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Valverde quits Athletic Bilbao with eye on Barca

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Madrid (AFP) – Ernesto Valverde resigned from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday with the hope of taking over at Barcelona next season, a goal Spanish media take as a given.

“Ernesto Valverde will not continue as manager of the premier team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 season,” the Basque club said in a statement.

Allardyce quits as Crystal Palace manager

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce announced Tuesday he was stepping down as Crystal Palace manager after just five months at the helm of the Premier League club for family reasons.

The 62-year-old, who was previously in charge of England for just one game, said he had “no ambitions to take another job”.

Allardyce quits as Crystal Palace manager

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce announced Tuesday he was stepping down as Crystal Palace manager after just five months at the helm of the Premier League club for family reasons.

The 62-year-old, who was previously in charge of England for just one game, said he had “no ambitions to take another job”.

Koke to stay at Atletico until 2024

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has extended his contract by five years in a deal that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2024, the La Liga club announced Tuesday.

The 25-year-old, capped 32 times by Spain, has spent his whole career at Atletico after coming through their youth system.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Relegated Bastia lose forfeit appeal

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia’s appeal over their punishment following last month’s abandoned Ligue 1 game against Lyon, which included forfeiting the match, was rejected by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Tuesday.

The league’s disciplinary commission awarded Lyon a win and ordered Bastia’s stadium to be closed for two games after home fans twice invaded the pitch and attacked Lyon players.

Europa League final has lost ‘glow’ – Ajax coach

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax will not be the same following the deadly terror attack in Manchester, the Dutch club’s coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday.

“What happened in Manchester is something that we all feel at Ajax,” Bosz told his pre-match press conference at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.

Turkey star Tufan released after arrest in car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, releasing the football star after questioning.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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Where to find Man United vs. Ajax Europa League Final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Ajax, you’ve come to the right place.

The winner of the Manchester United and Ajax match in the Europa League final will automatically qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, which means there’s much more riding on this game than usual.

Where to find Man United vs. Ajax Europa League Final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Ajax, you’ve come to the right place.

The winner of the Manchester United and Ajax match in the Europa League final will automatically qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, which means there’s much more riding on this game than usual.

Antoine Griezmann says he is 6/10 to sign for Man Utd

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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has rated his chances of signing for Manchester United this summer as 6 out of 10. The France international...

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Videos: Man Utd’s walk round the pitch in Stockholm

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Photos: Man Utd players on the pitch at the Friends Arena

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The #MUFC players and staff at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. pic.twitter.com/q3jQTvhZl6 Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2017 Manchester...

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Video: Ajax hold a minute’s silence before training in Stockholm ahead of Man Utd clash

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Transfers & Rumours

Official: Real Madrid Complete Signing Of 16-Year-Old Vinicius Junior After Triggering €45m Release Clause

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Real Madrid have just droppedapproximately £38million to sign a Brazilian striker whowasn't born when Family Guy first aired in the United States.

The newly-crowned La Liga champions have issued a statement to confirm that they have completed a deal for Vinicius Junior, who has two count 'em, two senior appearances under his belt for Flamengo.

Reports: Sam Allardyce Quits As Crystal Palace Manager Five Months Into The Job After ‘Ending On A High’

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Sam Allardyce has reportedly quit as Crystal Palace manager just fivemonths into the job at Selhurst Park.

While nothing has been confirmed by the club, the Telegraphreckon that the decision has already been made and an official statement is now forthcoming.

Corpulent Samuel took over the Eagles in December with the team languishing in 17th.

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Paris Saint-Germain 2017/18 Nike Home Kit

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French Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain have released their 2017/18 Nike home kit. It will be available in the coming weeks atWorld Soccer Shop,Kitbag, UK Soccer Shop, Subside Sports and Lovell Soccer. According to a release from PSG and Nike:As present and as strong as ever, the club's history and culture inspired the collar conception, [.

Technically Speaking: #NEvCLB

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall takes a closer look in the Revolution's latest performance.

Have a question for Rick? Feel free to ask away in the comments section!

Persikabo Fans Protest After Ciliwung Derby Loss

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It is perhaps one of Indonesia's more understated derbies but a mere 20 kilometres separate Persikabo's Pakansari Stadium from Persikad's Merpati Stadium. There has been bad blood between the two sets of fans in the past apparently but the one time I saw them meet there was little in the way of violence.

