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Major Link Soccer: The U.S. Open Cup Final is Here

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Also: big-hearted Brad Evans, another milestone for Messi, and Pulisic is a True Belieber.

Seattle

With the Sounders' big road match against Real Salt Lake looming this Saturday Sept. 23, get in the mood with the Sounders' "RLS v. SEA 101."

Week 29 officiating crew assignments from PRO are out, and Sorin Stoica will be the referee Saturday night.

Major Link Soccer: The U.S. Open Cup Final is Here

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Also: big-hearted Brad Evans, another milestone for Messi, and Pulisic is a True Belieber.

Seattle

With the Sounders' big road match against Real Salt Lake looming this Saturday Sept. 23, get in the mood with the Sounders' "RLS v. SEA 101."

Week 29 officiating crew assignments from PRO are out, and Sorin Stoica will be the referee Saturday night.

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona - 6 , Eibar - 1 | Extended Highlight Videos | Barca Match Videos

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FC Barcelona continued their winning ways in the League with a 6-1 thrashing of Eibar at home. Once again it was Lionel Messi who was the chief architect of the victory scoring four meanwhile the heroes from weekend - Paulinho and Dennis Saurez repeated their feats scoring one each.

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Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who host Real Betis on Wednesday.

Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who host Real Betis on Wednesday.

Messi inspires Barcelona, PSG win Champions League opener

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Paris (AFP) – Lionel Messi netted twice in Barcelona’s convincing 3-0 victory over Juventus that kicked off their Champions League campaign in style, while Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea also won big on Tuesday.

After a troubled summer, a home meeting with last season’s runners-up may not have been what Barcelona and their new coach Ernesto Valverde wanted, but Messi was at his brilliant best to give the Catalans the three points.

Messi inspires Barcelona, PSG win Champions League opener

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Paris (AFP) – Lionel Messi netted twice in Barcelona’s convincing 3-0 victory over Juventus that kicked off their Champions League campaign in style, while Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea also won big on Tuesday.

After a troubled summer, a home meeting with last season’s runners-up may not have been what Barcelona and their new coach Ernesto Valverde wanted, but Messi was at his brilliant best to give the Catalans the three points.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Barcelona edges Juventus, Roma ties Atletico, and more

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The 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage returned on Tuesday with 16 sides in action. A pair of mouthwatering fixtures featuring Spanish and Italian sides took centerstage. Barcelona welcomed Juventus to the Camp Nou while Atletico Madrid traveled to Roma.

Elsewhere, Manchester United began their return to the UEFA Champions League with a home match against Basel, while PSG traveled to Glasgow for a showdown with Celtic.

Messi double inspires Barcelona to Juventus revenge

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona defied an outgoing off-field crisis as another Lionel Messi-inspired display exacted revenge on Juventus to open their Champions League campaign with a resounding 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Messi was involved in all three goals as he beat Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in his career to open the floodgates just before half-time.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs Juventus

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Coverage of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage begins on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Group D opens with a meeting of two super clubs with Barcelona hosting Juventus. Manchester United is also in action.

Barcelona vs Juventus in Group D of the Champions League at 2:45pm on FS1.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/11/17

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Union's next opponent, MLS results, and Messi's new Barcelona contract "soon."

Philadelphia Union News

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Union face the Red Bulls in a marque Sunday afternoon, let's see how their last game went.

MLS News

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Ola Kamara scored his 15th goal of the season in first-half stoppage time as the Columbus Crew played to a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City.

Tuesday Kickoff: Lionel Messi drama, Diego Simeone signs extension and more

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Lionel Messi drama for both club and country headlines Tuesday's news.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reiterated that Lionel Messi's contract extension is already agreed upon and just awaiting the Argentine's signature. The reports come in the wake of criticism of Bartomeu and reports that Messi could leave if the executive remains in power at the club.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi to Man City – a dream or a possibility?

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Spanish football expert Terry Gibson believes Manchester City could sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi on a free transfer next summer.

In July, Messi agreed terms on a new contract that would keep him with Barca until 2021, but the Argentina international is yet to sign the deal.

Gibson thinks the 30-year-old could be tempted by a move away from the Nou Camp.

Did Messi block Ozil transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona?

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Reports in Spain are claiming that Lionel Messi blocked Mesut Ozil's arrival from Arsenal, citing the move as bad business. The German international was linked with a late move to the Catalan club, but it failed to materialise, and the latest claims are that Messi himself was the reason Barca backed out of the deal.

Messi makes amends for missed penalty in Barcelona win

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored twice and saw a penalty saved as Barcelona maintained their perfect start to the season in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Alaves on Saturday.

Without new signing Ousmane Dembele, who completed the second most expensive transfer ever by moving for 105 million euros ($125 million) from Borussia Dortmund on Friday, or the injured Luis Suarez, Messi ensured Barca didn’t lose any early ground in the title race despite a tumultuous start to the campaign off the field.

Messi makes amends for missed penalty in Barca win

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored twice and saw a penalty saved as Barcelona maintained their perfect start to the season in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Alaves on Saturday.

Without new signing Ousmane Dembele, who completed the second most expensive transfer ever by moving for 105 million euros ($125 million) from Borussia Dortmund on Friday, or the injured Luis Suarez, Messi ensured Barca didn’t lose any early ground in the title race despite a tumultuous start to the campaign off the field.

