Welcome to another Tuesday, folks. Let's talk soccer, shall we?
D.C. United draws Montego Bay United and Arabe Unido for 2015-16 CCL Tournament - Black And Red United
Not a bad group, y'all. Not a bad group.
Sepp Blatter's Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case | The New York Times
"'Definitely that is not me,' Mr. Blatter said last week after he was re-elected as FIFA's president and reporters asked if he was the unidentified official. 'I have no $10 million.'" I don't know, guys. Seems legit.
Jack Warner—Trinidad's 'Robin Hood'—Will Never Accept the Blame | Vice Sports
"'[Blatter's] still the FIFA President for another four years,' Warner told reporters outside Parliament after making bail. 'What are you going to say for the next four years? He's a crook? He's a thief? He's this and that?'" I mean...yeah.
FA chief Greg Dyke claims Germans and Dutch back plans for a World Cup boycott - Mirror Online
Rogue World Cup, I'm there.
Before we move on from FIFA, you'll want to watch John Oliver's latest on these fun times:
What We Learned From The U.S. Women’s Soccer Friendlies | FiveThirtyEight
Re: that whole "creating opportunities but having trouble finishing thing"—I wouldn't mind a fit Alex Morgan right about now.
Women's World Cup: Alex Morgan's absence looms large for U.S. - Goal.com
But in all likelihood, she's not starting against Australia come Monday.
Hope Solo prepares for third World Cup while dealing with recent controversy | ESPNW
Whether you love or hate Solo (and the article is right, Solo is not one who inspires ambivalence), this is an interesting article about her.
And before we move on from the USWNT, you'll want to watch Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, and Kelley O'Hara (unsuccessfully) attempting some trash talk. Then watch everyone talk about what they're afraid of (surprising no one, Carli Lloyd isn't afraid of anything).
ASN article: U20 World Cup a Barometer of Jurgen Klinsmann Reign
Well, this was kind of depressing, to be honest.
‘Xavi is eternal. He is football. He has made Barcelona what it is today’ | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian
These were all some nice words, but damn, guys. He's not dead.
What else you guys got?