FULL SCHEDULE: Premier League fixtures released for 2015-16 season

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The schedule for the 2015-16 Premier League has been released as the excitement builds with just 52 days to go until the new campaign begins.

Below is the full schedule for all 38 weekends of action from August 8 until May 15 with new boys Bournemouth, Norwich City and Watford back in the big time, plus champions Chelsea handed a somewhat favorable start to their title defense. The big game of the opening weekend sees Tottenham Hotspur head to Manchester United, while the Boxing Day schedule is jam-packed and some intriguing clashes have been lined up for the final day of the campaign.

[ RELATED: Review of 2014-15 PL season ]

Unless otherwise stated, every game will kick off at 10 a.m. ET but will be subject to change as the TV schedule is set throughout the season.

Once again you can watch every Premier League game live via NBC Sports Group, with our feature games on NBCSN and NBC and watch every single second of every single game live in the 2015-16 season online via NBC Sports Live Extra and the NBC Sports Live Extra App. Via your TV you can watch all of the games live on Premier League Extra Time.

So, here are the matches to look forward to in the new season. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

8 August 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa    #BOUAVL
Arsenal v West Ham United    #ARSWHU
Chelsea v Swansea City    #CHESWA
Everton v Watford    #EVEWAT
Leicester City v Sunderland    #LEISUN
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur    #MUNTOT
Newcastle United v Southampton    #NEWSOU
Norwich City v Crystal Palace    #NORCRY
Stoke City v Liverpool    #STKLIV
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City    #WBAMCI

15 August 2015

Aston Villa v Manchester United    #AVLMUN
Crystal Palace v Arsenal    #CRYARS
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth    #LIVBOU
Manchester City v Chelsea    #MCICHE
Southampton v Everton    #SOUEVE
Sunderland v Norwich City    #SUNNOR
Swansea City v Newcastle United    #SWANEW
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City    #TOTSTK
Watford v West Bromwich Albion    #WATWBA
West Ham United v Leicester City    #WHULEI

22 August 2015

Arsenal v Liverpool    #ARSLIV
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa    #CRYAVL
Everton v Manchester City    #EVEMCI
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #LEITOT
Manchester United v Newcastle United    #MUNNEW
Norwich City v Stoke City    #NORSTK
Sunderland v Swansea City    #SUNSWA
Watford v Southampton    #WATSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea    #WBACHE
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth    #WHUBOU

29 August 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City    #BOULEI
Aston Villa v Sunderland    #AVLSUN
Chelsea v Crystal Palace    #CHECRY
Liverpool v West Ham United #LIVWHU
Manchester City v Watford    #MCIWAT
Newcastle United v Arsenal    #NEWARS
Southampton v Norwich City    #SOUNOR
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion    #STKWBA
Swansea City v Manchester United    #SWAMUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton    #TOTEVE

12 September 2015

Arsenal v Stoke City    #ARSSTK
Crystal Palace v Manchester City    #CRYMCI
Everton v Chelsea    #EVECHE
Leicester City v Aston Villa    #LEIAVL
Manchester United v Liverpool    #MUNLIV
Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth    #NORBOU
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur    #SUNTOT
Watford v Swansea City    #WATSWA
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton    #WBASOU
West Ham United v Newcastle United    #WHUNEW

19 September 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland #BOUSUN
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion    #AVLWBA
Chelsea v Arsenal    #CHEARS
Liverpool v Norwich City    #LIVNOR
Manchester City v West Ham United    #MCIWHU
Newcastle United v Watford    #NEWWAT
Southampton v Manchester United    #SOUMUN
Stoke City v Leicester City    #STKLEI
Swansea City v Everton    #SWAEVE
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace    #TOTCRY

26 September 2015

Leicester City v Arsenal    #LEIARS
Liverpool v Aston Villa    #LIVAVL
Manchester United v Sunderland    #MUNSUN
Newcastle United v Chelsea    #NEWCHE
Southampton v Swansea City    #SOUSWA
Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth    #STKBOU
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City    #TOTMCI
Watford v Crystal Palace    #WATCRY
West Bromwich Albion v Everton    #WBAEVE
West Ham United v Norwich City    #WHUNOR

