Ahead of Landon Donovan’s farewell match, coach Jurgen Klinsmann took an upbeat tone on giving the U.S. Men’s National Team legend a proper send-off — even after the Donovan had harshly criticized Klinsmann’s decisions during the World Cup. Klinsmann told reporters on Tuesday that the farewell match won’t be awkward in light of Donovan’s post-World Cup comments. Donovan’s reaction was “good” because it showed he cared, Klinsmann said.
Klinsmann was less upbeat about Major League Soccer’s scheduling, though. He called MLS scheduling games through FIFA dates a “lose-lose” situation that was compromising American players who balance club and country duty. He added that MLS’ schedule “is not working anymore.”
Meanwhile, more minor league clubs are fighting to prove they can be the next MLS expansion city. The San Antonio Scorpions put together a proposed expansion of their current stadium to show they are nearly ready for MLS-sized crowds. Also Tuesday, details of an upcoming MLS viability assessment in Sacramento were announced.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI Tuesday:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Klinsmann on Donovan’s upcoming USMNT farewell: “Not awkward for me at all”
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Scorpions propose 10,000-seat stadium expansion as part of MLS push
EPL summer transfers smash spending record