EPL Talk Archives for January 2015

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.30.15) Raphael Gellar interview about Platini’s ties to Qatar

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Raphael Gellar.

During the interview, Middle East soccer expert Raphael Gellar discusses the connections between Michel Platini and Qatar, whether Platini is a white knight, if Platini is the best of the worst, as well as the latest news from the Middle East soccer including Egypt, Israel, and more.

5 things we learned from Manchester United’s US tour

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Manchester United touched down in England on Thursday after completing their pre-season tour of the United States.

Here are five things we learned from the four-match tour.

1) UNITED STILL NEED A COMMANDING CENTER-BACK

Senior figures at United insisted this week that the club will not move for a center-back if as looks likely their bid to sign Sergio Ramos fails.

Aston Villa in talks to sign French striker Rudy Gestede from Blackburn

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Aston Villla are in talks with Blackburn over the sale of striker Rudy Gestede.

The forward has been linked with a move to Villa Park and negotiations are ongoing between the clubs, Press Association Sport understands.

The 26-year-old scored 22 goals for Rovers last season as they finished ninth in the Sky Bet Championship and has netted 34 times in 65 games for the club.

Newcastle United complete £8 million deal to sign Chancel Mbemba

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Newcastle have announced the signing of Chancel Mbemba and hope he will be granted a work permit in time to start the Premier League season at the club.

The 20-year-old DR Congo defender was granted governing body endorsement (GBE) at a Football Association panel hearing on Thursday, and now needs just visa clearance to launch his Newcastle career.

Michel Platini’s candidacy for FIFA President hurt by connections to Qatar

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The onetopic that unites almost every segment of the soccerworld is the need to reformits governing body, FIFA.Unfortunately, the man who is ringing in the changes, one Michel Platini—who officially announced his candidacy Wednesday, has a murky past. He voted for Qatar in the bidding for the 2020 World Cup, and worked closely with former France President Nicolas Sarkozy to help use his influence to Qatar win the vote in exchange for Qatar purchasing $7 billion worth of French fighter jets.

Soccer Morning (7.30.15) Sam Kelly interview about Copa Libertadores

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Sam Kelly.

Welcome to today's episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. Sam Kelly (ESPNFC) joins Jason to discuss the Copa Libertadores Final first leg and RBNY's new designated player signing.

Listen to the episode above or here.

FOX Sports’ Bundesliga coverage debuts in August; Read the complete details

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FOX Sports embarks on its inaugural season as the U.S. home to the Bundesliga, Germany's top professional soccer league, on Friday, Aug. 14, expanding its multi-platform domestic coverage to unprecedented levels. More than 300 regular-season matches are scheduled for live television or streaming in the U.

Napoli agree £4.5 million deal for Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches

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Tottenham have announced Romania defender Vlad Chiriches is to join Serie A club Napoli for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old moved to north London from Steaua Bucharest for a reported fee of 9.5million euros in August 2013 but struggled to cement a regular first-team spot at White Hart Lane and will now be moved on.

Ronald Koeman: Southampton are ready to challenge in Europa League

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Southampton's rapid ascent has seen them go from League One to the Europa League in just four years a stage Ronald Koeman believes his players are ready for.

Thursday's third round qualifier against Vitesse Arnhem will be Saints' first on the continental stage since 2003 a period in which they have plummeted to the third tier and verge of liquidation, only to rise again and last season achieve their best ever Premier League finish.

David Luiz looking forward to arrival of Angel Di Maria to PSG

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David Luiz still regards Angel di Maria as one of the best footballers on the planet and is looking forward to playing alongside him once he completes his transfer from Manchester United to Paris St Germain.

After days of negotiation, the protracted Di Maria transfer saga appears to be nearing an end.

Angel Di Maria close to Paris Saint-Germain move, says Laurent Blanc

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Laurent Blanc claims Paris St Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria.

United's tour of the United States ended on a disappointing note in the early hours of Thursday morning as they lost 2-0 to PSG in Chicago.

Despite being named in United's party for the final stage of United's tour, Di Maria was not in the matchday squad.

Peter Schmeichel urges David De Gea to make a decision on his Manchester United future

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There are few men more qualified than Peter Schmeichel to weigh into the debate surrounding Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, and the legendary Dane has encouraged the current Red Devils No. 1 to make a swift decision regarding his long-term future.

Schmeichel was speaking with World Soccer Talk after filming a new advert for Carlsberg in south London earlier this summer, opening up on his former club, Manuel Neuer, his son Kasper, Barcelona's goalkeeper rotation policy and the best save he made in his storied career.

FOX Sports officially announces Bundesliga TV coverage plans

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The wait is finally over. FOX Sports has announced its coverage plans for the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, its first of a 5-year deal that FOX has signed with the top flight German league.

After many fans of German soccer expressed their outrage across the web and social media about, first, FOX's lack of communication about its Bundesliga plans, and then FOX's preliminary plans for Bundesliga TV coverage, we can reveal that FOX Sports certainly heard those complaints and made several last minute changes to its schedule.

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

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Argentine and Copa Lib expert Sam Kelly.

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 (7.29.15) Ben Lyttleton interview about the psychology of penalty kicks

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with author Ben Lyttleton.

During the interview, Lyttleton discusses his new book just released in the USA entitled 'Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick.' Some of the topics include why England are so poor at winning games from penalty shootouts, what penalties have in common with spaghetti westerns, the secrets to successfully taking PK's and much more.

FOX Sports makes important changes to Bundesliga TV schedule

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Bundesliga fans, your voices have been heard.

After German soccer fansexpressed their disappointment on social media and this website regarding the original plans that FOX Sports had for its Bundesliga TV coverage, FOX Sports has made some changes.

FOX is expected to officially announce its coverage plans for the Bundesliga later on Thursday, but we can revealthat the season opener between Bayern Munich vs.

Manchester United vs. PSG and MLS All-Stars vs. Spurs: TV times and open thread

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Kicking off at the same exact time tonight, you have two big matches —one featuring Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain where the Red Devils will win the 2015 International Champions Cup with a victory tonight. And the second match is the MLS All-Star friendly between the MLS All-Stars and Tottenham Hotspur.

Soccer Morning (7.29.15) Tom Marshall interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Tom Marshall.

Welcome to today's episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. Tom Marshall (ESPNFC) joins Jason on today's show to discuss Miguel Herrera's dismissal as head coach of the Mexican national team following an altercation with a reporter.

West Ham hopeful over Alex Song deal

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Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

MLS is now a league of have and have nots; By Steve Davis

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For those you who wanted Major League Soccer to be more of a free-spending, big-money, champagne room kind of league, congratulations!

Some of you have long coveted big names. The bigger the better – and more them! Another ballyhooed Euro wants his swipe at the suddenly flush MLS ATM? Sign ‘em up!

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.28.15) Jay DeMerit interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with former USA international defender Jay DeMerit.

During the interview, DeMerit shares his thoughts on John Brooks, how the current US team looks after its disappointing Gold Cup performance, as well as taking a trip down memory lane to discuss his experiences in England at Watford and in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Hull winger Robbie Brady joins Norwich in £7 million deal

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Norwich have announced the signing of winger Robbie Brady for a fee believed to be £7 million.

Brady has left relegated Hull to link up with the newly-promoted Canaries and agreed a three-year contract at Carrow Road.

The 23-year-old is Norwich boss Alex Neil's third recruit of the summer following the arrivals of Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu.

Swansea defiant that Ashley Williams won’t be moving to Everton or Crystal Palace

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Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant captain Ashley Williams will remain at the club despite speculation about his future.

Monk admits reports of interest in the defender from Everton and Crystal Palace is nothing new as the centre-back has been linked with various clubs every summer.

For that reason the Swans boss is not worried about the Wales international's immediate future.

Southampton complete loan signing of Steven Caulker

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Southampton have completed the loan signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker, Press Association Sport understands.

Toby Alderweireld's decision to join Tottenham and a serious knee injury sustained by Florin Gardos has heightened the need to bring in defensive reinforcements at St Mary's.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman has spoken of his wish to acquire at least one more centre-back, as well as add some extra height in defence a role it appears Caulker will now help fill.

Jose Mourinho makes jokes about Rafa Benitez’s weight

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Jose Mourinho has hit back at Rafael Benitez's wife with a remarkable jibe about his rival manager's weight.

Montserrat Seara had claimed in Spanish newspaper La Region that her husband "tidied up the mess" left behind by Mourinho after Benitez took over at Real Madrid this summer the third time he had joined a club previously managed by the Chelsea boss.

The strangest night in MLS All-Star history when Guardiola ignored Porter’s handshake

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It had to have been one of the strangest questions Mauricio Pochettino has ever fielded, but it was a question that everyone in MLS knew was coming yes, Pochettino will shake Pablo Mastroeni's hand at the conclusion of the MLS All-Star game on Wednesday night. No matter what.

It should go without saying.

Asmir Begovic targets starting role at Chelsea

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New Chelsea signing Asmir Begovic insists he has no desire to play second fiddle to first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Begovic joined the Blues from Premier League rivals Stoke on a four-year deal earlier this month following the departure of Petr Cech to Arsenal.

The move has raised questions of Begovic's motives, with Courtois firmly establishing himself as Chelsea's number one custodian in their Barclays Premier League title triumph last season.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Tom Marshall

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Mexico soccer expert Tom Marshall.

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.

Univision Deportes Network beats ESPN2, FS1 and NBCSN in July TV ratings

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Sunday's Gold Cup Final on Univision Deportes Network (UDN) helped boost the network's ratings in July after being ranked the number one program for the week among adults 18-49 and 18-34. Altogether for the month of July, Univision beat ESPN2, FOX Sports 1 and NBCSN in primetime among total viewers, adults 18-49 and 18-34.

Danny Ings ready to be a team man for Liverpool

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings believes his all-action style can help make the jobs of the team's talented playmakers easier.

Daniel Sturridge's long injury lay-off last season meant the Reds lacked anyone who was willing to stretch opposition defenses, which impacted on the space the more creative players had to work in.

A profile on World Soccer Talk editor Caitlin O’Connell

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Sometimes it's important to stop and smell the roses. While we're just as fanatical about reading the latest transfer stories, analysis pieces and seeing clips of incredible golazos as you are, we'd like to shine the light on one of the hard-working team members at World Soccer Talk who make much of this possible.

New MLS signings are out-starring MLS All-Star game; By Steve Davis

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Major League Soccer, still relatively young, just past its awkward teenage years, is occasionally a strange place. Sometimes it performs like a talented young prodigy undone temporarily by a growth spurt – which means between the posh passes and savvy feints, he sometimes stumbles over his own fast-growing feet.

Comparing the transfer spends of Chelsea vs. Arsenal

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Jose Mourinho has claimed Arsenal are "more than ready to be title contenders" after spending heavily in the transfer market.

Here is a comparison between the spending of Mourinho's Chelsea and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal over the last two years.

CHELSEA

2013/14:

Andre Schurrle £18million
Marco van Ginkel £8million
Cristian Cuevas £1.

Soccer Morning (7.28.15) Charles Boehm interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Charles Boehm.

Jason kicks off today's show with Charles Boehm (SoccerWire) to discuss USWNT players returning to the NWSL following their Women's World Cup victory in Canada.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

Arsene Wenger defends Arsenal’s spending in transfer window

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Arsene Wenger has rejected claims from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Arsenal have abandoned their cautious transfer approach.

Chelsea manager Mourinho has suggested totting up Arsenal's spending in the last two years leads to a "surprise", resuming his sparring with Gunners boss Wenger.

Manchester United unlikely to bid on another center-back if they don’t get Sergio Ramos

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Manchester United are unlikely to bid for another center-back if they fail in their pursuit of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

After claims Ramos wanted out of Real Madrid, United offered to swap David de Gea for the 29-year-old defender.

However, it has become increasingly apparent in recent weeks that proposal will not be accepted, with Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez recently stating he was "100 per cent" sure Ramos would stay.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera’s age-old demons have him on the precipice of being sacked

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When he was a player, Miguel Herrera's blonde mullet accentuated his piquant naughtiness, mixed in with a nasty mean streak. He was dogged, hard-working, and one of the peskiest defenders in Mexican soccer during a greater part of the 1990's. Although diminutive in stature, his intense nature made him a fan favorite.

West Brom sign Hull City defender James Chester for £8 million

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West Brom have agreed a deal worth up to £8million for Hull defender James Chester.

The 26-year-old is due at the club for a medical on Tuesday afternoon with terms agreed to move to The Hawthorns.

He is expected to tie up the switch within the next 24 hours after leaving Hull's training camp in Austria as Tony Pulis' recruitment drive gathers pace.

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

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with 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.

Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal can challenge for title this season

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal are ready to challenge for the Barclays Premier League crown this season.

Arsene Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles since replacing Bruce Rioch as manager in 1996, but the Gunners have finished no higher than third in each of the last 10 seasons as the Frenchman often shunned big-money signings in favor of developing young talent.

Aston Villa sign striker Jordan Ayew for £8.5 million

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Aston Villa have signed Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew for an undisclosed fee believed to be £8.5 million.

The 23-year-old has penned a five-year contract at Villa Park after leaving Ligue 1 club Lorient.

Manager Tim Sherwood told avfc.co.uk: "I'm really pleased to bring Jordan to the football club.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

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Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21stweek of the MLS season.

1. Pirlo!

Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him.

Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent.

Benfica vs. New York Red Bulls: Adventures on the road with the International Champions Cup

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Harrison, New Jersey played host to yet another International Champions Cup match last night, as New York Red Bulls took on SL Benfica at Red Bull Arena. I'd seen Red Bulls defeat Chelsea 4-2 in the most recent match there, and watched Benfica lose to ACF Fiorentina on penalty kicks in East Hartford Friday night.

Red Bulls’ signing of Shaun Wright Philips is a clever piece of business

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Following the success of his younger brother Bradley, former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers' winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has officially put pen to paper sealing a move to the New York Red Bulls.

Now with New York's premier Major League Soccer team, Shaun Wright-Phillips will attempt to do the same thing his brother Bradley did, revive his flailing career in the US and Canada's top-flight.

NBC Sports deserves new Premier League rights deal

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In the next few weeks, the likes of FOX Sports, NBC Sports, and ESPN will be bidding for the rights starting from the 2016-2017 season. NBC Sports has held the rights for the past two seasons, before which FOX Sports held the rights. Currently, FOX carries the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, FA Cup, and Bundesliga games, among others.

Is it Champions League or bust for Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich?

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Rumors began circulating during the weekend that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is about to embark on his last season with the Bavarians. Some believe he's already agreed to become Manchester City's manager next season. Whether or not the four-time La Liga Manager of the Year leaves remains to be seen but this upcoming campaign will define his legacy in Germany.

Manchester United will finalize Pedro deal once Angel di Maria’s PSG move is complete

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Manchester United will finalize a deal for Barcelona forward Pedro once the sale of Angel di Maria is completed to Paris Saint-Germain.

Since the story first broke of Di Maria's potential sale to the Ligue Un champions last week, United manager Louis van Gaal has sidestepped questions pertaining tothe future of his unsettledArgentine winger.

Arsenal teenager Jeff Reine-Adelaide shines in Emirates Cup triumph

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Arsenal collected their second preseason trophy of the summer on Sunday afternoon in London. The Gunners first thrashed last season's French league runners-up, Lyon, 6-0 on Saturday, and then beat the Bundesliga runners-up, Wolfsburg, 1-0 on Sunday to win their first Emirates Cup since 2010.

Although it is only a preseason tournament, the north London outfit looked in mid-season form at the weekend.

Stoke sign former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay

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Stoke have announced the signing of former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club and will link up with his new team-mates in France.

The club said on their Twitter feed: "£SCFC are delighted to announce the signing of Dutch international winger Ibrahim Afellay.

Manchester United supporter steals the show at Liverpool friendly [VIDEO]

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A Manchester United fan stole the crowd's attention at a Liverpool friendly in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia over the weekend.

Despite being surrounded by Liverpool supporters, this Manchester United fan broke it down in the middle of the Liverpool supporters section and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself before being shown his seat by a Liverpool fan.

Atletico Madrid will challenge for La Liga this season, says Jackson Martinez

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Atletico Madrid's newest signing believes Diego Simeone's side will once again be challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the La Liga title this season.

Atletico werecrowned champions of Spain on the final day of the 2013-14 campaign. However, after a summer which saw the key departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea; and the arrival of nine new players to the club, Simeone's side finishedtwo places and twelves points worse off in La Liga lastseason.

Montreal Impact aquire rights to sign Didier Drogba

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After acquiring the right to sign Didier Drogba, the Chicago Fire have traded the Ivorian national for allocation money to the Montreal Impact according to the team's official website. Not officially a part of the roster just yet, Drogba must first obtain his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) as well as his Canadian work permit.

Shaun Wright-Phillips signs with New York Red Bulls

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Shaun Wright-Phillips has left the Premier League for New York Red Bulls, according to the team's official website.

After 16 years in England, Wright-Phillips and his brother Bradley have joined the Red Bulls and will be available for selection on Saturday when New York faces Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

Soccer Morning (7.27.15) Eric Gomez interview about Mexico Gold Cup triumph

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Eric Gomez.

Jason kicks off today's show with Eric Gomez as they discuss Mexico's 3-1 Gold Cup final victory against Jamaica.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

Sergio Ramos closer to staying at Real Madrid after meeting with Florentino Perez

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Sergio Ramos is closer to staying at Real Madrid after holding face-to-face talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, according to a report from the Spanish publication Marca.

It has been widely reported that the team captain was intent on leaving the club because he felt his relationship with Perez was "fractured" and had reached the point of no return.

FOX Sports signs Ian Joy from beIN SPORTS to boost its soccer coverage

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beIN SPORTS co-commentator and analyst Ian Joy is moving to FOX Sports to be a soccer host/analyst in Los Angeles, two sources have confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

A source revealed to World Soccer Talk that "beIN SPORTS has been fantastic" to Ian, but that Joy decided not to renew his contract and believes now is an ideal time to join FOX Sports given the recent acquisition haul of the World Cup, Women's World Cup and Bundesliga, as well as other properties.

