Monday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Reus, Copa Libertadores and more


The weekend proved a dangerous one for managers, while several stars could miss time over the international break.

James Rodriguez is dealing with a calf strain that could keep him out of action for Colombia’s World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Uruguay. (REPORT)

The Copa Libertadores is set to expand to 44 teams after opting to award two more qualifying spots to Brazil and one more apiece to Argentina, Colombia and Chile. In addition,  the tournament will now run for 42 weeks. (REPORT)

Marco Reus returned to Borussia Dortmund training on Sunday for the first time in four months. (REPORT)

Aston Villa fired manager Roberto di Matteo after winning just one of the team’s first 11 matches in the Championship. (REPORT)

Udinese fired manager Giuseppe Iachini after losing four of the first seven Serie A matches. (REPORT)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks set to miss Armenia’s games against Romania and Poland due to a request from Manchester United. (REPORT)


Christian Pulisic and Lynden Gooch headline the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies. (REPORT)

After falling to the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union understand that they need win to seal a postseason spot. (REPORT)

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