WATCH: Jurgen Klinsmann still adamant Europe is the place to be for U.S. stars

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On Friday U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann joined fans from across the country on a special Google hangout arranged by U.S. Soccer. In the chat press officer for the USMNT, Michael Kammarman, opened up the floor to several fans to ask Klismann their questions.

One of the most intriguing questions came right at the end, as a fan from Colorado Springs asked Klinsmann what he thought about several of the USA’s star players heading back to MLS and if he still advised his squad to play in Europe instead of picking the U.S. top flight.

“For MLS and for fans here in the United States it is great to have Michael Bradley back and Clint Dempsey back and see these players week in, week out,” Klinsmann said. “For us as a national team it is challenging because you want your top players playing with the best players possible. The best players possible are playing in the Champions League in Europe. That is where you would love to see your players.”

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So, with the likes of Bradley and Dempsey switching potential Champions League soccer for MLS and huge contracts, does Klinsmann understand why they made the move back?

“You have to understand those decisions, they come back and get very good contracts that secures their future’s and they help the league to grow and get better. We need MLS to grow and get better every year, which it does, ” Klinsmann said. “They are doing a great job, we are still not where the Premier League is, or Serie A or Bundesliga or Spain. We have to make these compromises, they are what they are.”

While to finish the hangout, Klinsmann insisted he will do whatever he can to push his players to head overseas and play for top teams in Europe but also stated he is willing to help any of his players, no matter where they play their club soccer.

“I will keep pushing the players and if they have the opportunity to go to a good club in Europe and fight through the European system, and they can hopefully one day play in the Champions League, I will help them to do that,” Klinsmann said. “You got to take it the way it is and help everyone you can. I help the players in MLS the same way I help the player in Europe or Mexico.”

Mexico star Marquez back at Atlas after US drug sanctions

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.

Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.

In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.

Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.

Atlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.

Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

Wolfsburg hires Martin Schmidt after firing Andries Jonker

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) Wolfsburg has hired Martin Schmidt to coach the Bundesliga side as a swift replacement for Andries Jonker.

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Jonker was fired on Monday after less than seven months in charge, with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stuttgart leaving Wolfsburg with four points from its opening four league games of the new campaign.

The 50-year-old Schmidt has signed a contract through 2019 and he will take charge of Tuesday’s game against Werder Bremen.

The Swiss coach left Mainz by mutual consent in May after almost three years in charge. Mainz finished last season in 15th place in the Bundesliga, above Wolfsburg on goal difference. Wolfsburg only survived in the Bundesliga last season by a winning a playoff.

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Swapping cleats for gloves: Rio Ferdinand to become a boxer

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It wouldn’t be the first time a professional athlete has tried his hand at another sport, but this one is a bit surprising.

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The Telegraph is reporting that ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is poised to become a professional boxer and is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old has been a pundit for BBC and BT Sport since retiring from soccer 2015, but the six-time Premier League winner appears ready to tackle a new venture.

Ferdinand will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse — who went on to become British light-welterweight champion.

Below is a video Ferdinand posted to his Instagram account on Monday which appears to show him practice dodging with a personal trainer.

Dodging Rain Drops…. Reaction Drill… Keep Moving!! 💧🎾 @chrisvarnavas

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Cavani, Neymar feud presents questions about PSG chemistry

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Paris Saint-Germain picked up its sixth consecutive win to start the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, but something else happened during the team’s 2-0 victory over Lyon that should be a show for concern.

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In fact, two notable sequences occurred during the match that proved money cannot buy chemistry — or how the saying goes.

The issues on both occasions were between summer signing Neymar and Edinson Cavani — who has been with PSG since 2013.

First, a free kick situation arose where Cavani had appeared that he was going to take the set piece, until Brazilian defender Dani Alves stepped in and took the ball and proceeded to give it to his national and club teammate, Neymar.

The second occurence was even more embarrassing though, as Neymar and Cavani argued over who would take a penalty kick, which Cavani ultimately got his way before having his shot saved by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Below is a video containing a piece of both instances.