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New Sunderland man Rodwell issues Man City warning to young English players

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What 21-year-old Englishman would pass up the big wages and UEFA Champions League promises of a move to Manchester City?

Jack Rodwell knows the allure well, having move to City in 2012. After a disappointing spell with the Citizens, Rodwell is warning young English players thinking of joining the super club.

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Rodwell, 23, will ply his trade for Sunderland this year after the Black Cats rescued him from City for a mere $17 million. And while some tipped his relative failures due to injuries, the former Everton man said his Toffee success didn’t continue for different reasons.

From the BBC:

“I would weigh up your options and ask yourself if you want to be playing regularly,” Rodwell said.

“I would ­probably say, ‘don’t sign now; get as much football as you can’.”

“Last season, over the course of the whole season, I was injured for about three weeks. I was fit and available for 47 of the 57 games.

“That might surprise quite a lot of people because they probably didn’t see my name on the team sheet and just assumed I must be injured.

“I’ve been fit for a year-and-a-half now. I’m just ready to go.”

Surely the warning doesn’t just apply to City — nor just young English players — but it’s a point well-taken enough. Scott Sinclair and Adam Johnson have had or are having trouble breaking through the side as well. Rodwell wasn’t spewing sour grapes, admitting that being young and English isn’t a barrier at City, but saying the grass isn’t always greener.

Sunderland opens its Premier League campaign at West Bromwich Albion on Aug. 16.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.