Friday Roundup — March 30, 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 here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game.


Wednesday’s News Roundup: Wednesday Roundup — March 28, 2018

Philadelphia Union

Medunjanin Retires From Bosnia & Herzegovina 

Don’t worry, Philadelphia Union fans: No. 6 may have retired from the Bosnia & Herzegovina National Team on Tuesday, but Honest Haris, as he’s been dubbed by fans, will continue his club playing career with the Union.

Medunjanin, 33, made the announcement on Tuesday after playing his 60th, and final, international match for B&H against Senegal. Below is the full quote from the always straightforward Medunjanin:

“I’ve been thinking about it [retirement] for a long time and made this difficult decision. We have to think about the future, there are a lot of good players here. The fact that we did not qualify for the World Cup is a sign that we, a little older players like me, need to give the younger guys a chance and I want them success in the coming period.”

Major League Soccer

Ibrahimovic Available Ahead of LA Derby 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s conquest of Major League Soccer, North America, and everyone not as exalted as the infamous Swede, could begin as early as this Saturday, according to LA Galaxy gaffer Sigi Schmid. 

Ibra, 36, completed his move away from England and Manchester United to MLS and LA on March 23, signing a two-year deal worth $3 million, according to sources close to ESPN FC.

Now, on March 29, the self-proclaimed god and lion has trained with his new team ahead of the Galaxy’s first-ever derby against cross-city rival Los Angeles Football Club.

Speaking after training on Thursday, Schmid said that Zlatan is in contention to make his debut on Saturday.

“I think there’s a chance he can play a part in the [LAFC] game,” said Schmid. “I don’t think he’s going to play 90 minutes.”

Darwin Quintero in Minneapolis Ahead of United Move

Another player who has been written about by Philly Football Daily contributor Noah Barnes and rumored to join MLS is Columbian Darwin Quintero, who currently plays in Liga MX for Club America.

Quintero, 30, was pictured arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday night. The Columbian is rumored to become Minnesota United’s first ever Designated Player.

US Soccer

Two Referees From US Selected to Upcoming World Cup 

The United States Men’s National Team will not feature in this Summer’s World Cup in Russia. However, the United States will be sending two referees to the tournament, the most for any country.

On Thursday, FIFA, the world football governing body, confirmed the list of 36 referees and 63 assistants, hailing from 46 separate countries, who will officiate the Summer games.

MLS referees Mark Geiger and Jair Marrufo were selected from the United States. Geiger has experience officiating at the World Cup, having recently refereed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In addition to Geiger and Marrufo, the US also had two assistant referees selected by FIFA, Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell.

Aron Johannsson Returns From Injury 

USMNT forward Aron Johannsson is set to return from injury this weekend, when the Icelandic-American’s club team, German Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen, host Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Johannsson, 27, returns to Bremen after spending a portion of the recent international break in Iceland, where he received treatment for an issue with an Achilles tendon.

Johannsson is expected to feature in coach Florian Kohfeldt’s team for Sunday’s clash, having already made eight Bundesliga appearances in the 10 matches Bremen has played in this calendar year.


Manchester United Bid For Ronaldo 

Manchester United are apparently keen on bringing their former teenage star Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, back to The Theater of Dreams.

It is being reported by Diario Gol that United have monitored the contract situation of Ronaldo at Real Madrid for months and, according to the report, the Red Devils have offered the Portuguese star a staggering €30 million per year to return to Old Trafford.

Eagles’ Jay Ajayi Brings Trophy to Arsenal 

Well someone had to.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is a massive Arsenal fan having grown up in London before moving stateside. So it comes as no surprise that Ajayi, a lifelong Gooner, would play his part in bringing the club silverware this season.

On Tuesday, Ajayi visited The Emirates Stadium with the Eagles’ Super Bowl trophy.

Gun-toting PAOK President Given Three-Year Ban 

You may remember him from on of our previous News Roundups. 

Ivan Savvidis, president of PAOK, was handed a three-year ban from football grounds by the Greek Super League disciplinary committee on Thursday. The ban is in response to Savvidis storming the pitch and reaching for his gun during a game with rival AEK Athens.

In addition to the ban issued to Savvidis, the disciplinary committee docked PAOK three points, ending their title chances, issued a fine of €63,000, and ordered the club to play their next three home matches behind closed doors.

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


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