EPL Talk Archives for January 2015

Argentina vs. Paraguay, Copa America semi-final: TV times and open thread

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The second semi-final of Copa America kicks off today featuring Argentina vs Paraguay.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Argentina vs Paraguay, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Carlos Bacca reaches agreement with AC Milan

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A.C. Milan is about to add some more firepower to help Jeremy Menez up front. Menez, the club's only double-digit goal scorer, will soon be joined by prolific striker Carlos Bacca.

Sure, attacking midfielders like Giacomo Bonaventura and Keisuke Honda chipped in with goals (seven and four respectively), but the forward line was clearly lacking.

Where to find USA vs Germany on US TV and Internet: Women’s World Cup

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Here's everything you need to know to find USA vs. Germany on US television and/or Internet tonight in order to cheer on the red, white and blue.

After USA's 1-0 win against China, the US Women's National Team plays Germany tonight in the Women's World Cup semi-final, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.

NBC to televise Premier League Asia Trophy featuring Arsenal, Everton and Stoke

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NBC Sports will televise this summer's Premier League Asia Trophy competition to viewers in the United States with games featuring Arsenal, Everton, Stoke and a Singapore XI team.

Even though the Premier League Asia Trophy has been running every two years since 2003, we believe that this is the first time that games from the friendly tournament are being shown on US television and Internet.

Chelsea set to sign Arda Turan; Filipe Luis expected to return to Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea are close toannouncing the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, according to various sources.

The Turkey international is expected to join the Premier League champions in the coming days, with Blues left-back Filipe Luis expected to return to the Spanish capital shortly thereafter.

Leicester City sack manager Nigel Pearson

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Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester despite keeping the Foxes in the Barclays Premier League last season.

Pearson took charge at the King Power Stadium for the second time in November 2011 and presided over promotion in the 2013/14 season to the top-flight, where they finished a respectable 14th in their maiden campaign after a brilliant run of results in the final weeks.

International TV rights for La Liga are a mess

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On August 15, the 2015/16 season of La Liga will kick off with millions of soccer fans around the world tuning in to watch one of the most popular leagues in the world. However, with 46 days to go until the new season kicks off, the league and its clubs are still bickering over how the TV rights will be sold and there doesn't seem to be a resolutionforthcoming in the near future.

5 players to watch in USA vs. Germany Women’s World Cup semi-final

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For the first time possibly ever, the U.S. Women's National Team is facing a World Cup elimination match as underdogs. Todaywill see the two top ranked women's teams in the world face off for the right to play Japan or England in the final on Sunday.

The match will see the highest scoring team in the tournament (Germany having scored 20 goals) againsta team that's allowed only one.

Soccer Morning (6.30.15) Kevin Kinkead and Sam Kelly interviews

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Kevin Kinkead and Sam Kelly.

Jason kicks off today's with ESPNFC's Sam Kelly to discuss Chile's semi-final Copa America win against Peru & looks ahead to Argentina – Paraguay.

CBS Philadelphia's Kevin Kinkead then comes on the show to discuss Nick Sakiewicz's comments made on Soccer Morning's SiriusXM broadcast on Monday.

Where to find Argentina vs. Paraguay on US TV and Internet: Copa America semi-final

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Argentina vs. Paraguay will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America semi-final tonight, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

USA-Germany preview: Top 2 teams in the world battle for place in Women’s World Cup final

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Before the tournament began, many of us envisioned that the US Women's National Team would have to, at some point, face Germany in the tournament. And here it is. Number one versus number two. Germany versus the United States in the semifinal of the Women's World Cup.

The U.S. is looking to make their fourth World Cup final appearance (second in a row) and capture a third star.

Argentina vs. Paraguay: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

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When Argentina and Paraguay met earlier on in this tournament, we were treated to arguably the very best match of the Copa America so far.

The Albiceleste stormed into a two-goal lead at half time, but as they've showcased throughout the entirety of this competition, Los Guaranies are no soft touch and they roared back in the second period to secure a vital 2-2 draw.

What the New York soccer derby was like for an American who spent time in England

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After a year of living in London and attending quite a few matches, I came home to my native New York just in time for the biggest fixture on the New York soccer calendar, the Hudson River Derby between New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and New York Red Bulls.

I attended six London derbies this year of varying intensity and hatred between the two sets of supporters.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko’s agent denies Roma link

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The agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has denied reports he had talks with Roma over a possible transfer of the player to the Serie A club.

The Italian press has fuelled speculation that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will move to the Giallorossi as part of a deal that would see Roma playmaker Adem Ljajic join City.

David Seaman hails Arsenal’s signing of Petr Cech

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The signing of Petr Cech could be key in Arsenal winning their first Premier League title in 12 years, according to former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman.

The Czech keeper ended a trophy-laden 11-year association with Chelsea on Monday after finally completing a long-anticipated move to their London neighbors.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Sam Kelly and Kevin Kinkead

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Today's Soccer Morning features interviews with Sam Kelly and Kevin Kinkead.

Kinkead will discuss the comments by Philadelphia Union from yesterday made on Soccer Morning's Sirius XM FC show, while Sam Kelly will preview tonight's Argentina-Paraguay match as well as discussing last night's victory for Chile versus Peru.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.29.15) Bobby McMahon interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Bobby McMahon.

Formerly of FOX Soccer Report, and now writing for Forbes as well as appearing on Soccer Central (in Canada) from time to time, Bobby McMahon discusses several fascinating topics on the show including how he got his start as a soccer analyst, his opinions on how the Women's World Cup is being run by the Canadian Soccer Association, his thoughts on the WWC semi-finals between US-Germany and Japan-England, and much more.

How Freddy Adu is adapting to the latest chapter of his soccer career

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Freddy Adu's signing with Finnish team Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) was supposed to rejuvenate his ailing career. It was a move that was supposed to remove the haters and critics, and once again put them on the side of support. That has not happened.

Four months since signing with his eleventh club, KuPS, Adu is nearing the exit door.

Liverpool’s deal for Nathaniel Clyne represents excellent business

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It has been widely reported that Liverpool have agreed terms with Southampton for the transfer of defender Nathaniel Clyne. Clyne, an England international, appears to be headed to the Merseyside club in a £12.5 million deal (£10 million up front, with £2.5 million in add-ons).

Liverpool fans should be elated with the news of Clyne's arrival.

Quitting the Netherlands job is the correct decision by Guus Hiddink

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So Guus Hiddink has resigned as the Netherlands coach and it should come as little shock to anyone. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager endured a torrid time in charge of his home nation since taking the job in July 2014.

In his first match back in the hot seat he saw his side lose 2-0 to Italy in a friendly, but it is the Netherlands devastatingly poor form in the Euro 2016 qualifiers which would ultimately force Hiddink's hand.

Major reasons why Brazilian enigma Paulinho could not adapt to the Premier League

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As Tottenham Hotspur say goodbye to their forgotten man for a seemingly generous £9.8 million fee, we look back at his troubled times in English soccer and perhaps explain why the reputation of a player sought by a host of elite European clubs in the summer of 2013 has collapsed and how he can rebuild it at Guangzhou Evergrande.

Julian Dicks joins West Ham United’s coaching team

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Former West Ham defender Julian Dicks has returned to Upton Park as a full-time coaching assistant.

The 46-year-old had two spells with the Hammers in the 80s and 90s and will form part of former team-mate Slaven Bilic's new backroom team after a season in charge of West Ham United Ladies.

Sean O’Driscoll set to join Liverpool’s coaching staff

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England Under-19 manager Sean O'Driscoll is set to join Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff at Anfield.

The 57-year-old, who has previously had spells in charge at Nottingham Forest, Doncaster, Bournemouth, Crawley and Bristol City, is being brought in as part of the summer overhaul of the backroom team.

Sergio Ramos wants to join Manchester United this summer

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In what could be one of the most shocking developments in recent transfer history, Real Madrid vice-captain Sergio Ramos has reportedly told the Spanish giant he wants to leave the clubthis summer in order to join Manchester United.

This bombshell was dropped late today by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter during an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News HQ.

Chile vs. Peru, Copa America semi-final TV times and open thread

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The first semi-final of Copa America kicks off today featuring Chile vs. Peru.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Chile vs. Peru, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

How Liverpool’s Southampton signings have fared at the Anfield club

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As Liverpool close in on the signing of Nathaniel Clyne, taking the club's outlay on four players from Southampton to almost £60million in 12 months, Press Association Sport looks at how the others have fared.

ADAM LALLANA, £23MILLION

The England international fared the best of last season's trio who made the move to Anfield, although that is to be damned by faint praise.

Spurs sell Paulinho to Guangzhou at a £7 million loss

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Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has joined Guangzhou Evergrande on a four-year deal, the Chinese Super League side have announced on their official website.

The 26-year-old, who moved to Spurs from Corinthians in his native Brazil in 2013, has made the switch to Guangzhou for a transfer fee of €14 million euro (£9.

Soccer Morning (6.29.15) Charles Boehm interview about NYCFC-RBNY derby

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Charles Boehm about MLS and the US Women's National Team.

Jason kicks off today's with SoccerWire.com's Charles Boehm as they look back at the weekend's Major League Soccer results & headlines before looking back at the USWNT's 1-0 win against China.

Nicolas Otamendi’s move to Manchester United on hold until Sergio Ramos’ future is resolved

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Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi has expressed his desire to leave Spain this summer withManchester United beingtipped to be the Argentine center-back's next destination.

According to numerous reports, the 27-year-old has already agreed personal terms with United and will make around £6 million per season once the English club meets Valencia's £35 million valuation of the defender.

Jill Ellis has several key tactical decisions to make ahead of USA vs Germany semi-final

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US Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis faces several key tactical decisions to make ahead of Tuesday night's Women's World Cup semi-final against Germany.

Despite excellent results, the United States has struggled throughout the Women's World Cup to get Carli Lloyd, the best goal-scoring midfielder in the world, into advanced positions on the field.

Chile vs. Peru: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

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When Jorge Sampaoli took over the Chilean team back in 2013, La Roja were everyone's favorite international team. The South Americans played with ambition, tenacity and variety, bringing things to the soccer scene that were refreshing and vibrant. But they weren't necessarily a winning team.

In truth, as a nation, Chile never really have been, despite their outstanding pedigree for producing engrossing talents.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne undergoing medical ahead of Liverpool move

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Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is currently undergoing a medical on Merseyside ahead of his £12.5million move to Liverpool.

The 24-year-old England right-back has returned from holiday and is in the city to complete the final stages of his transfer.

If everything goes to plan then Clyne is likely to be announced as the club's sixth summer signing on Wednesday, when the transfer window officially opens.

Barcelona prepared to make €90 million offer for Paul Pogba, says report

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Barcelona are prepared to make a €90 million offer to Juventus for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to the Catalan daily SPORT.

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign, theSpanish and European champions ended negotiations with Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan and re-focused their attention onPogba; with the hope that the La Liga side could negotiate a dealdespite their FIFA-imposed transfer embargo.

Arsenal announce signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech for fee believed to be £11 million

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Petr Cech has completed his protracted move to Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee following 11 seasons and nearly 500 appearances with London rivals Chelsea.

The 33-year-old has been one of the mainstays of the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge, winning nearly every club honor with the Blues along the way.

FOX’s soccer coverage has improved but is still below bar set by NBC and ESPN

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FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cup hasbeena mixture of positives and negatives. On the positive, the match commentators have generally been good, especially the standout team of Justin Kutcher and Aly Wagner. Jenn Hildreth, who is a familiar face to college sports fans in the south as well as to those who watch the Atlanta Braves, has been outstanding in play-by-play duties.

MLS attendances for gameweek 17 of the 2015 season

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Major League Soccer jammed 16 games into Gameweek 17 partly because many MLS players will be joining up with their Gold Cup squads soon before the competition begins next week.

The reported attendances for Gameweek 17 are a prime example of the composite of the components that make up the numbers.

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 17

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 17 of the 2015 MLS season.

1. Rivalry Week worked

The big, weeklong push for MLS' first rivalry week paid off with some terrific spectacles and terrific soccer over the weekend, and while the corporate branding was somewhat nauseating, expect the rivalry week gimmick to be around for a while.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Charles Boehm

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with MLS expert Charles Boehm.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

The lure of Chelsea and how I became a Blues supporter

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The Beautiful Game has created a lasting influence on millions of people across the world. During the length of the season, people from all around the world tune in, some during odd times, to catch their favorite teams play. So, what is it about soccer that makes someone from a country such as Ghana, UAE or Japan religiously follow soccer teams located far from these countries?

Chelsea and Manchester United lined up as Arda Turan nears Atletico Madrid exit

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has confirmed reports linking him with amove awayfrom the Vicente Calderonthis summer.

In February, Ahmet Bulut (Turan's agent) told Mundo Deportivo that the 28-year-oldwould leave the club at the end of the season with his desired destination being one of the "top eight clubs in Europe".

Morgan Schneiderlin on the verge of £25 million move to Manchester United

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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is on the verge of completing a £25 million move to Manchester United.

In recent months, the 25-year-oldhas been tracked by Arsenal and Tottenham, but it appears United have won the race to sign the talented France international.

Prior to leaving on holiday, United manager Louis van Gaal emphasized the importance of signing adefensive midfielder this summer in order to lighten the load on 33-year-old Michael Carrick.

Steve McClaren adding more expertise to Newcastle coaching staff

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Steve McClaren moved a step closer to assembling his Newcastle coaching staff on Sunday night when Derby announced that Paul Simpson is to leave the club.

The Rams released a statement confirming Simpson's impending departure after two years as first team coach at the iPro Stadium.

Press Association Sport understands that the 48-year-old, who worked under McClaren during his spell in charge at Derby, will be reunited with the former England boss at St James' Park.

Steve Bruce feared sack after getting Hull City relegated

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Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he was lucky not to lose his job following the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The Tigers' stay in the top flight ended last month as they finished 18th in the table, with a goalless home draw against Bruce's former club Manchester United not enough to keep them up.

10 best Women’s World Cup goals so far

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With four teams remaining in the 2015 Women's World Cup, we're quickly coming close to the end of the tournament. Looking back over the past several weeks, there have been quite a number of spectacular goals throughout the tournament.

We compiled our list of the 10 best goals from throughout the tournament.