Counting the cost of Manchester United’s transfer deals

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Manchester United appear ready to cut their losses on record signing Angel Di Maria just 12 months after they splashed £59.7million to bring the Argentinian winger from Real Madrid.

Even if they recoup a reported £45million for the 27-year-old, he will go down as one of the more expensive failed transfers in Old Trafford history.

Aston Villa agree deal to sign Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba

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Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign defender Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba, the Spanish club have announced.

The 28-year-old full-back started his career at Sevilla, where he was part of the squad that won the 2006 UEFA Cup, before going on to play for Racing Santander, as well as Padova, Bologna and Verona in Italy.

Chuba Akpom ready to step up for Arsenal

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Chuba Akpom has hailed Arsene Wenger's decision to back his young players and believes he can be the man to deliver the extra goals the Arsenal boss desires.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of big-name strikers from across Europe as many believe Wenger needs to bring in a top-class finisher to turn Arsenal into bonafide Premier League contenders.

Louis van Gaal vows to walk away from Manchester United in 2017

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not break his promise to retire in 2017, even if he is offered a huge contract by a wealthy Qatari club.

Van Gaal has been a big hit with United fans since he was appointed manager last summer.

The Dutchman has restored an air of grandeur at the club since his arrival and after a successful first year in charge, United are now back in the Champions League.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Eric Gomez

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Eric Gomez about Mexico's victory in the Gold Cup 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.

Jose Mourinho claims rivals are trying to buy the title

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho has suggested that the Blues' Premier League rivals are attempting to buy the title.

The champions have watched their major rivals for the title strengthen significantly, while they have barely bought anyone save for replacements for departing players.

And Mourinho, who was accused of buying trophies in his first spell at the club, has promptly taken this opportunity to turn the tables on his title competitors.

Why Crystal Palace are the team to watch out for in 2015-16

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Under Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace became a difficult, resilient team to play against. After Pulis came to the club, Palace not only survived relegation but instead comfortably finished in mid-table. Therefore, it was a huge surprise to see Pulis depart the club ahead of the 2014-2015 season. Palace did not trust Pulis with transfers, which was fair given many of his transfer decisions at Stoke City.

Mexico wins 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Mexico on winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3-1 in the final played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mexico won the match after goals from Andres Guardado (minute 31), Jesus Corona (minute 47) and Oribe Peralta (minute 61) before Jamaica pulled one back in the 80th minute after Darren Mattocks scored.

Louis van Gaal expresses interest in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to United

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Louis van Gaal has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a "fantastic player" after admitting he is in the hunt for a marquee signing to boost Manchester United's chances of challenging for the Champions League.

Van Gaal is hoping to mount a serious challenge for domestic and European silverware in the coming year after qualifying for the Champions League in his first term in charge.

Manchester United sign goalkeeper Sergio Romero

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Manchester United have bolstered their goalkeeping options with the signing of Argentina international Sergio Romero on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old former Sampdoria keeper worked with United boss Louis van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar and will provide competition for Spanish stopper David de Gea, should the latter remain at Old Trafford.

John Oliver describes Blatter and Putin as a ‘vortex of concentrated evil’ [VIDEO]

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FIFA and Sepp Blatter were the topics yet again for a segment on the hit HBO show 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.'

During Sunday night's show, John Oliver tackled the topics of Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin standing on the stage together at the FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, and Jeffrey Webb paying for his $10 million bond with a Ferrari, 10 properties and 5 Rolex watches.

Stevan Jovetic poised for switch to Inter Milan

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Stevan Jovetic is set to join Inter Milan after the Serie A side announced he will have a medical on Tuesday.

The Montenegro striker has failed to establish himself at Manchester City and will seek to relaunch his career in Italy.

A post on Inter's official Twitter account read: "@stevanj35 [Jovetic] will arrive in Milan tomorrow before undergoing a medical on Tuesday.

Arsenal win 2015 Emirates Cup after Theo Walcott scores

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Theo Walcott scored the only goal as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg to win the Emirates Cup for the first time in five years with Petr Cech keeping a clean sheet on his first appearance at his new home.

England international Walcott has reportedly agreed a new contract with the Gunners and the 26-year-old hit the winner in a low-key 1-0 victory despite lacking a cutting edge in the first half.

Kevin de Bruyne is a transfer target for Manchester City, says report

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Reported Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne turned out for current club Wolfsburg when they faced Arsenal in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

The 24-year-old is believed to be a major transfer target for Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium and here, Press Association Sport's Mark Bryans takes a look at his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Where to find Mexico vs. Jamaica Gold Cup final on US TV and Internet

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Here's everything you need to know to find Mexico vs. Jamaica on US television and/or Internet tonight in order to see who will win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After Mexico's controversial 2-1 win against Panama and Jamaica's shocking win against the US, the stage is set for what should be an entertaining final, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.

Benfica vs. Fiorentina: Adventures on the road with the International Champions Cup

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After covering the International Champions Cup matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, I made the three hour trek north to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Not usually a fan of driving on Friday afternoons, especially from a major transit area like New York and New Jersey, I was unsurprised to find that my GPS showed a good amount of traffic between me and my destination.

Jamaica’s Gold Cup form typifies improvement made throughout Caribbean

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While some American soccer pundits and fans were quick to write-off Jamaica as a CONCACAF "minnow" that should have been easily dispatched by the US in the Gold Cup semifinals, the reality about this new version of the Reggae Boyz is actually quite different.

Jamaica boasts nine players featuring in English football, most of whom play regularly, as well as eight MLS players plusLance Laing, arguably the best player in NASL over the course of the five season existence of that league.

Angel di Maria missing flight fuels speculation of a move to PSG

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Angel di Maria failed to board his flight to the United States and therefore did not join Manchester United's pre-season tour party on Saturday, Louis van Gaal has revealed.

Di Maria, subject of serious interest from Paris St Germain, was due to meet up with his United team-mates in San Jose on Saturday.

Newcastle agree deal to sign defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht

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Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht that hinges on a work permit being granted.

The 20-year-old DR Congo international completed his medical in Newcastle and agreed personal terms with the Barclays Premier League club.

Mbemba still needs to obtain a visa to complete the deal.

Juventus have lost key players this summer but still remain Serie A title favorites

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Winning four straight Serie A titles and being in the Champions League final this year makes Juventus one of the best teams in the world. Unfortunately for the Bianconeri, three of their star players left and it's going to be difficult to replace them because their role and skill was crucial to the success of the team.

Under fire Jurgen Klinsmann can breathe easier after World Cup qualification draw

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How could some of the mounting pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann be relieved without even playing a match? He could have turned a wandering eye to the World Cup qualification draw this morning.

In a time when CONCACAF despite all the peripherals is steadily improving, the US somehow came out with as easy of a draw as they've ever been handed.

West Brom offer Abou Diaby a contract

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West Brom have offered a contract to Abou Diaby, whose injury-hit career at Arsenal has been described by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as the biggest regret of his career.

Diaby, 29, was released by the Gunners when his contract expired during the summer having been hit by a number of serious injuries over the last four years.

USA vs. Panama, third-place Gold Cup match preview

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This is the game the US wasn't supposed to be playing in. But after falling to Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night (and costing themselves an automatic berth to the 2017 Confederations Cup), it's the game the US is stuck playing in. There is now an immense amount of pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann to start delivering on the promises he made when he was hired four years ago because there are now very serious rumblings on whether he should keep his job or not.

Wayne Rooney ready to be the lone striker for Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney has no problem bearing the responsibility of being Manchester United's main marksman next season.

Rooney spent a large chunk of last season in midfield, but manager Louis van Gaal has told the 29-year-old he will be playing up front next term.

The United captain scored 15 goals for the club last season and he is not fazed by the prospect of having to match or better that tally next year.

Barcelona vow to fight Premier League clubs to sign best players

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has vowed to fight Premier League clubs for the best players in the world and stop them from dominating the transfer market despite their new-found riches.

The top of the English game is now awash with even more money following the new B£5.136billion television rights agreement.

Where to find the World Cup qualifying preliminary draw on US TV and Internet

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The draw for the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place live from St Petersburg, Russia on US television and Internet.

The draw will determine the qualifying rounds for confederations around the world, including UEFA (Europe), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) and other regions.

Fulham sign Everton defender Luke Garbutt on season-long loan deal

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Fulham have signed Everton defender Luke Garbutt on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old full-back penned a new five-year deal with Everton last month but will now seek first-team experience with the Championship side.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wanted the former Leeds academy man to go out and further himself and has managed to secure a deal with Kit Symons' Cottagers.

Diego Costa won’t change his overly-aggressive style for Chelsea this season

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Diego Costa sees no need to change the approach which drew some criticism throughout his debut season in England.

The Chelsea striker scored 20 goals as the Blues won the Premier League title, but his all-action style often provided as many talking points as his exploits in the penalty box.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.24.15) Seamus Malin interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with legendary soccer commentator Seamus Malin.

Malin, who announced World Cup, USA and Cosmos games across networks including ABC, ESPN, CBS and others from the 1970s to the 2000′s, took a walk down memory lane to chat about the growth of soccer in the United States, his passion for Aston Villa, his memories of the original NASL as well as his opinions about the current USA Men's National Team squad and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Barcelona president heaps praise on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has heaped praise on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ahead of Saturday's International Champions Cup match between the two sides in San Francisco.

Bartomeu feels Van Gaal who coached Barcelona during two separates stints from 1997-2000 and 2002-2003 is the perfect person to lead United back to domestic and European glory following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Real Madrid agree to sell Sergio Ramos to Manchester United, says report

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has given into the demands of his disgruntled defender Sergio Ramos and has agreed to sell the team captainto Manchester United, according to Radio Marca.

Reports from Spain have indicated that did Perez joined up with the team in Australia and once again held face-to-face talks with Ramos in an attempt to repair their damaged relationship.

Adventures on the road with the International Champions Cup in New York/New Jersey

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As any soccer fan will tell you, while watching your favorite club on television is pretty great, seeing their favorite club live, in the flesh, is a luxury.

As I watched the thousands of eager fans stream into Red Bull Arena for the 2015 International Champions Cup (ICC) matches earlier this week, I was once again reminded of how amazing of an opportunity this tournament is for the overseas fan.

Soccer Morning (7.24.15) Kristan Heneage interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Kristan Heneage.

Jason kicks off today's show with The Guardian's Kristan Heneage as they discuss Andrea Pirlo's move to New York City FC & the latest transfers around the English Premier League.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Sportsnet acquires Bundesliga TV rights in Canada

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Canadian media company Sportsnet has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Canada for the next 5 years.

In 2013, FOX Sports acquiredthe 2015-2020 Bundesliga TV rights for the USA and Canada.Since FOX doesn't have a presence in Canada, FOX Sports decided to sub-license the Canadian rights to Sportsnet, who will launch their coverage of the league in August for seasons 2015/16 through 2019/20.

Wenger dismisses Arsenal director’s comments that club can buy any player in world

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Arsene Wenger has dismissed comments made by Lord Harris that Arsenal could buy virtually any player in the world.

Harris, a director at the club and founder of Carpetright, was quoted as saying the club are now in a financial position to buy all but six players and backed Wenger to break the Gunners' transfer record, having brought in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the past two years.

Manchester City boss Pellegrini concern at Fabian Delph injury

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects to know the severity of Fabian Delph's hamstring injury on Saturday after the midfielder left the field on a stretcher during the 4-1 pre-season defeat to Real Madrid.

Delph, who signed from Aston Villa after making a U-turn over his switch to City last week, lasted less than 20 minutes after a tussle with Luka Modric resulted in his early exit from the International Champions Cup game in Melbourne.

Rating all of the Premier League’s summer signings so far this transfer window

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With pre-season friendly matches getting into swing, the transfer window has settled down over the past seven days. But there has still been some astute business conducted by Premier League teams.

In the top 20 of our complete rankings this week, we have four new entries. Here's a closer examination of this week's best details and the updated spreadsheet containing all of the deals done so far.

Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory

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Genuine all-rounders are rare in soccer. Second strikers, No. 10s, inverted wingers and holding midfielders; trequartistas, registas and liberos; positions are specific and players are bracketed by increasingly defined criteria. But some bespoke players do possess those multifaceted traits, like Arturo Vidal.

Stoke’s 6-1 thrashing of Liverpool still haunts Jordan Henderson

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits he is still haunted by memories of their 6-1 capitulation against Stoke at the end of last season.

Brendan Rodgers' side were routed by the Potters, finding themselves 5-0 down at half-time as the curtain went down on the 2014-15 campaign and talisman Steven Gerrard's Reds career.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.23.15) Susie Schaaf interview about FOX’s Bundesliga coverage

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Susie Schaaf about FOX's TV coverage of the Bundesliga.

Schaaf, an expert on Bundesliga soccer and Bayern Munich, speaks to Nate Abaurrea and shares her concerns about the TV coverage plans from FOX Sports, how it's a smack in the face to fans of German soccer, what the coverage could have looked like, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming Bundesliga season and who can challenge Bayern for the title.

Grading Liverpool’s current squad by position

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As Liverpool have wrapped up the majority of their summer spending after the £32.5 million acquisition of Christian Benteke, it's probably a good time to evaluate where the squad stands going into the new Premier League season. Since much of Liverpool's success will rely on how the new signings fit in with the existing squad, as well as Brendan Rodgers' ability to find the best formation and tactics to get the most out of players both new and old.

Investing in youth and the long-term is a gamble for the USMNT

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After one day of letting the US' loss to Jamaica marinate, very little about it has changed in the grand perspective. But one question has arisen based on what the entirety of Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure has entailed thus far is playing the long game in international soccer viable? Better yet, is it even possible?

West Brom suspend talks with prospective buyers

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The sale of West Brom has suffered a setback after Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace announced talks with a possible buyer had been suspended.

Peace announced earlier this month that an exclusivity arrangement had been set up with one unnamed party but no longer feels they can meet the terms of sale.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Kristan Heneage

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Today's Soccer Morning featureslistener calls and the discussion and debate about 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.

American soccer has a stadium problem; By Steve Davis

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American soccer fans, we need to talk. We have issues ... with our stadiums. We need to sort this out.

At very least, we need to our feelings on the table: American soccer must find some peace in its conflicted relationship with the stadiums where our matches play out. It's working for now .

The fact that Klinsmann has been dealt a bad hand is ignored by many in US soccer media

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As expected, the USA's 2-1 loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals to Jamaica was met by the usual chorus of critiques from some quarters of the American soccer press and reactive US fans. The criticism was quite predictable –"Jürgen Klinsmann must be fired," "The US is badly underachieving," "This team was better off under Bob Bradley," etc.

US Soccer should have hired Joachim Löw, not Jurgen Klinsmann

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I'm not surprised that the United States lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday night. If you've been watching the tournament, you probably weren't surprised either.

Jamaica is a solid team. Thanks to a new coach, the best part of two months together this summer thanks to a Copa America invite, and a clearly defined tactical setup, the Reggae Boyz know exactly who they are.

NBC Sports drops first video to promote Premier League coverage [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports has released its first video to promote coverage of the 2015/16 season that kicks off on August 8.

While it's not in the class of their American Coach in London series starring Jason Sudeikis, it features a great theme which centers on the question of "Are you up for football?" Are up for early Saturday and Sunday mornings for Premier League soccer?

PSG agree £46 million fee for Manchester United’s Angel di Maria, says report

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Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have agreed a €65 million fee (£46 million) for winger Angel di Maria, according to a report from France Football.

The French publication believes Di Maria will join up with PSG tomorrow or Saturday in the United States. The Argentina international was scheduled to join up with United on July 25th.

Soccer Morning (7.23.15) Taylor Twellman interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Taylor Twellman about USA's defeat in the Gold Cup.

Jason kicks off today's show with ESPN's Taylor Twellman as they look back at the USMNT's 2-1 semifinal loss against Jamaica in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Comparing Andrea Pirlo’s life at Juventus to New York City FC [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard, the greatest Italian (definitively) and English (arguably) players of the 21st century, are coming to America. Their paths famously crossed on that 2005 night in Istanbul, back when Gerrard looked exactly the same but Pirlo hadn't yet birthed the beard that gives him his >brooding ilprofessore look.

Damien Comolli questions Liverpool’s summer transfer signings

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Liverpool's former director of football Damien Comolli claims the club are risking a second successive season of disappointment with their summer transfer policy.

Comolli has questioned the wisdom of bringing in so many new players when such an approach failed to bring the desired results last year.

Jurgen Klinsmann now dealing with first real crisis of his regime; By Steve Davis

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After every press conference to introduce a new manager through the years – and I've been to a bunch, mostly in soccer, but in other sports also – some fan or supporter, thrilled about the new program savior, would approach me afterward to ask eagerly: "Well, what do you think about the new guy?

Barcelona have yet to receive an offer for Manchester United target Pedro

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu responded to speculation linking Pedro with a move to Manchester United by stating the club had not received any offers for any member of their squad.

Despite signing a contract extension with Barcelona last season, Pedro is understood to be keen on leaving the Catalan club because of their wealth of attacking options.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Taylor Twellman

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Taylor Twellman about last night's defeat for the USA as well as the controversy surrounding Mexico's 2-1 win against Panama.

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.

Sergio Ramos is 100% staying at Real Madrid, says Rafa Benitez

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Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez is confident disgruntled defender Sergio Ramos will remain at the club past this summer.

It has been well-publicized that Ramos and club president Florentino Perez have had a major falling out concerningvarious personal and professional issues.

In June, it was reported that theSpain international told Real Madrid officials he wanted them to negotiate a transfer with Manchester United and only United because he felt his relationship with Perez had been fractured past the point of no return.

Legitimate questions need to be asked about Jurgen Klinsmann’s decisionmaking

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The US Men's National Teamloss to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final Wednesday night is a shock to the US Soccer system, and it's indicative of many tournament specific failures. However the big picture is still a different matter.

In this particular tournament, the US was not good enough by any measure.

USA 1-2 Jamaica player ratings, Gold Cup semi-final

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After another dismal performance, the United States has paid the ultimate price: A humiliating loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in the Gold Cup semifinal – the first to a Caribbean team at home for the US since 1968, the US' first Gold Cup loss before the final in five tournaments, and the Americans' first ever defeat to a CONCACAF team other than Mexico in the history of the tournament.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.22.15) Antoine Zammit interview from Empire of the Kop

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Empire of the Kop's Antoine Zammit.

Antoine discusses the signing of Christian Benteke, how Liverpool will line up in the season ahead, his thoughts on Mario Balotelli, as well as his memories of the 1981 and 1984 European Cup finals when Liverpool beat Real Madrid and Roma respectively.

Is Didier Drogba the answer to Chicago Fire’s goalscoring problems?

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It is safe to say Didier Drogba will be playing football somewhere in the coming weeks. Whether he is playing his football in Major League Soccer is still debatable.

The Ivorian is in talks with MLS sides Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact, though other teams are reportedly chasing his signature as well.

Arsenal reportedly want Barcelona whiz kid Sergi Samper

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Arsenal is interested in purchasing Barcelona youngster Sergi Samper, according to Spanish sports publication Mundo Deportivo. The report suggests that the Barcelona B defensive midfielder has an £8.5 million release clause and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is more than willing to meet the hefty price tag for the 20-year-old.

Tottenham Hotspur rebuilding on and off the pitch under Mauricio Pochettino

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So far, some would say it has been a quiet pre-season for Tottenham Hotspur as Mauricio Pochettino faces up to the challenges of a building upon a promising first season as Tottenham manager, with a fifthplaced finish and cup final to show for his efforts. Often known for making at least one marquee signing in the summer transfer window, Spurs have quietly gone about strengthening the defence, with Belgian international and club shop shirt printers nightmare Toby Alderweireld being the highest profile name to join the club.

Write AFC Bournemouth off at your own peril

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This year, despite being a superb attacking team, AFC Bournemouth have had to suffer the indignity of being labelled as easy pickings for the established Premier League giants. It's frustrating for a soccer fan like me to see a team who were as good as Bournemouth last season automatically written off.

Watch Mexico 2-1 Panama match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the highlights here.

Watch USA 1-2 Jamaica match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights here.

FOX will show Bundesliga games on FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go

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FOX Sports' coverage of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season will feature games that will be shown live across FOX Sports 2, FOX SoccerPlus and streaming service FOX Soccer 2GO.

As of press time, here's what World Soccer Talk can revealso far: about the first season of a five-year deal that FOX Sports has with the Bundesliga:

• Every single game of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season will be shown live and on-demand on FOX Soccer 2GOvia the web, mobile and tablet apps (US residents only),

• Select Bundesliga games will be shown live on FOX Sports 2 (see Bundesliga TV schedulefor fulldetails),

• There remains the possibility that select games may be shown on FOX Sports 1.

USA vs. Jamaica, Gold Cup semi-final TV times and open thread

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The US Men's National Team kicks off its semi-final in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight against Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

If you live in the United States, here's where you can watch the game on television:

USA v. Jamaica
6pm ET FOX Sports 1
Atlanta, Georgia

Or you can watch the game live on the Internet via FOX Sports GO or FOX Soccer 2GO.

West Ham sign Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini on season-long loan

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West Ham have signed Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini on a season-long loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira.

Lanzini is the Hammers' seventh signing of the summer and the club hold an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old, who is nicknamed 'The Jewel', has played four times for Argentina Under-20s and came through the same River Plate youth system that produced the likes of Ariel Ortega and Javier Mascherano.

Liverpool confirm signing of Christian Benteke for £32.5 million

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has finally captured his number one summer transfer target after striker Christian Benteke completed his £32.5million transfer from Aston Villa.

The Belgium international becomes the seventh new arrival at Anfield since the end of last season but he was always the priority for the Reds boss.

Swansea will resist attempts from Al Ahli to sign Bafetimbi Gomis

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Swansea will resist any attempts to lure their France striker Bafetimbi Gomis away from the Liberty Stadium.

Wealthy Dubai-based Al Ahli have been linked with a shock move for the 29-year-old Gomis, who scored 10 goals for Swansea after joining from Lyon on a free transfer last summer.

Gomis had an eventful first season at Swansea, spending the first half of the campaign in the shadow of Wilfried Bony when he was outspoken in his criticism about his lack of starting opportunities.

Soccer Morning (7.22.15) Manuel Veth interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Manuel Veth.

Jason kicks off today's show with Manuel Veth (Futbolgrad.com) as they discuss racism in Russian soccer and its impact on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool future is in his own hands, says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Mario Balotelli's future lies in the player's own hands despite his omission from their pre-season tour.

The Italy international was among a number of players, Jose Enrique and Fabio Borini included, who were left behind at the club's Melwood training base while the rest flew out for friendlies in Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.

Chelsea fans banned over Metro incident

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Four Chelsea fans caught up in the Paris Metro train race row have been banned from football matches for up to five years.

Video showed Frenchman Souleymane Sylla repeatedly pushed off the carriage amid chants of "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it".

It happened as Chelsea fans were in the French capital to watch the west London club's Champions League match against Paris St Germain on February 17.

US Soccer needs to be held accountable if it knew about Chuck Blazer corruption

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The United States is a country that stands for freedom, with a hands-off, free market economy. So much so, in fact, that many a rich person has built their fortune using the rather unimposing economic principles that govern our system. It is also a playground for the robber baron, a place where the con artist can try to pull the wool over eyes long enough to amass his haul, with the hope that he can escape to safe sanctuary before the wolves knock at the door.

Louis van Gaal expects Angel Di Maria to stay despite interest from PSG

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Louis van Gaal still expects Angel di Maria to join Manchester United's tour of the United States on Saturday despite reports the £59.7million midfielder is closing in on a transfer to Paris St Germain.

Di Maria failed to impress at United last season following his record move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid.

USA vs. Jamaica Gold Cup semi-final preview

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The US is once again into the semifinals of the Gold Cup thanks to what was their best display of the tournament thus far, thrashing Cuba 6-0. The focus now turns to making sure that the US can take care of business against a much improved Jamaica team.

It was a huge positive to see the US finally play up to its full potential.

Arsenal’s Szczesny in line for loan move to Roma

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Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be offered the chance of a loan move to Roma, Press Association Sport understands.

The 25-year-old played in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa at Wembley, but lost his place in the Gunners' Barclays Premier League side to David Ospina at the turn of the year following some inconsistent performances and being fined for smoking in the showers after the defeat at Southampton.

It’ll take a huge fee for Chelsea to sign John Stones from Everton, says Mourinho

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has conceded it may take a huge fee to prise Everton defender John Stones away from Goodison Park.

The Premier League champions had a bid reported to be in the region of £20million rebuffed by the Toffees last week, with manager Roberto Martinez criticizing the Blues for the way they handled their approach.

Arsenal would be wise to keep David Ospina over Wojciech Szczesny

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Reports from Italy are suggesting that Roma are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal. Il Tempo claims that the Italian club has already agreed personal terms with the 25-year-old Gunner and are now working to finalize a transfer fee with the Premier League club.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.21.15) Liviu Bird interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sports Illustrated writer Liviu Bird.

During the interview, Liviu discusses Deandre Yedlin's youth club's grievance against MLS, the recent developments about more youth clubs joining Crossfire against MLS and US Soccer, how cooperative MLS and the USSF has been in this story, whether the pay-to-play model is holding the United States back, and much more.

How Bartomeu beat Laporta to the Barcelona presidential hot-seat

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When Joan Laporta came to power back in 2003, Barcelona was a club in turmoil. It had been four years since since the Blaugrana had won a major trophy and the Catalan club could barely cope with the immense dominance of rivals Real Madrid and Valencia.

Not now, though. Just six months ago, Barcelona were left reeling from a loss to David Moyes' Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.

Does AS Roma need to purchase a new goalkeeper?

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Rebounding from a year when the club yet again failed to reclaim the Serie A title from Juventus, Roma will no doubt look to better their northern rivals during the upcoming season.

One of the capital club's biggest strengths is its depth. The Romans have a well-stocked midfield at present with vice-captain Danielle De Rossi leading a group that includes Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman, Miralem Pjanic, Alessandro Florenzi and Seydou Keita among others.

Analyzing Atletico Madrid’s summer transfer window

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Diego Simeone has had a very busy transfer window so far rebuilding his side that won La Liga and made the Champions League final two years ago. The 2011-12 Europa League winner has plenty to do if he wants Atletico Madrid to be contending with Barcelona and hated rivals Real Madrid for the Spanish league title once again.

Sheffield Wednesday supporters feeling optimistic ahead of new season

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The term "Sleeping Giant" is an overused cliché often used for clubs who have fallen on hard times, whose better days are a distant memory or highlight footage that is only available in black and white. The Football League is littered with clubs who at one point or another dominated English football.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Manuel Veth

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Manuel Veth about racism in Russian soccer.

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.

FOX’s lack of communication about Bundesliga coverage is worrisome

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Other than the Premier League, arguably the most marketable foreign soccer league in the United States is the Bundesliga. It's more competitive top to bottom than La Liga. The stadiums, large attendances and raucous crowds make it abetter experience to watch than the Premier League. The league features many of the current World Cup champions.

Esteban Cambiasso announces exit from Leicester City

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Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has announced he will not renew his contract with Leicester.

New Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had held talks with the 34-year-old, urging him to make his mind up as the club needed to know if he was staying on after his deal expired last month.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the player said: "I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City.

Louis Van Gaal has Alex Ferguson’s ruthless edge, says Bryan Robson

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Bryan Robson saw a bit of Sir Alex Ferguson in Louis van Gaal when he decided to ruthlessly ditch Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Victor Valdes.

One of the reasons why Ferguson was so successful at United was because of his ability to cold-heartedly dump the players he deemed surplus to requirements.

Why this UK Spurs fan is excited about the NFL coming to White Hart Lane

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The last couple of weeks have seen plenty of exciting news at Tottenham Hotspurespecially with the confirmation of the NFL deal that will see at least two games a year played at the new White Hart Lane for 10 years from 2018. As the NFL continues to grow in the UK, rumors have continued to spread in regards to a franchise finally being placed permanently in the UK.

Soccer Morning (7.21.15) Wes Burdine interview about Minnesota United stadium issue

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Wes Burdine.

Jason kicks off today's show with Wes Burdine (NorthernPitch.com) as they discuss the latest on Minnesota United's search for a stadium.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford moves to Crystal Palace on loan

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Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has completed a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old won the Championship Player of the Year award for his displays whilst at Middlesbrough last season, scoring 17 goals before the Teessiders lost the play-off final to Norwich and he will now look to prove he can replicate such form in the top-flight.

Claudio Ranieri believes he started rotation policy trend

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists he was ahead of his time when he was branded the 'Tinkerman'.

The new Foxes manager believes the nature of the Barclays Premier League has changed in the 11 years he has been away.

Ranieri was nicknamed the Tinkerman during his four years with Chelsea and guided them to second in the top flight during Roman Abramovich's first season at Stamford Bridge in 2004, before being replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Stambouli completes transfer from Spurs to Paris Saint-Germain

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Paris St Germain have announced the signing of midfielder Benjamin Stambouli from Tottenham on a five-year contract.

Stambouli, 24, joined Spurs from Montpellier, but has opted to move on after just one season at White Hart Lane.

Stambouli, who made 25 appearances for Spurs in all competitions, said: "I am delighted and very proud to become a member of the Paris St Germain family.

Will Jeffrey Webb and Aaron Davidson try to bring down US Soccer in their plea deals?

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It's difficult to conceive that US Soccer President Sunil Gulati and USSF CEO Flynn had no inkling of CONCACAF corruption. Gulati regularly would have been in contact with Blazer, Warner and Jeffrey Webb, who succeeded Jack Warner as CONCACAF President.

In the meantime, CONCACAF's dirty deals were mostly being hatched on American soil, with US Soccer at least in theory a direct beneficiary.

Rickie Lambert set for transfer talks with West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom are expected to step up their interest in Liverpool's Rickie Lambert in the next 24 hours.

The Baggies are keen to bring the striker to The Hawthorns and talks are set to take place between all parties, Press Association Sport understands.

A deal could be wrapped up by the end of the week with Albion's transfer activity expected to gather pace now boss Tony Pulis has returned from the United States following their three-game tour.

5 strikers on Manchester United’s transfer radar

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Manchester United are in the process of signing a new striker, but manager Louis van Gaal has insisted he is not a forward the club have been strongly linked with.

Van Gaal cryptically noted the target is "not a striker that the media has written (about)" appearing to rule out Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Wes Burdine

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Wes Burdine about the MLS stadium situation in Minneapolis-St Paul.

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.

Analyzing Chelsea target and Everton center-back John Stones

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"We don't deny we made a bid for Stones. It means we are trying to buy."

"At the moment Everton say, ‘We don't accept this bid'. They don't say, ‘We don't accept any bid.'While they say, 'We don't accept this bid', until September 1 [when the summer transfer window closes] we can improve it.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

Newcastle clinch signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic in £12.5 million deal

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Newcastle have signed striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on a five-year deal from Anderlecht.

The 20-year-old arrives subject to receiving the appropriate visa in a deal the club claims is the fourth biggest in their history.

The Serbia international said: "There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure.

Claudio Ranieri issues ultimatum to Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso

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Claudio Ranieri has issued Esteban Cambiasso an ultimatum and insisted Leicester need to know if he will stay.

The new Foxes boss has held talks with the midfielder but he is yet to commit his future to the club after his contract expired last month.

Ranieri faced the media for the first time since signing a three-year deal after replacing the axed Nigel Pearson last week and has made keeping Cambiasso a priority.

Robin van Persie rips Louis van Gaal but praises Arsene Wenger

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Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has vented his feelings towards his former boss at Old Trafford. The 31-year-old forward did not have many positives words to say about Louis van Gaal following his switch to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Van Persie suggested that there was a turning point in his relationship with the United manager after an April Premier League match against Chelsea, a game in which the star striker was left on the bench during a 1-0 defeat to the eventual league champions.

Alex Morgan to be featured on FIFA 16 cover with Messi

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For the first time in the game's history, a woman will be featured on the cover of FIFA '16.

EA Sports announced today that Alex Morgan will be on the cover alongside Lionel Messi for the game's United States release this September.

Earlier in the year, Messi was announced asthe global cover star meaning that Messi would be on all covers of the game worldwide with separate athletes on covers in different regions.

Sampdoria’s jerseys play chants when club crest is pressed [VIDEO]

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Sampdoria have released their new jerseys for the 2015-16 season and have includeda small microchip in a limited number of jerseys, which plays soccer chants whenever the club crest is pressed.

"It is the first shirt to be technologically modified to encourage the fans when they need it," explained shirt manufacturers Joma.

Ivan Gazidis expects Arsenal to challenge for title this season

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Arsenal can head into the new campaign with real belief they will be able to mount a sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

The Gunners have returned to London from a successful tour to the Far East where they won the Barclays Asia Trophy with an impressive 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday.

Soccer Morning (7.20.15) Andrew Jennings interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Andrew Jennings and Eric Gomez.

Jason kicks off today's show with Eric Gomez as they look back at Mexico's fortunate 1-0 Quarterfinal win against Costa Rica in the Gold Cup.

Investigative journalist Andrew Jennings then joins Jason to discuss his testimony at last week's senate subcommittee hearing on FIFA corruption.

Filipe Luis secures €16 million return to Atletico Madrid, says report

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former left-back Filipe Luis from Chelsea, according to the Spanish publication Marca.

Luisonly joined the English side last summer from Madrid. However, during his first season at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian defenderfailedto secure a spot in Jose Mourinho's starting eleven and has ultimately elected to re-join Atletico Madrid, where he enjoyed domestic and European success from 2010 to 2014.

Juventus confirm Arturo Vidal’s departure to Bayern Munich

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Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that midfielder Arturo Vidalis set to leave the club.

"We've always said we won't sell players unless the players indicate that's what they want,"Marotta said.

"That's how it was. [Carlos] Tevez asked to return home to Argentina. [Andrea] Pirlo made some assessments, and decided he wanted a new experience.

Andrew Jennings calls for revolution to oust Sunil Gulati from US Soccer

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Investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has called for a revolution within American soccer to oust US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and USSF CEO Dan Flynn from office.

Jennings, whospoke in front of the US Senate panel hearing last Wednesday on the issue of corruption in international soccer, was interviewed on Soccer Morning this morning.

Florentino Perez has not uttered a single truth in years, says Casillas’ agent

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Santos Marquez, a FIFA agent and representative of Iker Casillas, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has not uttered one single truth in years.

One week ago, Casillascompleted a long rumored move away from his boyhood club and completed a transfer to FC Porto.

It has been well documented that the team captain was put under pressure to leave Madrid in order to clear the way for the club to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Comedian throws cash at Sepp Blatter to disrupt FIFA press conference [VIDEO]

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At today's FIFA press conference, an English comedian disrupted the event by throwing money at Sepp Blatter before being whisked away by security.

The comedian, Simon Brodkin, said, ""This is for North Korea, 2026."

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Do not let Sepp Blatter be the one to reform FIFA.

Watch FIFA’s ExCo Meeting press conference at 9am ET [LIVESTREAMING]

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will participate in a press conference today in Zurich, which will be streamed live beginning at 9am ET.

The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting is taking place today. During the meeting, the agenda for the elective Congress will be finalized and approved.

Watch Mexico-Costa Rica controversial penalty decision [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video here.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Eric Gomez

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Thomas Floyd from Goal.com

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.

Manchester United unlikely to sign new striker this summer to partner Rooney

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Manchester United are prepared to start the season with Wayne Rooney as their only established senior striker.

Louis van Gaal has sold Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce and decided against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis from Monaco.

That means the United boss has been left with Rooney, unproven youngster James Wilson, and Javier Hernandez, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, in the forwards department.

Newcastle United closing in on signing Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Newcastle are expected to make Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic their next summer signing.

Following the deal to bring Georginio Wijnaldum to St James' Park from PSV Eindhoven, manager Steve McClaren has turned to 20-year-old Serbian Mitrovic to strengthen his attack.

McClaren, quoted by the Chronicle while on Newcastle's United States tour, said of transfer dealings: "We are very close to something.

Juan Mata excited by return to Champions League with Manchester United

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Juan Mata is hungry for Champions League glory with Manchester United after being forced to watch the biggest club competition in the world from his sofa last year.

