Premier League teams on US Soil: Tuesday’s roundup and look ahead

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It was a day of open training sessions, meetings and general tomfoolery for Premier League teams hanging out in the United States on Tuesday. From Spurs meeting fans in Toronto to the Citizens training at Sporting Park, the US tours are conducting their opening acts.

[ RELATED: Schedule for PL teams on US tours]

[ STATESIDE: Stuart Holden to call mid-week MLS clash]

ARSENAL

Monday went well for the Gunners in New York, from Arsene Wenger celebrating America to a popular viral video of several players butchering the NYC accent.

On Tuesday, the team unleashed a list of everything they’ll be publicizing in New York City.

ASTON VILLA

The Villans met fans and signed autographs in Dallas ahead of Wednesday’s tilt with the city’s MLS squad. They also messed around in Jerry World:

Meanwhile, Villa’s No. 1 was in Chicago to toss out the first pitch at Wrigley Field:

 

CRYSTAL PALACE It’ll be another day til their match up with Columbus, but Crystal Palace continued to tout their training regimens on social media.

LIVERPOOL The Reds are readying for their tussle with AS Roma at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, which you’ll be able to watch live on NBCSN, online via Live Extra. Brendan Rodgers held an opening training session under the Green Monster:

And Rodgers wouldn’t be drawn into criticizing Luis Suarez for leaving Anfield.

MANCHESTER CITY Unfortunately — in many ways — the Citizens were unable to properly use fluff pieces and promotional endeavors on social media before their training session in Kansas City, thanks to a racial incident in their U-21 match back in Croatia caused the premature cancellation of a match.

MANCHESTER UNITED The Red Devils met with their own royalty, as David Beckham came by for some conversation and camera work. United takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night. The club also unveiled its away kit:

SWANSEA CITY The Welsh club is done with America — for now — after last week’s 1-1 draw against CD Guadalajara and a 2-0 loss to the NASL’s Minnesota United.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Having completed their first match over the weekend, a 3-3 draw against Seattle Sounders, Tottenham prepared for Wednesday’s match against former teammate Jermain Defoe with an opening training and autograph session at BMO Field (which is on Canadian soil, but you get the theme here and our diversion).

WEST BROMWICH ALBIONGraham Dorrans converted a penalty won by Victor Anichebe as the Baggies bested the Sacramento Republic in the first of two friendlies between the clubs. And apparently Gareth McAuley found out he wasn’t swimming correctly. Goalkeeper Ben Foster celebrated his new contract correctly:

Mascherano out 6 weeks, will miss Argentina vs. Brazil

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says defender Javier Mascherano will be out of action for six weeks to recover from a right knee injury.

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Barcelona’s season is over, but the injury will rule out Mascherano from Argentina’s friendly against Brazil on June 9.

Mascherano injured his leg early in Saturday’s final of the Copa del Rey, when Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to defend its title for a third straight season.

He also cut his head during the collision with an Alaves player that produced the leg injury. He returned on crutches to join the team celebration.

Argentina doesn’t play its next World Cup qualifier until it plays Uruguay on Aug. 28.

Courtois aiming at new Chelsea contract after strong season

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There’s a wide range of players that were integral in Chelsea’s Premier League-winning season in 2016/17, but one of the most underrated was arguably goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

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The Blues shot-stopper started all but two PL matches this past campaign, and now the Belgian international is seeking an extension with the London club.

“Contract talks haven’t opened but I am happy at Chelsea,” Courtois told Sky Sports after Chelsea’s loss to Arsenal at Wembley.

“I hope they reward me with a good contract, then there will be no doubt I will sign it.”

The 25-year-old keeper has been in at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Genk in 2011, but Courtois spent three seasons in Spain on a loan spell.

Courtois likened this PL campaign to his time on loan at Atletico Madrid, stating that while his side’s achievements in the league were everything Chelsea could have hoped for that there was still more the Blues could have done.

“It’s not a good feeling now,” Courtois told Chelsea’s official website. “I had the same thing in Spain when I won the league and then lost the Champions League.

“We wanted to end on a high, now we feel sad. Winning is everything so this is hard to face but we have to try to forget it.”

Francesco Totti on bench for final Roma match

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Sunday marks Francesco Totti’s final match with Roma after a stellar 24-year career, but the striker won’t be starting at the Stadio Olimpico.

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The 40-year-old was named to the bench for his club’s 2016/17 Serie A finale against Cagliari, with Roma needing a victory to capture second position in Italy’s top flight.

Napoli currently sits just one point behind the Giallorossi and hold a slight two-goal edge in goal differential, which could be a decisive factor in which side finishes second.

It would be quite odd for Roma to not give Totti playing time in his final outing, after a career that featured over 300 goals across all competitions for his hometown club.

Transfer rumor roundup: PL clubs losing ground for Dembele and more

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With all the major leagues across Europe either closing or already have finished it’s the season of transfer rumors once again.

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Here are several of the juiciest pieces from Sunday:

Three London sides could potentially miss out on Celtic star Moussa Dembele as AC Milan has emerged as a favorite to sign the top-rated Frenchman. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all expressed great interest in the promising attacker, who scored 17 goals this season for the Scottish champions.

After struggling at times this season to keep goals out, Liverpool could turn to France as a potential outlet to fix the cracks in their back line. AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy already has significant PL interest from Manchester United and Manchester City, but Jurgen Klopp‘s side could also put up a fight.

West Ham is looking to bolster its attack this summer, and with Pep Guardiola likely making significant changes at the Etihad Stadium, Kelechi Iheanacho could be on his way to the Hammers ahead of the 2017/18 PL season.

Manchester City higher ups are keen on having Guardiola bring back goalkeeper Joe Hart from Torino this summer. Hart spent last season on loan with the Italian club after Guardiola sent him away from England early in his managing tenure at the club.