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GIF: Paul Pogba’s dance after Man Utd beat Ajax

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Pogba doing Pogba thing!

GIF: Jose Mourinho rolls around the pitch with his son after Man Utd beat Ajax

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Delight for the Mourinho family as Jose embraces his son at full time.

Video: Wayne Rooney comes on for possibly his last Man Utd appearance

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Wayne Rooney cheered on to the pitch by the Manchester United fans as he replaces Juan Mata in the 90th minute. pic.twitter.com/N2ACAetqie BT...

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Undoubted Highlight Of Europa League Final: Ajax ‘Keeper Andre Onana Does A Magic Fart (Video)

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Just a half-time quickie to bring you Pies' official highlight of the Europa League Final so far.

Here's Ajax 'keeper André Onana using his downstairs trumpet to conjure up a BT Sport graphic...

Ajax kalecisi Onana'nın yayıncı grafikleriyle imtihanı pic.

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ as 120,000 watch Ajax v Man Utd

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The Hague (AFP) – Police were on high alert in Amsterdam Wednesday after the Manchester attack, as more than 120,000 people streamed to the Dutch capital to watch Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa League final.

The match was being shown live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Square.

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ as 120,000 watch Ajax v Man Utd

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The Hague (AFP) – Police were on high alert in Amsterdam Wednesday after the Manchester attack, as more than 120,000 people streamed to the Dutch capital to watch Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa League final.

The match was being shown live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Square.

‘Robust’ security for sports events after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Extra armed police will protect Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley and the Epsom Derby - a favourite racing event of Queen Elizabeth - as Britain ramps up security following the Manchester suicide bombing.

There are several high-profile sports events in Britain over the coming few weeks and although there are no specific threats, security will be reinforced after Monday’s attack that killed 22 and injured dozens.

Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrives at Europa League final on mobility transport

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Zlatan has arrived. Leg well rested #MUFC #UEL pic.twitter.com/mbN2YEQ97q Dan Salisbury-Jones (@dsj_itv) May 24, 2017 There was no way...

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Video: Man Utd players arrive for Europa League final

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The players have arrived at the Friends Arena ahead of kick-off. #UELfinal Where to watch: https://t.co/QwyIDdO23D pic.twitter.com/1WqQRj6oRl ...

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Confirmed Europa League Final Team News: Ajax vs Man Utd

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Ajax team to play Man Utd Dit is onze line-up! ❌ Heldhaftig❌ Vastberaden❌ Barmhartig#UELfinal #ajaman pic.twitter.com/0IHUriJeYj AFC Ajax...

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Wayne Rooney to be left out of England squad to face Scotland and France

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England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will be left out of the squad to face Scotland and France, according to Sky Sports. Rooney's...

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Man Utd defender suspended over tattoo

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Manchester United right-back Guillermo Varela has been suspended by loan club Eintracht Frankfurt after getting a tattoo against their advice. The...

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Jan Vertonghen sends good luck message to Ajax ahead of Man Utd game

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Good luck to @AFCAjax tonight ❌❌❌ #UELfinal Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) May 24, 2017 Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has taken...

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Man Utd fans shaken but defiant ahead of Europa League final

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Stockholm (AFP) – A group of fans in red Manchester United jerseys kick a football around in a Stockholm park ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final, excited about the match but jittery after the Manchester terror attack earlier this week that left 22 people dead.

“Goal!” shouts Aqeel Kareem as one of his friends volleys the ball into the net, just hours before Manchester United and Ajax face off at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Newcastle United

Reports That Newcastle After Surprising New Midfield Target

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The ChronicleLive are reporting that Newcastle are being linked with Clinton Mata in the Belgium press today and the 6 times capped Angola International seems an unlikely player for Newcastle to [...]

Newcastle Fans Get What They Wanted With This Player

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I only just returned from the hospital and see that Newcastle have announced that 25 year-old 42 times capped Ghana International Christian Atsu has joined Newcastle, as Rafa Benitez decided to take [...]

Newcastle sign Ghana star Atsu permanently

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ghanaian international midfielder Christian Atsu’s performances for Newcastle United in regaining their Premier League status earned him a permanent move from champions Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old - who scored five goals in 32 Championship appearances as the Rafael Benitez-coached Magpies topped the table - signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: John Terry discusses MLS, Atlanta United send trio on loan, and more

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Following the end to his Premier League career last Sunday, Chelsea defender John Terry discussed Major League Soccer in Sirius XM's 'The Football Show'.

The 36-year-old's 19 year career willcome to an end this weekend as Chelsea face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Blues lifted the 2016-17 Premier League title under new boss Antonio Conte, clinching the title in a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion back on May 12.

