Week 12 of MLS is here, and features some huge match-ups like Toronto FC going to the New York Red Bulls tonight, New England Revolution taking on Columbus Crew SC, Minnesota United hosting the LA Galaxy, and Orlando City against New York City FC. Sam Stejskal of MLSsoccer.com has the storylines for all the week 12 matches.
Orlando City star Kaká, after coming back from an injury in the first game of the season, is helping the in-form Lions to be one of the most dangerous teams in the MLS. The 35-year-old has just one year left on his contract in Orlando, and spoke with Goal.com about his future in America: he believes he can play for two more years, but is still waiting for a new deal.
Tim Leiweke, the top negotiator for David Beckham’s group that is bidding for an MLS Franchise in Miami, told residents of the Overtown district, the area where they want to build a 25,000 seat stadium, “this is the last chance to get a stadium or soccer team.” The group already has secured most of the land it needs to build the stadium, but still need to acquire three acres from Miami and Dade County, which will be decided in a vote on June 6. After three failed sites and three years securing funds to make the stadium privately funded, this may indeed be the last leg of the Beckham MLS franchise saga.
The end of European domestic competition has arrived, and just like the full slate of MLS games, there are storylines aplenty. Real Madrid is close to winning its first La Liga title in five years, as both Real and Barcelona play their final matches of the season in Spain. Meanwhile, Juventus is four points ahead of Roma in Italy with two matches to play, and could clinch a sixth consecutive title this weekend.
Wayne Rooney’s future may be in doubt at Manchester United, with rumors swirling about a summer departure to MLS or elsewhere, but he may not even get a chance to say goodbye to the home Manchester United crowd. Manager Jose Mourinho said he intends to play a youth squad of players that “aren’t ready,” plus Paul Pogba, against Crystal Palace in order to rest for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax, but since Rooney played 90 minutes in Manchester United’s last match, United’s record goal-scorer and longest-serving player may not see the pitch in what could be his last match at Old Trafford.
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