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, as always, here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game.
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Jim Curtin’s Presser Rescheduled to Today
Per the inbox: the Philadelphia Union have rescheduled head coach Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference to this afternoon, at 12:30 PM. Fans can watch Curtin’s presser on the club’s Facebook Live stream.
Union Reschedule Two Away Game Times
On Tuesday, the Union also announced scheduling changes that will affect two of the club’s upcoming road games.
First, the Union’s away fixture against Atlanta United on June 2 will now kickoff at 7:30 PM after originally being slated to begin at 7:00 PM.
In addition, the Union’s away match and first ever meeting with MLS newcomers Los Angeles Football Club will now begin at 8:00 PM EST after originally being set to kickoff at 10:30 PM EST.
Major League Soccer
CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Finals
Toronto Football Club continued to carry the torch for Major League Soccer in the CONCACAF Champions League, defeating Liga MX giants Club América 3-1 in the first leg of the semi-finals on Tuesday night.
TFC were powered by goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Ashtone Morgan. Heading into Mexico for the second leg, the Reds lead América 3-1 on aggregate.
Later tonight, in the other semi-final, the New York Red Bulls will also look to extend their run and continue MLS’ strong showing in this year’s Champions League tournament.
Head coach Jesse Marsh’s side have traveled South of the Border to face Chivas de Guadalajara at Estadio Akron in Zapopan, Mexico. Kickoff for the first leg is slated for 10:00 PM EST.
Report: Zlatan Turned Down $100 From China
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, the hero, the god, and the lion, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, turned down a massive $100 million offer from the Chinese Super League before making the decision to cross the pond to join MLS and the LA Galaxy.
US Fans Second to Russia Fans in World Cup Ticket Sales
If you read our last News Roundup, you would know that the United States is sending the most referees (2) to the upcoming World Cup in Russia. And, according to FIFA, the world football governing body, the US is sending the second most fans to the tournament, too.
Fans living in America purchased 16,642 match tickets, the second most behind only host nation Russia. After American fans were Argentinian fans, who bought 15,006 tickets, while fans in Colombia purchased the fourth most with 14,755 tickets sold.
Ronaldo Scores Worldy in Win at Juventus
If you haven’t seen the Portugal star’s world-class goal for Real Madrid against Juventus in the first-leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, well, you’re welcome.
This Ronaldo goal doesn’t even look real pic.twitter.com/ilstRGmOjr
— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) April 3, 2018
Ronaldo bagged a brace for Madrid, who would go on to dominate Juve 3-0 in a massive away win for Los Blancos. Tie over? It sure seems that way.
Manchester United in For Salah?
According to Don Balon, Manchester United are preparing a shock Summer move for Liverpool star Mohammed Salah.
Liverpool has stated that Salah is not for sale, but Jose Mourinho and United value the Egyptian at a whopping €200 million. Salah, 25, currently leads the Premier League with 29 goals.
Chiellini Ready to Swap Shirts With the Man Who Bit Him
Most people wouldn’t be so eager to chat up a chap who bites you, but apparently Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is.
Chiellini told El Mundo he would “like to swap shirts” with FC Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, that is, if they come up against each other again. The Italian also said he disagreed with the severity of the punishment given to Suarez.
“I have met him since on the pitch and it was a pleasure, as he is a great forward and it always means a challenge,” Chiellini said. “I would like to swap jerseys with him. His punishment was a pity, not being able to enter the stadiums was over the top. It was just to give an example because of the World Cup.”
In 2014, at the World Cup in Brazil, Suarez bit Chiellini on the shoulder during a group game between Uruguay and Italy. As a result, the Uruguayan star became subject to many internet GIFs and was banned from football grounds by FIFA for four-months.
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