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Salzburg Set to Resume Play on May 29th in Austrian Cup Final

(photo from Red Bull Salzburg) Red Bull Salzburg is preparing to return to play on May 29th against Cinderella-team SC Austria Lustenau in the Austrian Cup Final. The team has been inactive since the COVID 19 lockdown and are also prepared to resume league play in early June. Winning the Austrian Cup would be quite the accomplishment for first-year European manager Jesse Marsch. The team has had several big players depart over the last year, including Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland. The team has been cup winners in five of the last six years and could repeat with a win over the second division club. "It's great that we finally be back," said midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic. "We had to wait a long time for the resumption and we are pleased that we will be able to return to full training soon. We will give our best to observe all the precautions and act accordingly." The league itself has also been a challenge. Currently in the Championship round, LASK has a three

Defender Lukas Klostermann Remains with Leipzig Until 2024

(photo from RB Leipzig) RB Leipzig have more good news on top of returning to the field this weekend with an extension of defender Lukas Klostermann's contract. The 23-year old German international has becoming a target for major teams in England but has decided to stay, at least temporarily, with the team that helped showcase his ability. "I know have clarity about my future," said Klostermann about the deal. "I have been here in Leipzig for years and I have developed a lot here, personally and as a player. I look back on a successful journey so far with the club. There is so much potential for more success in the future and I want to be a part of it." Klostermann has been one of the long-term success stories of Leipzig as he was with the team since their time in 2.Bundesliga. With his help, they gained promotion and have become a dynamic force, disrupting the usual giants such as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. This season appears to be their best chance

Red Bull Head of Sport Ralf Rangnick Confirms Talks with Milan

Architect of RB Leipzig Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that he is ironing out the details on a move to AC Milan that will see him take over the failing giant. Rangnick has spent the last decade constructing one of the youngest and brightest teams in world football as Leipzig ascended from the lower divisions of German football to the Bundesliga. "Milan asked me for my availability," said Rangnick to MilanNews . "I informed Red Bull and there were talks with my agent. Then came the coronavirus and more important issues arose." Indicators from those close to the situation have pointed out that he will most likely take control of the team as a manager next season. Milan has seen a stark decline over the last decade, going from one of the hottest landing spots for prime players to a team that has failed to qualify for the Champions League over the past several years. Ownership issues and poor signings have not helped but recent moves have shown that they are heading in the

"MLS isn't Catching Up" Wright-Phillips Critical of American Player Development

Former New York Red Bulls winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, brother of team all-time leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, was critical of Major League Soccer and the American player development issue in a recent interview with FootballFanCast . The comments came after the former Manchester City academy product was asked about whether the gap was closing between teams in Europe and the United States. "No," answered Wright-Phillips. "If I'm being honest, I don't think it will be for a while because, in Europe, we've got a whole grassroots system. In America they miss like four to five years of coaching and learning what it takes to be a professional footballer." MLS has long had issues growing their infrastructure in order to bridge the gap between the youth game and the professional level. While reserve teams and even a reserve league existed for some time, it wasn't until 2015 that the United Soccer League restructured in order to house more meaningfu