3 October 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Watford    #BOUWAT
Arsenal v Manchester United    #ARSMUN
Aston Villa v Stoke City    #AVLSTK
Chelsea v Southampton    #CHESOU
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion    #CRYWBA
Everton v Liverpool    #EVELIV
Manchester City v Newcastle United    #MCINEW
Norwich City v Leicester City    #NORLEI
Sunderland v West Ham United    #SUNWHU
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur    #SWATOT

17 October 2015

Chelsea v Aston Villa    #CHEAVL
Crystal Palace v West Ham United    #CRYWHU
Everton v Manchester United    #EVEMUN
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth    #MCIBOU
Newcastle United v Norwich City    #NEWNOR
Southampton v Leicester City    #SOULEI
Swansea City v Stoke City    #SWASTK
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool    #TOTLIV
Watford v Arsenal    #WATARS
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland    #WBASUN

24 October 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur    #BOUTOT
Arsenal v Everton    #ARSEVE
Aston Villa v Swansea City    #AVLSWA
Leicester City v Crystal Palace    #LEICRY
Liverpool v Southampton    #LIVSOU
Manchester United v Manchester City    #MUNMCI
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion    #NORWBA
Stoke City v Watford    #STKWAT
Sunderland v Newcastle United    #SUNNEW
West Ham United v Chelsea    #WHUCHE

31 October 2015

Chelsea v Liverpool    #CHELIV
Crystal Palace v Manchester United    #CRYMUN
Everton v Sunderland    #EVESUN
Manchester City v Norwich City    #MCINOR
Newcastle United v Stoke City    #NEWSTK
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth    #SOUBOU
Swansea City v Arsenal    #SWAARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa    #TOTAVL
Watford v West Ham United    #WATWHU
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City    #WBALEI

7 November 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United    #BOUNEW
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur    #ARSTOT
Aston Villa v Manchester City    #AVLMCI
Leicester City v Watford    #LEIWAT
Liverpool v Crystal Palace    #LIVCRY
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion    #MUNWBA
Norwich City v Swansea City    #NORSWA
Stoke City v Chelsea    #STKCHE
Sunderland v Southampton    #SUNSOU
West Ham United v Everton    #WHUEVE

21 November 2015

Chelsea v Norwich City    #CHENOR
Crystal Palace v Sunderland    #CRYSUN
Everton v Aston Villa    #EVEAVL
Manchester City v Liverpool    #MCILIV
Newcastle United v Leicester City    #NEWLEI
Southampton v Stoke City    #SOUSTK
Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth    #SWABOU
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United    #TOTWHU
Watford v Manchester United    #WATMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal    #WBAARS

28 November 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Everton    #BOUEVE
Aston Villa v Watford    #AVLWAT
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United    #CRYNEW
Leicester City v Manchester United    #LEIMUN
Liverpool v Swansea City    #LIVSWA
Manchester City v Southampton    #MCISOU
Norwich City v Arsenal    #NORARS
Sunderland v Stoke City    #SUNSTK
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea    #TOTCHE
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion    #WHUWBA

5 December 2015

Arsenal v Sunderland    #ARSSUN
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth    #CHEBOU
Everton v Crystal Palace    #EVECRY
Manchester United v West Ham United    #MUNWHU
Newcastle United v Liverpool    #NEWLIV
Southampton v Aston Villa    #SOUAVL
Stoke City v Manchester City    #STKMCI
Swansea City v Leicester City    #SWALEI
Watford v Norwich City    #WATNOR
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur    #WBATOT

12 December 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United    #BOUMUN
Aston Villa v Arsenal    #AVLARS
Crystal Palace v Southampton    #CRYSOU
Leicester City v Chelsea    #LEICHE
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion    #LIVWBA
Manchester City v Swansea City    #MCISWA
Norwich City v Everton    #NOREVE
Sunderland v Watford    #SUNWAT
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United    #TOTNEW
West Ham United v Stoke City    #WHUSTK

