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 By Tim Vickery

Questions loom over Argentina ahead of Bauza's first match in charge

ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with Lionel Messi's sudden return to the national team.

The weekend before international dates is always a stressful time for national team bosses, worrying about their players getting injured in action for their clubs.

Coaches of South American national teams have extra causes for concern, with the continent's Russia 2018 qualification campaign entering into its second third.

Their star players face long flights back from Europe and there is virtually no time available to get them together on the training ground. In the previous campaign, the games...

Seattle Sounders sign Nicolas Lodeiro as Designated Player

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Former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller talks about the coaching change in Seattle.
Lodeiro Boca Juniors Seattle Sounders
Uruguay international Nicolas Lodeiro spent one season at Boca Juniors.

SEATTLE -- Nicolas Lodeiro, the attacking midfielder who just helped Argentina powerhouse Boca Juniors reach the semifinals of the prestigious Copa Libertadores club championship in South America, has signed with the Seattle Sounders as a designated player.

The 27-year-old Lodeiro also has 48 caps for the Uruguay national team, including this summer's Copa America Centenario in the United States.

"With the performance the Sounders typically have, they have always played in the playoff every season...