Monday was a rough day for Chelsea and their supporters. Coming off a 3-0 league loss to Bournemouth, Antonio Conte and his men were looking for a win to get back on track and keep their hold on fourth place in England. Then, they got throttled, losing 4-1 to the 11th place Hornets. It all started when Tiemoue Bakayoko earned a second yellow card to be sent off in the 30th minute, and it went downhill from there. Naturally, there were plenty of questions about whether Conte would make it to the morning as manager of Chelsea. Now, sources have reportedly told ESPN FC that Conte is in no immediate danger of losing his job, and that the board will only intervene if that crucial top-four finish is in jeopardy. Chelsea, for the moment, holds a single point lead over Tottenham for fourth.
The Washington Post reported on Monday afternoon that D.C. United was in talks with Argentine attacker Yamil Asad, who spent 2017 on loan at Atlanta United from Velez Sarsfield. Paul Tenorio later reported that the two had struck a deal, with Asad heading to D.C. on a loan with option to buy. The numbers, according to reports, are as follows: D.C. will send $500,000 to Atlanta for Asad’s MLS rights. D.C. will also send Velez $300,000 in loan fees, and can buy Asad for $700,000 at the end of the loan.
60 years ago, 23 people died when a plane carrying a Manchester United team crashed when taking off from Munich-Riem airport. This included eight players, three members of the team’s staff, eight journalists, two members of the cabin crew, a travel agent and a United supporter. The team had just advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Cup after drawing Red Star Belgrade, and the plane skidded on slush on the runway. Today, fans, players, and survivors held a minute of silence and a ceremony honoring those who passed that day.
In another part of a saga that will seemingly never end, the NASL sent a demand letter to the U.S. Soccer Federation, asking for all records and materials that the NASL believes may be in violation of New York Not-for-Profit Law. The NASL, as a member of the USSF for at least six months prior to writing the letter, is entitled to view records. The NASL asks for a handful of things in this letter, and ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle does a great job of laying it out, so I defer to his article for the sake of accuracy. Quite simply, the NASL asked for USSF’s financial statements ending in March 2017, plus all minutes from the Board of Directors and relevant decision-making committees.
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