Preview: Possible “Groups of Death” galore in UEFA Champions League draw

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The qualifying is over. Now comes the draw for the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Four Premier League teams will feature in the competition, as Arsenal snuck through their play-off vs. Besiktas on Wednesday and will join Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the draw.

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Taking place in Monaco on Thursday (11:45 a.m. ET), the draw could line up some pretty juicy groups with huge teams scattered throughout the four seeded pots. UEFA has split up all 32 teams into four pots according to their co-efficient, where European soccer’s governing body ranks their previous performances in European competition.

Teams from the same nation will be kept apart during the group stage draw but there is the potential for some “Groups of Death” to be picked out. For instance, Real Madrid could face Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and AS Roma in their group. Wowza. While at the same time you could have Chelsea, Juventus, Ajax and Monaco, plus Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht.

The potential for some tricky group is out there, plus a whole host of upstarts will be in the group stage this season as Malmo, Ludogorets, APOEL Nicosia, Maribor and BATE Borisov made it, while Roma, Athletic Bilbao and Monaco return to the competition after a lengthy absence.

Below is the full list of teams who have qualified, along with the seeded pots they are placed in. Premier League sides are highlighted.

Seeding for UEFA Champions League draw, Thursday, 11:45 a.m. ET

Pot one: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Porto, Real Madrid.

Pot two: Basel, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg.

Pot three: Ajax, Athletic Bilbao, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow, Galatasaray,Liverpool, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon.

Pot four: Anderlecht, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Malmo, Maribor, Monaco, Roma.

France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.