Two years after Mata helped Chelsea win the competition on that famous nail-biting night in Munich, Mata was forced to exit the most glamorous stage in European club football.

Pedro expected to join Manchester United later this week, say reports

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Following his side's 1-0 win over Club America on Friday, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hinted there could be a "surprise" signing in the coming days.

When asked about United's lack of scoring options, Van Gaal responded: "I am not worried about depth of forwards. We still have Rooney.

MLS unable to generate TV ratings boost from Women’s World Cup

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On a rare day last month when there were no Women's World Cup or Copa America played due to rest days in the tournaments,MLS had the perfect opportunity to ride the wave from the record Women's World Cup and Copa America TV ratings and see a boost in its own viewing figures.

Unfortunately, they didn't come.

10 best mobile apps for soccer fans

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One of the best parts about the continued growth of soccer in the United States is the ability to watch it on-the-go.

There are more mobile options to watch games than ever before, but with it comes more things to choose from, which can be confusing and time-consuming as you hunt for the apps that give you what you want.

USA vs. Cuba player ratings from Gold Cup quarterfinal

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The USA got their easiest and biggest win of the 2015 Gold Cup on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore againsta depleted Cuba in the quarterfinal. The final score? 6-0 to the Americans.

Stiffer tests are to come, but for now, the US can enjoy a big day.

Here are the player ratings (out of 10):

Brad Guzan, 7 – Easy night for the American #1, who had little to do but did it well.

Why Aston Villa will stay up despite Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph departures

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The will-he won't-he saga that was the transfer of Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph culminated Fridaywith the player moving up the M6 to the blue half of Manchester. Less than a week after pledging his allegiance to Villa in a statement on the club website that featured an image of him pointing to the captain's armband on his left shoulder, Delph changed his mind and decided to further his career (and pad his bank account) at Manchester City.

Watch USA 6-0 Cuba match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Liverpool agree £32.5 million Christian Benteke deal with Aston Villa

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Liverpool have reached an agreement with Aston Villa over the payment terms for the B£32.5million transfer of Christian Benteke.

A bid to trigger the Belgium international's release clause was submitted on Friday and Reds chief executive Ian Ayre, who is with the squad in Australia on their pre-season tour, has been conducting negotiations over the weekend as to just how and when that money will be paid.

Phil Jones is positive about Manchester United’s title hopes

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Phil Jones is optimistic about Manchester United's chances of winning the Barclays Premier League this coming season.

United have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer, signing four new players and offloading some dead wood.

Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin have all arrived at Old Trafford in the close season and more signings could follow.

Arsenal win Premier League Asia Trophy after defeating Everton

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Arsenal stepped up their pre-season campaign with an impressive 3-1 win over Everton in the Asia Trophy final in Singapore.

Arsene Wenger handed a debut to new signing Petr Cech and saw goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil secure his side victory in front of a crowd of 53,000 at the National Stadium.

How Steven Gerrard’s life in LA compares to Liverpool [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Arguably the greatest English footballer of the 21st century, Steven Gerrard has invaded America.

After making his LA Galaxy debut in the International Champions Cup followed by a second half outing in the US Open Cup earlier this week, Gerrard scored his first goal in MLS after his team thrashed San Jose on Friday night.

Brian McBride interview about US soccer, Steven Gerrard and World Cup dreams

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World Soccer Talk got the opportunity tointerviewlegendary U.S. National Team and Fulham player Brian McBride on his current work with AllState and the changes he has seen within the United States and the growth of the sport.

Here's the interview:

Caitlin O'Connell:Thank you for talking with us today.

Louis Van Gaal criticizes condition of Seattle Sounders field

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Louis van Gaal criticized the state of the pitch at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle after Manchester United beat Club America on the same surface that hosted a One Direction concert earlier this week.

United made a solid start to their defense of the International Champions Cup in the United States with a 1-0 win over their Mexican opponents thanks to a fifth-minute header from new boy Morgan Schneiderlin.

Analyzing Ireland’s slump over the last decade

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The Republic of Ireland football team have slowly but surely regressed over the last decade, a lucky qualification for Euro 2012 had covered up many cracks in the system but two consecutive (potential) fourthplace finishes in qualifying and currently sitting 52ndin the somewhat flawed FIFA rankings isn't good reading for the Boys in Green.

Steven Gerrard scores his first goal in MLS [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Soccer Morning (7.17.15) Thomas Floyd interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Thomas Floyd.

Jason kicks off today's show with Thomas Floyd (Goal.com) to discuss a pair of trade across MLS before previewing the United States' Gold Cup Quarterfinal clash with Cuba.

Listen to the episode above or here.

DC United’s trade for Alvaro Saborio will boost Eastern Conference title chances

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DC United's signing of Alvaro Saborio on Thursday from Real Salt Lake fills a glaring hole in the club's attacking front and bolsters their chances of repeating as Eastern Division champions with the chance to make a deep run into the postseason.

In late 2013, as United sought to rebound from a disastrous MLS season, the club acquired Eddie Johnson from the Seattle Sounders as part of plan to build a roster around players with a successful track record in the league.

Fabian Delph explains why he left Aston Villa for Manchester City

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Fabian Delph has defended his decision to sign a five-year deal with Manchester City less than a week after publicly committing his future to Aston Villa.

Delph called off a proposed moved to the Etihad Stadium last weekend and issued a statement in which he insisted: "I'm not leaving. I'm staying at the football club and I can't wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.

Fabian Delph makes U-turn and joins Manchester City

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Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph has completeda remarkable about-turn and signed for Manchester City. In a statement just issued on the club website, Aston Villa said:

"Aston Villa can confirm that Fabian Delph has exercised the release clause in his contract and will join Manchester City.

Manchester United resigned to David de Gea departure

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Manchester United are resigned to losing David de Gea but insist they will not be bullied into selling the goalkeeper to Real Madrid on the cheap this summer.

Two months after the Premier League season ended, one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer is yet to end.

Madrid have made it clear they want De Gea and sources at Old Trafford admit a tentative bid was made for the goalkeeper by the Spanish giants earlier this summer.

US Soccer’s prior knowledge of FIFA’s criminal wrongdoing raises more questions than answers

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I'm always surprised when I hear stories about how some people never knew that their closest friends were involved in corruption. In the modern world, let's forget about soccer for a second, how can you NOT know something is going on right next to you with the amount of information that is available to us all?

Viewing numbers for Gold Cup coverage on FOX and Univision continue to impress

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During a successful summer of soccer in the United States when it comes to TV viewing figures, Univision and FOX Sports have been reporting favorable numbers for their coverage of this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Some of the latest numbers include:

• 3.7 million watched the Mexico-Guatemala game on Univision,
•2.

Wenger plays down speculation of Arsenal’s interest in Karim Benzema

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Manager Arsene Wenger has played down suggestions Arsenal are about to swoop for £40million-rated France international striker Karim Benzema from Real Madrid but is confident his side are ready to mount a Barclays Premier League title challenge next season.

The Gunners continue their pre-season campaign against Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore on Saturday.

Everton insist John Stones is not for sale to Chelsea or any club

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Everton are determined to hang on to England defender John Stones after emphatically insisting he is not for sale.

Reports emerged of a £20million bid from Chelsea for the 21-year-old, currently in Singapore with the club for the Barclays Asia Trophy.

However, Press Association Sport understands Everton's response is a categoric rejection, with manager Roberto Martinez intent on building a team.

Schweinsteiger signing shows Man United are heading in right direction

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The acquisition of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich is a signal of intent from a club that is trying to claw it's way back to the perch it famously knocked Liverpool off of.

Manchester United are used to being at or near the top of the Premier League pyramid, but the last two seasons have seen them endure the ignominy of finishing seventhand fourthrespectively – positions that were previously seen as unthinkable for Manchester United in the Premier League era.

Arsenal’s forgotten men Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell not ready for the first team

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With Arsenal's pre-season underway with the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore, and a squad full of big names such as Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and new signing Petr Cech, as well as some talented youngsters; namely Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom and Dan Crowley, it's easy to forget some of the players who have not traveled.

Optimism building for Middlesbrough’s Premier League promotion push

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The gruelling pre-season schedule is now in full swing and there is optimism around Teesside, with what promises to be an exciting summer of transfers ahead.

The aim this season is for Aitor Karanka's Boro to try and go one step further than last year's whirlwind campaign, making sure they begin the 2016/17 campaign in the Premier League.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.16.15) NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush and World Soccer Talk Podcast analyst Robin Burt.

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush tells us more about the league, what we as soccer fans can do to support it, what the Women's World Cup win and parade has done to boost the national soccer league, what actions the league can take to avoid the issues that previous leagues have suffered from, and where soccer fans can find the teams across the USA.

Match preview – USA vs. Cuba Gold Cup quarterfinal

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It's time for the US to start playing up to its full potential. The time for experimenting and messing around is over. It's the knockout rounds where one slip up can send you home early. After an unconvincing group stage (not unlike the USWNT at the Women's World Cup) the US has a chance to really prove that they are the kings of CONCACAF.

Giovani Dos Santos signing reminds everyone the Galaxy are MLS Cup favorites

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If the Los Angeles Galaxy weren't the favourites to win the 2015 MLS Cup, and why wouldn't they be after winning three in the last four seasons, than they certainly should be now.

Not only did the Galaxy sign Steven Gerrard to a designated player contract last January for a reported $9 million, 18-month contract; but the team have now one-upped themselves with what is being called the "biggest signing of the summer".

Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal have the squad to compete with Chelsea

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While Arsenal are currently in Singapore for preseason training, midfielder Jack Wilshere took time for a short interview with the Daily Mail. The 23-year-old claimed that the Gunners have the talent and squad depth to rival the reigning Premier League champions, and crosstown rivals, Chelsea.

Liverpool submit £32.5 million offer for Christian Benteke

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Liverpool have made a £32.5million bid to trigger the release clause of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

Press Association Sport understands chief executive Ian Ayre, in Australia with the Reds' first-team squad for the second leg of the club's pre-season tour, has formally submitted their offer.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Thomas Floyd

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Thomas Floyd from Goal.com

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.

David Ospina would be an astute signing at Everton to replace Tim Howard

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Goalkeepers have been a hot topic this summer. Iker Casillas being bombed out of Real Madrid, Manchester United's David De Gea potentially replacing him, Arsenal finally signing a top-class No. 1 in Petr Cech; there's been a fair share of spotlight trained on a facet of a squad which is typically understated.

Stewart Downing returns to Middlesbrough in £5 million move

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Winger Stewart Downing has rejoined former club Middlesbrough on a four-year deal from West Ham.

Downing drops down from the Barclays Premier League to rejoin his home-town club, who were beaten by Norwich in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May.

The 30-year-old England international played almost 250 games for Boro during an eight-year spell before leaving for Aston Villa in 2009 and will link up with Aitor Karanka's squad at a pre-season training camp in Marbella.

Jonny Evans set for Manchester United exit in potential £8 million move

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Jonny Evans has been told he can leave Manchester United and Everton appear to be the front-runners for the center-back's signature.

Evans has made 198 appearances for United over the last eight years but he failed to make an impression in Louis van Gaal's first season at the club.

The Northern Irishman started just 12 Barclays Premier League matches last term, with Van Gaal preferring to use Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo at center-half.

Change in transfer policy at Fenerbahce give club supporters newfound optimism

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When Fenerbahce lost last season's league title to crosstown rivals Galatasaray, it was obvious the club would not let that stand. Seeing their rivals win the right to tack on a fourth star to their emblem (stars in Turkey are for every five league titles) certainly didn't sitdown well with the faithful.

Watch the trailer starring Thierry Henry for new Premier League season [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports has released their new TV commercial to promote its coverage of the 2015/16 Premier League season, and it's a winner.

The commercial features Thierry Henry as he walks onto the set of some of the most memorable moments in Premier League history. Hats off to Sky Sports for pulling off the special effects to superimpose Henry into some memorable moments, and nice job by Henry for pulling off some great acting.

Soccer Morning (7.16.15) Tom Marshall and Seth Vertelney interviews

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Tom Marshall and Seth Vertelney.

Jason kicks off today's show with Tom Marshall (ESPNFC) to recap Mexico's wild 4-4 draw with Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday.

Seth Vertelney (Goal.com) then comes on the show to discuss Wednesday's senate hearing on FIFA corruption & U.

Younes Kaboul set for move from Spurs to Sunderland tonight

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Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is having a medical on Wearside as Sunderland attempt to clinch a second major signing inside 24 hours.

Press Association Sport understands the £5million-rated Frenchman was undergoing tests on Thursday afternoon with a view to completing a move.

Kaboul rejected the chance to join the Black Cats seven years ago when the club, then managed by Roy Keane, made a joint £23million offer for him, Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque.

Liverpool will be better off signing Christian Benteke than Marco Reus

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Given that European socceris in the midst of its July/August silly season, there were no surprises when just as Liverpool finally parted with Raheem Sterling, helpful back-page journalists offered Reds fans the emotional solace of possible big name replacements. Marco Reus, who signed a new contract at Borussia Dortmund in February, is now, according to reports, the object of Brendan Rodgers' £40 million attention.

Giovani dos Santos signing is a win-win for the L.A. Galaxy; By Steve Davis

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The ability of splashy stars to drive attendance in Major League Soccer has long been overstated. The evidence over 20 years just doesn't support the narrative that adding one big star from Europe or Mexico will significantly move the attendance needle.

Of course, a figure as massive as David Beckham could be a game-changer in terms of adding seats in MLS grounds.

Choice quotes from US Senate panel hearing into soccer corruption

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On Wednesdayin Washington D.C.,the US Senate panel hearingtook place into corruption in international soccer chaired by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security.

Those in attendance were investigative journalist and filmmaker Andrew Jennings, Dan Flynn, CEO and secretary-general of the U.

Premier League TV rights battle in US has begun

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The battle for Premier League TV rights in the United States for seasons 2016-2019 has begun.

According to a World Soccer Talk source, the Premier League sent out invitation to tender letters during the first week of July. The interested bidders — such as FOX Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports and others — will have an opportunity to begin the process of gathering materials and readying their bids.

The reaction from US soccer media to US Senate hearing on corruption in soccer

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The timing of yesterday's announcement that Giovanni Dos Santos had officially signed for LA Galaxy was impeccable. Less than five minutes after the US Senate panel hearing on corruption in international soccer had ended, MLS' LA Galaxy changed the conversation on social media as fans and soccer media marveled at the signing, and discussed how MLS will award two more All Star Players/Bonuses in 2015.

Liverpool set to move for Christian Benteke

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Liverpool are set to trigger Christian Benteke's £32.5million release clause after changing their valuation of the Aston Villa striker.

Manager Brendan Rodgers made the Belgium international his primary target to strengthen his forward line but for a long time the club were reluctant to meet the figure needed to spark a move.

Arsene Wenger wants more from Chuba Akpom

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged Chuba Akpom to show he is ready for a regular place in the first team squad after the 19-year-old forward netted a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy. Akpom made a handful of appearances for the Gunners last season, before ending the campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest.

Sunderland sign Dutch international midfielder Jeremain Lens

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Holland midfielder Jeremain Lens has completed his move from Dynamo Kiev to Sunderland, signing a four-year contract with the Wearside club on Wednesday.

It is understood the Black Cats have paid a fee in the region of £8million for the 27-year-old, who can play on the wing or as a forward.

Manchester United have a healthy midfield conundrum

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With Morgan Schneiderlin joining Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United there are growing questions about where these two will fit into a central midfield that is already packed. This is just the thing that United supporters have been craving for years, but has now created a conundrum of where to stick them all.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.15.15) Ata Dizdar interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Ata Dizdar.

Turkish soccer expert Ata Dizdar discusses the rivalries in Turkish soccer, the latest news regarding Turkish TV rights in the US, Robin van Persie's signing at Fenerbahce, the role of hooliganism in the sport, and much more.

Reasons why Atletico Madrid can compete for La Liga title

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The Atletico Madrid side which won the La Liga title in the 2013-2014 season has truly been broken apart. The side had a commanding goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois, a solid center-back combination of Diego Godin and Miranda, and one of the best left-backs in Europe in Filipe Luis. Further forward, Atletico had two quality playmakers in Arda Turan and Diego Ribas, and a brilliant striker in Diego Costa.

Center-back concerns could derail Manchester United’s title bid

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The center-back position at Manchester United has never been the same following the decline of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. While Sir Alex seemingly bolstered the central defensive ranks by purchasing young players like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and having Jonny Evans come up through the academy, none of these have yet to fully grow into the role.

Watch Mexico 4-4 Trinidad and Tobago match highlights [VIDEO]

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Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Tom Marshall and Seth Vertelney

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Tom Marshall (ESPN FC) and Seth Vertelney (Goal.com).

Both guests will discuss last night's exciting Gold Cup games.

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.

Highly-rated Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie joins Southampton

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Southampton have signed Holland international Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord, helping to fill the void left by Morgan Schneiderlin's departure.

The France international ended his seven-year stay at St Mary's earlier this week by making a £25million move to free-spending Manchester United.

Saints have quickly reinvested that money by bringing in Feyenoord captain Clasie on a five-year deal, with the fee understood to be worth up to 12million euros (£8.

Rating all of the Premier League’s summer signings so far this transfer window

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The transfer window burst into life this week, with some of the most significant deals in Premier League history being struck, stirring excitement levels amongst supporters ahead of the big kick off.

In case you missed it last time out, we're aiming to rank every permanent transfer done by teams in English football's top flight this summer and after so many stellar deals, the upper echelons of our index have been given a major facelift.

Soccer Morning (7.15.15) Kevin Laramee interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Kevin Laramee.

Jason kicks off today's show with Kevin Laramée (Canadian Soccer News) as they discuss Canada's failure to advance from the Gold Cup group stage.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

Watch the US Senate hearing on corruption in international soccer [VIDEO]

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The US Senate held a panel hearing today in Washington DC to discuss corruption in international soccer.

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security held the hearing on FIFA, soccer's international governing authority, which has faced recent criticism for human-rights abuses ahead of the 2022 men's World Cup and is under federal investigation for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.14.15) 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, Kartik discusses several topics including dissecting what is going wrong (as well as what is going well) for the US Men's National Team. In addition to tactical analysis, Kartik discusses the depth issues among this US squad as well as Freddy Adu signing for Tampa Bay Rowdies in NASL.

