Wednesday Roundup — March 21, 2018

News, Roundup

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 Beautiful Game.

Here’s what you may have missed, and what is still developing and to come. And here’s to helping bring you, the fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game.


Rumor Radar: Rumor Radar — March 19, 2018

In Form: In Form — Barnes’ MLS Power Rankings: Matchweek 3

Cal’s Corner: King Salah: The Player of the Year

Philadelphia Union:

International Call-Ups

Philadelphia Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin has been called up by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Medunjanin joins his National Team ahead of matches against Bulgaria (March 23) and Senegal (March 27).

Goalkeeper Andre Blake is currently on duty with the Jamaican National Team. Blake and the Reggae Boyz will face Antigua and Barbuda in a friendly to be played on Sunday, March 25.

Union Homegrown defenders Matt Real and Mark McKenzie have joined the United States Youth National Team in Spain in preparation for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2019.

The USYNT camp is headlined by three friendlies on March 21, March 23 and March 27.

Club Weekly Schedule 

As for the rest of the Philadelphia Union First Team, players will remain in Chester for training throughout this week, as Major League Soccer is currently on an international break.

On Thursday, at 12:30 PM, Union manager Jim Curtin will hold his weekly press conference, which will be streamed on the club’s Facebook page. We’ll have some Tweets for you, the fan, too.

Major League Soccer: 

MLS Players: Giovanni Dos Santos Most Overrated

Who’s the most overrated player in MLS?

ESPN asked 104 current players in an anonymous poll and found that Los Angeles Galaxy and Mexican international Giovanni Dos Santos was considered by his peers to be the most overrated player in the league.

Check out the complete results here.

Beasley: DC United’s Temporary Venue “Unacceptable” 

Former United States international and current Houston Dynamo defender Demarcus Beasley was not happy with DC United’s temporary venue, Maryland SoccerPlex, which was the site of the Dynamo’s 2-2 draw with United on Saturday.

Beasley sounded off on Twitter after a match in which United scored two unanswered goals, to salvage a late point against the Dynamo. Beasley called the facilities at the SoccerPlex “unacceptable.”

United’s brand new stadium, Audi Field, is set to open this Summer and in the meantime, the club has elected to play its home matches at the SoccerPlex rather than play games on the road.

US Soccer:

USMNT Interim Manager Sarachan Extends Deal

On Tuesday, USMNT interim manager, Dave Sarachan, informed the Washington Post that the United States Soccer Federation has given him an extension of his contract.

Sarachan’s contract was originally set to expire at the end of March. Now, he will remain in charge of the team through their June friendlies against Ireland and France.

Sarachan and the new look USMNT have an upcoming friendly against Paraguay at Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.


Adidas Drops Away World Cup Kits

Presented without comment.

Liverpool to Reject All Summer Bids For Salah

And, finally, here’s something to ease our Merseyside readers and writers, too (breathe easy Cal and Noah). Liverpool Football Club says it will not sell star player Mohammed Salah “under any circumstances” this Summer.

The Egyptian has netted 36 times for the Reds and has been in fine form for Liverpool this season, leading to speculation that European super-clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will come calling in the Summer.

However, The Telegraph is reporting that Liverpool will “rebuff any approaches” for Salah, especially after losing midfield ace Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona back in January.

Liverpool is set to host the first leg of the upcoming UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals against league rival Manchester City on Wednesday, April 4.

Thanks for reading Wednesday’s News Roundup. Check back here, on Friday morning, for the latest happening in The Beautiful Game. Cheers.


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