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If you’re not Mexican and play for Chivas USA … start packing!


The exodus continues at Chivas USA, which has traded two more talented men who don’t fit the clubs new-old developmental model, which is to cultivate the talent of Mexican heritage.

A day ago, Chivas USA traded Ben Zemanski, a versatile midfielder who averaged 24 games a season over his first three years in Southern California. Zemanski went to Portland in exchange for allocation money and the MLS rights for sometimes U.S. international Jonathan Bornstein.

The deciders in Chivas USA land are, at least, smart enough to retain All-Star goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. So far at least.

Bornstein started at Chivas, and he fits the club’s new personnel mandate. As the elusive “allocation money” is never disclosed, this one makes some sense. Some.

But not so with James Riley, who has moved today to D.C. United.

Chivas essentially gave the guy away.

So they join Nick LaBrocca, Shalrie Joseph, Casey Townsend, Danny Califf and Peter Vagenas as those expelled under the new way. We can debate if this purge is right … but they really need to extract value where they can, and not makes themselves the Dollar Store of MLS.

What did D.C. United have to give up for a 32-game starter in 2012? A second-round pick in the 2015 MLS supplemental draft, which is getting close to the “insult zone” for a seven-year starter in MLS.

From Washington, the Soccer Insider (a.k.a. The Washington Post’s Steven Goff) reported that Chivas USA will continue to pay a heavy portion of Riley’s $125,000 salary. So, it was essentially a roster dump.

Riley was never a game-changer, not at Chivas not in previous stops at Seattle and New England. Still, he’s a veteran, typically popular with local fans and now looks like the quintessential depth provider – especially if someone else is paying most of the freight.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).