Jurgen Klinsmann, Jozy Altidore and theories of dark motives; By Steve Davis

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Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't like MLS players, right? It's so obvious! (Well, except for all those he took to Brazil last year ... way more than Bob Bradley took to South Africa in 2010. But never mind that!)

Jurgen Klinsmann plays favorites with some agents and, therefore, favors their clients, right?

Slaven Bilic knows Europa league impact for West Ham

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Slaven Bilic knows from experience that a lengthy Europa League campaign can have an adverse effect on domestic league form. The new West Ham boss will lead his side into a second round qualifying tie with Maltese minnows Birkirkara on Thursday night as every other Premier League side eases their way back into their pre-season preparations.

Despite Gold Cup exit, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Canadian soccer

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Watching Canada's men's program struggle through another Gold Cup group stage, without scoring a goal, makes mewonder whether the program will ever get it right. Canada once made a World Cup in 1986, won the Gold Cup in 2000, and has produced some great talents such as Jason DeVos, Dwayne DeRosario, Paul Stalteri, Atiba Hutchinson and many others.

Freddy Adu given opportunity to salvage his career at Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Freddy Adu's career trajectory has gone off the rails in the past few years. The one-time American prodigy who was compared to the greats of the game at a young age has cycled through club after club all over the globe during the past eight years. Adu hasn't been capped for the US Men's National Team since 2011.

Carl Jenkinson returns to West Ham on season-long loan

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West Ham have re-signed Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan with the England international also penning a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

Jenkinson, 23, impressed whilst on loan at Upton Park last season and will now return to form part of Slaven Bilic's squad.

He featured in 32 of West Ham's Premier League games and will again be looking to add more Premier League experience under his belt whilst away from the Emirates Stadium.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Kevin Laramee

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with 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.

Too many flaws with the MLS All-Star game in fan and commissioner selections; By Steve Davis

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Major League Soccer All-Star team selection is always a tricky mix of fan popularity and entertainment value, held tenuously together with a blessed twine of pragmatism.

On the popularity and entertainment front, MLS's mid-summer event is no different than other domestic All-Star events; there will always be tension and debate when fans have their say, as they frequently favor name recognition over actual, current performance value.

Michu’s time at Swansea is over, says manager Garry Monk

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has confirmed that Spain international Michu will not play for the Barclays Premier League club again.

Michu took the Premier League by storm in his first season in English football in 2012-13 when he scored 22 goals following his £2million move from Rayo Vallecano.

Soccer Morning (7.14.15) Andy Brassell and Brian Sciaretta interviews

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Andy Brassell and Brian Sciaretta.

Jason kicks off today's show with Brian Sciaretta to look back at the USMNT's disappointing 1-1 draw with Panama in Kansas City.

Andy Brassell (ESPNFC, The Guardian) then comes on the show to look around at some of the biggest transfers across Europe, including Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to Manchester United & Iker Casillas' departure from Real Madrid.

From Bayern to United, Bastian Schweinsteiger is created in Louis van Gaal’s image

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My guess is that most Manchester United fans are celebrating these days.

Why? Because Bastian Schweinsteiger hasbecome a Manchester United player. He thus contributes strongly to Louis van Gaal's rebuilding of the team, a rebuilding most fans probably had hoped was more underway than the end of last season showed it to be.

Robin van Persie given grand unveiling at Fenerbahce [VIDEO]

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Robin van Persie has been unveiled as a Fenerbahce player on Tuesday afternoon at a signing ceremony for his move from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old arrived in Istanbul over the weekend to finalize the transfer and was introduced at the club's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium where he signed forms in front of thousands of fans.

Raheem Sterling the right buy at a critical time for Manchester City

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By many pundits,Raheem Sterling is being called "overpriced" at £49 million. However, when you consider the £35 million Liverpool spent on Andy Carroll, the £50 million Chelsea spent on Fernando Torres and even the £28 million Manchester Cityjust spent in January on Wilfried Bony, Sterling looks a potential bargain.

Raheem Sterling completes £49 million transfer to Manchester City

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England international Raheem Sterling has completed his big-money move to Manchester City from Liverpool.

The 20-year-old, who will wear the number seven shirt, has become the club's record signing and the most expensive English footballer after sealing a move which will be worth up to £49million.

beIN SPORTS close to agreeing landmark La Liga TV rights deal in US

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beIN SPORTS isclose to agreeing a landmark TV rights deal to continue its coverage of La Liga to viewers in the United States, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

The current TV rights deal with La Liga expired at the end of the 2014/15 La Liga season, a year in which wesaw Barcelona win the title after surpassing Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the race for the Spanish crown.

USA vs. Panama player ratings

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It was coming: The United States' failure to beat Panama at Sporting Park on Monday night can hardly be surprising, considering the nature of their first two wins at this 2015 Gold Cup. Now, the business end of the tournament begins.

Here are the player ratings (out of 10) for the Panama draw:

Brad Guzan, 9 – The goalkeeper had to be terrific, and he was.

John Oliver tears down publicly-funded stadiums [VIDEO]

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On Sunday's 'Last Week Tonight,' John Oliver spent close to 20 minutes breaking down what is wrong with the way stadiums are publicly-funded in the United States. He specifically pointing out how owners and teams regularly manipulate the cities they are in to gain financial rewards to build new stadiums, and then reap the profits while the surrounding communities see no increase in business.

Manchester United arrive in Seattle for preseason tour

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Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin took part in a light training session with their new Manchester United team-mates on Monday night as the Red Devils touched down in Seattle for the start of their pre-season tour.

United play the first of four matches in the United States in the early hours of Saturday morning when they face Mexican side Club America.

USA vs. Panama, Gold Cup TV times and open thread

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The US Men's National Team kicks off its third game in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight against Panama at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

If you live in the United States, here's where you can watch the game on television:

USA v. Panama
9:30pm ET FOX Sports 1
Sporting Park, Kansas City

Or you can watch the game live on the Internet via FOX Sports GO or FOX Soccer 2GO.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.13.15) Christopher Harris interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Christopher Harris.

As founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Harris shines some light on several topics including the latest on the Premier League TV rights in the USA, his thoughts on the upcoming Premier League season, whether Raheem Sterling will thrive at Manchester City, as well as insight into World Soccer Talk Radio and updates to the World Soccer Talk website.

Watch USA 1-1 Panama match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Cheick Tiote prevented from entering US for Newcastle’s preseason tour

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Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is training back on Tyneside after being refused a visa to join the rest of the squad in the United States.

The Ivory Coast international was not among the party which jetted out to America at the weekend and head coach Steve McClaren has since confirmed he did not travel because of an administrative issue.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Andy Brassell and Brian Sciaretta

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Brian Sciaretta followed by an interview with Andy Brassell.

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.

Watch Ed Woodward starring in ‘The Wolf of Old Trafford’ [VIDEO]

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What a year it's been for Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at Manchester United. Last summer, he was vilified by Manchester United supporters for missing out on key signings that could have had a positive impact on the Red Devils.

And now, he's featured in a parody video produced by The Football Republic, a new YouTube channel that features Laurence McKenna formerly of World Soccer Talk.

Brad Guzan looks set to regain number one spot at Aston Villa

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Despite rumors throughout the summer transfer window that Brad Guzan was heading out of Aston Villa, it seems that the American might be manager Tim Sherwood's number one choice for goalkeeper for the 2015-2016 Premier League season after all.

Guzan was the first choice at the beginning of last season but was forced to sit on the bench for the last few games of the 2014-2015 seasonafterShay Given earned the place after poor form from Guzan.

Gary Lineker slams Leicester’s appointment of Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester have appointed the vastly-experienced Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, but former club icon Gary Lineker has called the Italian's hiring "uninspiring".

The Barclays Premier League club confirmed Ranieri, 63, has signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium to replace Nigel Pearson, who was relieved of his duties last month because the club insisted "fundamental differences in perspective exist between us".

Soccer Morning (7.13.15) Eric Gomez interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Eric Gomez.

Jason kicks off today's with Eric Gomez to look back at Mexico's scoreless Gold Cup draw with Guatemala.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

MLS attendances are 12% greater than 2014 so far

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In attendances at MLS games, strong numbers are becoming routine for New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps. There was also a good turnout in Bridgeview for the Chicago Fire, while attendances for Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact have been fair.

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 19

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Here are the ten things we learned from week nineteen of the 2015 MLS season.

1. Hats Off To Jim Curtin

Jim Curtin, without a doubt, has the hardest managerial job in Major League Soccer. Ask any Union fan, or anyone who covers the team, and they'll tell you that the aggressively inept ownership of Nick Sakiewicz has made it impossible for Philadelphia to succeed.

Brendan Rodgers says he has no hard feelings towards Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers insists he has no hard feelings towards Raheem Sterling after confirming the club have agreed a deal for his big-money move to Manchester City.

Sterling was left out of the squad for Liverpool's pre-season tour to Thailand over the weekend after the two clubs finally settled on a fee believed to be £49million for the England forward.

Claudio Ranieri named new Leicester boss

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Leicester have named Claudio Ranieri as their new first-team manager.

Ranieri, a former Chelsea boss, succeeds Nigel Pearson at the Barclays Premier League club.

Pearson was relieved of his duties last month, with the club making a statement at the time which said "fundamental differences in perspective exist between us".

Watch Bastian Schweinsteiger’s first Manchester United interview [VIDEO]

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Manchester United formerly introduced Bastian Schweinsteiger as a new signing today —one of four new signings that United have made this past weekend.

Before jumping on a plane to join his United teammates on their flight to the United States for a preseason tour, Schweinsteiger gave us first Manchester United interview, which you can see below.

Chelsea sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stoke

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Stoke have announced that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has moved to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.

The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for much of the summer after Petr Cech departed for Arsenal, with the Bosnia international now providing competition for Thibaut Courtois.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Eric Gomez

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Eric Gomez about last night's disappointing 0-0 draw between Mexico and Guatemala in the Gold Cup.

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.

Stoke City announce signing of Glen Johnson on 2-year deal

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Stoke have announced the signing of former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson on an initial two-year contract.

The 30-year-old has flown to Singapore to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour, pending what the club call "finalising the formalities" of the deal.

Johnson, whose contract includes the option of an extension into a third year, will become the Potters' sixth signing of the summer.

USA vs. Panama preview: Los Canaleros hope to advance to quarter-finals

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As was the case in the opener against Honduras, it wasn't pretty for the US against Haiti but they got the result that matters. With a 1-0 win over Haiti in front of over 46,000 in Foxborough, the US clinched top spot in Group A and booked a place in the quarter-finals in Baltimore against an opponent to be determined.

Morgan Schneiderlin completes £27 million move to Manchester United

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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has completed a medicaland reached an agreement to join Manchester United.

The France international reportedly arrived into Carrington training headquarters five minutes after Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and finalized his move to the twenty-time champions of England earlier this evening.

Watch US soccer fans celebrate Women’s World Cup win in this emotional video

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July 5th, 2015 will forever be remembered in the history of the United States as the day when the USA won the Women's World Cup for the third time in its history.

But it was also a day for the fans of the national team to celebrate.

Up until now, we've only seen a few examples of US soccer fans celebrating the Women's World Cup victory, but thanks to the team at Oakcreek TV, they've succeeded in their mission of making people cry.

Liverpool agree deal to sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million

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Liverpool have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the £49million transfer of Raheem Sterling, Press Association Sport understands.

The wantaway forward was left out of Liverpool's squad which flew out on Sunday for their pre-season tour of Thailand as talks over the big-money switch progressed.

Everton face worrying signs as new season approaches

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During the summer leading up to the 2014-15 season, Roberto Martinez recognized that Everton did not have the squad to meet the new challenges of the coming season. It had been six years since the Toffees had competed in Europe and Martinez was fully aware that his team, particularly the aging defense, would be put under immense strain.

Liverpool in advanced talks with Manchester City to sell Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling will not travel with the Liverpool squad when they head out to Thailand on Sunday as transfer talks are ongoing with Manchester City, Press Association Sport understands.

Sterling was on Saturday named in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, but fresh developments mean he will not board the plane.

Schweinsteiger brings leadership, class and tenacity to Man United’s midfield

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There comes a time in an athlete's career when their importance wanes for a team due to age or a change of philosophy. Some decide to remain with the club and others move on to look for new challenges where they will be deemed important players again. Bastian Schweinsteiger chose the latter as he's agreed to sign with Manchester United.

Real Madrid bid farewell to Iker Casillas as goalkeeper joins Porto

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Real Madrid have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Porto for the transfer of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

In an official statement on the club's website, Real Madrid wrote that today is not only a day where they have lost one of the best goalkeepers in the club, but he's also the "best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish soccer.

Manchester United finalize signing of Matteo Darmian for £12.7 million

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Manchester United's summer recruitment drive gathered pace on Saturday as they followed up having struck a deal with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by completing the purchase of defender Matteo Darmian from Torino.

The statement-making move for World Cup winner Schweinsteiger, which is subject to a medical and personal terms, would see the 30-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Bayern, link up once again with manager Louis van Gaal.

FA rejects Hull Tigers name change for second time

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Hull's bid to change their name to Hull Tigers has been rejected for a second time by the Football Association Council.

The FA Council voted against the proposal in a meeting at its St George's Park headquarters near Burton on Saturday and the decision could have far-reaching consequences.

Club owner Assem Allam, who first floated the idea in the summer of 2013, has threatened to sell the club if he did not get his way.

Gary McAllister appointed Liverpool first-team coach

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Gary McAllister has been appointed as Liverpool's first-team coach, the club have announced.

McAllister, 50, returns to the club where he spent two successful years as a player between 2000-02 and becomes the latest addition to Brendan Rodgers' new-look backroom staff.

Rodgers, who earlier this month named Sean O'Driscoll as his new assistant manager and elevated Pepijn Lijnders to the role of first-team development coach, said on www.

Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph rules out transfer to Manchester City

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Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has ruled out a move to Manchester City and insisted he will stay with Tim Sherwood's side.

Delph did not fly out with the rest of the Villa squad for their training camp in Portugal on Thursday amid strong speculation that he was poised for an £8million move to the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson set for Stoke move

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Stoke look set to announce the signing of former Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson as they continue their summer recruitment drive.

No deal has been officially confirmed but Stoke boss Mark Hughes admitted on Saturday morning that the 30-year-old England international's experience would be a valuable addition to the squad.

USA vs. Haiti Gold Cup player ratings

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The US clinched its Gold Cup group last night with a 1-0 win over Haiti, but did little to soothe the fears surrounding this team after its first match against Honduras.

Here are the player ratings for both teams.

USA

Brad Guzan, 8 – Guzan looked every bit the part of international number one, making a big second half stop, commanding his area, and distributing well.

Raheem Sterling included in Liverpool’s squad for preseason tour

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Raheem Sterling has been included in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.

The Barclays Premier League club named their squad for the tour on Saturday with the 20-year-old England striker included, but Italy forward Mario Balotelli was a notable omission.

Sign up for 2015-16 Fantasy Premier League and join the World Soccer Talk private league

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Registration is now open for the 2015-16Fantasy Premier League season. The game is free to play. And, if you like, you can join the World Soccer Talk private league.

Last season, especially earlier in the season, we were ranked in the top 10 best performing private leagues worldwide.

Here's how to join the World Soccer Talk private league today:

1.

Watch USA 1-0 Haiti Gold Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Manchester United reach agreement to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Manchester United appear poised to sign Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed an agreement was in place between the two clubs.

Bayern had made clear their desire to keep the 30-year-old World Cup winner, who has spent his entire career with the club to date, but said they would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave.

Aston Villa sign Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye

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Aston Villa have signed Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye on a four-year contract.

Manager Tim Sherwood said the 25-year-old, who has 24 Senegal caps, had been one of the best midfielders in France in the last couple of years.

"I'm really pleased to have brought Idrissa on board," he told avfc.

Newcastle seal Georginio Wijnaldum deal for £14.4 million

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Georginio Wijnaldum has become the third most expensive signing in Newcastle's history after putting pen to paper on five-year deal.

The 24-year-old Holland international midfielder completed his move from PSV Eindhoven on Saturday morning for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around £14.

USA vs Haiti, Gold Cup TV times and open thread

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The US Men's National Team kicks off its second game in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight against Haiti at Foxborough Stadium outside Boston, Massachusetts.

If you live in the United States, here's where you can watch the game on television:

USA v. Haiti
8:30pm ET FOX Sports 1
Foxborough Stadium Near Boston

Or you can watch the game live on the Internet via FOX Sports GO or FOX Soccer 2GO.

Shay Given and Marco Van Ginkel join Stoke City

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Stoke's summer recruitment continues apace after the club confirmed the signing of former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given.

The announcement of the Republic of Ireland international's arrival on a two-year deal came less than an hour after the Potters secured Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan.

Where to find USA vs. Haiti Gold Cup game on US TV and Internet

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

After USA's 2-1 win against Honduras, the US Men's National Team plays Haiti tonight in the group stage of the Gold Cup, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.

Soccer Morning (7.10.15) Meg Linehan interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Meg Linehan.

Jason kicks off today's with Meg Linehan (VICE Sports) to discuss how NWSL can capitalize on the USWNT's World Cup victory.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

PSG in talks with Real Madrid over potential Cristiano Ronaldo signing

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Last weekend, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez traveled to Qatar to hold talks with the owners of Paris Saint-Germain regarding the potential transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report inFrance Football.

The bi-weekly French magazine states that Perez is ready to negotiate a deal which would see Ronaldo leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the Summer of 2016,when the contract of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scheduled to run out.

Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph will undergo Manchester City medical this weekend

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Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph appears to be on the verge of a move to Manchester City just six months after signing a lengthy contract extension with the midlanders.

Press Association Sport understands Villa had been expecting a bid for the 25-year-old, who did not travel to the club's training camp in Portugal on Thursday, all week.

Memphis Depay plays down comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal rates Memphis Depay as one of the biggest talents of his age but the forward was keen to play down comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 21-year-old Holland international is the club's first signing of the summer although Torino full-back Matteo Darmian is likely to be next through the door after flying in for a medical and at £31million did not come cheap.

