It began late last night with the report that Matt Besler would prefer to stay in KC than go overseason, and then Yaya Toure made news by saying he plans on staying at Manchester City.
So who is rumored to skip town? Let’s take a run around the rumor mill.
Staying with an American player, DeAndre Yedlin’s voyage abroad is still running rampant through the European papers., and home news as well. NoShortCorner.com blogger Greg Seltzer says Yedlin will not be heading to AS Roma despite having agreed to fee, and that Napoli is the new front-runner. And in full silly season form, we get stories about how a friend of Yedlin’s told a Liverpool fan that the USMNT speedster was headed to Anfield soon. Neat-o.
Juventus star Arturo Vidal was non-committal in a Chilean newspaper interview regarding his future. Tipped to brighten the fortunes of Manchester United, the 27-year-old said he didn’t feel he was done at Juve. He also said his agent is in charge of figuring out whether he’ll skip Turin, and that he won’t decide until he goes on vacation.
AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli made waves earlier this week by posing with his girlfriend next to an Arsenal poster. This just days after being dissed by Silvio Berlusconi in a recent interview:
Just last week we told you that Bojan Krkic was tipped for a move to Stoke City, but Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna believes they are the front-runners to lure the 23-year-old away from Barcelona. Could he join The Blue and Whites instead of the Potters?
Loic Remy to Arsenal. Loic Remy to Newcastle. Loic Remy stays at Queens Park Rangers. Could each of these scenarios, widely-believed at one point, all end up falling victim to Brendan Rodgers purchasing power after the Luis Suarez sale? The Metro says Remy’s wage demands are too high for the Gunners, and that Spurs are also uninterested. The Reds could swoop in just before the bell.
Chelsea is tipped by the Daily and Sunday Express to go after three players. Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, Napoli backliner Jose Callejon and — most eyebrow-raising — Monaco striker Radamel Falcao are all potential Jose Mourinho targets.
Following last week’s decision handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Peru captain and talisman Paolo Guerrero has been banned from the 2018 World Cup — at the age of 34, almost certainly his last opportunity to star on the world’s biggest stage.
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However, in the days since that decision, a number of Guerrero’s fellow professionals and World Cup stars — France and Denmark captains Hugo Lloris and Simon Kjaer, and Australia’s Mile Jedinak — have written to FIFA, on behalf of FIFPro, the world player union, in hopes of rendering Guerrero eligible to pay at next month’s tournament in Russia.
“We respectfully ask the Fifa Council to show compassion,” the trio wrote. “In our view it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from what should be a pinnacle of his career.”
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That Lloris, Kjaer and Jedinak are the players lobbying in favor of Guerrero is particularly notable given the fact that Peru will face France, Denmark and Australia in Group C.
Guerrero tested positive for cocaine late last year, after a tea he drank was tainted and triggered a fail drug test.
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The game in 100 words (or less): Nothing ruins a good game of soccer more than controversies involving the referee — and now that VAR is active within MLS, yet another failure of the video-review system to correct the most “clear and obvious” of wrong decisions. There is no longer any rhyme or reason in deciding whether or not to utilize what could be a very helpful tool. Check the third video further down this page to comprehend the absurdity of VAR in Sporting Kansas City’s 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew SC on Sunday. As for the actual soccer which was played, Tim Melia made one save to deny Gyasi Zardes with a point-blank header early in the first half, and a second to deny Zardes rom the penalty spot just before halftime. Despite being a back-and-forth affair between the league’s second- and third-place teams with a chance to take the lead in the Supporters’ Shield race, there were just six shots on target in total and genuine scoring chances were few and far between.
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Three moments that mattered
43′ — Zardes wins a PK, but Melia makes the save — Melia was responsible for giving away the penalty kick, and he more than made up for it by denying Zardes moments later.
45+6′ — Higuain puts studs into Espinoza, sees red — Originally not called a foul, changed to a red card following video review. On the softer side of red cards (just an opinion).
59′ — Martinez takes a swing at Sinovic, but no video review — At this point, it’s just time to disband the entire VAR experiment. It’s turned MLS into a clown show and an embarrassment. Signed, someone who was initially in favor of VAR, assuming MLS would utilize it properly.
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Man of the match: Tim Melia
MADRID (AP) Rayo Vallecano earned promotion to Spain’s top division after beating Lugo 1-0 in a second-tier league game on Sunday.
Alex Moreno’s goal for the hosts in the 40th minute sealed Rayo’s return to La Liga after two seasons away.
Huesca had already secured promotion last weekend with a 2-0 victory at Lugo.
The third team to move up will be the winner of a two-round playoff between the four teams that finish the season from third to sixth.
Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna were all relegated from the top flight this season.
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City host Columbus Crew SC, the Eastern Conference’s second-place side, at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday with both sides capable of overtaking Atlanta United for top spot in the Supporters’ Shield race.
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Sporting KC, who are unbeaten in three straight and have lost just once since opening day (11 games), lead expansion side Los Angeles FC in the West. Meanwhile, Crew SC enter Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash unbeaten in their last six games (four wins) and trail the league leaders from Atlanta by a single point.
Hit the link above to follow along throughout the afternoon, and check back with PST for coverage after the final whistle.