Clint Dempsey

Newcastle United the latest club to be linked with a Clint Dempsey loan


This is pure rumor mongering, but until Clint Dempsey gives us some indication where he might be going this winter, it’s all we’ve got. We know his new deal with the Seattle Sounders allows him to go out on loan this winter . We also know that Tottenham Hotspur have the option of bringing him back to White Hart Lane, though with the log jam of players Spurs acquired in late August, there may not be room.

As such, teams from Aston Villa to Everton to Dempsey’s former club Fulham have been linked with the U.S. captain. Maybe Liverpool might want to get into the Dempsey game, having barely missed out of him in Aug. 2012. Even with his struggles to get healthy and productive in Seattle, Dempsey has a well-established reputation in England. Somebody will want to take a chance on him.

The latest link is an interesting one, mostly because of how much sense it makes. Newcastle United may not have been the first team that came to people’s minds, but given how Alan Pardew his ninth place team playing, it’s not a bad fit. Dempsey can fill in both wide roles and play as a second striker, providing another option for a team that has had trouble finding somebody beyond Loic Remy to score goals. By putting Hatem Ben Arfa on the bench, Pardew’s told his team he’s looking for more than pure talent. Dempsey’s always had a work ethic that could fit in (and win time) at any club.

Before we get too carried away, some context is needed. This rumor’s being relayed by the Guardian, who posted it in their daily transfer rumors piece. It isn’t sourced to another outlet, so it may just be gossip – something an agent or an executive has passed along.

But that’s all any transfer rumor is at this time of year. That doesn’t stop us from talking about it, and it doesn’t stop some rumors from being right. If this report is a seed that grows into a January loan, Dempsey could do a lot worse. With the Magpies, the U.S. captain will at least have a chance to earn a spot, albeit a temporary one.

LINEUPS: Tim Howard starts for USMNT against Costa Rica

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.

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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.

Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins record fourth European Golden Boot

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 13:  Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his four Golden Boot Awards as maximun goal scorer of European leagues at The Westin Palace Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.

The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.

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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.

Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:

What a special moment in my professional life!

Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.

I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.

Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.

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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.