US and Mexico to make sweet music in Nashville
And so, the two surly high-schoolers of the US and Mexico are face-to-face again on Tuesday in Tennessee and running through their respective summers.
"Went to Russia...it was rubbish, went home early, got sooo bored. You?" sighed El Tri. "Russia? Didn't go, didn't even want to go, soooo lame. Stayed here. Hung out. You know," replied the US.
Hopefully, there will be a little more vim and vigor as the two sides meet in Nashville on Tuesday night in a friendly that only just fits the literal description of the game.
The 101 in the USA corner is that the team is largely an inexperienced, youthful affair, hoping to grab something more positive from the night than last Friday's defeat to Brazil.
It's a similar situation with Mexico, as a matter of fact, after a youthful side was hammered 4-1 by Uruguay in Friday's friendly. However, the difference is that fans of El Tri are considerably less patient and willing to brush off another loss.
Brazil in DC tune-up against El Salvador
Two more big beasts are in action in the US of A on Tuesday night and both stand pride of place on beIN SPORTS.
Brazil is grappling with El Salvador in another tune-up ahead of the 2019 Copa America which is taking place on home soil.
The clash in the home of the Washington Redskins is another way for Tite to purge the bits of Brazil that wasn't working, keep the bits that are and bring in new faces such as Arthur and 'Red Card' Richarlison, who are both set to start the game.
Coverage gets underway live on beIN SPORTS from 8PM ET / 5PM PT.
Over on beIN SPORTS CONNECT and beIN SPORTS in Spanish from 7:50PM ET / 4:50PM PT, Argentina is taking on the fierce rivals of Colombia in New Jersey...where else?
The vibe surrounding Los Albiceleste these days is "where to start?" except for the fact that the team can expect a tougher friendly test that last week's win over Guatemala.
Nations of League rumbles on regardless
Despite a number of pleading letters sent to UEFA's HQ by a desperate Sports Burst, the Nations League has not been abandoned after less than a week...so there's a bunch of games being played in the Old Country.
At the elitist top-table, Spain is looking to build on a winning start against England with a clash against World Cup finalists, Croatia, in Group A of Tier 1. Iceland is also hosting Belgium.
And rummaging around down in the basement of the four-division masterplan, San Marino plays Luxembourg with the ultimate prize being not to have to play Luxembourg in the near future, but the likes of Estonia instead.
In fact, in looks like UEFA has reacted to Sports Burst's missives after all, but in a passive-aggressive manner. It seems that the rumors of a third competition to go alongside the Champions League and Europa League are true. "The green light has been given," announced UEFA bigwig, Andrea Agnelli, on a tournament that only Arsenal will be allowed to enter and probably lose still.
Oh...and a Champions League final might be held in New York in the near future. No more letters then.
Catch the best of the day's action on the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT.
Simeone pledges football future to Inter
Elsewhere, Diego Simeone has said that he will definitely manage Inter one day, just not yet considering the club has a manager in place already.
"It will happen when it happens." In fact, that will probably be 2020 when the Argentinean's current deal with Atletico Madrid runs out. Which is bad for anyone who is occupying the bench at the Serie A side, at that time.
Sticking with Italian news of sorts and bad tidings for Gigi Buffon who looks set to be a benchwarmer at PSG after coach, Thomas Tuchel, revealed that Alphonse Areola is "in pole position" to be the starter in between the pipes.
And football folk tax-fraud news! Today it is the turn of Marcelo who has reportedly done a deal with Spanish authorities and accepted a four-month suspended prison sentence - which will not be served - and an $870,000 fine for unpaid taxes on image rights.
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