Thursday Kickoff: World Cup, Chapecoense, Arsenal and more

Thursday Kickoff: World Cup, Chapecoense, Arsenal and more

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Thursday Kickoff: World Cup, Chapecoense, Arsenal and more

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FIFA’s president hopes for radical changes to the World Cup format, while one of the world’s top clubs is looking to reach out to a team in need.

Gianni Infantino is continuing to push for his “preferred” World Cup featuring 48 teams and 16 groups. (REPORT)

Barcelona has invited Chapecoense to play at the Camp Nou in August 2017 as the Spanish club looks to help with “institutional and sporting reconstruction” of the Brazilian side. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil before their contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season. (REPORT)

Britain’s metropolitan police┬áhas launched an investigation into sex abuse claims regarding several London teams. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis will miss time due to a thigh injury. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says that head coach Alan Pardew is “totally safe” despite the club’s rocky start. (REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

Atlanta United is reportedly set to acquire defender Michael Parkhurst from the Columbus Crew. (READ)

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Ethan Horvath is reportedly nearing a move to Club Brugge. (READ)

SBI asks: Which recently-announced expansion candidate would be best for MLS? (READ)

MLS will reportedly increase the amount of Targeted Allocation Money available to each team. (READ)

Midfielder Pedro Morales is set to leave the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

Liam Ridgewell’s lawyer said the defender should not have been administered a field sobriety test. (READ)

LAFC has announced a multi-year partnership with the Orange County Blues. (READ)

SBI takes a look at how Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders reached MLS Cup. (READ)

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