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ASN Morning Read: The Scoreboard Is on Fire

The start of a Major League Soccer match is affected by the old scoreboard fire trick; a promising Under-20 forward looks, well, less promising; is Abu Dhabi money on the way to MLS?
BY Noah Davis Posted
April 29, 2013
8:10 AM
  • New rule: Any time a scoreboard explodes into flames at an MLS game, it leads the Morning Read. And so, here you go. Columbus ended up winning the delayed game 3-0, continuing D.C. United's swoon. Crew Stadium will host the United States vs. Mexico match in September. We assume the only fires then will come from the American's goal-scoring prowess. (h/t Soccer Insider, who provided the image)

  • It looks more and more like Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, will own the 20th MLS team. His investment group owns Manchester City. A $340-million privately financed stadium is also in the works. Good times in the Commissioner's office.

  • The Associated Press has an emotional story about Matt Reis's father-in-law who was injured during the Boston Marathon bombing. "A marathon is about enduring," Reis tells the AP, "and to see what these people tried to do and how crudely they did it and what they tried to take from us, I guess they didn't realize what that would do to our city and how it created such a love and support around the people that it has affected." His relative is getting better but still has a long way to go.

  • Oft-injured Omar Salgado will have trouble making the United States U-20 World Cup roster. β€œI don't think I came ready for this camp. I came in 70, 80 percent, and you can tell,” Salgado said. β€œIt's kind of frustrating, but I came to do the best I could and, hopefully, to make that World Cup team, but I understand that's a long shot.”

  • One place where Americans dominate the soccer field: The Clericus Cup, a tournament between seminaries in Rome. The North American Martyrs "look like Marines" and win. Good stuff from Joshua Robinson.

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