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Juan Agudelo potentially bound for Celtic in Scotland


Recently we talked about Chivas USA and U.S. international Juan Agudelo, about his training spell with Scottish giant Celtic.

The point I made then was that these training spells are de facto tryouts. They aren’t tryouts per se, but they serve the same function. (Which is why all these training spells that Jurgen Klinsmann always encourages, especially for young players, fall under the “law of unintended consequences. The “consequence” in this case is that the training spells abroad may not always be the best thing for MLS, serving to strip away talent.)

And who knows if a permanent move to Celtic would be best for Agudelo, who turns 20 today.

But it certainly looks as if Agudelo may get the chance. Word comes this morning that Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes to offer the young striker a deal.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that Agudelo is on the fast track to Glasgow.

As often as these transfer attempts to clubs abroad work out for promising young Americans, an equal number never happen – usually because MLS, in efforts to protect the value of all their players, reject transfer offers they deem insufficient.

In other words, news this morning of interest from Celtic Park is far more “beginning” on this tale than “conclusion.”

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.