Friday's soccer news starts with the New York Red Bulls knocked the New England Revolution out of the US Open Cup at the quarterfinal stage. The Red Bulls won 1-0 at Jordan Field in Boston. New England went a man down in the 75th when Chris Tierney saw red for violent conduct. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the game's only goal in the 87th. New England's Antonio Delamea got a red card at fulltime for dissent.
Speaking of dissent, CONCACAF's disciplinary committee acted on French Guiana's choice to field an ineligible player. That 0-0 draw with Honduras is now a 3-0 loss, there's an undisclosed fine, and Florent Malouda is now somehow banned for two games.
With all the money, time, and effort CONCACAF has spent in its revitalization campaign post-scandals, they might consider investing in someone who can explain optics. What exactly does banning Malouda accomplish here? French Guiana only plays games that officially count in this particular tournament. A tournament where Malouda is ineligible. Yet CONCACAF allowed his name on the provisional and official roster. It's worth the reminder that CONCACAF is seriously considering expanding the Gold Cup to 16 teams.
The Guardian's David Hytner explains the importance of chairman Daniel Levy in determining Spurs' transfer policy. The Manchester Evening News' James Robson on rumors that Real Madrid will try again for United goalkeeper David de Gea. ESPN FC's Artue Petrosyan with CSKA Moscow's issues drawing fans to their new CSKA Arena.
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