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Guardiola: “Changes are necessary” this summer at Man City

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Pep Guardiola has admitted there will be plenty of changes this summer at Manchester City.

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The Spanish coach is obviously far from happy with his team being 11 points off Premier League leaders with nine games left to play.

Speaking ahead of City’s trip to Chelsea on Wednesday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Guardiola admitted that he and key directors will sit down at the end of this season to plan out an assault on the transfer market.

“We will think about it and discuss with the chairman and all the bosses. Every club wants to improve and must improve. Of course, the changes are necessary,” Guardiola said. “We are going to discuss about that at the end of the season. It depends on the result of the players. At the end the players decide for themselves through their performances on the pitch.”

So, over to you, players.

City have several first team stars out of contract this summer with Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas all due to move on. Plus the futures of Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero seem to be up the air with the former having yet another injury plagued campaign and the latter could potentially be pushed out of the starting lineup by Gabriel Jesus next season.

The big area for Pep to strengthen is in defense.

City need two new full backs, a center back and a new goalkeeper if they’re seriously going to challenge for the Premier League title and UEFA Champions League. It’s not like City haven’t thrown huge sums of cash in trying to fix this problem in the past with center backs Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala and John Stones all struggling to live up to their huge price tags.

Of course, between now and then there’s no guarantee that City will finish in fourth place as Arsenal and Manchester United breath down their necks in the final weeks of the season. The current squad of players must prove they have a future at City by locking down a top four spot.

If Guardiola wins the FA Cup and finishes in the top four then this season can be deemed as satisfactory. Anything other than that and Pep will have plenty to prove to City’s fans and neutrals this summer and all of that starts with a monumental rebuild.

USMNT: Brooks out with hip strain; World Cup qualifiers loom

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John Brooks is out of Hertha Berlin’s lineup “for the time being” after scans revealed a hip strain suffered in this weekend’s win over Wolfsburg.

That’s all Hertha has said, and that makes it hard to imagine whether American fans should be a little concerned or very concerned ahead of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago in early June.

Brooks was unavailable for two weeks with an adductor strain in September, missing a month before returning to the starting lineup.

The U.S. center back pool isn’t teeming after Brooks and Geoff Cameron. Matt Besler, Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez, and Walker Zimmerman were called up for the last World Cup qualifiers, and Gonzalez struggled but is a Bruce Arena favorite from their time in L.A.

WATCH: Snazzy Sargent goal leads U.S. U-17s past Mexico
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Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico.

Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first time ever. That win snapped Mexico’s 25-match unbeaten streak.

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The goal is the first of Sargent’s two goals, as the 16-year-old latched onto a long diagonal ball and used his right foot and head to move the ball into position for a strong shot.

The U.S. clinches a spot in the next round of U-17 World Cup qualifying with one match remaining in group play.

Sargent is from St. Louis and plays with Scott Gallagher-Missouri. Former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth coaches the U.S. U-17s.

Heads of South American soccer sent $128M in bank transfers

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) The leaders of South America’s soccer confederation transferred $128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized third-party accounts, according to an audit released Wednesday by Ernst & Young.

According to the audit presented to the annual CONMEBOL congress in the Chilean capital, the confederation’s former president Nicolas Leoz transferred $26.9 million to his personal accounts. Leoz was the president for 27 years until resigning in 2013 for what he said were health reasons.

The audit also found $58 million in payments “to third parties without adequate documentation,” payments of $33.3 million to “unidentified accounts,” and $10.4 million to “suspicious third-parties.”

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“We had said that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clear accounts and accountability,” said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL who commissioned the audit last year. “Today we are accountable to the leaders and the whole world of football.”

Leoz, 88, is one of three ex-presidents of CONMEBOL accused on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice. He is in Paraguay fighting extradition to the United States.

The South American body has been plagued by corruption, which was exposed two years ago during the FIFA scandal. Leoz’s two successors, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Angel Napout, were both arrested on corruption charges.

“I’m here, I’m the manager” – Moyes will not quit Sunderland

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This has been one horrible stretch for David Moyes.

The Sunderland manager probably thought he’d been through the worst once he left Real Sociedad, where he went 12-15-15.

But he’s managed just seven wins and seven draws in 38 matches in charge of the Black Cats — an 18 percent win mark. He’s also been charged for threatening to slap a female journalist.

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And after Wednesday, Moyes has lost both of his derby matches against Middlesbrough.

Sunderland is 12 points back of safety with five matches left. The odds the Black Cats are headed for the Championship are somewhere north of 99 percent, and fans are calling for his job.

Well, he isn’t quitting. From the BBC:

“No, I’m here, I’m the manager, you take it on the chin. … I’m a football supporter, I know what it’s like. You don’t like seeing your team lose.

“There is nobody who wants to win more than me. I am used to winning, I’m not used to losing and I don’t want to get used to it either.”