News Roundup

Friday Roundup — May 25, 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: 

Wednesday’s News Roundup: Wednesday Roundup — May 23, 2018

FIFA World Cup — Group B Preview: 

We The People Podcast — Ep. 3: We The People Podcast — Season 2: Ep. 3

Philly Football Daily Liverpool and English Premier League columnist Cal Dymowski joined the show on Wednesday night to discuss his family’s first Philadelphia Union game since 2011, the Champions League Final, and the World Cup.

Philadelphia Union

Stewart Considered Front Runner to Become USMNT GM

According to Kristian Dyer of Metro, Philadelphia Union Sporting Director and former United States Men’s National Team player Earnie Stewart is considered the favorite to become the USMNT’s first-ever General Manager.

Dyer reported in Metro on Wednesday that Stewart is “the favorite” for the new role, which has been introduced by new US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro. Following Dyer’s report was a subsequent report by Yahoo Sports’Doug McIntyre, who said Stewart is in midst of negotiations to land the new gig.

Stewart assumed the role of Union Sporting Director in October 2015 after serving similar positions in the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar and NAC Breda. Since then, Stewart has received his fair share of praise, criticism and doubt for past and present Union acquisitions.

“Big Earn” has earned 101 appearances for the United States in his playing career.

Philly Draw Richmond in USOC Fourth Round

On Thursday, fixtures for the Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were drawn. It was revealed that on June 5, the Union will play host to the Richmond Kickers of the USL, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester.

Richmond advanced to the Fourth Round after downing PennFC 3-2 in dramatic fashion. Penn FC, of course, were formerly known as the Harrisburg City Islanders who were the Union’s first-ever affiliate club from 2010 to 2015. 

Philadelphia is set to enter the Open Cup competition on June 5, which will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Major League Soccer

Reports: FC Cincinnati Set to Join MLS

On Thursday, FC Cincinnati, in conjunction with Major League Soccer, announced a “special event” that is to be held on Tuesday, May 29, to make a “significant announcement.”

It was also announced that MLS commissioner Don Garber will be attending the special event, along with Cincinnati mayor John Cranley, the USL club’s majority owner Carl H. Lindner III and president Jeff Berding, leading to speculation that FCC will be announced as the league’s 26 club.

Cincinnati is currently one of three finalists, including Detroit and Sacramento, who are vying to join MLS before the league caps its expansion at 28 clubs.

Rooney Arrives in D.C. Ahead of United Move

Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney arrived in the Nation’s capital on Wednesday ahead of his likely transfer to D.C. United, after a family vacation in Barbados.

Yes, you read that correctly. It is 2018, after all.

On Thursday, following his arrival, the Englishman toured D.C. United’s new stadium, Audi Field, which is set to open on July 14. Rooney also met with United’s General Partner Jason Levien, and underwent a physical with the club’s doctors.

According to a source close to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, Rooney and United are expected to come to terms with a contract agreement in the coming days, with the English forward having since departed for England earlier this morning.

A deal is believed to be through 2020 and worth around $5 million per year, which would make Rooney one of the most expensive players in Major League Soccer.

US Soccer

US, Mexico to Play September 11 Friendly

It was announced on Thursday that the United States and Mexico will play a “friendly” on September 11, in Nashville, Tennessee. El Tri and the USMNT will play at Nissan Stadium, with kickoff slated for 8:30 PM EST on ESPN.

Mexico and the United States last met in June 2017, during World Cup qualifying, with the two sides playing out to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca.

It is believed that Brazil will soon be announced as an opponent for an additional friendly to be played in September. According to The Tennessean, the friendly, which has yet to be announced, will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Global

Aubameyang: Arsenal “Stagnated” Under Wenger 

ICYMI: On Wednesday, Arsenal appointed former Paris Saint Germain and Sevilla boss Unai Emery as a replacement for long-time manager Arsene Wenger, who stepped down after 22 years at the helm.

And, on Thursday, the Gunners’ top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang weighed in on the appointment of the Emery as the club’s new head coach, speaking highly of the Basque man on French radio.

“He’s [Emery] a really good coach,” Aubameyang said. “In Paris, it’s never very easy. There’s a huge amount of pressure … I know he did really good work with Sevilla and with PSG, too.”

Aubameyang also discussed his former manager, Wenger, who brought him to the Emirates.

“I think it’s a little bit of a mixed feeling in fact,” Aubameyang said in regards to Wenger’s exit. “On one hand, it’s strange for all the fans that the coach has left. But it’s definitely a fresh start.

“Since over the last few seasons — you have to tell the truth — the club has stagnated a little bit, I think everyone is actually a little bit excited to see what happens next season.”

Aubameyang scored 10 goals in 12 Premier League appearances since signing for the North London club in January, from German giants Borussia Dortmund.

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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