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Carlos Vela called in sick so he could go to a Chris Brown concert

He won't be in the first team for a while.

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The Carlos Vela Experience is not going well at Real Sociedad. After turning down offers to move to MLS this winter, he's now calling in sick to training. Then, later that night, he was spotted at a Chris Brown concert with his bro Antoine Griezmann. Now Vela will be asked to train away from the first team, something that his captain supports. Should have taken that MLS money, buddy.

Goal of the day

Alex Morgan's equalizer against Germany. (@OurGameMagazine)

In the news

Steve McClaren will probably get sacked by Newcastle shortly. (Sky Sports)

Bolton's takeover is done, so they're not going out of business anytime soon. (BBC)

Aston Villa's parent company lost £27.3M before they even got relegated. (Guardian)

Eden Hazard and Ángel Di María swapped shirts at halftime, let's get mad about it. (ESPN FC)

Philadelphia Union captain Maurice Edu will miss three months. (MLS)

From the rumor mill: Dortmund is real mad about Real Madrid negotiating with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's representatives. (AS)

You should be reading

John Fiorentini on the excellent and forgotten career of Beppe Signori. (These Football Times)

Flavio Fusi on Genoa's downfall. (Stats Bomb)

Barry Glendenning on times domestic rivals have clashed in Europe. (Guardian)

What happened on Wednesday

Benfica scored twice late against Zenit to advance in Champions League.

PSG didn't have much of a problem getting by Chelsea.

The USWNT beat Germany to win the inaugural SheBelieves Cup. (Stars and Stripes FC)

What to watch on Thursday (all times ET, click for listings)

Europa League: 8 games (from 1 p.m.) -- The games are split up into two time slots. Tottenham-Dortmund is at 1, Liverpool-Man United at 3.

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