Arsenal is coming to America to meet the best of MLS. The North London club will serve as the opposition at the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Thursday. It's Arsenal's first appearance in the event, which is scheduled for June 28 at San Jose's Avaya Stadium.
"We are pleased to welcome Arsenal, one of the most successful clubs in the world, to compete against the best of MLS," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a prepared statement. "Our AT&T MLS All-Star Week has become a celebration for the North American soccer community, highlighted by two teams showcasing many of the world's top players. We look forward to a world-class event on July 28 at our newest state-of-the-art venue, Avaya Stadium."
John Terry will be wanted around the world if he leaves Chelsea - Zola [ESPN FC]
Let's just hope he isn't wanted in Atlanta.
The Columbus Crew's new uniforms make them look like Minions [SBN]
There's not much room for middling opinions on this kit. You'll either love it or hate it.
Lionel Messi wins La Liga Player of the Month for first time in career [SI]
It seems impossible Messi is only just now winning his first player of the month award, but that appears to be the case.
Sunderland terminates contract of player charged with sexual activity with a child [SBN]
Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.
What's happening in The A?
Three paths the Atlanta Hawks could take at the trade deadline [Peachtree Hoops]
Stand pat, make minor adjustments, or blow up the whole thing. There's no telling what this front office will do, but the Hawks are reportedly listening to offers for everyone on the team.
Hank Aaron's statue may or may not have a new home in 2017 [Talking Chop]
There is a debate over whether to move Hank Aaron's statue to Cobb County or keep it within the city limits. The Aaron family says it doesn't want to get in the middle of the controversy.
2016 NFL free agency: The Falcons aren't carving out huge cap space, but promise to spend [The Falcoholic]
"We will spend every dollar that I'm committed to spending," owner Arthur Blank told ESPN. "We are very limited by cap space. We'll probably end up with -- prior to the 9th of March which is the start of free agency -- between $20 million to $24 million in cap room. We will spend whatever we can to ensure a successful team."