Major League Soccer’s Round 6:
Rationale, motive and intent: Chivas USA’s No. 1 needed to be big near the end in Toronto as the Goats secured their third road win of 2012. He was also Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week (separate from ProSoccerTalk’s Player of the Week.)
- San Jose’s Steven Beitashour
- Kansas City’s Aurelien Collin
- Los Angeles’ David Junior Lopes
- Seattle’s Zach Scott
Rationale, motive and intent: Scott was Seattle’s right back Saturday, scoring against Colorado and holding down his side with a starter’s verve, never mind that he’s a seldom-used backup. David Junior Lopes won’t make anyone around the Home Depot Center forget about Omar Gonzalez, but his debut in a Galaxy shirt was solid enough. (One caveat, it came against struggling Portland, so we’ll see about this one …)
- D.C. United’s Perry Kitchen
- Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso
- San Jose’s Rafael Baca
- Kansas City Roger Espinoza
- Philadelphia’s Keon Daniel
Rationale, motive and intent: Lots of defensive-minded midfielders in this one. Kitchen played perhaps his best match this year for United. Baca was on top of things after a slow start in his team’s 2-2 draw in New York. Daniel, skillful on offense and defense and always busy on the Union’s left side, is one of Major League Soccer’s underrated men this year.
Rationale, motive and intent: I pretty much covered it yesterday in a post about Perez. Short version: he’s a bustling bit of industry and finds plenty of ways to make a positive impact. Saturday it was a goal and an assist.
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.