American midfielder Freddy Adu's long and winding path through Europe has taken him to
According to Richard Motzkin, his agent, Adu is set to move to Turkish second division club
Rizespor on loan. Portuguese club Benfica, which bought Adu from Real Salt Lake in 2007, still owns
Maurice Edu closed out January with arguably his best outing since recovering from a knee
injury, playing 90 minutes and scoring a beautiful goal as Rangers reached the Co-operative
Insurance Cup final.
Edu opened the scoring in Rangers' 2-1 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup
semifinal by blasting a left-footed shot from distance in the 20th minute.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham aren't challenging for a European place, and are more concerned with
avoiding relegation, but the FA Cup is still the club's best chance at glory and the Cottagers will
need to knock off mighty Tottenham today to keep that dream alive.
Fulham-Tottenham headlines the day's FA Cup offerings, with Arsenal taking on Huddersfield Town
in a battle of powerhouse vs.
PHOENIX -- No MLS team will spend more time in the desert than Sporting KC, around four weeks in
That's OK, because the newly-branded club (formerly the Kansas City Wizards) could use the "on
the road" experience to prepare for the MLS regular season, when it will play its first nine or 10
games away from home before opening its new 18,500-seat soccer-specific stadium in June.
While Dimitar Berbatov has been stealing most of the headlines during Manchester United's
unbeaten league run, Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has also played a pivotal role, scoring seven
league goals and threatening Wayne Rooney for a starting role.
Hernandez should get another chance to work his magic today as Manchester United takes on
Southampton in FA Cup action.
Call it a Winter Cup Weekend, with the FA Cup and Asian Cup grabbing the headlines and
dominating the weekend TV schedule.
Australia and Japan will face off on Saturday in an Asian Cup Final in the best match of the
weekend. The match isn't being shown on the traditional American soccer channels, but there are
cable networks and internet options for fans eager to see what should be an exciting final.
Jeff Cunningham is returning to Columbus after all.
Cunningham, the second-leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer history, and the Crew agreed
on a multi-year contract on Friday, more than a month after Columbus secured the striker's MLS
rights in the Re-Entry Draft.
Amid rumors that Fernando Torres is interested in joining Chelsea comes word that Liverpool has,
in fact, added a star rather than lost one.
Liverpool has completed the acquisition of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from AjaxÂ for a
reported â‚¬26.5 million euros. After a lengthy and public negotiations, Liverpool finally offered
a total that Ajax deemed reasonable for one of the stars (and villains) of the 2010 World Cup.
PHOENIX -- The Sounders are one of the teams that trained at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande,
Ariz., last offseason. They're repeat customers in 2011, hoping the preseason will be the
springboard to a third playoff berth in three seasons of existence.
Michael Bradley appears to have played his last game for Borussia Moenchengladbach, with a
transfer expected to be completed before the close of the current transfer window.
Bradley has been linked with a handful of clubs in recent weeks, and Moenchengladbach's signing
of Michael Fink on Thursday set the wheels in motion for a winter transfer for the 23-year-old
Conor Doyle was born and raised in Texas, and just finished a training camp with the U.S.
Under-20 national team, but that hasn't stopped Ireland from courting him and leaving him with a
decision to make over which country he will represent.
University of Michigan freshman Soony Saad, the leading scorer in NCAA Division I men's soccer
in 2010 with 19 goals, has left Michigan to pursue a professional career. Saad confirmed his
departure from Michigan to Fox Soccer and SBI on Thursday.
The injury that forced American defender Oguchi Onyewu to leave Wednesday's FC Twente match
against PSV Eindhoven has turned out to not be serious.
According to SBI's Avi Creditor, who spoke to Onyewu on Thursday, Onyewu suffered a muscle
injury in his rib cage that will require some rest and rehab, but he isn't expected to be sidelined
for an extended period of time.
After being a regular starter for Borussia Moenchengldbach for the better part of two and a half
seasons, U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley days with the relegation-threatened German
club appear numbered.
Bradley has come off the bench in Moenchengladbach's past two matches, with rumors swirling
about clubs interested in his services.
It wasn't too long ago that Jonathan Spector and Ricardo Clark were among the list of American
players struggling for minutes in Europe, but they each have seen their fortunes change over the
Spector has seen a position change from fullback to central midfield spark a renaissance, with
Spector scoring goals and earning regular starts for West Ham United.
