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Report: American Keaton Parks to take part in Benfica preseason training

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A bigger role likely awaits Keaton Parks next season at Benfica.

Portuguese publication Record reports that Parks has been invited to take part in preseason training with the first team in July and August. The 20-year-old American joined the Portuguese giant in 2017 from fellow Portuguese side Varzim and has impressed for Benfica B, including scoring a pair of goals in a match on Wednesday.

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Parks has made three appearances for the first team off the bench, including seven minutes in Benfica’s 2-0 win over Desportivo Aves last Saturday.

The Texas native was part of a U.S. Under-20 National Team training camp in London in April 2017 but has yet to make his debut in the U.S. shirt. It’s surely only a matter of time.

Authorities raid Benfica facilities amid corruption probe

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Portuguese authorities have raided Benfica facilities as part of an operation to investigate corruption allegations involving club officials.

The club says it is fully cooperating with local officials.

The raid came as Portuguese media said Benfica legal adviser Paulo Goncalves was detained after being accused of obstruction of justice.

The club says it is confident that Goncalves will be allowed to prove his innocence during the judicial process.

Prosecutors earlier this year named Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira in an investigation into a corruption scheme that allegedly allowed officials illegal access to judicial documents.

Jonas nets 2 late goals to keep Benfica in title hunt

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Jonas scored two late goals to lead Benfica’s 3-1 comeback win at Pacos Ferreira on Saturday, keeping it close to Portuguese league leader FC Porto.

Jonas equalized in the 72nd minute and gave the defending champion the lead in the 88th.

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Rafa Silva added a third goal after the host was reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Gian dos Santos was shown a direct red card.

Luiz Phellype gave Pacos Ferreira the lead in the ninth.

The double increased Jonas’ league-leading tally to 27 goals.

Benfica moved to within two points of Porto before the pacesetter visits Portimonense on Sunday.

Sporting Lisbon is third at five points behind Porto. It hosts Moreirense on Monday.

Benfica routs Boavista 4-0 to take lead in Portugal

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Benfica routed Boavista 4-0 to move ahead of FC Porto at the top of the Portuguese league on Saturday.

Benfica is one point in front of Porto, which has two games to play.

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Ruben Dias opened the scoring for Benfica in the 18th minute when he headed in a pass from Jardel.

Jardel added a goal just before halftime. Boavista’s Nuno Henrique also scored an own goal before Raul Jimenez polished off the victory in the 90th.

Jonas had a penalty saved by Boavista goalkeeper Vagner with the score 0-0.

Porto hosts Rio Ave on Sunday. Sporting Lisbon is three points behind Benfica before visiting Tondela on Monday.

Palace loan: Rakip joins Malmo hero Hodgson

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Erdal Rakip‘s whirlwind season is heading to London.

The Swedish international sealed a permanent deal to Benfica this month, but is set for a loan at Crystal Palace.

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Rakip, 21, has made 120 appearances with 12 goals for Malmo in betrayal of his tender age, including a career-high nine goals in 2017 as the Swedish champs sealed a fourth title in five years.

Helping seal the deal was Hodgson’s status as Malmo legend, leading the club to five league titles and two Swedish cups. From

“It will be an honour playing for Roy. He is a legend in Malmö and everyone know who he is,” Erdal added. “Crystal Palace is a fantastic club with a lot of history that plays entertaining football, and was the best option for my development and my career at this stage.

Malmo has lost two big players in the past six months in Rakip and Orlando City midfielder Yoshimar Yotun.

Given Palace’s injuries, players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye were going to be taxed a lot by the run-in to safety. Rakip will help with that.