With Cech arriving, Arsenal face difficult Ospina and Szczesny decision

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With Petr Cech's transfer to Arsenal nearing completion, the general consensus is that one of Arsenal's first team goalkeepers, eitherWojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, willbe departing the club because Cech is being purchased by Arsene Wenger to be a starter. However, due toOspina's sensational form in Copa America,should it be Ospina that deserves the start?

Juventus’ signings cement team’s place amongst European elite

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Juventus made enormous strides last season in terms of reclaiming its place amongst Europe's best. After years of dominating domestically, the Bianconeri finally broke through in the UEFA Champions League. The Old Lady beat the likes of Real Madrid, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund on the way to reaching the final in Berlin.

Watch England-Canada and Australia-Japan match highlights [VIDEO]

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In tonight's Women's World Cup action, England defeated Canada 2-1 while Australia lost to Japan 0-1, which means that England will face Japan in Wednesday's semi-final in Edmonton, Canada.

The winner of that match will play the winner of USA-Germany in the Women's World Cup final.

Here are the highlights from both matches today:

Canada 1-2 England

Mobile app users, watch the highlights here and here.

Brazil vs. Paraguay, Copa America quarter-final: TV times and open thread

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The fourth and final quarter-final of Copa America kicks off today featuring Brazil vs. Paraguay.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Brazil vs.

5.7 million watched USA-China Women’s World Cup game on FOX

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FOX's coverage of USA against China in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Women's World Cup was watched by an audience of 5.7 million, which is the third most-watched women's soccer game of all time on US television.

The number brokethe short-lived mark set June 18 for the USA-Nigeria Group Stage match (5.

Women’s World Cup: Australia-Japan, England-Canada TV times and open thread

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The final two teams to join the United States and Germany in the semi-finals of the 2015 Women's World Cup will be decided today. The host nation, Canada, is looking to place themselves one step closer to the title and the defending champions Japan, who want to have the chance to win back-to-back World Cup titles.

FC Dallas defeats Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Texas derby [VIDEO]

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Friday night's Texas derby leg of MLS rivalry week was marked by incessant rain, six yellow cards (three for each team), and plenty of scoring chances for both sides. FC Dallas won the first 2015 meeting between these growing rivals 4-1 at Houston on May 1. However, Houston has enjoyed more success since that loss, earning 10 points while FC Dallas entered this match winless in their previous six games.

Where to find Brazil vs. Paraguay on US TV and Internet

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Brazil vs. Paraguay will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce FIFA movie based on Chuck Blazer

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I guess it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to make a movie based on all the FIFAscandals that happenedduring the past month. Warner Bros. have purchased the rights to Ken Bensinger's upcoming book Houses of Deceit and have appointed Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as producers with Warrior's Gavin O'Connor set to direct the movie based on Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA and CONCACAF executive turned FBI whistleblower, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Brazil vs. Paraguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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Four years on from their elimination at the hands of Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America, Brazil have the opportunity to exact some revenge. But there are some stark similarities between each team in 2015 as they bid to book a place in the semi-finals.

Again, as was the case four years ago, Paraguay have been determined and diligent in their play.

Watch USA 1-0 China match highlights from Women’s World Cup [VIDEO]

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The US Women's National Team recorded a 1-0 victory Friday night against China to advance to the semi-finals of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

With the goal from Carli Lloyd, the US now advances to play Germany —one of the favorites in the tournament —on Tuesday night where they'll play in Montreal in a game that will be televised live on the over-the-air FOX network to homes across the United States.

Sepp Blatter reneging on resignation shows his power

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If you went out in the streets and fired off guns in the air on the day Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA President, you were obviously premature in your celebration. Or mistaken. Or maybe both.

You see, Uncle Sepp has become that senile man we all love to invite over for Christmas dinner, allow to unwrap his latest tie, but then return him to the senior-care facility that his 79-year old, dementia-ridden mind needs to survive.

2015-16 Bundesliga schedule released

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The full 2015-16 Bundesliga schedule was released earlier today, with title holders Bayern Munich getting the season started off against Hamburg in the first matchup of the campaign on August 14th.

While the German champions will certainly be heavy favorites, there have been some interesting final scores in recent games versus "The Red Shorts.

Why Manchester City need to close Raheem Sterling deal soon

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Manchester City's poor transfer dealings the last several windows have allowed the club to lose its English core, to be passed by Chelsea and caught by Arsenal and Manchester United. Again this summer, City's buying and selling appear to be belated and perhaps based more on hopefulness and naivety than reality.

Neymar’s suspension is a blessing in disguise for Brazil

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It was approximately one year ago when Luiz Felipe Scolari's managerial tenure as Brazil's head coach looked in tatters. Some would argue that partially through no fault of his own, Scolari's stint was left in a sorry state. Neymar's campaign was over after having his back broken in the latter stages of their World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia courtesy of a cynical challenge.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.26.15) Seth Vertelney interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Seth Vertelney, the deputy editor for Goal.com.

Vertelney previews the US-China quarter-final in the Women's World Cup and discusses several other topics including the Atlanta United FC name, DC United's season thus far, opinions about Jurgen Klinsmann's US Gold Cup roster and more.

Where to find USA vs China Women’s World Cup game on US TV and Internet

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After USA's 2-0 win against Colombia, the US Women's National Team plays China tonight in the Women's World Cup quarter-final, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.

But where? What time? And how can you watch the game online, if you want to instead?

Read on to find out all of the details.

Women’s World Cup quarter-final: France vs. Germany TV times and open thread

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The battle for the semi-finals in the 2015 Women's World Cup begins today with France facing Germany in the quarter-finals stage followed by the United States taking on China. Today's matches contain the favorites to win the World Cup and whomever emerges from this bracket of the tournament is favored to win the trophy at the end.

USA vs. China preview: Two defensively solid teams aim for World Cup semi-final place

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USfans can take satisfaction in the fact that the last time the U.S. played China in the Women's World Cup, Brandi Chastain won her team a World Cup. But today's game is a much different game. This isn't a powerful and dominate Chinese team and this isn't a sure and confident American squad.

Once again the headlines leading into this match were all about the U.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams says sports psychologist has helped him improve

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Wales captain Ashley Williams has revealed that working with Swansea's club psychologist has improved his leadership skills.

Williams was Garry Monk's on-field leader as Swansea secured their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish of eighth last season and the 30-year-old also played a huge role as Group B leaders Wales closed in on qualifying for the European Championships in France next summer.

Where to find Colombia vs. Argentina on US TV and Internet

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Colombia vs. Argentina will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Argentina vs. Colombia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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Talk about a star-studded quarter-final!

Argentina, in possession of some of the world's finest attacking players and arguably the greatest natural talent of all time, going up against Colombia, a team who thrilled us all with some dynamic displays at the World Cup last summer, coming into this clash having beaten Brazil in the group stages.

Women’s soccer doesn’t need male approval or political correctness; By Simon Evans

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There was a predictable uproar on Twitter this week when Andy Benoit, an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated, stated that "Women's sport in general [is] not worth watching."

Judging from the reaction, you could be forgiven for thinking that the entire American sports social media world had been waiting in a state of high anticipation for someone, anyone, with a degree of prominence to say something sexist about the Women's World Cup.

Meet David Neal, the man behind FOX’s slick Women’s World Cup coverage

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There's no doubt that this year's Women's World Cup is the most beautiful coverage of the tournament in US TV soccer history. From the set to the virtual graphics, FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cup is aquantum leap abovewhat we've beenaccustomed tofromthe network. While there's undoubtedly several people behind the scenes that deserve credit for the hard work,the main man behind the transformation is David Neal.

Sunderland want to sign Stewart Downing from West Ham United

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Sunderland are hoping to push home their interest in West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing as head coach Dick Advocaat awaits a transfer breakthrough.

Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats are looking to take advantage of new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic's squad re-shaping program to persuade the 30-year-old England midfielder to return to his native north-east.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Sam Kelly

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Argentine soccer expert Sam Kelly.

Kelly (@HEGS_com) will discuss tonight's Argentina against Colombia game in the Copa America quarter-finals, as well as discussing other Copa America-related topics.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Soccer Morning (6.25.15) Listener calls

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features the latest headlines before taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Arsenal must keep Laurent Koscielny as Real Madrid lurk

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Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla, and Aaron Ramsey are all frequently referenced as Arsenal's most important players, and rightfully so; however, central defender Laurent Koscielny is as important to the Gunners as any other player in the squad.

The France international arrived in north London in the summer of 2010 as a relatively unknown 24-year-old skinny center-back.

Argentina vs Colombia; team news and predicted lineups

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The World's fourth best side Colombia will be standing in the way of Copa America favorites Argentina who are third in the FIFA rankings when both sides clash at the Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar, Chile on Thursday.

La Albiceleste were not very impressive in the group phase but they still managed seven points from the nine available.

Manchester United can challenge for the Premier League title, says Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United can challenge for the Premier League title next season if they get their recruitment right this summer.

The Red Devils captured the final Champions League place last season after a stuttering start to the campaign but were never in title contention and finished 17 points behind champions Chelsea.

Peru vs. Bolivia, Copa America quarter-final: TV times and open thread

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The second day of Copa America quarter-finals kicks off today featuring Peru vs. Bolivia.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Peru vs. Bolivia, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

7 things about Ian Cathro, Newcastle’s new number two at St James’ Park

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Ian Cathro, who is set to be appointed as Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren's assistant, is a man with a blossoming reputation within the game.

However, the Scot, former assistant manager at Valencia, is relatively unknown in England. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the man who has accepted the challenge of serving as Steve McClaren's number two at St James' Park.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.25.15) Dave Clark from Sounder At Heart

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Dave Clark from SounderAtHeart.com.

Clark, founder of the Sounder At Heart website, previews this Sunday night's MLS derby between Portland and Timbers, discusses the suspension that has been handed down to Clint Dempsey by the US Open Cup, and dives into the rivalry between the Timbers.

Review of ‘Soccer For Socrates’ from Day 2 of the Kicking and Screening Film Festival

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Day 2 of the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York City provided the option of watching two films that were very different in style and content. The first option was a film called Soccer For Socrates, which was about how Northern Ireland's appearance in the 1986 World Cup united the country that was still in the middle of The Troubles.

Liverpool close to signing Nathaniel Clyne for £12.5 million

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised his old club for getting ahead of the game in the transfer market as a sixth summer signing edges closer in the form of Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne.

A deal, reported to be worth £12.5million, for the England right-back is at an advanced stage and he would become the sixth arrival at Anfield.

Time is running out on Brad Guzan’s career at Aston Villa

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Time is running out for Brad Guzan's career at Aston Villa. WithTim Sherwoodwanting a new starting goalkeeper as one of his primary transfer targets this summer, the new Villa boss is trying to capture the signing of Asmir Begovic from Stoke City. Considering thatGuzan wasdropped from the first team when he wasreplaced by 39-year-old Shay Given in the final third of the season, Guzan now faces the unenviable prospect of being third in line at Villa Park.

Manchester United shouldn’t pay ridiculous money for Sergio Ramos

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Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, with their opening bid believed to be in the region of £30 million. For United to land their target, this offer will likely needto be increased to around £40 million.

However, Ramos is nowhere near worth that.

Aston Villa adds Ray Wilkins to coaching staff under Tim Sherwood

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Ray Wilkins is to join the coaching staff at Aston Villa after holding talks with manager Tim Sherwood.

The 58-year-old has revealed he is to link up with Sherwood at Villa Park as the club attempts to move on from last season's fight for Barclays Premier League survival.

Wilkins told Sky Sports News: "I was talking to Tim Sherwood I have been for the last couple of weeks about going on board and joining the coaching staff and assisting.

Peru vs. Bolivia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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For all the glamor that accompanies the Copa America, one of the most enjoyable facets of the tournament's crazy set up is how it enhances the possibility for less illustrious sides to put together a prosperous run. This quarter-final clash between Peru and Bolivia is testament to that.

The former split group winners Brazil and an underwhelming Colombia in the group stages to finish second, acquitting themselves well in matches against the aforementioned sides as well as Venezuela.

beIN SPORTS coverage of Copa America Group Stage draws close to 14 million viewers

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Now that the Group Stage of the 2015 Copa America is done, beIN SPORTS hasannounced that close to 14 million people in the United States tuned in to watch the 44th Copa tournament. Tenmillion people tuned into beINen Espańol coverage with close to 4 million watching the English coverage, according to the latest Nielsen Media Research.

Everton sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.25 million

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Gerard Deulofeu possesses many rare skills.

The young winger can render opposition players ornamental with his array of attributes: quick feet, searing pace and a brash soccer arrogance that so often accompanies those that have had their gamerefined at Barcelona's La Masia academy.

But the Spaniard is curiously divisive.

Angry Marseille accept West Ham bid for striker Dimitri Payet

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Marseille have grudgingly accepted an offer from West Ham for forward Dimitri Payet.

Payet, who has played 15 times for France, is expected to arrive at Upton Park on Thursday to undergo a medical and is set to become new manager Slaven Bilic's first major signing since succeeding Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning features a discussion of the latest Copa America and MLS results and more.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard could help propel New York City FC into playoffs

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Though Andrea Pirlo's move to New York City FC hasn't hit saga levels yet, it already feels rather tiresome.

While nothing is official as of now, although in the world of football that can change in nanoseconds, Pirlo is expected to sign for around $5 million to $6 million a season. Which is said to be around the regions of already signed Designated Players David Villa and Frank Lampard.

Sergio Ramos wants to leave Real Madrid; Manchester United could be his destination

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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos wants to leave and has asked his club to listen to offers for him, according to the Spanish media.

Ramos, a reported target of Manchester United, has not been offered a contract extension to remain at Real beyond June 2017 when his current deal runs out.

According to Thursday's reports in the Spanish press, Ramos had a meeting on Wednesday with Real general director Jose Angel Sanchez at the club's training ground in Valdebebas.

Chile vs. Uruguay TV times and open thread: Copa America quarter-final

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The first day of Copa America quarter-finals kicks off today featuring Chile versus Uruguay.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Chile vs.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.24.15) JP Dellacamera interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with JP Dellacamera.

The famed American soccer announcer took time out of his busy schedule to speak with World Soccer Talk Radio host Nate Abaurrea about a range of topics including his opinions about whether American soccer announcers should be calling more USA games, his broadcasting career and how soccer coverage has changed since the 1980s, his thoughts about how the Gus Johnson and Dave O'Brien hires were handled, as well as discussing the Women's World Cup and how the US Women's National Team has been doing thus far.

