Soccer

Per Italian Sky Sport reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, the Montreal Impact are eyeing a player swap with Serie A sibling side Bologna.

According to Di Marzio, who reported this on Friday, the proposed swap would see current Impact loanee and Switzerland international Blerim Dzemaili return to Italy and Serie A, in exchange for Algerian international midfielder Saphir Taider.

Taider, 25, has 38 appearances for Algeria with two of those appearances coming in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Algerian has laced up for several large clubs in Europe, including Juventus, Inter Milan, and Southhampton. Taider has featured just 10 times for Bologna this season.

Dzemaili, 31, featured in 22 matches for the Impact last campaign, with all of those appearances being part of the Starting XI. The Swiss talisman’s productive loan stint (7 goals, 10 assists) prompted the Canadian club to extend his loan into 2018.

However, it is reported that 12th placed Bologna want Dzemaili back and are willing to let Taider go in return.

It should be noted that Impact owner and president Joey Saputo also happens to be the chairman at Bologna.

US Soccer

Eric Lichaj Scores Twice in FA Cup Match

U.S. international Eric Lichaj set both American soccer Twitter and Arsenal fans into hysteria on Sunday. Neither could believe the two worldies that the American defender put past David Ospina.

Global 

Arsenal Crash Out of FA Cup 

It pains this Gooner to include this in the Roundup, but it should be known that the current English Football Association Cup holders, Arsenal, are out of the competition after falling 4-2 to Championship side Nottingham Forest. 

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Thanks for giving another Roundup a read. Check back on Wednesday morning for the latest News Roundup and happenings in the Beautiful Game.