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Saief scores, Miazga avoids suspension, Beckham Vice & More

Wednesday was a lot of fun when it came to news. Kenny Saief scored his first Anderlecht goal while somehow Matt Miazga avoided a suspension. Leeds United is the butt of jokes across the soccer world and the Beckham saga continues.  
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
January 24, 2018
6:30 PM

There was a lot of news coming through the pipeline on Wednesday as MLS clubs are fully into preseason, some Americans abroad saw action, while another somehow avoided suspension.

Over at the main page, ASN has a feature on U.S. national team goalkeeper Zack Steffen 

Also, Isaac Heath has an excellent piece on Adam Henley who was once in a strong dual national tug-of-war between the U.S. Soccer in Wales. Before he was ever completely cap-tied, however, injuries severly limited his playing time over the past few years. Now at 23 years old, he is trying to revive his career with Real Salt Lake

Here are some of the top stories

Saief scores and misses penalty

United States international left midfielder Kenny Saief is fitting nicely into Anderlecht since joining the club earlier this month. On Wednesday he scored an 82nd minute equalizing goal in a 2-2 draw against Waasland-Beveren.

The bad news, however, is that he failed to convert a 90th minute penalty which would have given Anderlecht the win.

Miazga avoids suspension

Over the weekend, U.S. national team central defender Matt Miazga was caught on tape grabbing Heerenveen’s Denzel Dumfries in, let’s just say, a very sensitive area. The referee did not see the incident in a game which ended 1-1.

On Wednesday it was announced that Miazga was not going to be suspended which is amazing. It is great for Miazga, but nonetheless puzzling.

Leeds United’s historically bad new crest

On Wednesday Leeds United unveiled its news crest for its upcoming centennial and it the reaction was not one the club expected. The backlash was epic and widespread. When unveiling the logo, the club said it consulted with 10,000 supporters but that seems odd because it is hard to find anyone that likes it. Club officials are now saying they are likely to scrap the new crest in the face of a supporter rebellion.

The club has a history of being the home to some American players (Eddie Lewis and Mike Grella being just two).

Club supporters were angry at its history being trashed while also being the laughingstock of England. 

And yes, we're making jokes too


Beckham’s Miami team nears reality

It’s been an ongoing story for over four years but it finally appears as if David Beckham’s expansion team in Miami will finally be formally announced on Monday.

The stadium will be privately financed and will most likely be in the city’s Overtown section. There are concerns, however, as parking is not ideal and Bruce Matheson, a wealthy local landowner, is suing the no-bid transaction which sold the land to Beckham’s group.

Miami as a market for professional sports is questionable but Beckham has been determined to make the deal happen for years. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

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