MLS looks for help in development

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer faces a myriad of challenges if it is going to reach its self-stated goal of becoming one of the top leagues in the world anytime soon. Without thinking too hard, things like television ratings and national relevance stand out as problems that have no easy solutions but are crucial to any progress.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for May 24, 2017

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It's Day 144 of 2017.


SPECIAL NOTE - My very 1st column for 1500am ESPN: Loons Will Need To Fix Thin Roster + the tease of a new podcast.

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Manchester is one city that knows exactly what to say to nihilistic fuckers! [CARTOON] By David Squires for the Guardian.

Video: Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s overhead kick goal vs Ajax

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored 6 Europa League goals this season. Great overhead kick. Advantage Man Utd!

Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen highlight US Soccer Hall of Fame nominees

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The list of potential inductees has some nice names

U.S. Soccer has announced their ballot of nominees for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class and among them are current D.C. United coach Ben Olsen and former Black-and-Red player Jaime Moreno are on the list.

Along with Moreno and Olsen, there are a number of local players on the list, including former Washington Freedom (and United States) goalkeeper Briana Scurry, and former Black-and-Red players Josh Wolff and Pat Onstad, both of whom admittedly received their notoriety elsewhere.

U.S. U-20s prepared for physical World Cup match vs. group leader Senegal

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup opener was quite a ride. There were goals, six of them in fact. There were blunders, plenty of them. But in the end, there was also a point, one which could be vital as the group stage continues.

Tab Ramos is hoping for something a bit less up-and-down when the United Statestakes the field for their second group stage match, but the head coach is also prepared for another tough challenge against another difficult opponent.

Video: Paul Pogba gives Man Utd the lead vs Ajax

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Paul Pogba gives Man Utd the lead! The most expensive footballer of all-time delivers in the final pic.twitter.com/fSi3NusZnZ BT Sport...

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Silence, applause as Man Utd and Ajax honour Manchester victims

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Stockholm (AFP) – Players from Ajax and Manchester United observed a minute of reflection prior to Wednesday’s Europa League final in memory of the victims of Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.

The two teams stood around the centre circle at Stockholm’s Friends Arena with their heads bowed during a brief period of silence, United’s players sporting black armbands, before fans of both sides burst into applause.

Silence, applause as Man Utd and Ajax honour Manchester victims

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Stockholm (AFP) – Players from Ajax and Manchester United observed a minute of reflection prior to Wednesday’s Europa League final in memory of the victims of Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.

The two teams stood around the centre circle at Stockholm’s Friends Arena with their heads bowed during a brief period of silence, United’s players sporting black armbands, before fans of both sides burst into applause.

Chivas needs a trophy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - There is no greater club in Mexico than Club Deportivo Guadalajara, known more commonly as Chivas. At least, that's what their supporters say.

Chivas indeed have a storied history. Famous for their red-and-white striped jerseys, Chivas is the only team in Mexico to use only Mexican-born players and, more recently, players of Mexican descent.

‘Robust’ security for sports events after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Extra armed police will protect Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley and the Epsom Derby - a favourite racing event of Queen Elizabeth - as Britain ramps up security following the Manchester suicide bombing.

There are several high-profile sports events in Britain over the coming few weeks and although there are no specific threats, security will be reinforced after Monday’s attack that killed 22 and injured dozens.

Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer throws shade at Timber Joey

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Shots Fired!

With the derby only days away, yesterday Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer decided to up the ante and throw some shade at Timber Joey during a press conference, questioning his credentials when it comes to dealing with wood.

"Well, I don't like it I can tell you that," Schmetzer said when asked about Timber Joey's tradition of slicing a log slab after every Portland goal at Providence Park.

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Much-improved football champions Sundowns upset V Club

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa produced one of their finest CAF Champions League performances to upset V Club 3-1 Wednesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Liberian Anthony Laffor, Ivorian Yannick Zakri and Sibusiso Vilakazi scored in wet Kinshasa for a Sundowns side that struggled recently in domestic and African matches.

Much-improved football champions Sundowns upset V Club

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa produced one of their finest CAF Champions League performances to upset V Club 3-1 Wednesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Liberian Anthony Laffor, Ivorian Yannick Zakri and Sibusiso Vilakazi scored in wet Kinshasa for a Sundowns side that struggled recently in domestic and African matches.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Ajax – Europa League final

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Romero, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Rashford.

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Rooney, Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Fosu-Mensah.

Arsenal offer starman mega £20m-a-year deal to ward off Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez according to German...

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Canadian Championship Rewind: Fury upset TFC; Whitecaps triumph at home

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The first legs of the Canadian Championship semi-finals provided one big upset. Ottawa Fury FC's pair of second half goals gave them a 2-1 advantage over Toronto FC in the first ever match between the two clubs. Toronto's wasted possession combined with Fury FC'sshocking efficiency provided the first leg upset at TD Place in the Canadian capital.

