Reports: Mauricio Pochettino to be named Spurs boss this week

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Multiple reports have labeled current Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and say the club will announce his signing sometime this week.

Sky Sports’ Jim White is reporting that Spurs have named Pochettino their number one target, while Goal.com’s Greg Stobart says the sides are coming to a close on a $5 million per year deal

The Press Association’s Southampton beat writer Simon Peach has confirmed the reports.

Pochettino has long been a target for Spurs, ever since the club reportedly got fed up with Frank de Boer publicly announcing his candidacy for the position and discussing private talks in public.

Reports say Pochettino is coveted at White Hart Lane despite his lack of top-level managerial experience because Daniel Levy is impressed with how he took a number of youth players and pieced them together successfully at Southampton.

Levy believes this will transfer to his patchwork squad at Spurs, which Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood both were relatively unable to get the $185 million squad to play together.

Spurs spent big last summer after selling Gareth Bale, but could never effectively replace the star winger, instead buying numerous players that the managers were unable to piece together consistently.

It will now likely be Pochettino’s job to get Tottenham through the Champions League brick wall the club has run into in recent years.

His appointment also may give Spurs a leg up in any spending they decide to execute this summer, with many of Southampton’s stars such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, and Jay Rodriguez coveted by top teams in the Premier League.

Stobart’s report indicates that Spurs are happy that the Argentinian speaks English with his players, but will ask him to stop speaking through an interpreter during press conferences.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.