MLS announced its opponent for the 2017 All-Star Game. Real Madrid headlining Chicago surprises no one, with MLS tipping their hand by already announcing Soldier Field as the venue.
There's certainly the feeling that the only thing likely to change the All-Star Game format is an inability to get people to show up to watch the opponent. Even then, MLS can rely on its own drawing power by booking the game into one of their own soccer-specific venues. It wouldn't take Real Madrid to sellout an All-Star Game in Orlando.
So here we are, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Real Madrid and hoping for the best for MLS. Except it's not that at all. It's a glorified friendly, hopefully a commercial for what MLS offers even when MLS is now occasionally available on national TV. That was the case on Saturday when Orlando City beat the LA Galaxy 2-1 at home in a game that counts.
The Washington Post's Steven Goff reports that USMNT player Steve Birnbaum suffered a concussion during DC United's game with New York.
The Guardian's Michael Cox wonders whether or not Manchester United's Jose Mourinho has shown the rest of the Premier League how to stop Chelsea. Pro Soccer Talk's Nicholas Mendola asks if Chelsea should worry about a title race. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens questions the quality of Chelsea and Spurs. ESPN FC's Liam Twomey on how Chelsea let up at the top of the Premier League table.
BBC Sport has Ligue 1 postponing the Bastia vs Lyon game on Sunday at halftime after crowd trouble. World Soccer has three Lyon players going to the police following two separate pitch invasions.
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