Ends of seasons in Europe, while beginnings of things like some anonymous striker getting his first goal at his new club, all make for the weekend in soccer. So without further adieu.
"I usually don’t like to bring media into the locker room, but we had a meeting and we talked about it. It’s one of those things - there are a lot of guys that say things, they just don’t end up in the media. He realizes that because of who he is, things are going to get blown out of proportion." Good stuff from our friend Pablo Maurer on le drought de EJ.
Down a level, Richmond continued its tour of the midwest over the weekend, beating OKC Energy 4-1 Friday with a goal by Michael Seaton (Recaps can be found from us and the Kickers), and tied the Chicago Fire Reserves 0-0, thanks to a late Joe Willis PK save. They remain in third, with a game in hand on LA Galaxy II and Orlando City SC.
The Issey Nakajima-Farran trade: The kind of transaction MLS needs to avoid if it wants to be a world-class league | the11.ca: So last week, Impact Joey Saputo tweeted that changes would be coming. The change was shipping Collen Warner to Toronto for Issey Nakajima-Farran on the latter's birthday. It's like Canadian franchises in MLS have a history of handling these things poorly or something.
Arsenal vs. Hull City, 2014 FA Cup: Final score 3-2, Gunners end trophy drought - SBNation.com: Hey, Arsenal won something! You know what's next, don't you? Zombie apocalypse.
Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2014 DFB-Pokal: Final score 2-0, Pep vindicated? - SBNation.com: Bayern gets the domestic double in Deutchsland, so maybe this insane idea of firing Pep Guardiola won't be entertained anymore.
Andy Najar played 90 for Belgium and helped Anderlecht secure the Jupiler Pro League title, and took the blow pic with fellow former MLS-er Sacha Klejstan. He'll report to the Honduran National Team camp tomorrow:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former MLS players Andy Najar & Sacha Kljestan <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Champions&src=hash">#Champions</a> <a href="http://t.co/qTAeJitvAz">pic.twitter.com/qTAeJitvAz</a></p>— Sp. Anderlecht news (@Sporting_AND) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sporting_AND/statuses/468082021374636032">May 18, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Lastly, this week's new to video pick is picking from a rather lackluster bunch, so let's talk sports fandom. Or more specifically, let's look at Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris' short film on sports fandom he made for ESPN a couple of years ago:
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As always, this is your place to talk about what you wish to talk about.