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FUEL Soccer Talk: MLS preview; Fabian and the perfect “Union;” Messi memories

Time to get your MLS on!!!

Time to kick off: MLS offers a complete guide to the upcoming season

The 2019 MLS season is finally upon us and it’s time to take a look at the 2019 starting lineup.
Featuring 24 teams with the addition of FC Cincinnati and a new playoff format, there’s plenty to look forward to this year. Whether you’re looking to get to lowdown on your team’s outlook or you want to take stock of all 24 teams, look no further.
And MLS, one of the best “league” web sites, has you covered.
In their complete and thorough season preview, you’ll be able to find a recap of your team’s off-season including key acquisitions and departures, your team’s projected starting XI, strengths and weaknesses, as well as their predicted finish by our panel of experts.
In other words, everything to get you ready!
Enjoy: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/02/25/2019-season-preview

What chance do you give your favorite team? 

Will the MLS and Fabian be the perfect “Union?”

Photo courtesy MLS Soccer

There are plenty of story lines and intrigue as the MLS kicks off its 2019 season this weekend. One of them that many will be kicking around all season, especially in Philadelphia and south of the border, involves Marco Fabian. Two things are givens with the 29-year-old Mexico International: he’s extremely talented and he also suffered a serious injury that put his soccer future in doubt.
If he’s healthy, he will be one of the top players in the league. The Philadelphia Union are banking on his health. A veteran of two World Cups for Mexico and winner of an Olympic gold medal in 2012, a serious back injury more than slowed down his brilliant career. The Union signed him earlier this month.
He’s looking for love in the right place – the City of Brotherly Love. And he’s glad to be in the MLS.
“Everyone knows that it is a league that is getting better each day,” Fabian told ESPN recently.
But is Fabian getting better every day? And will he really enjoy playing in the MLS?
Philadelphia is hoping to make it a perfect “union.”

What other players are worth keeping an eye on early in the MLS season? 

Chelsea keeper isn’t the first to refuse to leave pitch

Chelsea has become more of a soap opera than a football club. In the latest edition of as the Blue Shirts Turn, goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga became the big star when he refused to be substituted for in the final of the Carabao Cup against Manchester City. He’s not the first player to refuse to come off the pitch. In October 2014, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi refused to come off during a 3-0 La Liga win over Eibar, despite his manager, Luis Enrique, wanting to replace him.

What should happen to a player who refuses to come off the pitch?

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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