9 Days For Barcelona Board To Salvage Reputation

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Tick-tock, tick-tock... nowhere in football is the transfer market clock counting down louder than at Barcelona. And no one is sweating more than Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his board of directors.

They have nine days to, in the words of one prominent Spanish radio journalist on Monday night, ‘stop making fools of themselves', save the club's summer and save their own jobs.

Tuesday Kickoff: Lionel Messi's buyout clause, Andres Iniesta's contract and more

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Two of Barcelona's most recognizable stars headline Tuesday's news.

Pep Guardiola says he believes that a club could activate Lionel Messi's €300 million buyout clause. (REPORT)

Andres Iniesta says he could leave Barcelona when his contract with the club expired at the end of the season.

Monday Kickoff: Neymar blasts Barcelona, Lionel Messi contract and more

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Barcelona headlines news once again this Monday with reports involving the club's current star, a departed star and a potential future star.

Former Barcelona executiveJoan Laporta suggested Lionel Messi could leave the club ifpresident Josep Maria Bartomeu is not removed from his position.

Smashing a dynasty: How Real Madrid conquered Barcelona to become Spain’s dominant force

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Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Joan Gamper Trophy: Standing Ovations All Round As Barcelona Beat Chapecoense In Incredibly Emotional Friendly (Photos & Video)

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Chapecoense defender Neto (centre) weeps before the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly against Barcelona

Monday evening saw Barcelona play host to Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy, just nine months after the tragic plane crash that near-destroyed the Brazilian club.

As you might expect, emotions ran high throughout with the only three players to survive the disaster Jackson Follman, Neto and Alan Ruschel (all seen above) invited out onto the Camp Nou pitch before the match to perform a ceremonial kick-off.

Messi bids fond farewell to Neymar on Instagram

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram Wednesday after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a “huge pleasure” to have played with him.

The Catalan club confirmed Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi bids fond farewell to Neymar on Instagram

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram Wednesday after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a “huge pleasure” to have played with him.

The Catalan club confirmed Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

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Mbappe not on Messi’s level yet, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says new Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has plenty to prove before he can be considered on the same level as the all-time greats after Arsene Wenger said he could be the next Pele.

The Arsenal manager heaped praise on the French teenager, who joined the Paris giants from Monaco in the transfer window, linking up with Brazilian superstar Neymar to form a frightening forward line.

Mbappe not on Messi’s level yet, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says new Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has plenty to prove before he can be considered on the same level as the all-time greats after Arsene Wenger said he could be the next Pele.

The Arsenal manager heaped praise on the French teenager, who joined the Paris giants from Monaco in the transfer window, linking up with Brazilian superstar Neymar to form a frightening forward line.

Pele delighted by Neymar’s PSG switch

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian legend Pele hailed Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain as an opportunity for his his compatriot to “be the big star”, in an interview with goal.com on Friday.

Pele, who won the World Cup three times as a player and scored over 1,000 goals during his career, said that it would be good for Neymar to leave the shadow of former Barca teammate Lionel Messi.

Argentina, Uruguay collide in World Cup South America qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Luis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.

With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.

Argentina, Uruguay collide in World Cup South America qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Luis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.

With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.

Ronaldo named UEFA player of season for 2016-2017

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Monaco (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw.

Ronaldo named UEFA player of season for 2016-2017

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Monaco (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw.

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.

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Friday Kickoff: Lionel Messi contract delay, Isco re-signs with Real Madrid and more

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While one star's contract signing is continuously delayed, another put pen to paper on a new deal with his current club.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reiterated that Lionel Messi's father has signed a new contract on behalf of the star forward, who has still yet to put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him with the club until 2021.

Tottenham: U-19s Winger Marcus Edwards Demonstrates Why Mauricio Pochettino Calls Him ‘Mini Messi’ With Fantastic Solo Goal Against Dortmund (Video)

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At 5 ft 8in tall, Tottenham whippersnapper Marcus Edwards is actually a whole inch taller than Lionel Messi, but that hasn't stopped Mauricio Pochettino dubbing the 18-year-old winger "Mini Messi" regardless.

Indeed, the Spurs manager bestowed Edwards with the moniker after being suitably impressed by the Under-19s prodigy and his formidable dribbling skill, combined with a low centre of gravity and an eye for a finish.

The rise and fall of Adriano, the greatest player Zlatan ever played with

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Take a second to consider these footballers: Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Henrik Larsson, Clarence Seedorf, Javier Zanetti, Pavel Nedved and Patrick Vieira; the list of illustrious names to have shared the pitch with Zlatan Ibrahimovic is truly remarkable.

Man City prepare £275m bid for Lionel Messi

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Manchester City are ready to activate a £275m release clause in Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract, according to Yahoo. Messi has started...

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Alli, Suarez and Aguero? Former Liverpool star is stuck in a time warp

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Phil Thompson is well known for his passionate outbursts, but his latest comments regarding possible replacements for wantaway star Philippe Coutinho smacked of a man trapped in a different dimension.

The ex-Liverpool defender named Dele Alli, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as potential targets to replace Coutinho – probably about as likely as a triumphant return to Chelsea for Diego Costa.

EXTRA – Lionel Messi confirms that Neymar is leaving Barcelona!

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I know this is not Arsenal news, but this is the most momentous transfer in football history. There have been many rumours about PSG paying over 200 million to Barcelona for the Brazilian Neymar, but no-one seriously could believe that it would really happen. But now Lionel Messi has confirmed it himself on his Instagram [.