Tony Pulis’ relegation scrap turned into a mid-table hunt last season at Crystal Palace, and now PST’s Premier League manager of the year is looking to make a charge even higher in the table.
According to The Daily Star (we know), Pulis is after a pair of Tottenham players to begin a summer of additions at Selhurst Park, one he’s chased since his days as Stoke City boss.
The report says the Eagles would love to get their hands on a Spurs mainstay as well as a midfielder who showed flashes of brilliance at White Hart Lane in 2013/14.
Spurs captain Michael Dawson and attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson are the names mentioned in the report, and both are a little curious. Though with Tottenham bringing in a new manager, any name could be on the table.
Dawson will turn 31 in November, and the 6-foot-3 center back has made over 300 appearances for Spurs since arriving from Nottingham Forest in 2005. Dawson only played in 16 Premier League matches for the club this season.
Sigurdsson, 24, scored five goals in 22 PL appearances this season, his best total as a Spurs player (He scored seven on loan to Swansea City from Hoffenheim in 2011/12).
Moving both players into the team’s spine alongside unheralded-but-fantastic Mile Jedinak would certainly strengthen Palace. And the concept of Spurs shedding some salary ahead of a Pochettino-led buying spree could also work well (though both players hardly seem like part of the problem). Is it win-win?
Scott Nicholls and Otis Earle welcomed Bob Bradley
to their “Beyond The Pitch” podcast to discuss his time coaching the Chicago Fire, the Fire’s current squad, how MLS has evolved, the new generation of players coming into the USMNT and more.
Perhaps most interesting is Bradley talking about previous losses with stinging emotion that sounds like they happened yesterday, including the 2000 MLS Cup.
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Since being fired from Swansea City after less than 100 days, Bradley has been linked with the Norway national team gig as well as a return to Los Angeles. Keep up with the U.S. coach here, and check it out:
Every dog has its day, and the three lower-tier clubs remaining in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are hoping for a second.
Miami FC, Sacramento Republic, and FC Cincinnati enjoyed wins over Major League Soccer sides in the fourth round, and now get further MLS tests in this week’s fifth round.
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Once FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids tangle on Tuesday, attention turns to the underdogs on Wednesday. Who has the best chance to advance?
- Miami FC vs. Atlanta United — Playing an MLS expansion side at Riccardo Silva Stadium will give Miami a bit of confidence, and this is also a side with some good experience in pressure spots. Whether it’s manager Alessandro Nesta or MLS vets Michel, Gabriel Farfan, and Michael Lahoud, MFC won’t shy away. Upset chance: Solid.
- FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire — The visitors are having a heck of a season in MLS and don’t have a group which will be worried by a huge crowd, but there’s no debating that 25,000-plus in Southern Ohio give FCC more than a puncher’s chance. Upset chance: Improbable, but possible
- LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic — If LA puts something close to its best side out there, Sacramento will struggle to stop its attack. Upset chance: Long shot.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, New England hosts DC United, Philadelphia visits the Red Bulls, Seattle is off to San Jose, and Houston hosts Sporting KC.
Since returning from a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul Niguez has been a somewhat under the radar star at Atletico Madrid.
Coming off his best season with Atleti, the 22-year-old Saul is making an even bigger name for himself at the U-21 EURO this summer.
Spain’s Saul scored a hat trick past Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy on Tuesday, and the second goal was laced with venom.
Getting onto the ball from 30-plus yards out, Saul smashed his shot with enough power that the ball barely had occasion to rotate.
Saul is under contract at the Vicente Calderon through 2022, and has three caps for Spain’s senior team, too. He was rated Atleti’s third-best performer by WhoScored this season.
Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.
Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.
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