Monday's soccer news starts with the Chicago Fire adding three more points near the top of the Eastern Conference table. Chicago won their ninth home game in a row, beating New England 4-1. They're 2nd in the East, three points behind Toronto with a game in hand.
"I think the team knows how to play and the team knows our identity," Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic said. "The team, especially at home, performs different and has confidence, actually huge confidence and a different mindset. I think that's what we need to translate when we play our games on the road, that's something that we need to improve as soon as possible to get to the playoffs. That's our first goal and then we have to build the momentum during this time in order to perform in the playoffs hopefully."
He's got a point. Change only counts in MLS if it means not just finishing in a playoff position, but advancing. It's tough to talk about steps in a process in MLS, a league where a team can barely make the playoffs and end up champions. It's a tough situation for a coach and a front office where the difference between good and bad mostly depends on what happens in the postseason.
MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle has his look back at week 22 in MLS. The Orlando Sentinel's Alicia DelGallo looks at the message City coach Jason Kreis sent following his team's loss to the Impact. The Washington Post's Steven Goff has USMNT coach Bruce Arena shifting focus to his players in Europe.
ESPN FC's Simon Kuper on the response in Paris to Neymar joining PSG. The NY Times' Victor Mather has Neymar stressing the point that his transfer is about winning things with PSG. AFP has Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu response to Neymar leaving. FIFPro released a statement over their concerns about the Neymar deal and what it might mean for the transfer market.
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