FOX announces broadcaster line-up for Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

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FOX Sports has released the line-up of broadcasters that will be calling the quarterfinal matches of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

JP Dellacamera, Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill will continue to call the U.S. Women's National team matches for the tournament when the USWNT take on China in a rematch of the 1999 World Cup final that gave the United States their second World Cup title.

2015 Gold Cup TV schedule for U.S. viewers

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The 13th CONCACAF Gold Cup is set to kick off on July 7 and will conclude on July 26 with the winner granted a spot in the Confederation's Cup in 2017, the summer before the next World Cup.

This year's tournament features 12 teams from across CONCACAF and are split into three groups of four.

FOX Soccer Plus on PlayStation Vue rolling out to major cities across USA

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Sony recently announced at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo conference that they will be introducing FOX Soccer Plus to their Internet TV streaming service, the PlayStation Vue, for $14.99 a month or $12.99 if you're a PlayStationPlus member. The FOX Soccer Plus service is offered a-la-carte on top of the $49-69 monthly subscription services Playstation Vue charges.

Review of ‘Jack To A King’ documentary that chronicles Swansea’s magical flight

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This week,New York City is the home of theKicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival, which launchedTuesday nightand continues until Friday. The festival features seven films from seven different countries that mainly focus on the fan's impact on the sport. The first three nights feature two films a night while Friday night features one.

Abby Wambach’s legacy is teetering at this Women’s World Cup; By Steve Davis

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When we think of the warrior-like legends who have so fiercely and skillfully defended the U.S. Soccer crest, no man or woman could check any more boxes than Abby Wambach.

It's not just that amazing resume, the one that shows a six-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year winner, the all-time leading U.

Where to find Chile vs. Uruguay on US TV and Internet

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Chile vs. Uruguay will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Soccer Morning (6.24.15) Charlie Boehm and Kevin Kinkead interviews

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Charlie Boehm and Kevin Kinkead.

Jason kicks off today's show with Charles Boehm (SoccerWire) to discuss his piece on the tension behind the scenes of the USWNT's World Cup campaign.

CBS Philadelphia's Kevin Kinkead then comes on the show to talk about the Philadelphia Union's tight financial situation.

Chile vs. Uruguay predicted lineups and team news

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Hosts Chile play holders Uruguay in the first quarter-final of the 2015 Copa America tournament at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos.

The two sides come into this match under much different circumstances. Chile were impressive in their group and picked up seven of the nine available points to finish in top spot while Uruguay struggled throughout the group phase and only managed to sneak into the quarter-finals as one of the two best third placed sides.

Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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There may well be a backdrop of festering smog in Santiago for the first Copa America quarter-final on Wednesday, but there's little gloomy about the mood of the Chilean public as their team gear up for the last eight showdown with Uruguay.

In a tournament that has been laced with inexplicable moments of madness, the standard of soccer hasn't quite scaled the heights many were expecting.

7 facts about Liverpool’s new Brazilian signing Roberto Firmino

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Brazil international Roberto Firmino is set to become Liverpool's second-most expensive signing after a £29million deal was agreed with Hoffenheim. Here Press Association provides some background.

ORIGINS

Born in Maceio, birthplace of three-time World Cup winner as player and manager Mario Zagallo, Firmino began his career in the youth team at Clube de Regatas Brasil before moving on to Figueirense.

Watch Japan’s fabulous video game goal against the Netherlands [VIDEO]

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Japanese footballer Mizuho Sakaguchi scored an absolutely breathtaking goal on Tuesday night to help her team advance to the Women's World Cup quarter-final after defeating the Netherlands.

The goal was something you would expect to see in the FIFA video game where there were several tricks leading up to Sakaguchi hitting the ball into the back of the net.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Charles Boehm

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Charles Boehm about the US Women's National Team and Gold Cup roster selection.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.23.15) Swansea City’s ‘Jack To A King’ film hits NYC

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring interviews with the people behind the incredible true story of Swansea City and the making of the documentary 'Jack To A King' that opened the Kicking and Screaming Film Festival in New York City this week.

During the episode, Nate Abaurrea interviews 'Jack To A King' Executive Producer Mal Pope, Swansea City FC Vice-Chairman Leigh Dineen and Swansea City FC Director Martin Morgan.

Women’s World Cup: Japan-Netherlands TV times and open thread

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The defending Women's World Cup champions take on the Netherlands tonight for the chance to advance to the quarter-finals.

Although Japan dominated Group C with three wins, they are still not viewed as a tournament favorite and are most likely hoping to change that with a clear and concise victory over a Netherlands team in their first World Cup.

Liverpool announce signing of Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino

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Liverpool have signed Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino subject to a medical, the Premier League club have announced.

The 23-year-old Brazil international has agreed what Liverpool describe as "a long-term contract" and will undergo a medical once he completes his commitments at the Copa America.

Tampa Bay Rowdies strike partnership with Brazilian club São Paulo FC

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced a landmark historic partnership with Brazilian club São Paulo FC on Tuesday. According to a Rowdies club statement, "today [marks] a historic international partnership, that will strengthen both clubs' visions of developing youth and professional players in the Americas and abroad.

Sunderland bid for Newcastle target Georginio Wijnaldum

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Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is facing a battle to make a summer transfer breakthrough after neighbors Sunderland entered the race to capture one of Steve McClaren's top targets.

Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats have made an offer of in excess of £11million for PSV Eindhoven's highly-rated midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, a man identified by the Magpies' new head coach as a key acquisition following his appointment earlier this month.

Learning some things from Jurgen Klinsmann’s final U.S. Gold Cup roster

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Jurgen Klinsmann is very clear about his CONCACAF Gold Cup selections, announced just today. These are the 23 players that provide the best chance for ultimate success as the United States defends its title in the biennial regional tournament (and fights for that spot in the Confederations Cup that the manager wants so badly).

4.7 million people watched USA vs. Colombia Women’s World Cup game on FOX Sports 1

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FOX Sports 1′s coverage of USA against Colombia in the Round of 16 game in the Women's World Cup was viewed by 4.7 million people, setting a new record for soccer on FOX Sports 1, beating the previous mark of 3.3 million set earlier in the tournament for the USA-Australia game.

It's the most watched soccer game on US cable since last year's men's World Cup.

Wolfsburg tell Bas Dost to snub offer from Newcastle United

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Newcastle target Bas Dost has been urged to stay where he is by Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking.

The 26-year-old Holland international has been linked with a summer switch to St James' Park as new head coach Steve McClaren attempts to rebuild a squad which ended last season battling relegation.

Soccer Morning (6.23.15) Jeff Kassouf interview about USWNT

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interview with NBC Sports' Jeff Kassouf.

Jason kicks off today's show with Jeff Kassouf (NBC Sports) as they look back at the USWNT's 2-0 win against Colombia in Edmonton.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.

Petr Cech £11 million deal from Chelsea to Arsenal not finalized yet

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Petr Cech has moved to play down reports that a deal had already been struck with Arsenal over a proposed £11million transfer from Chelsea, as talks continued over the future of the veteran goalkeeper.

The Gunners are said to be close to a deal for the Czech stopper, who would prefer to keep his family in London as he seeks a move away from the Barclays Premier League champions in search of regular football.

Liverpool chasing South American trio in Copa America

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Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the Copa America as they pursue their interest in South American trio Roberto Firmino, Carlos Bacca and Salomon Rondon.

The club have a delegation at the tournament in Chile as they look to bolster their summer recruitment and Press Association Sport understands the Hoffenheim midfielder and Sevilla and Zenit St Petersburg strikers are all viable options.

5 concerns for U.S. Women’s National Team in Women’s World Cup

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With yesterday's win over Colombia, the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) has three wins and a draw in the Women's World Cup, finished first in the Group of Death, and has shown it may have the strongest defense of any team in this year's tournament.

Despite all of these positives, there are five worrying trends as the Yanks move from the easier Group and Round Of 16 stage to the Quarterfinals and beyond.

Top 5 players at Copa America 2015 so far

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Up to this point, the Copa America has delivered on its reputation for chaotic soccer.

Already we've seen shocks, last-gasp winners, brawls, stunning displays of fandom and one of the competition's star attractions banned for the duration of the Copa. We haven't even gotten into the knockout stages of the competition yet either!

Champions League 2017 final in Cardiff could give English teams a platform for success

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The final of the biggest club competition in world soccer is expected to come back to Britain for the third time in six years, however, not to the capital.

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is the current favourite to host the 2017 final with UEFA likely to announce their decision in Prague on the 29thJune.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.22.15) Kartik Krishnaiyer interview about Women’s World Cup

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer.

On Monday's World Soccer Talk Radio episode, Kartik discusses the Women's World Cup, how he rates China (USA's opponent in Friday's quarter-final), who he thinks will win the Women's World Cup, as well as his opinions about the Andrea Pirlo transfer to New York City FC.

Arsenal’s potential Petr Čech deal may be start to big year for the Gunners

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While the soccer world waits for an official announcement from either Arsenal or Chelsea regarding Petr Čech's move from west London to north London, the Daily Mailreported earlier today that a deal is already complete. According to the publication, an agreement between the two rival clubs was reached and a fee of £11 million will be in place for the goalkeeper's switch to Arsenal.

Watch USA 2-0 Colombia Women’s World Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am with Jeff Kassouf

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Jeff Kassouf to discuss the USA's win against Colombia last night, as well as other Women's World Cup developments.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Soccer Morning (6.22.15) Jack Lang discusses Copa America

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interview with Jack Lang.

Jason kicks off today's show with Jack Lang (ESPNFC, The Mirror) to discuss Neymar's Copa America suspension & upcoming quarterfinals.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.

Where to find USA vs. Colombia Women’s World Cup game on US TV and Internet

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Tonight's USA against Colombia game is being televised live on US TV and Internet.

But where? What time? And how can you watch the game online, if you want to instead?

Read on to find out all of the details.

First, here's the information you need to know.

Who: USA vs Colombia
What: USA's Round of 16 game in 2015 Women's World Cup
When: Pregame coverage starts at 7pm ET.

Women’s World Cup Round of 16: Norway vs. England TV times and open thread

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Today's games see the United States Women's National Team against Colombia as well as Norway vs. England. These are two of the toughest games in the Round of 16 and should be very entertaining to watch. Be sure to check out our combined schedule for the Copa America and Women's World Cup to keep track of all the games this summer.

USA v. Colombia preview: USWNT one step away from quarter-final against China

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USA v. Colombia
8:00 PM – FOX Sports 1
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton

Few had realized the bad blood that still lingered after U.S. defeated Colombia. A 3-0 victory in group play of the 2012 Olympics saw punches and tempers fly for both teams.

But this week Colombian star and captain Lady Andrade reminded us that her team has not forgotten that game, and when they take the field against the America in the Women's World Cup Round of 16, those memories will be adding fuel to their fire.

MLS attendances for gameweek 16 of the 2015 season

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For gameweek 16 of the MLS season, the reported attendances were pretty good across all venues. There were sellouts or near sellouts in Portland, Salt Lake, Seattle and Toronto.

After 156 games, the gain over 2014 continues at an increase of nearly 12%.

Here are the latest attendance data:

Gameweek 16 attendances
Colorado 15,585
DC United 17,213
Los Angeles 23,875
Montreal 17,820
NY Red Bull 20,053
Portland 21,144
Salt Lake 19,155
Seattle 39,971
Toronto 30,029
2014 2015
MLS Attendance Equal # of Home Games
2014 2015
Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
Seattle 42,771 43,426 40,217 -5.

Stoke striker Bojan Krkic closing in on returning to match action

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Stoke striker Bojan Krkic says he hopes to be fit for the start of the new domestic season.

The 24-year-old Spaniard suffered a cruciate ligament injury in an FA Cup tie at Rochdale at the end of January, abruptly ending what had been a promising first season in English football.

The former Barcelona player has undergone an extensive rehabilitation program in his native Spain and believes he is on course to be ready for Stoke's opening Barclays Premier League game against Liverpool on the weekend of August 8-9.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek aiming high at Chelsea

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has taken Jose Mourinho's recent criticism on-board and vowed to put in the work required to establish himself at Chelsea.

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding the talented midfielder, widely touted as the Blues' first academy graduate to become a first-team regular since John Terry.

Arsenal sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, says report

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Arsenal have agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech for a fee of approximately £11 million, according to a report by The Daily Mail newspaper.

According to Chelsea captain John Terry, he accepts goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sorely missed if he leaves Stamford Bridge and believes he is worth up to 15 points a season should he sign with Arsenal.

Creating the next generation of American soccer announcers

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Several of the stars of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup have been names that we've been familiar with before the tournament kicked off —athletes such as Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, Marta and Christine Sinclair. But some of the unsung heroines who have come to our attention are women off the field —the commentators, presenters and analysts who have been enhancing our experience of watching the games on television.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 16 of 2015 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 16 of the MLS season:

1. The LA Galaxy Are Back

The Galaxy got healthy. Robbie Keane, Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez – the band was back together in front of an unusually strong StubHub Center crowd on Saturday night, and the home team responded by drubbing the hapless Philadelphia Union 5-1.

Australia’s historic win against Brazil breeds confidence and self belief

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The caption of a graphic thatNike Socceruploaded onto their social media channels recently read: Strong Alone. Unstoppable together. If anything, Australia's history-making quarter-finals berth into the Women's World Cup was the manifestation of exactly that.

While the Matildas cannot exactly boast high-profile players the likes of five-time World Player of the Year Marta, United States' own superstar Megan Rapinoe or France's star-attacker Eugenie Le Sommers, the Aussie line-up isn't quite bereft of talent.

Andrea Pirlo agrees contract with New York City FC, says report

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Andrea Pirlo is on the verge of being unveiledas the latest MLS and New York City FC star signing on Friday after agreeing personal terms with the Big Apple club, according tovarious sources.

If and when he joins the team, Pirlo will be New York City's third Designated Player. The Italian midfielder will find himself in good companyalongsideFrank Lampard and David Villa in a star-studded lineup.

Does North American soccer need super clubs? MLS vs. NASL competition might give us a hint

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Many fans of the Beautiful Game criticize MLS for its single entity structure and salary caps. What has resulted is parity though certain teams like the Los Angeles Galaxy have found a way to "game" the system, but much of the success of the Galaxy is down to the management genius of Bruce Arena. But the MLS approach has not allowed for the development of "super clubs," the way we see in the Laissez-faire world of European soccer.

