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A quick guide to who’s come and gone from Premier League teams

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With rumors, friendlies, the World Cup and medicals, it’s easy to lose track of which players switched sides during the summer. Did this move happen? Did one team pull out of the deal?

In short, who’s on my team? We’ve put together a list of the bigger names to come and go this offseason.

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There’s still plenty of time in silly season for moves to be made, but let’s get you caught up on who’s moved to and away from Premier League clubs, as the season begins Aug. 16 (three weeks away!!)

Arsenal

In: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Hugo Keto (Helsinki), Elias Chatzitheodoridis (Mas Kallitheakos)

Out: Nicklas Bendtner, Chu-Young Park, Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Bacary Sagna (Man City)

Analysis: Debuchy replaces Sagna, and Sanchez is perhaps the biggest add in the Premier League this season. Will Arsene Wenger sign his big forward before the end of the window? It seems likely he has to bring a star man to the Emirates.

Aston Villa

In: Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham)

Out: Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Marc Albrighton (Leicester)

Analysis: Picking up Senderos is a big get for a Villa team that allowed the most goals of any team to stay up. Cole and Richardson are risks at best, as Villa needs a couple more strong bodies.

[ MORE: Trio of transfer moves include Swiss back’s Villa move ]

Burnley

In: Michael Kightly (Stoke), Steven Reid (West Brom), Matt Taylor (West Ham)

Out: David Edgar (Birmingham), Chris Baird (West Brom)

Analysis: The Baird loss is a big one, and Burnley will have a heck of a task to stay up without further add-ons.

Chelsea

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In: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)

Out: Samuel Eto’o, Thorgan Hazard (Monchengladbach), Tomas Kalas (Cologne), Ashley Cole (Roma), Demba Ba (Besiktas), David Luiz (PSG), Frank Lampard (New York City FC)

Analysis: The team is starting to look more and more like a Jose Mourinho squad, and it’s easy to forget he did his work last year without many of the players he’d like to have around. The Nemanja Matic signing of January almost feels like it should be included here, as it helps make up for the loss of Luiz. In Drogba, Fabregas and Luis, he has brought in good veteran depth that understands his demands.

[ RELATED: Didier Drogba officially returns to Chelsea ]

Crystal Palace

In: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)

Out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff), Dean Moxey (Bolton), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge), Danny Gabbidon

Analysis: They added a striker in Campbell, and Tony Pulis really needs to find some goals. Palace finished 11th last season but third-last in goals scored with a paltry 33. Another attacker is needed, if not two.

Everton

In: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Muhamed Besic (Ferencváros)

Out: None

Analysis: The whole thing shakes out as such: if Roberto Martinez doesn’t get to bring Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea full-time, he better find a forward to finish Ross Barkley and company’s work.

Hull City

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Livermore

In: Tom Ince (Blackpool), Jake Livermore (Tottenham), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)

Out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest), Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Koren

Analysis: Some more deft moves from Steve Bruce, who will hope to build off his FA Cup final run of a year ago. Snodgrass leaves Norwich to give the Tigers plenty in the middle, and Hull can be in good shape if Ince can find his promise.

Leicester City

In: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton), Matthew Upson (Brighton), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)

Out: Zak Whitbread (Derby County)

Analysis: Ulloa was brilliant for Brighton, and Upson can help the club learn the ropes of the Premier League.

Liverpool

In: Adam Lallana (Southampton), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica)

Out: Iago Aspas (Sevilla), Andre Wisdom (West Brom), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Analysis: The loss of Suarez is massive, and the Reds say they are not done replacing him. Markovic is a sneaky good signing, while Lallana is coming off a PL Team of the Year season. Surely manager Brendan Rodgers will add another striking option (Loic Remy?).

Manchester City

In: Fernando (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Wily Caballero (Malaga)

Out: Gareth Barry (Everton), Joleon Lescott, Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)

Analysis: Former Porto man Fernando gives City more depth in the midfield, but for now the champions look set to defend with a very similar lineup.

Manchester United

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Shaw, 19, was the youngest player at the 2014 World Cup.

In: Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ander Herrera (Bilbao)

Out: Ryan Giggs, Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Federico Macheda (Cardiff City), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers), Bebe (Benfica)

Analysis: The two pieces they’ve added are huge in quality, but depth is dwindling and Louis van Gaal wants to assess his current crop. United is woeful in defense outside of Shaw. LVG’s 3-5-2 can help mitigate that shallow depth, but surely he’d like to have options.

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Newcastle United

In: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife), Jack Colback (Sunderland)

Out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp), Shola Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)

Analysis: The Magpies are having a summer! After selling off players like Yohan Cabaye, Andy Carroll and Demba Ba over the past few years, Newcastle has only watched one key piece walk (Debuchy). They’ve added plenty in the attack and replaced Debuchy with the cheaper, younger, potentially better (one day) Janmaat.