‘I Could Not Care Less’ – John Terry Bluntly Dismisses Criticism Of Self-Orchestrated Chelsea Farewell Substitution

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John Terry has dismissed criticism surrounding the manner in which he ended his Chelsea career, insisting he "couldn't care less" what people think of his contrived 'farewell' substitution.

Terry was subbed off in the 26th minute of the Blues' final Premier League game of the season against Sunderland, as his teammates gathered to clap him off with a mid-game guard of honour.

Fire v FC Dallas match preview

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What Are They All About? FC Dallas

Progress. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated DC United 1-0 on the back of a sublime counterattack and David Accam's sixth goal of the season. Perhaps more impressive than their first road win of 2017–and just their second such accolade in the past fifty away encounters­–was the manner in which they achieved the result.

U-20 WC Rewind: Costa Rica ties Portugal, Zambia blows past Iran and more

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Wednesday's action at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea saw the teams in Groups C and D take to the field.

The most dramatic of the matches came in Group C, as Zambia clinched a come-from-behind victory over Iran, securing passage to theRound of 16 after winning both group stage matches. Costa Rica and Portugal, meanwhile, drew 1-1, both recording their first points of the tournament.

Hearts replace Kitchen as club captain

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Perry Kitchen's time as Hearts captain has come to an end.

According to the official Hearts Twitter account, manager Ian Cathro has named the returning CristopheBerra captainfor next season. Berra, a Scottish international,is making his return to Hearts after spending four years with Ipswich Town in the English Football League Championship.

Around The Forest: T2 on the road, Diego Simeone staying at Atletico Madrid

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T2 heads to Oklahoma to take on the Energy

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T2

USL MATCH PREVIEW & STREAM | T2 travel to face OKC Energy FC Wednesday, Tulsa Roughnecks FC Saturday | Portland Timbers
Playing the first of two road matches in four days, T2 will travel to play OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Wednesday, May 24, before traveling to ONEAK Field to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, May 27.

Report: Kamara receives Sierra Leone callup in June

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Some good news for the D.C. United/Kickers striker.

D.C. United forward Alhaji Kamara has been called into the Sierra Leone national team for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match with Kenya on June 10. The 23-year old forward has played for the Leone Stars first team 6 times, scoring 2 goals, and would not miss any potential first team appearances (D.

Photo: Spurs players out for dinner in Hong Kong

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Man Utd fans shaken but defiant ahead of Europa League final

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Stockholm (AFP) – A group of fans in red Manchester United jerseys kick a football around in a Stockholm park ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final, excited about the match but jittery after the Manchester terror attack earlier this week that left 22 people dead.

“Goal!” shouts Aqeel Kareem as one of his friends volleys the ball into the net, just hours before Manchester United and Ajax face off at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Mertesacker primed to answer Arsenal Cup final SOS

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London (AFP) – World Cup-winning central defender Per Mertesacker says he is fit to make his first start in more than a year when Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The 32-year-old German, who retired from international football a month after winning the 2014 World Cup, will arrive at Wembley with just 37 minutes of action under his belt this season following knee surgery last summer.

Mertesacker primed to answer Arsenal Cup final SOS

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London (AFP) – World Cup-winning central defender Per Mertesacker says he is fit to make his first start in more than a year when Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The 32-year-old German, who retired from international football a month after winning the 2014 World Cup, will arrive at Wembley with just 37 minutes of action under his belt this season following knee surgery last summer.

Newcastle sign Ghana star Atsu permanently

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ghanaian international midfielder Christian Atsu’s performances for Newcastle United in regaining their Premier League status earned him a permanent move from champions Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old - who scored five goals in 32 Championship appearances as the Rafael Benitez-coached Magpies topped the table - signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Hulk flexes muscles in all-Chinese clash

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk scored one goal and set up another as Shanghai SIPG won a megabucks all-Chinese clash 2-1 against Jiangsu Suning in the AFC Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday.

Hulk made his muscular presence felt with a bustling performance which terrorised the Jiangsu defence and put Andre Villas-Boas’s SIPG in the driving seat ahead of next week’s return leg.

Hulk flexes muscles in all-Chinese clash

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk scored one goal and set up another as Shanghai SIPG won a megabucks all-Chinese clash 2-1 against Jiangsu Suning in the AFC Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday.

Hulk made his muscular presence felt with a bustling performance which terrorised the Jiangsu defence and put Andre Villas-Boas’s SIPG in the driving seat ahead of next week’s return leg.

All Three Points podcast: Is this a good team?

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So it's been an unusually long time since the All Three Points podcast recorded, and all the Union have done is play the best stretch of soccer in franchise history. Maybe that's the soccer gods trying to tell us something?