English Premier League

EPL commentator assignments on NBC, Gameweek 25

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Weekend coverage begins this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by second-place Manchester City v. first-place Leicester City on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO.

Coverage continues at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday with Tottenham v. Watford on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO, and Liverpool v.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC, Gameweek 25

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Weekend coverage begins this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by second-place Manchester City v. first-place Leicester City on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO.

Coverage continues at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday with Tottenham v. Watford on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO, and Liverpool v.

Newcastle’s Best Team For West Brom

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We do have a number of injuries Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback are all out for tomorrow's game and we also have players like Siem de Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Vurnon Anita, Sadio Haidara, Gabby Obertan and of course Tim Krul still out. Again we are being ravaged by injury as we are [...]

Ian Ayre warns Liverpool fans ‘be careful what [you] wish for’ over walkout threat

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Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has warned Reds fans to "be careful what they wish for" after a supporters group called for an Anfield walkout in protest at rising ticket prices.

Supporters' groups are planning to make their unprecedented protest in the 77th minute of Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland after Liverpool this week announced a new pricing structure for the 2016-17 season, which will see the most expensive match day ticket in the redeveloped Main Stand rise from £59 ($86, 76 euros) to £77.

Ian Ayre warns Liverpool fans ‘be careful what [you] wish for’ over walkout threat

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Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has warned Reds fans to "be careful what they wish for" after a supporters group called for an Anfield walkout in protest at rising ticket prices.

Supporters' groups are planning to make their unprecedented protest in the 77th minute of Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland after Liverpool this week announced a new pricing structure for the 2016-17 season, which will see the most expensive match day ticket in the redeveloped Main Stand rise from £59 ($86, 76 euros) to £77.

Man Utd star: This potential LvG replacement plays attractive football

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Man Utd star: This potential LvG replacement plays attractive football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has claimed that Jose Mourinho plays an attractive style of football.

When asked if Mourinho's style would suit Manchester United, he said: "It's funny that.

Is Wenger right to brush off Arsenal fans’ growing EPL doubts?

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Arsene Wenger has had since Tuesday night to pick up his Arsenal players after they went a fourth Premier League match without a win and three in a row without scoring a goal, so I can understand why the manager would want to instill some confidence in his squad and try to regain some belief [...]

PL winner signs Man United agreement, will complete move in summer

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PL winner signs Man United agreement, will complete move in summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has signed an agreement to take over from Louis Van Gaal at the end of the season.

According to reports from Spain, the Portuguese manager is all set to return to management with Manchester United soon.

Chelsea have verbal agreement for South American, winger wants summer move

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Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado has confirmed that he wishes to stay in Serie A beyond this season but that is not entirely up to him.

The Colombian is on loan at Juventus after failing to impress during his short spell at Stamford bridge.

Pep Guardiola unfazed by juggling Bayern Munich and Man City tasks

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about his ability to remain focused on the job at hand with the German champions after committing his future to Premier League side Manchester City as of next season.

"I'm like a woman, capable of doing multiple things at once," Guardiola told reporters on Friday, in his first appearance since signing a three-year deal to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at City next term.

Pep Guardiola unfazed by juggling Bayern Munich and Man City tasks

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about his ability to remain focused on the job at hand with the German champions after committing his future to Premier League side Manchester City as of next season.

"I'm like a woman, capable of doing multiple things at once," Guardiola told reporters on Friday, in his first appearance since signing a three-year deal to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at City next term.

Pellegrini in spotlight as Manchester City brace for Leicester showdown

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Manchester City's home supporters will have their first opportunity to begin a drawn out farewell to Manual Pellegrini when their team face Leicester in a contest that will play a major role in deciding the Premier League title race.

Until Monday's announcement that City boss Pellegrini will be replaced by Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, it appeared this game would be all about first place in the table and the displays of City's Sergio Aguero and Leicester's Jamie Vardy, two of the division's most in-form stars.

Pellegrini in spotlight as Manchester City brace for Leicester showdown

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Manchester City's home supporters will have their first opportunity to begin a drawn out farewell to Manual Pellegrini when their team face Leicester in a contest that will play a major role in deciding the Premier League title race.

