News Roundup

Wednesday Roundup — March 28, 2018

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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 here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game.

ICYMI: 

Season 2, Episode 1: We The People Podcast: We The People Podcast — 2018 Season: Episode 1

Barnes’ Rumor Radar — March 26, 2018: Rumor Radar — March 26, 2018

Monday’s News Roundup: Monday Roundup — March 26, 2018

Philadelphia Union

Union Name Dick Schreuder as Assistant 

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Union announced the addition of Dick Schreuder to the coaching staff.

Schreuder, the former head coach of Dutch club VV Katwijk, was named an Assistant Coach by the club. The Dutchman joins B.J. Callaghan, Pat Noonan and Tim Hanley on manager Jim Curtin’s staff.

Major League Soccer

Los Angeles Football Club Sign Portuguese Starlet 

On Tuesday, Major League Soccer’s newest club, Los Angeles Football Club, announced the acquisition of coveted Portuguese youngster, Andre Horta, from European super-club, SL Benfica.

Horta, 21, joins the Los Angeles club after spending the first four years of his career in Portugal’s top division with Vitória F.C., Benfica, and most recently on loan to SC Braga.

Internationally, Horta has featured over 20 times for Portuguese youth national teams.

US Soccer

USMNT Defeat Paraguay 1-0 in Friendly

Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan’s youthful team defeated Paraguay one-nil on Tuesday night in Cary, North Carolina. Bobby Wood’s conversion from the penalty spot, late in the first half, proved to be the eventual game-winner.

23 was the average age of the USMNT’s Starting XI against Paraguay, whose team featured several MLS players including Miguel Almiron of Atlanta United. 

At age 25, Wil Trapp of Columbus Crew SC was one of the oldest players on the field for the US. Trapp captained the side on the night, logging a full 90 minutes in the center of the park.

Perhaps the most notable appearances for the Yanks were newcomers Andrija Novakovich and Tim Weah. Both players were late additions to the match, and both earned their first CAPs for the United States.

Novakovich, 21, is owned by English Championship side Reading, but is currently on loan in Holland to Telstar where he has scored 17 goals in 28 appearances so far this season.

Weah, 18, currently plies his trade in France for Paris Saint Germain. He is the son of George Weah who is the current President of Liberia as well as a former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner.

Global

UEFA Abolishes Cup-Tied Rule, Approves Fourth Sub

On Tuesday, UEFA, Europe’s football governing body, announced changes to all continental club competition’s for next season.

Teams participating in UEFA club competitions next season will now be able to play recent signings who have already featured in the tournament for their former club teams. Coaches will also have the option of making a fourth substitute in extra time.

Spain Routs Argentina in Friendly 

On Tuesday night, Argentina were, in the words of head coach Jorge Sampaoli, “slapped” by Spain.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco bagged a hat trick while former Liverpool FC flop Iago Aspas, ex-Chelsea forward Diego Costa and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara each notched a goal in Spain’s 6-1 drudging of Argentina.

The result saw Argentina lose by a record-equalling five-goal margin. Nicolas Otamendi’s lone goal ensured the loss wouldn’t be the heaviest international defeat on record for La Albiceleste. 

Perhaps important to note: Lionel Messi did not feature for Argentina for the second straight match. Perhaps he could have made a difference in the result. Just perhaps.

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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