News Roundup

Friday Roundup — April 27, 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, as always, here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game.

ICYMI: 

Monday’s Roundup: Monday Roundup — April 23, 2018

Wednesday’s Roundup: Wednesday Roundup — April 25, 2018

PFD’s MLS Power Rankings — Matchweek 7: In Form — Barnes’ MLS Power Rankings: Matchweek 7

Philadelphia Union 

Philadelphia Union to Hold Ink For Honor Event

Philadelphia Union will be teaming up with their Chief Tattoo Officer, Bonedaddy’s, to show their appreciation for past and present servicemen and women as part of Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, May 19.

Fans are being encouraged by the club to nominate either active or retired military members to receive a complimentary tattoo in a transformed club suite, during the Union’s upcoming match against Real Salt Lake.

According to the Union’s website, two military members will be selected to receive free ink penned by the club’s CTO.

Major League Soccer

Vieira: “I’m ready to coach ‘any side’ in Europe” 

New York City Football Club has been one of Major League Soccer’s hottest clubs to start the new campaign, and manager Patrick Vieira has been receiving no shortage of plaudits for City’s success, from both at home and abroad.

NYCFC’s current boss has been heavily rumored to take the managerial reigns of his former club team, English Premier League side Arsenal.

Vieira is rumored to be one of the candidates to take over for legendary manager Arsène Wenger, for whom the Frenchman played for and captained during the Gunner’s “Invincible,” 2003-2004 season.

Wenger recently announced his intentions to step down at the end of this current season, citing his concerns regarding the super-club’s image and reputation around the world.

On Thursday, the Gunners’ former midfielder told the Times that he is both “honored” by the rumors and “ready” to coach any European side.

Vieira insisted, however, that he has not had any contact with his former club and that it would be “difficult” to leave his current managerial position with the current Supporters’ Shield leaders.

Sweden: Ibrahimovic Will NOT Make World Cup Return

While one legend has not ruled out an opportunity for the future, another has reportedly done so.

According to a statement from the Swedish Football Association, Svenska Fotbollforbundet, which was released on Thursday, LA Galaxy’s recent, marquee signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has informed the National Team that he will not be coming out of retirement to play in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Below is the full statement from Lars Richt, Sweden’s Sporting Director.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously said no to playing for the National Team — and he hasn’t changed his mind. I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He told me he hasn’t changed his mind regarding playing for the National Team — it’s still a no.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is therefore, for the same reason as previous National Team gatherings, not a candidate for the World Cup squad that coach Janne Andersson will present on May 15.”

US Soccer

Report: United States Finalizing Brazil, Mexico Friendlies

Per several ESPN FC sources, the United States Men’s National Team is currently in the process of finalizing friendlies against both Brazil and Mexico during the September international window.

Both matches will reportedly be played in the States and are set to be played between September 3 and 11, at venues to be determined at a later date.

In May, the USMNT are scheduled to play at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, in a friendly against Bolivia. And, earlier this month, both the Italian and English Football Associations announced friendlies against the United States for November of this year.

According to the sources, the National Team’s new manager could debut during the rumored September friendlies.

Global 

FA Receives Wembley Offer

A bit of news regarding that other game of football.

On Thursday, the English FA confirmed that it had, indeed, received an offer to buy London’s Wembley Stadium, with the potential owner being Pakistani-American billionaire Shad Khan.

Khan is, of course, the majority owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars as well as a chairman of the English Championship’s Fulham Football Club.

According to the London Evening Standard, an outlined agreement for the purchase between Khan and FA chief executive Martin Glenn is already in place. And, according to the same report, the agreement is rumored to be around £500 million with the deal potentially rising to £800 million.

Wembley’s potential new owner insisted that the purchase of the stadium would be vital for the stability of Jacksonville before promising to English fans that their National Team’s home venue would remain “iconic.”

A portion of Khan’s statement below:

“The games the Jaguars play at Wembley are essential to the financial stability of the Jaguars in Jacksonville, which is one of the smallest markets in the NFL. If my ownership interests were to include Wembley Stadium, it would protect the Jaguars’ position in London at a time when other NFL teams are understandably becoming more interested in this great city. And the stronger the Jaguars are in London, the more stable and promising the Jaguars’ future will be in Jacksonville.

As important, Wembley Stadium would return to private ownership and The Football Association would be able to focus on its core mission of developing players with the best player developers and facilities anywhere in the game, thanks in part to the vast financial benefit that would result from the transaction.

I trust many if not most of you are also supporters of the England national teams, so I hope you welcome the potential of this becoming a reality. Always know Wembley would be home to the England national teams, and that we would strive every day of the year to be the best possible steward for a venue that is iconic and beloved here and throughout the world.”

Khan, speaking to Press Association Sport, said he hopes to wrap up the deal sometime in the coming months.

Gerrard Offered Rangers Job

On Thursday, it was first reported by Goal that Scottish Premier League side Rangers were hoping to name Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the storied club’s next manager.

Now, on Friday, the Guardian is reporting that Rangers are increasingly confident that Gerrard, who currently serves as a youth coach for Liverpool, will be the new man at the helm, at Ibrox Stadium, following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in October.

Gerrard, 37, reportedly met with ‘Gers officials at the end of last week, and is believed to have named former Liverpool teammate Gary McAllister as his assistant coach.

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

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