Lyon winger Mathieu Valbuena has expressed his disappointment in Karim Benzema over the Real Madrid striker's alleged role in an attempt to blackmail him.
Earlier this month, Benzema, 27, was charged with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation into an attempt to extort funds from 31-year-old Valbuena, a France international teammate, using a sex tape.
Wiretap evidence has been gathered in the case, and Benzema is suspected of acting as an intermediary on behalf of a childhood friend....
The MLS conference championships conclude on Sunday, with both top seeds trailing by two goals heading home for the second legs.
Since MLS went to two-leg playoff series in 2003, 12 teams have lost the first leg by exactly two goals. Seven of those dozen teams were down two goals heading home, as New York and FC Dallas are this year.
Of those seven teams, two overcame the deficit to advance: 2004 Kansas City versus San Jose and 2003 San Jose versus Los Angeles. One caveat here, particularly for FC Dallas, is that 2014 was the first season in which MLS used away goals as a tiebreaker for playoff series.
So what chances do FC Dallas and New York have of overcoming their two-goal deficits? And what are factors to watch in the second legs? This edition of the MLS Forecaster explores those questions and more using ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI).