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Angels Links: Giovinco’s agent torches Italy for call-up snub

Plus, a key town in American soccer, why Real Madrid didnt get Mbappe and more.

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Sebastian Giovinco’s agent rips Italian National team for not calling up Giovinco for World Cup Qualifying

Sebastian Giovinco has been on the outside looking in for the Italian national team since late 2015, and unfortunately that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. Italy has some crucial World Cup Qualifiers coming up, and Giovinco didn’t get the call yet again. His agent, Andrea D’Amico, was not happy, and he let that be known. “ I don’t understand why players on the bench for Italian teams are getting called up instead, but sadly the story is always the same," D’Amico said about the decision to leave Giovinco out of the Italian Squad. Giovinco has been incredible these past two and a half years years in MLS, and though the quality is not the best of the best around the world, it feels like Giovinco should have earned his way back into the Italian team at this point.

Why Real Madrid stopped pursuing Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid are arguably the most important soccer club in history. This, combined with their extraordinary wealth allows them to bid on and sign basically anyone they want. Kylian Mbappe would seem to be a perfect candidate to be a galactico: He’s insanely talented, he’s young, and he became a star in the soccer world basically overnight. But now it appears Mbappe will head to Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid has moved on. Graham Hunter of ESPNFC explains why Madrid have set their sights elsewhere.

Kearny New Jersey, and its unique history with soccer in America

Kearny, New Jersey is your typically American town. And yet it is home to some of U.S. soccer’s most high profile players, like John Harkes, Tab Ramos, and Tony Meola. With the U.S.’upcoming World Cup Qualfying game in Harrison, New Jersey on Friday, MLSsoccer.com examines Kearny and its famous alumni.

Arsenal’s 10 years of making the same mistakes over and over again

If you saw the Liverpool 4, Arsenal 0 result over the weekend and you got a sense of deja vu, it makes sense. Arsenal have been trapped in this cycle of awful results, and then having a couple games go well that prevent their season from going totally off the rails, and then signing players but not having them perform, and then the whole cycle starts all over again. Kevin McCauley of SB Nation chronicles 10 years of Arsenal stuck in a cycle of mediocrity.

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