A week after parting ways with first-year manager Jason Kreis, all sizzle and no steak New York City FC has a replacement lined up. Patrick Vieira, who made a name for himself playing with France, Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Manchester City, is the man for the job. Vieira is moving on from his position managing the Elite Development Squad at Man City, NYCFC's sister club across the pond.
As for why Kreis was fired after such a short stint in charge, Hudson River Blue says it boiled down to three reasons: He disagreed publicly with how City Football Group was constructing the roster, he didn't set up his players in the best position to succeed, and his players didn't fully buy in into what he was trying to do.
Dempsey addressed his snub from the USMNT roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, saying, "I just got to be smart about how I keep my body in top form and make sure that if I get called on again that I'll be able to go represent."
Wenger is synonymous with the North London club, managing it for as long as many fans can remember — especially the Gooners stateside. He sounds like Arsenal is where he'd like to finish his career, but if the club were to give him the boot at some point, Wenger wouldn't just walk away from the game.
With the longterm health of players and the game in mind, the U.S. Soccer Federation won't allow players 10 and younger to head the ball. And players between the ages of 11 and 13 will have a heading limit during practices.
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Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died Monday night. He was just 29 years old.
The Hawks nearly pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in NBA history Monday, but it wasn't to be. Atlanta trailed the Minnesota Timberwolves by 34 before taking a late one-point lead. In the end, playing its fifth game in seven days, Mike Budenholzer's team ran out of gas, and the Wolves left Philips Arena with a 117-107 win.