Jonathan Spector was in the starting lineup for West Ham yet again, but he couldn't duplicate
his past Carling Cup magic as the Hammers lost to Birmingham, 3-1, in overtime of their second leg
at St. Andrews on Wednesday. The loss sent Birmingham to the Carling Cup Final.
West Ham came in with a 2-1 lead on aggregate, but Birmingham forced extra time with its own 2-1
regulation scoreline and clinched the victory at home courtesy of a Craig Gardner goal.
In a Copa del Rey match marred by Iker Casillas being hit with a projectile from the stands and
a controversial no-goal call on a shot by Luis Fabiano, Karim Benzema delivered an excellent
individual effort to give Real Madrid a 1-0 lead over Sevilla heading into the second leg of their
The San Jose Earthquakes have hit the goalkeeper jackpot.
Entering Wednesday's lottery for Cal goalkeeper David Bingham with the fifth-highest odds of
winning (8.8 percent), the Earthquakes cashed in by landing the final 2011 Generation adidas
prospect on the market.
In addition to the number of Americans that are in action on Wednesday, Barcelona and Real
Madrid both have Copa del Rey semifinal first-leg matches, which should make for a rather exciting
day of mid-week soccer.
Real Madrid must travel to Sevilla for its match (2 p.m., ESPN3.com/ESPNDeportes), while
Barcelona will host Almeria (4 p.
Sporting Kansas City, Chivas USA, D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union have
all opted out of Wednesday afternoon's lottery for the rights to Generation adidas goalkeeper David
Bingham, leaving 13 teams vying for his services.
Jonathan Spector has had quite a run over the last couple months, and if he and West Ham turn in
another winning performance on Wednesday, they'll book themselves a place at Wembley Stadium for a
Carling Cup title bout with Arsenal on Feb. 27.
West Ham and Birmingham square off in the second leg of their cup semifinal tie (2:45 p.
PHOENIX -- The Vancouver Whitecaps' first MLS preseason camp away from home figures to draw some
interest from plenty of those following the expansion club.Â
Vancouver is no stranger to training in Arizona. The USSF Division 2 Whitecaps played three
preseason games in Casa Grande and Tempe (Arizona State University) last February and are back for
a total of three weeks in the winter sunshine of the desert this year.
California goalkeeper David Bingham has signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League
Soccer and will be made available in a special draft lottery before the 2011 MLS season, sources
told SBI on Monday.
Bingham was regarded as one of the top two goalkeeping prospects heading into the 2011 MLS
Draft, but was left out of the 2011 Generation adidas draft class after failing to reach an
It might seem like the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup is still far away, but it is less than five months
away, meaning it isn't too early to start thinking about the squad Bob Bradley will put together to
try and regain the Gold Cup title.
The United States has won the past three Gold Cup titles where the first-choice squad was
available and this year's tournament will feature America's best.
Â Â Â PHOENIX -- Like Florida and Arizona in major league baseball, the two sunny states are
also entrenched as the destinations of choice for U.S. winter preseason training for Major League
And just like in baseball, it appears Arizona is increasingly becoming the locale of choice.
The U.S. men's national team began its new year on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Chile, and
while the first match of 2011 had some of the sloppiness often associated with January friendlies,
there were also the bright spots that come with seeing new faces perform.
Though the club at times has looked far from invinvible this year, the fact remains that
Manchester United has gone undefeated through its first 22 Premier League matches. Perhaps the
biggest factor in the Red Devils' success so far has been the form of Bulgarian striker Dimitar
Berbatov, who added three more goals to his league-leading total of 18 in the club's 5-0 thrashing
of Birmingham City on Saturday.
After holding talks with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Robbie Savage has decided to stay in
"I'm going to stay here," Savage, 36, said on Twitter. "Canada was a great option but it was too
big a move for my family." The former Wales international currently plays for Derby County in the
English Championship and works occasionally as a television pundit.
The 2011 Central American Cup in Panama came to a close on Sunday, and World Cup participant
Honduras walked away victorious.
Honduras claimed its third Central American title, defeating a 10-man Costa Rica side, 2-1, in
Panama City.Â Los Catrachos took an early lead through a rifled finish from close range by Walter
Martinez in the 8th minute, and Emil Martinez added a second off a free kick in the 53rd.
