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Premier League clubs ready to step up action in USA

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Four Premier League teams are now in the USA with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City arriving in recent days to join Swansea City and Manchester United.

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With preseason in full-flow, all four teams will have plenty of friendly games in the coming days with City facing both Man United and Tottenham as Pep Guardiola prepares for this second season in the PL.

The Manchester Derby in Houston, Texas on Thursday will be the first-ever played on foreign soil as Jose Mourinho and Guardiola will be treating that game as anything but a friendly.

United have already played twice in the U.S. with wins against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake from Major League Soccer, while Swansea City drew 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union as Paul Clement‘s men try to build on their great escape from relegation last season.

Below is a look at what is coming up for the four PL teams Stateside in the coming days, plus some details on the games in the U.S. for Man United and Swansea so far.


Manchester City
20 July v Manchester United, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup)
26 July v Real Madrid, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, (International Champions Cup) 
29 July v Tottenham, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup)

Manchester United
15 July: Won 5-2 v LA Galaxy –  Stubhub Centre, Los Angeles 
17 July:
Won 2-1 v Real Salt Lake – Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
20 July
v Manchester City, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup) 
23 July v Real Madrid, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California (International Champions Cup) 
26 July v Barcelona, FedExField, Washington DC (International Champions Cup)

Swansea City
15 July: 
Drew 2-2 with Philadelphia Union – Philadelphia, US
19 July v Richmond Kickers, Richmond, US
22 July v North Carolina, Sahlen’s Stadium, US

Tottenham Hotspur
22 July v PSG, Camping World Stadium, Orlando (International Champions Cup)
25 July v Roma, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey (International Champions Cup) 
29 July v Man City, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup)

CCL: Toronto wins; Wild Herediano comeback

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On a single-digit Tuesday that severely limited the attendance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC dueled in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Jonathan Osorio’s second half goal put the Reds in front and Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and an assist and the visitors take a 2-0 decision back to Ontario.

The best chance of a preseason quality first half saw Dominique Badji flub the best chance of the stage into the feet of Alex Bono.

Toronto took the lead, nabbing the away goal through Osorio’s header of a Sebastian Giovinco cross. And the Atomic Ant got on the board with a goal of his own off an Auro assist with 17 minutes to play.

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Tuesday’s other first leg saw Herediano and Tigres play to a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica, with the Liga MX visitors taking a pair of away goals but shocked by a pair of stoppage time concessions.

Francisco Meza scored in the 15th minute and Lucas Zelarayan seemingly put it to bed with 15 minutes to play.

But Yendrick Ruiz converted a 90th minute penalty kick before ex-DC United forward Jairo Arrieta did this ahead of the Feb. 22 second leg in Mexico.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).

Champions League Weds. preview: Sevilla-Man Utd, Shakhtar-Roma

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is one round away from having legitimate hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League.

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That makes the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla — beginning Wednesday in Spain — a bit of a dream qualifier for the Red Devils.

“I normally say that Champions League dreams start around the quarter-finals and not yet in the last 16,” Mourinho said on ManUtd.com. “Last 16 still looks a long way to go. When a team reaches the quarter-finals, I think it’s the moment where even the teams that are not favourites – which is our case – they start realising that anything is possible.

The injury-hit side got a bit of a boost on Tuesday in Sevilla, where Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera all trained ahead of the first leg.

As for the hosts, manager Vincenzo Montella admitted that he hopes Pogba won’t play, and joked that he’d prefer to tie up and “padlock” Alexis Sanchez in a bid to defend against the Chilean star.

The final Round of 16 tie to start will be Roma’s pairing with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the first leg taking place in Ukraine.

Shakhtar hasn’t played in some time, but the great equalizer is the bitter cold at Donbass Arena, where the temperature is set to be between 21 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit come kickoff.

Don’t worry, Roma fans, Daniele De Rossi is busy breathing fire into any teammates angling for excuses:

“The cold weather could affect things a little because we’re not used to it but at the end of the day it comes down to how well you perform out there. We must be mentally ready from the get-go because the cold might hit us in the opening minutes.

“If it was that much of a factor, these teams would win the Champions League every year. You don’t go through because of the weather.”