Gómez in unlikely move back to MLS, Seattle?

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This one would defy logic a little bit. But not entirely.

Coming a matter of days after Santos Laguna and USMNT forward Hérculez Gómez publicly addressed MLS commissioner Don Garber in a Twitter Q&A, the former LA Galaxy player is said to want a move back to MLS with Seattle interested in taking him.

Gómez’ inquiry last week, into why Sporting Kansas City still hold his MLS rights, was an intriguing one. He did it publicly and threw his potential return to playing back in MLS out into the open, for all to see. It seems like Seattle picked up on that.

Gómez spent a few months on loan with the Sounders when they were a second-tier side back in 2003. And in recent months his constant baiting of fans, front office staff and players in Seattle have acted to further fuel the burgeoning rivalry, and relationship, between the Californian native and the Sounders.

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Because in recent years, Gómez has become a much maligned figure in the Emerald City, after frequently scoring against the Rave Green and rattling the cages of the Sounders faithful while leading Mexican side Santos to CCL success over the MLS franchise. Boo’s rung out and chants of “Sounders reject” reigned down in Santos’ recent CCL semifinal success.

Would he add something to Seattle’s attack? Maybe. His talent is undoubted and Jurgen Klinsmann believes Gómez is good enough to be a starter on the USMNT.

But one thing that could sway the move, is something that chips away at Gómez. He has never reached the heights in MLS.

The much-travelled striker has found great success in Liga MX and has scored goals for fun. Yet with LA, Colorado Rapids and KC, he scored just 23 times in 124 games. Not that great at all for a striker. This week could see him win the CCL with Santos, a perfect way to end his time in Mexico and return home to the USA.

His move south of the border in 2010 ignited his play, now it seems as if he wants to return to MLS with something to prove. Is Seattle the right fit for him? Probably not.

I would say the lightning-quick attack that Sounders head coach Sigi Scmhid prefers isn’t for Gómez. He prefers to get touches on the ball, weave runs in behind the defense and wait for intricate passes into space behind the full backs. Seattle’s smash and grab mentality doesn’t really suit him… but then they don’t have any attacking options like Gómez now that Fredy Montero has departed to Millonarios.

Could Gómez be the poacher in and around the box that could scored the goals that would transform Seattle from perennial playoff let downs to MLS Cup champions? We shall sit back, wait a little, and see where Herculez lands.

Despite his past discrepancies with the fans and staff in Seattle, they may be hoping Gómez returns, for a shot at redemption. The last word goes to him:

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Italian soccer federation signs deal with Chinese government

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ROME (AP) The Italian soccer federation has signed a wide-ranging memorandum with the Chinese government to promote soccer between the two countries.

The deal foresees playing the Italian Super Cup or Italian Cup in China within the next three years.

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The Italian Super Cup – which pits the Serie A champion against the Italian Cup champion – has already been played in China four times over the last 10 years.

The meeting with China Media Group head Shen Haixiong also focused on TV content and rights, collaboration over developing young Chinese players in Italy and instruction for using the video assistant referee.

Shen was in Rome for the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Italian federation president Gabriele Gravina says, “Soccer has shown once again to be a bridge between different cultures.”

More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

WATCH: Asprilla scores terrific bicycle kick on USL cameo

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Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla has had to spend some time in the USL Championship this season, and the second tier would probably like to see Gio Savarese keep the Colombian in Major League Soccer.

[ REPORT: Liverpool to sell Keita? ]

Asprilla scored twice and added an assists on Saturday night in a defeat of Eric Wynalda’s Las Vegas Lights, and he put up a near picture perfect bicycle kick on the highlight reel.

Watch as he sets himself up, willingly or not, for the endeavor before splashing a shot in the side panel for an amazing aesthetic.

Report: Bayern, BVB ready to buy Keita from Liverpool

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A report claims that Liverpool is ready to admit defeat in the case of Naby Keita.

Keita, 24, was bought from RB Leipzig last season and arrived at Anfield in the summer, but has struggled to find consistent playing time under Jurgen Klopp.

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Viewed as the missing link between the Virgil Van Dijk and Liverpool’s torrential attack, Keita has not come close to replicating the form that saw his price tag reach $69 million.

Indeed, Team Talk says Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich look prepared to pay around $53 million to bring Keita back to the Bundesliga.

Keita has played 27 matches in all competitions for Liverpool, accumulating 1,388 minutes and just one assist. He had nine goals and seven assists in more than double the minutes one season ago.

According to WhoScored.com, he’s passing the ball better and taking almost a foul less than last season, but almost every other measurable has declined since he moved to England.

I’m as guilty as anyone of thinking Keita would be everything the Reds required after an improved 2017-18, but he’s either being used very poorly or having trouble adjusting to the culture.

It’s early to quit on a player so talented, but maybe Klopp and he just don’t mesh well. But if it isn’t a case of clashing with the club, it may be worth waiting out a player who looked a giant just eight months ago.

EURO qualifying: Hungary stings Croatia, Israel hangs 4 on Austria

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It wasn’t just Germany and the Netherlands staging a tight and entertaining match in EURO 2020 qualifying on Sunday.

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Hungary 2-1 Croatia

Ante Rebic’s early goal made a “business as usual” statement for the World Cup runners-up, but Hungary can be a handful against any opponents and rallied at home.

Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai brought the hosts level at halftime, and Mate Patkai gave Hungary a deserved 2-1 win in Budapest.

Coming three days after a loss in Slovakia to start qualifying, it was an early almost-must-win for Marco Rossi’s men.

Israel 4-2 Austria

Marko Arnautovic‘s brace in defeat couldn’t have come with different vibes. His eighth minute marker gave the Austrians a leg up, his 75th minute goal meaning very little with the side having conceded four-straight in between.

China-based striker Eran Zahavi scored a hat trick for Israel, and RB Salzburg star Munas Dabbur scored the fourth goal to keep the hosts within sight of first place Poland.

Austria is winless through two qualifiers.

Elsewhere
Wales 1-0 Slovakia
Cyprus 0-2 Belgium
San Marino 0-2 Scotland
Netherlands 2-3 Germany — RECAP, VIDEO
Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus
Poland 2-0 Latvia
Slovenia 1-1 Macedonia
Kazakhstan 0-4 Russia