The Upside: Enjoying his football

Their Words

“I want him to forget about the past, I want him to forget that he’s at Everton, I want him to feel that he’s on the park enjoying his football and showing his quality because when he does that he’s a very effective footballer.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez on what he wants from forward Steven Naismith

The Radar

  1. Johannsson’s form with AZ.
  2. The Liga MX table.
  3. Games played in MLS.
  4. Champions League group stage.
  5. The 2022 World Cup.

Ten Stories

While Sporting KC watches, the MLS playoff race tightens up – from The Kansas City Star’s Charles Gooch: Literally?

Upset keeps playoff hopes flickering – from The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy: It was another example of what makes Higuain such a key part of the Crew’s attack.

24 Under 24: Counting down the greatest seasons for young players in MLS history – from’s Nick Firchau: 5. 2009 – The Best Draft Ever?

Small talk persists for Miami soccer – from The Miami Herald’s Michelle Kaufman: There are no stadium plans in place, as there are in Atlanta and Orlando, and that is the biggest question about the South Florida bid.

Union soccer team honors Bethlehem history – from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Allison Steele: To those familiar with the story of the Bethlehem Steel team, the recognition is several decades overdue.

Qatar feel the heat over 2022 World Cup as pressure builds from four different parties – from The Daily Mail’s Nick Harris: the words ‘in principle’ did not appear in tender or bidding documents.

Players who dive are cheats and should be sent off, says fuming Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish – from The Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson: and this time a spotkick was awarded even though minor contact was made outside the box.

Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia plotting more torment for Manchester United – from The Telegraph’s Oliver Brown: “Maybe players are not working hard, not putting their heart into the game.”

Genoa get their homework done and promptly pass the Sampdoria test – from The Guardian’s Paolo Bandini: It was hardly the first time such a thing had occurred.

NASL legend Giorgio Chinaglia will have a second funeral service in Italy – from’s Grant Wahl: But Lazio and Italy never forgot Chinaglia either.

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