Comparing World Cup teams to Premier League sides; pick a club

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With the 2014 World Cup over and just a month until the 2014-15 Premier League season begins, we got a bit creative.

If you loved watching the tournament down in Brazil this summer and want to adopt a PL team for the upcoming season, here’s a quick guide on which teams to follow.

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PST’s Nick Mendola had a go midway through the World Cup and now it’s all done and dusted, below is a list of which nations can be compared to the 20 PL teams.

Remember, you can watch every single PL game live on NBC Sports and NBC this season as well as online or on the app via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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COMPARING THE 20 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS TO WORLD CUP SIDES

USA: Dependable. Commited and they already have an American in Geoff Cameron. = Stoke City

Germany: Stacked with talent and both have won the biggest titles available to them. = Chelsea

Argentina: Both wear Sky Blue, plus the Citizens have three Argentines on the books.  = Manchester City

Netherlands: They play sexy soccer and are always there or there abouts. Talented. = Arsenal

Brazil: The heavyweights historically but both are going through transition. = Manchester United

Spain: Love to play attractive soccer but both teams came up short when it mattered. = Liverpool

Chile: High-pressing, fun to watch and always pushing the top teams all the way. = Everton

Colombia: Teams who possess plenty of young talent, neutrals love to watch both. = Southampton

Belgium: Star-studded talent who are robust, good going forward and have plenty of options. = Tottenham

France: ‘Le Toon’ have a huge number of French stars, both are on the cusp of a breakout. = Newcastle

Costa Rica: The surprise package, Palace shocked everyone last season, Los Ticos this summer. = Palace

Mexico: The type of team you hate playing against. Tough tackling. Grinders. = Sunderland

Ecuador: Regimented and on their day, can be lethal. Topsy-turvy teams who are unpredictable. = Hull City

Uruguay: Attractive style of play, don’t let up too many goals but never score that many either. = Swansea

Australia: The hardest-working team out here. Low on quality, high on effort. Proud. = Leicester City

Bosnia: Upstarts who are just getting established. Nobody really knows what to expect. = Burnley

Switzerland: Some would argue watching paint dry is more riveting, but capable of shocks. = Aston Villa

Ivory Coast: A real mix of experience and youth, both tend to underwhelm after promising plenty. = QPR

England: Solid. Rigid. Lack of creativity. What you see is what you get from these two. = West Brom

Croatia: You will have the bruises to prove it when you play these guys. Tough. = West Ham

MLS SuperDraft 2018 Live Tracker

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For a few dozen players, hearing their name called up to the big stage will validate all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made since they were children.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. when Los Angeles FC is on the clock at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft will be underway. Many of the top college prospects will soon find out whether they’ll be headed to the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, Southern California or anywhere in between.

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This year’s draft class is loaded with attacking talent, from Generation Adidas trio Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), Mason Toye (Indiana) and Francis Atuahene (Michigan) to Twumasi’s college teammate Jon Bakero.

But potential No. 1 overall pick is a three-time national champion, Thomas Hilliard-Arce, who could become the anchor of a backline for a decade.

Follow along below as we update the picks live as we hear them:

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Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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USMNT centerback Carter-Vickers heads to Ipswich Town on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has a new club to call home for the next five months or so after a rough first half of the season.

Tottenham announced Friday morning that it had loaned the U.S. Men’s National Team centerback to Championship club Ipswich Town for the rest of the season. Carter-Vickers spent the first five months of the season at fellow Championship side Sheffield United, starting 17 times though he struggled recently as Sheffield won just one game he played in during the month of December, losing three and drawing one.

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Carter-Vickers was then recalled earlier this week and now has a new home with a mid-table Championship club, with a new chance to impress. Hopefully Carter-Vickers can recover his form and continue to grow, potentially latching on to another Premier League side next year or breaking into the Tottenham first team.

There’s another interesting American tie-in to this. Carter-Vickers appears to be a short-term replacement for Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith, who the club states is headed to join the Colorado Rapids ahead of the 2018 MLS season.