Short Takes


• Many local fans took notice when U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted congratulations to Minnesota striker Christian Ramirez for the forward’s game-winning goal against New York. Ramirez, who has never been called up to a national squad but has been discussed as a potential candidate, is keeping a level head. “People are assuming it means I’ll get a call-up, but I’ve just told them, ‘This just means he’s watching,’ ” he told the Star Tribune’s David La Vaque. “I know if I go out and have a stinker, I’m not going to get a Twitter mention.”

• Rough news for the Houston Dash, which will lose all-world midfielder Carli Lloyd for at least three weeks because of a knee sprain. If rehab goes well, Lloyd should be back to full strength before leading the U.S. women’s national team at the Olympics.

• With Napoli’s loss on Monday, Juventus has clinched a fifth consecutive Serie A title. It’s still jaw-dropping to look at its list of results this year; after winning just three of its first 10 games, Juve embarked on a 25-game stretch in which it won 73 of a possible 75 points.