News Roundup

Wednesday Roundup — July 18, 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. 

Philadelphia Union

USOC Quarter-Final: Philadelphia vs. Orlando

Tonight, the Union will look to advance, as they host Orlando City S.C. in the Quarter-Final Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

A win would see the Union move on to the Semi-Final Round of the Open Cup for an impressive fourth time in seven years. Kick off for tonight’s match is set for 7:00 PM EST and will be streamed on the club’s website.

Major League Soccer

Miami Stadium Proposal to Be Voted Upon Today

It is certainly an exciting time for football fans in Miami, as the co-owner of the David Beckham-led ownership group revealed the club is nearing a name and now a vote on their stadium proposal, too.

According to a board interview with the Miami Herald, Jorge Mas, one of Beckham’s partners in the Miami ownership group, said the club’s investors are preparing to  front the estimated $35 million required to clean up the proposed site at Melreese Country Club, near Miami International Airport.

For years, the 73-acre site has been left contaminated, but Mas says he is prepared to work “directly with residents” to gain their support for a billion dollar project that includes an office park, hotel, retail complex and 25,000-seat soccer specific stadium.

Officials from the City of Miami will finally make their decision on the ownership group’s proposal later today, after the city commissioners delayed from making one last week.

Report: “High Profile” Croatian Player Linked With MLS Miami 

Not to mention, MLS Miami reportedly have their eye on a star player from this year’s World Cup Cinderella, Croatia.

Again, it is according to co-owner Jorge Mas, who says at least one World Cup star is currently entertaining the opportunity to join the Miami-based club’s project in the near future.

Mas did not identify the player at this time, but there are obvious candidates that fit his description of a “high profile” player.

It could be midfielder Luka Modrić or Ivan Rakitić, forward Mario Mandžukić, or maybe even Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, who has urged fans to recognize him as one of the “best defenders in the world.”

US Soccer

Pulisic Not Paying Much Attention to Rumors

Hershey native and budding Borussia Dortmund and United States’ star Christian Pulisic isn’t paying much attention to the transfer rumors that have been swirling recently.

Pulisic, 19, has been a recurring target of English Premier League outfits Manchester United, Liverpool Football Club, with Tottenham Hotspur recently upping their interest in the American midfielder.

Despite the rumors, Pulisic says he is focused on pre-season with Dortmund.

“I don’t pay much attention to [the rumors],” Pulisic said. “Right now, I’m very focused on Borussia Dortmund and having a great preseason so that I can earn minutes on the field this season — that’s all I’m focused on right now.”

Pulisic and Dortmund will return to the U.S. for three International Champions Cup matches, after playing a friendly against MLS newcomers Los Angeles Football Club earlier in May.

BVB is set to face English champions Manchester City at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 20, Liverpool in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 22 and Portuguese power Benfica in Pittsburgh on July 25.

Global

Wenger: Staying at Arsenal For 22 Years “My Biggest Mistake” 

Here’s one for the Wenger Out Brigade.

Recently, in an interview with French radio station RTL, former Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger said staying at the North London club was, perhaps, his biggest mistake. Wenger also said he regrets sacrificing so much for the job.

Wenger, who stepped down as the longest-serving manager in Europe, added later that he may have been better off at looking for a new gig sooner, being a person who, according to the Frenchman, likes new things, likes change and challenges.

Wenger managed the Gunners for an incredible (and once Invincible) 22 years, but the Frenchman said the sacrifices he made during his tenure might not have been worth it, as he reflects today.

“I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realize I’ve hurt a lot of people around me. I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many people close to me,” Wenger said.

“Deep down though, the obsessed man [Wenger speaking in third person] is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves. He misses out on a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.”

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