Chelsea sent six players out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem this summer, and not everyone is happy about it.
The first to publicly come forward to speak out against the lump loanings is Nijmegen E.C. technical director Carlos Aalbers, who declared, “This is a new situation for us in Dutch football and it is worthy of discussion. It is six players on loan from Chelsea at Vitesse, but if this trend continues it could be nine or 10.”
Aalbers is loosely referring to the situation Championship-side Watford encountered last season when they tapped Italian club Udinese for 10 players thanks to the two teams sharing the same owner.
The move sparked an immediate rule change in the English FA declaring foreign loans to be under the same constraints as domestic loans and limiting the amount of players allowed to be loaned from a single club to four.
Alabers backtracked a touch on his comments, saying, “I want to be clear that I am not judging Vitesse or Chelsea because they are acting within the rules” but he was adamant the league needs to review the situation.
Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has a well-known relationship with Vitesse’s Geordinian owner Merab Jordania, at least when it comes to club relations.
Not only has Chelsea loaned the likes of Gael Kakuta, Lucas Piazon, Cristian Cuevas, Patrick van Aanholt, Sam Hutchinson, and Cristian Atsu to the Dutch side, but they also signed Marco van Ginkel (pictured, in action for Vitesse Arnhem) from Vitesse for around £8.3 million ($13 million).
In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.
Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.
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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.
Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.
Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.
It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.
It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.
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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.
In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.
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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.