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Premier League as it stands

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Does doing the math on who might clinch the Premier League title, who’s going to play in Europe next year and who’s going down leave you with a headache? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s a quick look at how the Premier League shakes out – based on how things stand at the conclusion of Sunday’s matches.

Relegation

We’ll start with something fairly straightforward. First, Cardiff City’s 3-0 loss to Newcastle and Fulham’s 4-1 defeat at Stoke leaves both sides relegated. They thought they’d try to get some points docked from Sunderland, but that’s not going to work, so they’ll be spending next season in the second division.

Speaking of Sunderland, hold on tight, because things are about to get tricky.

The Black Cats host West Brom on Wednesday in a match with huge implications on the relegation battle. Because the Baggies lost to Arsenal in Sunday’s early match, they’re just three points above the drop. However, because Norwich have a -32 goal difference, it’s almost impossible that West Brom could be relegated. Still, a point against Sunderland on Wednesday would make them mathematically safe – and puts Sunderland into the same “they’re never going to reach us on goal difference” category.

However, Sunderland could still drop down. If the Black Cats lose on Wednesday, it all comes down to the last round on Sunday. That’s when Norwich play host to Arsenal, who’ve got nothing left to play for, and Swansea, who are safe, visit Sunderland.

Europa League

Because Arsenal are officially in the Champions League, Hull City claim a spot in Europa, regardless of whether or not they win the FA Cup. So 5th and 6th head to Europe’s second tournament – but next season, the winner gets a spot in the Champions League, so it just might become a bit more exciting.

Everton didn’t manage to beat Manchester City in Saturday’s late game, but because Manchester United lost to Sunderland, the Toffees are assured of a place in the Europa League.

Tottenham, however, seem to have tired of the tournament, and threw away their chance to take England’s final slot by losing 2-0 to West Ham. That means United, with two games remaining, can still slip into sixth. The Red Devils will need to beat both Hull and Southampton, while Spurs will have to lose to Aston Villa next Sunday.

Champions League

Ok, this one is simple: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City will play in the Champions League next season. While the top three spots may not have fallen into place just yet, we do know that it’s Arsenal that will go into the qualifying round. Unless, of course, the Gunners manage to overcome the +18 goal difference Chelsea currently have over them (assuming Chelsea end up second, but if they don’t, it’s an even bigger gap Arsenal will need to leap).

Premier League Title

Deep breaths. Despite Liverpool playing Crystal Palace on Monday, and Manchester City hosting Aston Villa on Wednesday, the title can’t be decided until Sunday.

Currently Manchester City, who beat Everton 3-2 on Saturday, are top, thanks to a better goal difference than Liverpool. The Reds could re-take the lead at Palace, but unless they score more than ten, a win over Villa will have City back top come Sunday.

As for Chelsea, well…they’re almost out of it. After failing to score against Norwich, all the Blues can hope for is that both Liverpool and City will lose this week. Should that happen, Chelsea, who are currently a point behind both sides, will still have a chance to sneak in and grab the title.

That means Chelsea will need to beat Cardiff, which should be simple enough, while Manchester City fall to West Ham and Newcastle beat Liverpool.

Anyone think Chelsea can still do it?

MLS: Le Toux to join D.C., Timbers set to acquire Myers and more

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Two teams are set to bring in experienced players ahead of the new season, while another veteran has said his goodbye to his former club.

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D.C. United has reportedly signed veteran forward Sebastian Le Toux after spending last season with the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids.

According to SB Nation’s Black and Red United, Le Toux has inked a one-year deal with D.C. United. Le Toux has scored 57 goals in his time in MLS, with 50 of those goals coming with the Union.

Le Toux has also previously played for the New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.


Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers are reportedly set to sign long-time Sporting KC defender Chance Myers, who spent the last nine seasons with the Western Conference side.

The 29-year-old had made 147 appearances for Sporting KC since joining MLS, while adding two goals over that span.


Dax McCarty posted a heartfelt message to New York Red Bulls fans, players and staff following the veteran’s move to the Chicago Fire.

The midfielder was recently traded to the Eastern Conference side after the spending the last five-and-half years with the Red Bulls, where McCarty served as the team’s captain.

Gerrard urges Liverpool to “try and bid for Van Dijk”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Virgil Van Dijk‘s quick rise in the Premier League has caught the attention of many around England, and one of the division’s greats has high hopes the Dutchman will join his former side in the future.

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Steven Gerrard has suggested that Liverpool come out and pursue Van Dijk, who joined Southampton back in 2015 from Scottish side Celtic.

Gerrard — who is set to take a coaching position with Liverpool’s academy — believes the budding star would be a strong fit for the Reds, however, the ex-midfielder realizes it’ll be a hard sell.

“Who I think we need, I would go and try and bid for Van Dijk from Southampton,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “But we’ve had enough of their players so that will probably go down like a lead balloon.”

The 25-year-old has made waves in England’s top flight after quickly proving to be one of the division’s top defenders and helping guide the Saints towards the top half of the table since his arrival.

Report: San Diego making push to become future MLS expansion site

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With the NFL no longer the biggest show in town, San Diego could be bringing another football to the city in the near future.

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According to NBC 7 San Diego, FS Investors founder Mike Stone and former Qualcomm Vice Chairman Steve Altman are prepared to reveal their proposal on Monday that will bring a future MLS franchise to San Diego.

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The proposed move includes a stadium plan that will reside where the Chargers’ Qualcomm Stadium currently sits. With the NFL franchise now playing in Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball are the only remaining professional team in the area, out of the five major sports in the U.S.

NBC 7 is also reporting that a future San Diego team would share its facility with the San Diego State Aztecs football team.

MLS is currently up to 22 teams entering the 2017 season, while Los Angeles FC is also tabbed to enter the league next year. David Beckham’s Miami project is also considered to be the league’s 24th team, and MLS is likely to hold off on further announcements regarding expansion until later in 2017.

If San Diego were to be chosen as an expansion site, the club would become the fourth to call California home in the current state of MLS, joining the San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and LA FC (2018).

In addition to San Diego, several other cities are currently vying to enter MLS in the future, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Sacramento and Charlotte.

Hull’s Ryan Mason hospitalized following collision with Gary Cahill

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Ryan Mason of Hull City lies injured after the collision with Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Ryan Mason has undergone surgery following a scary collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill on Sunday.

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The Hull City midfielder was injured after knocking heads with Cahill during first half of the 2-0 defeat to the Blues. Nine minutes of first-half stoppage time were needed after Mason stayed down on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

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It has been confirmed by the club that Mason suffered a skull fracture, while it is has also been speculated that the 25-year-old could have had bleeding on his brain.

Mason will remain hospitalized for the “next few days,” according to the Tigers.

“The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery.

“Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
“Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.

“A further update will be issued tomorrow.”

While Mason was forced off during the match due to the injury, Cahill managed to continue for Chelsea and scored the game’s second goal.