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.
In the midst of building a new youth academy, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has laid out his ideal setup for training youth players to be stars for the German giants. Rummenigge told fans that his club would seek out youngsters to develop, but his strategy differs from the method of recruitment used in England. Heavily. “We don’t want to bring some 10- or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do,” Rummenigge wrote in the club’s magazine. “You could almost consider it kidnapping and I would have moral reservations about that. I believe 14 is a good age for a youngster to come to Bayern.” The Bavarians have produced some world-class talent in recent years, including Bastian Schweinsteiger,
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.