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Jamaica aim to slay another giant, face US in Gold Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica are out to end North America’s stranglehold on the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they take on the favored United States Wednesday in the final at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The arrival of Bruce Arena’s men in the title match of the regional championship for North and Central America is no surprise.

MLS will hurt growth of US soccer by rejecting $4 billion TV offer and promotion/relegation

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If ever there needed to be evidence that MLS is completely entrenched in its single entity model for soccer, Monday’s revelation that it rejected a $4 billion TV deal from MP & Silva was it.

Imagine for a minute how an injection of $4 billion in cash could transform the United States into a powerhouse of soccer.

Cassano retiring – again, says wife ‘was wrong’

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Rome (AFP) – Former Italy international striker Antonio Cassano confirmed his retirement for the second time in a week on Monday, bringing an eventful end to a colourful career.

The 35-year initially announced he was retiring last Tuesday, before backtracking on his decision just hours after breaking the news to his Verona team-mates.

Netherlands, Denmark reach women’s Euro quarters

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Hosts Netherlands beat neighbours Belgium 2-1 to advance to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Denmark, who edged 2013 runners-up Norway 1-0 in Group A on Monday.

In Tilburg, Sherida Spitse converted a penalty - her second in two games - in the 27th minute to put the Netherlands ahead after Maud Coutereels had brought down Jackie Groenen in the box.

West Ham snap up Mexico football star Hernandez

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London (AFP) – West Ham have completed the signing of former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for £16 million ($20.8 million, 17.9 million euros), the Premier League club said on Monday.

A deal to bring Mexico’s record goalscorer to London Stadium was hammered out several days ago.

MLS’ rejection of $4 billion TV offer from MP & Silva could be beginning of saga

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MLS has quietly rebuffed a $4 billion offer from MP & Silva that would have quadrupled the broadcast rights fee the league currently receives from its deals with FOX Sports, Univision and ESPN, according to a story in Sports Business Journal. The deal came with one catch, which was too much for MLS to absorb - the institution of a promotion/relegation system within the top two divisions of American soccer.

Crystal Palace wrap up deal for Riedewald

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace completed the signing of Dutch international defender Jairo Riedewald on a five-year deal from Ajax on Monday for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced.

Riedewald will be reunited with new Palace manager Frank de Boer, who handed the 20-year-old his professional debut in 2013 while in charge of the Amsterdam club.

Five things to know about defender Benjamin Mendy

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Paris (AFP) – Five things on Benjamin Mendy, who signed a five-year contract to join Manchester City from Monaco on Monday to make him the world’s most expensive defender:

#BlueMendy – New Order

Fans of Manchester band New Order will have been tickled to see the witty #BlueMendy hashtag the world’s most expensive defender posted on a video he tweeted Monday telling City fans he’d see them soon.

Manchester United’s Bailly banned for Super Cup against Real

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London (AFP) – Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will miss next month’s European Super Cup against Real Madrid after UEFA handed the Ivorian a three-match European ban on Monday.

Bailly was sent off for violent conduct in the second leg of United’s Europa League semi-final victory over Celta Vigo in May for his part in a melee in the final minutes of a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Atlanta Are Cup Contenders

Atlanta United got what is arguably the best win of their expansion season on Friday night, beating Orlando City 1-0 in Florida on a stunning late goal from Hector Villalba.

Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy completes record Man City move

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London (AFP) – Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy on Monday signed a mega five-year contract with Manchester City making him the world’s most expensive defender.

The 23-year-old, who joined the French champions from Marseille last summer, has agreed a deal reported to be worth a record £52 million (58 million euros, $67 million) for a defender.

Monaco’s Mendy completes record Man City move

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London (AFP) – Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy has signed a mega five-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

The 23-year-old, who joined the French champions from Marseille last summer, has agreed a deal reported to be worth a record £52 million (58 million euros, $67 million) for a defender.

Pedro suffered multiple fractures – Conte 

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Singapore (AFP) – Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said Monday that forward Pedro sustained “multiple fractures” to his face after colliding with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was taken to hospital with a bloodied face after Ospina flew into him while clearing a ball with two fists during the Blues’ 3-0 pre-season win over their London rivals in Beijing on Saturday.

Spain’s Cejudo joins Australia’s Wanderers

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Sydney (AFP) – Winger Alvaro Cejudo has become the second Spanish signing for the Western Sydney Wanderers ahead of the next Australian A-League season, the club said on Monday.

Cejudo, 33, joins the former Asian Champions League winners from Real Betis as the club’s second marquee signing alongside striker and former Osasuna teammate Oriol Riera.

Jamaicans stun Mexico, book CONCACAF Gold Cup final with USA

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Kemar Lawrence scored in the 88th minute to give Jamaica a shocking 1-0 upset of defending champion Mexico on Sunday in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final match.

The 24-year-old fullback for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls expertly curled a left-footed free kick around the Mexico wall and just under the crossbar to deliver Jamaica a stunner at the Rose Bowl.