Hull City 1-1 Cardiff City: All square at KC Stadium (video)

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It took awhile for the match between two of the Premier League’s newcomers to get off the ground, and even then, neither Hull City nor visiting Cardiff could do more than claim a point. But when survival must be the primary goal of both clubs this season, a mere point is better than none.

Tom Huddlestone, who made the move from Tottenham Hotspur in August, was responsible for creating Hull’s goal. The home side took advantage of a corner in the 40th minute, and it was Curtis Davies that got on the end of the excellent delivery from Huddlestone. Joe Lewis could do nothing to stop the close range header, and the Tigers went into the break thinking they just might have another home win on the books.

But Cardiff, who have refused to lose since their opening day fall to West Ham, had other plans for the match. The Bluebirds’ equalizer was a lovely one, with Don Cowie getting in a fine cross to Peter Whittingham, who volleyed home past Allan McGregor.

Both sides continued to press for the win. Just after the equalizer, Aron Gunnarsson put his shot just wide, and the attacker pulled a similar move ten minutes later. But with twenty minutes left to play, the visitors settled down a bit, allowing Hull the chance to get back in the game. Sone Aluko saw his goal disallowed and, in nearly the final move of the match, Danny Graham had a fantastic opportunity to give Hull all three points. Instead, he placed his header directly in the arms of the Cardiff keeper.

Hull City: McGregor, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Brady (Quinn 67), Aluko, Graham

Subs not used:Bruce, Meyler, Jakupovic, Boyd, Rosenior, McShane

Cardiff City: Lewis; Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Campbell (Gestede 65), Kim (Maynard 45), Gunnarsson, Cowie (Mutch 90),Theophile-Catharine

Subs not used: Noone, Hudson, Odemwingie, Moore

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.

Report: USMNT’s Arriola drawing transfer interest abroad, in MLS

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Paul Arriola’s motor was constantly running as the United States men’s national team claimed its sixth Gold Cup title, and it could drive him all the way from Club Tijuana to Europe or a prime spot on an MLS roster.

There’s a snag, though.

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Arriola is reportedly wanted by Real Salt Lake and clubs in both the Netherlands and Portugal, but the LA Galaxy has what Goal.com describes a “dubious homegrown player” claim on Arriola, who participated in a minimal of practices with the Galaxy when he was younger.

As you’ll see below, there isn’t much “homegrown” about it and, to its critics, it is peak MLS monopolized tomfoolery. Here’s how Goal describes it:

“He was already a U.S. youth national team player when he traveled the 120 miles from Chula Vista to take part in a handful of training sessions with the LA Galaxy academy and eventually the Galaxy first team.

“The Galaxy are believed to hold a homegrown player claim on Arriola, and would have the right of first refusal on making Arriola an offer if he comes to MLS. The Galaxy’s current salary-cap situation might not allow them to make a serious bid for Arriola.”

But… here’s how the Galaxy described his choosing to sign for TJ instead of a pro deal from LA in 2013:

“It’s a little disappointing,” Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Friday. “He went through our system, we offered him a contract and he decided to move on and go somewhere else. But that’s going to happen. It’s something that has happened before, and it’s something that will happen again.”

Arriola’s response in the same article? “I thank the Galaxy for giving me a wonderful opportunity to train with their first team and be a part of their first team which really taught me a lot.” That doesn’t read as much like he “went through their system.” He played in at least one U-18 game, debuting in October 2012, did more training with TJ in December 2012, and signed for the Mexican side in May 2013.

Should that qualify him as Homegrown?

https://www.transfermarkt.com/paul-arriola/leistungsdaten/spieler/189876

Did Arriola spent significant time with LA, or is it possible the Galaxy might reap rewards from having an already established youth national teamer to practice when he was a kid? Whether you’re okay with that or not, consider that it encourages clubs to pilfer rights without actually registering or training the player.

Not to mention there is no guarantee that playing in the Netherlands or Portugal will be better for his development than MLS. Benfica or Ajax and potential action in European tournaments? Maybe. NAC Breda or Tondela? Maybe not.

Nevermind the quagmire that is American youth soccer clubs’ not earning money from transfer fees, the Arriola drama seems baseless. We don’t know the Galaxy will hold the player hostage, but they would actually be depriving MLS of a talent, as LA would theoretically get nothing should TJ sell him to a European club.

In any event, check out Arriola’s use chart from Tijuana and you’ll see why he’s valued by Bruce Arena as well as his suitors. He’s a Swiss Army Knife. Here’s hoping Tinseltown doesn’t stop him from a proper next step (assuming he’s ready to leave Liga MX).