Jermaine Jones is set to make his English Premier League debut for Blackburn against West
Bromwich Albion in one of today's key matches to watch.
Jones joins Blackburn on loan and should slide right into the starting lineup for a Rovers side
currently in 12th place. He won't be the only American central midfielder in action, with Michael
Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach facing Bayer Leverkusen.
CARSON, CALIF -- The U.S. men's national team's first match of the new year didn't start well,
but ended with some promising signs as the young forward tandem of Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury
helped the United States salvage a point on opening night.
Bunbury scored on a penalty kick in the 75th minute of play while Esteban Paredes was the lone
goalscorer for La Roja in front of a crowd of 18,580 at the Home Depot Center.
The U.S. men's national team begins the new year tonight by taking on South American side Chile
at Home Depot Center (10pm, Telefutura/ESPN3.com).
Bob Bradley will be fielding a very young squad against a Chile team that also has plenty of new
faces. Neither team will feature it's best players, but the chance to impress their coaches should
have both teams in attack mode.
There were only two American field players in action in the English Premier League on Saturday
but that didn't stop them from nearly equaling the goal total of all the English Players in the EPL
Clint Dempsey scored a pair of goals to help Fulham defeat Stoke City, 2-0, while Jonathan
Spector added his own goal to help West Ham register a 2-2 tie against Everton.
The LosÂ AngelesÂ based club began their preseason preparations today and change was in the air
for the club on their first day of practice. Fraser announced that the Cuban forward Maykel
Galindo, Costa Rican defender Dario Delgado and Mexican winger Rodolfo Espinoza were not continuing
Â with the club.
The U.S. men's national team is set to begin a new year, and a new World Cup cycle, on Saturday
in its kickoff friendly against Chile, and while there won't be any first-team regulars in action,
the match will offer us the first glimpses of what the new year might be like.
Mike Grella figured to have a good chance for playing time with Scottish club Motherwell, but
now he won't have that chance.
Grella's loan from Leeds to Motherwell has been cancelled due to FIFA regulations that don't
allow players to play for three clubs in one season. Grella had played for Carlisle United on loan
last fall, an emergency loan neither Leeds or Motherwell believed would count against Grella, but
the Scottish FA put a halt to the loan.
When Juan Pablo Angel completed his move to the Los Angeles Galaxy there was plenty of talk
about how well he could do in the Galaxy offense, while some in New York questioned whether he had
much left in the tank. One thing is clear. How well the Galaxy does in 2011 will be directly tied
to how well the Colombian striker does.
After a frustrating fall spent watching AC Milan matches from the sidelines (and more often from
the stands), U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu is set to make his league debut with FC
Twente today against Heracles (12:45pm).
Onyewu has made the move to the Dutch Eredivisie on loan, where he will be re-united with his
former Standard Liege manager, Michel Preud'homme.
U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore was handed a rare start for Spanish power Villarreal,
but he couldn't keep his squad from being knocked out of the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals after a 3-0
loss to Sevilla.
Altidore played 62 minutes, and showed some glimpses, but struggled to make an impact as the
left forward in a 4-3-3 attack.
Ryan Miller's name isn't one many would have expected to receive a U.S. national team call-up a
month ago, but considering how far he has come in his career over the past two years, nothing
should come as too much of a surprise.
The first U.S. national team match of the year won't feature many familiar faces. In fact, there
are no players who could be considered first-choice national team options. No, Saturday's friendly
against Chile is instead about new faces and Bob Bradley's chance to see how a new crop of MLS
players can measure up in what will be a first or second appearance for many of them.
When Real Salt Lake lost assistant coach Robin Fraser to Chivas USA, the club figured to find
anotherÂ former MLS playerÂ to replace Fraser. RSL has done just that, tapping a 13-year MLS
veteran for the job.
Real Salt Lake is set to hire long-time Chicago Fire defender C.J. Brown as the club newest
assistant coach, sources with knowledge of the appointment told SBI on Monday evening.
The Portland Timbers bolstered their attack at last week's MLS Draft with the selection of Akron
striker Darlington Nagbe, and now the Timbers have officially added an ideal partner for Nagbe in
former U.S. national team striker Kenny Cooper.