Danny Ings vows to make a difference at Liverpool

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Forward Danny Ings has pledged to become the best he can be after securing a dream move to Liverpool.

An impressive maiden top-flight season with Burnley has led to the 22-year-old agreeing a deal to swap Turf Moor for Anfield.

Ings will make the move at the end of his contract on July 1, continuing a remarkable ascent which started on the south coast.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Jack Lang

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Jack Lang, a Brazil and South American soccer expert who works for The Mirror, ESPN FC and other websites.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Where to find Colombia vs. Peru on US TV and Internet

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Colombia vs. Peru will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Copa America: Colombia vs Peru and Brazil vs Venezuela TV times and open thread

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Day 11 of Copa America kicks off today featuring Colombia vs Peru and Brazil vs Venezuela inthe final games in the Group Stage for the respective teams.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Colombia vs Peru, 3pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Brazil vs Venezuela, 5:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Samir Nasri vows to come back stronger at Manchester City

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Playmaker Samir Nasri is determined to bounce back to form at Manchester City next season.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium after a frustrating, injury-hit 2014-15 campaign.

The 27-year-old insists he will not be going anywhere and has vowed to come back strongly as City bid to reclaim the Barclays Premier League title next season.

Harry Kane has no intention of leaving Spurs

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Harry Kane has no intention of leaving Tottenham and believes they have the potential to break into the top four next season.

Few could have envisaged the 21-year-old's remarkable progress this past year, having gone from third-choice striker at his boyhood club to the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League.

Where to find Argentina vs. Jamaica on US TV and Internet

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Argentina and Jamaica will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Women’s World Cup: Germany vs. Sweden, China vs. Cameroon TV times and open thread

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Now that the Group stages are done, we move on to the Knockout rounds of the 2015 Women's World Cup and the first match-up is between tournament favorites Germany facing off against Sweden followed by China PR taking on Cameroon.

Today's match-ups are shown back to back on FOX Sports 1.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out our combined Women's World Cup and Copa America TV schedules.

Where to find Uruguay vs Paraguay on US TV and Internet

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uruguay and Paraguay will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Copa America: Uruguay vs Paraguay and Argentina vs Jamaica TV times and open thread

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Day 10 of Copa America kicks off today featuring Uruguay vs Paraguay and Argentina vs Jamaica inthe final games in the Group Stage for the respective teams.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Uruguay vs Paraguay, 3pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Argentina vs Jamaica, 5:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

The rise of Juventus from Serie B relegation to European heavyweight once more

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In May 2006, Italian soccerreached its nadir when the Calciopoli (match-fixing scandal) broke out.

It was a full-blooded kick right in the solar plexus that left the entire soccerfraternity stunned and at a loss for words. Italy was in turmoil and even a World Cup victory wouldn't assuage her disgrace and the bitterness.

Clint Dempsey is a great player but a poor role model as USMNT captain

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You've heard it by now, but Clint Dempsey lost it again on Tuesday night.

It was the fourth round of the US Open Cup, Seattle Sounders against the Portland Timbers. The game was in extra time, and the Sounders, through both misfortune and misdeed, were down to nine men against Portland's 11.

Liverpool complete signing of Joe Gomez, Reds’ fourth signing of summer

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Liverpool have completed the signing of England Under-19 international defender Joe Gomez from Charlton for an undisclosed fee.

Gomez, who made 21 appearances for the Addicks last season in the Sky Bet Championship, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Brendan Rodgers' side.

Liverpool are thought to have beaten off competition from several Barclays Premier League rivals for the highly-rated center-back.

Tottenham complete signing of defender Kieran Trippier

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Tottenham have completed the signing of Burnley defender Kieran Trippier on a five-year contract.

The 24-year-old right-back, who is believed to have had a £3.5million release clause, leaves Turf Moor after four years.

"When I first heard that the club was interested I didn't have to think twice," he told tottenhamhotspur.

Soccer Morning (6.19.15) George Quraishi interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interview with George Quraishi.

Jason kicks off today's show with Howler Magazine's George Quraishi as they discuss FIFA reform and who really owns soccer.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.

Fabio Borini looking to leave Liverpool after club’s poor treatment of player

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Out-of-favor forward Fabio Borini appears to have finally realized his time at Liverpool is up after his agent criticized the club's treatment of the player.

The Italian turned down two chances to leave last summer with both QPR and Sunderland where he spent a successful season on loan making offers in the region of £14million which were acceptable to the Reds.

Where to find Chile vs. Bolivia on US TV and Internet

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Chile and Bolivia will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Where to find Mexico vs. Ecuador on US TV and Internet

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Mexico and Ecuador will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Copa America: Mexico vs. Ecuador and Chile vs Bolivia TV times and open thread

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Day 9 of Copa America kicks off today featuring Mexico against Ecuador and Chile vs Bolivia inthe final games in the Group Stage for the respective teams.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Mexico vs Ecuador, 5pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Chile vs Bolivia, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Breaking down the physics behind Roberto Carlos’ ‘impossible free kick’ [VIDEO]

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TED Talks are well knownfor bringing us engaging lessons and incredible insight into some of the most inspirational people influencing our world today. From Steve Jobs to Bill Nye the Science Guy, many different people have taught us a wide variety of subjects. As well as inviting people on stage to talk in front of crowds, TED has created a platform that anyone can use to teach lessons, which is how we were shown how Roberto Carlos made his impossible goal in 1997.

West Ham look ahead to becoming one of Premier League’s giants in matchday revenue

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Co-chairman David Gold has no doubt West Ham will be in a position to frighten the Barclays Premier League's leading clubs once they are playing at a packed out Olympic Stadium.

The Irons on Friday launched a new commemorative strip ahead of their final season at the Boleyn Ground before switching to Stratford.

Swansea City sign St Etienne left back Franck Tabanou for £3.5 million

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Swansea have announced the signing of St Etienne's Franck Tabanou on a three-year contract.

The versatile former France Under-21 international, who can operate on the left side of defense or attack, becomes Swansea's second summer signing following the capture of Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille.

Southampton sign Sporting Lisbon defender Cedric Soares

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Southampton have announced the signing of Portugal defender Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon.

The right-back, 23, becomes the Saints' second summer transfer following the arrival of Spanish forward Juanmi from Malaga.

The Saints did not reveal the fee paid, but Soares has reportedly cost the club in the region of £3.

Soccer Morning (6.17.15) Sam Kelly and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Sam Kelly and Jonathan Tannenwald.

Jason kicks off today's show with Jonathan Tannenwald (Philly.com) as they discuss the United States' win against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Sam Kelly (ESPNFC) then comes on the show to discuss Tuesday's Copa America results and headlines.

Clint Dempsey should get 3-month ban after ripping up ref’s notebook

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So Tuesday night in their US Open Cup match against Portland, the Seattle Sounders were probably hard-done by a series of bad calls by a relatively inexperienced official. And certainly this tournament means a lotto the Sounders. Add the burn of losing to their Cascadian rival, and it was a pepper pot ready to boil over.

Andreas Weimann leaves Aston Villa for Derby County

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Forward Andreas Weimann has joined former Aston Villa team-mate Darren Bent at Derby after agreeing a four-year deal with the Rams.

Weimann has joined Paul Clement's ambitious side for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £2.75million.

The 23-year-old has spent his entire senior career at Villa, barring two loan spells at Watford in 2011, making 129 appearances and scoring 24 times.

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You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Copa America: Peru vs. Venezuela TV times and open thread

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Day 8 of Copa America kicks off today featuringPeru vs. Venezuela.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Peru vs. Venezuela, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Where to find Peru vs. Venezuela on US TV and Internet

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Peru and Venezuela will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Why Arsenal is finally ready to mount a title challenge

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While Arsenal capped off the season again with its secondconsecutive FA Cup trophy, the main question on many fans' minds is whether Arsene Wenger finally has the club set on mounting a serious title challenge for the upcoming season. With the club's financial clout, measured and thoughtful transfer policy, and a balance of players both young and mature, it looks like after 11 years, the club is ready to challenge for the title.

Swansea City to premiere documentary at New York City film festival on June 23

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Premiering at the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival at New York City's Tribecain late June is theSwansea City documentary titled "Jack to a King: The Swansea Story". The showing is scheduled for June 23, the same day as the DVD and iTunes download will be available for the first time in the United States.

US Women’s team is on an ‘Abby Wambach or bust’ ride in World Cup

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I'm a Rochesterian at heart. I went to college there, had family that retired from Eastman Kodak, loved Nick Tahou's, and of course, treasure Abby Wambach.

Having said that it's pretty clear that the best forward this generation has known is taking the US Women's National Team (USWNT) on her shoulders, for better or for worse.

New footage of Raheem Sterling taking nitrous oxide won’t unsettle Manchester City bids

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling's latest apparent laughing gas incident is unlikely to have any effect on his club's stance in relation to the player's ongoing transfer saga.

Manchester City on Wednesday failed in their second attempt to sign the England international after upping their initial offer by £10million to £40m, comprising £35m up front plus £5m of add-ons.

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You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.17.15) Jeremiah Oshan interview about Seattle Sounders

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sounder At Heart's Jeremiah Oshan.

As editor of SounderAtHeart.com, a blog about the Seattle Sounders, Oshan discusses the latest stories involving the Sounders including the controversial US Open Cup game where 3 players were sent off and Clint Dempsey ripped up the referee's notebook.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood explains why he signed Micah Richards

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained why he signed Micah Richards, insisting the England defender will bring a "winning mentality" to the club.

Richards picked up Barclays Premier League and FA Cup winners' medals in his time at Manchester City but spent last season on loan at Fiorentina before agreeing a four-year deal with Villa on Wednesday.

Copa America: Brazil vs Colombia TV times and open thread

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Day 7 of Copa America kicks off today featuringa classic between two giants —Brazil vs Colombia.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Brazil vs Colombia, 8pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

United States working its way slowly into Women’s World Cup; By Steve Davis

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An effective but rather humdrum start for the favored United States into the Women's World Cup is either one of two things:

This is manager Jill Ellis not having a solid handle on what her team is all about, especially on attack, still struggling with how to balance an aging workhorse inspiration of a forward (Abby Wambach) and a younger horse coming off injury (Alex Morgan, a.

Mexico-France, England-Colombia, Costa Rica-Brazil, Korea-Spain TV times and open thread

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Today is the last of the Group stages for the 2015 Women's World Cup, so we will see who will advance and get an idea of what third place teams will make it through to the Round of 16.

There's plenty of movement within Group F and today's games will make or break these teams. Tournament favorites France have been underwhelming in most of their group play while Colombia has stunned most with a surprising victory against France.

Championship unveils schedule for 2015/16 season

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QPR will start life outside of the Premier League with a short trip across London to Charlton.

Chris Ramsey has been tasked with restoring Rangers' top-flight status and he will start his bid to do so at The Valley on August 8.

The other sides relegated from the Premier League, Burnley and Hull, start away at Uwe Rosler's Leeds and at home to Huddersfield respectively.

Spurs close to signing Burnley right back Kieran Trippier

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Burnley full-back Kieran Trippier appears close to joining Tottenham after Clarets manager Sean Dyche confirmed the transfer was an "active deal".

The 24-year-old right-back has been linked with a switch to Mauricio Pochettino's men following Burnley's relegation out of the Barclays Premier League last season.

Radamel Falcao will be a success at Chelsea, says Colombia coach Jose Pekerman

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Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado can bring the best out of each other at Chelsea next season, according to Colombia coach Jose Pekerman.

It is widely reported the Barclays Premier League champions have reached an agreement with Monaco to sign striker Falcao on a season-long loan.

Falcao scored just four goals in 29 appearances for Manchester United last season, with the club deciding not to take up an option to sign the forward on a permanent deal.

Manchester City increase bid for Raheem Sterling to £40 million

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Manchester City have made an improved £40million offer for Raheem Sterling, but Liverpool are expected to reject the latest bid.

Having had an offer of £25million plus £5million worth of add-ons turned down last week, City have upped what they are willing to pay by £10million.

However, that still falls short of the £50million minimum Liverpool believe the 20-year-old England international is worth and they are likely to turn down the offer.

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During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.16.15) Phil Schoen interview about Copa America

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Phil Schoen.

During the episode, beIN SPORTS' lead commentator discusses how Copa America is going so far, previews of upcoming games, what it's been like working with the stellar crew on beIN SPORTS, etc.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

Watch USA 1-0 Nigeria match highlights [VIDEO]

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Premier League unveils schedule for 2015/16 season

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Premier League champions Chelsea will start the defense of their title with a home game against Swansea.

Jose Mourinho's men finished eight points ahead of the rest in 2014/15 and will begin a bid for a repeat showing against Garry Monk's side when everything gets under way on August 8.

Manchester United's home game with Tottenham is the stand-out clash of the opening weekend, though, with Louis van Gaal's men expected to be stronger in his second season in charge.

Where to find USA vs Nigeria on US TV and Internet: Women’s World Cup

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After USA's 3-1 win against Australia and a 0-0 tie versus Sweden, the US Women's National Team plays Nigeria tonight in the Women's World Cup, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.

But where? What time? And how can you watch the game online, if you want to instead?

Read on to find out all of the details.

Ecuador-Japan, Switzerland-Cameroon, Australia-Sweden TV times and open thread

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So far, Group C and D has had some of the best drama inthe 2015 Women's World Cup with the placesin the knock-out stages all being up for grabs. These games will not only determine who makes it to the next stage of the tournament but will also settle the placings for the teams and start to give us a more complete picture of what the knock-out rounds will look like.

Where to find Argentina vs. Uruguay on US TV and Internet

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Argentina and Uruguay will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Sergio Aguero believes he can win the Ballon d’Or while at Manchester City

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes the club can give him the platform to become a Ballon d'Or winner.

Aguero has scored 107 goals for City in 163 appearances since joining the club in a £38million transfer from Atletico Madrid four years ago.

The 2014-15 campaign was his most impressive, with 32 goals in 41 games vindicating a change of training regime and diet after past problems with muscle injuries.

Copa America: Paraguay vs Jamaica and Argentina vs Uruguay TV times and open thread

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Day 6 of Copa America kicks off today featuringa double bill of Paraguay vs Jamaica followed by Argentina vs Uruguay.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Paraguay vs Jamaica, 5pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Argentina vs Uruguay, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol andfuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Enjoying 2015′s frenetic but marvelous Summer of Soccer

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Good gracious, I feel like I'm somewhere between Cloud 9 and the Nuthouse. And that's a good thing.

