After wearing the No. 5 to honor of his recently deceased teammate, James McClean met with the media following Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in World Cup qualifying on Friday. McClean played with Ryan McBride at Derry City, and left Ireland camp to attend funeral services after McBride died following a match last weekend. McClean was also mourning the death of friend and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness. Throw in a gruesome injury to teammate Seamus Coleman and, in McClean’s words, “I’ve had better weeks”. McClean, 27, spoke with evident emotion following a Man of the Match turn in Ireland’s draw (video below). “It was a really tough week. The lads here have been great. They rallied around
England's Jake Livermore feared that he would never play again after failing a drugs test in the aftermath of his son's death in 2014. Livermore was with Hull City when the tragedy struck and he took cocaine to help deal with the grief, which led to a suspension. "There was a stage in my life where I didn't think I was going to play at all, let alone get back playing for England," he said in quotes reported by The Mirror.
We’re just starting to see things take shape in Major League Soccer. The dangerous teams are clear, the middle of the pack is forming, and the struggling teams know it’s not too late to get a things going. Week 4 is stretched out over this weekend and next thanks to the international break, so there are only three matches to get to on Saturday. Here’s the outlook: New England Revolution vs. Minnesota United – 2:00 p.m. ET There is just one point combined for these two teams through the first three match weeks. They are both bottom of their conference. A basement spot awaits the loser, and a revival awaits the winner. If there is one. A lot is on the line with these two clubs as they meet in Foxboro.