David Moyes pictured at Bundesliga match chatting with agent of German attacking pair

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David Moyes has been traveling a lot lately, taking in a lot of matches with the intent of scouting particular talent.

Today he traveled to Germany and has given legs to a pair of possible moves that would make sense in the fight to save Manchester United’s season.

On a trip to the Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich match today, Moyes was spotted with a key individual who could provide a clue into his desires.

The Manchester United boss was seen chatting with SportsTotal agent Sascha Breese.

Here’s why that’s important: SportsTotal represents a number of interesting individuals, including Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus, and according to Bild Breese is owner Volker Struth’s right-hand-man.

The most interesting of those is Kroos, who is out of a contract next summer and reports say his talks with Bayern on an extension have stalled.

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Manchester United manager David Moyes chats with SportsTotal representative Sascha Breese at a Bundesliga match today featuring Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old has featured in every one of Bayern’s Bundesliga matches thus far, of which the club is unbeaten, and he’s been essential in build-up play. Despite just a single goal and three assists to his name, Kroos has fashioned a 92% pass completion rate and completed 23-of-27 take-ons in his 17 Bundesliga matches this year.

With Juan Mata already in at Old Trafford for a reported £37 million ($61 million) transfer fee, it would be interesting to see exactly where Moyes would plan to fit Kroos in – something I’m sure he discussed with Breese.

The situation of the other intriguing name, Marco Reus, is a bit more clear.  With Ashley Young struggling on the left wing and Moyes insisting on playing Adnan Januzaj in the middle rather than on the flank (where he is arguably much better), Reus could provide an option on the touchline.

The 24-year-old Dortmund winger is having an outstanding season at Westfalenstadion, scoring eight goals and assisting five more, while adding two goals and three assists in the Champions League.

With Dusseldorf – the site of the match Moyes took in today – just 60 miles down the road from Dortmund, it’s possible we could see the United boss at Westfalenstadion tomorrow when Borussia Dortmund play FC Augsburg.  If so, it’s pretty clear who he’s watching.

Also represented by SportsTotal are Bayern’s Mario Gotze, Fulham left-back Sascha Riether, Schalke center-back Benedikt Höwedes, and Hoffenheim striker Eren Derdiyok among others.

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).