June is typically a wacky, wonderful month for the soccer fan. Being a year removed from Brazil 2014, it can leave you with a false sense of calm, as if you might be able to have a quiet month away from the soccer tube.

USA vs Nigeria preview: Can the US find their goalscoring form?

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The U.S. Women's National Teamsits in first place in their Group inthe Women's World Cupwith four points. At the bottomof the table sit Nigeria with one point.

For Nigeria, this is a must win game. A loss will certainly knock them out of the tournament while a win and a loss by either Australia or Sweden will move them into second place with the United States.

Soccer Morning (6.16.15) Jon Arnold interview about Copa America

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Goal.com's Jon Arnold who is based in Chile for the 2015 Copa America tournament.

Jason kicks off today's show with Jon Arnold (Goal.com) as they discuss Monday's Copa America results.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Uruguay vs. Argentina predicted lineups and team news

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Copa America's two biggest teams face off in what could be an enthralling match at the Estadio La Portada de La Serenatonight (7:30pm ET kickoff).

Both sides have won a combined 29 titles in this competition and the rivalry between them has been very fierce over the years.

Defending champions Uruguay were unconvincing in the opening group match, but managed to beat minnows Jamaica 1-0 to go top of the group after the first round of matches.

Interview with author and journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi about book 20 Great Italian Games II

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June marked the release of Kindle best-selling author Giancarlo Rinaldi's 20 Great Italian Games II. Since its release, 20 Great Italian Games II, has garnered praise from readers for its depiction of classic calcio and legendary players.

20 Great Italian Games II is the sequel to Rinaldi's original book released in 2013.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.15.15) Kartik Krishnaiyer interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer.

During the episode, Kartik discusses a range of topics including the New York Cosmos winning the NASL Spring season and whether a different team can win the Fall season, a preview of Tuesday's USWNT vs Nigeria game, discussion about Miguel Ibarra's move to Liga MX and what that means for NASL and MLS, and much more.

Charlie Austin paving his way to becoming prolific Premier League goalscorer

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While new Liverpool recruit Danny Ings has received plenty of hype and praise during this off-season, there is another England striker that has been even more impressive. Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin scored 18 Premier League goals during the 2014/15 campaign, fourth most in the league and seven more than Ings, however, Austin's road to prolific Premier League goalscorer certainly took an unusual path.

Wales’ victory over Belgium shows they are ready to compete on the big stage

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Three years ago, I drove across the United Kingdom just to see a soccer match. Stupidly I had planned a vacation during an international break and the one exciting match occurring in the U.K. during that time was the Wales versus Scotland World Cup qualifier. Both countries were languishing near the bottom of their group, but inspired by the intersectional rivalry, I joined the Wales FA and purchased a ticket to sit across from the Wales bench, next to the supporters' group.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET

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You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Where to find Chile vs. Mexico on US TV and Internet

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Chile and Mexico kicks will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Copa America: Ecuador vs Bolivia and Chile vs Mexico TV times and open thread

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Day 5 of Copa America kicks off today featuringa double bill of Ecuador vs Bolivia followed by Chile vs Mexico.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Ecuador vs Bolivia, 5pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Chile vs Mexico, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol andfuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Thailand-Germany, Ivory Coast-Norway, Netherlands-Canada, China PR-New Zealand TV times and open thread

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As the group stages wrap-up we see who is emerging as the top teams in the 2015 Women's World Cup as they prepare for the knock-out rounds. Today one of the tournament favorites, Germany, attempt to recover from a disappointing draw and say goodbye to newcomers Ivory Coast.

Tell us below, who are you most excited to see today?

Copa America: Chile vs Mexico – Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Chile take on Mexico in the second round of fixtures in Group A knowing that a victory could see them through to the knockout phase of the 2015 Copa America with a game to spare.

The Copa America hosts began the competition on a good note, beating Ecuador 2-0 in the opening match with Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas getting on the scoresheet.

Liverpool linked with promising central defender to replace Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool are weighing up a bid for Charlton teenager Joe Gomez as a replacement for the soon-to-be-offloaded Sebastian Coates.

With Sunderland seemingly set to pay £4million to make Coates' loan last season into a permanent deal, the Reds are on the lookout for cover at centre-back.

Press Association Sport understands Gomez, aged 18, is of interest and while no formal offer has yet been made, the club believe there is a possibility of signing the England Under-19 defender for about £3.

Manchester United hope that pre-season US tour will pay dividends, says Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will expect his team to hit the ground running next season after improving their summer schedule.

Van Gaal was critical of the program for Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States last summer, believing the team spent too much time crossing time zones.

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Aston Villa aware of Jack Grealish pictures [PHOTOS]

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Aston Villa have said they are "aware of the photographs circulating" of Jack Grealish after the midfielder was pictured apparently drunk on holiday in Tenerife.

Several photographs of the 19-year-old lying on the floor were posted on Twitter by Briony King, who described the footballer as being "paralytic".

Where to find Brazil vs. Peru on US TV and Internet

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Brazil kicks off its first game of the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Copa America: Colombia vs. Venezuela and Brazil vs. Peru TV times and open thread

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Day 4 of Copa America kicks off today featuringa double bill of Colombia vs. Venezuela followed by Brazil against Peru.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Colombia vs Venezuela, 3pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Brazil vs Peru, 5:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol andfuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

4.5 million people watched USA-Sweden Women’s World Cup game on FOX

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The USA-Sweden Women's World Cup game attracted a viewing audience of 4.5 million people, who watched the 0-0 draw on Friday night live on the free-to-air FOX network across the United States.

The 4.5 million viewing figure means that the game was the most-watched Women's World Cup Group Stage ever on US television.

Whose stock is up or down among 10 US Men’s National Team players

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The United States Men's National Team enjoyed a historic week with friendly wins in Amsterdam against the Netherlands and in Cologne against Germany. While the results were incredible from the perspective of a national team that has historically performed poorly on European soil, the more important takeaways were the performances of individual players.

Omar Gonzalez interview: USMNT defender talks World Cup, LA Galaxy and Abby Wambach

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World Soccer Talk spoke with Omar Gonzalezthis week and discussedhis partnership with Pass the Love, Steven Gerrard, why he'd like to borrow Abby Wambach for the US Men's National team and more.

Here's the transcript of the exclusive interview:

Caitlin O'Connell (CO): So tell us about Pass the Love and how you got involved.

Sinisa Mihajlovic is the right man for AC Milan manager’s job

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Sinisa Mihajlovic is set to become the fourth AC man to take the helm of AC Milanin the past sixteen months. Since the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri, a coach who brought the club their eighteenth scudetto and achieved the double with Juventus, Milan have gone with appointing club legends to the position and then shaming them publicly before sacking them rather unceremoniously.

Where to find Argentina vs. Paraguay on US TV and Internet

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Argentina kicks off its first game of the 2015 Copa America tournament today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.

Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Uruguay vs. Jamaica and Argentina vs. Paraguay: TV times and open thread

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Day 3 of Copa America kicks off today featuringa double bill of Uruguay vs Jamaica followed by Argentina vs Paraguay.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Uruguay vs Jamaica, 3pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Argentina vs Paraguay, 5:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol andfuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

France-Colombia, Brazil-Spain, England-Mexico, Korea-Costa Rica TV times and open thread

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Now that the Group Stage games of the 2015 Women's World Cup are well under way, we can start to see some of the team's strengths and weaknesses. We get our second looks at Groups F and E to wrap up the second games of the group rounds before heading into the final games before the Knock-out Stage begins.

Manchester United formally complete signing of Memphis Depay

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Manchester United have formally completed the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.

United agreed a £31million deal with the Dutch club for the 21-year-old winger last month.

United have now confirmed Depay has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford with the option to extend for a further year.

Liverpool sign goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and complete their third signing of summer

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Liverpool have made their third signing of the summer with Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, another free agent, agreeing terms.

The 27-year-old Hungary international's contract with Wanderers, for whom he made more than 100 Premier League appearances, expires at the end of the month and he will officially join the Reds on July 1.

Review of Andrea Pirlo’s book, ‘I Think Therefore I Play’

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The Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo's autobiography I Think Therefore I Play does what most books of its kind sadly fail to do, stay truthful. Pirlo can be best described as one of the most intelligent players of this generation and in his book he speaks his mind; no holds barred.

The title of the book gives us a little bit preview of what to expectandis a clever restatement of ‘Cogito ergo sum,' which means "I think, therefore I am", famously said by Rene Descartes, the renowned French philosopher of the 17th century.

Soccer Morning (6.12.15) Listener calls

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features listener calls and discussion of the latest soccer news and storylines.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Liverpool reject Manchester City’s £25 million offer for Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool look set for another summer of transfer upheaval after rejecting a £25million offer from Manchester City for forward Raheem Sterling.

Press Association Sport understands the bid, which could rise to £30million with add-ons, was not even seriously considered by the Anfield hierarchy as they value the 20-year-old, who has 24 months left on his current deal, at £50million-plus.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.12.15) Copa America discussion featuring Juan Arango

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Juan Arango.

Commentating Copa America games for Sportsmax in Jamaica, Juan Arango takes time out of his busy day to preview and review Copa America as well as discussing how Chile performed in their opening game against Ecuador.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere vows not to curb his feisty playing style

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Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere is undeniably talented and is widely seen as one of the England national team's top performers over the last year or so. The midfielder has be awarded as the Man of the Match in multiple games while playing for his country during the 2014/15 season and alsoran the show in England's 2-1 victory against Brazil in February of 2013.

USA vs Sweden preview: USWNT face former head coach in must-watch game

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There are several subplots to tonight'sgame between the U.S. and Sweden, but putting all the history and drama aside, these are two teams that are in need of a timely and critical victory.

Sweden was shocked when Nigeria came back to end Group D's opening game in a 3-3 draw. Sweden's defense was outpaced and outmuscled by the Super Falcons on all three goals.

Mexico vs. Bolivia, Copa America: TV times and open thread

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Day 2 of Copa America kicks off today featuring Mexico against Bolivia atViña del Mar.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Mexico vs Bolivia, 7:30pm ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espańol and fuboTV

Programming note: In the United States, beIN SPORTS has the exclusive English-language and Spanish-language rights to the tournament.

Australia-Nigeria, Switzerland-Ecuador, Japan-Cameroon TV times and open thread

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Todayis our chance to get a second look at the Group of Death, better known as Group D. Although the U.S. Women's National Team vs. Sweden might be the main attraction, Australia vs. Nigeria will be a great match with both teams playing strongly in their tournament openers. Group C also gets another go-round and all four teams will be looking to score goals.

Where to find USA vs Sweden Women’s World Cup game on US TV and Internet

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After USA's 3-1 win against Australia, the US Women's National Team plays Sweden tonight in the Women's World Cup, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.

But where? What time? And how can you watch the game online, if you want to instead?

Read on to find out all of the details.

‘World Cup Syndrome’ hits host nation Canada in Women’s World Cup

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Last year, Brazil seemed listless at times against Croatia and drew Mexico on home soil.

This year, the Canadian Women's National Team has the same 4 points, albeit in even less convincing fashion.

Granted, the Canadians aren't the heavy favorites the Selecao were going into the men's tourney last year, but there were definitely those who felt that the home crowds would instigate Christine Sinclair & Co.

The best Women’s World Cup coverage options you didn’t know existed

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With the 2015 Women's World Cup well underway in Canada, soccer fans from all over the world are tuning in to catch the matches using multiple outlets. Although many viewers in the US will go the old-fashioned route and watch the games on television (FOX owns the English-language TV rights), there are other ways to watch the Women's World Cup matches live.

Carmelo Anthony owned NASL club in Puerto Rico yield questions of viability

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On Thursday, NASL announced New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony as an owner of a new expansion team in Puerto Rico. The league last had a team in Puerto Rico during the 2012 season. The previous year, in 2011, as the Islanders were coming off a double-championship season (both USSF Division 2 and the CFU Club Championship), which included a 5-3 win over two legs over the LA Galaxy, the club averaged less than 2,500 fans in NASL play.

5 Reasons to Watch the Copa América

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The 2015 Copa América in Chile is getting underway with some of the top players in the world competing. Always an exciting tournament to watch and this year is no different with Argentina and Brazil keen to lift the trophy after their World Cup's each ended disappointingly 12 months ago.

Here are our five reasons to watch the 2015 Copa América:

Superstars
A list of who's-who currently in the game are playing in Chile this summer – there's Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar (unfortunately Luis Suárez is suspended), Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez, Manchester City's Sergio Agüero, all amongst the very elite players in world football write now, all participating in this summer's tournament.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.11.15) John Wallin discusses Women’s World Cup

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with John Wallin.

@FantasyGaffer, aka John Wallin, discusses the Women's World Cup with host Nate Abaurrea. John shares his opinion about the artificial turf, and also talks about the Women's World Cup app plus much more.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with a soccer expert. Plus we'll be taking listener calls to discuss what's on your mind.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Chile vs. Ecuador, Copa America opening game: TV times and open thread

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Copa America 2015 kicks off today featuring host nation Chile against Ecuador atSantiago de Chile.

For viewers in the United States, the game (and entire tournament) are being shown live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS.

Here's the TV schedule for viewers in the United States:

Chile vs.

Where to find Copa America on US TV and Internet

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Copa America 2015 kicks off in June featuring several of the greatest teams in the world competing for the prestigious silverware. The tournament begins on June 11 and continues until the final on July 4.

For soccer fans in the United States, the tournament will be televised like never before with every game shown live in English and Spanish on beIN SPORTS, as well as tons of shoulder programming (previews, pre-match coverage, post-match analysis and more).

Germany-Norway, China-Netherlands, Ivory Coast-Thailand, Canada-New Zealand TV times and open thread

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Now that the first round of the Group Stagehas finished, we get our second look at Groups A and B today. Germany faces Norway in what will likely become the battle for first place in Group B. Plus, there'sanother look at host nation Canada who is hoping to make a bigger impact in their second game.

Important facts to know about Andre Ayew, Swansea’s quality signing

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After speculation for months about his future, Ghana international Andre Ayew has decided to leave his childhood club, Marseille, to sign with Swansea City on a four-year deal. The 25-year-old is a coup for the Swans as he's currently one of the best African players in the world and desires to keep improving.

