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Arsenal

Spanish youngster admits he turned down Arsenal offer

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Arsenal are notorious for giving young talents an opportunity to perform in the early stages of their professional career. The club is also famous however for poaching young players before they have hit the ground running, only for them to turn into top class talents. Arsene Wenger has had the success stories of Cesc Fabregas, [.

SWOL Exclusive: Mikael Silvestre discusses Life, Football and Social Media

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Mikael Silvestre (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

With a career spanning more than a decade across four of Europe's best leagues, Mikael Silvestre is a journeyman of not just the Premier League, but European football as a whole. We caught up with the former French international to discuss matters past, present and future earlier this week.

Magpies rejuvenate pursuit of top defender

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is reportedly prepared to return to Lille with a £6 million offer to secure the services of highly rated right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

The French outfit recently belittled the Magpies' £4 million offer and reports suggested that they were seeking at least another 50% increase in the next offer.

Major League Soccer

Birmingham manager Zola says Spector could move to MLS

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Jonathan Spector has played in England for the entirety of his professional career, suiting up for Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham and, ultimately, Birmingham City. However, it appears his time in England may be coming towards its end as an offer from MLS has come in.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola says Spector has received offers that could see him return to the U.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jordan Morris

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The start of Jordan Morris' professional career hasn't gone as expected, but the Seattle Sounders rookie provided his first signature MLS moment on Saturday.

Morris netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Sounders to lead the way in a 2-1 victory at CenturyLink Field.

Steven Gerrard readies himself for final Anfield farewell this Saturday

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hopes he can keep his emotions in check when he bids farewell to Anfield on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old is set to make his final home appearance against Crystal Palace at the weekend to bring the curtain down on a 17-year professional career with the Reds before joining Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.

Steven Gerrard readies himself for final Anfield farewell this Saturday

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hopes he can keep his emotions in check when he bids farewell to Anfield on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old is set to make his final home appearance against Crystal Palace at the weekend to bring the curtain down on a 17-year professional career with the Reds before joining Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.

Report: Marcus Tracy Signs With MLS, Has Been Training With The Union

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Today it was announced that Marcus Tracy, the former standout college striker who left for Europe, will be returning to Major League Soccer after signing a contract with the league.

Tracy, who was originally from the Chestnut Hill district of Philadelphia but grew up in Connecticut, has been training with the Philadelphia Union recently while negotiating his next employment (h/t Jonathan Tannenwald).

Report: Marcus Tracy Signs With MLS, Has Been Training With The Union

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Today it was announced that Marcus Tracy, the former standout college striker who left for Europe, will be returning to Major League Soccer after signing a contract with the league.

Tracy, who was originally from the Chestnut Hill district of Philadelphia but grew up in Connecticut, has been training with the Philadelphia Union recently while negotiating his next employment (h/t Jonathan Tannenwald).

Cahill leaves Everton for Red Bulls

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According to Everton's official site, Tim Cahill is now a member of the New York Red Bulls and will be joining the MLS club later this week. The Australian international has 226 appearances for Everton scoring 56 times. Though he started as a youth player in Australia, the 32-year-old has spent his entire professional career in England, joining Millwall in 1997.

Revs Sign Striker Imbongo

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The Revolution added their second striker in three weeks by signing French forward Dimitry Imbongo on Monday.

The 22-year-old was acquired on a free transfer from the 1860 Munich system, which previously loaned him out to German third division club SV Darmstadt 98. In 13 games with Darmstadt during the 2011-12 season, Imbongo collected two assists but did not score.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Luis Silva

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Luis Silva scored the first two goals of his professional career during the past week, and for that he has won SBI's MLS Rookie of the Week award.

The Toronto FC rookie netted his first goal last Wednesday in the Reds' 3-2 victory over Canadian rival, the Montreal Impact. And he followed that up by scoring the winner in this past Sunday's 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution, a goal that capped a memorable week for the young forward out of UC Santa Barbara.

Spotlight on Tim Howard

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Tim Howard started his professional career in MLS 14 years ago, and for the first time in years he sounds committed to coming back to the league where his outstanding career began.

In an extensive interview with FOX Soccer, Howard discusses MLS, his future after soccer, returning to MLS, his decision to stay at Everton, and even his thoughts on U.

Seattle Sounders

Jordan Morris says he's feeling more comfortable

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"It helps to get the monkey off your back. There's a lot of pressure to get that first one, so that felt good."

Seattle Sounders rookie forward Jordan Morris scored his second goal of the season and of his professional career. His first, a week prior at CenturyLink Field against the Philadelphia Union, felt like a huge release of pressure for a player whose hype followed him every time he stepped onto the pitch.

