• Messi mess: Messi has been in a bit of a legal mess of late, accused, along with his father, Jorge, of tax evasion. They appeared in Spanish court Friday, suspected of skipping out on $5.4 million in taxes. They reportedly hired companies in Belize and Uruguay to sell Messi’s image rights, avoiding tax obligations in Spain. The Messis deny the allegations and Jorge Messi paid $6.7 million of taxes in August to cover the disputed amount plus interest.
• Bradley documentary: Be on the lookout for a PBS documentary American Pharoah, which goes behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team — the “Pharaohs” — and their American coach, Bob Bradley. The film is scheduled to be shown in early 2014, before the FIFA World Cup in June in Brazil. It was produced by Egyptian filmmaker Hossam Aboul-Magd, who follows the team as it attempts to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in more than 20 years.
“This is not just a film about soccer,” Aboul-Magd said. “This is about my country, my team, a coach I respect and the dream of capturing the World Cup in spite of enormous challenges. I see the goal of developing a strong team, in the middle of a revolution, as a metaphor for the rebuilding of Egypt.”
Said Bradley: “Making it to the World Cup will not solve the lack of education and poverty in Egypt, but it would be a great symbol for the country.”
• Local tryouts: Miami United, a semipro team in the National Premier Soccer League, is holding tryouts Oct. 7-9 at Ted Hendricks Stadium, 4800 Palm Ave. in Hialeah. The club plays against regional teams such as the Cape Coral Hurricanes, Jacksonville United and the Tampa Marauders. Players 15-20 years old try out from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and “first team” players try out from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entry fee is $50. More information: miamiunitedsoccer.com or call 305-318-2026.