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Wednesday Kickoff: Totti, Eriksen, World Cup 2030 and more

One of the game’s best appears close to retirement while one star’s agent discussed ongoing transfer rumors.

New Roma sporting director Monchi says Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season and take up a new role with the club. (REPORT)

Christian Eriksen’s agent says the player’s sole focus is on Tottenham, not on reported interest from Barcelona. (REPORT)

Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette says he will only leave the club to play in the Champions League. (REPORT)

China’s hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup received a boost from FIFA due to a new proposed amendment that would allow a continent to host a World Cup just two cycles after previously hosting one.  (REPORT)

Despite failed bids for Diego Costa, Karim Benzema and Edison Cavani, Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjan is still pushing for a superstar signing. (REPORT)

Marco Verratti’s agent says there is “zero chance” the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder moves to Juventus. (REPORT)

UEFA is set to experiment with a new “ABBA” penalty kick format at the  men’s and women’s European Under-17 Championship tournaments. (REPORT)

Toluca’s Enrique Triverio and Club America’s Pablo Aguilar have seen their one-year bans for aggression towards a referee cut down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (REPORT)

Jesus Navas is reportedly set for a new deal with Manchester City. (REPORT)

Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained by police under the Mental Health Act and is now “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”. (REPORT)


The Tampa Bay Rowdies moved one step closer in their MLS bid as a stadium referendum was overwhemlingly passed with 87 percent of the vote. (READ)

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid cruise past Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal. (READ)

Orlando City Stadium and Red Bull Arena are reportedly set to host matches during the Hexagonal. (READ)

SBI asks how NYCFC should use Andrea Pirlo for the rest of the season. (READ)

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia earned honors as SBI MLS Player of the Month. (READ)

SBI takes a look at several potential call-ups for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team. (READ)

FC Dallas and Orlando City remained atop the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings. (READ)

Fabian Johnson returned to training for the first time since suffering a thigh injury. (READ)

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