English Premier League

This transfer to EPL rival will infuriate Arsenal fans

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It is not the much talked about transfer of the Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez to one of our Premier League rivals that we are talking about, or not this time at least although that could still be on the cards at some point during the summer transfer window. This time it is another of Arsenal's [...]

Man Utd submit massive €70m bid for Barcelona target, star is fond of the Spanish giants

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Manchester United are interested in signing the Brazilian defender Marquinhos this summer.

According to the reliable Globo Esporte, the Red Devils have already submitted a €70m bid for the 23-year-old centre-back. However, Marquinhos plans to stay at PSG for another season at least.

With the World Cup coming up, the Brazilian will want to play regularly and that might not be possible at Manchester United next season.

Chelsea closing in on top class star, Conte expected to land former Liverpool target for £60m

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has edged closer to a move to Chelsea.

The Premier League champions want to strengthen their back four this summer and Conte has identified the Dutch defender as a priority target.

Reputed journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that Chelsea are closing in on a move for the Southampton star and will pay around £60 million for his services.

‘Passionate’ Pellegrino gets Saints job

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London (AFP) – English Premier League side Southampton named Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on Friday to replace Claude Puel, who was sacked after just one season.

The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said.

Southampton name Pellegrino as new manager

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London (AFP) – English Premier League side Southampton named Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on Friday to replace Claude Puel, who was sacked after just one season in charge.

The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said.

Southampton name Pellegrino as new manager

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London (AFP) – English Premier League side Southampton named Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on Friday to replace Claude Puel, who was sacked after just one season in charge.

The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said.

Southampton name Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

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London (AFP) – English Premier League side Southampton on Friday named Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager to succeed Claude Puel who was sacked after just one season in charge.

The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said.

Southampton name Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

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London (AFP) – English Premier League side Southampton on Friday named Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager to succeed Claude Puel who was sacked after just one season in charge.

The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said.

4 summer transfer targets for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United

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The first part of the Rafa Benitez revival project at Newcastle United is complete with the Magpies now back in the top flight. However, Benitez knows that his team needs to improve to be capable of...

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Is Arsenal Facing A Wage Cap Limit?

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Interesting article in the newspapers this morning that Arsenal might he forced to sell players in order to lower their wage bill.

Arsenal are trying to sign Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new contracts. But according to Premier League rules, signing their stars to big money deals could mean that Arsenal would be in violation of the short term cost control (STCC) measures which restrict teams to £7 million increases in total salaries each season.

The power of the Premier League

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Friday's soccer news starts with another example of how much things have changed in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, far down the list of Premier League clubs in general and London Premier League clubs in particular, is closing in on a new manager. Frank de Boer left Ajax for Inter Milan last season, losing that Italian job after three months.

Philadelphia Union

Local Soccer Notebook 6/23

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Christian Pulisic returns home an even bigger star, Zach Pfeffer has no regrets and more

Matthew DeGeorge caught up with former Philadelphia Union homegrown Zach Pfeffer (Dresher, Pa.) to talk about his life after walking away from professional soccer. Zach is a student at Temple University pursuing a career in finance and while his pro career didn't quite meet expectations, he clearly has a bright future.

Philadelphia Union U18 & U16 teams both lose opening games in DA playoffs

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The U16s lost 2-1 to LA Galaxy and the U18s 2-0 to Real So Cal in Indiana on Thursday

Group play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs didn't start off well for the Philadelphia Union U18 and U16 teams on Thursday as both teams lost to opponents from southern California.

The U16s were unable to overcome a two-goal deficit to LA Galaxy in a 2-1 loss.

In pictures: Union 0-2 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Dan Gajdamowicz was on the scene for the Union's loss. Take a look at the action.

Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's series history against DC with our quick reference. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Major League Soccer

Soccer TV: New York Red Bulls vs NYCFC

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It's another chance for MLS on national television on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Rivalry week sees New York hosting NYCFC on Fox, part of a Saturday doubleheader with the Russia vs Mexico Confederations Cup game. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Fox doubles down on the network coverage of the Confederations Cup with Germany vs Cameroon on the Sunday schedule.

Recalibrating our ideas about lower division American soccer

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - They arrived by the hundreds, some hours early even on a weeknight. Their vehicles backed up for miles down the small country roads and residential streets like the crowds flocking to the baseball diamond in "Field of Dreams.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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It's Rivalry Week in MLS, and Week 17 features some fascinating matches between opponents that love to hate each other.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a pair of matches. First, Toronto FC take on the team that ended their 8-match unbeaten run two weeks ago, the New England Revolution.

Weighing the MLS rivalries

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Once again, Major League Soccer has manipulated its schedule to bring us a round of games thick with rivalries. The weekend has a sponsor. The league's marketing department is opening up the throttle in a bid for attention. While MLS is clearly the biggest professional soccer league in the country, it nevertheless struggles to entice even a moderate percentage of the available soccer fans here.

Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez ‘revelations’ just preparing Arsenal fans for the worst?

