Oh lord. I don’t know about you guys, but I have hated to leave my twitter feed for more than five seconds today! The news is pouring in from possible new Liverpool managers, Tevez running his mouth (surprise), trades in MLS and much more! But in case you missed anything, we’ve got you covered in today’s Daily Kick Around!
Major League Soccer
It was quite possibly the weirdest way to announce a trade, but Heath Pearce let the cat out of the bag today when he announced he had been traded from Chivas USA to New York Red Bulls. Needless to say, twitter almost exploded as the wait for the official word commenced. About an hour or so later, the club announced a deal had been reached with New York – Chivas would get forward Juan Agudelo in exchange for allocation money and Pearce. Pretty nice set up for everyone if you think about it…
English Premier League
Things are still hopping in EPL, even though the season is over. With the announcement yesterday of Kenny Dalglish getting sacked by Liverpool, the word came today that Wigan Athletic would allow LFC to talk to their manager, Roberto Martinez. It was rumored already the club would approach the Wigan manager, so of course this is going to add full to the fire.
Speaking of Liverpool, here is an interesting piece on what really matters to the Fenway Sports Group.
So, Survival Sunday was crazier than you think. And I’m not just talking about the incredible results that came out of the ten games broadcasted. Not only were American audiences bombarded by soccer on almost every one of Fox’s channels along with ESPN, it seems they were actually watching the games. The Washington Post reported “a total of 1,348,000 viewers tuned into the U.S. television coverage of the final day of the Premier League season, an increase of 72 percent over 2011.” That’s amazing!
You’re not going to be surprised by this – because frankly, Carlos Tevez cannot surprsie me anymore – but he’s at it again. After his “RIP Fergie” sign during the Manchester City EPL champions parade, word was the club and Tevez both apologized to Sir Alex Ferguson for the action. But Tevez fired back in an Argentina paper claiming he wasn’t apologizing for anything. Oy vey, come on Tevez, just grow up already!
So now that he’s won a title with Manchester City, Yaya Toure’s manager claims the player would like new challenges. Toure has said he’s happy to remain at City, but there have also been claims he wants to go back to Barcelona. If your head isn’t spinning yet, at Real Madrid to the list of rumored teams Toure could end up at. However, Toure is letting the media know that the Spanish giants and manager Jose Mourinho haven’t approached him yet about anything. But anything could happen he added. Hmmm.
English National Team
So, England has a new manager, but that doesn’t mean the dust has settled for the Three Lions. John Terry’s out, Rio Ferdinand is out … and is Michael Carrick retired or not from international play? FA says “Uh, sorta kinda not really,” and Roy Hodgson says if Carrick can prove himself better than the four starting midfielders chose, he won’t have to stay on the bench. Personally, I’m not sure what to think of the mess in England. It tends to get a bit more complex each tournament, doesn’t it?
U.S. Men’s National Team
So the first 16 members of the USMNT were announced on Tuesday and one of the guys left off was Timmy Chandler. The German-American apparently wanted “a break” from the U.S. Men’s national team, sending the fans and coaches a pretty big message. If that isn’t a “I don’t want to play for you” message, I don’t know what is.
Remember when we shared the link about Diego Maradona owing the Italian government 32 million (pounds according to Yahoo! Sports UK) in back taxes when he use to pay in Serie A? Well, apparently Maradona is firing back at the government, counter suing them for 40 million (pounds) for “mortification and harm suffered to his image, dignity and quality of life.” I gotta say, that takes guts when you owe 32 million in taxes.