The soccer news starts with MLS announcing Juventus as the opponent for the 2018 All-Star game in Atlanta. The game is set for Mercedes Benz Stadium on August 1 at 7:30pm ET on ESPN. MLS is continuing the trend of playing foreign clubs, with the eventual switch to an MLS vs Liga MX All-Star game in the near future.
“We are happy to represent European football in this year’s MLS All-Star game," Juventus President Andrea Agnelli said in a press statement. "It’s an opportunity to get closer to the passionate American soccer fans. For many years, Juventus has considered the United States and Canada as a crucial market for growing our presence as shown by the opening of our new academies and our digital strategy that has greatly expanded the possibility to connect with fans on this continent. The first team and the game, however, will be the main show that Juventus offers and we are proud to be in Atlanta."
This is the second year in a row MLS has scheduled the All-Star game for an NFL-sized stadium. The All-Stars lost to Real Madrid last year on penalties in front of an announced crowd of 61,428 at Soldier Field. MLS drew 70,728 at Houston's Reliant Stadium for a 5-2 loss to Manchester United in 2010.
Overshadowing the All-Star opponent announcement were growing rumors that Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on his way to the LA Galaxy on a free transfer. That picked up considerably when United announced Ibrahimovic was leaving the club.
"Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect. Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future."
Though neither MLS nor the Galaxy officially announced the move, a full-page newspaper ad from Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy is tough to ignore. Pro Soccer Talk's Joe-Prince Wright with that Zlatan - Galaxy ad in the LA Times. Fansided's Elliot Howey asks if Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make the Galaxy better on the field. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens has reason the Zlatan move could go either way. ESPN's Mark Ogden on what Zlatan meant for Manchester United.
The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson makes the case for the competitiveness of the Premier League. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw on the Bundesliga keeping the 50+1 rule. Bundesliga Fanatic's Gerry Wittmann has the Bundesliga clubs voting for that and VAR.
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