Good morning everybody. Here are some news and notes from the soccer world to kick your day off:
Bradley sees red, Heerenveen loses
U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley was sent off after drawing two yellow cards in the first 38 minutes of Heerenveen’s 3-1 loss to Ajax in their Champions League playoff semifinal second-leg on Monday. The red card likely means that Michael Bradley will make just one more appearance for Heerenveen (A UEFA Cup qualifying playoff second-leg against NEC Breda on May 12) as teams from England, Spain, Italy and Germany prepare to start bidding on the 20-year-old central midfielder’s services (yes folks, he’s still only 20).
Henry staying at Barcelona
French striker Thierry Henry has been linked to several potential moves out of Barcelona, but he insists that he is staying with Barca for at least one more season. Considering the expected exodus from Barcelona this summer, Henry’s proclamation does come as a bit of a surprise. And yes, for those keeping track at home, one more season in Spain would put Henry right on track to join the Red Bulls in the summer of 2009, just in time for the opening of Red Bull Park. Just a thought.
Guardiola to replace Rijkaard
The inevitable housecleaning at Barcelona appears ready to begin as reports out of Spain have revealed that long-time Spanish national team star and former Barcelona captain Jose ‘Pep’ Guardiola is set to replace Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona head coach.
No Boswinga deal for Man U
Just when you thought Manchester United’s move for Portuguese right back Jose Boswinga was done, Boswinga’s agent has stepped in and declared that no deal has been agreed to. Boswinga has also been strongly linked to Liverpool, while Aston Villa has also been mentioned (though Boswinga’s agent put the whammy on any Villa talk, saying his player was interested in Champions League caliber teams. Ouch).
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