Until Monday's announcement that City boss Pellegrini will be replaced by Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, it appeared this game would be all about first place in the table and the displays of City's Sergio Aguero and Leicester's Jamie Vardy, two of the division's most in-form stars.

Manchester United

Herrera: Mourinho’s style doesn’t rule him out of replacing LvG

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An argument always used against Jose Mourinho being Manchester United's manager was that his style of football wasn't attacking enough. Given what United fans have watched over the past 18 months, that point doesn't seem as strong.

Ander Herrera has defended the Portuguese manager though, insisting there's no reason why he can't replace Louis van Gaal.

Herrera: I want to get in United’s away end with our fans

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Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo were all in the away end at Anfield to watch Wayne Rooney score a late winner in front of the Kop.

Ander Herrera has reflected on that day and claimed he wants to experience an away game with Manchester United fans one day.

I want to do it also but that would mean I am injured so hopefully I can play as many games as possible.

Herrera: I want to play for United for as long as possible

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Fans' favourite, Ander Herrera, has spoke about why he goes so bonkers when one of his teammates scores a big goal for Manchester United. Whether that's Bastian Schweinsteiger's late deflected winner at Watford, or Wayne Rooney's strike at Anfield, the Spaniard can be seen going crazy on the bench.

Di Maria: Things didn’t go the way I expected at United

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After a bright start to life at Manchester United, Angel Di Maria's form quickly dropped off, and when he stupidly got himself sent off in the FA Cup game against Arsenal for pulling the referee's shirt, he lost his place in the first team.

In the summer, Di Maria refused to join up with the squad on the pre-season tour, and forced his move to PSG, the club he had wanted to join all along.

Herrera: I couldn’t control my emotions when we scored at Anfield

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There are lots of reasons why Manchester United fans love Ander Herrera, but one of them is how passionately he celebrates important goals.

For example, when Bastian Schweinsteiger's deflected effort won the game for us in the last minute against Watford, or Wayne Rooney scored a late winner at Anfield, Herrera was seen going mental on the bench.

CONFIRMED: United’s Europa League squad

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Manchester United have confirmed the squad for the Europa League, with our first game against Midtjylland on February 18th, followed by the return leg at Old Trafford on the 25th.

David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone; Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Guillermo Varela, Matteo Darmian, Regan Poole; Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard; Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Will Keane.

La Liga

Brazilian judge throws out Neymar tax charges

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A Brazilian judge has thrown out tax fraud charges against Brazil and Barcelona star striker Neymar, his father and two senior FC Barcelona figures.

The magistrate, Mateus Castelo Branco Firmino da Silva, said the charges brought Tuesday "should be rejected."

The ruling late Thursday in Santos gave some respite to the Brazilian superstar.

Brazilian judge throws out Neymar tax charges

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A Brazilian judge has thrown out tax fraud charges against Brazil and Barcelona star striker Neymar, his father and two senior FC Barcelona figures.

The magistrate, Mateus Castelo Branco Firmino da Silva, said the charges brought Tuesday "should be rejected."

The ruling late Thursday in Santos gave some respite to the Brazilian superstar.

Valencia’s Gary Neville on brink of sack

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Gary Neville could take charge of Valencia for the final time should he fail to deliver a league win at the ninth attempt when his side travel to fellow strugglers Real Betis on Sunday.

Neville's terrible run of five points from eight La Liga games since taking charge in December was compounded as Valencia suffered their heaviest defeat in 23 years with a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday.

Valencia’s Gary Neville on brink of sack

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Gary Neville could take charge of Valencia for the final time should he fail to deliver a league win at the ninth attempt when his side travel to fellow strugglers Real Betis on Sunday.

Neville's terrible run of five points from eight La Liga games since taking charge in December was compounded as Valencia suffered their heaviest defeat in 23 years with a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday.

canada

United States vs Canada: Preview and how to watch

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Off the back of a 3-2 comeback victory against Iceland, the United States Men's National Team will close out Camp Cupcake against Canada. There are plenty of players looking to make an impact before qualifying starts up again.

