So much for initial reports. Less than 24 hours after the LA Galaxy announced that Sebastian Lletget had come through his injury on USMNT duty with no structural damage, a specialist found something worse. Lletget has a Lisfranc injury and requires surgery, meaning the Galaxy and the U.S. will be without the midfielder for four to six months. Lletget, 24, spent a half-decade with West Ham but couldn’t break into the squad before returning to the U.S. last summer. He became a mainstay for the Galaxy, earning a call-up to the national team. He scored his first USMNT goal on Friday to open the World Cup qualifier against Honduras, but was injured after a hard sliding tackle from Ever Alvarado. Galaxy
With CONMEBOL and CONCACAF serving as the main course later Tuesday, the morning and afternoon saw big World Cup qualifiers on the other side of the world. Asian qualifying Iran is on the verge of qualification for Russia 2018 after Persepolis star Mehdi Taremi bagged his ninth international goal in a 1-0 home win over China. Iran leads Group A by four points, but second-place South Korea and third-place Uzbekistan kept pace with 1-0 home wins of their own. Hong Jeong-ho scored in South Korea’s win over Syria, while Odil Ahmendov’s 65th minute free kick was enough to push Uzbekistan past Qatar. The goalkeeping was… less than ideal. Over in Group B, shutouts were the name of the game for high-powered
Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister says Jurgen Klopp is building "something big" at Anfield and has backed the Reds to qualify for the Champions League next season. The former Borussia Dortmund manager replaced Brendan Rodgers at the Merseyside club in October 2015 and in his first season in charge, he guided Liverpool to the League Cup and the Europa League finals. Liverpool are currently sitting in the fourth place with 56 points after 29 games, leading fifth place Manchester United by four points.