The lightening of Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini has allowed Luis’ lightning to strike on the pitch, albeit in a friendly against Barcelona B.
One of the newest at Camp Nou buried a pair of goals for Barcelona in a 60-minute friendly that saw the senior squad thump its B team 5-1.
Douglas and Marc-Andre ter Stegen also saw valuable minutes as Luis Enrique seeks out fitness for his players.
From The Daily Mail:
Suarez played well on top of his goals, working hard and unselfishly, making it clear that were it not for his ban, he would be in Luis Enrique’s side.
Tata Martino last season tried on occasion to arrange similar friendlies, but was told that it may affect Barca B’s schedule.
Enrique, on the other hand, didn’t take no for an answer and it is likely he will arrange at least two more games against Barca B before Suarez’s ban expires.
The aim is to have Suarez fit enough to play against Real Madrid, if needs be, which is the first match he is eligible for after his ban.
I’m sure the resigned — in more ways that one — Martino is super pleased to hear that what he thought would make Barca thrive is now acceptable practice.
Suarez played against Leon last month in the Joan Gamper Trophy competition, and it was revealed last week that Barca paid $106 million to acquire him from Liverpool (not the $128 million originally reported). Don’t know about you, but that makes a huge difference to me. I mean, I can barely subsist on the $22 million — minus almost $22 million — I brought in last year.
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.