Copa America bracket: free printable version available with TV schedule

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Download a copy of the Copa America bracket and TV schedule for yourself and your coworkers to help keep track of all the games in the 2015 Copa America beginning on June 11th in Chile.

World Soccer Talk has created one bracket that lists all games as well as game times, to see the channels the games will be played on go HERE.

Ask Steve Davis your US soccer-related questions in today’s Reddit AMA

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Don't miss World Soccer Talk featured columnist Steve Davis' Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) tonight at 6:00pm EST.

Steve has been covering soccer professionally since 1990 and has covered six World Cups (five of them on site). Steve worked at the Dallas Morning News for 15 years before writing for ESPNSoccernet, SI.

4 players to watch at Copa America that would be an ideal fit for Premier League

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Major tournaments can often be a treasure trove of unheralded or undiscovered talents; managers from some of the game's most illustrious club sides will have a keen eye on the Copa America this summer with that in mind.

Running a scrupulous rule over the squads set to launch a tilt for glory in Chile, there's a clutch of players poised to make an impression in the South American showpiece.

Schedule of Euro 2016 qualifiers on US TV this weekend

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Kicking off the latest round ofUEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers and various international friendlies this weekend, ESPN will be showing 15 games between June 11-14 on their various platforms.

While some of the games appear to be less attractive, some have the promise to be very exciting.For example, Russia vs.

Barca-Juve match posts second-highest TV ratings ever for Champions League final

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In what turned out to be an exciting match, the 2015 UEFA Champions Leaguefinal between Barcelona and Juventus posted very solid television ratings according to Nielsen. Nielsen, an information and measurement company, claims that this year's final held a 1.3 household rating, with 2.2 million viewers of the match on English-language station FOX.

USWNT’s Abby Wambach under pressure ahead of match against Sweden

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There are plenty of fascinating angles in the buildup to the United States against Sweden Women's World Cup match, and former US head coach, current Sweden boss, and generally beloved mother figure to the women's game Pia Sundhage added fuel to the fire on Monday.

Talking to the press, Sundhage pulled no punches.

Diego Simeone’s influence has Carlos Tevez on the verge of Atletico Madrid move

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is on the verge of quite a transfer coup.

Over the past few weeks, theArgentine has been using his influence to recruit fellow countryman Luciano Vietto from Villarreal. And it now appears Simeone has convincedCarlos Tevez to leave Juventus andjoin his footballing renaissance in the Spanish capital next season.

Everton must do their utmost to keep James McCarthy at the club this summer

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Usually, defensive midfielders are some of the easiest players to replace insoccer. While the role has become increasingly defined in recent years, if a man deployed to bringenergy in the middle of the pitch is struck down with injury, loses form or is sold, they don't typically leave that difficult a void to fill.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with a soccer expert. Plus we'll be taking listener calls to discuss what's on your mind.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Recap of the USA’s shock 2-1 win against Germany

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Five days after the US stunned the Dutch in Amsterdam, surely they couldn't pull off the same trick again in Germany against the World Champions?

Once again, some doubts have been quelled by the US in these tough European environments. Or, similarly, Michael Bradley is still as good if not better than he's ever been.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.10.15) Jeremy St Louis interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Jeremy St Louis.

beIN SPORTS TV presenter and senior producer previews Copa America, discusses beIN SPORTS' coverage of the event, as well as talking about all of the talent that will be working for beIN SPORTS this summer.

US Men’s National Team may have finally turned a big, big corner; By Steve Davis

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After watching the United States nail down deserved wins against two global heavies of world soccer, it's hard to resist the temptation to declare "corner turned."

For years, the United States has been a solid middle class citizen in the pecking order of world soccer – living comfortably but not exactly among the wealthy.

Watch Germany 1-2 USA match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Swansea sign Ghana striker Andre Ayew on free transfer from Marseille

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Ghana forward Andre Ayew has joined Swansea on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance.

The 25-year-old was out of contract at Marseille and he will now join the Barclays Premier League club who have been looking to strengthen their forward options since Wilfried Bony was sold to Manchester City in January.

Real Madrid to complete the signing of David de Gea in the next few days, says report

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Real Madrid are expected to complete the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in the next few days, with the Spain international set to be officially presented at the Bernabeunext week, according to Spanish State television RTVE.

The report does not specify the length of De Gea's contract or the transfer feeagreed upon by United and Madrid for the player.

US Men’s National Team vs. Germany: TV times and open thread

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After an unexpected comeback against the Netherlands last week, the U.S. Men's National Team continue their pre-Gold Cup preparation with a trip to Germany to face the #1 FIFA ranked team and recent winners of the 2014 World Cup.

You can read our full preview of the match HERE.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV listings:

USA vs Germany, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN, FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2GO.

FOX’s Women’s World Cup is off to a good start with 3.3 million viewers for USA game

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The TVratings are now in from Monday night's Women's World Cup thriller between the United States and Australia. The 3-1 victory by the Yanks was seen by 3.311 million viewers, breaking the record for the most-watched FIFA Women's World Cup Group Stage match on US TV. The previous record was a match between USA and Denmark in 1999, which drew 2.

Steve McClaren takes charge at Newcastle United

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Steve McClaren has finally been announced as Newcastle's new head coach six months after initially being offered the job.

The Magpies, who parted company with John Carver and Steve Stoneon Tuesday, announced on Wednesday evening that the 54-year-old has been installed as Alan Pardew's permanent replacement after signing a three-year contract which could eventually be extended to eight.

beIN SPORTS to televise 2015 Copa America on US TV and Internet

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As the 2015 version of the Copa America begins on Thursday, with hosts Chile facing off against Ecuador, beIN SPORTS will be the go-to place to watch all of the action. The international television network is set to broadcast every single match of the tournament, as well as in depth analysis and opinions from contributors such as Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

Aston Villa to offer Christian Benteke a new deal

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Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has confirmed Christian Benteke will be offered a new contract this summer to try to stave off interested clubs.

Benteke's current contract has two years left to run and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed the terms contain a buyout clause thought to be £32.

Copa America 2015 preview: Key players, squads and TV schedules

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The Copa America's propensity for springing surprises was thrillingly prevalent in 2011 when Uruguay beat Paraguay in the final. Four years on, soccer supporters from across the globe will be hoping for comparable drama as the 2015 edition of competition gets underway in Chile.

Brazil and Argentina are the big favorites for glory, but teams like Chile, Colombia and Uruguay will all fancy their chances of going all the way too.

Hugo Lloris reiterates his desire to play for a Champions League club

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will continue to work "every day" to fulfil his "personal ambition" of playing in the Champions League.

France international Lloris was one of the stand-out performers for Spurs last season, who rallied to end the campaign in fifth place and so qualify again for the Europa League.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Andrew Gibney

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Andrew Gibney.

Gibney is a French football expert, and will be on the show to dissect and discuss France's win against England yesterday in the Women's World Cup along with other topics.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Alexis Sanchez feels Arsenal only had an OK season

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Alexis Sanchez believes he evolved as a player at Arsenal last season, but felt the team could have achieved more.

The Chile forward is away on international duty with Chile as they host the Copa America.

The 26-year-old, signed in a £30million deal from Barcelona last summer, was the stand-out player for the Gunners, capping a memorable campaign with a superb goal in the 4-0 FA Cup final win over Aston Villa at Wembley.

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is currently the league’s MVP

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One thing has been made clear in Toronto FC's opening 12 matches of the Major League Soccer season the league's MVP race goes through BMO Field.

Sebastian Giovinco's signing turned heads in the offseason when the diminutive Italian playmaker put pen to paper in a five-year deal worth more than $7 million.

First World Cup win inspires little confidence in USWNT coach Jill Ellis

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The best quality of the U.S. women's national team is that when they play as poorly as they did Monday night, they are able to win and win with style. While Australia may ultimately prove to be a legitimately world class squad, the match showed the U.S. has the ability to play a C level game and get an A level result.

Liverpool and Burnley locked in negotiations over fee for Danny Ings

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Liverpool and Burnley remain locked in talks over compensation for striker Danny Ings but claims the Clarets could be entitled to a record fee at tribunal appear unlikely.

The Reds announced the capture of the England Under-21 international, whose contract expires at Turf Moor on June 30, on Monday.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.9.15) Jason Davis interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Jason Davis.

Soccer Morning, hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, is the most popular online daily soccer show in the United States. The 60+ minute daily weekday show features interviews with soccer celebrities and journalists.

Liverpool target Luciano Vietto set to sign with Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid are set to complete the signing of Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto for £15 million, according to reports emanating from Spain.

Back in April, it was learned that Vietto was open to a move to Atletico Madrid with many pointing towards the Argentine striker's relationship with Diego Simeone.

Newcastle United part company with John Carver

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John Carver has left Newcastle as the club prepares to appoint a new head coach, Press Association Sport understands.

The 50-year-old, who took charge of the final 20 games of last season, 19 of them in the Barclays Premier League, has parted company with the Magpies along with coach Steve Stone.

Steven Gerrard issues warning to Raheem Sterling

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Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has warned Raheem Sterling he risks stagnating as a squad player if he succeeds in forcing a move from Anfield.

Relations between the club and the player's agent Aidy Ward hit a low last month when the Reds cancelled a meeting to restart negotiations over a new deal after comments from Ward suggesting the 20-year-old would not sign a new contract.

Soccer Morning (6.9.15) Jonathan Tannenwald interview about USWNT

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Jonathan Tannenwald.

Jason kicks off today's show with Jonathan Tannenwald (Philly.com) as they discuss the United States' 3-1 win against Australia on Monday in Winnipeg.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.

France-England, Spain-Costa Rica, Colombia-Mexico, Brazil-Korea TV times and open thread

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Tuesday's games introduce Groups F and E to the 2015 World Cup and introduce Spain to the tournament for the first time in the country's history. France and England are always a great game to watch but Brazil vs. Korea Republic give us our first glimpse of Marta, the five time FIFA World Player of the Year award winner.

Copa America and Women’s World Cup TV schedule combined for viewers in USA

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Between the 2015 Women's World Cupthat kicked off on June 6 and the Copa Americathat launches on June 11, there's a ton of soccergames to keep up with, so we've compileda TV schedule that combines the Copa America and Women's World Cup into one to help you see which games overlap and when you'll need to use your DVR (or watch live via two TVs).

Sunderland announce 2015 North America summer tour

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Sunderland AFC has announced plans for a summer tour of the USA and Canada ahead of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.

After leading The Black Cats to Premier League safety last season, Dutch manager Dick Advocaat will lead his team across the Atlantic for three friendly fixtures.

Slaven Bilic impressed by West Ham’s ambition after club appoint him manager

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Slaven Bilic is in no doubt he has joined a club going places after being named the new manager of West Ham on a three-year deal.

The former Croatia boss, 46, was on Tuesday confirmed as successor to Sam Allardyce, whose contract was not renewed.

Bilic, who also had spells in charge of Lokomotiv Moscow and more recently Besiktas, is the man now tasked with guiding the Irons into the Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.8.15) Kartik Krishnaiyer interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer.

During the interview, host Nate Abaurrea discusses several topics with Kartik including the fallout at Fort Lauderdale Strikers, NASL's continued silence regarding its ties to Traffic Sports USA, a review of the USA's win against Holland, a preview of the game against Germany and more.

Match Preview – USMNT vs. Germany

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Things certainly appear to be looking brighter than they have in months for the USMNT. With a 4-3 win over the Netherlands (the first ever) the US has now won back-to-back games for the first time since June of 2014. Not only that, but the US in unbeaten in three straight and four of the last five.

Watch USA 3-1 Australia match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the match highlights.

Three reasons why Sepp Blatter can still control FIFA

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Last week, just days after winning re-election to a fifth term, Sepp Blatter placed a call to the heads of every continental confederation (at least those not in jail) to inform them that he was resigning as head of soccer's governing body. An avalanche of negative press and communications from the major sponsors had put incredible pressure on Blatter to the point where he knew that, publicly at least, he was unable to continue as the visible head of the world's game.

Ivan Rakitic proves a vital cog to Barcelona’s success

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A couple of years ago, the idea of Barcelona buying a central midfielder was inconceivable. This was the side that boasted the World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winning trio Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

Furthermore, waiting in the wings were Cesc Fabregas and the upcoming Tiago Alcantara with Javier Mascherano more than able to slot in ahead of the back four.

Steve McClaren tipped for Newcastle United job by ex-captain

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Steve McClaren is due back in England on Tuesday after a personal holiday, and speculation is heating up surrounding his potential move into the vacant Newcastle United managerial position.

McClaren, 54, most recently held the position of head coach at Championship side Derby County, before being sackedat the end of May.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Jonathan Tannenwald.

@thegoalkeeper, aka Jonathan, will be on the show to discuss yesterday's 3-1 win by the USA against Australia plus other Women's World Cup storylines.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

USA vs Australia Women’s World Cup game: TV times and open thread

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The US Women's National Team has been waiting four years to get to play in another Women's World Cup match to try to avenge its loss from the 2011 Women's World Cup final when the team was defeated by Japan on penalty kicks after finishing the 90 minutes at 1-1.

Here are the TV times of this game and theJapan-Switzerland game that follows on FOX Sports 1.

West Ham United expected to appoint Slaven Bilic as new manager in next 48 hours

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West Ham hope to make an announcement on their new manager "within the next 48 hours".

The Irons appear close to appointing a successor to Sam Allardyce, who left Upton Park at the end of the season when his contract was not renewed.

Slaven Bilic is reported to have been interviewed about the vacancy over the weekend, with the likes of Rafael Benitez, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery all said to have been under consideration as co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold look to find the right man to take them forwards and on into the Olympic Stadium from 2016/17.

Where to find USA vs Australia Women’s World Cup game on US TV and Internet

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The USA's first game in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is tonight, and the game will be shown live on US television and Internet. But where? What time? And how can you watch the game online, if you want to instead.

Read on to find out all of the details.

First, here's the information you need to know.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.5.15) Stefan Szymanski interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Stefan Szymanski.

The co-author of Soccernomics appears on the show to discuss a range of topics including his latest research on the relationship between money and soccer (and success), foreign ownership in the Premier League, whether MLS can be one of the top leagues in the world, as well as his latest book entitled 'Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide: Why Chievo Verona, Unterhaching, and Scunthorpe United Will Never Win the Champions League, Why Manchester .

