Despite Unai Emery’s optimistic appraisal over the weekend, it was confirmed that Neymar sprained his ankle and cracked a metatarsal in his foot in PSG’s win over Marseille on Sunday. There is still some debate over how long he will be out. Reports are if he got surgery he would miss 6-8 weeks, but Unai Emery denied that the decision to have surgery has been made yet. Of course with this being a World Cup year, there is tension between PSG and Brazil, with PSG wanting Neymar on the field as soon as possible, and Brazil wanting him to be healthy for the World Cup. Still, Neymar is due to miss some amount of time, even if we don’t know how much. So how will PSG cope without Neymar? Julien Laurens digs into this and talks about how, among other things, it will involve a lot of Angel Di Maria.
Atlanta United were arguably the story of the MLS season last year, an expansion team from the deep south roaring onto the scene, setting attendance records and mesmerizing people with their flair and attacking play. There were many people who stood out, Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Tito Villalba, Julian Gressel, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. One name that was important but didn’t catch as many headlines was Carlos Carmona, a defensive midfielder who held down the middle who Atlanta pushed so many attackers forward. Carmona left to go back to Chile so he could be closer to his family, and Atlanta have not brought in a like for like replacement for him. For all his talents, Darlington Nagbe is not known for his defensive prowess. So what will the Five Stripes do? Kevin McCauley of SB Nation talks about how for Atlanta United, their best defense may be a good offense.
TFC got the job done at home on Tuesday, drawing 0-0 with Colorado Rapids and therefore winning the aggregate CCL series 2-0. Truthfully, the game itself was pretty boring but Toronto did what they needed to in order to progress, and now the next test is going to be pretty fearsome, against Tigres UANL, possibly the deepest team in the region. It’s not the best draw, but you have to beat the opponents you get, and TFC will now turn their attention to the next round and the start of the MLS season this weekend.
In most sport, but frequently in American Sports where a new GM is hired, a new coach frequently follows so the GM gets a chance to run the team with “his guy” (or gal) as coach. Well that time may be approaching with the USWNT, as U.S. Soccer has a new President and will soon have a GM for the women’s team. Jill Ellis is the incumbent coach, and though she has done well in the past, this is a new era of U.S. Soccer. Lost in the disaster of the USMNT last year was the fact that the USWNT failed to win either of the two tournaments they were in. The She Believes Cup is approaching, and this will give Jill Ellis a chance for a good first impression with her new bosses. If she fails to impress, she might need to prepare for new opportunities.
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