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The Daily Dirt: Fabian Johnson and Gladbach crash out of Europe

Now Johnson can put all of his focus on terrorizing the Bundesliga.

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American fullback Fabian Johnson has provided some spectacular highlights for Borussia Monchengladbach during this Champions League campaign. Unfortunately, his run has come to an end. Gladbach fell 4-2 to Manchester City Tuesday, failing to qualify for the knockout stage or demotion to Europa League. Even though his team lost, Johnson managed to make an impact.

3 things we learned as Manchester United got eliminated from Champions League [SBN]

Poor Manchester United. This makes two years in a row the English giants won't be participating in the world'd most exciting knockout rounds. Upset fans are asking when, not if, manager Louis van Gaal should be sacked.

Cristiano Ronaldo 'happy' at Real Madrid after four-goal haul vs. Malmö [ESPNFC]

Cristiano Ronaldo is good, and Los Blancos put an explamation point on their group stage campaign with a resounding 8-0 win over Malmö.

Head of U.S. Soccer Apologizes for Cancellation [NYT]

"We had a series of mistakes involving this game," Suni Gulati told the New York Times. "We screwed up. It won't happen again."

What's happening in The A?

The Braves finally traded starting pitcher Shelby Miller, and they actually look like winners in this one. In addition to a couple of high-end prospects, Atlanta received a young major league outfielder in the deal.

The Hawks return from a few days off with a game at the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night. It's the first game since Kobe Bryant played at Philips Arena for the final time, after which he visited a local Waffle House outpost.