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15 Oct

Is Zlatan the Best MLS Designated Player of All Time?

In the past 12 years, a Designated Player has taken up a roster spot roughly 500 times. No one has ever been better-paid or scored as regularly, on a minute-to-minute basis, than Ibra.

From ESPN

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14 Oct

The Remarkable XI of Players Who Retired in 2019

With every year in the sport, it’s inevitable that a number of legendary players will hang up their boots and it feels as though 2019 has been particularly ruthless.

From Give Me Sport

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11 Oct

Study Shows Messi Is Statistically Nearly 3X Better Than Any Other Footballer

It’s hard to quantify just how much better Messi is than everyone else but ESPN may have come closest with their stats-based analysis into the best shooters in football.

From Give Me Sport

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10 Oct

Lionel Messi Plans to Retire at Barcelona, Confirms He Wanted to Leave

The Argentine superstar has been with the Catalan club his entire career after coming through their La Masia academy, and has won four UEFA Champions League titles, 10 La Liga crowns and has been named the best player on the planet six times.

From NBC Sports

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09 Oct

Zlatan Gets a Very Zlatan Statue in His Hometown

Ibrahimovic, 38, whose first name has been trademarked in Sweden, is one of the top players of his generation, with 13 league titles in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and France. He signed with the Galaxy in 2018 and has 52 goals and 17 assists in 56 MLS games.

From Los Angeles Times

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08 Oct

The Impossible Annual Task of Choosing an MLS Best XI

Forget about a functional XI when you’re putting together an MLS Best XI. That’s true in most leagues, to be fair, but the offensive firepower in MLS puts up gaudy numbers as silky attackers are given a bit more free rein than they’re used to in previous leagues.

From NBC Sports

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06 Oct

Tim Howard: An Appreciation

Howard completed an amazing career for club and country when his Colorado Rapids met Supporters Shield winners Los Angeles FC and his former coach at the club and national levels, Bob Bradley.

From Front Row Soccer

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02 Oct

Christian Pulisic’s Move to Chelsea Isn’t Working Out as Planned

The American was signed from Borussia Dortmund for £57.6 million in the summer but he’s yet to make an impression at the Stamford Bridge club.

From Give Me Sport

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30 Sep

ESPN+ Gets Bundesliga Rights Starting in 2020

The deal will include more than 300 top-flight games each season on ESPN+ and ESPN networks, as well as live streams of the DFL Supercup and relegation playoff matches.

From ESPN

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23 Sep

FIFA to Invest $1 Billion in Women’s Football

The tournament’s expansion to a 32-team format for the 2023 iteration got fast-tracked in a bid to exploit the game’s new boom.

From The Guardian