Sacramento could be about to arrive on the soccer map in North America, in a very big way.
According to reports from FOX40 in Sacramento, the ownership group of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings are lining up a bid to buy the city’s USL PRO outfit and have plans to enter Major League Soccer already in motion.
The Sacramento Republic, who began play in 2014, are continuing to attract average crowds of over 13,000 in their inaugural season and sold out their former home stadium on three occasions, as more than 20,000 fans crammed into Hughes Stadium. They now play at Booney Field, which has a reduced capacity of 8,000, but fans of the Republic continue to pour onto the terraces as they smashed the USL’s previous attendance record held by incoming MLS franchise Orlando City.
Those figures point towards one thing: a hot soccer market in Sacramento.
Apparently Kings President Chris Granger has traveled to Seattle this week to meet up with Major League Soccer reps in order to chat about getting Sacramento into MLS. More details from the report suggest that Sacramento are keen to strike a deal to arrive in MLS as soon as possible as the Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, will also accompany Granger to meet MLS reps.
Sacramento Republic’s President, Warren Smith, has stated many times that bringing MLS to California’s capital by 2016 was his goal. If the Kings ownership group gets in on this, plus plans for a 20,000 seater stadium downtown continue to develop, it’s not out of the question to see Sacramento arrive alongside Atlanta in 2017 and possibly before Miami into North America’s top-flight. A hefty expansion fee is likely, as $100 million plus change could be what a new expansion franchise is expected to pay in the current market.
Keep an eye on Northern California, something special is happening in Sacramento and the Kings want in. Should MLS jump at the chance to have Sacramento as their latest expansion franchise?
PRAGUE (AP) After 15 years at Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky is returning to his former club Sparta Prague.
Sparta announced the move on Tuesday. Details were to be announced at a news conference later in the day.
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The 35-year-old Rosicky, whose career with Arsenal was marred by frequent injuries, finished his 10 years with the English Premier League club when his final contract expired after the season.
Considered one of the most talented Czech players in decades, he spent three seasons with Sparta before moving to Dortmund in 2001 for what was then a record transfer fee in the Bundesliga.
Rosicky played 105 internationals, and has yet to decide if he wants to continue with the national team.
A record-breaking summer transfer window is slamming shut on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET.
Premier League clubs have spent over $1.3 billion on new players this summer and a late flourish should considerably add to that amount in the next 24 hours or so.
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With deals being done all the time right up until the window, Aug. 31 promises to be a lively day for all 20 Premier League teams.
Across our platforms we will have every base covered for you with a special three-hour Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN, transfer news as it happens on ProSoccerTalk and a Facebook live chat with PST’s Lead Writer and Editor Joe Prince-Wright in the final hours of the window.
Below you will find details on how to stay on top of all of the deals as another frantic Transfer Deadline Day is almost upon us.
Here is your lineup for Transfer Deadline Day:
- You can stay up to date all day long and find out about the latest deals as they happen – Transfer news, live updates
- Joe Prince-Wright will have a Facebook live to wrap up the deals on Deadline Day and discuss who needs what in the final hours – 3 p.m. ET, Watch live
- Stream and watch a live Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN with the Premier League crew – 5-8 p.m. ET, Watch live
Sergio Aguero did not get away with it.
In the second half of Manchester City’s 3-1 win against West Ham United on Sunday Aguero appeared to elbow Winston Reid in the face in an off the ball incident.
As soon as that happened, perhaps Jose Mourinho made a call to his friends at the English Football Association…
The English FA believe it was intentional and Man City’s top scorer from last season has been handed a violent conduct charge which could lead to a retrospective ban.
That is likely to see Aguero, City’s main man up front, miss the Manchester derby against Manchester United on Sept. 10.
Ouch. Coupled with a calf injury, not a good few days for Aguero.
Here is the statement in full from the FA as Pep Guardiola has been dealt a huge problem ahead of his first Premier League showdown against arch rival Mourinho.
Sergio Aguero has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the game on Sunday [28 August 2016].
He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to reply.
Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials.
Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.
For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.
As the seconds tick away, Premier League teams will become more desperate.
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The summer transfer window for PL clubs closes at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday and there seems to be plenty of business still to be done by all 20 teams.
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Below is a look at the top 10 players to keep an eye on in the next 24 hours or so, as deals for them to move elsewhere already seem to be in motion.
- Jack Wilshere (Arsenal): English midfielder wants to head out on loan. Juventus, Roma are interested, plus several PL clubs. A mercurial talent who just needs to play regularly.
- Wilfried Bony (Manchester City): Out of the picture completely at City, Bony could head to West Ham, Stoke or Everton. Powerful striker who needs to regain confidence.
- Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon): Leicester have apparently had a huge bid rejected for the bustling Algerian striker, but should up their offer to bag him.
- Saido Berahino (West Brom): This guy is always around on Deadline Day and that’s the case again. Stoke City are now the main contenders with Palace signing Remy and Benteke.
- Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon): Portuguese national team midfielder has said he wants to join Leicester but Sporting aren’t keen on losing him. Has a $50 million release clause.
- Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina): Chelsea could be set to seal the signing of the left back. The versatile Spaniard is good on the ball and had previous PL spells with Bolton and Sunderland.
- Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool): Told to go out on loan by Jurgen Klopp, it is believed he turned down a move to Stoke. Could the French international arrive at West Brom?
- Samir Nasri (Manchester City): Pep Guardiola lambasted Nasri for being overweight during preseason and although he appeared as a sub last weekend, he could be off to Sevilla.
- Lamine Kone (Sunderland): Everton and Chelsea are said to be battling it out for center back who had an impressive finish to last season. Powerful center back, worth over $25 million.
- James McCarthy (Everton): Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Leicester are interested in McCarthy with Ronald Koeman not seeing the Republic of Ireland midfielder in his plans.