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Trio of Dutch defenders find themselves nearing moves after bright World Cup

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Dutch defenders Daryl Janmaat, Bruno Martins Indi, and Stefan De Vrij are all in different stages of transfer negotiations after the World Cup put the youngsters on the map.

The trio, all of Eredivisie club Feyenoord, could be leading an exodus from the club after the young Netherlands squad finished a surprising third in the major tournament.

22 year old Martins Indi has completed a switch from the Dutch side to Portuguese giants FC Porto, Feyenoord confirmed.

Indi didn’t have as good a performance in Brazil as some of his young teammates, but it was enough to convince Porto to splash nearly $10 million, according to Goal.com’s Stefan Coerts.

Also according to Coerts, Indi’s contract with Porto includes a $54 million release clause should he make the jump to among the world’s elite defenders.

Indi was born in Portugal, but moved to the Netherlands when he was just three months old.

He made six appearances in the World Cup with the Dutch side, missing one match after getting knocked unconscious by Australia’s Tim Cahill.  However, he recovered in time to make the knockout stage and helped the Netherlands to a third-place finish. However, he was subbed off in three of his five starts, a poor mark for a defender even if one of those is due to injury.

The central defender made over 100 appearances with Feyenoord, joining the senior side from its academy in the 2010/11 season at just 18 years old.

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Daryl Janmaat (center) and Stefan de Vrij (right) could both be headed to big clubs after a successful World Cup.

Right-back Daryl Janmaat is nearing a move to Newcastle United, multiple reports in England are corroborating. For a reported fee of around $8.5 million, Janmaat is headed to St. James Park pending a medical today.

The medical would have taken place earlier, but apparently he got sick from the long flight back to Europe from the World Cup, where the 24-year-old made five appearances, including three full-90’s.

Janmaat would be a direct replacement for Mathieu Debuchy at right-back, after the French defender leaves for Arsenal.  Debuchy’s departure has not been made official yet, but it’s just about a foregone conclusion at this point.

Finally, Feyenoord could also lose World Cup standout Stefan de Vrij, who is rumored to be on a number of teams’ shortlists.

Dutch paper De Telegraaf quoted Feyenoord sporting director Martin van Geel as saying, “Stefan is a player who came through our youth academy and played in the first team for five years. He played an amazing World Cup and his contract is due to expire in one year. “If the right club comes along and puts in a good offer, we will definitely look at it.”

The 22-year-old was the Netherlands’ best defender in Brazil outside of standout Ron Vlaar, playing in all seven matches and picking up a goal in their opener against Spain.

De Vrij was stellar in the air, winning 18 of his 21 aerial duels according to Squawka statistics.  He also was exceptional on the ball, winning all six of his attempted take-ons.

He is rumored to be the most coveted by Manchester United, where his national team boss Louis van Gaal is taking over this season.  Also reportedly interested is Serie A side Lazio.

Columbus, NYCFC release new kits to mixed results

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Two Major League Soccer clubs have put their kits out there for the 2016 season. They’ve received a mediocre welcome at best.

Columbus was the first, and their kit makes a bold statement moving away from the traditional yellow and black that so often adorns their regular shirts. Instead, the kit incorporates the Columbus flag onto it. The release has seen quite a negative reaction on social media.

The kit was unveiled at the Columbus City Hall on Wednesday, featuring the traditional adidas stripes, although instead of the usual placement on the shoulders, the stripes come down the side of the torso. Recently, adidas has the tendency to copy general jersey patterns across its multiple properties, so look for this design with other clubs in the near future.

The negative reaction to the Columbus release isn’t terribly surprising considering fans often enjoy sticking to tradition, and backlash is common when clubs deviate from the norm. As an additional hurdle, the color contrast between red and yellow is somewhat stark, lending to the difficult reception. Add in the bright pastel blue shorts and…yikes.

While the club didn’t describe how they will utilize this kit during the season, it’s likely to be the primary (at least for now) as the club release says the kit portfolio also includes last year’s black kit, which is traditionally the away kit.

NYCFC’s release of their secondary kit was more positive, receiving a mixed response on social media.

As you can see, adidas again copied their general outline with the stripes down the side of the torso. However, the German clothing manufacturer did much better with the general design of these kits than the Columbus ones. I will give a bit of personal opinion here: I absolutely love these kits. The ripple effect accentuates the crest with a near-3D effect, and the colors mesh perfectly which serves to assuage the eye from being overwhelmed by a busy design. If there’s any criticism, it’s that without an outline, the Etihad logo tends to get in the way a bit, but that’s nitpicking. Well done NYCFC. Columbus…I’ll leave that one to you all.

Men In Blazers podcast: Romelu Lukaku Pod Special

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FA Cup recap: West Brom survives with penalty win over Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Darren Fletcher of West Bromwich Albion celebrates with team-mate Saido Berahino after scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay match between Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion at ABAX Stadium on February 10, 2016 in Peterborough, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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West Brom is the last team through to the FA Cup fifth round with a penalty win over Peterborough United after a 1-1 draw in their replay at ABAX Stadium.

Down 1-0 10 minutes after the halftime break, Darren Fletcher scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, and that scoreline lasted through regulation and extra time. Fletcher missed a penalty in the shootout, but Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster saved twice to put West Brom through.

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Other than the penalty shootout, things were quite even throughout the match. Posh actually lead slightly on possession, and had an 8-5 shots-on-target advantage as well. Jon Taylor was the man to score for Peterborough, putting them 1-0 ahead shortly after halftime. The 23-year-old midfielder also scored in the 2-2 draw at The Hawthornes in the original matchup.

West Brom will now take on Reading in the fifth round, a team that hammered Walsall 4-0 in their fourth round meeting. Reading currently sits 15th in the Championship table

VIDEO: Alejandro Bedoya scores extra-time winner for Nantes in Coupe de France

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01: Alejandro Bedoya of the United States controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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With USMNT World Cup qualifying not far away, Jurgen Klinsmann will certainly look to club performances to find out which of his players are grasping club opportunities by the horns.

One US national teamer in great form is Alejandro Bedoya. The 28-year-old has scored four times across all competitions since January 23rd, and his latest is a massive one. Bedoya sent Nantes to the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France with a 118th-minute winner against Bordeaux.

Bedoya has been a lightning rod for Nantes the past two or three seasons, but something he struggled for occasionally is consistent game time. Not anymore. The American has started five of their last six league matches, and since returning from some time off due to illness, Bedoya has featured in the starting lineup in nine of 11 Ligue 1 matches. What’s more, he’s finished the full 90 minutes in seven of those.

Klinsmann has looked to Bedoya in the past for a combination of electricity and defensive ability on the wing. Now, he may bring both endurance and a goalscoring threat to international competitions, which would go a long way in raising his national team stock.