Report: Real Madrid line up $37.5 million move for Manchester City’s Joe Hart

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With Iker Cassilas and Diego Lopez already on board, it seems as though Real Madrid are not content at having two world-class ‘keepers in their stable.

Oh no, they want three.

According to reports from the UK and Spain on Tuesday, Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart is at the top of Carlo Ancelloti’s shopping list, with the 26-year-old earmarked as the long-term replacement for both Lopez and Casillas.

Lopez is the current number one after ousting Spanish international captain and Real legend Casillas from the starting spot in the last two seasons. However both players are 32-years-old and it is believed Madrid are looking to the future and want to tempt Hart to make the switch to Spain.

But would this shock move really come off?

Let’s look back to earlier this season, when a serious of blunders saw Hart dropped from Man City’s starting lineup as Costel Pantilimon took his place. Since he was dropped, following a horrendous last-minute mistake to hand Chelsea all three points in a massive game back in October, Hart has come eack in fine-form to prove his doubters wrong.

Hart will be between the sticks for the Three Lions this summer in Brazil, and with a Premier League title already under his belt and four full-seasons in the PL, he’s certainly racked up plenty of experience at such a young age for a ‘keeper. Most goalkeepers don’t get the chance to break into a first-team until they are approaching their late 20’s, but Hart already has 354 appearances to his name. Remarkable.

With Casillas expected to move on this summer if he continues to be understudy to Lopez at the Santiago Bernabeu, suddenly a spot will open up at Real Madrid. Of course Manchester City do not need the money, but they may feel it could be the perfect time to sell Hart and cash in while his form is good, in order to get the maximum fee for the product they’ve nurtured since 2006.

A move to Madrid may suit Hart, and England, as the goalkeeper may feel a switch from the pressure cooker of the PL will help him develop as a ‘keeper. That said, the main reason for joining Real would be success in Europe, as City have yet to make it past the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, while every season Real are genuine contenders for the biggest trophy in club soccer.

Hart to Real Madrid? Fact or fiction? Whatever you make of the rumor, Real will have to freshen up their goalkeeping situation soon. Looking to the future, they seem to have their heart set on Hart.

MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Greg Vanney and Toronto keep on doing their thing, and the Canadian side is yet another step closer to achieving MLS glory. TFC picked up its 50th point of the season on Saturday night after comfortably handling the Chicago Fire, who have cooled off significantly as of late in the Eastern Conference. The Fire are now nine points behind the East leaders and are losers of four of their last five matches.

Three moments that mattered

54′ — Accam, Fire level it up — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from everybody…

64′ — Hasler nets first MLS goal — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from all of their players…

90′ — Giovinco says goodnight to Chicago — That’s 12 goals on the season for Sebastian Giovinco and the TFC striker continues to help his side push towards the top seed in the East and MLS.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco

Goalscorers: Marco Delgado (14′), David Accam (54′), Nick Hasler (63′), Sebastian Giovinco (90′)

Video: Watts gifts D.C. United own goal for the ages

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Not many things have gone right for either side involved in 2017, but D.C. United was the recipient of a gift early on against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

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In the 27th minute, Rapids center back Jared Watts received the ball at the back, before making a routine back pass to USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard

Or at least, it should have been a routine back pass.

Instead, Watts’ pass was well off target and too strong for Howard to reach and landed in the back of the Rapids goal. 1-0 in favor of D.C.

Reminder: Both these teams sit at the bottom of their respective conferences on points.

MLS Snapshot: Piatti brace lifts Impact | Crew, Orlando City draw

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Montreal Impact have proven to be a second-half of the season team the last several years, and that form appears to be holding true once more. Mauro Biello’s side won its fourth straight match on Saturday, while Ignacio Piatti continues to show he’s one of the most deadly scorers in the league. Meanwhile, RSL’s six-match unbeaten run is snapped north of the border, leaving the Western Conference side three points out of sixth place.

Three four moments that mattered

11′ — Piatti nets his first of the night — The Impact made this attack look so easy, and Ignacio Piatti simply won’t miss a chance like this one.

26′ — Evan Bush left motionless as RSL equalize — Luis Silva took matters into his own hands, and boy did he connect with this effort!

29′ — Impact punish poor RSL defense — Guess who? Piatti has his second of the evening.

47′ — Hosts begin to pile it on — Anthony Jackson-Hamel played provider in the first two goals, so it’s only fair he got one of his own.

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Man of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Ignacio Piatti (11′, 29′), Luis Silva (26′), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (47′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Orlando City and the Crew settled for a point apiece on Saturday night, but for the former the club is running out of opportunities to pick up points in the playoff race. Giles Barnes pulled a goal back for the hosts after Lalas Abubakar netted his first MLS goal for the Crew, but Orlando couldn’t find a second. The Lions played up a man for the final 13 minutes, following Harrison Afful’s dismissal.

Three moments that mattered

35′ — Abubakar knocks in first MLS goal — Orlando City’s defensive woes are certainly notable as well, but for Lalas Abubakar this is a quality way to open his scoring account in MLS.

67′ — Barnes knots it up at 1-1 — The veteran MLS forward picked up his second goal of the season.

77′ — VAR used for red card decision — The video monitor came into play briefly in the second half, and Harrison Afful was sent off the pitch early after the referee viewed the defender’s elbow to the head of Yoshi Yotun.

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Man of the match: Zack Steffen

Goalscorers: Lalas Abubakar (35′), Giles Barnes (67′)

Atlanta United fans pack 20,000 into new stadium for training session

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Atlanta United is currently in the midst of a three-match road trip in MLS play, but that didn’t stop the club from unveiling its new home venue to a massive crowd of supporters on Saturday.

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Over 20,000 fans of the Eastern Conference expansion side filed into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch Gerardo Martino’s side train on Saturday as Atlanta prepares to finish out its road trip against D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union.

Atlanta will open up home play at their new stadium on September 10 when they host FC Dallas. The club will have the benefit of playing eight of its final 10 regular season matches in front of its Georgia fan base.

The first-year MLS side will share the stadium with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Here are some sights from the training session