Morgan Schneiderlin slams Southampton after Spurs move is blocked

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What is going on at Southampton?

The Premier League club is turning into a walking soap opera this summer, as players continue to leave, the club continues to rake in the transfer fees and now more players want out. Or so it appears.

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Earlier on Tuesday Saints’ Canadian chairman Ralph Krueger stated that Tottenham Hotspur targets Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin would not be going anywhere despite reports suggesting a deal for the duo was close to being completed.

Saints, in case you forgot, have sold Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool this summer, plus Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Calum Chambers to Arsenal. They raised over $170 million by selling those five key players but Krueger insisted that new players would now be brought in and the likes of Schneiderlin and Rodriguez would stay to be the core of a new team under new manager Ronald Koeman.

Schneiderlin isn’t having any of it.

The French international, who was a late call up to the France’s squad and played in central midfield for Les Blues at the 2014 World Cup, has since taken to Twitter and sent the following message out.

Reading between the lines it is not too difficult to work out what Schneiderlin is talking about, as the Frenchman has just arrived back at the club after his extended break due France making the World Cup quarterfinals.

Schneiderlin joined Saints as a teenager and has risen with them from League One obscurity to the upper echelons of the Premier League in the past six years. His wonderful play in midfield has seen him attract interest from England’s top teams over the past two seasons but he now seems to be airing his discontent at seeing a move away from Southampton blocked by the club.

We haven’t heard the last of this and the Frenchman, like most of his other teammates this summer, will likely get his wish and a move away from Saints. He is valued at $45 million by Southampton and their insistence to play hardball should ensure that get at least that for Schneiderlin.

Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are said to be interested in buying him.

PODCAST: Bob Bradley talks MLS past, USMNT

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Scott Nicholls and Otis Earle welcomed Bob Bradley to their “Beyond The Pitch” podcast to discuss his time coaching the Chicago Fire, the Fire’s current squad, how MLS has evolved, the new generation of players coming into the USMNT and more.

Perhaps most interesting is Bradley talking about previous losses with stinging emotion that sounds like they happened yesterday, including the 2000 MLS Cup.

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Since being fired from Swansea City after less than 100 days, Bradley has been linked with the Norway national team gig as well as a return to Los Angeles. Keep up with the U.S. coach here, and check it out:

U.S. Open Cup preview: Which underdog has best odds?

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Every dog has its day, and the three lower-tier clubs remaining in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are hoping for a second.

Miami FC, Sacramento Republic, and FC Cincinnati enjoyed wins over Major League Soccer sides in the fourth round, and now get further MLS tests in this week’s fifth round.

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Once FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids tangle on Tuesday, attention turns to the underdogs on Wednesday. Who has the best chance to advance?

  1. Miami FC vs. Atlanta United — Playing an MLS expansion side at Riccardo Silva Stadium will give Miami a bit of confidence, and this is also a side with some good experience in pressure spots. Whether it’s manager Alessandro Nesta or MLS vets Michel, Gabriel Farfan, and Michael Lahoud, MFC won’t shy away. Upset chance: Solid.
  2. FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire — The visitors are having a heck of a season in MLS and don’t have a group which will be worried by a huge crowd, but there’s no debating that 25,000-plus in Southern Ohio give FCC more than a puncher’s chance. Upset chance: Improbable, but possible
  3. LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic — If LA puts something close to its best side out there, Sacramento will struggle to stop its attack.  Upset chance: Long shot.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, New England hosts DC United, Philadelphia visits the Red Bulls, Seattle is off to San Jose, and Houston hosts Sporting KC.

WATCH: Spain’s Saul smashes a shot past Italy’s Donnarumma

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Since returning from a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul Niguez has been a somewhat under the radar star at Atletico Madrid.

Coming off his best season with Atleti, the 22-year-old Saul is making an even bigger name for himself at the U-21 EURO this summer.

Spain’s Saul scored a hat trick past Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy on Tuesday, and the second goal was laced with venom.

Getting onto the ball from 30-plus yards out, Saul smashed his shot with enough power that the ball barely had occasion to rotate.

Saul is under contract at the Vicente Calderon through 2022, and has three caps for Spain’s senior team, too. He was rated Atleti’s third-best performer by WhoScored this season.

Men in Blazers podcast: Transfer window, USMNT at Gold Cup, RBNY-NYCFC

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Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.

Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.

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