The transition at Chivas USA continues with Nick LaBrocca’s trade late last week to Colorado. He isn’t Mexican or Mexican-American enough for the new regime.
Neither was Casey Townsend, who is now with D.C. United.
So the fire sale seems officially “on” as it concerns players who aren’t Chivas enough for Chivas USA. And there are two potential prizes.
Shalrie Joseph can be a fit in the right system, as we discussed earlier. Seeing as the Goats have lost leverage by being so forthright with their personnel plans, Chivas may need to eat a percentage of Joseph’s DP-level salary. Or he could renegotiate his deal, although pride could be an obstacle to that route.
Either way, a team could presumably get Joseph on the cheap.
But the real deal could be had with Dan Kennedy (pictured). Somewhere between 10-12 teams could probably upgrade their goalkeeping situation with Kennedy between the pipes.
The question, of course, is what the current ‘keeper scene looks at some of these places, whether it makes sense to give Chivas an asset (draft pick, allocation money, international slot, another player, whatever) for an marginal upgrade.
Clearly, for a few teams that have a sizable need in goal, Kennedy could be a premium find at a bargain price.
Liverpool isn’t planning on cashing in on one of the Premier League’s stars this summer.
Jurgen Klopp and Co. gave Barcelona a resolute “no” after Barcelona submitted a transfer bid of more than $93 million for Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho signed a new five-year contract with the club in January.
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“The main thing I think about is how we can make the next step with the players we had last season,” Klopp told reporters in Hong Kong earlier this week. “The good news is that actually we didn’t lose – and we will not lose – a player we want to keep this summer. That’s the best news actually and then we’ll see who can bring into the squad.”
Coutinho signed for Liverpool in 2013 but had a breakout year in 2015-2016, earning the PFA Young Player of the Year. Last year Coutinho became an even more consistent goal-scorer and playmaker, scoring 13 goals with seven assists in 34 Premier League appearances.
Keeping Coutinho is of supreme importance for Liverpool, which is back in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.
It’s Christmas in July for fans of La Liga Friday as the Spanish league published its schedule for the upcoming season.
Defending champions Real Madrid travel to Deportivo La Caruña on August 20, the opening match of the season while its rival Barcelona hosts Real Betis.
As it’s La Liga, the first date most fans searched for was the first El Clasico of the season, and the biennial battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on December 20 and May 6, with Real Madrid hosting the first match.
The first match comes just ahead of the Spanish winter break, while the second match comes at a busy period at the end of the season, where both teams will be hoping to still be competing in the UEFA Champions League.
Other interesting matches to keep an eye on in the first few weeks of the season include Real Madrid hosting Valencia in week two, the Barcelona derby between Barca and Espanyol in week three and Atletico Madrid taking on Sevilla in week six.
Here’s a look at this year’s La Liga schedule.
At this point, there is no doubt Diego Costa‘s future lies away from London and Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte broke his silence on the Brazilian-born Spain international striker, saying he’s been ready to move on from Costa since January, when Costa and Conte had a disagreement following a big-money offer from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian during the winter transfer window.
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“I don’t like to talk about players who are not here but the only thing I can tell you [is that] in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club for him and his agent,” Conte told reporters Friday. “For me the situation is closed.”
It’s an amazing turn of events after Costa scored 20 Premier League goals in Chelsea’s title-winning 2016-2017 season, including 14 goals through the end of December. But after falling out with Jose Mourinho a year earlier, the same issue happened again under Conte, with Costa proving much less effective down the stretch.
But Conte and Costa were able to put their differences aside on the field, photographed multiple times hugging after wins, as well as after winning the title.
Costa is reportedly now agitating for a move back to his former club Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish club’s transfer ban until the next window complicates matters. In a World Cup year, would Costa be willing to sit out half a season just to leave Chelsea?
If Costa’s time in the Premier League is up, he’ll go down as one of the league’s best pound-for-pound goalscorers. He scored 52 goals in 89 Premier League appearances, with seven more cup goals in his three-year spell at Chelsea.
And if he is gone, defenders across the Premier League will sure be happy to wave goodbye.
PRAGUE (AP) Sparta Prague says it has signed France midfielder Rio Mavuba to a three-year contract.
The 33-year-old Mavuba comes from French club Lille, which he joined in 2008. Before that, he played for Bordeaux and Spanish club Villarreal.
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Mavuba was on the France team at the 2014 World Cup.
He is the 10th player signed by Sparta after Italian coach Andrea Stramaccioni took charge in May.