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Forecast: Supporters' Shield, playoffs

Major League Soccer

Allardyce open to Nolan deal at Sunderland

 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan deny wrongdoing in Gabriel Paletta transfer

While many are quick to blame AC Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic for the squad's recent troubles, ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says he may not be completely at fault.
Milan snapped their five-match winless streak with Saturday's 2-1 win over Roma.
AC Milan say there was no foul play in the transfer of Gabriel Paletta from Parma in February.

AC Milan have released a statement refuting any wrongdoing in the transfer of Gabriel Paletta from Parma in February.

The Parma Tribunal have opened an investigation into what they believe could be fraudulent activity in the sale of the Italy international from the debt-ridden and now defunct Parma FC to the Rossoneri.

The 29-year-old was signed for a sum of €2.5 million,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gladbach say Fabian Johnson injured, contradicting U.S.' Jurgen Klinsmann

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno preview the United States' friendly against Costa Rica, where he feels Fabian Johnson was humiliated by being sent home.
The EPSN FC team discuss Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to drop Fabian Johnson for the U.S. match against Costa Rica and claims that Johnson did not need to come off due to injury in the match against Mexico.

Borussia Monchengladbach say Fabian Johnson returned from international duty with a thigh injury, one day after United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the right-back was not hurt.

The Bundesliga club announced on their website that Johnson had already returned to Borussia Park and was undergoing treatment on his thigh after Klinsmann dismissed him from U.S. camp.

Johnson played 110 minutes on Saturday as the U.S. lost 3-2 to Mexico in extra time in a Confederations Cup playoff, but Klinsmann...

 By PA Sport

Sunderland coach Sam Allardyce keen not to dwell on Newcastle past

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager and will join the club on a two-year deal with immediate effect.

Sam Allardyce returned to the Premier League looking to the future rather than the past as he launched his bid to drag Sunderland out of the mire.

The 60-year-old was presented to the media on Tuesday four days after accepting chairman Ellis Short's plea to launch the latest rescue mission at a club which have spent much of the last three seasons or so flirting with relegation from the Premier League.

In the process, Allardyce walked back into the north-east, where he served briefly as both a player...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Carlos Tevez can't replace Lionel Messi, says Tata Martino

After a surprising 2-0 defeat to Ecuador on home soil and with Belgium poised to take over Argentina as the world's No. 1, Gerardo Martino's side face a vital clash against Paraguay in World Cup Qualifying.
Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz discusses the 2018 World Cup qualifier versus Argentina.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Argentina need to figure out how to play as a team more than ever during Lionel Messi's absence.

Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez cannot compensate for the absence of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi in the Argentina squad because the two are different kinds of players, said Argentina coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino.

Messi is sitting out the Albiceleste's first three 2018 World Cup qualifying matches due to a knee injury sustained last month. Argentina were already upset by Ecuador, 2-0, last week and face Paraguay on Tuesday night. 

Martino is also missing Sergio Aguero, who now faces...

UEFA charges Moldova after crowd issues against Russia

Russia's Artem Dzyuba scored the winning goal in his side's important win over Moldova.

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Moldovan Football Federation over crowd issues, including racism, during a European Championship qualifier against Russia.

The Moldovans have been charged over general crowd disturbances, fireworks being set off and racist flags being displayed during Friday's match in Chisinau.

The UEFA disciplinary panel will hear the case next Thursday.

Russia won the game 2-1.

MLS Forecaster: Projecting the Supporters' Shield, playoff races

Former U.S. and LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan discusses the in-form teams ahead of the MLS Cup playoffs, the next step for U.S. soccer and the most surreal moment during his footballing career.

With two matchweeks left in the MLS season, the schedule is finally leveling off. After three games are played Wednesday, each team will have exactly two games left in the regular season.

That means the three main races are coming into focus, as the playoff picture, top two seeds in each conference and Supporters' Shield race come down to the final days.

Here's how ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) handicaps the closing two weeks. SPI simulates the remaining schedule 10,000 times, resulting in the percentages below.