Bastian Schweinsteiger transfer to Manchester United is ‘imminent’, says report

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Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is poised to sign a three-year deal with Manchester United for a reported fee of €20 million, according to the German publication Bild.

Although the paperwork has yet to be finalized, Bildis claiming the transfer is "imminent".

West Ham sign Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus in £8.5 million deal

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West Ham have completed the signing of defender Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old Italy international has penned a four-year deal with the Hammers and becomes their fourth signing of the summer.

Ogbonna made his name as a talented defender with Torino before joining their city rivals Juventus in 2013, winning two Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia during his time there.

Manchester City readying bid of £50 million for Raheem Sterling, says report

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Raheem Sterling resumed training at Liverpool on Friday, Press Association Sport understands, but that did little to quell the considerable speculation over his future.

The unsettled winger failed to report to the club's Melwood base for pre-season work on Wednesday and Thursday, citing illness.

Matteo Darmian to have medical this weekend ahead of move to Man United

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed defender Matteo Darmian is scheduled to have a medical ahead of a move from Torino.

The 25-year-old full-back is traveling to England after a fee, believed to be in the region of £12.7million, was agreed.

"I have read that in the papers.

Jordan Henderson named Liverpool captain

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Liverpool have named midfielder Jordan Henderson as their new captain in succession to Steven Gerrard.

The England international had been widely expected to take the armband on a permanent basis after the long-serving Gerrard left Anfield at the end of last season.

Henderson, 25, has grown in influence since joining the Reds in a £16million move from Sunderland four years ago.

Garry Monk pens new 3-year deal at Swansea

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has signed a new three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.

The Barclays Premier League club announced the news on their official website after the 36-year-old had been in talks with Swansea since the end of last season.

"As a club we are pleased to agree the new contract with Garry," Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said.

USA vs Haiti preview: USMNT aiming to take commanding lead in Gold Cup

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It wasn't always pretty, but the US got the result it needed in the Gold Cup opener against Honduras. The US currently sits top of Group A with three points, Panama and Haiti are tied for second with a point apiece whileHonduras sits in last with zero points. The new focus for the US is the second group game against Haiti.

Raheem Sterling doesn’t want to travel on Liverpool’s pre-season tour

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has reported for training after a two-day absence, Press Association Sport understands.

The unsettled forward is thought to have called in sick on Tuesday and Wednesday, further fueling already considerable speculation over his future at the club.

The 20-year-old, the subject of two failed bids from Manchester City this summer, is believed to have asked not to travel on the club's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia earlier this week.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Meg Linehan

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Meg Linehan about the US Women's National Team and their ticker tape parade through New York City today.

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.

Crystal Palace sign Yohan Cabaye for a club-record £9.5 million

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Crystal Palace have announced the signing of France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris St Germain.

The former Newcastle man will again link up with Palace manager Alan Pardew, who initially took Cabaye to St James' Park in 2011.

Having developed into a firm favorite at the Magpies, the lure of returning to his native France to represent PSG proved too strong and he completed a big-money move to the Parc des Princes last year.

Lukas Podolski gives lesson on how to depart a club with class

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Germany international striker, Lukas Podolski, has issued a classy and thoughtful message to Arsenal fans following his switch to Galatasaray last week. The 30-year-old forward recently posted on his Twitter account: "Over the last three years I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing people at Arsenal, I want to thank everyone from all the staff behind the scenes to the manager & my team mates, who have all helped make London a second home to me.

MLS changes rules to benefit LA Galaxy

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You will be hard-pressed to find people involved in soccer in the US (aside froma few of the Owners' Boxes) who believe thatMajor League Soccer'ssalary structureshouldremain in it's current form.

But yet again, MLS is getting it all wrong, this time introducing yet another ambiguously yawn-worthy phrase: "Targeted Allocation Money.

Should Tottenham Hotspur play a 3-5-2 formation this season?

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Now that we know how to pronounce his name, the more important question regarding Tottenham Hotspur's recent acquisition of Toby Alderweireld is how they plan to use him. Tottenham's defense was abysmal during the 2014-2015 campaign, and that may be giving them too much credit. If Tottenham hope to compete for a Champions League spot, Mauricio Pochettino's number one concern must be how to improve his atrocious back line, and the addition of Alderweireld should help fix their defensive woes.

Soccer Morning (7.9.15) Daniel Squizzato interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Daniel Squizzato.

Jason kicks off today's with Daniel Squizzato (Canadian Soccer News) as they look at Canada's scoreless draw with El Salvador in their 2015 Gold Cup opener.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

Steve McClaren wants five new signings at Newcastle

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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is hoping for up to five key signings as the club targets players in the £10million-plus bracket.

The Magpies have been engaged in talks over the likes of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and QPR striker Charlie Austin, among others, in recent weeks with that calibre of player commanding valuations around the £15million mark.

Iker Casillas’ move from Real Madrid to Porto in danger of collapse

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas' seemingly imminent transfer to FC Porto is in danger of collapse, according to the Spanish publication Marca.

Yesterday evening, the player's representatives were in discussions with Porto officialsand reached an agreement that appeared to finalize the Spain international's transfer to the Portuguese side.

Sakho sent off but West Ham progress to next round of Europa League

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West Ham recovered from an early Diafra Sakho dismissal to ease past FC Lusitans and advance in to the second round of the Europa League qualifiers.

Having scored twice in the first leg, Sakho had a night to forget in Andorra, although his 14th-minute sending off made little difference however he will now miss the second-round qualifying clash with Maltese side Birkirkara.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.9.15) Jonathan Tannenwald interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Jonathan Tannenwald.

During the interview with the Philly.com writer, several topics are discussed including MLS TV ratings, the controversy about Friday's USWNT parade featuring MLS teams, what it was like covering the Women's World Cup in Canada, how he got his start as a writer covering the business side of soccer, and his opinions regarding the New York Cosmos.

It’s time for CONCACAF to rotate the Gold Cup hosting rights

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Former CONCACAF General Secretary and FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer has been banned from all soccer activities for life on Thursday. The announcement's timing was ironic as the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Blazer's biggest contribution to the world soccerlandscape, had just kicked off in suburban Dallas on Tuesday.

Sevilla complete signing of Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi

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Sevilla have completed the signing of Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi in a £7million deal.

The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Spanish side, who have inserted a 30million euro (£21.5million) buy-out clause in his contract, after undergoing a medical on Thursday morning.

"Sevilla FC and Stoke City have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who arrived in Seville on Wednesday night," said a statement on sevillafc.

NYCFC and New York Red Bulls to feature floats in USWNT ticker tape parade

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A ticker tape parade through the streets of New York City to celebratethe U.S. Women's National Team's World Cup victory will feature floats from New York City FC and New York Red Bulls despite neither MLS teamhavingany affiliation with theUSWNT.

NASL clubNew York Cosmos were offered a spot on the parade but declined the offer in respect to the Women's victory.

Robin van Persie on verge of heading to Fenerbahce

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Robin van Persie appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit with Fenerbahce confirming they have opened talks with Manchester United over the striker.

The 31-year-old scored 30 goals for United as they won the league in 2012-13 following his £24million move from Arsenal.

His impact since then, however, has been muted due to a series of niggling injuries, and he was limited to 10 goals in 29 appearances under compatriot Louis van Gaal last season.

MLS’ Targeted Allocation Money fund is a flawed approach to growth

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After weeks of speculation, Major League Soccer revealed on Wednesday a new funding mechanism intended to encourage clubs to invest in players that cost more than the league's maximum salary budget charge of $436,250.

In essence, the league is enticing its teams to utilize both of their Designated Player slots in exchange for $100,000 of 'Targeted Allocation Money,' over each of the next 5 years, for use in paying an additional player more than the max salary.

Tony Pulis’ WBA pre-season training derided as primitive by Dutch coach

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West Brom have dismissed accusations that the club's pre-season camp in Austria is too punishing.

Former Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen, who has worked across Europe as a fitness coach, was among those to criticize the Premier League club after it was reported West Brom boss Tony Pulis had ordered his players to run a marathon every three days in pre-season training.

Danny Welbeck will miss Arsenal’s pre-season tour

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England forward Danny Welbeck will not travel with Arsenal to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore as he continues to recover from the ankle problem which ruled him out of the end of last season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The Gunners will take a 27-man squad to the Far East in the first leg of their pre-season preparations, with summer signing Petr Cech joining up with his new team-mates for the first time since a B£10million switch from Chelsea.

Bastian Schweinsteiger flattered by interest from Manchester United

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is "flattered" by reported interest from Manchester United, and says he plans to hold talks with the Germany midfielder soon.

United boss Louis van Gaal is understood to be keen on signing the Germany captain this summer and Rummenigge says the rumors have pricked Schweinsteiger's ears.

Transition from Women’s World Cup to Gold Cup is a bumpy ride for US soccer fans

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Hardcore soccer fans may appreciate the sport for a number of reasons. As a guy who likes to pay attention to the tactical side, the continuum of style and substance runs the gamut in this sport unlike any other.

No contrast may be more striking than between the Women's World Cupfinal on Sunday and the US Men's 2-1 victory over Honduras last night.

England must tighten up their vulnerable defense to win in France next summer

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Having a solid back four is a thing of the past for England. Over the lasttwo decades the Three Lions have boasted world-class defenders, who were seen as up there with the best in the world.

You only have to go back 10 years to the 2006 World Cup, whereevenEngland's substitutesrank higher than the current crop.

Karim Benzema would be the key signing to Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge

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Any player who has had the opportunity to raise a Premier League trophy high above their heads as their supporters chant their names from the stands will tell you that it is no small feat. Not only does a team have to have a solid defence who are willing to put themselves in the line of fire, a creative, yet disciplined midfield who can provide killer balls and protect their defenders all at once and a number of goalscoring threats who make opposing fans hold their breath whenever they receive the ball, they also need good a healthy dose of luck along the way.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.8.15) Duane Rollins interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Duane Rollins.

As managing editor of Canadian Soccer News and the host of the Two Solitudes MLS podcast, Rollins is an expert on Canadian soccer. During the show, he discusses a range of topics including his thoughts on USA's performance against Honduras, which Canadian soccer players listeners should keep an eye out for in the Gold Cup, whether MLS has helped or hurt the Canada national team, and the latest news regarding the future launch of a Canadian soccer league.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Daniel Squizzato

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Daniel Squizzato from Canadian Soccer News to discuss last night's disappointing 0-0 draw with El Salvador.

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.

Raheem Sterling misses Liverpool training again in game of brinkmanship

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has missed training for a second successive day.

Press Association Sport understands the 20-year-old has reported in sick again, having initially failed to attend on Wednesday.

It is understood that Sterling spoke to manager Brendan Rodgers earlier this week and informed him that he did not want to travel on the pre-season tour.

Review of beIN SPORTS’ Copa America coverage

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With so much attention focused on FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cupthis summer, it'simportant that we not neglect the hard work and great expense beIN SPORTS embarked onin its coverage of the 2015 Copa America, which resulted in 1.5 million tuning in for the final as well as millions more watching the games from the other rounds of thecompetition.

Torino manager confirms Matteo Darmian transfer to Manchester United

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Torino managerGiampiero Ventura has confirmed that defender Matteo Darmian is now officially a Manchester United player.

The news was broken by Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano this evening.

"Darmian will play in the Champions League with Manchester United," Ventura told Sky Italia.

Soccer Morning (7.8.15) Charles Boehm interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Charles Boehm.

Jason kicks off today's with MLSSoccer.com & SoccerWire.com's Charles Boehm as they look back at the United States' 2-1 win over Honduras in their 2015 Gold Cup opener on Tuesday night in Frisco, TX.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Dick Advocaat wants four more signings at Sunderland

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Dick Advocaat has revealed he wants up to four more summer signings as he attempts to rebuild his Sunderland team.

The 67-year-old Dutchman agreed to return to the Stadium of Light as head coach last month after initially rejecting the opportunity to reprise his nine-game cameo at the end of last season, during which he guided the club away from relegation trouble and ultimately preserved their Barclays Premier League status.

Univision Deportes announces free streaming of Gold Cup group matches

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Univision Deportes will provide free streaming of all group matches in the 2015 Gold Cup without requiring authentication. As a part of its "TV Everywhere" campaign, anyone can download the Univision Deportes mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices,as well as watch games onUnivisionDeportes.

Our favorite USA Women’s World Cup fan celebrations [VIDEO]

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There was a lot to celebrate Sunday during the U.S. Women's National Team's 5-2 victory against Japan. Between Carli Lloyd achieving the fastest hat trick in any World Cup final to the team's third title, fans took to social media to share their celebrations.

We've picked out some of our favorite videos and pictures, let us know if you think we missed some!

US men’s soccer game against Honduras a chore to watch compared to USWNT

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The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) began thedefense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title with an underwhelming and fortuitous 2-1 victory over Honduras in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday evening. This match came just two nights after the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) wowed the nation and won the hearts and minds of Americans from coast-to-coast with a 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup final.

Liverpool terminate Javier Manquillo’s 2-year loan from Atletico Madrid

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Spanish defender Javier Manquillo has returned to Atletico Madrid after his two-year loan at Liverpool was terminated early.

The Spanish club have confirmed that the 21-year-old has been recalled and the deal cancelled by mutual consent because he did not get sufficient game time during his first season at Anfield.

Real Madrid to confirm Iker Casillas exit; farewell event planned for Friday

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Real Madrid are set to confirm the exit of long-time servant and team captain, Iker Casillas. An official statement from the club is expected within the next 24 hours.

Los Blancoshave reportedlyfinalized a deal which will see the Spain international join the Portuguese side FC Porto in the coming days.

Michael Bradley is US captain – but Bradley has long been the captain; By Steve Davis

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FRISCO, Texas – We probably make too big of a deal about captains in soccer. Maybe back in the day, on the muddy pitches of old Maine Road or wherever, when only the captain was technically permitted to address the referee, the position carried more than honorary weight. Maybe it had some functional benefit then.

NBC reveals Premier League TV schedule for August-September

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NBC has officially revealed the TV schedule for the opening two months of the 2015/16 Premier League season.

During the first two months of the season, there are several massive matches scheduled including Manchester City vs Chelsea (on Sunday, August 16 on NBCSN), Arsenal vs Liverpool (Monday, August 24 on NBCSN), Manchester United vs Liverpool (Saturday, September 12 on NBC) and Chelsea vs Arsenal (Saturday, September 19 on NBCSN).

Manchester City edge closer to signing Fabian Delph from Aston Villa

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Micah Richards has revealed that new Aston Villa team-mate Fabian Delph has asked him for his thoughts following reported interest from Manchester City.

England midfielder Delph has been linked with an £8million summer switch to the Etihad Stadium and Richards, who left City to join Villa on a free transfer this summer, is ideally placed to offer advice.

5 crucial Alex Ferguson decisions are still haunting Manchester United

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Sir Alex Ferguson, probably the most legendary manager in soccer history, did not become legendary out of nothing. Twenty sevenyears running the biggest club on earth is perhaps not enough to secure such a status, but when you combine this kind of unprecedented longevity with winning the amount of trophies he did, then you are quite simply up there.

Raheem Sterling misses Liverpool training to add to tense situation

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling did not report for training on Wednesday citing illness, Press Association Sport understands.

The development comes following reports that the unsettled England international requested not to participate in the club's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

Rating all of the Premier League’s summer signings so far this transfer window

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The transfer window has only just opened and already there has been a flurry of business conducted by Premier League teams.

Here at World Soccer Talk we'll be keeping you in the loop when it comes to the major deals, but with a full summer of transfer activity to come, we thought it'd be intriguing throughout the off season to see which teams have conducted the best business overall and which player, in our eyes, represents the signing of the summer.

Chelsea and Spurs in race to rent Wembley while their stadiums are redeveloped

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Chelsea have only held preliminary discussions with Wembley about using the national stadium whilst their Stamford Bridge home is redeveloped, Press Association Sport understands.

Some reports on Tuesday suggested an eight-figure fee had already been offered by the reigning Premier League champions as they look at options for a temporary home.

Espanyol president slams rumors linking Kiko Casilla with Real Madrid move

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Espanyol president Joan Collet has slammed reports linking goalkeeper Kiko Casilla with a€3 million move to Real Madrid.

Late yesterday, Cadena COPE broke a story which claimed Casilla was set to re-join Real Madrid the club where he began his career as a youth player. The report statedthat the 28-year-old was expected to join the team this week and would fly with the rest of the squad to Australia on Sunday, where they will begin their pre-season tour.

Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabéu – A tale of two icons

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Mention Real Madrid and Manchester United in the same sentence these days and invariably the conversation will shift to the transfer sagas involving David de Gea and Sergio Ramos.

Currently, both clubs refuse to give an inch with respect to the prospective sales of their players. However to reduce the relationship of the two clubs to petty squabbles over players doesn't do justice to the shared history United and Real have enjoyed especially during the era of Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabéu.

New MLS team Atlanta United FC reveal logo, branding and colors [VIDEO]

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MLS expansion team have unveiled their logo, branding and colors.

With a voiceover by Jon Champion, the video below provides a glimpse of what Atlanta United FC is all about, including shots of their stadium and what makes the MLS team so unique.

Plus, the logo, branding and colors are finally unveiled.

USA vs Honduras, Gold Cup group stage TV times and open thread

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The US Men's National Team kicks off its first game in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

If you live in the United States, here's where you can watch the game on television:

USA v. Honduras
9:30pm ET FOX Sports 1
Toyota Stadium Frisco

Or you can watch the game live on the Internet via FOX Sports GO or FOX Soccer 2GO.

Arsenal’s defense key to successful 2015-16 season

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In somewhat of a recurring theme in recent years, the 2014-15 campaign for Arsenal was a tale of two halves. Following a 2-0 New Year's Day defeat to Southampton, the Gunners were sitting in sixth place in the table and there were serious doubts on whether the north London outfit could extend their streak of 17 consecutive appearances in the Champions League group stage.

Watch USA 2-1 Honduras Gold Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, >watch the video here.

Spurs announce Toby Alderweireld signing

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Tottenham have announced the signing of Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid despite the potential of legal proceedings from Southampton.