Portland announced the acquisition of Cooper on Monday, pending receipt of his international
Just days after Jermaine Jones made the move from the German Bundesliga to the English Premier
League, now comes word a U.S. teammate of Jones could be joining him in the EPL.
Sunderland is lining up a transfer bid for U.S. World Cup midfielder Michael Bradley. The Black
Cats are believed to be looking for a potential replacement for Lee Cattermole, who is battling a
back injury and is drawing transfer interest from the likes of Liverpool, and Bradley could be just
the player to solidify the midfield for Steve Bruce's side.
Darren Bent's tenure at Sunderland has apparently come to a close.
The England international is on the verge of heading to Aston Villa after an 18 million pound
offer has been made for the star striker. Bent turned in a written transfer request Sunday night
and will travel to Aston Villa today to discuss personal terms.
The 2011 Gold Cup is five months away, and all but two nations set to participate are known as
three more qualified on Sunday.
Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama reached the Gold Cup with wins that assured them of playing
in the semifinals of the Copa Centroamericana, the seven-team tournament that names a Central
American champion and decides which five nations from the region reach CONCACAF's biggest
One of the wildest games of the weekend was Manchester City's 4-3 victory against Wolverhampton,
and a game that crazy deservedÂ a goal as good as the one Carlos Tevez delivered by dancing through
the Wolves defense.
The Seattle Sounders didn't wind up having a first-round pick when the MLS Draft concluded on
Thursday, but the club's wheeling and dealing left the team as one of the draft's winners when all
was said and done in Baltimore.
The Sounders traded out of the first round and secured some allocation money in the process,
while using the four second-round picks it had to stockpile an impressive collection of
The Houston Dynamo came away as the big winner on draft day taking Kofi Sarkodie and trading up
to select Will Bruin.
Sarkodie, the dynamic right back from Akron, fell a few spots lower than expected on draft day.
Houston took the best player available with the seventh overall pick in Sarkodie despite just
recently signing a right back in Hunter Freeman,.
The Philadelphia Union came into the 2011 MLS Draft with a handful of needs, but goalkeeper
wasn't considered one of them.
That is what made the Union's selection of Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath somewhat surprising,
but with incoming goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon turning 40 this year, Peter Nowak chose to take one of
the best overall prospects in the draft.
Tim Howard, Everton and Liverpool aren't too far from the relegation zone, and this weekend's
Merseyside Derby could determine which team continues to fight for safety for the remainder of the
season and which starts to climb the table.
Howard and Everton travel to Liverpool on Sunday in one of the marque match-ups of the
Erik Soler and the Red Bulls said before the draft the team would concentrate on defense. But,
New York threw a change-up when Corey Hertzog fell to them at the 13th pick. The speedy Penn State
forward will supply needed quality depth behind Thierry Henry or could play out wide.
Robin Fraser knows a thing or two about being a part of and overseeing a strong defense, and he
used that knowledge when making Chivas USA's first pick in the draft by picking up Akron's Zarek
After picking at No. 4, Chivas traded back into the first round, acquiring Real Salt Lake's
first-round pick (No.
The New England Revolution found itself on the outside of the playoff picture looking in last
season. In an effort to avoid a repeat of that scenario, the Revs looked to shore up its defense by
landing one of the top centerback prospects in the MLS SuperDraft, taking California's A.J. Soares
with the sixth overall pick.
The Vancouver Whitecaps kicked off the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in surprise fashion, selecting United
States Under-20 forward Omar Salgado with the first overall selection. After the Whitecaps stole
the early headlines, they continued to stockpile talent, taking Akron's Generation adidas
midfielder Michael Nanchoff with their second first-round pick (No.
The United States men's national team is going to be taking on two of South America's top squads
The United States Soccer Federation officially confirmed the U.S. men's national team's March 26
friendly against Argentina in New Jersey, but it also announced a friendly with Paraguay three days
later in Nashville, Tenn.
DC United got its man. In a turn of unexpected events, Perry Kitchen fell to United with the
third overall pick. United followed up its selection of the current US U-20 captain with another
Akron player, fullback Chris Korb. DC finished off its draft by trading into the third round to
select goalkeeper Joe Willis of Denver.
So much for all that Darlington Nagbe and Perry Kitchen talk.
