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Manchester United close to signing David Beckham’s son Brooklyn

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It’s one of those stories that you expect to see, but when you do, it still surprises you.

David Beckham’s career as a professional soccer player has only just finished, but it seems as though his eldest son Brooklyn could be about to follow in his father’s footsteps and sign for Manchester United as a teenager.

Reports suggest that Brooklyn, 14, has been on trial with United and current youth team managers Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt (who just happen to be two of Beckham’s former teammates who came through the yanks at United ranks with him) have been impressed with what they’ve seen from young Brooklyn whilst he’s been on a trial.

Son of an international superstar and global icon to billions through his actions on and off the pitch, Brooklyn certainly has a lot to live up to in the eyes of many. But perhaps a life at United being coached by some of Becks’ closest friends is exactly what he will need to make it in the big time.

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Which one of the Beckham clan will follow in their father’s footsteps?

Bookmakers in the UK have been eying up the possibility of another Beckham becoming a soccer superstar for quite some time. Odds of 12-1 for Brooklyn to become an England international have been floating around, and if he does sign a deal to play for United’s academy, expect those odds to dwindle. But isn’t this all a bit much for a youth player?

It is, but this is the world we live in. And it’s not like Brooklyn isn’t taking his dream of playing soccer professionally seriously, he most certainly is. The eldest Beckham heir played for the LA Galaxy’s academy whilst his Dad played in MLS and has also turned out for QPR’s academy side recently after Beckham moved the family back to the UK. He has somewhere standing right next to him who can give him all the advice and wisdom he needs to succeed, as having your Dad being England’s all-time outfield record cap winner and having played for United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and LA Galaxy, he’s got a good mentor.

Brooklyn is expected to sign with United in January, so expect the public glare to be watching his every move on the soccer pitch for the next few years as he aims to emulate his father by playing for Manchester United and England. It won’t be easy, but with a gene pool like his, the kids got every chance.

Who knows, he could even be loaned out to his father’s future MLS franchise in Miami for experience in a few years time?

Brand Beckham could soon have a new leading man.

USC wins NCAA women’s soccer national championship

Southern California's Morgan Andrews celebrates after scoring a goal against West Virginia during the first half in the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Katie Johnson broke a tie in the 75th minute and Southern California won the NCAA women’s soccer title Sunday, beating top-ranked West Virginia 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on Sunday.

The second-seeded Trojans (19-4-2) also won the College Cup in 2007.

The Mountaineers (23-2-2) lost for the first time since a 1-0 setback to Georgetown on Sept. 18. West Virginia had a 17-game unbeaten streak snapped, and allowed three goals for the first all season.

Johnson, who also had the winning goal in USC’s 1-0 semifinal victory over Georgetown on Friday, was wide open in front of the net when Leah Pruitt took a pass up the left sideline, beat defender Easther Mayi Kith, and delivered a perfect cross. Johnson simply rolled the ball into the goal to the right of goalkeeper Rylee Foster.

Johnson scored again off an assist from Nicole Molen in the 87th minute.

The Trojans got on the board just 1:22 into play after Julia Bingham directed a corner kick to the top of the penalty box, where Savannah Levin headed the ball forward to Morgan Andrews, whose header from 5 yards eluded Foster.

West Virginia’s Ashley Lawrence, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, tied it in the 66th minute when she ripped a shot from the top left corner of the penalty box just inside the near post.

After USC took the 2-1 lead, the Mountaineers nearly drew even in the 81st minute on a shot by Heather Kaleiohi that was stopped on a diving save by goalkeeper Sammy Prudhomme.

The Mountaineers outshot USC 21-8 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Trojans joined North Carolina (21 titles), Notre Dame (3) and Portland (3) as the only multiple winners of the College Cup.

USC won its 126th national team title on the same day its men’s water polo team lost 10-8 to Cal in the NCAA final just 45 miles away in Berkeley.

West Virginia, in its first College Cup final, was hoping to claim its first NCAA title in any sport besides its co-ed rifle team, which has won 18 national titles.

VIDEO: 70-yard volley from Chile is nearly impossible to believe

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His name is Alejandro Camargo, and he scored what might just go down as the best goal of 2016 on Sunday: an impossibly perfect volley from well beyond the halfway line.

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Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.

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“The coach told us Pinto was always playing in advance of his goal, so I closed my eyes and hit it,” Camargo said after the game.

“Hit it and hope” has never looked so good.

Roma fans stay away from derby to protest new security barriers

A view of a huge section of empty seats as Roma fans desert derby in protest over security barriers, during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Roma, at the Rome Olympic stadium Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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ROME (AP) Roma’s most ardent supporters stayed away from the derby match against Lazio in protest at barriers introduced at the start of last season in their area.

Normally filled with supporters waving huge banners, lighting flares and singing, half of the “curva sud” — southern end — of the Stadio Olimpico was left empty for Sunday’s match.

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Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.

But the appeals had no effect.

In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.

The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.

VIDEO: “Behind The Badge: Watford FC” — Episode 2

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In Episode 2 of Behind the Badge: Watford FC, watch the players’ recovery after a win against Leicester, a look at the club’s one-of-a-kind internship program and a flashback to a memorable moment in Watford’s history.

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To watch past episodes of Behind The Badge, including last season’s edition featuring a look inside Crystal Palace, head over to the full archive by clicking here.

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First episode: Watch full episode, here
Second episode: Above video
Third episode: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Fourth episode: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN