The USMNT squad to face Portugal next week in Leiria has been called, and as many expected, this group is very young. Seven players have fewer than five international senior appearances, and five of them have not been capped before: Tyler Adams from New York Red Bulls, Cameron Carter-Vickers of Sheffield United, Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, Weston McKinnie from Schalke, and FC Dallas ‘keeper Jesse Gonzalez. This is the first roster since that dark day that the U.S. lost to Trinidad and Tobago, which knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup. U.S. Interim Coach Dave Sarachan used the word “opportunity“ to describe what is in front of the team, who now have plenty of time to get it right, but no time to waste in doing so. One interesting omission is that of Christian Pulisic, who will stay with Dortmund in the break.
After gaining just nine points from 11 matches this season, and firing Slaven Bilic, West Ham has hired David Moyes as the newest manager of the club, wasting no time in getting their man, at least for the rest of the season, in the door. The Hammers have slipped into the relegation zone after their 4-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend, and Moyes will have Watford up first on Nov. 19, meaning he has just under two weeks with the players. Moyes temporarily only has a contract until the end of the season, but if he saves the club from relegation, the owners could extend the contract.
In case you missed it, Andrea Pirlo, one of the all-time greats, has announced his retirement from football after New York City FC’s elimination at the hands of Columbus Crew SC. The Italian Legend played for AC Milan, Juventus, and NYCFC and established himself as one of the greatest passers many of us have ever seen. He is also a class act on and off the field, and has basically every single honor a footballer could achieve, save for a Ballon D’Or. World Cup? Check. Champions League? Check. Italian Champion? Check. We collectively tip our cap to a great footballer for a great career. Now, imagine the scenes when Gigi Buffon hangs up the cleats, which is very possible could happen after this season.
Did someone say drama? Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with Isco because Isco did not come right to him to celebrate and thank him for the assist to Isco’s goal. Evidently, Ronaldo also has a bet with teammates that he would finish as leading scorer in La Liga, and is currently behind Lionel Messi by 11 goals. You know how it goes, when Real Madrid is not winning everything, the ~drama~ boils over. We’ll see how much we keep hearing about this as the season rolls on.
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