Alderweireld, 26, moves to White Hart Lane having spent last season on loan with Ronald Koeman's Southampton, who had a deal in place to sign the former Ajax man.

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

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with 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.

Spurs new stadium to host NFL games

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Tottenham have announced a deal with the NFL that will see them host fixtures in their new stadium, which will have a capacity of 61,000 (one thousand more than Arsenal's Emirates Stadium).

The Premier League club are due to move into a new home in 2018 and will now host regular-season NFL games on an artificial surface which will be installed under the regular grass pitch used by Spurs.

Real Madrid sign Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla for €3 million, says report

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Real Madrid have completed the signing of Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, according to a report from Cadena COPE. An official announcement from the club is expected within the next 24 hours.

TheSpain international has been the third-choice goalkeeper behind Iker Casillas and David de Gea.

In passing the torch from Abby Wambach to Carli Lloyd, the US found its killer instinct

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the apparent Russian roulette mission US Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis and her team were embarking upon riding the disturbingly out-of-form Abby Wambach until either a) she found that form, or b) the team was bounced from the 2015 Women's World Cup.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.7.15) Nick Geber interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Nick Geber.

Geber, who is best known by soccer fans as being the co-host of FOX Football Friday, FOX Football Fone-In and World Soccer Daily, discussed several topics with host Nate Abaurrea including whether the USA victory in the World Cup will translate into success for the women's national soccer league, what the outlook looks like for Liverpool next season given the signings they've bought thus far, and whether Major League Soccer needs to relinquish its control and power a little in order to make the league more transparent and engaging.

QPR supporters can feel optimistic ahead of season in Championship

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Last season's Queens Park Rangers deserved to get relegated from the Premier League. Aside from the occasional spark of life, the team was not good enough. There was no pace in the side, the attack plan was one dimensional, and the defense was diabolical. While the reasons for these shortcomings are many, overall it is clear the club were just unprepared.

Nicolas Otamendi move to Manchester United could be finalized this week

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Nicolas Otamendi is edging closer to amove to Manchester United as it is beingreported that his agent is currently in talks with Valencia officials to accelerate his departure from the La Liga side.

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

What did MLS and US Soccer know about Traffic and CONCACAF’s improprieties?

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With the CONCACAF Gold Cup about to kick off, the FIFA scandal should be on the front-burner for most American journalists. As the FBI indictments against several CONCACAF and Traffic Sports officials indicate, the governing body for the sport in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, has held for much of the last two decades a continental championship whose very hosting and marketing has been compromised by alleged corruption.

Telemundo draws record-breaking audience for Women’s World Cup final

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Over 1.2 million viewers tuned in to Telemundo for the final game of the 2015 Women's World Cup to watch the highly anticipated rematch between the U.S. Women's National Team and Japan. Called by the legendary Andrés Cantor andSammy Sadovnik, Telemundo's ratings saw an increase of 97% from the 2011 final with a staggering 342% increase from the tournament average during the network's digital stream.

Leighton Baines to miss Everton’s pre-season tour

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England defender Leighton Baines will miss Everton's pre-season visit to Singapore.

The 30-year-old left-back underwent ankle surgery in May and missed the final two games of the Barclays Premier League season as well as England's Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez revealed at the end of last season that Baines had been struggling with the problem for the past three years but said the surgery was "straightforward".

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli given compassionate leave

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Liverpool have confirmed that striker Mario Balotelli has been given compassionate leave after he missed the first day of pre-season training on Monday.

The 24-year-old Italian was due to return along with the rest of the squad, but was not with his team-mates when they reassembled amid reports of the death of his adoptive father Francesco at the weekend.

Alejandro Bedoya ready to fire US men’s team to glory in Gold Cup; By Steve Davis

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FRISCO, Texas – The United States national limped across the finish line to calendar year 2014 with losses to Colombia and Ireland. That stinking loss on the Emerald Isle was a particular bummer; the United States finished on the business end of a 4-1 beat-down to the Irish, the kind of European middleweight with which the United States should be competitive now, at the very least.

1.5 million tune in for Copa America final on beIN SPORTS

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A total of 1.5 million people tuned into beIN SPORTSfor the exciting Copa America final between Chile and Argentina on Saturday, July 4.

The match, which finished 0-0 in regular time, was taken into extra timefollowed by penalty kicks and was eventually won by the host nation, Chile, for the first time in tournament history.

Southampton sign FC Twente defender Cuco Martina

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Southampton have announced the signing of defender Cuco Martina from FC Twente.

The Curacao international has signed a two-year deal at St Mary's after boss Ronald Koeman revealed on Monday that a move for the 25-year-old was close.

With left-back Ryan Bertrand having undergone knee surgery, Martina will now link up with his new team-mates for a pre-season tour of Austria knowing there is a chance to establish himself in Koeman's side before the new Premier League season kicks off.

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

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresdiscussions on the latest soccer news stories as well as taking listener calls.

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.

MLS attendances for Gameweek 18 of the 2015 season

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In MLS gameweek 18, there were no midweek matches last week as well as a July 4th Saturday that made for a pretty good week. All the teams that played at home on the 4th exceeded their gameweek 17-to-date averages with the exception of Columbus.

Here are the latest MLS attendance numbers:

MLS July 4th Weekend Matches
MON 5 26,449
TUE 11 24,109
WED 16 23,196
THU 12 28,781
FRI 15 26,530
SAT 15 22,188
SUN 9 38,392
MLS Week 18 attendances
Colorado 18,356
Columbus 14,429
Dallas 19,140
Houston 22,651
Los Angeles 27,000
Montreal 18,112
Portland 21,144
Salt Lake 20,956
Seattle 40,410
2014 2015
MLS Attendance Equal # of Home Games
2014 2014 2015
Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
Seattle 42,424 43,426 40,236 -5.

Lionel Messi’s claim to ultimate greatness is being tarnished by Argentina form

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Another final and another defeat for Lionel Messi spelt a somewhat anti-climax to his season, which has been extraordinary. When Alexis Sanchez scored the most audacious penalty kick to confirm Chile as the Copa America winners, Messi was left to rue another final with Argentina where he has been on the losing side.

Arsenal should resist cashing in on crucial Santi Cazorla

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As the summer transfer window flies open, rumors about players swirl around like a blustery Chicago day. While surely a lot of gossip is simply untrue, one story that has been flying around quite a bit over the last month or so is about Arsenal's Santi Cazorla returning to play in Spain.

Atletico Madrid are thought to have been interested in the midfielder for some time, and now with Arda Turan (one of Atletico's star midfielders) on the move to Barcelona, the Spanish club is rumored to want Cazorla as the Turkey international's replacement.

The revival of the Columbus Crew and what it means for American soccer

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On a hot Midwest day two years ago, the Columbus Crew beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 at what was then Columbus Crew Stadium.

By the end of the season, the Timbers would be Western Conference champions playing a slick style of soccer under a young manager with confidence and vision. The Crew was mired in a stretch in which they'd lose six of seven games.

Manchester United set to complete £10.5 million deal for Torino defender Matteo Darmian

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Manchester United are on the verge of completing a £10.5 million deal for Torino defender Matteo Darmian.

Late last night, Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio broke the newsthat the 25-year-old full-back was only a few steps away from completing a move to the twenty-time champions of England.

Manchester City sign highly-rated Turkish striker Enes Unal

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Manchester City have completed the transfer of highly-rated Turkey striker Enes Unal from Bursaspor for a reported fee of around £2million.

The 18-year-old is City's first major signing of the summer having completed formalities with the club over the weekend.

City tweeted: "Manchester City are pleased to announce the signing of Turkey international striker Enes Unal from @BursasporSk.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.6.15) Brian McBride interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Brian McBride followed by a conversation with Kartik Krishnaiyer.

McBride appeared on the show to preview the USA's chances in the 2015 Gold Cup as well as to go through some of the most memorable moments in his career.

Gold Cup bracket: free printable version available with TV schedule

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Download a copy of the Gold Cup bracket for yourself and your coworkers to help keep track of all the action in the US beginning Tuesday, July 7.

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.

USA vs. Honduras preview: USMNT ready for debut Gold Cup match

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The first competitive game in over a year for the US Men's National Team (USMNT) is against Honduras in the opening game of the 2015 Gold Cup. This is one of the toughest Gold Cup tournaments ever and the stakes are very high, with a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup up for grabs.

On Friday, the US thumped Guatemala 4-0 in front of 44,835 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville (the largest ever crowd for a soccer game in Tennessee).

CONCACAF Gold Cup team previews, players to watch and schedule

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While the Gold Cup is starting a month later than usual, the meaning for this confederation remains the same: who is the big dog between Mexico and the United States.

Maybe the other nations in this region will feel aggrieved by that statement, but the results are clear. Since the tournament's inception, Canada (in the year 2000) is the only other nation to have hoisted the Cup.

25.4 million witness USA defeat Japan to win 2015 Women’s World Cup

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The USA's emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, America's first Women's World Cup championship since 1999, is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. The match posted a 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

Andrea Pirlo officially signs with NYCFC to help playoff push

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After weeks of speculation, Andrea Pirlo has officially signed with New York City F.C., one of MLS's most recent expansion teams. Pirlo will head to New York and become the third designated player on the roster, alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard — making NYCFC's roster one of the most successful trioto ever play in the United States.

Soccer Morning (7.6.15) Jonathan Tannenwald discusses USA World Cup victory

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Jonathan Tannenwald to discuss USA's victory in the Women's World Cup final.

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.

James Milner will wear number 7 shirt at Liverpool

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James Milner has revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was a major factor in his move to Anfield where he hopes to win "a trophy cabinet full of medals".

The 29-year-old midfielder completed the move from Manchester City this summer after his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium.

Milner had talks with City, who were keen to keep hold of him, while he was also linked with a move to Arsenal two clubs who arguably have a greater chance of winning silverware than the Reds in the upcoming season.

Man United target Morgan Schneiderlin misses first day of Southampton’s training

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has told Manchester United they will need to improve on their initial offer for Morgan Schneiderlin if they want to sign the French midfielder this summer.

Koeman confirmed the Saints had received a bid from Old Trafford for Schneiderlin, who was absent from the club's first training session of the new season on Monday, but said "it wasn't serious".

Listen to Andrés Cantor’s incredible GOLLLL call for Carli Lloyd’s halfway line shot [VIDEO]

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If you haven't listened to Andrés Cantor's goal call of Carli Lloyd's spectacular third goal for the USA in the Women's World Cup, you haven't lived! It is just as incredible as the goal itself.

With the United States already 2-0 up within 5 minutes, Lloyd scored one of the most wonderful goals you'll ever see in a World Cup final.

USA-Japan Women’s World Cup Final smashes record for most watched soccer game in US history

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The numbers are in for FOX's coverage of the 2015 Women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan, and the viewing figure of 25.4million means that it's the most watched English-language broadcast ever of a soccer game on US television, according to numbers provided by John Ourand and Richard Deitsch.

Newspaper front covers herald USA’s Women’s World Cup triumph [PHOTOS]

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Following last night's 5-2 victory against Japan, the United States Women's National Team stole the headlines on today's newspapers across the country.

Papers from all over the country featured pictures and headlines expressing the excitement felt after the United States captured their third World Cup trophy, the most in the history of the Women's World Cup.

Watch the film about the last time the US won a Women’s World Cup [VIDEO]

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After the United States' emotional Women's World Cup triumph on Sunday, the team has created its own history and will forever be remembered for a sensational final and an emphatic victory.

However, the USA team from 1999 will continue to live in the hearts of many American soccer fans. Their story, just like the current squad, is incredible.

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 18

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Here are the ten things we learned from week eighteen of the MLS season.

1. Seattle Strikes A Blow To Save Its Season

There is no torture in soccer like the torture of being unable to score goals. That's what the Seattle Sounders were facing as they played on the horror show that is Univision's MLS coverage for the first time on Friday night against DC United.

Iker Casillas to leave Real Madrid and join FC Porto, says report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is set and join FC Porto this week, according to a report from Spanish State television RTVE.

The report states the transfer could become official in the next few days. The intention is for Real Madrid to conclude the move before the team returns to training on Friday.

FOX’s Women’s World Cup final scores record 15.2 overnight rating

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The USA's emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, America's first Women's World Cup championship since 1999, posted a 15.2/27 metered market household rating/share (7:00-9:00 PM ET), according to Nielsen. It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.

Review of FOX’s Women’s World Cup coverage

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FOX's first major tournament of its 12-year TV deal with FIFA hasended with a bang for the network. In its month-longcoverage of the Women's World Cup, FOX broke TV records and put onfirst-class coveragethat will go a long way to giving soccer fans confidence that FOX knows soccer. There's still room for improvement, but overall FOX surprised many, myself included, by how well they did.

Watch USA 5-2 Japan Women’s World Cup final highlights [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to the US Women's National Team on winning the 2015 Women's World Cup.

With the win, the US has now won three World Cup titles —in 1991, 1999 and 2015 —under its belt. And the victory in Sunday's final couldn't have been any better —going 3-0 up within the first 15 minutes and having a fourth that is arguably one of the best goals scored in a World Cup final.

Match highlights for every USA game in 2015 Women’s World Cup [VIDEO]

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Defense wins championships, or so the old adage goes. But in the case of the United States, defense in the early stages of the tournament was the difference in getting them into the final. And once the final happened, defense went out the window and offense was the name of the game.

The US Women's National Team that played in the Women's World Cup final was the one we were expecting to see throughout this tournament —the way they attacked and had a killer touch.

If Raheem Sterling leaves it won’t affect Liverpool significantly

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At this point in the transfer window, nothing is certain and every rumor and "insider" tidbit should be taken with quite a few grains of salt. But if there's anything I've learned through eight years of following Liverpool, it's that some rumors have an inevitable air to them. With every big transfer to (and from) the club, the rumors start small and take time.

A look at Liverpool’s new backroom staff

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Liverpool have named Sean O'Driscoll as their new assistant manager and elevated Pepijn Lijnders to the role of first-team development coach as part of a shake-up of Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the two new men.

:: O'Driscoll, 58, has spent 36 years in the professional game as a player and coach.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Jonathan Tannenwald and Thomas Marshall

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Today's Soccer Morning features interviews with Jonathan Tannenwald and Thomas Marshall.

Tannenwald will be calling in from Vancouver to discuss the USA's historic win last night in the 2015 Women's World Cup tournament.

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

Watch Carli Lloyd’s incredible goal for USA from halfway line [VIDEO]

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US captain Carli Lloyd scored an incredible goal in the first half of the Women's World Cup against Japan, to earn a hat trick and to record the fastest hat trick in FIFA World Cup final history.

Lloyd scored the third goal from the halfway line. The ball floated above the head of Japanese goalkeeper Kaihori but she was unable to flick it around the post.

USA vs Japan Women’s World Cup final TV times and open thread

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Despite a less than impressive Group stage for the United States where, even after they went undefeated, the team looked uninspiring and short on goals, this US Women's National Team has grown through this tournament and improved game after game. Now, today, it has one game left in the Women's World Cup final against Japan for a chance to win its third World Cup.

Newspaper front covers ahead of Women’s World Cup final [PHOTOS]

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Despite scheduling that saw the U.S. Women's National Team play every World Cup knockout match on a weekday evening, record numbers of Americans have tuned in to support their squad on the team's march to today's final.

But has the women's game finally broken through to the mainstream? Last summer the men's team was often front and center during their inspiring World Cup journey.

Alexis Sanchez’s impressive year crowned by Copa America victory

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Alexis Sanchez's game-winning spot kick in the Copa America final was the culmination of a career defining year. After flourishing for Arsenal in his first season, the 26-year-old took that momentum to the Copa America where his nation Chile were hosting it and helped his team win their first title in the tournament's long history.

Julie Johnston: USA’s break-out defender aiming for Golden Ball trophy

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In 2012, Julie Johnston won the Bronze Ball in the U-20 Women's World Cup. On Thursday, it was announced that she would have the chance to turn that Bronze Ball into a golden one.

The 22-year-old has been the breakout star of the 2015 Women's World Cup for her work on the U.S. Women's National Team's back line.

Women’s World Cup final preview: a rematch four years in the making

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Here we go again, a third consecutive meeting between the U.S. and Japan in a major tournament. This time in the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The U.S. has talked about their heartbreaking 2011 final loss as motivation for a second chance at a championship. They are about to find out if those four years of motivation can be put to good use.

Everything you need to know for USA vs Japan Women’s World Cup final

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Here's everything you need to know about the USA vs Japangame — the biggest game the US Women's National Team has faced since they won the 2012 Olympic gold medal when they defeated Japan in the final. Tonight is the final and a chance not only to win the third World Cup title for the USA, but an opportunity to avenge the 2011 World Cup defeat where the US lost to Japan on penalty kicks.

Soccer is the sport that has the power to unite the United States

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Is the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team "America's Team"? As the team prepares for its possible third World Cup title today, the increased viewership and buzz after the team's win over Germany has made them media darlings. It also highlights how soccer, a "foreign" sport, can unite this country in a way no other sport can.

5 players to watch in the Women’s World Cup final

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The 2015 Women's World Cup final has a familiar feel to it, but U.S. fans are hoping it is not deja vu all over again. With the Americans making a statement against No. 1 Germany and Japan benefiting from an own goal to advance, the momentum iswith the USA. However, as we saw four years ago, championship games can throw us surprises.

Where to find USA vs Japan Women’s World Cup Final on US TV and Internet

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

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

Chile wins its first-ever Copa America tournament [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Chile vs. Argentina Copa America Final TV times and open thread

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The final of Copa America kicks off today featuring Chile vs. Argentina.

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. Argentina, 4pm 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.

Lukas Podolski seals move from Arsenal to Galatasaray

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Galatasaray have announced the signing of Lukas Podolski from Arsenal, with the Germany international signing an initial three-year deal.

Podolski, 30, was expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer having slipped down the pecking order following the arrivals of players such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Where to find Chile vs. Argentina Copa America Final on US TV and Internet

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Chile vs. Argentina will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America Final 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.

Radamel Falcao is targeting his first silverware in England with Chelsea

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Radamel Falcao is targeting his first silverware in England having joined reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The 29-year-old flattered to deceive during a similar deal at Manchester United last year, with the Monaco striker only able to hit four goals in 26 outings for Louis van Gaal's side.

Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times

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The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware.

Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team's existence. While fans ofArgentina, although they've only been waiting for a meagre 22 years by comparison, are growing restless to see their men make that final step again.

Watch USA 4-0 Guatemala match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the video highlights.

Sergio Ramos will explain details of his fallout with Real Madrid at the right time

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Despite initial concerns from fans, it has become quite apparent that Sergio Ramos is not using Manchester United as leverage to receive an improved deal for Real Madrid.

Ramos has told the club officials that he wants them to negotiate a transfer with United and United only. The 29-year-oldis also insisting that his future be resolved before July 12, the dateReal Madrid is scheduled toleave for Australia to begin its preseason tour.

Happy 4th of July to all of our World Soccer Talk readers

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On behalf of the entire team at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you a Happy Independence Day and we hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.

While it's a holiday for most people, we'll be hard at work today. The Beautiful Game is a 365 days a year job, and we'll be bringing you articles throughout the idea including a preview of tonight's Copa America final, the latest transfer news from around the world as well as updating you via social media.

Soccer Morning (7.3.15) Tom Marshall interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Tom Marshall.

Jason kicks off today's with ESPNFC's Tom Marshall as they discuss Mexico's mounting injury crisis as they head into Gold Cup and possible Major League Soccer moves for Chicharito & Gio Dos Santos.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Who do you think will win the Women’s World Cup? [POLL]

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Now that the final Women's World Cup match is set, there is only one game left to decide the winner of thetournament. As a re-match of the 2011 World Cup final, this game will be a test of physicality as well as emotions from both teams. But who will win?

Vote in the poll below. Or if you need some convincing, read my breakdown of both team's strengths.

Tom Ince completes transfer from Hull to Derby County

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Derby have completed the permanent signing of Tom Ince from Hull.

The 23-year-old winger, who had a spell on loan with the Rams last season, has agreed a four-year contract after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

County head coach Paul Clement told the club website: "I'm delighted that we have been able to sign Tom on a permanent basis.

Ian Ayre says Liverpool can still afford to buy top players

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Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre insists the club can still buy top players within the remit of their "smart and sustainable" transfer policy and a lack of Champions League football does not affect that.

The Reds have already made considerable strides with their summer recruitment plans with six first-team signings already in place, including Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, whose £29million deal will make him their second most expensive signing.

Steven Gerrard turned down European clubs to join LA Galaxy

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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to pursue a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 35-year-old midfielder is set to be presented to his new club's fans at half-time of Saturday's Major League Soccer game against Toronto.

West Bromwich Albion move step closer to selling club

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The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.

Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".

UEFA lift Manchester City and PSG transfer spending restrictions

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Manchester City have had their restrictions on transfer spending and UEFA Champions League squad size lifted after meeting their financial fair play target, UEFA has announced.

City were ordered to play in last year's Champions League with only 21 players in the squad and spending on new signings in last summer's transfer window was capped at £49million as punishment for breaching FFP rules.

QPR reject £12 million bid from Leicester for striker Charlie Austin

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Managerless Leicester have had a bid of £12million for QPR striker Charlie Austin rejected, Press Association Sport understands.

The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for the Rs last season but could not help keep the west London club in the top flight.

Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson's England squad for last month's fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his current deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.

US Premier League TV schedule revealed for opening weeks of 2015/16 season

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Christmas has arrived early for fans of Premier League clubs as we now have our first indications of what the TV schedule will look like in the United States for the opening weeks of the 2015/16 season.

With the Premier League announcing thegames in August and Septemberthat have had their kickoff times and dates changed to accommodate the UK television audience, we can now discern which matches will be shown when and at what times on US television.

Lukas Podolski set for Arsenal departure

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Lukas Podolski looks set to leave Arsenal this summer after his agent claimed the Germany international has been given permission to find a new club.

The 30-year-old forward moved to the Emirates three years ago but struggled to hold down a place in Arsene Wenger's side spending the second part of last season on loan at Inter Milan.

Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho clearly still sees something bright burning in Radamel Falcao.

Not many positive points will have been accrued since the Colombian left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013. Even fewer in the subsequent season, when El Tigre toiled during a turbulent loan spell at Manchester United.

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

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Today's Soccer Morning features listener calls as we discuss the latest Women's World Cup, MLS, USMNT and Copa America news.

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 (7.2.15) JP Dellacamera interview

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

As the lead commentator for the Women's World Cup Final on FOX, JP Dellacamera shines a light on this Sunday's game and what the key points are for this ultimate match. Plus, host Nate Abaurrea delves into the past to find out details of the bond between JP and the US Women's National Team, as well as what it was like announcing the 1990 World Cup for TNT.

First-hand account of US Open Cup derby between New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos

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It's the magic of the cup. A second division side drawn to play away from home against their local rivals, a "proper cup tie" some might call it. It's David against Goliath, a potential giant killing, a banana skin, as well as a local derby. It has all the storylines one would want. An expanded away following that typically comes with a glamor tie is on hand for these romantic cup ties is on hand and prepared to make their presence felt.

Petr Cech is just one piece of the title jigsaw puzzle that Arsenal must assemble

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For so long, Arsene Wenger has been after a successor to David Seaman. After years of searching, Arsenal have finally signed themselves a world-class goalkeeper.

Petr Cech's arrival from Chelsea for around £11 million is a great coup for the club, who has been hailed by former great Seaman.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic accused of lacking respect

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists he has "big time" respect for FC Lusitans after he was criticized for sitting out the Europa League qualifying fixture on Thursday evening.

Having been appointed on June 9, Bilic watched from the stands with academy director Terry Westley overseeing a 3-0 first-leg victory as the Hammers got their season under way just 39 days after the end of the last campaign.

FOX Sports names John Strong as lead commentator for Gold Cup coverage

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FOX Sports has announced that John Strong will be the lead commentator for itscoverage ofthe 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

So far, FOX has announced that Strong will be joined by co-commentators Brad Friedel (for the US' opening game against Honduras) and Alexi Lalas (for the July 13 game versus Panama).

Japan-England Women’s World Cup semi-final scores 2.3 million viewers

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FOX Sports 1′s coverage of Japan against England in the Women's World Cup semi-final was viewed by 2.3 million people, and was the most-watched cable television program on Wednesday in the United States.

For a semi-final to be viewed by so many people and not involve the US, and not be shown on the over-the-air FOX network is extraordinary.

FOX adds Women’s World Cup Final programming and USWNT marathon

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This Sunday's broadcast of the 2015 Women's World Cup Final between USA and Japan will begin an hour earlier (at 5pm ET instead of 6pm). Kickoff time remains at 7pm ET on the over-the-air FOX network.

In addition to an hour extra of pre-match coverage, FOX continues after the match with a half-hour postgame show, followed by a one-hour edition of Women's World Cup Tonightat 9:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

Women’s soccer in Europe continuing to grow in popularity and scope

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As the United States sees record TV viewing figures for the Women's World Cup, what progress can be seen in Europe for the popularity of the women's game?

Four years ago, hosts Germany also saw record TV audiences with domestic figures of just under 17 million viewers for their quarter-final loss to eventual winners Japan.

Twitch is a surprising home for FIFA, PES and Football Manager addicts

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If you've heard of twitch.tv, it's likely through one of two ways. One, you've been on the site yourself. Or two, you possibly heard about the absurdly popular Twitch Plays Pokemon phenomenon from a year ago. Either way, you might not know that Twitch is the home for a few of the most popular soccer games currently on the market including FIFA and Football Manager, and the site is surprisingly easy to use and a lot of fun to enjoy.

Nicolas Otamendi will not be Sergio Ramos’ replacement at Real Madrid, says agent

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Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi will not be Sergio Ramos' replacement at Real Madrid next season, according to the player's agent.

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 Unitedand will make around£6 million per season once the English club meets Valencia's£35 million valuation of the defender.

USA vs. Guatemala preview: USMNT faces one last tune-up game before Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup is just around the corner. By the end of July, a champion will be crowned who could (potentially) go on to take part in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia but before any of that, the US has one final tune-up game against Guatemala.

When selecting the 23 man roster for the Gold Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann opted to put the youth movement on temporary hold and went with a team of vastly experienced players.

Arda Turan dismisses reports linking him with Barcelona move

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has moved to quickly dismiss reports emanating from Spain linking him with a switch to Barcelona.

Earlier today, the Catalan daily SPORT reported that the Turkey international hadsnubbed a reported move to England (specifically Chelsea) in order to link up with the reigning champions of Spain and Europe next season.

Univision Deportes announce plans to stream Gold Cup tournament live

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Univision Deportes has announced plans to include live streamingas part of the networks coverage of this summer's Gold Cup tournament. Each match in the tournament will be available to stream live on the network's app and website, and will include full coverage with commentary, stats and social media integration.

beIN SPORTS’ coverage of Copa America quarter-finals reaches 3.8 million

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beIN SPORTSreported that the network's coverage of the 2015 Copa America quarterfinals reached 3.8 million according to the most recent Nielsen Rating. Coverage of the Argentina v. Colombia on beIN SPORTS en Español was the highest rating sports broadcast in cable for that day (June 26).

This news comes after beIN SPORTS released their viewing numbers for the Copa America Group stage, whichreached almost 14 million viewers.

Southampton in Toby Alderweireld talks about permanent move

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Southampton have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a permanent move for central defender Toby Alderweireld.

Amid speculation that Tottenham are ready to hijack their attempts to land the 26-year-old Belgium international, Press Association Sport understands Southampton are hoping to steal a march on other interested parties having already entered into negotiations with the Spanish outfit.

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Today's Soccer Morning features listener calls as we discuss the latest Women's World Cup, MLS, US Open Cup and Copa America news.

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 could Morgan Schneiderlin fit in at Manchester United?

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Speculation is high that Morgan Schneiderlin is set to sign for Manchester United this summer, with a possible transfer occurring as early as this week in a deal worth somewhere in the range of $37 million. Schneiderlin's contract at Southampton expires in June 2017, and they don't necessarily have to sell him yet, however, he has already made statements of his intent to leave.

NGSN acquires J-League streaming rights in US through 2017

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US online streaming rights toJapan's top flight soccer league, the J-League,have been acquired by NGSN, the legal streaming service that has rights to leagues in the Netherlands (Eredivisie), Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Russia and other countries.

NGSN has the rights to the J-League for 2015 through 2017.

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.1.15) Ian Joy interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Ian Joy.

The beIN SPORTS analyst and New York City FC color-commentator dissects a number of topics on the show including his opinions about the US Women's National Team performance against Germany, what it's like to play in front of the Timbers Army with Portland Timbers, how the coverage of Copa America has been going on beIN SPORTS, and his opinions regarding whether Arturo Vidal should be playing for Chile or not given the DUI charge.

Watch Japan 2-1 England Women’s World Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham Hotspur don’t need a summer overhaul; they need patience

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Tottenham Hotspur is a team eternally on the precipice. They sit on the precarious razor's edge between greatness and obsolescence, fame and obscurity, goals and misses, and success and failure. Tottenham is constantly striving forward, trying to play with the big boys while simultaneously being pushed backward.

Arda Turan snubs Chelsea move in favor of Barcelona switch, says report

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has snubbed a move to Chelsea in favor of joining Barcelona, according to a report from the Catalan daily SPORT.

Just a few days ago, it was believed that Chelsea had secured the services of the Turkey international with the understanding that left-back Filipe Luis would eventually move the other way in a return to Atletico Madrid.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez injured on Mexico duty [VIDEO]

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was taken to hospital after suffering an injury while playing for Mexico against Honduras in a Gold Cup warm-up match on Wednesday night.

According to reports, the 27-year-old has suffered a broken collarbone, although the Mexican Football Federation has yet to confirm the nature of the injury.

USA women’s coach Jill Ellis has proven us all wrong

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During the past few weeks,US soccer fans and media have been highly critical of US Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis and the tactics she has employed.

This writer was no exception.

My big beef with Ellis' tactics throughout the Group stage and in the first Knockout round was the tendency to play Carli Lloyd, arguably the single-best central midfielder in the women's game, in a withdrawn role thatprevented link-up play with the attacking players.

USA vs. Germany Women’s World Cup semi-final watched by 8.4 million

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FOX's live coverage of the 2015 Women's World Cup semi-final between the United States and Germanywas viewed by 8.4millionmillion people watched the Tuesday night game. The match was shown live on the over-air FOX network from 7pm to 9pm ET, and is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of American Idol.

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates signs for Sunderland

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Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat secured his first signing on Wednesday evening when Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates completed a permanent switch to the Stadium of Light.

The 24-year-old Uruguay international, who had a year remaining on his contract at Anfield, has signed a four-year deal and joins for an undisclosed fee understood to be in the region of B£2million.

England-Japan Women’s World Cup semi final TV times and open thread

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Despite being dwarfed by USA's 2-0 win against Germany semi-final Tuesday night, this match between England and Japan still comes to the same conclusion: one of these teams will be making history as they fight to reach the World Cup Final.

England has never made such a run in a Women's World Cup.

Juventus officially reject Barcelona’s €80 million offer for Paul Pogba

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Today, after a meeting between representatives from both clubs today, Juventus have officially rejected Barcelona's €80 million offer for midfielder Paul Pogba.

Earlier today it was learned that Barcelona'ssporting director and director of sporting institutional relations had flown to Turin to hold face-to-face discussions with Juventus sporting director Guiseppe Marotta.

US riding an indomitable defense into the Women’s World Cup final; By Steve Davis

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The media got it wrong about the United States women's soccer team. Not all wrong ... and not all of us. But too many of us missed the real story as Jill Ellis' team has driven into another Women's World Cup final.

While we grumbled about Ellis' vanilla tactics, her inflexibility and about a dependence on Abby Wambach that seemed to border on obsession, we overlooked the principle element in this U.

Southampton terminate Dani Osvaldo’s contract and count £25million cost to the club

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Dani Osvaldo's expensive spell at Southampton is over, although it has come at a cost of around £25million to the club.

Much had been expected of the 29-year-old after he swapped Roma for the south coast of England in August 2013, joining in a club-record deal that could have been worth up to £14.

Slaven Bilic won’t be in charge West Ham team for Europa League match

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New West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will not be in charge of the team for their opening Europa League qualifier, with academy manager Terry Westley defending the decision.

Bilic replaced Sam Allardyce at Upton Park on June 9 but will only be in the stands for Thursday's clash with Andorran minnows FC Lusitans, despite a sell-out crowd packing the stadium.

Jose Mourinho didn’t want Petr Cech to leave Chelsea, but Abramovich overruled him

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Petr Cech went against Jose Mourinho by pushing to leave Stamford Bridge, but the Arsenal new boy is confident their relationship remains intact after speaking to the Chelsea manager.

The last campaign was a difficult one for the 33-year-old, having been displaced as first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge after 10 seasons.

Swansea City sign Portuguese striker Eder for £6 million

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Swansea have announced the signing of Portugal striker Eder for a fee believed to be approximately £6million. The 27-year-old will move to the Liberty Stadium from Portuguese side Sporting Braga.

He has agreed a three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club, and will enhance the Swans' attacking firepower alongside the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis and recent signing Andre Ayew.

Barcelona officials are in Italy today to secure €90 million deal for Paul Pogba

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Barcelona's sporting director and director of sporting institutional relations have flown to Italy today to convince Juventus officials that their €90 million offer for midfielder Paul Pogba should be accepted.

Although the La Liga side isin the midst of its presidential elections, the club has continued moving forward with its efforts to secure Pogba's signature.

6 biggest controversies of Nigel Pearson’s 2014/15 Leicester City campaign

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Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester with the club saying "fundamental differences in perspective exist between us".

The 51-year-old guided the Foxes to safety with seven wins from the last nine games in the Barclays Premier League but was often a controversial figure, having arguments with supporters and journalists alike throughout the course of the season.

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

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US women’s professional soccer league NWSL announces TV deal with FOX

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On the heels of a successful run by the US Women's National Team in the 2015 Women's World Cup, FOX Sports has announced that a deal that includesbroadcast rights to 10 games from the National Women's Soccer League. The deal includes three regular season matches, all three games from the NWSL playoffs, two semi-final games and the final Championship game on October 1.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.30.15) Tony Meola interview

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Tony Meola.

As one of the greatest goalkeepers ever to play for the United States, Meola discusses an array of topics including his memories from 21 years ago when the United States beat Colombia in the first round of the 1994 World Cup, as well as his thoughts on the goalkeeper situation for the US Men's National Team in addition to his feedback on the Copa America and how his Italian roots influenced him as a person.

USA vs. Germany player ratings

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After a number of relatively unconvincing performances in the group stage and round of 16, the United States pushed their way to Vancouver with a valiant statement of a performance against number one-ranked Germany. Goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara and a missed penalty from Germany's Celia Sasic highlighted this action-packed match from Montreal.

Andrea Pirlo revealed as New York City FC player on club website

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New York City FC's very own website revealed that Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has joined the club, according to a page that was on its website on Tuesday night but was later removed after the details spread throughout social media.

By accidentally publishing the page to the public,New York City FCconfirmed what most have been speculating for a short while now, that Pirlo hasjoining the New York MLS team.

Young star Matt Miazga is attracting attention from big European clubs

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New York Red Bulls are quickly becoming the team in Major League Soccer to churn out quality, American center-backs.

First it was Tim Ream to come through the Red Bulls before joining Bolton Wanderers, where he has enjoyed personal success, winning the club's Player of the Year Award two years running.

Nathaniel Clyne completes £12 million Liverpool deal

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne in a £12million deal.

Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old full-back has agreed a five-year contract with the Reds paying £10million up front with a further £2million in add-ons.

Clyne is the Reds' sixth signing of the summer, following Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley striker Danny Ings, Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and Charlton defender Joe Gomez.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Jeff Kassouf and Andrew Mangan

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Today's Soccer Morning features interviews with Jeff Kassouf and Andrew Mangan.

Kassouf is NBC Sports' expert women's soccer writer, while Andrew Mangan is better known as ArseBlogger, the host of the successful ArseBlog for Gunners fans. Mangan will discuss the signing of Petr Cech among other topics.