19 December 2015

Arsenal v Manchester City    #ARSMCI
Chelsea v Sunderland    #CHESUN
Everton v Leicester City #EVELEI
Manchester United v Norwich City    #MUNNOR
Newcastle United v Aston Villa    #NEWAVL
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur    #SOUTOT
Stoke City v Crystal Palace    #STKCRY
Swansea City v West Ham United    #SWAWHU
Watford v Liverpool    #WATLIV
West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth #WBABOU

26 December 2015

AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace #BOUCRY
Aston Villa v West Ham United    #AVLWHU
Chelsea v Watford    #CHEWAT
Liverpool v Leicester City    #LIVLEI
Manchester City v Sunderland    #MCISUN
Newcastle United v Everton    #NEWEVE
Southampton v Arsenal    #SOUARS
Stoke City v Manchester United    #STKMUN
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion    #SWAWBA
Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City #TOTNOR

28 December 2015

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth    #ARSBOU
Crystal Palace v Swansea City    #CRYSWA
Everton v Stoke City    #EVESTK
Leicester City v Manchester City    #LEIMCI
Manchester United v Chelsea    #MUNCHE
Norwich City v Aston Villa    #NORAVL
Sunderland v Liverpool    #SUNLIV
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur    #WATTOT
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United    #WBANEW
West Ham United v Southampton    #WHUSOU

2 January 2016

Arsenal v Newcastle United    #ARSNEW
Crystal Palace v Chelsea    #CRYCHE
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur    #EVETOT
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth    #LEIBOU
Manchester United v Swansea City    #MUNSWA
Norwich City v Southampton    #NORSOU
Sunderland v Aston Villa    #SUNAVL
Watford v Manchester City    #WATMCI
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City    #WBASTK
West Ham United v Liverpool    #WHULIV

12 January 2016

2:45 p.m. ET kick-offs unless stated
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United    #BOUWHU
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace    #AVLCRY
3 p.m. ET Liverpool v Arsenal    #LIVARS
Swansea City v Sunderland    #SWASUN

13 January 2016

2:45 p.m. ET kick-offs unless stated
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion    #CHEWBA
Manchester City v Everton    #MCIEVE
Newcastle United v Manchester United    #NEWMUN
Southampton v Watford    #SOUWAT
Stoke City v Norwich City    #STKNOR
3 p.m. ET Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City    #TOTLEI

16 January 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City    #BOUNOR
Aston Villa v Leicester City    #AVLLEI
Chelsea v Everton    #CHEEVE
Liverpool v Manchester United    #LIVMUN
Manchester City v Crystal Palace    #MCICRY
Newcastle United v West Ham United    #NEWWHU
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion    #SOUWBA
Stoke City v Arsenal    #STKARS
Swansea City v Watford    #SWAWAT
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland    #TOTSUN

23 January 2016

Arsenal v Chelsea #ARSCHE
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur    #CRYTOT
Everton v Swansea City    #EVESWA
Leicester City v Stoke City    #LEISTK
Manchester United v Southampton    #MUNSOU
Norwich City v Liverpool    #NORLIV
Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth    #SUNBOU
Watford v Newcastle United    #WATNEW
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa    #WBAAVL
West Ham United v Manchester City    #WHUMCI

2 February 2016

2:45 p.m. kick-offs unless stated
Arsenal v Southampton    #ARSSOU
3 p.m. ET Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth    #CRYBOU
Leicester City v Liverpool    #LEILIV
3 p.m. ET Manchester United v Stoke City    #MUNSTK
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur    #NORTOT
Sunderland v Manchester City    #SUNMCI
Watford v Chelsea    #WATCHE
3 p.m. ET West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City    #WBASWA
West Ham United v Aston Villa    #WHUAVL

3 February 2016

2:45 p.m. ET Everton v Newcastle United #EVENEW

6 February 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal    #BOUARS
Aston Villa v Norwich City    #AVLNOR
Chelsea v Manchester United    #CHEMUN
Liverpool v Sunderland    #LIVSUN
Manchester City v Leicester City    #MCILEI
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion    #NEWWBA
Southampton v West Ham United    #SOUWHU
Stoke City v Everton    #STKEVE
Swansea City v Crystal Palace    #SWACRY
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford    #TOTWAT

