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MLS Forecaster: 2016 Playoff projections

Can FC Dallas hang on to win the Supporters' Shield without Mauro Diaz?

Sunday is Decision Day in Major League Soccer, as the final 10 games of the regular season kick off simultaneously at 4 p.m. ET.

A major trophy is at stake, as is a knockout round bye in the East, and four playoff spots are not yet determined, setting the proverbial stage for plenty of final-day drama.

Here's what remains up for grabs, the scenarios for various clinchings, and the likelihood of each event happening, courtesy of ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI):


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has no plans for 'fantastic' Paul Pogba

Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba has not been discouraged, despite recent criticism of Man United's big-money signing.

LONDON -- Antonio Conte has revealed that returning to Manchester United was Paul Pogba's "dream," but insists that Chelsea will make no special plans to stifle him at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Pogba and Conte enjoyed a productive partnership for two seasons at Juventus after the French midfielder decided to leave Old Trafford for Turin in the summer of 2012, winning two Serie A titles together.

And the Chelsea head coach remains a huge admirer of Pogba, who became the world's most expensive footballer...

Juventus' Paulo Dybala: Barcelona had offer rejected for me in the summer

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has described how impressed he is with Vincenzo Montella's AC Milan side.
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Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has confirmed that Barcelona tried to sign him in the summer.

It was reported throughout the transfer window that Barca were searching for another forward, with Gabriel Jesus, Kevin Gameiro and Luciano Vietto among those linked with the club before they eventually signed Paco Alcacer from Valencia.

Gustavo Mascardi, the agent who brought Dybala to Europe, previously said Barca offered Juve double the €32 million they paid to Palmero in 2015 for the 22-year-old,...

Man City's Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany part of Pep Guardiola's plans

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says benching Aguero could come back to bite Guardiola in a big way.

MANCHESTER -- Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany remain part of his plans despite neither being in the starting XI for the Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Aguero was left on the bench for the 4-0 defeat, prompting speculation over the Argentine's future at the club, and captain Kompany was left out of the matchday squad despite travelling to Barcelona, with his Belgium teammate Kevin De Bruyne saying he was available for selection.

However, Guardiola...

Borussia Dortmund tracking Man City midfielder Bersant Celina - source

Are Roma in pursuit of three City full-backs and can Guardiola afford to lose so many defenders?

Borussia Dortmund are tracking Manchester City's Bersant Celina, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Midfielder Celina is on a season-long loan at Dutch club FC Twente, where his performances have sparked Dortmund's interest.

The Kosovo international has scored three goals in six games and made another, with scouts for the Bundesliga club now monitoring him.

Celina is highly regarded at City, having worked his way through the ranks since joining from Norwegian side Stromsgodset in 2012.


China set to offer Marcello Lippi role with national team - reports

Marcello Lippi won the World Cup and is a big name in China.

Former Italy manager Marcello Lippi is being lined up to take a role with the China national team, according to reports in the country this week.

Lippi, who led Italy to the World Cup title in Germany in 2006, has long been the preferred choice to take over as coach and had previously turned down the post during his time as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 68-year-old is due to arrive in Beijing on Saturday to begin negotiations and will meet with officials about a role that is expected...