Stoke City may be about to add yet another North American to their ranks, as Canadian youngster Michael Petrasso is catching the eye of Mark Hughes.
Petrasso, 18, is a product of Toronto FC’s academy and Hughes signed him for Queens Park Rangers while he was boss at Loftus Road in 2012. QPR winger Petrasso has yet to play for the R’s first team, but has impressed on loan stints with Coventry City and Oldham Athletic this season as the young Canadian is making quite a name for himself.
According to reports from the Daily Mail Canadian youth international Petrasso could be set to join Stoke this summer when his current contract expires, as Hughes has tracked his progress closely since he left West London. Petrasso has shone for QPR’s reserve team and has taken that good form to the professional level with two stints in League One aiding his development considerably.
Described in the report as a “marauding winger with pace and creativity” Petrasso has had rave reviews from Coventry and Oldham after playing 22 times and scoring twice in his debut season as a pro.
One thing’s for sure, Potters boss Hughes loves to sign North American talent. At QPR he signed Canadian attacker Junior Hoillett, at Stoke he has already signed American internationals Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, Maurice Edu and Juan Agudelo. So, in a nutshell, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to see Petrasso wind up at Stoke.
Would it be good for the former TFC youngsters development? Who knows.
But making a step up to the PL and getting loaned out to a Championship team would kick him on to the next level. Let’s see if it happens, if it does we could soon be looking out for another North American name in the English top-flight.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.
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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.
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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.
Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.
Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.
NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.
The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.
Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”
Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.
The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.
Three moments that mattered
36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.
39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!
86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.
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Man of the match: Brad Guzan
Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)
Fresh off of completing a record deal to help bolster the club’s back line this summer, Manchester City is back at it with the Premier League season looming.
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The Citizens are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy to yet another world-record fee — which will total over $67 million.
Confirmation of the deal has yet to be announced by either team, but L’Equipe is reporting that the Citizens are hot on the 23-year-old’s trail in adding to their pricy back four.
Manager Pep Guardiola and Man City have not been shy readjusting their defensive unit over the past year, adding expensive first-team choices John Stones and Kyle Walker.