Monday's soccer news starts with more questions about how MLS is managing games. Toronto and the New York Red Bulls asked a significant one at halftime of their Eastern Conference semifinal second-leg. Namely, why were their so many people in the tunnel during the altercation between the two teams?
Setting aside whatever happened between Toronto's Jozy Altidore and New York's Sacha Kljestan, the video that emerged highlighted the basic problem. There were multiple people in the tunnel as the players made their way to the lockerrooms. Pro Soccer Talk's Nicholas Mendola has the back and forth on the altercation, but the situation raises a bigger question for MLS.
In the West, it was simple game management. There were shocked looks all around when the referee's assistant held up eight minutes of stoppage time. Eight minutes. Whatever communication is going on between the league and its officials, stressing that pro soccer fits a television window needs to be paramount. It's one of the game's strengths and there's no point in turning that into a weakness.
The NY Times' Kevin Draper on both New York area MLS teams winning their second-legs but failing to advance in the playoffs. NYCFC's Andrea Pirlo announced that he won't be returning to MLS. The Washington Post's Steven Goff explains why foreign players will pick up the MLS awards this season.
The San Diego Union Tribune's Mark Zeigler reports on the Federal court decision to deny the NASL's injunction to return their second division sanctioning. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta with a recommendation for MLS to improve player development in this country. The Tennessean's Joey Garrison reports on the vote in Nashville over MLS stadium funding.
ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein on Bayern Munich's win over Borussia Dortmund. Bundesliga Fanatic's Josh Sippie profiles Schalke's Westom McKennie. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson explains what happened to Manchester United against Chelsea. FIFPRO announced an agreement with FIFA.
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