Jorge Luis Pinto will not return as Costa Rica head coach

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Cinderella has lost her fairy godmother. After guiding Costa Rica to the World Cup quarterfinals, Colombian manager Jorge Luis Pinto will not return to the Ticos, a surprising turn considering the popularity he gained during his team’s run in Brazil. Unable to reach a new contract agreement with the Costa Rican federation, the 61-year-old’s now in search of a new starlet to guide to the ball.

“I want to heartily thank Mr. Pinto,” Eduardo Li, president of the Costa Rican federation, said at a press conference in San Jose. “The entire Costa Rican public, coaches and managers are pleased with what was achieved in Brazil.”

“Unfortunately, we we’re able to come to an agreement on a few aspects [of a new contract].”

According to Pinto, speaking at the same press conference, disagreements within the federation’s technical staff contributed to the decision. Li, however, remains open to the idea of having the Colombian boss back.

“The doors are still open. We won’t rule out the opportunity of having Mr. Pinto back in the future.”

Pinto joined Costa Rica for the second time in 2011, guiding the Ticos to second in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. In Brazil, drawn with England, Italy, and Uruguay, Costa Rica faced long odds of advancing out  of its group, but after being eliminated on penalty kicks by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, Pinto’s team left the competition undefeated.

“The success was everyone’s,” Pinto explained, “not just mine, everyone’s.”

With that success, Pinto should have no problem finding a job in Colombia, where the former national team boss has served as head coach with Millionarios, Santa Fe, Deportivo Cali, Atlético Junior, and Atlético Nacional, among others.

The bigger question, given how much influence Pinto had on their success: Where does Costa Rica turn now?

2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)

Report: Man City adding Mendy to continue backline restoration

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Fresh off of completing a record deal to help bolster the club’s back line this summer, Manchester City is back at it with the Premier League season looming.

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The Citizens are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy to yet another world-record fee — which will total over $67 million.

Confirmation of the deal has yet to be announced by either team, but L’Equipe is reporting that the Citizens are hot on the 23-year-old’s trail in adding to their pricy back four.

Manager Pep Guardiola and Man City have not been shy readjusting their defensive unit over the past year, adding expensive first-team choices John Stones and Kyle Walker.