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MLS Ticker: Cassar says Schuler surgery likely; Mbolhi gets call-up; and more



It seems Real Salt Lake will need to continue their playoff push without one of their starters.

Defender Chris Schuler likely suffered facial fractures after a collision with teammate Nat Borchers on Sunday against Chivas USA, RSL coach Jeff Cassar said Tuesday.

Surgery is likely, Cassar added, but a diagnosis had not been announced as of Tuesday night. Surgery could put the rest of Schuler’s season in jeopardy, but for now he is only ruled out for RSL’s Saturday match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

“It doesn’t look good for Chris for this weekend,” Cassar reportedly told Salt Lake City-area media.

Schuler has started in 25 games for RSL this season, tallying three goals.

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It’s been a rough start with the Philadelphia Union for goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, but he will be returning to familiar territory soon.

The Algerian World Cup standout will return for national duty to represent The Greens at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the Union announced Tuesday.

Mbolhi, a two-time World Cup veteran, will represent Algeria in a pair of group matches against Malawi on Oct. 11 and Oct. 15. Algeria leads Group B after wins against Ethiopia and Mali last month.

He has four appearances for the Union and will miss a match against Columbus Crew on Saturday. He will be available for selection on Oct. 18 against Sporting Kansas City.


New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill and potential Major League Soccer franchise owner David Beckham may be on the hook for very large tax bills.

Cahill has been linked to a tax avoidance investigation by British authorities that had already been connected to Beckham.

According to reports, Cahill became a director of Phoenix Film Partners, a fund set up to take advantage of tax breaks meant to attract investments in the British film industry. But the British government is seeking to recoup taxes it alleges were unfairly dodged, even as the fund’s investors are not accused of criminal wrongdoing.

The company that operates Phoenix Film Partners, called Ingenious Media, has many similar funds that have been linked to investigations, including one fund that Beckham had invested in.

According to one report out of Australia, investors like Cahill and Beckham will have 90 days to pay the owed taxes, which could be as much as $1.8 billion across Ingenious Media’s various funds.


What do you think of this news? How much will the loss of Schuler hurt RSL? Like to see Mbolhi called in for national team duty? What do you make of Cahill and Beckham being caught up in the tax avoidance scheme?

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