The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) victory that opened 2016 gave manager Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to think about heading in to the last friendly before qualifying ramps up again.

Some Soccer News for Feb 5, 2016

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It's Day 36 of 2016.


The Super Bowl. Jeff Johnson writes a letter about Hardee's to Jerry Richardson the owner of the Carolina Panthers. From McSweeney. Oh, and who's going to win the big game?

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Next for the USMNT:
-Fri Feb 5
USA v Canada - 9:15pm CT on FS1.

United States vs. Canada friendly 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT closes out their winter camp with a game against their northern neighbor.

The United States concludes its annual winter camp tonight with a friendly against Canada. Back in the day, this was more of a heated rivalry between similar teams, but in the last decade and a half the US has been battling with Mexico to be the giant of CONCACAF while Canada has not made the World Cup (or even the Hexagonal).

Defensive improvement remains focus for USMNT ahead of Canada match

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Despite some continued issues at the back, the U.S. Men's National Team kicked off its 2016 campaign with a 3-2 win on Sunday against Iceland, and now theUSMNTwill shift its attention to its northern brethren while looking to fix what went wrong last time out.

After a positive start to the new year, the U.

Major League Soccer

Ashley Cole hoping to change negative opinions of him

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Ashley Cole knew it was coming.It was inevitable, of course.

Ever since Cole uttered the words "I'm not ready to relax on a beach yet" when talking about why he chose Roma over MLS almost two years ago, theveteran Englishman has become one of the top public enemies to many of the league's fans.

2016 U.S. Open Cup schedule released; MLS teams enter on June 15

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15 MLS teams will play third round match winners, while the final two will play each other

U.S. Soccer released the full schedule for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup today, including the date that MLS clubs will enter the competition. After the third round of the competition on June 1, the winners of those 15 matches will be joined by the 17 MLS clubs in the fourth round on June 15.

Sticking up for Stuart Holden

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Stuart Holden's playing career is a case of what might have been, but that doesn't mean the player has to look at it that way. Read More

Major Link Soccer: US Soccer sues the USWNT players union

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Things are getting testier in the world of US women's soccer. DC United is calling out Orlando for their tampering. Is San Francisco's new NASL team an elaborate joke?

Seattle

You may have missed the Sounders' first preseason match in Arizona on Wednesday, and I can say for sure that if you weren't there in person, the best you got was a rather subpar cell phone feed.

Arsenal

Fans stunned as Wenger says rip-off Arsenal need money for transfers?!?

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Don't worry Arsenal fans, all that money that you spend on massively overpriced merchandise or the even more inflated cost of a pie and a pint after paying the most expensive ticket prices in the country are not just going to line the pockets of the club's owners and board members. You will be surprised [.

Photos: Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck returns to action vs Brighton U21

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Embed from Getty Images Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck made his long-awaited return to action for the club's under-21 side today. The England...

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Video: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he wants 25-30 goals this season

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed he is target 25-30 goals this season. The France international says he wants to score at least 20 goals...

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D.C. United

D.C. United to issue replacements for fans that purchase 2016 home jerseys

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An FYI for prospective buyers going to tomorrow's event.

With the recent news that the D.C. United home jersey which is being unveiled for sale at tomorrow's Season Ticket Member event has a neck tape that mistakenly reads 'Without Representation Taxation' - as opposed to 'Taxation Without Representation', the team has announced a replacement program of sorts with the corrected tape.

D.C. United cuts six trialists from preseason roster

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D.C. United makes their first round of preseason cuts, releasing six from camp.

The first rounds of cuts have been made in the 2016 preseason, with D.C. United letting six players go to bring down the roster to 31 players. Fourth-round draft pick Liam Doyle was the first draft pick to be released from camp, and he was joined by trialists Kevan George, Santiago Dittborn, Paulo Tornaghi, Ariel Rodriguez, and Brayan Garcia.