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I do not think that most Arsenal fans would care too much to hear that our star striker was a right royal pain in the dressing room, as long as the Chilean kept scoring goals and providing assists to almost single handedly get the Gunners over the line. And to be honest, I think that [...]

Madrid’s Mbappe transfer pursuit to hurt Arsenal TWICE?

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First of all I have to say that I would be very surprised if this bit of transfer business does happen, but you never can tell and it would certainly spell trouble for Arsenal if it did. Double trouble in fact, because as well as Arsene Wenger missing out on one of his top transfer [...]

Oops! Have Arsenal messed up Alexis and Ozil contracts?

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One way or another this latest bit of Arsenal transfer news could spell trouble for our club, especially now the situation regarding Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and the ongoing attempts to get the two star Gunners to sign new contracts has been splashed all over the football media. As reported by the Daily Mail [.

Alexis transfer denial may NOT be good news for Arsenal

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On the face of it, Arsenal fans will probably be pleased to hear that our star striker Alexis Sanchez issued a firm denial to the question of whether he was set for a transfer away from Arsenal. Things are not quite so simple, though, so while we can take some hope from this it might [...]

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Impact of the Video Assistant Referee on the TV-viewing experience: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

Impact of the Video Assistant Referee on the TV-viewing experience: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The Confederations Cup once again takes center stage this weekend as the group stage closes out on Friday and Saturday. There is still much to play for in the World Cup warm-up event. Seven of the eight teams playing still have a shot at making the semi-finals.

Northern Ireland

Celtic won’t sell tickets for match in Northern Ireland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Fears of sectarian clashes have prompted Scottish champions Celtic to refuse to make tickets available to their own fans for a potentially explosive European match in Belfast as it clashes with a key Protestant celebration, the club said Friday.

Celtic, traditionally a Catholic supported club, will face overwhelmingly Protestant-backed Linfield if the Northern Ireland team see off La Fiorita of San Marino in their opening Champions League qualifier.

Celtic won’t sell tickets for match in Northern Ireland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Fears of sectarian clashes have prompted Scottish champions Celtic to refuse to make tickets available to their own fans for a potentially explosive European match in Belfast as it clashes with a key Protestant celebration, the club said Friday.

Celtic, traditionally a Catholic supported club, will face overwhelmingly Protestant-backed Linfield if the Northern Ireland team see off La Fiorita of San Marino in their opening Champions League qualifier.

The Rest

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union staff and reader predictions

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Good news! Predictions are slightly less depressing this time.

~ROOOOOOOAD TRIIIIIIIIP~

D.C. United are about to play five games away, which of course they will do with great success and precious many points*

*Alternatively, they will crash and burn with five straight losses

The trip starts with a jaunt up to face the Philadelphia Union, whom the Black-and-Red have already played twice this year, to markedly different results.

Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas: How to watch, lineups and more

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It's round 2 of the Texas Derby.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas

What

IT'S THE TEXAS DERBY BABY! The first matchup ended up in a 0-0 draw in Frisco, TX. This time around Houston plays host to Dallas. You can check out the full preview here.

Where

BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX

When

Friday, June 23 at 8:00 pm CT

How to watch

Unimas

Unimas (SAP)

SportsRadio 610

Univision Radio KLAT 1010AM

Injuries

Out- George Malki (torn left ACL), Eric Alexander (right MCL strain)

Fan Lineups

The 4-3-3 was the overwhelming favorite for tonight's lineup.

D.C. United, Atlanta United, and why pressure is MLS’s defining tactic

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The Last Word dispels the idea that either team scored a fluky goal by dissecting the first two goals from Wednesday night

Much to the surprise of most observers - including me, the guy who felt naive while predicting a draw - D.C. United came up with a crucial 2-1 win over Atlanta United on Wednesday night.

USL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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The non-stop USL action continues this weekend with a big match-up between teams splitting the headlines the last few weeks.

Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC will come face to face with Western cConference juggernauts Real Monarchs SLC Saturday night. The Monarchs are now the USL record holders in consecutive games won and look like an unstoppable force.

Some Soccer News for Jun 23, 2017

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It's Day 174 of 2017.


7 years ago today

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The 23 man USMNT roster for the Gold Cup will be announced on Sun Jun 25 at High Noon CT on FOX.

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Minnesota United

I know I shouldn't be thinking this, but what would happen to MNUFC if Ibson were to get injured?

Calendario del Atlas para el torneo apertura 2017 del futbol mexicano

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La jornada 1 del torneo apertura 2017 para el Atlas estará iniciando el sábado 22 de julio de 2017 cuando visiten a los panzas verdes de León.

El conjunto que dirige el profe Cruz, jugará 8 partidos de local durante este torneo en donde estarán recibiendo a: Pumas, América, Lobos, Tigres, Morelia, Veracruz, Xolos y Pachuca.

Match preview: Boston vs North Carolina rematch

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HOW many players are out for Boston?

First, listen to some Ray Lamontagne. Then resume reading this match preview.

Okay, now you're in the right mindset to think about this rematch between the Boston Breakers and the North Carolina Courage. NC beat Boston in their away game last weekend, taking a very early 2-0 lead, and eventually beating them 3-1.

