By DAN KARELL
A man who’s name is as synonymous as the soccer team he plays for and the city he’s always lived in could be moving to greener pastures.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s days with the club could be numbered, as the club have yet to offer Gerrard a new contract, with his current one expiring this coming June. The 34-year-old admitted in an interview that he doesn’t feel like he’s ready to wrap up his career, meaning that his future could lie away from Anfield.
“I won’t be retiring this summer,” he says. “I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision.”
Gerrard has been a key starter and member of the first team for Liverpool since making his debut in late 1998, and was given the captain’s armband in Oct. 2003. Gerrard helped lead Liverpool to one of their greatest feats in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final, coming back from a three-goal deficit to beat AC Milan.
Gerrard, who has made just short of 500 appearances in his career for the Reds, has played nine English Premier League games this season, scoring two goals. He has been criticized for some of the team’s early-season struggles.
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By CAITLIN MURRAY
U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s inclusion on FIFA’s World Coach of the Year shortlist was a surprise to some soccer aficionados.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera seems to be in that camp, telling ESPN radio that Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto deserved it more.
“I don’t know why Jurgen Klinsmann is on the list,” Herrera said in the Spanish-language interview on Wednesday. “Maybe because he’s German.”
“That’s the only explanation we have, because he hasn’t done anything to be there,” Herrera added. “I’d say Pinto did more with Costa Rica.”
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The last few weeks have been rough on Jonathan Bornstein.
Just days after Bornstein returned to the squad following the passing of his father, Mexican club Querétaro announced that the American left back is set to miss at least two months of action after undergoing foot surgery.
“Jonathan was hurt last Friday in training, and he suffered an injury to his fifth metatarsal,” Querétaro head of press Alejandro Esponda said Wednesday. “He was operated on last Saturday, and he’ll be out for at least two and a half months.”
The injury is set to keep Bornstein out for the remainder of the 2014 Apertura season. Currently on-loan with Queretaro from Tigres, Bornstein has appeared in just two Copa MX games this season.
Bornstein has made 38 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently in 2011.
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Danny Williams has been on the sidelines with a knee injury for the better part of six months, but now the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder appears ready to get back on the field.
Williams has been deemed healthy and ready to go for English League Championship side Reading after playing 45 minutes in an Under-21 match for Reading on Monday.
Williams underwent surgery in July for the persistent knee issue that had plagued him last spring. It forced him to miss the tail-end of the League Championship season, while also costing him a chance at competing for a place on the U.S. World Cup team.
By IVES GALARCEP
Though it may not quite be a battle with major title implications anymore given Chelsea’s runaway position as leaders, but the Manchester Derby still has plenty on the line when the red and blue sides of Manchester meet on Sunday at the Etihad.
City currently sits in third place in the English Premier League, but will face a Manchester United side feeling good about a hard-earned draw against Chelsea last weekend. The Citizens saw their three-match winning streak snapped last week against West Ham, and will look to keep Manchester United away from the top four with a victory.
In Germany, struggling Borussia Dortmund will look to halt a surprisingly bad start to the Bundesliga season with a victory against rival Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp’s side has lost four straight matches and sits just a point out of the relegation zone, but Dortmund has a history of pushing Bayern to the limit so another memorable match shouldn’t be ruled out.
In MLS, the Seattle Sounders take on FC Dallas on Sunday and the Los Angeles Galaxy meet Real Salt Lake in the West Conference playoffs. In the East, the New England Revolution meet the Columbus Crew in what should be the most entertaining of the conference semifinal series.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Six months after agreeing to a sponsorship deal, the Colorado Rapids are taking legal action against the company that emblazons their jersey.
The Denver Post reported on Thursday that the Rapids have filed a lawsuit against the parent company of sponsor Ciao Telecom over $485,000 in missed payments. Ciao Telecom, which signed a sponsorship deal with the club in June, allegedly missed a pair of payments in September and July, while shortchanging the Rapids on an initial payment.
The Rapids were expected to make $800,000 from the deal this season, but Rapids president Tim Hinchey admitted earlier this month that payments could be delayed due to Ciao’s recent business moves, which include a merger.
“They’re still a little behind on their launch,” Hinchey said. “They’re looking at retail locations. As we said before, 2014 was about getting the name out for them, and that’s why they took a punt with us.”
Ciao’s stock price has been plummeting since July and a sponorship with Serie B’s Reggina Calcio has apparently been terminated after the Italian club removed the company logo from the club website.
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