It’s a new week, and there is plenty to talk about around the water cooler today. Manchester City is appealing Vincent Kompany’s red card — while blaming Wayne Rooney for it being issued; QPR coaches and players are dropping right and left, and with the MLS Super Draft coming up, what does each MLS team need as far as players? All that and more, here’s your Daily Kick Around!
English Premier League
In Manchester City’s 3-2 FA Cup loss to Manchester United on Sunday, Vincent Kompany was given a red card for going in two-footed for a tackle on Nani (who luckily jumped over him). Now, City is appealing the red card, saying Kompany’s tackle was not deserving of red. Should the appeal fail, Kompany would miss both legs of the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Aside from the appeal, City coach Roberto Mancini is saying that United’s Wayne Rooney is to blame for the red card. Mancini said that Rooney pressured the ref into issuing the card. Last time I checked, Rooney was not the one holding a card up in the air — blaming him is ridiculous.
Queens Park Rangers have been in a bit of a skid lately, and on Sunday, took action to try and halt it by firing manager Neil Warnock on Sunday. The search for a replacement quickly began, and rumors are flying that it will be former Fulham manager Mark Hughes.
Not only is QPR in crisis on the managerial side, they now have to play without midfielder Alejandro Faurlin for the rest of the season. Faurlin ruptured his ACL in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the FA Cup. Faurlin has played every minute of every game in the Premier League this season, and will be sorely missed.
Rumors are running rampant that Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou is in talks with Arsenal for a transfer. Would be an interesting move if it went through!
US Men’s National Team
As always happens in the January transfer window, many Americans are taking the opportunity to take their talents abroad, honing their skills with European squads in the MLS off-season. There’s a lot to take in, but here is a good break down of who’s going where this winter.
Major League Soccer
With the MLS Super Draft coming up Jan. 12, and the MLS Combine in full swing, there is a lot to digest as far as players go. Every team has their own needs for the upcoming 2012 season. Here’s a good dissection of exactly who needs to pick up what in the draft.
Women’s Professional Soccer
Two of the world’s greatest female soccer players, Abby Wambach and Marta, are unsure about whether they’ll play in the WPS next season. While both have praised the league, they are also exploring other options in Europe. Should either or both of them choose other options, it would be bad news for the WPS, a league already struggling. Losing one of both of its biggest super stars would not bode well.