News Roundup

Wednesday Roundup — August 1, 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

Trusty, Fontana Start Homegrown Game; McKenzie Captains Side  

Union defender Auston Trusty started at left fullback for the MLS Homegrown team on Tuesday night in Atlanta, anchoring behind midfielder Anthony Fontana, who played in an advanced role to begin the game.

At full time, the MLS Homegrown team drew the visiting Tigres UANL Under-20 side 1-1, with Canadian Liam Frazier of Toronto Football Club scoring the lone goal for the league’s brightest. 

It was expected that Trusty, 19, would start for the Homegrown team, as the Media, PA native has played every minute for the Union this season (the only player in the team to do so).

However, the admission of Fontana, 18, to the Starting XI did come as somewhat of a surprise, as the native of Newark, DE hasn’t featured much for the Union since the start of the 2018 campaign.

Mark McKenzie, Trusty’s partner in the matchday backline for the Union, captained the Homegrown side in the second half, joining the action alongside Matthew Real who slotted into his favored left fullback position.

Real nearly played a match-winning pass for the Homegrown team at the end, but Tigres managed to clear the ball and avert the danger.

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer All-Star Game Preview

No Union players were selected to represent the club at this year’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game, which will be played tonight between Italian giants Juventus and, of course, the MLS All-Star Team.

Nevertheless, PFD has a preview for everything you, the Fan, need to know before tonight’s event.

MLS All-Star Team: Complete Roster

Here is the complete roster for this year’s MLS All-Star Team, which is captained by Los Angeles Football Club forward Carlos Vela and coached by Atlanta United boss Tata Martino.

Juve Captain Giorgio Chiellini is Most Excited to Play This MLS Player 

Hint: the player that Chiellini refers to in his exclusive sit-down interview with MLS has never played in a top European league (not yet at least). Hear who the Italian cannot wait to go up against.

Notable Roster Emissions, Additions

Perhaps two of the most notable emissions from the All-Star Game are that of Juventus’ big summer signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, and LA Galaxy hit-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ronaldo, 33, ruled himself out of Juve’s American tour shortly after his high-profile move from Real Madrid and Portugal’s exodus from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Ibra, on the other hand, was ruled out by his club on Monday, with Los Angeles citing a heavy slate of upcoming league games and the extent of travel required to and from Atlanta.

In the statement released by the club, the Swede mentions his disappointment in playing one of his former clubs.

“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star Game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”

Joining the All-Star team in the absence of Ibra as well as New York City Football Club captain David Villa are Minnesota United midfielder Darwin Quintero and New York Red Bulls phenom Tyler Adams. Both players were named to the team on Monday.

Kickoff for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game is set for 7:30 P.M. ET, and will be broadcasted on ESPN and UniMás. 

U.S. Soccer

Caen Approach Chelsea About Miazga Loan Deal

French side Caen has, according to source close to ESPN, made a formal offer to take United States National Team and Chelsea defender Matt Miazga on loan for the entirety of the 2018/2019 season.

Get French Football News and independent journalist Mohamed Toubache-Ter was the first to report the Ligue 1 side’s interest in the American defender, claiming Miazga was set for a medical with Caen on Tuesday.

However, according to the ESPN source, other clubs are also chasing Miazga and, “no final decision has been made” with regard to Caen’s alleged offer.

Miazga, 23, joined Chelsea from the Red Bulls in January 2016, but the Clifton, NJ native has spent the last two seasons on loan in Holland with the Blues’ affiliate club, SBV Vitesse.

Alvarez: “I Could Still Play For the U.S.”

Budding Galaxy star Efrain Alvarez only just turned 16, but is already considering his senior international future.

Alvarez was called up to the Mexican Under-17 National Team earlier this summer. However, the highly touted teen is still mulling who he’ll play for at the senior level in the future.

“I’m not closing the door on anyone,” Alvarez told MLSsoccer.com. “I could still play for the U.S. or I could keep playing for Mexico. But I’m with Mexico right now and that’s my focus.”

Alvarez was born and raised in California, and has represented the U.S. at the Under-15 level. He has impressed playing for the Galaxy’s reserve team in the second-tier USL. There, Alvarez has scored eight goals in as many games this season.

Global

Managers in England Now Subject to Cards

On Tuesday, the English Football Association announced a new ruling, which now permits officials to issue managers within the technical area yellow and red cards for misconduct during competitive fixtures.

Now, cards can be issued during games in the FA Cup, Football League, EFL Cup, EFL Trophy and National League, with managers and coaches in the Premier League being the only exception to the ruling. Instead, verbal warnings will be given to PL gaffers in place of cards.

According to the FA, misconduct and “irresponsible behavior” encompasses actions such as kicking or throwing water bottles, clothing, such as coats, or any objects in a show of dissent toward an official, opposing player, coach or fan.

Per the FA, an automatic one game suspension will be handed down when that individual accumulates four warnings. After eight, coaches and managers are subject to a two-game ban, with 12 warnings resulting in a three-game suspension.

Thank you for checking out Wednesday’s News Roundup. Check back here, on Friday morning, for all the latest happening in The Beautiful Game. Until then, Cheers.

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