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Friday Kickoff: Messi, Vidal, FIFA and more

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Argentina’s biggest star is fed up with the chaos, while Chile’s top midfielder is set to play through an injury during World Cup qualifiers.

Lionel Messi says Argentina is in need of a “drastic change” following Thursday’s loss to Brazil. (REPORT)

Arturo Vidal is set to play through a right thigh injury as Chile prepares for a clash with Uruguay. (REPORT)

Former Venezuela football federation president Rafael Esquivel plead guilty to corruption charges. (REPORT)

Chris Smalling may miss up to a month after suffering a broken toe. (REPORT)

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is set to miss three weeks due to a hamstring issue. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti says that no player is worth €100 million, including himself, as transfer rumors swirl. (REPORT)

Rangers have terminated the contract of Joey Barton following a series of incidents. (REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

SBI takes a look at who the U.S. Men’s National Team should start on Friday night. (READ)

Christian Pulisic is relishing a “dream” opportunity to take on Mexico. (READ)

Tim Howard insists that nothing has changed after reclaiming the role of USMNT starter. (READ)

Following an extended absence, Jermaine Jones is “ready to go” for Friday’s clash. (READ)

Jones told Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to stop complaining to the referee ahead of the match. (READ)

Alex Morgan is being targeted by French side Lyon, who are determined to add a U.S. Women’s National Team star. (READ)

LA Galaxy centerback Jelle van Damme won honors as SBI MLS Defender of the Year. (READ)

 

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