Leo Gonzalez returns to Costa Rica with his first pro club

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Leo Gonzalez is going home. The former Seattle Sounders left back has signed a contract with Herediano, the club with whom he started his professional career in 2000. Gonzalez played for Herediano for seven years, making 154 first-team appearances before a short stint with Municipal Liberia that directly preceded his move to the Sounders.

Sounders acquire Martinez on loan

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Fan favorite Alvaro Fernandez may be gone, but Seattle Sounders supporters have another new player to cheer for in addition to recently-acquired Christian Tiffert.

The Sounders announced Monday that they added Honduran international midfielder Mario Martinez on loan from Real Espana.

New England Revolution

London Woodberry finds new home with New England Revolution

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After a stuttered start to his professional career, Woodberry has settled down thousands of miles away from home.

The New England Revolution surgically worked possession out to the right flank in the ninth minute of a May 2015 match at Gillette Stadium. Several runners surged into the penalty area, hoping to will a cross past Luis Robles, the New York Red Bulls goalkeeper.

Revolution Transfers 2012: Shalrie Joseph Traded to Chivas USA

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The New England Revolution have traded club captain and longtime loyal soldier Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA in exchange for Blair Gavin, the Goats' natural second-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft, and allocation money. Joseph, one of the Revs' two designated players, leaves New England for the first time since his professional career began.

Brazil

Goal Scoring Goalie?

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Perhaps unknown to soccer fans outside of Brazil, Rogério Ceni is somewhat of a legend in Brazil, especially to fans of São Paulo FC, the team he's played at his entire professional career (since 1993). Ceni is known for being extremely loyal to São Paulo: he holds the record for most matches played as captain of a single team (950), player who has most won with a single team (590 victories), and most matches played for a single team (1207).

Finkler joins Victory

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Today, Melbourne Victory confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder, Guilherme Finkler, on a two-year deal. Most recently Finkler played with ABC Futebol Clube after he was loaned out by Criciuma, a team in Brazil's second division. While the attacking midfielder has spent the majority of his professional career playing in Brazil, in 2006/07 he tried

striker

Liverpool trialist Daniel Carr is an Arsenal supporter

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Liverpool might want to move fast if they want to sign their non-league trialist Daniel Carr. Reports suggest that Premier League rivals Chelsea are ready to hijack the Reds' move for Carr. If Arsenal join the race too that could put Brendan Rodgers' side out of the running completely. That's because Dulwich Hamlet striker Carr [.

Alessandro Del Piero Signs Two-Year Deal With A-League Club Sydney FC (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Alessandro Del Piero has signed a two-year, €2 million-a-year contract with Sydney FC, thus making the Australian A-League team only the third club side that the Italian footballing demi-god will have represented throughout his 22-year professional career.

An Argentinian 'Jewel' raring to ignite the Serie A for Palermo, Paulo Dybala has arrived!

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By Daniel Colasimone

Paulo Dybala is a footballing Jimmy McNulty. If you are unfamiliar with the HBO series The Wire, the McNulty character is a detective who just happens to have an ingrained talent for what he does. He is possessed of an instinct that sets him apart from the rest of the knuckleheads around him.

Luna’s Solid Performance Doesn’t Change Hyndman’s Thought Process at Striker

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For the second time in his short yet promising professional career, Ruben Luna went a full 90 minutes for FC Dallas in Saturday's 3-2 win over Colorado. The last time the young striker went the distance was on April 1, 2011 at Columbus. And by all accounts, Luna was solid against the Rapids, displaying some of the same skills-like holding the ball, drawing cards and generally making life difficult on the opposition, that everyone who has seen him play knows he can display at a moment's notice.

Italy’s Mario Balotelli To Become A Father As Ex-Girlfriend, Rafaella Fico Announces Pregnancy

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You may be experiencing a hangover of the worst kind now but if you haven't had your coffee for the day, this news is bound to cure it immediatamente!Â

Earlier today, Mario Balotelli's ex girlfriend, Rafaella Fico announced to local Italian newspaper 'Chi' (because the others hadn't bothered, really) that she was pregnant with the 21-year-old striker's child.

College Soccer

SBI College Preview: UNC's Lopez takes starring role for defending champions

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With all of the talent that Mikey Lopez had around him last season, it was understandable for the U.S. Under-20 midfielder's contributions to get a bit lost in the shuffle at the University of North Carolina.

