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A look at the whoscored.com MLS Team of the Week shows that for the first time, two New England Revolution players made the Best X1 as Chris Tierney and Kelyn Rowe impressed in the Revs win over the San Jose Earthquakes at the weekend.

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With his two goals I thought that Rowe had a chance for Player of the Week honors, but his performance was only the second best performance of week four as Sporting Kansas defender Ike Opara had an even better day in SKC‘s 1-0 win over New York City FC.

Raheem-SterlingThe Raheem Sterling contact saga has taken another turn with the England international informing Liverpool that he will not discuss a new contract until the end of the season.

Sterling’s contract runs out at the end of next season and it is boggling to me that Liverpool have let the situation get this far. If Liverpool cannot reach an agreement with Sterling, they will be forced to sell him his summer, or risk seeing him walk for free in 2016

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly said that Sterling was close to signing a new deal, and recently said that Anfield would be the best place for the 20-year-old to further his career:

As a Scotland fan, the opportunity to include the words “Scotland Thrash” anyone are few and far between. But the Scottish national side, under Gordon Strachan is on track to reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time since the 1998 World Cup after beating Gibraltar 6-1 on Sunday.

Shaun Maloney’s 18th minute penalty put the hosts ahead, before the Gibraltar provided a moment of sporting history when Lee Casciaro drilled an angled strike into the bottom corner. That was Gibraltar’s first ever goal in a competitive match and for a minute, Scottish fans around the world thought, here we go again.

San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear after his sides 2-1 defeat to the New England Revolution.

roweThe New England beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in front of 10,688 fans on a cold and damp afternoon at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Revs headed into the San Jose game with only one point on the season, and that came in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Heading into the game my three keys from a New England Revolution perspective were:

  1. How solid will the defense be with Jose Goncalves back in the line-up?
  2. Revs were very narrow against Montreal. Can they play with more width against San Jose?

mateo-kovacicThe stories linking future Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic with a move away from the San Siro will not go away, with the most recent version suggesting that Inter will use the €30m from the Kovacic sale to buy Yaya Toure from Manchester City whom Coach Roberto Mancini has repeatedly asked for.

If Inter do this they are out of their mind. Did the Nerazzurri learn nothing from prematurely giving up on
Philippe Coutinho, who has blossomed into a true star at Liverpool? All the signs were there that Coutinho could be a special player when he played at Inter, but the club did not have the patience to see him develop and now Liverpool have a 22-year-old potential superstar on their hands.

iker-casillasAccording to ESPNFC, Real Madrid have taken the first steps in moves that will see goalkeeper Iker Casillas leave the club this summer after 18 years.

According to reports, Casillas’s representatives have already started discussions about the financial package he would receive on leaving the Bernabeu.

ESPN quotes sources in Spain say two things right now are certain:

“The mood around Real is very much that Casillas will leave this summer” — and that the European champions want De Gea as his direct replacement this summer.”

DIEGO-SIMEONEHe is arguably the best manager in world football at the moment, and he will be staying at Atletico Madrid as
Diego Simeone has signed a new five-year deal with the club. Someone has been linked with several Premier League clubs, but his decision to stay in Madrid will end speculation over his immediate future.

Last season Someone guided Atleti to the Spanish title as well as the final of the Champions League. This season they are currently fourth in La Liga, nine points off leaders Barcelona, but Simeone is convinced the club can get back to the top.

Berti-VogtsBerti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team, a decision that is totally baffling to me.

Vogts had a storied playing career as he helped then West Germany win the 1974 World Cup. Then as a a coach he guided Germany t0 the UEFA EURO 96 title. But since then it has been all downhill, wirth failed coaching stops in Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

The reason for Voghts being hired is his close relationship with tone deaf US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was captain of the Germany side which won the European Championship under Vogts 19 years ago. Klinsmann is quoted as saying about the Vogts hiring:

carlo-ancelotti-real-madridWhile i9t might be an international weekend, that does not mean that teams are not busy working on their plans for next season. One team that will change managers is Manchester City and according to reports from Spain and Italy, the Premier League champions have given Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti an April 30 deadline on whether he will be there new manager next season.

Ancelotti’s contract with Madrid is through the end of next season, but amazingly his future at the club is not secure despite winning four trophies in 2014 including the club’s long sought after La Decima Champions League trophy.