Nelson Rodriguez media roundtable - full audio

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With the Fire off to their best start after 12 games since the 2009 season confidence is running high in Bridgeview. General Manager Nelson Rodriguez sat down with local media this afternoon in a roundtable discussion about all aspects of the club and what's ahead. Among the topics reviewed during the hour-long Q&A session:
  • Targeted Allocation Money and how much the Fire have left for shopping in the upcoming window
  • Progress of the Academy system and the Fire Juniors program
  • Potential Homegrown Players
  • Improvement in the scouting department
  • Contract talks and international interest in David Accam
  • The relationship with USL and the Tulsa Roughnecks
  • Progress of updates of loanees Collin Fernandez, Joey Calistri, and Matej Dekovic
  • Frustrated supporters and much more
You can listen to the entire audio of the roundtable over at the Fire Confidential Live Podcast page.

Foreign Coaches Interested In Persebaya Job

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One of the reasons why Persebaya fans fell out with their last coach Iwan Setiawan, before the infamous Martapura incidents, is they felt he didn't understand and or respect the culture of the football club and its fans. They felt he was quick to boast but his boasts were rarely matched by actions on the field.

Official: Sam Allardyce Resigns As Crystal Palace Boss And Calls Time On Managerial Career

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As we reported earlier today, Sam Allardyce has indeed left his job as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge.

After his infamous one-game spell as England manager, Big Sam replaced Alan Pardew at Palace in December, signing a two-year deal with the club.

Houston Hoedown: Recapping the local action from 5/15-5/22

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A few heart breakers and feisty home opener

Another week of local soccer is in the books for the Houston area. We saw a young new club bouncing back and winning their home opener, then we saw three heart breakers.

Houston F.C.

Our focus this week is on Houston FC of the USL PDL. The club kicked off their inaugural season on the road in Oklahoma City to take on the OKC Energy U23 this past Saturday.

‘It was easy to turn down Arsenal’s £10million bid’

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I know there is thousands of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with big-name players, but Arsene Wenger also has a great track record of buying extremely promising youngsters at good prices, and one of those bids last summer was for the excellent Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who was the subject of a £10million bid from [.

USOC: Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders match rescheduled

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Different bat time, same bat channel.

The USOC match up against the Seattle Sounders has been rescheduled per the Portland Timbers website.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the date for the team's fourth-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against Seattle Sounders FC at Starfire Stadium has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.

Video: Man Utd legend Eric Cantona’s message to the people of Manchester

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Liverpool make approach to sign Iker Casillas

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Thorns Training Report: Week 6

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Lindsey Horan and Mark Parsons spoke with media today ahead of this Saturday's home matchup against Boston.

Tobin Heath, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Katherine Reynolds, and Mana Shim were all at training, although it's still unclear when Reynolds and Shim might be healthy. Parsons was hopeful Heath and Dagny will be available June 3rd, when the Thorns go to Sky Blue.

Valverde quits Athletic Bilbao with eye on Barca

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Madrid (AFP) – Ernesto Valverde resigned from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday with the hope of taking over at Barcelona next season, a goal Spanish media take as a given.

“Ernesto Valverde will not continue as manager of the premier team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 season,” the Basque club said in a statement.

Some Soccer News for May 23, 2017

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It's Day 143 of 2017.


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Abu Danladi out 2 to 3 weeks with groin muscle injury. Two articles, with a few different details:
  • Version of the story by Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.
  • Version of the story by Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Sam Allardyce quits Crystal Palace, hints at retirement

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Tweets: Man Utd players react to suicide bomb attack on Manchester Arena

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Devastating news this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 23, 2017 Manchester...

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Red Bulls Notes: Working to halt winless skid, new formation yields mixed results, and more

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With more thana third of the season gone, the New York Red Bulls are still a team in flux. Inconsistency presents itself in the lineup and the performances alike.

Despite halting a three-game losing streak, Jesse Marsch and the Red Bulls know they have a long way to go as they prepare for this weekend's match against New England Revolution.

SFPI MLS Power Rankings Week 12

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Real Life Forces Bare Bones Edition

Week 12 is done and dusted. It was a double game week for many teams, creating opportunities for teams to soar, or to crash, and many did. Three teams jumped 5 or more slots, while two teams fell by 8 or more. The biggest news of the weekend was that FC Dallas fell for the first time this year against San Jose.

Koscielny’s appeal rejected – He will definitely miss the Arsenal v Chelsea Cup Final

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Arsenal made an appeal to the Football Association this week following on from the Gunners final Premier League fixture against Everton last weekend. During the match, Arsenal's stand-in Captain, Laurent Koscielny was shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver, for a reckless tackle on Everton's Enner Valencia.

