Good morning all. Welcome to the start of a very busy week in the soccer world.
We have USA-Spain coming on Wednesday, the European Championships beginning on Saturday and the USA-Argentina friendly at Giants Stadium set for Sunday.
SBI will have you covered on all fronts. Look for our Euro 2008 previews to begin running later today, starting with a Group A preview.
Before we kick off Monday’s usual schedule of MLS Power Rankings and MLS Best XI, here are some news stories from the weekend and this morning to get your day going:
Sven leaves Manchester City
The inevitable finally happened on Monday as Manchester City and manager Sven Goran Eriksson parted ways. The former England national team manager left after just one season with the club as a poor second half of the season doomed him. Eriksson has been linked to the Mexican national team job, with some reports saying he could be named Mexico coach as early as today.
Man City eye Hughes to replace Sven
Manchester City’s search for a replacement to the recently fired Sven Goran Erikkson has led them to nearby Blackburn, where Mark Hughes has expressed an interested in speaking with City. Hughes has been great for Blackburn but appears ready to join a bigger club.
Flamini joins France Euro squad
Soon-to-be AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been added to France’s Euro 2008 roster after growing concerns about the fitness of Patrick Viera. No player was cut from the France roster yet as the French have until June 8 to make changes to their squad.
England downs T&T
A pair of Jermaine Defoe goals helped England topple Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0, in a friendly in Port of Spain. David Beckham had the packed crowd going crazy, but didn’t much on the field to live up to the adoration.
Santos wins Mexican championship
Santos Laguna won the Mexican League championship on Sunday after drawing Cruz Azul, 1-1, to take the two-game series 3-2. The title comes just a year after Santos won on the final weekend (against Cruz Azul) to avoid relegation.
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