13 February 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City #BOUSTK
Arsenal v Leicester City    #ARSLEI
Aston Villa v Liverpool    #AVLLIV
Chelsea v Newcastle United    #CHENEW
Crystal Palace v Watford    #CRYWAT
Everton v West Bromwich Albion    #EVEWBA
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #MCITOT
Norwich City v West Ham United    #NORWHU
Sunderland v Manchester United    #SUNMUN
Swansea City v Southampton    #SWASOU

27 February 2016

Leicester City v Norwich City    #LEINOR
Liverpool v Everton    #LIVEVE
Manchester United v Arsenal    #MUNARS
Newcastle United v Manchester City    #NEWMCI
Southampton v Chelsea    #SOUCHE
Stoke City v Aston Villa    #STKAVL
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City    #TOTSWA
Watford v AFC Bournemouth    #WATBOU
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace    #WBACRY
West Ham United v Sunderland    #WHUSUN

1 March 2016

2:45 p.m. ET kick-offs unless stated
AFC Bournemouth v Southampton    #BOUSOU
Arsenal v Swansea City    #ARSSWA
Aston Villa v Everton    #AVLEVE
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion    #LEIWBA
3 p.m. ET Liverpool v Manchester City    #LIVMCI
3 p.m. ET Manchester United v Watford    #MUNWAT
Norwich City v Chelsea    #NORCHE
Sunderland v Crystal Palace    #SUNCRY
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur    #WHUTOT

2 March 2016

2:45 p.m. ET Stoke City v Newcastle United    #STKNEW

5 March 2016

Chelsea v Stoke City    #CHESTK
Crystal Palace v Liverpool    #CRYLIV
Everton v West Ham United    #EVEWHU
Manchester City v Aston Villa    #MCIAVL
Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth    #NEWBOU
Southampton v Sunderland    #SOUSUN
Swansea City v Norwich City    #SWANOR
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal    #TOTARS
Watford v Leicester City    #WATLEI
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United #WBAMUN

12 March 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City    #BOUSWA
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion    #ARSWBA
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur    #AVLTOT
Leicester City v Newcastle United    #LEINEW
Liverpool v Chelsea    #LIVCHE
Manchester United v Crystal Palace    #MUNCRY
Norwich City v Manchester City    #NORMCI
Stoke City v Southampton #STKSOU
Sunderland v Everton    #SUNEVE
West Ham United v Watford    #WHUWAT

19 March 2016

Chelsea v West Ham United    #CHEWHU
Crystal Palace v Leicester City    #CRYLEI
Everton v Arsenal    #EVEARS
Manchester City v Manchester United    #MCIMUN
Newcastle United v Sunderland    #NEWSUN
Southampton v Liverpool    #SOULIV
Swansea City v Aston Villa    #SWAAVL
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth    #TOTBOU
Watford v Stoke City    #WATSTK
West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City    #WBANOR

2 April 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City    #BOUMCI
Arsenal v Watford    #ARSWAT
Aston Villa v Chelsea    #AVLCHE
Leicester City v Southampton    #LEISOU
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur    #LIVTOT
Manchester United v Everton    #MUNEVE
Norwich City v Newcastle United    #NORNEW
Stoke City v Swansea City    #STKSWA
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion    #SUNWBA
West Ham United v Crystal Palace    #WHUCRY

9 April 2016

Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth    #AVLBOU
Crystal Palace v Norwich City    #CRYNOR
Liverpool v Stoke City #LIVSTK
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion    #MCIWBA
Southampton v Newcastle United    #SOUNEW
Sunderland v Leicester City    #SUNLEI
Swansea City v Chelsea    #SWACHE
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United    #TOTMUN
Watford v Everton    #WATEVE
West Ham United v Arsenal    #WHUARS

16 April 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool    #BOULIV
Arsenal v Crystal Palace    #ARSCRY
Chelsea v Manchester City    #CHEMCI
Everton v Southampton    #EVESOU
Leicester City v West Ham United    #LEIWHU
Manchester United v Aston Villa    #MUNAVL
Newcastle United v Swansea City    #NEWSWA
Norwich City v Sunderland    #NORSUN
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur    #STKTOT
West Bromwich Albion v Watford    #WBAWAT

