The soccer news starts with confirmation from NYCFC. It took awhile for the MLS club to make it official, but NYCFC announced on Monday morning that Patrick Vieira is indeed leaving for OGC Nice in France's Ligue 1. This is the first coaching change during the 2018 season, with NYCFC planning on quickly filling the position. How that works with City Football Group is an interesting question. Original NYCFC coach Jason Kreis came from MLS. Vieira came from City Football Group, the overarching organization that runs Manchester City, NYCFC, Melbourne City, and other pro clubs around the world.
“I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club," Vieira said in a statement. "Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly."
Vieira found himself linked with Arsenal as well as Ligue 1 teams recently, with the assumption that he would be leaving Major League Soccer. Vieira is taking his staff with him as well, with assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson, and physical performance coach Matt Cook also joining Nice.
NYCFC drew 1-1 with Atlanta United on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, with NYCFC in 2nd-place two points behind Atlanta in the Eastern Conference standings. MLS is on break for the World Cup group stage. NYCFC's next game is on June 24 at home to Toronto FC. Under Vieira, NYCFC became a playoff team, exiting in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2016 and 2017.
Also in the soccer news, FIFA announced changes to the World Rankings formula, adopting a version of the ELO method. Forbes' Steve Price explains the changes and what ELO means for friendlies at the beginning of the Nations League era.
Soccer America's Paul Kennedy reviews the Dave Sarachan era in charge of young rosters as interim USMNT coach. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens sees importance in the USMNT drawing at France. MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle's review of MLS week 15. The LA Times' Dylan Hernandez talks to LAFC player Benny Feilhaber about his commute to practice.
The Independent's Jonathan Liew on politics and the 2018 World Cup. The Washington Post's Chuck Culpepper on Morocco trying to win the 2026 bid and surprise opponents on the field in Russia. Writing for Fansided, Clemente Lisi looks at Argentina's issues as a contender with Lionel Messi. The NY Times' Tariq Panja profiles FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
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