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Landon Donovan may get a farewell match, but it hardly seems like an occasion U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is looking forward to. In an interview published Thursday, Donovan said there had been no contact between the legendary player and Klinsmann ahead of the Oct. 10 match. Asked if Donovan ever got an apology from Klinsmann’s son due to a now-infamous mocking tweet, Donovan said he had not.
Meanwhile, Red Bull and Major League Soccer refuted reports that the energy drink company wanted to sell the New York Red Bulls. More reports came out Thursday indicating Frenchman Thierry Henry would be leaving the Red Bulls, but coach Mike Petke and MLS Commissioner Don Garber deflected rumors of Red Bulls not sticking around.
And former USMNT defender Jonathan Spector is out for the season. He was diagnosed with a torn thigh muscle, which means he will miss the rest of the season with Birmingham City — but it could open the door for American Will Packwood to see the field more.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI on Thursday:
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Garber, Red Bulls refute report claiming club is for sale