World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Tahiti 1-0 Solomon Islands
Sebastian Giovinvo, despite being one of the best players in MLS for the last two years, has not been called up to the Italy squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Liechtenstein. Manager Gian Piero Ventura says it's because he plays in MLS, a league "that does not count for much." This, of course, has all the MLS fans in a tizzy, but he does have a point that the level of competition is lower than the major European leagues that Italy draws its roster from. Another notable omission from the team is Mario Balotelli. Balotelli has experienced a bit of a personal renaissance at Nice in France, but is apparently still not good enough to crack the national team setup again.
Former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli is set to become Frank de Boer's replcaement at Inter Milan. He will be their ninth manager since Jose Mourinho left after leading the club to the 2010 Champions League title. The man takes over a team that is ninth in Serie A and had just sacked de Boer, who was in charge for less than three months.
Not good news for the USA as striker Jordan Morris could be removed from the roster thanks to a hamstring strain. The Seattle Sounders leading scorer was doubtful to start this international window, but could have been a valuable piece off the bench. Nothing is official at the moment, but it doesn't look good for Morris's involvement this weekend. No suggestions for a replacement have been named.
50,000 Words of Soccer Update
At Last Word on Soccer, I suggested possible left backs for Jurgen Klinsmann to call into the national team should he decide to make a sensible decision and play Fabian Johnson in the midfield instead of in the back four. The total word count now stands at 12,693.