Watch Live: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes (Lineups and Discuss)

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The Chicago Fire arrive at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night (Watch live at 10:30pm ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) for a clash with the San Jose Earthquakes as both sides look to get back to their winning ways.

Fresh off Saturday evening’s 1-1 home draw with Philadelphia Union, the Fire enter the match knowing that three points here will put them level for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. For the Quakes, they too are coming off a 1-1 draw last weekend but will look to use that point against the New York Red Bulls as a stepping stone to break their five match winless streak.

At eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from 18 games, the Fire will be licking their chops at the prospect of taking on the Quakes. Adding to that will be motivation from the Union match, where a Jeff Larentowicz 60th minute opener was erased by a late equalizer.

The result was disappointing but had the Fire thinking positive. “I think that we’re going to have to really look at the positive side of things. We don’t have time to dwell on a decision that was made or points that were lost. For me, we played well, you can only do what you can on the field,” said goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Fire head coach, Frank Yallop, echoed his keeper’s sentiments: “I wanted a lot of interchanging of positions. I thought, to be honest, if you look at the game, I thought we did enough to win the match. I thought our defenders and our defending was excellent.”


Meanwhile, the Quakes found themselves on the opposite side of the table having gone down early to the Red Bulls before finding the fortitude to fight back and grab a late winner through Steven Lenhart, his first goal in MLS since scoring a brace against Real Salt Lake last September.

The goal had Quakes coach Mark Watson hoping it was the beginning of more things to come. “It is going to important for us and for him. With goal scoring, sometimes you score a bunch and sometimes you can’t score at all,” Watson said. “Hopefully he has a bunch more in him in the upcoming games. He does a lot of work for us and he deserved a goal.”

Tonight the two sides face off in what promises to be an intriguing encounter.


San Jose: Busch, Francis, Bernardez, Hernandez, Stewart, Harris, Cronin, Pierazzi, Salinas, Wondo, Djalo

Chicago: Johnson; Palmer, Hurtado, Soumare, Segares; Alex, Watson, Larentowicz ©, Shipp; Amarikwa, Magee

Ronaldo: “I always believe I am the best”

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You’ve got to appreciate the over-sized ego of Cristiano Ronaldo, even if it is deserved.

The 33-year-old Real Madrid striker was bestowed the 2017 Player of the Year award from the Portugal FA, earning 65 percent of the vote. But more than winning yet another trophy to add to his burgeoning case was what he told the media after accepting the award.

“We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight (for the top awards),” Ronaldo said, via AS. “I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it in the field. We are in the fight year after year.”

Ronaldo did score 42 goals last year for Real Madrid and has scored 18 goals in 2018 alone already for Los Blancos as the club look to go back-to-back-to-back in the UEFA Champions League.

Miazga: “We’re all ready to make an impression” with USMNT

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Last October, for reasons unknown, Matt Miazga didn’t make the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for its final two World Cup qualifiers.

Five months later, he’s risen to the top of the centerback depth chart.

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The hulking centerback spoke on Tuesday as the USMNT started off its training camp in Cary, N.C., noting that the youth-laden squad wanted to make an impression to stay in the picture moving forward. With four years until the next World Cup and still more than a year until competitive matches, there is still plenty of shuffling and expanding of the player pool to do before then.

Have a listen to Miazga and enjoy the sights and sounds of the USMNT training camp ahead of its friendly match against Paraguay.


Banker Gaetano Micciche elected Serie A president

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MILAN (AP) Bank boss Gaetano Micciche has been elected president of Serie A.

Micciche, the president of Banca IMI, was chosen unanimously on Monday by the Italian league’s 20 clubs.

He succeeds Maurizio Beretta, who left the position nearly a year ago.

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The league has been under emergency leadership, first by former Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio then by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago.

Malago recommended Micciche for the position.

The federation remains under emergency leadership following Tavecchio’s resignation in the wake of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Report: Liverpool to resist all offers for Salah

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Liverpool has a message for any club looking to sign Mohamed Salah this summer: Not gonna happen.

The Merseyside club has reportedly said it will “not sell Salah under any circumstances this summer” as the Reds look to hold off the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to The Telegraph. Salah’s four-goal tally against Watford on Saturday took his goal total to an incredible 28 in 32 Premier League games, with another seven goals in cup competitions.

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Liverpool famously kept Barcelona – and Arsenal – off Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan striker wanted to leave in 2013, but Liverpool was only able to stop Barcelona from signing Philippe Coutinho for six months.

As things stand, Liverpool are qualified for the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League with the club sitting in a top four Premier League place, and keeping Salah is absolutely vital if the Reds want to make a deep run in the competition and compete for a Premier League title. It remains to be seen though if Salah is happy to stay at Liverpool or if a big-money offer from Spain or France can tempt him otherwise to set himself and his family financially for life.