This next week may define a generation of USMNT players, perhaps only if it goes poorly. That may sound overly dramatic, but it isn’t. The United States started 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying, earned its coach a firing, and now stares down its status in the confederation. Honduras is coming on Friday, far from a pushover. Then it’s off to Panama for another tricky tie. In a vacuum, coming up short in one of the two isn’t the end of the world, but the Yanks will be expected to take a minimum four points. Even that would be a disappointment to many. The crutches are gone, aside from any being used by injured players back in Germany (Bobby Wood and Fabian Johnson chief amongst them).
Southampton, the English Premier League club, is the subject of a £190 million takeover bid by a Chinese company, according to reports. Lander Sports Development announced in January that it had agreed to buy a stake in Southampton, although those negotiations concluded unsuccessfully. But it has now returned with an improved offer that The Times claims has satisfied Southampton’s owner, Katharina Liebherr, into giving up 100 per cent of the business. Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. Southampton would become the second Premier League club to pass into Chinese ownership, after West Bromwich Albion, which is owned by construction magnate Guochuan Lai. It would also fit into
Alexis Sanchez took part in training with Chile on 21 March, allaying fears that the Arsenal forward might face a prolonged spell on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle injury at the weekend. Sanchez, 28, went down after a challenge from James McClean in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat at West Brom on 18 March and was eventually substituted in the 78th minute of the match at the Hawthorns. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said Sanchez should not have continued playing after the injury and raised the possibility of the forward missing Chile's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Argentina.