Queens Park Rangers

In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Out: Stephane Mbia, Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa)

Analysis: The very veteran unit hasn’t added a bunch for Harry Redknapp, but Caulker is a solid signing. Do they have the know-how to stay up? Who knows, but keeping Loic Remy instead of his presumed move to Liverpool would be a good step. Otherwise, they need striking help.

Southampton

In: Dusan Radic (Twente), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord)

Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool).

Analysis: Set to lose Dejan Lovren and maybe more assets, the Koeman brothers have a lot of work to do. The vaunted academy can’t offset losses forever, and the Saints are set to lose four of their very best pieces.

Stoke City

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Sidwell

In: Steve Sidwell (Fulham), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Mame Biram Dioug (Hannover), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona)

Out: Michael Kightly (Burnley), Juan Agudelo, Mathew Etherington

Analysis: Quietly added three decent potential pieces before the flashy signing of Krkic from Barcelona. The Potters have had a very strong offseason under Mark Hughes. Bardsley is a very good move.

Sunderland

In: Jordi Gomez (Wigan), Billy Jones (West Brom), Costel Pantilimon (Man City), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea)

Out: Jack Colback (Newcastle), Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Craig Gardner (West Brom), Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys)

Analysis: The Black Cats need to find a desperate Gus Poyet some new men. For now this lucky to survive Sunderland side looks worse off than when the season ended.

Swansea City

In: Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Marvis Emnes (Middlesbrough), Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)

Out: Michel Vorm (Tottenham), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano), Michu (Napoli)

Analysis: Vorm and Michu are big names to Swans supporters, but the new blood is promising. Montero is a potential star, while the other three can be major factors either immediately — Gomis and Wilfried Bony could be a threatening pair — or in the long-term.

Tottenham Hotspur

In: Ben Davies (Swansea), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Out: Jake Livermore (Hull), Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)

Prognosis: Spurs did a bunch of business last summer, and are hoping signings like Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado come around. Vorm gives them depth behind Hugo Lloris, while losing Sigurdsson to bring in defensive power with Davies is a decent risk.

[ RELATED: Better deal – Sigurdsson and cash or Davies and Vorm? ]

West Bromwich Albion

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Lescott

In: Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Baird (Burnley), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Craig Gardner (Sunderland), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover)

Out: Liam Ridgewell (Portland), Steven Reid (Burnley), Billy Jones (Sunderland)

Prognosis: The Baggies gave up plenty of goals last season and stayed safe by a mere three points. They’ve added some punch with Ideye and revamped their back line with Baird and Lescott. Baird may be the coup of the group, with depth at center mid always good.

West Ham United

In: Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield), Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town), Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic)

Out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa), Matt Taylor (Burnley)

Prognosis: West Ham surged late to avoid the drop after spending a good portion of last season in the drop zone, and they moved quickly to grab some offense. Now with Andy Carroll out for up to four months, with the Hammers need to snag yet another striker?

 

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-2 Orlando City SC (video)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15:  David Villa #7 of New York City FC tries to keep the ball as Scott Caldwell #6 of New England Revolution defends during the inaugural game of the New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on March 15, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.The New York City FC defeated the New England Revolution 2-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): “It’s not how many times you get knocked down; it’s how many times you get back up.” If that is indeed the way the world works, New York City FC will be given every opportunity to prove themselves again and again and again. When they’re not losing 7-0 to their rivals, they’re blowing two-goal leads (and the simplest of chances to go 3-0 up — check out the videos below for more on that) inside the final 20 minutes at home a week later. Orlando City SC have made a habit of scoring stoppage-time goals this season (Sunday’s 94th-minute equalizer in the Bronx was their fifth), so you’ll have to excuse all of us who wholeheartedly expected NYCFC to snatch this 2-2 draw from the jaws of victory. With the draw, NYCFC remain fourth in the Eastern Conference, a point back of the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact for second and third, while Orlando City inch to level on points with sixth-place Toronto FC.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

42′ — Brilliant heads home not long before halftime — Everything seemed fine for NYCFC

66′ — Pirlo’s beautiful ball sets Villa up for 2-0 — Class. Pure class from everyone involved. Everything is fine.

70′ — Villa sends his PK effort sky high — What more can you say? Everything is still probably fine.

72′ — Baptista fires low to make it 2-1 — Villa left the door wide open, and Julio Baptista was quick to walk right through two minutes later. Everything is less fine.

90+4′ — Molino heads home with no time left — As soon as Villa missed the penalty, it was always going to end like this. Nothing is fine.

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Man of the match: David Villa (for a variety of reasons)

Goalscorers: Brilliant (42′), Villa (66′), Baptista (72′), Molino (90+4′)

Klinsmann excited about USMNT’s promising youngsters ahead of Copa America

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 29:  Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States Men's National Team watches his team play against Guatemala during the FIFA 2018  World Cup qualifier on March 29, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Guatemala 4-0.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The U.S. national team’s last 135 minutes of game time — the final 45 minutes of a 1-0 victory over Ecuador, followed by Saturday’s 4-0 dismantling of Bolivia here at Children’s Mercy Park — have supporters across the country harboring unfamiliar feelings these days: cautious optimism ahead of this week’s 2016 Copa America Centenario.

