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Thursday Kickoff: World Cup 2018, Aubameyang and more


Stadium issues continue to harm the 2018 World Cup while one of Borussia Dortmund’s biggest stars is in a bit of trouble.

St. Petersburg’s Zenit Stadium failed World Cup standards for shock absorption ahead of the 2018 World Cup. (REPORT)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was reportedly dropped for Wednesday’s Champions League win after arriving late to Borussia Dortmund training following a trip to Italy. (REPORT)

Barcelona president Jose Luis Bartomeu says that there is no truth to reports that Luis Suarez will leave the club. (REPORT)

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmiechel is set for a month on the sidelines due to a fractured hand. (REPORT)

Current Rangers midfielder and former New York Cosmos Niko Kranjcar will miss roughly six months with cruciate ligament damage. (REPORT)


Club Leon coach Javier Torrente says that William Yarbrough will be on the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for the start of the Hexagonal. (READ)

The Sounders removed the interim tag on Brian Schmetzer, making him full-time head coach. (READ)

Caleb Porter discussed the Portland Timbers’ needs heading into what should be a busy offseason. (READ)

John Brooks says he is happy to delay his Premier League dream due to his happiness at Hertha Berlin. (READ)


  1. What does “shock absorption” mean in regard to a field? The linked article says the FIFA inspector failed the field after jumping on it.


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