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Angels Links: Messi’s ban overturned

Could this save Argentina’s 2018 World Cup hopes?

Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Messi’s suspension overturned by FIFA

Lionel Messi’s four-game suspension for Argentina was overturned by FIFA on appeal, meaning he will be able to play against Uruguay, Venezuela, and Peru in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers. This could be crucial to Argentina qualifying for the World Cup in 2018, as they have won just one qualifying game without Messi on the field.

Cristiano Ronaldo is reinventing his game

Cristiano Ronaldo is showing some signs of his age this season. He hasn’t scored quite as much this season (for him anyway), and he isn’t taking on defenders quite the way that he has in the past. But as Ronaldo isn’t a mere human like the rest of us, who drop off and fade as we age, he’s simply finding another way to decide games for his team.

Taking the temperature of each MLS team two months in

The 2017 MLS season is two months old, and it has been an interesting start to say the least. Atlanta United have made a big impact as an expansion team, Seattle Sounders appear to be suffering a championship hangover, and the LA Galaxy are off to a very bad start so far. Caitlin Murray of Fox Soccer takes a look at where each MLS team stands after two months of the season.

What being an assistant manager is like at a big club in Europe

The top football managers get a lot of praise and press for their achievements. People like Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, etc. But all these men need good assistant managers to help run their teams. Nick Miller of ESPN FC dives into the world of being a top assistant coach in pro soccer.

Who threw out the better first pitch?

Being a pro athlete certainly has its perks. One of them is being invited to throw out the first pitch at MLB games, and this recently happened for two MLS stars, David Villa at the Yankees game, and Bastian Schweinsteiger at the Cubs game. I think its safe to say neither will become a pro pitcher anytime soon, but who do you think threw out the better first pitch?

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