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Angels Links: Real Madrid defeat the MLS All-Stars on PKs

Also, is Barcelona is actual trouble? And see you in Miami, probably!

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Real Madrid down MLS All Stars 4-2 on PKs

Real Madrid defeated the MLS All Stars 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night at Soldier Field in Chicago. Real Madrid almost won the game outright, but Dom Dwyer scored an equalizing goal in the 87th minute, poking home a rebound after Dax McCarty hit the post with a header from a corner kick. Madrid took the lead in the 59th minute on a goal by Borja Mayoral, and despite Dwyer’s equalizing goal, Real Madrid nailed all four of their penalty kicks, with Marcelo scoring the clinching penalty. After a long run of MLS All-Star victories in these games of late, they have now lost two in a row, with Arsenal beating the MLS All-Stars last summer in San Jose.

Barcelona struggling to cope with Neymar’s imminent exit

Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and they are used to signing the best players at the top of their game, not losing them. However they have lost some in the past all the same, like Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Michael Laudrup, to name a few. In the past, they seemed to have a plan to retool and keep their team in a top position. This time seems different though, as Barcelona have done everything from accusing Paris Saint-Germain of breaking Financial Fair Play rules, to making repeated bids for Philippe Coutinho, and reportedly thinking of a hail mary bid for Kylian Mbappe. It doesn’t appear that Barcelona have a coherent plan for life after Neymar. Graham Hunter of ESPNFC explores why that’s the case.

Don Garber gives clearest indication that MLS in Miami will be happening

Don Garber spoke before the MLS All-Star Game about the David Beckham Miami project, and things seem to be nearing a positive conclusion for the bid that seems to have gone on forever. Garber described Beckham’s pitch as “passionate, articulate and focused,” and the owners seemed to receive the presentation well. The owners voted to authorize Garber and other executives to finalize the details of Beckham’s plan. Garber is also quoted as saying that “We’re not announcing MLS Miami today, but I’m confident we’ll be able to do that by perhaps the end of the summer.” In an expansion saga that has seen numerous highs and lows, this is the clearest indication that Beckham’s Miami project could finally, actually be happening.

A good starting XI that costs the same as Neymar’s transfer fee

Neymar’s reported transfer fee of €222 million is an astronomical number, and while Neymar is young and talented enough to live up to it, it’s still a staggering amount of money. To help illustrate that, Harry Sherlock of put together a whole starting XI from the money that Neymar was sold for, and i have to say, it’s a pretty good one.

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