Wednesday’s soccer news update starts with bad news for fans of the hesitation approach to taking penalties. Inside World Football’s Andrew Warshaw has the details on a change that means the end of getting creative with the run-up to a penalty, along with added enforcement of the encroachment rule for goalkeepers. Also in the soccer news, Toronto FC and Seattle complete a trade that only involves acronyms.
GAM for TAM trade: Toronto needed GAM to be salary budget compliant. Seattle needs TAM for 1 of these signings https://t.co/IwCHIJ1MYr
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 8, 2016
Soccer America’s Paul Kennedy looks at what these kinds of deals mean for MLS roster building, specifically American players in the league. FourFourTwo’s Steve Davis warns against a rush to judgment based on opening day in MLS. Empire of Soccer’s Dave Martinez has MLS trademarking a different name for its Minnesota expansion team. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Christopher Kamrani talks to Landon Donovan.
Writing for Eurosport, Jonathan Wilson explains why the Europa League matchup between Liverpool and Manchester United could be all about Liverpool. The Mirror’s David McDonnell has Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal trying to focus his club on the present rather than the past. Vice Sports’ Robert O’Connor interviews Arsenal’s North American scout Danny Karbassiyoon. Backpage Football’s Alan Moore reports on a proposal making its way through Russia’s government that would ban energy companies from sponsoring sports teams.
AP’s Graham Dunbar reports on Swiss authorities raiding the French Football Federation’s headquarters as part of their investigation into banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2016
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