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Because he's good, that's why
Because he's good, that's why
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

ENGLAND:

Manchester United are prepared to listen to offers for Robin van Persie.

One of the things I dislike about English and European soccer - its predictability at the top end - is apparently the main thing that English people love about it.

As he is, unfortunately, inclined to do after a tough loss, Arsene Wenger accused Swansea's Garry Monk of "refusing to play" last night.

In bad news for English players looking for a new job, Leeds United's transfer ban has been lifted.

EUROPE:

Can Bayern beat Barca on Tuesday and overturn their three goal deficit? Probably not, but they'll of course give it a go.

Carlo Ancelotti may be in trouble after sarcastically clapping at a referee this weekend.

Robbie Keane wrote an open letter supporting the notion of marriage equality in Ireland, in advance of a referendum on the issue next week.

A dispute over TV money may see the Spanish season end this weekend, two weeks early and with the title still to be decided.

MLS/US:

The New York Red Bulls won the first NYC(area) derby this weekend, defeating Etihad Juniors 2-1 despite being a man down for most of the match. RBNY welcomed NYCFC to Harrison and MLS with a lovely tifo. NEWS FLASH: NYCFC aren't very good.

How much have the Timbers missed Diego Valeri as he's been recovering from an ACL tear? This much. All three touches leading up to the goal were great, and the finish was spectacular.

Here's an interesting oral history of the first season of MLS.