U.S. in Liga MX

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Six players on the roster have made Mexico their home for professional football, and tonight's match represents a special opportunity. A snapshot of the Liga MX'ers:

  • DaMarcus Beasley: Beasley made the move to Mexico and Puebla FC in the summer of 2011. Since then, the 30-year-old midfielder has scored seven goals in more than 30 league appearances for La Franja.

Alex Morgan

USWNT vs New Zealand Match Diary

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In their quarterfinal against New Zealand today, the USWNT came away with a 2-0 win after looking by far the better side for the entire match. Abby Wambach scored yet again (if I were a betting man, er, woman.

Sounders Women Face Two in Colorado

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This is a fantabulous female footy weekend. It starts Saturday morning with the USWNT facing Canada in a friendly at Rio Tinto in Sandy, Utah at 11:00am. This is the final game prior to the US team heading to the London Olympics. Rapinoe, Morgan, Solo and Leroux will be facing a team that they beat 4-0 in Vancouver this past winter.

The Rest

Mallory Pugh leaves UCLA to begin professional career

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One of the brightest U.S. Women's National Team stars is set to begin her professional career.

UCLA announced on Monday night that Mallory Pugh has left the school to pursue the next stage of her career. Pugh enrolled in UCLA in the winter and was set to begin her college career this fall.

Five Years In, The NWSL Continues to Be About More Than Just Soccer

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As the NWSL kicks off its historic fifth season, McCall Zerboni wants to repeat as champions in a new city, Kat Williamson reflects on her favorite memories and rookie Morgan Andrews can't wait to begin her professional career.

McCall Zerboni isn't ready to retire. At the age of 30, Zerboni is up against the same challenge she's faced throughout her career but in a new environment as Cary, North Carolina will serve as the backdrop for the ninth season of her professional career.

Darius Madison signs pro contract with Kitsap Pumas

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Former Union Academy forward will begin his pro career with Kitsap Pumas in the mostly amateur Premier Development League on Saturday.

Philadelphia native and former Philadelphia Union youth player Darius Madison will be starting his professional career on Saturday with the Bremerton, Washington club Kitsap Pumas.

Philadelphia Union Academy alum signs with Harrisburg

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Shane Campbell announced his signing with the City Islanders via social media yesterday.

York, Pennsylvania native Shane Campbell will have a chance to start his professional career close to home. The former Louisville and Penn State defender/midfielder who spent time with the Philadelphia Union Academy announced that he had signed with the Harrisburg City Islanders on social media Tuesday.

Q&A with RGVFC's Charly Flores From The USMNT U-20 Camp

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In his first camp with the USMNT U-20 squad, Charly Flores was able to fill me in on the exciting beginning to his professional career.

Juan "Charly" Flores was the first official signing of Houston Dynamo USL affiliate side, RGVFC, at the end of 2015. This week, he's been participating in his first USMNT camps, training with the U-20 side as they prepare for some exhibition matches in Florida.

Herrera: This is one of my best ever days

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Ander Herrera put in a fantastic shift today in United's 3-1 win over Aston Villa. As well as scoring two goals, for the first time in his career, he bossed the game from midfield.

The Spaniard has today hailed this game as one of the best days in his life.

It was a great day, one of the best in my professional career.

Americans Abroad Spotlight: Garza thriving at Club Tijuana after difficult start to pro career

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When Greg Garza scored the first goal of his professional career earlier this month, he was overcome with so much emotion that he couldn't settle on a single way to celebrate it, so he settled on two different celebrations.

Americans Abroad Spotlight: Boyd adapts to new surroundings at Rapid Vienna

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After the busiest summer of his brief professional career, Terrence Boyd joined Austrian club Rapid Vienna from German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in July with the idea that he would find the necessary playing time to further his development.

Jones sets out to clean up his game

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Jermaine Jones has earned the reputation of a hard-tackling destroyer in central midfield, play that has made him a bit of a card magnet for both club and country.

More than a decade into his professional career and at age 30, Jones is setting out to clean up his act.

According to reports from Germany, Jermaine Jones is making a bet with Schalke general manager Horst Heldt that he won't get more than five yellow cards this upcoming season.

Shea Likely to Return Saturday, Off Bench

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Coming off the bench isn't something Brek Shea has done a lot of for FC Dallas over the past few years if not during his entire professional career. But if the Bryan native returns this weekend as FCD hosts Chivas USA, that's likely how he'll return to the pitch at FC Dallas Stadium, as a substitute.

Union trade Mwanga for Perlaza

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Wednesday that they have traded Danny Mwanga to Portland Timbers for Colombian forward Jorge Perlaza.

Danny Mwanga was the Union's first pick in the 2010 SuperDraft.

Perlaza had been a rumored target of the Union in before the 2011 season.