Videos

Gettin' A Rep

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Yeah, Bobby Wood is sorta becoming the late strike king. And, ya know, just a very productive forward. On Friday night, the Union Berlin ace leveled matters at Kaiserslautern with four minutes to play, earning a 2-2 share. The US international now has eight league goals, good for a fourth place tie on the scoring chart.

Video: Chief executive Ian Ayre irks Liverpool fans with defence of ticket prices

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The Rest

PSP talks to Georgetown men’s soccer coach Brian Wiese

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Georgetown men's soccer coach Brian Wiese talks to PSP about Union draft picks Joshua Yaro and Keegan Rosenberry. He says they are versatile, intelligent, and so respected by teammates that they finished above Hermann Trophy finalist Brandon Allen in team MVP voting.

SBI Reader Poll: Is Ronaldo or Neymar having a better season?

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Two superstars in the world of soccer celebrate birthdays today, and each is having a fantastic season.

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian playmaker Neymar turn 31 and 24, respectively, today. Both, alongside Argentine talent Lionel Messi, are considered to be the best players in the world, having finished second (Ronaldo) and third (Neymar) in the voting for the most recent Ballon d'Or award.

VIDEO: Mata vs Herrera in Champions League quiz

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Bobby Wood's late goal rescues Union Berlin

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Bobby Wood picked up where he leftfor Union Berlin on Friday, and it just so happens that his late finish rescued a point for his 2. Bundesliga side.

Wood got the second half of the season startedby scoring an 86th-minute equalizer for FC Union Berlin in its 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern.

Friday football preview: round one

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During the new Argentine Primera División season, I'll have an article each Friday lunchtime onThe Bubble looking forward to the highlights and lowlights from the coming weekend of football in short, which matches you should try to set aside ... Continue reading →

U.S. U-19s finish scoreless in Copa de Atlantico after losing to Canary Islands

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The newly-created U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team's start to 2016 has not goneas well as envisioned.

The U.S. ended its Copa de Atlantico campaign on Friday with a 1-0 loss to lowly Canary Islands, which were playing with 10 men. Brad Friedel's side held the man-advantage since the first half, but was unable to capitalize and finished the tournament scoreless.

LvG: Shaw could play in the Europa League final

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that Luke Shaw could return to the first team in time to play in the Europa League final, which takes place on May 18th.

United will play their first Europa League game of the season against Midtjylland in a fortnight.

He could play in the final, eh?

Sergio Mota among three trialists cut by Sounders

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Brazilian midfielder will be best remembered for his two-footed kick to the groin of an opponent.

The list of trialists got a little shorter on Friday as the Seattle Sounders announced they'd cut ties with Sergio Mota, Anthony Wallace and Ben Speas. Mota spent last year with S2, while Wallace was a left back with the New York Red Bulls and Speas was a midfielder with the Columbus Crew.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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Having recently played each other in the DFB Pokal, Borussia Mönchengladbach-Werder Bremen is sure to be entertaining rematch this Friday.

The two sides played a 4-3 thriller on Dec. 15, and Werder Bremen walked away the victor. Now, they meet at Borussia-Park with each team needing all three points for different reasons.

Silly Offseason Complaints Part 6: Not enough players on the roster

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In his new series, writer Drew Gobrecht tells you why your complaints about the Union are wrong. We know he's being condescending, but deep down he's really insecure, and this is the only way he knows how to feel good about himself.

I have both good news and bad news today. The good news is that part 6 of Silly Offseason Complaints has finally arrived!

Fire v USF preseason match preview

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Match preview guru Martin Tomszak kicks off 2016 with a University of South Florida...yes, a University of South Florida match preview. The new regime's competitive debut should provide some interesting insight into what's to come in the week's ahead.

What Are They All About? University of South Florida

After what seems like an eternity, the Chicago Fire are back!

Hand Of Pod Episode 211: previewing the 2016 Primera División championship

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Hand Of Pod is back for 2016, folks. Here, we preview the 2016 transitional championship, which kicks off in a few hours.Source: Episode 211: previewing the 2016 Primera División championshipFiled under: Asides