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Manchester United table $40 million bid for Luke Shaw. Is he worth it?


A few hours after Manchester United drew 1-1 with Southampton in the final game of their miserable Premier League season, the Red Devils are looking to cherry-pick one of England’s brightest talents.

Saints’ 18-year-old left back Luke Shaw is a man in demand as Chelsea and Manchester City have been sniffing around the England international but according to various reports United have tabled a $40 million bid on Sunday.

With Patrice Evra out of contract and a monumental rebuild underway at Old Trafford this summer, it seems as though Shaw is top of United’s wish-list as they aim to freshen up their defense and bring a more youthful approach.

However, $40 million is a lot of money for a teenager who has only played one full season in the PL. Is Shaw worth it?

Shaw will be heading to Brazil as part of England’s 23-man squad at the World Cup this summer and many of the PL big boys want to try and seal his signature before he heads to South America. The teenager is the jewel in the crown of an extremely talented crop of youngsters at St. Mary’s who have all come through the famed Staplewood academy.

With the future of Saints skipper and Shaw’s fellow England international Adam Lallana also uncertain, plus manager Mauricio Pochettino failing to commit himself to the club until he knows the plans of the new chairman and board, we could see a clean sweep of Southampton’s staff this summer. That would be a huge shame as Shaw, Lallana and others have achieved Southampton’s best-ever PL season in 2013-14 with an eighth place finish and 56 points on the board.

As for Shaw’s future, he signed a new long-term deal with Saints at the start of the current season and has shone in his first full season in the PL after appearing for half the season as a 17-year-old in the 2013-13 campaign. At the age of 18 he already has 57 appearances in the PL under his belt an dis likely to be a star of the future with his level headed approach and confident displays clear for all to see. This year he was named to the PFA Team of the Season at left back and was a nominee for PFA Young Player of the Year. His marauding runs down the left flank see his deceptive pace bamboozle opposition defenders and the teenage sensation never seems to put a foot wrong. As good as he is going forward, there are a few question marks about his defending but he is sure to improve that side of his game with experience.

It is likely Saints will try to hold onto their star youngster and demand in excess of $50 million for his services but if United get the chance to snap Shaw up, they should do it. This kid, just like Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Saints’ academy in the past, is going right to the top.

In fact, he’s almost there already.

Klinsmann blames Costa Rica loss on Mexico hangover

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The United States lost their third straight match on home soil tonight, the first such losing streak since 1997.

Following an extra-time loss to Mexico on Saturday, the U.S. failed to compete in a friendly against Costa Rica, putting in another poor performance as the side continues to struggle.

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In his post match press conference, Jurgen Klinsmann said his team was still shaking off the loss against Mexico, and couldn’t recover in time for tonight’s game.

Yes, the United States’ match against Mexico went 120 minutes. Yes, it was a very tough game both physically and mentally. However, it’s time for Klinsmann to stop making excuses.

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Of the starting XI against Costa Rica, only four started against Mexico. Of the six substitutes Klinsmann brought in today, only Bobby Wood played in the Mexico match, and for less than 25 minutes.

The problem isn’t that the U.S. lost tonight; it’s that they didn’t even show up. What Klinsmann needed to do was walk into his press conference and say, “We didn’t come to play tonight. We stunk. That can’t happen and we need to be better. It starts with me.”

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Top teams don’t dwell on past results. Top teams rebound quickly and back up poor performances with strong performances. When a top team would have bounced back, the United States fell flat.

Clearly the argument is, well, the United States isn’t a top team. But isn’t that what Klinsmann was brought in to do? To help develop the USMNT into a top team? The least they could do is act like one, and that starts with the manager.

College Soccer Update: Tragedy strikes USC Upstate with horrible car accident

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No interviews today. No star players and programs. Just mourning.

USC Upstate lost four students earlier this week, two of them men’s soccer players, in an early morning car accident this weekend. A fifth was injured when the car they were driving in ran off the road, hit a tree, and caught fire.

James Campbell and Mills Sproul are the soccer players who’ve left the pitch for the final time.

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USC Upstate’s athletic department held a candelight vigil on Monday, and honored both players with online memorials.

From Campbell’s, entitled “James Campbell Was an Intense Player Whose Competitiveness Made Those Around Him Play Harder”:

While Kyle Juell and James attended different high schools, they played club soccer together. “James was intense and passionate on the field,” Juell said. “He was the kind of aggressive player you wanted as a teammate. He was fun and warm and full of life and he cared so much about his teammates.”

From Sproul’s, entitled “Mills Sproul Put the Needs of Others Before His Own and Was Accepting of All”:

Mills’ teammate Deon Rose said that Mills was like the brother he never had.

“The first time I met him, I knew that he was special,” Rose said. “Not because he asked me if we had beaches in Canada or how Canadians survived without Chick-fil-A, but because he had an unconditional love for everyone and everything.”

Our thoughts are with the USC Upstate team, and entire community. Rest in peace.

Three stars of the week

1. University of California Santa Barbara — The Gauchos leapt from “receiving votes” to No. 14 in the nation. The Gauchos have won five-straight, all in-state, by a combined score of 13-3.

2. Joey Piatczyc, West Virginia — The midfielder leads the nation in assists with 12, one coming in Tuesday’s upset of Penn State, a match in which he also scored his first of the year. The Mountaineers shocked PSU with a 3-0 home win in Morgantown.

3. Francis Atuahene and Colin McAtee, Michigan — The Ghanaian freshman is a lightning bolt, and keeps producing goals along with the redshirt senior McAtee, who hails from San Diego. The Wolverines beat Duquesne 3-0 on Tuesday.

Other notes

— Creighton dropped two of its 24 first place votes, one each to North Carolina and Stanford, but remains the No.1 men’s team in the nation.

— Wake Forest hasn’t allowed a goal in three matches, against quality competition in NC State, South Carolina and Boston College. There were stretches in the 2-0 win over South Carolina where they looked unbeatable.

— Speaking of the Demon Deacons, they’ll face dangerous UNC on Saturday in what will be a cracker.

— Also No. 1:Florida State (Women’s D-1), Gannon (Women’s D-2), Trinity of Texas (Women’s D-3), Pfeiffer (Men’s D-2), Franklin & Marshall (Men’s D-3).