The same as anybody other player at European soccer’s highest level. As many as possible. With a new contract, the Manchester United forward made his club’s ambitions clear. In the run-up to their Champions League Round of 16 game against Olympiacos, winning more trophies was on Rooney’s mind. That is the point at the highest level of European soccer, after all. In other news for the Monday roundup, more responses from MLS buying Chivas USA and potential labor issues for Major League Soccer.
“You always want to win. One is never enough, especially at this club. You have to keep trying to get into those finals. The feeling you get when you win the trophy is incredible. There’s no way you want to stop at one. You want to win every year.” Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.
- Lilly, McBride, and Bob Bradley are the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014, but none of the players on the veterans ballot get enough votes to pass the threshold.
- MLS refs vote to strike.
- Chelsea stay top in the Premier League, but need a stoppage time goal to do it.
- Another week of European games with the second set of the Champions League Round of 16 first-legs.
- Jonathan Spector returns from a lengthy injury recovery to start for Birmingham City.
Vergara’s Legacy: Ten years of Chivas USA – from SB Nation’s Alicia Rodriguez: But that’s only the on-field side of the matter.
Why did the Chivas USA experiment fail? An insider’s perspective – from Keegan Pierce, writing for SI.com: The first, and most evident, was on the field.
Union votes after pair of grievances – from ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle: The union’s members voted 64-1 in favor of authorizing its executive board to call a strike whenever it deems it to be appropriate.
Competitive balance at stake in MLS as some clubs set new spending pace – from Fox Soccer’s Leander Schaerlaeckens: Major League Soccer’s planned, centralized economy is going capitalist.
The phenomenal life of Diego Fagundez – from The Boston Globe’s Kevin Koczwara: And yet none of this seems to go to Fagundez’s head.
Inside the deal: 5 key details in Orlando’s new sports contracts – from The Orlando Business Journal’s Richard Bilbao: The MLS team — Orlando City Soccer — will agree to a 25-year agreement to use the future $84 million soccer stadium.
Yankees believe Stadium can house NYCFC; MLB not so sure – from Empire of Soccer’s Dave Martinez: “I don’t think we would have gotten into this relationship (if we had a problem),” Holtzman said.
Why You Can Expect Even More Soccer On North American TV Starting This Fall – from Forbes Bobby McMahon: A watering down of the competition has been a refrain and a diminishing of the tournament has been widely predicted.
Barcelona have no answer as Real Sociedad exact their perfect revenge – from The Guardian’s Sid Lowe: They’re not laughing now.
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