I think this is Nile John’s first time at the top of the Hoddle.
Ramble of the Day
MLS watchers (myself included) like to make the argument that the league is more chaotic than most. I could offer things to support the theory, but I’m not really here to argue the merits of it (today, anyway). That said, the following could most certainly could support the theory. Even if it isn’t, it’s worth knowing about.
This is wild.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 18, 2021
Matías Almeyda's translator just got kicked out the game. #COLvSJ pic.twitter.com/fTT716Udth
Agustin Zalazar is translator for San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matías Almeyda, and clearly said something the referee did not like. The added bonus of this video is that the commentators do the speculating so I don’t have to. I love that one of the first things we hear is a commentator saying, “I’m not sure who that fella is down there.”
They cover the Colorado Rapids and are therefore less familiar with the entire traveling staff of the Earthquakes than someone who’s on that beat. The main theory here is that Zalazar is taking the fall for Almeyda, though it would be funnier if Zalazar did that of his own accord. It’s still pretty funny, though.
tl;dr: A translator got sent off during an MLS match this weekend.
Stay informed, read this: Roxanne Fequierre profiles model Adut Akech on moving from South Sudan to Australia as a refugee and representation as a Black model for Elle
Links of the Day
Former Coventry player and manager George Curtis died aged 82.
Germany’s men’s Olympic team walked off the field after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused during a closed door friendly against Honduras.
Serie A banned green kits from the 2022-23 season, citing television clarity.
Gotham FC fired general manager Alyse LaHue after an NWSL investigation.
Transfers: AC Milan signed Olivier Giroud from Chelsea; Crystal Palace signed Marc Guéhi from Chelsea; Brighton signed Kjell Sherpen from Ajax; Wolves signed Bendegúz Bolla from Fehérvár
A longer read: Ed Aarons on the state of Benfica after president Luís Felipe Vieira was arrested as part of an investigation into tax fraud and money laundering for the Guardian