The soccer news update starts the week with CONCACAF once again failing at Club World Cup level. CONCACAF Champions League winners Club America lasted exactly one game, losing to Guangzhou Evergreen. FIFA.com spoke with Club America player Dario Benedetto about losing the knockout game in stoppage time. World Soccer’s Tim Vickery explains what’s at stake for Felipe Scolari in the Club World Cup. Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergreen plays Barcelona on Thursday.
It’s all right. We’ve just got to keep Messi quiet. And Neymar. And Suarez. And Iniesta. And Alves. Be fine.
— Matt Scott (@Matt5cott) December 14, 2015
The Washington Post’s Steven Goff looks at what Jermaine Jones’s MLS suspension might mean for the USMNT. Metro’s Kristian Dyer has a source predicting more international roster slots in MLS. ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle talks to MLSPU executive director Bob Foose about MLS adding Targeted Allocation Money. The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter looks at LAFC hiring John Thorrington. Wired 868’s Lasana Liburd has some surprising details about what US Soccer paid the Trinidad& Tobago Football Association for games against the US Women’s National Team.
UEFA conducted the draw for the Round of 16 of the 2015-16 Champions League. The Telegraph’s Jonathan Liew on the anniversary of the Bosman ruling that made freedom of movement possible in European soccer.The Ball is Round’s Stuart Noel makes a case for the doom cycle in soccer. Inside World Football on the willingness of UEFA to adopt goal line technology. Backpage Football’s Thomas Wyer looks at the rumors of big spending by Chinese clubs to sign European players.
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