Jose Mourinho’s career has been ruled by irony. It was ironic that Mourinho, the young translator who wanted to be a coach and whom Louis van Gaal didn’t quite know what to do with during the Dutchman’s time as Barcelona manager, wound up being a formidable foible in the Premier League almost two decades later – when Mourinho’s Chelsea handily won the league as van Gaal’s Manchester United crumbled. It was ironic that when van Gaal left Barca in 2000, Mourinho was let go as well, even though he had predated van Gaal.
World Cup champion Lauren Holiday has had a brain tumor removed, one month after giving birth. Holiday’s husband, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, announced that his pregnant wife was diagnosed with an operable tumor in September, and Lauren Holiday has publicly thanked fans for support while requesting prayers. The Holidays welcomed their first child earlier this month, and Jrue left the Pelicans preseason to help his wife. The BBC added this tidbit: Unbelievably as a three-year-old, she had open-heart surgery to repair a defect and went on to become one of the world’s most respected football players. Get well soon, Lauren.
Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas will try to hold off Pablo Mastroeni’s Colorado Rapids for MLS’s best record. To wit, when MLS kicks off its final round of regular-season games simultaneously on Sunday to decide the last playoff places, there are just six teams that don’t have anything to play for. The other 14 have either clinched a playoff spot and are jostling for seeding or the Supporters’ Shield, or they’re fighting just to land one of the dozen berths.