Tuesday Kickoff: El Salvador, Messi, Gotze and more


Ahead of World Cup qualifiers, El Salvador has brought an apparent bribe to light, while Lionel Messi appears set for a bit of time on the sidelines.

El Salvardor’s national team has claimed that players had been offered bribes from a Honduran businessman to win, draw or lose by a small margin ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada. El Salvador has been eliminated from the current round of qualifying, while Canada needs a win, a Honduras loss to Mexico and a five-goal swing to advance. (REPORT)

Barcelona has confirmed that Lionel Messi is dealing with a groin injury, but set no timetable for the forward’s return. (REPORT)

Mario Gotze says his health is at “99.9” percent after playing 72 minutes of Germany’s 3-0 win against Norway on Sunday. Gotze has yet to feature for Borussia Dortmund in competitive action due to injury. (REPORT)

Radamel Falcao could return to action for Monaco’s Champions League opener against Tottenham. (REPORT)

Netherlands head coach Danny Blind insists that he will not resign if his side fails to defeat Sweden in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying clash. (REPORT)

Chelsea is reportedly interested in signing free agent defender Martin Caceres, who previously worked with manager Antonio Conte at Juventus. (REPORT)


Following his Copa America exclusion, Omar Gonzalez is back with the U.S. Men’s National Team and is looking to reclaim his spot in defense. (READ)

SBI takes a look at who the USMNT should start in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago. (READ)

Following the example set by NFL star Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe remained on one knee during the national anthem ahead of an NWSL match on Sunday night. (READ)

Frank Lampard and the Chicago Fire headline the best of MLS Week 26. (READ)


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