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It’s the best three-half stretch Jurgen Klinsmann’s side has enjoyed (against top-80 opposition, according FIFA world rankings) since … well, come to think of it, I’m not really sure when. In the last 24 months, the Yanks have lost away to Guatemala, drawn away to Trinidad & Tobago, lost the CONCACAF Cup to Mexico on home soil, finished fourth at the Gold Cup on home soil, and wrapped up 2014 with just one win in their last eight games of the calendar year, including three of four World Cup fixtures.

(When you write it all out like that, it sounds really bad. It’s been really bad.)

Yet, here stands the USMNT, five days from kicking off the centennial edition of Copa America, and a few pieces are beginning to fall into place for Klinsmann and Co. I waxed poetically about Saturday’s victory and all the positives it highlighted.

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Listening to Klinsmann and a handful of players speak after the game, there was a similar sense of confidence among the men on the field that a workable, sustainable formula had indeed been realized.

“The atmosphere is really good,” the 1990 World Cup-winning German said. “Fine-tuning elements, every training session helps you. I think no team will come into Copa America 100 percent or perfectly prepared. … It’s a bit tricky.”

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Perhaps no player on the USMNT’s Copa America roster has come further under Klinsmann’s tutelage, and in such a short period of time, than striker Bobby Wood, who has scored all five of his international goals inside the last five months and on Saturday assisted on Gyasi Zardes’s strike for a 3-0 lead with a quality cut-back cross from the end line — Wood, speaking after the game:

“I think as a team, we’re pretty confident,” Wood said. “We wanted to continue growing as a team with each game before the tournament. With these results, I think we did a good job to be confident going into the Colombia game. … I actually think two games ago, we were still pretty confident. Maybe the outside is putting pressure on us, but as a team inside the locker room, we’re pretty confident to do well. I think everyone is pretty hungry for Copa to start.”

It’s the USMNT’s current crop of youngsters like Wood, the 23-year-old now-Hamburg man, that gives American fans hope beyond Copa America with an eye toward the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The average age of the scorers of the USMNT’s last eight goals: 23 years old. No one is more excited by that progression than Klinsmann, who raved about Christian Pulisic after the 17-year-old became the youngest goalscorer in USMNT history on Saturday.

“What is wonderful to see is the growth of [the young] players over these last one or two years — how they improved their game, how they’re becoming more adult[-like], obviously stronger physically, but also becoming more confident,” he said of players like Wood, Zardes, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks, among others. “This is a process. The process is never-ending, but the first couple of years when you grow, it’s a big learning curve. How far this process takes us into Copa America, we’ll take it one step at a time. We put the pieces together the best way that we get the right results.

“I think over the next couple of weeks, they will definitely get their opportunities to play minutes, leave an impression, and to push more and more the established players toward the edge, which is their job. It will be a very intense and interesting next couple of weeks.”

 

Tens of thousands welcomed Real Madrid home after Champions League final

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MADRID (AP) Tens of thousands of fans endured the rain to greet Real Madrid players as they returned home early Sunday from their triumph in the Champions League final.

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Many waited all night after celebrating the team’s win over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout on Saturday in Milan.

The players arrived in Madrid at about 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) and traveled on an open bus to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, where an estimated 30,000 supporters welcomed the team.

Players carried the Champions League trophy atop the bus, constantly showing it to the cheering fans. The word “Campeones” and “11” were displayed prominently on the bus, in reference to the club’s 11th European title.

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Team captain Sergio Ramos, who scored Madrid’s goal in regulation time at the San Siro, took the walkway set up over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club’s scarf and flag, then lifted the trophy high above the famous figure.

A huge video screen was set up at the plaza to allow fans to watch the final, and the party began right after Cristiano Ronaldo converted the final penalty kick in the shootout to give the club its second European title in three seasons. Light shows and music entertained the fans through the night.

Atletico Madrid supporters, who again were denied the opportunity to celebrate the title, had gathered at a different viewing spot to watch the final.

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There were no reports of major incidents between fans of the rival clubs.

Real Madrid said “almost 80,000” fans watched Saturday’s final at the team’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where four huge screens were placed at midfield. The title celebration at the stadium included confetti thrown into the air as “We are the champions” played through loudspeakers.

The team will meet with the mayor of Madrid later on Sunday and again will parade through city streets.

The title celebrations will culminate at night at the Bernabeu.

Marek Hamsik absolutely smashes goal in Slovakia’s upset of Germany (video)

TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA - MARCH 25:  Marek Hamsik of Slovakia runs with the ball during the international friendly match between Slovakia and Latvia held at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho on March 25, 2016 in Trnava, Slovakia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Marek Hamsik hit a ball with such momentous force that we’re not sure it rotated more than three full turns on its 20-yard flight into the goal.

The Slovakia star’s goal equalized a friendly with Germany at 1, and Repre went on to hammer the reigning World Cup champs by a 3-1 score.

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I mean, really, what a hit. Bernd Leno had little hope of touching it.