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Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Webb, Bayern and more

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Lionel Messi’s pre-Copa America schedule has been made clear, while a former FIFA executive is nearing a ban from the game.

Before the Copa America, Messi will train with Argentina in Buenos Aires prior to flying back to Spain to give evidence in his ongoing tax trial. Messi will then fly back to the U.S. for the team’s first game of the summer tournament. (REPORT)

FIFA prosecutors are seeking a lifetime ban for former FIFA vice president and former President of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb, who has pled guilty to racketeering charges in the U.S. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that the club feels they were “cheated” in Tuesday’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid. (REPORT)

Robert Huth and Marouane Fellaini have both been charged with violent conduct by the English FA. In addition, Chelsea and Tottenham are also set to be sanctioned for the events surrounding Monday’s clash between the two. (REPORT)

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla made his return with the club’s Under-21 team in is first action since injuring his knee in November. (REPORT)

Defender Naldo has reportedly been offered a new contract by Wolfsburg in the midst of transfer interest from Manchester United. (REPORT)

Italian forward Luca Toni is set to retire at the end of the season. The 38-year-old striker was a part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning team. (REPORT)


Jurgen Klinsmann faces some difficult decisions at the centerback position ahead of this summer’s Copa America (READ)

The Western Conference continues to dominate the SBI MLS Power Rankings, while the New York Red Bulls proved to be this week’s big movers. (READ)

Sebastian Giovinco netted four times in the month of April en route to being names SBI MLS Player of the Month. (READ)

The New York Cosmos’ academy vision continues to take shape following further approval from U.S. Soccer. (READ)

Jordan Morris earned honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Month after netting goals in three straight games. (READ)

Following the Carolina RailHawks’ loss to the New York Cosmos, Minnesota United jumped to the top of the SBI NASL Power Rankings (READ)

With a record of 4-1-1 record throughout April, the Colorado Rapids have earned honors as SBI MLS Team of the Month. (READ)


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