U.S. mens head coach Caleb Porter instructs his team in the second half of an under-23 international friendly soccer match against Mexico at FC Dallas Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Frisco, Texas. The U.S. won 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
BERLIN (AP) Arjen Robben has extended his contract with Bayern Munich for another year.
Bayern says the Netherlands winger’s contract will run until the end of June 2018.
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Robben has been with the club for almost eight years, joining from Real Madrid in 2009.
He has scored 82 goals in 152 Bundesliga matches, 14 goals in 23 German Cup games and 21 goals in 53 Champions League matches, including the winning goal against Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final.
Antonio Valencia has a fan in Jose Mourinho.
The Manchester United fullback, 31, has added a year to his contract. Scheduled to become a free agent after this season, his contract now runs through 2018.
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Ecuador’s captain, Valencia arrived at United from Wigan in 2009 after spending time with El Nacional and Villarreal.
He has 21 goals in 270 appearances, and has played 2,042 minutes under Mourinho. This season, Valencia is averaging 2.4 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per match.
After three days of celebrating its first two rounds, Major League Soccer will complete its surprise-ridden 2017 SuperDraft on Tuesday with a 2 p.m. EDT conference call.
Friday’s first round featured fewer trades than many expected, and a bit of a stunner in its first overall pick: Minnesota United tabbed UCLA attacker Abu Danladi.
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Danladi would’ve gone soon after, however, with most of the surprises coming outside of the Top Six. Vancouver’s opted for outside back Jakob Nerwinski (UConn) at 7, Houston tabbed Hofstra’s Joe Holland at 10, and Colorado looked to its backyard for Denver’s Sam Hamilton.
That helped Brandon Aubrey slide to 21st, while Canada’s two Generation Adidas players, Adonijah Reid and Shamit Shome, dipped deep into the second round.
It also means some very productive college players, and supposed first round prospects, could be hungry steals when the draft returns today. Here’s some low-risk, high-reward players for rounds that sometimes see teams pass on individual picks altogether.
Chris Wingate, MID, New Hampshire — Engine room feature piece at UNH
Wulito Fernandes, FWD, UMass Lowell — Cape Verde striker has flair
Jorge Gomez Sanchez, FWD, Temple — 27 goals in two years is good
Chris Nanco, FWD, Syracuse — Showed big upside at MLS Combine
Brandt Bronico, MID, Charlotte — Steadied any worries at Combine
Daniel Deakin, FWD, South Carolina — English striker great at set pieces
Russell Cicerone, FWD, Buffalo — Combine overshadowed solid four years
Christian Thierjung, FWD, California — 18 goals last two seasons
Eddie Sanchez, MID, Portland — Game changer in WCC; Can it translate?
Jordan Wilson, DEF, Kentucky — Scottish center back did well at UK
New Chinese Super League rules stopped the nation from acquiring four of the biggest names in the football world.
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And Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui says it had Falcao and Benfica forward Raul Jimenez signed and sealed before the new rules were announced. The club already has Korean midfielder Kwon Kyung-won, Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, and Brazil’s Geuvânio on the books.
But the new rules, which will limit the amount of foreign players on a team to three, hampered his hopes. From the BBC:
But Chinese clubs will only be able to field three foreign players per game when the new season starts.
“This situation has brought a change to our signing plans,” said Shu.
“The online reports about Costa – it’s true we’d like him, and we made an offer for Cavani and were deep in negotiations,” said Shu.
So clearly Costa’s “back injury” seems more likely to be the burden of financial desires on his shoulders. That said, MLS commissioner Don Garber will crack a wry smile at the new rules.