The Vancouver Whitecaps opted to select Omar Salgado with the first overall pick in the 2011 MLS
SuperDraft, choosing the 17-year-old United States U-20 prospect over the two Akron products who
had been expected to vie for the top spot.
The 2011 MLS Draft is set to begin Thursday at Noon and while we have a good idea who the first
two players picked will be, it isn't a stretch to call this year's draft one of the toughest to
predict in recent memory.
I will be posting a Final 50-player MLS Draft Big Board, as well as a full three-round MLS Mock
Draft later on tonight (They would have been sooner if I hadn't fallen ill on Tuesday).
After a quiet beginning to the offseason, the New York Red Bulls announced they have signed
three players on Wednesday, less than 24 hours ahead of the 2011 Major League Soccer
Red Bulls General Manager Erik Soler confirmed that English striker Luke Rodgers and Norwegian
midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli, who have long been rumored to be added to the club, have officially
joined the fold.
Chivas USA forward Justin Braun and Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu have been released from the U.S.
National Team camp due to injuries and will miss the team's upcoming friendly against Chile on
Braun is out for a week after four stitches were required to close a cut on his Achilles' tendon
and IhemeluÂ was unable to shake off nagging hip and groin injuries.
Hope and promise surround Toronto FC after the revamping of its coaching and techinical staff,
but those good feelings have been tempered by the word that homegrown player Nicholas Lindsay is
expected to miss the entire 2011 season with a knee injury.
The 2011 MLS Combine wraps up today with the final day of action as players have their final chance
to impress MLS coaches today.
We will be providing commentary throughout the morning's matches so please feel free to follow
along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments
CARSON, CALIF -- Eugene Starikov's journey has been a winding road that is not typical among
American soccer players. A search for soccer success that has taken him from the heat of Central
Florida to the chill of Siberia and finally to the sunny fields of Carson, California.
For the second-consecutive year, Lionel Messi has been voted the best player in the world.
Messi, 23, beat out Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta to take home FIFA's
inagural Ballon d'Or award. FIFA merged its World Player of the Year award with France's Ballon
d'Or award last year with Messi winning both awards in 2009.
Day Two of the 2011 MLS Combine is set to kick off and most Combine observers are expecting
today's action to really tell a more clear story about where many of these players will wind up
being taken on Thursday at the MLS Draft.
I will be providing commentary along with the rest of the SBI team today from here in Fort
Lauderdale, so please feel free to follow along here.
Every January, as the third round of the FA Cup begins in England, the question is never whether
there will be upsets, but rather how big they'll be. Saturday's was one of the biggest in recent
Tiny Stevenage, which only became part of the Football League this season, and currently sits
15th in the League Two table, not only out-shot and out-possessed its Premier League opponents, it
The U.S. Under-20 men's national team is in Fort Lauderdale for training camp ahead of CONCACAF
Under-20 World Cup qualifying and they're playing an intra-squad scrimmage today that will help
showcase their players to MLS scouts in town for the MLS Combine.
SBI will be providing some live commentary on today's scrimmage so please feel free to follow
The English FA Cup is in full swing this weekend while the Mexican League sees a full slate of
games in its 2011 kickoff today.
Everton and Aston Villa are just two of the clubs with American players who will compete in FA
Cup action today, while La Liga also has some offerings on the schedule, with FC Barcelona in
action this afternoon.
For the second-consecutive year, the Hermann Trophy is in the hands of a Zip and a Cardinal.
Akron junior forward Darlington Nagbe was voted the best Division I player by the National
Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA), beating out fellow forwards Will Bruin of Indiana and Colin
Rolfe of Louisville.
After a crowded holiday period of league action in the EPL, the FA Cup is back with Liverpool
taking on Manchester United in the weekend's must-see fixture. Manchester United is looking to
improve upon last year's Cup run where it was knocked out by Leeds United in the third round.
For Akron midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong, his four years at Akron couldn't have ended any
After time expired and the Zips' first national title was secured with a 1-0 victory over the
Louisville Cardinals, the midfielder from Texas found the man who brought him to Ohio, Akron coach
The 2022 FIFA World Cup might just be played in the winter after all.
After a series of high-profile soccer personalities raised the possibility of scheduling the
event in the winter to avoid the high temperatures of a Qatari summer, FIFA president Sepp Blatter
offered a surprisingly revealing take on the matter, which will be discussed at FIFA's executive
committee meeting in March.
