Jose Mourinho has been in rare form this preseason. He’s not exactly known for being cheery in the public forum, but he’s been constantly complaining and negative throughout Manchester United’s preseason tour. Mourinho has complained about the depth of the United squad, and the referees during the International Champions Cup, which again, is a preseason tour. Mourinho has even expressed that if he was a fan in the U.S., he would not pay to see a weakened United team. Mourinho’s act and his relatively unexciting style of play are manageable when his teams are winning, but when they are not, his abrasive style tends to wear on players and fans alike. Mark Ogden of ESPN talks about how Mourinho is reaching the point at United where he should probably be complaining a little less.
Juan Carlos Osorio will not be returning as the head coach of the Mexican National Team. The Mexican Federation announced that Osorio had declined a contract extension that would have gone through the 2022 World Cup. Rumors abound that Osorio has been in contact with other international federations, and it would not be surprising if he is soon announced as manager for another country. This is not a surprising move. Despite Osorio’s success with Mexico, he has struggled in knockout games with them. Also, relations with Osorio and the Mexico fans have at best been hot and cold, and without a deep run in this past World Cup, that relationship was not likely to get much better. Now both Osorio and Mexico can go in a new direction, and maybe find success with a change of scenery.
It was quite the weekend for Wayne Rooney. He captained D.C. United for the first time, and he also scored his first MLS goal, sliding the ball through Tim Howard after a nice pass from Luciano Acosta. After that though it was the other Acosta, Kellyn Acosta, who scored his first goal for his new team, the Colorado Rapids, to tie the game up. D.C. got a late winner through an own goal, and then defending a late corner, Rooney was struck by the back of the head of a Rapids player pushed in to him, and his nose was broken. All and all it was an eventful game for Rooney and D.C., but the team got the 3 points, which they really needed if they are hoping to make a late run to the playoffs.
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