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Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Gullit, Ozil and more

While of of the game’s stars is set for a four-match ban, a legend has thrown his name into the mix for a major international job.

Barcelona hit out at FIFA’s four-game ban of Lionel Messi, calling the suspension “unfair and totally disproportionate”. (REPORT)

Ruud Gullit announced that he would like to take over as Netherlands head coach. (REPORT)

Mesut Ozil says he would consider a return to Germany if he was to leave Arsenal. (REPORT)

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana is reportedly set to miss a month of action due to a thigh injury. (REPORT)

Gerard Pique spoke out against the “values” of Real Madrid’s leadership, stating that he could never play for the club. (REPORT)

Juventus midfielder Marko Pjaco tore his ACL while on international duty with Croatia. (REPORT)

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori was stretchered off of Argentina’s loss on Tuesday, leaving him a major doubt for the upcoming Merseyside Derby. (REPORT)

TUESDAY REWIND

The U.S. Men’s National Team earned a road point against Panama in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw. (READ)

Christian Pulisic earned SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors for his assist on Tuesday. (READ)

Mexico remained unbeaten while Honduras and Costa Rica split points in CONCACAF action. (READ)

Mike Petke is reportedly set to be named Real Salt Lake head coach. (READ)

Sebastian Lletget is set to miss four-to-six months with his foot injury. (READ)

Josef Martinez will miss an extended period of time while Ignacio Piatti could also miss matches due to injury. (READ)

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