Australia’s Kewell new manager of fourth-tier Crawley

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London (AFP) – Australia’s Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town, it was announced Tuesday.

The former Leeds United and Liverpool forward, 38, was in charge of Premier League club Watford’s Under-23 team before leaving the Hornets last month.

Australia’s Kewell new manager of fourth-tier Crawley

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London (AFP) – Australia’s Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town, it was announced Tuesday.

The former Leeds United and Liverpool forward, 38, was in charge of Premier League club Watford’s Under-23 team before leaving the Hornets last month.

Sargent continues impressive run with two goals in U-20 World Cup opener

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From the moment Josh Sargent was announced as a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup roster, his inclusion raised several questions. Was he, at just 17 years old, ready for the U-20 level after a grueling U-17 World Cup qualifying campaign? Would Tab Ramos be bold enough to even use him and, if he was, could heprovide answers at a position that was previously a weakness for this age group?

Man Utd chief Woodward says team ‘numb’ after Manchester attack

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Stockholm (AFP) – A “numb” Manchester United will honour the victims of the Manchester bomb attack with a minute’s silence and black armbands at Wednesday’s Europa League final, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Tuesday.

United flew out to Sweden with Manchester still reeling from an attack which left 22 people dead and 59 injured after a bomb went off following the end of a pop concert by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Man Utd chief Woodward says team ‘numb’ after Manchester attack

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Stockholm (AFP) – A “numb” Manchester United will honour the victims of the Manchester bomb attack with a minute’s silence and black armbands at Wednesday’s Europa League final, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Tuesday.

United flew out to Sweden with Manchester still reeling from an attack which left 22 people dead and 59 injured after a bomb went off following the end of a pop concert by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Koke to stay at Atletico until 2024

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has extended his contract by five years in a deal that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2024, the La Liga club announced Tuesday.

The 25-year-old, capped 32 times by Spain, has spent his whole career at Atletico after coming through their youth system.

Abby Smith wins save of the week

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Hi Jill.

Abby Smith was nominated for NWSL save of the week in week six, alongside Nicole Barnhart, Alyssa Naeher and Haley Kopmeyer. Smith won for her 24th minute leaping parry to keep Nadia Nadim's strike out of the net.

You can see all of the save nominees below:

That wasn't Smith's only crucial stop of the game.

Relegated Bastia lose forfeit appeal

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia’s appeal over their punishment following last month’s abandoned Ligue 1 game against Lyon, which included forfeiting the match, was rejected by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Tuesday.

The league’s disciplinary commission awarded Lyon a win and ordered Bastia’s stadium to be closed for two games after home fans twice invaded the pitch and attacked Lyon players.

Video: Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori scores a 40-yard own goal on England U20s duty

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Disaster for @England! A misunderstanding at the back gifts Guinea an equaliser

Europa League final has lost ‘glow’ – Ajax coach

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax will not be the same following the deadly terror attack in Manchester, the Dutch club’s coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday.

“What happened in Manchester is something that we all feel at Ajax,” Bosz told his pre-match press conference at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.

Mark Geiger will be head referee for Sounders vs Timbers match

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The last time he called a Cascadia Cup match it did not go ... well.

Mark Geiger. That's a name that we all know too well and we will get to see front and center this weekend when he will be the referee in the upcoming Cascadia Cup clash between the Sounders and Portland Timbers.

After apparently hitting his peak in 2014 and being awarded the honor of officiating several FIFA World Cup games, Geiger's hasn't seemed to be the same as his officiating has been inconsistent to say the least.

Turkey star Tufan released after arrest in car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, releasing the football star after questioning.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Arsenal: Laurent Koscielny Fails With Red Card Appeal, Will Miss FA Cup Final Showdown With Chelsea

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As expected, Laurent Koscielny will play no part in Saturday's FA Cup final clash with Chelsea, afterArsenal failed with their appealagainst his red card picked up in Sunday's clash with Everton.

The Gunners were rather chancing their arm with the appeal, with Koscielny's challenge on Enner Valencia wild and rather unnecessary.

Clint Dempsey makes the Sounders better

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Shockingly, this is considered a controversial opinion in some parts but one the data clearly backs up.

As the Seattle Sounders attack continues to sputter along, one of the more frequently posited explanations involves Clint Dempsey — specifically, the assertion that his presence in the lineup is actually a detriment to the team.