23 April 2016

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea    #BOUCHE
Aston Villa v Southampton    #AVLSOU
Crystal Palace v Everton    #CRYEVE
Leicester City v Swansea City    #LEISWA
Liverpool v Newcastle United    #LIVNEW
Manchester City v Stoke City    #MCISTK
Norwich City v Watford    #NORWAT
Sunderland v Arsenal    #SUNARS
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion    #TOTWBA
West Ham United v Manchester United    #WHUMUN

30 April 2016

Arsenal v Norwich City    #ARSNOR
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur    #CHETOT
Everton v AFC Bournemouth    #EVEBOU
Manchester United v Leicester City    #MUNLEI
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace    #NEWCRY
Southampton v Manchester City    #SOUMCI
Stoke City v Sunderland    #STKSUN
Swansea City v Liverpool    #SWALIV
Watford v Aston Villa    #WATAVL
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United    #WBAWHU

7 May 2016

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion    #BOUWBA
Aston Villa v Newcastle United    #AVLNEW
Crystal Palace v Stoke City    #CRYSTK
Leicester City v Everton    #LEIEVE
Liverpool v Watford    #LIVWAT
Manchester City v Arsenal    #MCIARS
Norwich City v Manchester United    #NORMUN
Sunderland v Chelsea    #SUNCHE
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton    #TOTSOU
West Ham United v Swansea City    #WHUSWA

15 May 2016

Arsenal v Aston Villa    #ARSAVL
Chelsea v Leicester City    #CHELEI
Everton v Norwich City    #EVENOR
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth    #MUNBOU
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur    #NEWTOT
Southampton v Crystal Palace    #SOUCRY
Stoke City v West Ham United    #STKWHU
Swansea City v Manchester City    #SWAMCI
Watford v Sunderland    #WATSUN
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool    #WBALIV

Dest: Best decision was stay with US and not switch to Dutch

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DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) Sergino Dest’s decision to stay with the U.S. national team rather than switch to the Netherlands got a mixed reaction from his Ajax teammates.

“Some of them, they didn’t like it,” Dest said. “Some of them, they said just: `Congratulations: You followed your heart. So that’s always good.”

An 18-year-old outside back who has become an Ajax regular this season, Dest made his U.S. national team debut in September and played exhibitions against Mexico and Uruguay. He skipped last month’s CONCACAF Nations League matches against Cuba and Canada in order to keep his options open, then announced Oct. 28 he was committing to the U.S. program long-term.

“It’s a hard decision, of course, because you are for both of them,” Dest said Wednesday, two days before he likely will make his senior national team competitive debut. “I just made my own decision. It’s my life. If it’s not working out well. I’m the one who is dealing with the trouble.”

Dest has a Surinamese-American father and Dutch mother. He came up through the U.S. youth national team programs, playing for the Americans at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup and the 2019 Under-20 World Cup.

The Dutch national team, winner of the 1988 European Championship and a three-time World Cup finalist, tried to persuade Dest to ask FIFA for a switch of affiliation. Dest’s American youth team background was stressed by U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and U.S. Soccer Federation sporting director Earnie Stewart when they had lunch with Dest and his father, Ken, on Oct. 24, the day after Dest and Ajax played Chelsea and American star Christian Pulisic in the Champions League.

Dest announced his decision on Oct. 28 and will be cap-tied once he appears in a competitive match.

“He is part of our future and we’re going to make sure that he develops himself to a player that will perform in ’22 and ’26,” Stewart said Tuesday. “What happened in his youth national team career helped the conversations with Sergimo, with his father, with his management in securing him for our U.S. national team, which is great for the program.”

Dest’s decision came 21 months after Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, now 20, switched to Mexico after coming up through the American youth national team program.

LA Galaxy midfielder Efrai­n Ãlvarez, also eligible for the U.S. and Mexico, has made four starts and once substitute appearance for El Tri as it advanced to a Thursday semifinal against the Dutch at the Under-17 World Cup.

Dest said his time with the U.S. program “might be the biggest influence” in his choice.

