RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: A fan holds a 'We Need Tickets' sign prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Prices for Belgium-United States eclipse $1,000 per ticket on the secondary market

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Our friends at Soccerly hit this earlier today, but since the United States’ World Cup knockout round opponents became known (after Belgium beat South Korea), the price of the tickets to the teams’ Round of 16 game have jumped. Whereas the secondary market originally had tickets going for an average of $850.98 earlier today, the price on Tiqiq.com is up to $1031, though tickets can had for as little as $400 each.

Those numbers include prices from all vendors in Tiqiq’s market, with seats covering a range of options at Salvador’s Fonte Nova Arena. For $400, you can sit in the corner of one of the arena’s upper levels, with tickets close to the field stretching as high as $1614.

In isolation, it’s difficult to see the scope of those numbers, but compared to the markets for the rest of the tournament’s second round matches, tickets for Belgium’s meeting with the U.S. are proving a low-to-mid-range value.

Here are all the Round of 16 average ticket prices, according to Tiqiq.com:

  • $2146 – Argentina vs. Switzerland (São Paulo)
  • $1731 – Colombia vs. Uruguay (Rio de Janeiro)
  • $1554 – Brazil vs. Chile (Belo Horizonte)
  • $1296 – Germany vs. Algeria (Porto Alegre)
  • $1121 – Netherlands vs. Mexico (Fortaleza)
  • $1031 – Belgium vs. United States (Salvador)
  • $797 – France vs. Nigeria (Brasilía)
  • $713 – Costa Rica vs. Greece (Recife)

(Mean: $1298.63; Median: $1208.50)

As much as the teams may be driving these prices, look at the cities at the top of the list. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, two of the largest cities in the world, are created a huge demand. Cities farther north (Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza) don’t have the same population bases, while the capital of Brasilía may be suffering from the same problem.

But we’ve heard about the huge presence the U.S. fans have had in Brazil. Same with Mexico. Those fan bases may be driving demand for games that might otherwise sit closer to France-Nigeria.

Tickets for the games in the two big cities? Of course, those are going to be expensive. If Brazil happened to be playing in one of those venues, who knows how high those prices would go.

Elsewhere, other factors need to generate the demand. When none of those factors exist? Costa Rica-Greece.

Mourinho’s agent: Coach paid $27 million in taxes in Spain

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United stands alongside his substitute Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on December 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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MADRID (AP) Jose Mourinho’s agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros ($27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.

The information was made public on Tuesday by Gestifute, a company run by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

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The Portuguese company has been releasing details about its clients’ tax declarations after European media outlets published what they claimed were details of apparent tax arrangements made by top soccer players and coaches, including Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.

Gestifute, which also has Ronaldo as a client, has already published documents allegedly showing that Spanish fiscal authorities have certified that Mourinho and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are “up to date on … obligations.”

Mourinho coached Real Madrid from 2010-13 and took charge of United this season.

Staying in Dallas: New contract for MLS Defender of the Year Hedges

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 12:  Giles Barnes #10 of the Houston Dynamo battles for the ball with Matt Hedges #24 of FC Dallas during their game at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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This is going to turn out to be one of the most exciting years of Matt Hedges’ life.

The FC Dallas man lead one of the best back lines in Major League Soccer to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.

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He’s also likely set for a chance to return to the USMNT fold under new coach Bruce Arena, as Hedges is one of the best players to be largely ignored by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hedges, 26, was named the MLS Defender of the Year and made the Best XI, and now he’s inked a new long-term deal with FC Dallas.

The four-year deal will keep Hedges in Dallas through his 30th birthday. Capped once, Hedges has 159 appearances with 11 goals for FCD.

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Two more Pulisic suitors in North London? USMNT teen in demand

Dortmund's Emre Mor, left, celebrates with Dortmund's Felix Passlack and Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, right, after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Darmstadt in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Dortmund defeated Darmstadt with 6-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Christian Pulisic is one of the most exciting young prospects in the world.

It’s a statement that isn’t often said without hyperbole when it comes to American standouts, but the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund man has seen his names in the gossip pages a few times this year.

While Liverpool has often been the destination, Italian site Calcio Mercato says Premier League interest is wider than Merseyside. The clubs? Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Dortmund doesn’t want to sell the youngster, who is locked up through 2019. The whispered price has been $31 million at a minimum, but perhaps BVB would be tempted given their wealth of young attacking options.

Pulisic has made 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, nabbing four goals and six assists. He has 11 caps and three goals for the USMNT as well.

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Real Madrid asks for “utmost respect” to Ronaldo following tax drama

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 03:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after missing a chance during the La Liga  match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on December 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo had been linked with massive tax evasion, but Real Madrid would ask you to kindly go back to treating him like a king now that he’s proven his innocence.

In a move usually reserved for politicians aiming for high office, Ronaldo’s agent released some of his tax documents to prove everything’s above board.

It all looks good, unlike what befell Neymar and Lionel Messi, so back off, huh?

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From Real Madrid:

In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.

Only the utmost for CR7.

Real Madrid hosts Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a match which will decide Group F of the UEFA Champions League.

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