John Oliver fulfills promise following Sepp Blatter resignation [VIDEO]

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In recent weeks, TV host and soccer fan John Oliver has pleaded with companies such as Adidas, Budweiser and McDonalds to stop supporting FIFA and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Oliver stated,"Budweiser, if you pull your support and help get rid of Blatter, I will put my mouth where my mouth is and I will personally drink one of your disgusting items.

USA men’s team wish US women good luck who share same jersey numbers

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Several United States Men's National Team players have been tweeting good luck photos to the members of the women's national team who share their jersey numbers.

It seems that every member of the men's senior team with a Twitter account has sent out a corresponding tweet to their "number twin" ahead of the USWNT debut game against Australia later today.

Women’s World Cup: Sweden vs. Nigeria and Cameroon vs. Ecuador TV times and open thread

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After an exciting group of games on Sunday, Monday gives us our first look into the 2015 Women's World Cup "group of death" or group D. Group C also begins today with two countries making their World Cup debut.

Sweden v Nigeria

4PM- FOX
Group D
Winnipeg Stadium

These teams have met twice before in the World Cup, once in 2003 and again in 2007.

Soccer Morning (6.8.15) Brian Sciaretta and Kevin Laramee

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Brian Sciaretta and Kevin Laramee.

Jason kicks off today's show with Brian Sciaretta (American Soccer Now) as they discuss the USMNT's 4-3 win against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday.

Kevin Laramee then comes on the show to discuss Montreal's win over the weekend and the kickoff of the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

USA vs Australia preview: US faces plenty of questions marks ahead of crucial game

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Many have been waiting to see the US Women's National Team open their tournament to find out if they'll be able to put together a complete 90 minutes. Australia provides the perfect test for U.S. in itsfirst game.

Both teams and players are very familiar with one another — both internationally and in NWSL, but it's the American team that holds the records.

The inconvenient truths of Hope Solo and other troubled figures; By Steve Davis

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Diehard U.S. Soccer fans, prepare to feel conflicted.

A bunch of you will watch this evening as the United States women begin chasing a Women's World Cup crown that has been frustratingly elusive since 1999. There's the sunny side of life today, one that quickens the Yankee Doodle pulse.

But at some point most of us will squirm uncomfortably as the real world intrudes, and American soccer fans will feel conflicted about cheering for the country's star goalkeeper Hope Solo.

USSF and US soccer leagues have serious questions to answer

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With the world's attention on Canada and the Women's World Cup, discussion of the FIFA scandal has begun to fade in the United States. This could not have come at a better time for the USSF and the professional leagues in the United States. As my colleague Simon Evans discussed late last week, the silence from some quarters in the American soccer community has been deafening.

FOX’s Women’s World Cup opening weekend coverage is a mixed bag

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If anyone has beentoughon FOX's soccer coverage, it's been us. From so many highs and lows of recent years (with the lows being oh so low), we're glad to say that based on FOX Sports' opening weekend coverage of the Women's World Cup, the network's soccer coverage is showing measurablesignsof progress.

MLS attendances for gameweek 14 of the 2015 season

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At this stage of the 2015 MLS season, overall attendance remains a strong 10.5% over last season.

During this past weekend, there was a terrific turnout in Chicago this week. Meanwhile, there were sellouts in Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes.

Barcelona focused on signing Paul Pogba after ending talks with Ilkay Gundogan

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Barcelona have ended negotiations with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and have re-focused their attention on signing Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Prior to the UEFA Champions League final, Barcelona werereportedly close to reaching an agreement for Gundogan, but negotiations fell through at the last minute.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am with Brian Sciaretta and Kevin Laramee

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Brian Sciaretta and Canadian soccer expert Kevin Laramee.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Liverpool agree deal to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings

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Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign out-of-contract Burnley striker Danny Ings on July 1, subject to a medical.

The England Under-21 international's current deal with the Clarets expires on June 30 but the recently-relegated club will be entitled to compensation because of the player's age.

Hugo Lloris open to Manchester United move if David de Gea leaves

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has indicated he would be open to a move to Manchester United if David de Gea leaves for Real Madrid.

Lloris is reportedly on a United shortlist of possible replacements for De Gea, who is said to be considering his future with only one year left on his Old Trafford contract and Madrid keen on taking him back to Spain.

Women’s World Cup: Norway vs Thailand and Germany vs Ivory Coast TV times and open thread

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Today we head to Ottawa to see the first games from Group B that includes tournament favorites, Germany. Die Nationalelf's goal is to win 2015 World Cup, but do you agree? Share your predictionsand read the ones from our experts.

Norway v. Thailand

1PM ET FOX
Group B
Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa

These two teams may be able to cancel each other out.

Analyzing Arsenal’s midfield options in the transfer market

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Arsenal is widely considered to be looking into adding multiple players during the upcoming summer transfer period. While in years past the Gunners have tried to add squad depth, this year's Arsenal team will most likely not sign five or six players, but only two or three top quality stars.

One particular position that the north London club will certainly look to strengthen is in the defensive midfield.

Review of day one of FOX’s Women’s World Cup coverage

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On one of the biggest sports days of the year, the 2015 Women's World Cup got underway Saturday from Canada and marked the beginning of FOX Sports' World Cup era.

In the buildup to the tournament, all the signs had been positive from FOX – from the studio setup in Vancouver, to the number of matches scheduled for the flagship station, to the talent assembled – and day one lived up to the hype.

Barcelona 3-1 Juventus Champions League final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the match highlights.

Download the Women’s World Cup app and enter the ‘World Soccer Talk’ group

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It's time for the Women's World Cup and if you haven't done so already, download the free Women's World Cup Challenge app andenter the free 'World Soccer Talk' group to see if you can beat the World Soccer Talk writers and readers in the prediction contest.

To get ready for the World Cup, what you need is theWomen's World Cup Challenge app, which allows you to follow all of the action of the tournament while competing against your friends for pride and prizes.

Women’s World Cup: Canada vs China and New Zealand vs Holland TV times and open thread

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Today marks the beginning of the 2015 Women's World Cup. Day one of the tournament features two matches, where we'll see the host nation, Canada, taking on China PR followed by New Zealand versus Netherlands.

Canada v. China PR
6PM ET- FOX Sports 1
Coverage begins at 5pm ET
Group A
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton

The host nation opens the tournament against former powerhouse China.

Barcelona vs. Juventus, UEFA Champions League Final: TV times and open thread

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In the final game of the 2014/15 European soccer season,all eyes turn to Berlin as the German capital prepares to host the UEFA Champions League final. Italian giant Juventus and Spanish powerhouse Barcelona, two historically dominant clubs, square off to determine Europe's champion for the 2014-2015 season.

Women’s World Cup commentator assignments revealed by FOX

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As the 2015 Women's World Cup gets ready to kick-off,FOX has released the lineupof broadcasters who will be covering the games live in Canada throughout the Group Stage.

JP Dellacamera, Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill will be calling the opening game, Canada vs. China PR, on June 6th with kick-off set for 6 PM EST on FOX Sports 1 while Julie Stewart-Binks will be the sideline reporter.

The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy

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If Barcelona have enough to edge past Juventus in Berlin on Saturday evening, it'll be the fifth time this storied club has won European soccer's most coveted prize.

In seasons gone by they would have been able to keep this iconic trophy after reaching this cornerstone mark, but a rule was implemented in 2009, whichmeans teams who reach this number—or secure three in a row—will now get multiple-winners badges and a special accolade instead.

Barcelona vs. Juventus predicted lineups and team news: UEFA Champions League Final

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Barcelona play Juventus at the Berlin Stadium in Germany on Saturday in the much anticipated 2015 UEFA Champions League final. For viewers in the United States, the game is being shown live on FOX. Kickoff time is 2:45pm ET.

Both sides are gunning for a clean sweep of trophies in 2014-15 having already secured their respective domestic league and cup titles.

Everton sign Tom Cleverley on a five-year-deal

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Everton have agreed a deal to sign out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a five-year-deal.

The 25-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the month and the Toffees have moved quickly to secure his services.

Cleverley spent last season on loan at FA Cup finalists Aston Villa after a deadline-day move to Everton collapsed last summer.

Recap of USA’s stunning 4-3 comeback win over Holland

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Trips to Amsterdam often end with things that can barely be believed, or when looked back upon with reflection someone saying, "what in the hell just happened?" That was the USMNT's match against Holland at the Amsterdam Arena. Whatever symbolic significance this game has, and it has plenty, time to pump the brakes on the hype that will inevitably follow.

Player ratings – USMNT 4 Holland 3

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Well, folks, international friendlies don't get any better than that! It was a banner day for the US men on Friday, as the Americans traversed a late 3-1 deficit against the Netherlands to come back and beat the Dutch 4-3.

Here are the player ratings:

Brad Guzan, 7: Guzan, named the US No.

Barcelona reach five-year agreement with Sevilla winger Aleix Vidal, say report

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Sevilla winger Aleix Vidal has agreed to join Barcelona on a five-year deal, according to the Catalan daily SPORT.

The transfer will be made official next week and is believed to worth £7.2 million.

Vidal will not be fully incorporated into manager Luis Enrique's squad until after Barcelona's FIFA-imposed transfer ban is lifted in January 2016.

Watch Netherlands 3-4 USMNT match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Soccer Morning (6.5.15) Uncle Jack

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features listener calls and discussion about the hottest topics from world soccer.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Women’s World Cup predictions: Read our experts’ picks and make your own

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It's always a challenging task to make predictions given the unpredictability of the sport of soccer. One mistake or one piece of brilliance can be the difference between losing and winning. But make predictions we must, and we've assembled an all-star crew of World Soccer Talk writers to share their predictions with you.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.4.15) Ross Dyer interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN and FOX commentator Ross Dyer.

Dyer has a fascinating history having worked in the media relations department at Bournemouth before moving on to ITV and Sky Sports, and then heading to the US where he has worked for beIN SPORTS, ESPN and FOX Sports.

Women’s World Cup bracket: free printable version available with TV schedule

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Download a copy of the Women's World Cup bracket for yourself and your coworkers to help keep track of all the action in Canada beginning Saturday June 6th.

World Soccer Talk has created one bracket that lists all games as well as game times and the channels they will be shown on.

Print it out, share it with your friends, start your own bracket challenge or just use it to help keep track of your favorite team throughout the World Cup.

U.S. Women’s National Team preview: High hopes in Women’s World Cup

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This U.S. Women's National Team has been through a lot since the Women's World Cup in Germany of 2011. Between player arrests, turf vs. grass debatesand a coaching change, there have been a lot of distractions surrounding the team, not to mention being placed in one of the most difficult groups in the tournament.

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup preview: Groups, teams and schedule

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The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off on Saturday, June 6 and continues through until the final on July 5. To stay updated on the participating teams, here are the groups, previews, teams and schedule:

Group A

June 6
Canada vs. China (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET)
New Zealandvs.

Match preview of USA vs. Netherlands

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Preparation for this summer's Gold Cup is ramping up for the USMNT. Jurgen Klinsmann has said that the US will not get better unless they play the top teams in the world. The next two friendlies are certainly against two of the world's top teams: Netherlands and Germany, both of whom made it to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Manchester United considering Melbourne Victory takeover

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English Premier League side Manchester United are considering following in the footsteps of City rivals Manchester City by completing a takeover of Melbourne Victory similar to City's acquisition of Melbourne City (also know as Melbourne Heart) last year according to Australian site 3AW.

The three-time European Champions view the potential acquisition of the Victory as an opportunity to match City's success with the purchase of crosstown rivals Heart.

Why Morgan Schneiderlin could be the ultimate buy for Manchester United or Arsenal

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Speculation continues to grow over the impending move away from Southampton for 25- year old midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Earlier this week, The Daily Mail and numerous other English newspapers reported that Manchester United were in the hot seat to sign the Saints' long serving star ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham.

Soccer Morning (6.4.15) Jonathan Tannenwald and David Cartlidge

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Jonathan Tannenwald and David Cartlidge.

Jason kicks off today's show with Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald as they discuss Philadelphia's strong run of form.

David Cartlidge (BeIn Sports) then comes on the show to discuss Rafa Benitez's return to Real Madrid and look ahead to Saturday's UEFA Champions League final.

Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final

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For the reams of positive words that have been penned about Barcelona in the build-up to Saturday's Champions League final, Luis Enrique's team aren't totally immaculate.

They've actually slipped up in recent weeks. After going 2-1 ahead against Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final, the La Liga giants toiled in the second half and ended up losing 3-2.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning features listener calls and a discussion of the latest soccer topics.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Do not let Sepp Blatter be the one to reform FIFA

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I'm sick and tired of many in the soccer world taking the opportunity to laugh and celebrate the forthcoming departure of Sepp Blatter from FIFA. Yes, I'm pleased that the FIFA President will no longer be in office in six to nine months from now, but the reality is that little or nothing will change in FIFA if Sepp Blatter is the one who is personally leading the reform and finding a successor.

Why it’s time to rejoice that the Premier League will no longer be the BPL after 2015/16 season

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Before World Soccer Talk launched its rebrand, it was known as 'EPL Talk' for several years. During those EPL Talk years, I lost count of the number of times I had to defend the name of the site from foreigners who wanted to correct me and say that there was no such thing as the 'EPL' and that it should be referred to by its official acronym, the 'BPL' (as in Barclays Premier League).

Juventus are the best equipped team in Europe to halt Barcelona’s attacking quality

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There's an opinion building that Juventus, pursuing the third European Cup win in their history, are destiny's team this season.

The Italian champions' run to the Berlin final has rightly been lauded and there's no denying that along the way they've played some fascinating soccer. But as is so often the case with teams who go onto win this illustrious competition, the Bianconeri have had their fair share of fortune along the way.

Dick Advocaat decides to stay as Sunderland boss

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Dick Advocaat changed his mind over returning to Sunderland after owner Ellis Short refused to leave him alone.

The 67-year-old reluctantly turned down the offer of an extended stay on Wearside days after the Barclays Premier League season drew to a close after his successful mission to preserve the Black Cats' top-flight status.

Champions League Final Preview: Underestimate Juventus at your peril

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Saturday'sUEFA Champions League final will undoubtedly use up a lot of the same old soccerclichés. It will likely be billed as "The battle between two polar opposites," comparing the free scoring and adventurous Barcelona against the stubborn but defensive Juventus. To fall into this easy trap may be folly especially if history has anything to say about it.

