Atletico Madrid have sent a formal complaint to FIFA over an alleged illegal approach by Barcelona for star striker Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona have reportedly been contacting people around Griezmann, including family members, trying to convince him to join the club in the summer. While the Frenchman does have a new contract until the 2021-22 season, he has been linked to a move away from Madrid, with Barcelona being one of the potential destinations, but contacting family members breaks transfer rules. If found guilty, Barça could have further sanctions and not be able to make the move at all.
Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director, Antero Henrique, has said that Real Madrid’s attempts to get Neymar to the Spanish capital could lead to unsettling Cristiano Ronaldo. Before we go any further, remember that these two teams play one another in the Champions League Round of 16. So if it sounds like PSG, the ones who stirred the pot in the summer, are now trying to get in someone’s head, that’s probably what is happening. This also comes after Florentino Perez said that Neymar would have a better chance of winning the Ballon D’Or if he played for a Spanish club. Henrique also denied that Neymar is interested in now heading to Madrid, saying that the Brazilian has accepted PSG’s vision and that it is not about money (ha!).
U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez, who plays for Liga MX’s Monterrey at the age of 18, has been named to the league’s best XI for the 2017 season. Gonzalez earned a starting spot in just July this past season and helped his side to the final, where they lost to Liga MX champions Tigres. He started 20 games for Monterrey and also helped them to finish first in the table, and has not yet gotten a call to the USMNT. His time may come soon, though, as the consistent starting experience in Mexico’s premier league only helps his development, and Mexico’s national team also wants to call him up.
The teams of Major League Soccer have learned their fates for the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16. Toronto FC (2017 MLS Cup champions, Supporters’ Shield winners, and Canadian Cup champions) will get perhaps the most familiar foe out of all of the teams, as they will play the Colorado Rapids. The Seattle Sounders (2016 MLS Cup champions) will take on Santa Tecla from El Salvador. FC Dallas (2016 Supporters’ Shield winners) drew Tauro FC, the second consecutive year Dallas has played a Panamanian side. Finally, New York Red Bulls will play CD Olimpia, who has a history of knocking out MLS sides in the competition.
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