2014 MLS SuperDraft, final rounds: UMBC, New Mexico, Akron well-repped

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Rounds three and four of the MLS SuperDraft were conducted over conference call this afternoon and there were some interesting selections in the books.

Who’s the next diamond in the rough? UMBC forward Pete Caringi is off to Montreal, where the UMBC coach’s son will look to stay prolific with the Impact. Crafty left-footed midfieleder Aodhan Quinn moves from Akron to Philadelphia, while once highly-touted teammate Reinaldo Brenes has to wait until pick No. 76 to go to Sporting KC.

ROUND THREE:
39. POR: George Fochive, MF, UConn
40. CHV: Kris Tyrpak, MF, Houston Baptist
41. SKC: Peter Schmetz, MF, Houston Baptist
42. CBS: Fifi Baiden, MF, UCSB
43. DAL: Nicholas Walker, DF, Fairleigh Dickinson
44. PHI: Richard Marquez, DF, Redlands
45. CBS: Adam Bedell, MF, Detroit-Mercy
46. PHI: Alex Sweetin, MF, St. Louis
47. SJ: AJ Corrado, MF, Indiana
48. MTL: Pete Caringi, FW, UMBC
49. COL: Tolani Ibikunle, DF, Wake Forest
50. NWE: Pierre Omanga, FW, Southern New Hampshire
51. VAN: Michael Kafari, MF, New Mexico
52. PHI: Aodhan Quinn, MF, Akron
53. RSL: Joey Dillon, MF, Georgetown
54. HOU: Michael Lisch, GK, New Mexico
55. SEA: Stefano Rijssell, MF, Westside Connection
56. DCU: Zachery Barnes, MF, Creighton
57. SKC: Alex Martinez, MF, NC State

FOURTH ROUND:
58. VAN: Mackenzie Pridham, FW, Cal Poly
59. CHV: Michael Nwiloh, DF, Georgia State
60. TOR: Kene Eze, FW, Rutgers
61. CHI: Zach Bolden, MF, Denver
62. DAL: Ronny Santos Mendoza, DF, Ecuador
63. PHI: Luca Gimenez, MF, Wake Forest
64. VAN: Michael Calderon, MF, New Mexico
65. CHI: Kadeem Dacres, MF, UMBC
66. SJ: Devante Dubose, DF, Virginia Tech
67. MTL: Jordan Ongaro, FW, San Diego State
68. COL: Albert Edwards, DF, Lindsey Wilson College
69. DCU: Travis Golden, DF, Campbell
70. RSL: Daniel Jackson, FW, Coker College
71. POR: Victor Chavez, FW, UCLA
72. LA: Pass
73. POR: Nikita Kotlov, MF, Indiana
74: SJ: Billy Knutsen, GK, American
75. CHI: Bryan Ciesiulka, MF, Marquette
76. SKC: Reinaldo Brenes, FW, Akron
77. SEA: Fabio Pereira, MF, Michigan

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following: