On Wednesday, May 22, Seattle Sounders and USMNT centerback Chad Marshall announced his retirement.
While he never quite broke into the USMNT first team with only 12 appearances, Marshall will go down as one of the best American centerbacks to ever play the game.
Ajax celebrated yet another Eredivisie title on Thursday, a day after clinching its first league trophy since 2014.
It capped a remarkable season for the legendary Dutch side, including a trip to the Champions League semifinals and within a whisker of reaching the final.
Ajax edged PSV Eindhoven for the title on the final day, doing so in style in a sweet new away kit on Wednesday.
With Mohamed Salah ruled out of Tuesday’s Liverpool-Barcelona Champions League semifinal second leg with a concussion, maybe Jordi Alba thought he was in for a beautiful stroll across the lovely confines of Anfield. Maybe, looking across at replacement Xherdan Shaqiri, he thought, “Hell yeah, I might be marginally taller than this dude.”
Or perhaps he thought he’d simply feed it to Lionel Messi (as has been the case on three occasions in LaLiga and twice in the UCL this season) and let him do the rest.
Everything and everyone contrived against Vincent Kompany scoring the winner with a 30-yard bomb against Leicester City on Monday night. First off, the man’s own muscles, which have contrived to deprive him of less than 20 league starts in each of the last four campaigns. Monday marked his 12th appearance in an EPL starting 11 this term.
Longtime Manchester United defender John O’Shea announced his retirement on his 37th birthday Tuesday.
Believe it or not, O’Shea has been playing continuously since his departure from Manchester United in 2011.
O’Shea spent 12 years with United and was part of five Premier League championship teams as well as one Champions League-winning team.
John O’Shea has announced his retirement from football:
The first goal between Liverpool and Porto at Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday was vital. If Porto scored it, game on; if Liverpool scored it, game over. What’ll be so frustrating for the Portuguese club is that through the match’s opening 25 minutes, the home side had 13 attempts. Porto absolutely bossed Liverpool right up until Sadio Mané had the ball in the back of the net in the 26th minute with the Reds' first shot of the evening.
It says everything about Joshua Kimmich’s ability that when he’s described as the heir to Philipp Lahm at the right back position for both Bayern Munich and Germany, no one bats an eye.
The 24-year-old has captured the Bundesliga title in each of his three full seasons with Bayern, and he shares Lahm’s Cruyffian quality of being able to play pretty much anywhere while still being the best player on the pitch.