The USMNT camp of new faces has added another national team newcomer to the mix, with Bob
Bradley calling in Russian-based striker Eugene Starikov.
Born in the Ukraine, Starikov was raised in Florida and played for Stetson University before
signing with Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009. He went on loan to Russian First Division side Â Tom
Tomsk, where he scored one goal in nine appearances.
Stephen McCarthy's journey to Major League Soccer has spanned three time zones, two colleges and
one famed club team, but he's finally approaching his final destination.
McCarthy, one of the top defensive midfield prospects available in next Thursday's MLS
SuperDraft, spent three years at Santa Clara University prior to transferring to North Carolina for
his senior season.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Â Poor finishing for the U.S. U-20 national team nearly
cost it a result against a team made up of players from southern Florida, but Zac MacMath came up
with a big second half penalty kick save to end the match at 0-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Toronto FC announced a whole host of front office moves on Thursday, most notably officially
introducing Aron Winter as its new head coach and technical director and Paul Mariner as its new
director of player personnel.
Bob de Klerk, who worked with Winter in the Ajax Amsterdam academy system, will be the team's
top assistant coach.
In the half a decade that Jason Herrick spent in College Park, Md., he experienced the ups of
winning a national championship and the downs of a long-term injury. The one thing that never
wavered in that time was his work rate or professional mindset.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Photo byÂ Juan Miranda/Chivas USA
BY ADAM SERRANO
CARSON, CALIF -- After a host of rumors and speculation, Chivas USA unveiled head coach Robin
Fraser on Wednesday afternoon. Fraser, a former assistant to Jason Kreis at Real Salt Lake comes to
a team that is seeking to overcome a host of issues.
Kristine Lilly, one of the most accomplished players in women's soccer history, has retired.
The world record holder for international appearances with an amazing 352, Lilly has decided to
step away from both the U.S. women's national team and her professional career with the WPS Boston
Breakers after spending parts of four decades playing at the highest level.
You don't usually get the chance to see much soccer on Tuesdays, but the English Premier League
has a few games for us to enjoy today.
Manchester United takes on Stoke City today (3pm, Fox Soccer Chanel)Â looking to extend its lead
atop the Premier League standings. Meanwhile, Fulham will try to climb out of the relegation with a
win today against West Bromwich Albion (3pm, ESPN3.
Major League Soccer announced the rosters for the upcoming MLS CombineÂ and several of the top
players in the draft will not be taking part.
Four Generation adidas players (Perry Kitchen, Zarek Valentin, Zac MacMath and Omar Salgado)
will miss the Combine because of U.S. Under-20 national team commitments, while Akron striker
Darlington Nagbe will also sit out the Combine for undisclosed reasons.
PHOENIX -- In the desert between Phoenix and Tucson lies a place that is right now developing
potential MLS players for Real Salt Lake, and for the immediate future, developing college soccer
Manchester City is closing in on another high-priced superstar.
The English club has reportedly agreed with VfL Wolfsburg on a transfer fee for star Bosnian
striker Edin Dzeko in a move that would take one of the premiere names of the transfer season off
With January here, the winter transfer season is upon us and while the moves of big European
stars will rule the headlines, there are a bunch of American players in dire need of loans or
transfers this month.
For someone who has made a career out of expressing his devotion and loyalty to the likes of
England, Manchester United and his own family, David Beckham sure has made a habit out of doing
anything but devoting himself to his current club, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Jermaine Jones' time in the Schalke 04 doghouse figures to end this month with a likely
transfer, and now another German club has emerged asÂ a potential destination for the U.S. national
TSG Hoffenheim is reportedly interested in signing Jones after selling Brazilian Luiz Gustavo to
It's a new year, which means another year to watch Barcelona work its magic.
The Spanish champions are back in action today against Levante in the club's first step toward
trying to maintain their hold on first place ahead of Real Madrid.
While La Liga is back in action, the English Premier League has a few important matches as well,
with Chelsea looking to stay in range of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City by beating
a woeful Aston Villa side flirting with the relegation zone.
If Arsenal is going to keep the pressure on Manchester United in the English Premier League
title race the Gunners will need to win at the same stadium where Manchester United recently
stumbled, St. James' Park.
Arsenal take on Birmingham today in one of the more intriguing match-ups of today's New Year's