Years of Blazer corruption raises serious questions for American soccer; By Simon Evans

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Imagine for a moment that an Englishman had been General Secretary of UEFA for two decades and a member of the FIFA executive committee.

A rather eccentric character, who had a driver transport him around England in a gold-colored Rolls Royce and who and constantly posed Churchill fashion with a large cigar, this English football official had been running UEFA's affairs out of a luxury apartment in swanky Pall Mall and dined at the city's finest restaurants, running up massive bills in lap dance clubs on UEFA's company credit card.

Newcastle United announce pre-season tour of America

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Newcastle United have announced that they will be making a nine-day tour of the United States next month as part of their pre-season preparation for the 2015/16 season.

The trip will include three matches against Mexican side Club Atlas in Milwaukee on July 14before heading to California to playSacramento Republic FC onJuly 18.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with David Cartlidge

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with guest David Cartlidge, previewing this weekend's UEFA Champions League Final.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Liverpool agree deal to sign James Milner on free transfer

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Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner, subject to a medical.

Personal terms have been negotiated and the 29-year-old will join on a free transfer on July 1 after his contract expires at the Etihad Stadium.

The England international, who has won 53 caps, will add some much-needed experience to a midfield which, for the first time in 17 years will be without captain Steven Gerrard as he begins a new career in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud unfazed by criticism from Thierry Henry

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Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is not about to lose any sleep over "brutal" criticism on his game from former Gunners striker Thierry Henry or anyone else.

Giroud took his tally to 19 with a late goal in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley last weekend.

It was a positive end to a campaign which had seen the France forward sidelined for some three months with a broken leg, then battle back into the side following the B£16million deadline day purchase of Danny Welbeck.

What we know so far about Russia’s alleged corruption to win 2018 World Cup bid

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When people around soccerspeak about vote bribing surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, many will immediately jump to Qatar. The stories about bribery coming from the Qatar committee are numerous, public and accepted by many as the truth. But the Russia 2018 bid isn't presented by singing angels either.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.3.15) Raphael Gellar discusses Qatar 2022

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Raphael Gellar.

Raphael is an Israel-based soccer writer who is also a correspondent for BBC World Service and VICE Sports, and has appeared on numerous soccer shows including Sirius XM FC.

During the episode, Raphael discusses the Israeli-Palestine conflict at FIFA, whether Qatar will still host the 2022 World Cup, his opinions regarding what the leading candidates for the FIFA Presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, and more.

What did US Soccer know about Chuck Blazer’s bribes?

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After court documents were released todayrevealingthat former CONCACAF General Secretaryand US SoccerExecutive Vice President Chuck Blazer admitted accepting bribes in the voting for host nations for World Cups 1998 and 2010, as well as bribes involving broadcast rights for five Gold Cup tournaments (from 1996 to 2003), the questions have to be asked: What did US Soccer know about these incidents?

Meet the 23 players on US squad at Women’s World Cup [VIDEO]

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Before we busy ourselves with watching all the action in Canada, let's take some time to meet the 23 women who will be representing the United States for the 2015 Women's World Cup in U.S. Soccer's "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories". This unique group of women sit down in front of the camera to tell us where they come from, how they got to the National Team and some even show us their game faces.

Soccer Morning (6.3.15) Grant Wahl interview about FIFA Presidency candidates

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Grant Wahl.

Jason kicks off today's show with Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) to discuss Sepp Blatter's resignation and the future of FIFA.

Listen to the episode above or here.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page atwww.

Why Danny Ings could be the answer to Liverpool’s striking options

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Burnley forward Danny Ings has been the subject of increased speculation over recent weeks, with Liverpool the latest club to be linked with the services of the England under-21 international. On Wednesday, the London Evening Standard reported that Liverpool could be on the verge of hijacking Tottenham Hotspur's rumored £12 million bid to prise Ings away from the Lancashire-based club.

If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?

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When Loretta Lynch and Richard Weber addressed the watching world following the launch of the federal investigations into FIFA corruption, they were clear to emphasize that this process would be a long one. But in the wake of Sepp Blatter's announcement that he'll be resigning as president, already the organization's precarious house of cards is tumbling down.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere charged with misconduct for trolling Spurs fans

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could face a fine from the Football Association after being charged with misconduct following his foul-mouthed, anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who came through the Gunners' youth ranks, took to the microphone to mock the club's fierce rivals as the players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium.

Real Madrid’s lack of continuity and critical fans are delaying David de Gea’s decsion

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Despite widespread reports from England, David de Gea has not made a decision on his future and has not said 'goodbye' to his teammates and staff at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper is currently training with the Spanish national team as it prepares for its friendlies against Costa Rica and Belarus.

Women’s World Cup app is now available for download

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We're just about daysaway from the Women's World Cup tournament that kicks off on June 6th, and World Cup fever is starting to build.

To get ready for the World Cup, what you need is the Women's World Cup Challenge app, which allows you to follow all of the action of the tournament while competing against your friends for pride and prizes.

James Milner in advanced talks over a free transfer to Liverpool

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes James Milner's experience could put him in contention for the captain's armband if he completes his move to Anfield.

The 29-year-old Manchester City midfielder, whose contract expires at the end of next month, is in advanced talks over a free transfer to the Reds.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Grant Wahl

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with guest Grant Wahl to discuss the FIFA Presidential race and the implications based on yesterday's announcement from Sepp Blatter.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

What should happen to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

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The shockingly sudden resignation of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA prompts a number of questions, many of which are a long way from being answered. Some will remain unanswered until the prosecutors and various police forces announce the results of various investigations, but practically there is now a major question that needs to be answered, as it may have precipitated the whole take-down:

What about the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.2.15) David Amoyal on Sepp Blatter, Juventus and Serie A

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with David Amoyal, who is on the show to discuss his opinions about the Sepp Blatter recommendation, Juventus' chances in the Champions League, the rise of Serie A and the latest transfer gossip regarding Andrea Pirlo.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

2015 Copa America TV schedule for viewers in USA

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The 2015 Copa America begins Thursday, June 11 in Chile, and every game will be shown live on US television and Internet.

Featuring 12teams from all across the Americas, Copa America will feature Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Jamaica and Venezuela.

ESPN picks perfect day to give Bob Ley a long-term contract extension

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Bob Ley has signed a long-term extension deal to remain with ESPN, as announced by the company this afternoon. Ley has been with the network since September 1979, and is the longest working broadcasterwithin ESPN since joining SportsCenter on the show's third day.

"I am thrilled that Bob Ley will continue at ESPN for the past 35 years he has set the standard for sports journalism and we and fans have been the beneficiary," said ESPN President John Skipper.

Soccer Morning (6.2.15) Duane Rollins talks about possible new Canada soccer league

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Duane Rollins.

Jason kicks off today's show with Duane Rollins (Canadian Soccer News) to discuss reports that a Canadian professional first division will be formed and its impact on the three Canadian clubs in MLS.

Listen to the episode above or here.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter being investigated by FBI as part of corruption scandal

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter is being investigated by the FBI as part of the corruption scandal, sources have told ABC News.

ABC News Senior Investigative Reporter Josh Margolin reports that Blatter is beinginvestigated by the FBI and U.S. prosecutors.

He added that the FBI declined to comment because Blatter has not been publicly identified as a target of the investigation.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces he will step down

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has announced that he will step down from his role as President as soon as asuccessor can be found.

Blatter has called for an extraordinary FIFA Congress to be scheduled where his successor will be named. At that time, he will step down from his post.

In a last minute press conference scheduled in Zurich, Blatter said the following:

"I have thoroughly considered my presidency and the last 40 years of my life.

FOX to rebrand FOX Soccer Plus as ‘Women’s World Cup Channel’ through July 5

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FOX Sports has decided to rebrand its FOX Soccer Plus channel as "FIFA Women's World Cup Channel" for the duration of the 2015 Women's World Cup, which runs from June 6 to July 5.

The announcement about the rebranding of FOX Soccer Plus was made Monday evening. However, while the network will be known as "FIFA Women's World Cup Channel," FOX Soccer Plus will continue to air U-20 World Cup, rugby and Aussie Rules Football games during the early morning hours throughout the summer.

Celtic confirm signing of Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata

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Celtic have confirmed the signing of Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata.

The Parkhead club issued a press release which revealed 24-year-old Belgium international will be presented at a media conference at Celtic Park at lunchtime.

Boyata, who flew into Glasgow on Sunday, is Celtic manager Ronny Deila's first summer signing.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Duane Rollins

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with guest Duane Rollins to talk about the latest developments regarding a soccer league in Canada.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Kristian Nemeth is proving his worth with Sporting KC

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Peter Vermes has had a knack for drafting industrious, contributing forwards during his time with Sporting KC.

Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Dom Dwyer were all drafted under the Vermes regime, and at one point, all provided goals for the club.

While Sporting KC have drafted and developed good young strikers, the team have been unlucky in finding similar players from abroad.

Arsene Wenger: A specialist at winning trophies

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With Arsenal demolishing Aston Villa 4-0 in Saturday's FA Cup final, the Gunners have now collected trophies in back-to-back seasons. Prior to their cup triumph at the end of last year's campaign, the north London outfit was mocked for not winning a trophy in nine years. While a nine-year trophy drought is hardly a record for a big Premier League club, as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United have all previously gone longer without a title, the Gunners are now the only club in England to have won a trophy in each of the last two campaigns.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.1.15) Kartik Krishnaiyer on NASL’s future

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer as he discusses the future of NASL, the background on Traffic Sports USA, a preview of New York Cosmos' game against Cuba and what the reception has been like so far for Orlando City's season in Florida.

The greatest teams: Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004

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Throughout the history of soccer, there have been many shocks. Despite this, no underdog side has ever pulled off such an upset at an international tournament. Greece pulled off the impossible in 2004, winning a competition in which they were completely unfancied, with all odds up against them. Over a decade later, they are still well-remembered.

A look back at the United Soccer Association in 1967

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The 1966 World Cup in England opened America's eyes to soccer. Those wide-open eyes saw full stadiums and supporters frothing at the mouth to watch a sport that was practically unknown to the majority of the USA population.

Now with dollar signs gleaming in their vision, a consortium of soccer "enthusiasts" set out to create a professional league in the USA and Canada.

Late bloomer Carlos Bacca blossoms at right time for Sevilla

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"At 20 I was living in my village, Puerto Colombia, working as a bus driver's assistant. Life was far from easy. Next I had to work as a ticket collector on the buses because I come from a poor family and had to earn money to help them out. The doors of football had been closed to me for some time and at my age, it wasn't something I could count on anymore.

Marcos Rojo hoping to expedite Nicolas Otamendi’s transfer to Manchester United

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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is prepared to use his time with the Argentina national team to urge Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi to join him at Old Trafford next season.

Rojo and Otamendi were both named to manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino's 23-man squad which will take part in the Copa America.

FOX Sports to debut features on all 24 Women’s World Cup teams across its networks

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FOX has announced plans to air more than 60 features covering the women and teams participating in the 2015 World Cup this summer in Canada. The features will be shown intermediately during the network's World Cup coverage on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, distributed throughout FOX's social media and will be available to on demand at FOXSports.

Newcastle United plan to interview several candidates for head coach position

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Newcastle plan to speak to a series of potential candidates for the vacant post of head coach once again as they attempt to move on swiftly from near-disaster.

Managing director Lee Charnley, as he did following Alan Pardew's departure for Crystal Palace in January, intends to hold informal talks with several men in order to gauge both what they have to offer and whether or not they could work within the prevailing system at St James' Park.

Brendan Rodgers prepares for annual review from Liverpool bosses

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will meet chairman Tom Werner as part of his end-of-season review this week, with the American's arrival on Merseyside imminent.

Despite a disappointing campaign, which culminated with the 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of the season, the club have maintained the manager's position is not under immediate threat.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s interesting inclusions and omissions in USMNT roster; By Steve Davis

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The key phrases to know as we look at Jurgen Klinsmann's latest U.S. roster are these: "Upside" and "Up against it."

Check that. Let's go with "Seriously up against it." The two friendlies ahead will be "tests" in the truest sense of the word.

First, here's a reminder of what the US roster looks like for the next two games:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Jurgen Klinsmann released this latest roster on Sunday night.

Soccer Morning (6.1.15) Andrew Jennings interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews withe Andrew Jennings and Travis Clark.

Jason kicks off today's show with investigative journalist Andrew Jennings as they discuss Sepp Blatter's re-election and ramifications of the ongoing probe into FIFA corruption.

Top Drawer Soccer's Travis Clark then comes on the show to discuss the United States U20s World Cup campaign so far.

Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16

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Some players need to be watched in detailto get an appropriate grasp of their impact.

It's not easy to do either; matches are typically taken in tackle-by-tackle, pass-by-pass, shot-by-shot, but if you consciously detach yourself from that pattern, sometimes other traits are revealed and a fuller appreciation of various duties can be accrued.

Traffic Sports’ obsession with challenging MLS/SUM may have fueled alleged misconduct

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Traffic Sports USA and its president Aaron Davidson saw themselves as ultimate competitors to Major League Soccer (MLS) and MLS' marketing arm Soccer United Marketing (SUM). Following the revelation of alleged misconduct by both Traffic Sports and Davidson this past week as part of a the bombshell DOJ investigation into FIFA and by extension every aspect of the sport, the motivations for the purported wrongdoing became clear.

Rafael Benitez is destined for failure with Real Madrid

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Just this past week, Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his job as Real Madrid manager despite winning four trophies in two years including the La Decima.

We all knew it was likely to happen given the expectations ofPresident Fiorentino Perez and the board that the club needs to win major silverware every season.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning features listener calls and a discussion of the weekend's major soccer stories.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Leicester footballers responsible for racist orgy flying home

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Three shamed Leicester players who allegedly filmed themselves in an orgy in which a Thai woman was racially abused were flying home on Monday morning amid calls for them to be sacked.

The Barclays Premier League club said they were "deeply concerned" and have launched an investigation after the emergence of footage apparently showing three squad members in a sex session in which a woman is called a "slit eye".

Aston Villa are keen to secure Christian Benteke, says Tim Sherwood

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Tim Sherwood has urged Christian Benteke to end speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Aston Villa.

Benteke played a key role in keeping Villa in the Barclays Premier League towards the end of last season.

The Belgian scored 11 goals in the final 13 matches of the season to help Villa secure their top-flight status on the penultimate weekend of the campaign.