You can label this Premier League title race as many things, but exciting really isn’t one of them. Chelsea have been top for most of the season, and are in prime position to win the title. Barring any big collapses by the top four teams, or a miracle run by Arsenal, the top four has been decided for the past month or so. Mark Ogden of ESPNFC says the Premier League needs a revival of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool to recapture the magic of the Premier League.
Jean-Michel Aulas, President of Lyon, is targeting another U.S. International. Alex Morgan joined Lyon after relentless recruiting by Aulas, and now he has set his sights on Allie Long, tweeting that he hopes she joins Lyon next year. Long however, is under contract with the Portland Thorns, and Thorns owner Merritt Paulson is not happy. He went back at Aulas on twitter, and its clear he doesn’t want Long to leave. Who doesn’t love twitter beef between two grown men, am i right?
Manchester City have been banned from signing academy players for two years by the Premier League, and also fined £300,000. They were punished after being found to have tapped up an 11-year-old from Everton, and a 15-year-old from Wolverhampton Wanderers. City will still be able to sign senior players as this ban only applies to academy players.
The Seattle Sounders have reached an agreement to build a USL stadium in Tacoma for their USL affiliate, Seattle Sounders 2. This will be a partnership with the Tacoma Rainiers minor league baseball team, and the stadium will be a soccer specific stadium seating about 5,000.
Roma beat AC Milan 4-1 over the weekend, jumping back up to 2nd place in Serie A, and condeming AC Milan to yet another dissapointing result. Edin Dzeko scored a brace, and Roma generally dominated the game. Terry Daley of ESPNFC takes a look at who performed well for Roma in the match.
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