Just over a week after the championship game, MLS has announced all of the home openers of next season. Notable games include champions Toronto FC hosting Columbus Crew SC in the first match of the season, Montreal Impact opening at home on March 17 against rivals Toronto, and our very own Los Angeles Football Club starting off the season in Seattle, then hosting the Sounders for their very first ever home game on April 29th. Before we know it MLS will be kicking off a new season, and it will be interesting to see how things play out to start the season.
Claudio Bravo has had a tough time at Manchester City, He lost the starting job after several high profile errors last year, and this year new goalie Ederson has shown no signs of giving up the starting job. However, Bravo has now prevailed in two shootouts in the Carabao Cup, saving 3 penalties against Wolves, and making the decisive save against Leicester to send City into the semifinals of the Carabao Cup. Both sides rested their main players, which makes sense for City, but was a bit of a mystifying decision for Leicester, who are in a comfortable position in the league, and haven’t made a major cup final in 17 years. Even with a youthful team on the field, it was the experienced Bravo who made the key save at the end.
Cyle Larin has long made his desire to someday play in Europe known, and it looks like that could be a reality soon. A report out of Turkey has Larin heading to Besiktas. Larin is only 22 years old, and when he started excelling in MLS, it was only a matter of time before he was sold to Europe. Larin was dominant in his time in the league, scoring 44 goals in 89 games. If this move pans out, with Kaká retiring this would mean a full rebuild for Orlando City.
The U.S. is not the only country with a high profile soccer federation presidential election coming up. Brazil’s problems are entirely different than the U.S. Brazil is not struggling on the field, but off it. The CBF’s current president was suspended for 90 days by FIFA for corruption, and the federation is known to be rife with corruption and scandal. One only has to check the status of many of Brazil’s soccer stadiums just three years after the World Cup to see evidence of the corruption and broken promises of the federation.
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