Wednesday Kickoff: Joseph enters rehab, Bayern rolls and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Joseph enters rehab, Bayern rolls and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Joseph enters rehab, Bayern rolls and more

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New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph, one of the top players in Major League Soccer, has entered the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program, the Boston Globe reported late on Monday.

The Revs announced on Monday that Joseph was on indefinite leave from the team, but it was unclear why. Team sources have told the Boston Globe that Joseph was now taking part in the MLS substance abuse and behavioral program.

Joseph had missed all but one match for the Revs this season due to a hip injury, but now it is unclear just how long he will be out.

Here are some other stories to get your Wednesday going:

BAYERN TROUNCES LYON

Ivica Olic scored a hat-trick to lead Bayern Munich to the UEFA Champions League final after a commanding 3-0 win vs. Lyon in France.

The win means Bayern Munich will now face the winner of the Barcelona-Inter Milan semifinal, which will be settled today with the second leg being played in Spain.

Bayern Munich became the first German team since 2002 to reach the Champions League final.

If Bayern Munich is going to win the Champions League title, it will need to do so without Franck Ribery, who has been suspended for the final after his red card suspension in Bayern's semifinal first-leg win vs. Lyon.

BRAZIL PASSES SPAIN IN FIFA RANKINGS

There is a new No. 1 atop the FIFA World Rankings.

Brazil moved pass Spain this month, snapping Spain's five-month run atop the standings.

The United States moved up two places to No. 14, while Mexico stood pat at No. 17.

Of the United States' World Cup opponents, England dropped a place to No. 8, Slovenia moved up six places to No. 23, and Algeria dropped four spots to No. 31.

ESTUDIANTES WIN IN LIBERTADORES

Argentina club Estudiantes fielded a second-choice squad for its Round of 16 first-leg match against San Luis and still managed a 1-0 away win.

Chivas de Guadalajara had more luck than San Luis, posting a 3-0 rout against Velez Sarsfield in their Round of 16 first-leg match in Mexico.

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What do you think of this news? Worried about Joseph's future? Think Bayern Munich can finish the job and win the Champions League final? Agree with Brazil moving past Spain in the latest FIFA rankings?

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