Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino might not want to be talking about what else is on the schedule, but he has little choice after losing in the Champions League. There's no downplaying what that tournament means for the European elite, and Barcelona aren't the exception. Making it much worse is losing to an upstart La Liga team that's also higher than they are in the domestic table. Adding even more to that is their old coach doing just fine with the defending champions.
Also in Thursday's soccer news roundup, World Cup prognostication from the USMNT coaching staff and an update on building a soccer stadium in Miami.
"The team isn’t doing well now. We will move forward in the Liga and the Cup. The most important thing is to continue competing, we have a decisive game in Granada and next Wednesday we have the Cup final.” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino.
- Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich advance in the Champions League.
- Will Atletico have to beat both La Liga giants to advance to the final? We learn their fate on Friday morning.
- No USMNT players left in the CONCACAF Champions League.
- Toronto's roster for this weekend.
- Does Barca's exit mean anything in big picture terms for European soccer tactics?
Klinsmann expecting German progression - from FIFA.com: "But we think they will already be qualified before our meeting in the last match of the group."
Donovan plays out third act of an amazing saga - from Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney: "There’s been a lot of players that have come back on our national team and we still believe we have the best one."
MLS Expansion: How much is too much? - from Soccerly's Robert Burns: It’s all about cycles.
Tim Cahill finds the perfect fit for his relentless spirit in New York - from Fox Soccer's Leander Schaerlaeckens: Cahill could have signed just about anywhere in the world at that point.
Beckham's soccer stadium plan hits obstacle at PortMiami - from The Miami Herald's Douglas Hanks: including concerns that Mayor Carlos Gimenez might be pursuing a port stadium that the commission won’t support.
DC United's Ben Olsen asserts Atlantic Cup remains relevant: "I still respect the rivalry in a big way" - from MLSsoccer.com's Pablo Maurer: "I still respect the rivalry in a big way,” United’s head coach told MLSsoccer.com after training on Wednesday.
The $1m swindle – Antiguan FA begs, borrows and gets into trouble - from Inside World Football's Paul Nicholson:
Sunderland players backing formation – Poyet - from The Sunderland Echo's Gus Poyet: "It feels like the best option for the players and the one where they feel alright on the pitch."
In Defence of Red Bull: The Leipzig Football Project - from Bundesliga Fanatic's Manuel Veth: The Bundesliga: commerce is everywhere
Banking on a win – football’s relationship with bookmakers - from Backpage Football's John Fisher: In total, 19 betting firms have official deals in place with many of the 92 clubs in the English professional game.
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