‘Passionate’ Pellegrino gets Saints job

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London (AFP) – English Premier League side Southampton named Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on Friday to replace Claude Puel, who was sacked after just one season.

The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said.

Michael Carrick responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential return to Manchester United

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Manchester United’s veteran midfielder Michael Carrick has refused to ‘get involved’ in recent speculations linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a potential return to Old Trafford this summer.

Ronaldo has reportedly made the ‘irreversible’ decision of ending his eight-year spell in Spain after he was left ‘outraged’ for being accused of defrauded Spanish tax authorities of €14.

USL Midweek Rewind Week 14: Monarchs Break a Record, Bethlehem can't be stopped, and more

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The top headline for the midweek fixtures has to be Real Monarchs SLC breaking the record for consecutive wins that was held by Orlando.

With their ninth straight win, the Monarchs both took over sole possession of the record but they also moved back into first place in the Western Conferencewhich is becoming a two-horse race between them and San Antonio.

Alhaji Kamara signs with Altaawoun FC

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Kamara is off to the Middle East

The rumored departure of Alhaji Kamara from D.C. United has reached its conclusion. Altaawoun FC, of the Saudi Professional League, announced on Twitter this morning that they had signed Alhaji Kamara. The amount of the transfer fee, if any, is currently unknown at this time and is typically not released by MLS or its teams.

Texas Derby: Previewing Dynamo vs. FC Dallas with Big D Soccer

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We spoke with Drew Epperley at Big D Soccer to discuss the round 2 of the Texas Derby between the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas

The Houston Dynamo are back at home after a long road trip that began with a game in Seattle, then a US Open Cup game in North Carolina, and ended in Southern California.

Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi avoids jail time by paying fine

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Christian Pulisic nominated for an Espy, the goal that started it all and lots more!

Portland:

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Every rivalry needs a seminal moment, and that's where Tony Betts come in. The ex-Portland striker's golden goal in the 1975 NASL playoffs occupies a prominent place in rivalry lore, both for its competitive significance and as a cornerstone in the foundation of Cascadia's soccer grudge match.

Know Thy Enemy: Revs-Toronto (Part II) with Waking The Red

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One day, Toronto will play the Revs on full rest with a full roster. Today, is not that day.

A few weeks ago, the soccer gods blessed the New England Revolution with a home game against a depleted Toronto FC team. Today, the soccer gods have blessed the Revs with a road game against a tired TFC side.

Matchups: Breaking down round two of the Texas Derby

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Looking at every position and determining who has the advantage between the Dynamo and FC Dallas.

Round two of one of MLS's biggest rivalries takes place this weekend. The Houston Dynamo host FC Dallas on Friday night, televised on Unimas (rough break), after round one saw the Dynamo hold FCD to a 0-0 draw in Frisco back in late May.

Report – Newcastle Interested in 23 Year-Old Spanish U21 International

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Newcastle United were first interested in 23 year-old Spanish U21 Levante central holding midfielder Victor Camarasa back in March 2015 when he was just 20 and the fee at the time was [...]

Newcastle Close To Signing 28 Year-Old Benfica Central Midfielder For £17.5M

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You cannot accuse RafaBenitez of not casting the Newcastle net far and wide this summer in his efforts to get around eight first team players into Newcastle to vastly improve our squad [...]

Houston Dash vs Orlando Pride Preview: The Dash head to Orlando looking for three points

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Game two in back-to-back matchups for the Dash and the Pride.

If it seems like we were just talking about Houston playing Orlando it's because we were. Last weekend, the Dash lost at home to the Pride, 2-4.

Orlando was up by two goals by the 22nd minute thanks to goals from Camila and Marta.

Match Preview: Thorns at Washington Spirit

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Can the Thorns regain their winning momentum on the road?

After a spectacular defeat against Sky Blue in Portland's first home loss of the season, the Portland Thorns look like they will be stepping onto the pitch in Maryland with a purpose. The Thorns, who lost 3-1 to the New Jersey team this past weekend, are looking to redeem themselves.

Newcastle Add Fifth Preseason Fixture – Another Game In Germany

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Newcastle United have followed up with their announcement yesterday that they were planning a second fixture in Germany for preseason. The club have just announced the lads would be playing Mainz 05 [...]

How Do Liverpool Line Up After Salah Signing?

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The transfer window finally sprung into life on the red side of Merseyside as Liverpool smashed their transfer record to sign winger Mohamed Salah from Roma.

Salah was one of Jurgen Klopp's top summer targets and it is easy to see why. He has blistering pace, a tireless work-rate, electric feet and a strong vision and reading of the game.

NASL Week 12: Look Ahead

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The past week has been rather eventful for NASL.

The New York Cosmos finalized two signings this week, adding midfielder Kobi Moyal fromIsraeli club Beitar Jerusalem while bringing back a familiar face, Lucky Mkosana, from Finnish club IFK Marriehamn.

Miami FC is gearing up for round five of the U.