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Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Vardy, Godin and more


A pair of Spanish La Liga stars could miss vital UEFA Champions League clashes, while Jamie Vardy was recognized on the same day he was disciplined.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh, leaving his status for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester City up in the air. (REPORT)

Jamie Vardy has accepted his charge from the English FA and is now awaiting punishment. Vardy will miss this weekend’s meeting with Swansea City FC and could be in line for a longer ban. (REPORT)

Vardy has been named to the PFA Team of the Year, joining Leicester City teammates Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Wes Morgan. Tottenham have also seen four players name in Harry Kane, Delle Alli, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld, while David De Gea, Hector Bellerin and Dimitri Payet round out the XI. (REPORT)

The father of Mats Hummels says the Borussia Dortmund defender would be open to a move to Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City or Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has suffered a “grade I-II” thigh injury in his right leg and will miss next week’s Champions League semifinal match against Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that the club will not sell players to fund its new stadium project. (REPORT)

Everton fullback Seamus Coleman is set to miss this weekend’s FA Cup match against Manchester United due to a hamstring injury. (REPORT)


The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to play Puerto Rico in a pre-Copa America Centenario tuneup. (READ)

St. Louis and Sacramento continue to lead the MLS expansion race, while Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin and Cincinnati remain in the hunt, according to Don Garber. (READ)

A spotlight on Keegan Rosenberry, who is off to an ideal start with his hometown Philadelphia Union. (READ)

Lynden Gooch has agreed to a new three-year deal with Sunderland. (READ)

Jurgen Klinsmann sees Christian Pulisic increasing his case for inclusion on the Copa America roster. (READ)

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