The soccer news starts with the MLS All-Star Game. For the fifth year in a row, the MLS All-Stars were on the losing end against a European club. This time it was Atletico Madrid winning 3-0 at Orlando City Stadium.
After a delayed start due to weather, Atletico's Marcos Llorente opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. Joao Felix doubled the lead in the 85th with Diego Costa finishing off the goals three minutes into stoppage time. Atletico goalkeeper Antonio Adan made one save before subbing out in the 56th minute. Jan Oblak subbed in and also made one save to finish off the shutout. Of note for the MLS All-Stars was a 620 to 443 lead in passes at 87% accuracy to Atletico's 83% as well as keeping 58.7% of possession.
There's not much point in delving into tactical and personnel choices when it comes to the All-Star Game. Subs are part of the deal, taking the gloss off of late goals no matter who scores them. Soccer is about continuity, and it's easy to lose that when both teams eventually subbed out their entire starting lineup. The All-Stars switched out 10 players at the half with Atletico doing the same in the 56th minute.
“This is an All-Star game," MLS goalkeeper Nick Rimando said about being one of the players wearing a mic during the game. "You don’t want to take away from the game and have players doing interviews during a meaningful game. This is a fun game that nobody is going to a playoff over.”
Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre stresses that the MLS All-Star Game is about more than what happens on the field. SI.com's Brian Straus looks at the game on the field given the level of competition MLS brings in. The Washington Post's Steven Goffhighlights DC United's Wayne Rooney playing as a creative midfielder rather than a forward against Atletico. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reports on MLSPA executive director Bob Foose's comments from a panel the union held prior to the All-Star Game.
BBC Sport has Inter Miami investor/operator Jorge Mas talking about hiring a coach and player recruitment. Deseret News columnist Brad Rock looks at the Mike Petke suspension. The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue reports on the bigger plans Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has for MLS and a multipurpose retractable roof stadium.
The NY Post's Andrew Marchand reports that the Bundesliga is likely moving to ESPN+ for the 2020-21 season. World Soccer's Nick Bidwell on what happens to Bayern Munich after Uli Hoeness steps down as president. FIFPro released a report on the amount of games elite pro soccer players play each year.
Reuters updates the situation with the African Champions League final with the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling against the original decision for a replay due to jurisdictional issues. Inside World Football's Paul Nicholson has CAF executive committee member Musa Hassan Bility responding to the timing of his FIFA ban. The NY Times' Tariq Panja reports that FIFA may be looking to move its headquarters.
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