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EPL sides line up for New York’s Tim Cahill


English Premier League teams are lining up to benefit from a possible short-term fling with New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill, according to a report in England’s Daily Mail.

The report mentions several clubs, including a couple of relegation-threatened strugglers who could surely use all the help they can possibly get.

Still, you have to believe that Everton remains Cahill’s most likely destination – assuming the Red Bulls want to loan out their valuable Designated Player.

Cahill and the Toffees enjoyed a wonderful relationship that spanned eight years and 226 games. They parted amicably last summer when Cahill, moving into the winter of his fine career, moved to MLS and the Red Bulls.

But it’s not just the cozy relationship that makes Everton such a high odds landing zone for the longtime Australian international. The men of Goodison Park find themselves in a surprisingly high position approaching the typically busy Christmas period.

The weekend’s stirring, late comeback over Tottenham has Everton in fourth place, still riding high on the great start for David Moyes’ team in the 2012-13 EPL campaign.

Moyes’ club, perennially among the best at squeezing the most from its roster, isn’t as deep as some of the teams that will be in pursuit of the Toffees over the season’s second half. So a performer of Cahill’s caliber, even on a two-month loan, would help protect against injuries and overuse during the busy spell ahead, and ensure that U.S. international Tim Howard and his team have the best chance to hold their lofty spot.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.