Mario Gotze’s last few seasons have not fulfilled the expectations thrust about the World Cup-winning attacker. Gotze, 24, scored the 113th minute goal that lifted Germany past Argentina in the 2014 World Cup, but has endured successive disappointing seasons between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. With just two goals this season, Gotze has played just 24 minutes since BVB came back from winter break. On Monday, the club revealed why: a metabolism disorder that will keep him out for an indefinite period of time. From Sky Sports: “We are glad to know the reasons for Mario’s complaints and we are convinced that after recovering he will give us extra quality with his exceptional abilities,”
Six days ago, we were in full-scale meltdown mode over the U.S. under-20 national team. A 1-0 defeat to 10-man Panama and an early deficit against Haiti put the Americans on a path for humiliation at the CONCACAF championship in Costa Rica and a conspicuous absence from the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. Tab Ramos’s squad reversed course, however, scoring eight consecutive goals in trouncing Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis for a spot in the classification stage (which is being used instead of standard knockout rounds). Then on Monday, the Americans defeated Mexico, 1-0, on Erik Palmer-Brown’s first-half header to send them to the brink of a World Cup berth. Two teams from each of the two three-nation
SANDY, Utah (AP) Real Salt Lake has re-signed forward Joao Plata to a multi-year contract and he will continue to hold a designated-player spot. The 24-year-old was acquired from Toronto FC before the 2013 season and he has 30 goals and 30 assists in regular-season play with RSL. Plata ranks No. 3 on the team’s all-time assists list and No. 5 in goals. He has 33 goals and 35 assists during his MLS career. Real Salt Lake begins the season Saturday when it hosts Toronto FC.