“I think I made the right decision,” Dest added. “Now I have to make sure that I made a good one and show what I’ve got.”

Stewart, now 50, grew up in the Netherlands with a Dutch mother and a father who was in the U.S. Air Force. He, too, played for a Dutch club and joined the U.S. national team, and played in three World Cups while scoring 17 goals in 101 international appearances from 1990-2004.

“It was very, very similar,” Stewart said, comparing their histories. “His father played an important role, very proud American, ex-military veteran that’s in Europe right now. Very proud that his son is going to play for the U.S. national team as my father was for me.”

Stewart’s experience resonated with Dest.

“It’s always good to hear from people that are also Dutch-American, and they also have a story in the U.S.,” Dest said. “My decision that I made, I listened to everybody’s advice, but it’s just a decision I’m making.”

Dest said his father was pleased, as was his mom.

“I think if I go play for the Netherlands, he would also be happy. He’s just happy when I’m happy. He’s a dad,” Dest said. “They’re just like, `OK, if you want to make that decision then, it’s your life. You have to make your own decisions.”

The U.S., rebuilding after its failure to reach last year’s World Cup, hosts Canada on Friday night at Orlando in another Nations League match, then finishes group play against Cuba at George Town, Cayman Islands. To advance to the semifinals, the Americans must win both games and overcome a goal difference of four against Canada.

In a game Dest skipped last month, the U.S. lost 2-0 at Toronto.

“That’s not going to happen the next game on Friday,” Dest said. “We’re not going to lose.”

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Chelsea Ladies sign NWSL superstar Sam Kerr

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Sam Kerr is heading to London.

The Australian megastar is leaving the Chicago Red Stars for Chelsea after scoring two MVP awards in the National Women’s Soccer League (2017, 2019).

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Kerr, 26, has 38 goals in 83 caps for the Lady Matildas, scoring four times in one World Cup match against Jamaica last summer.

Her 69 goals are the most in an NWSL career, and she admits it was a challenge to leave her comfort zone and head to Europe.

“Probably the part that was most difficult was leaving friends and the US because I’ve created such a home there, but it was just time for me to make a change. And once I had my eyes set on Europe, it was kind of an easy decision to choose Chelsea as a club.”

It’s a huge signing for Chelsea, who is leading the table through five matches with an unbeaten 4W-1D record. She’ll join the team in January.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to the LA Galaxy

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has bid adieu to Major League Soccer, thanking the LA Galaxy for “making me feel alive again.”

The Swedish superstar averaged nearly a goal per game with the Galaxy, and was rumored to be in line for another two years at the club.

[ MORE: Columbus acquires Nagbe ]

Perhaps those reports, and maybe AC Milan’s struggles to score goals, have made more suitors come forward. Time will tell.

The Galaxy said the decision was a “mutual parting of ways” and thanked the player for his work both on and off the pitch.

From LAGalaxy.com:

“We would like to thank Zlatan for his contributions to the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”

Zlatan’s full thoughts, below, were a bit more Zlatanny.

Klein will have his hands full in replacing Ibrahimovic, who scored 52 times in 53 matches, but the Galaxy have always managed to bring in big names.

Getting a star playmaker is even more important as El Trafico rivals LAFC have rewritten the MLS record book and snared plenty of attention in California and across the league.

Columbus acquires Nagbe from Atlanta for $1M in allocation

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Darlington Nagbe is headed for a reunion with old boss Caleb Porter.

Columbus has sent over $1 million in allocation money to Atlanta United in order to claim the influential midfielder.

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Porter coached Nagbe at the University of Akron and the Portland Timbers, and has 25 USMNT caps but has turned down Gregg Berhalter’s requests for service.

Nagbe made 46 appearances across all competitions for the Five Stripes this season, scoring twice with five assists. He has 313 matches played between Portland and Atlanta.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“Darlington Nagbe is a proven winner and the type of player who can be a difference-maker in our team,” Crew SC president and GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “In addition to his skill set, we believe that Darlington is someone whose character and values fit well within our organization. As we stated heading into this offseason, we continue to look both domestically and internationally for players that will make our team better, and we believe Darlington is an important part of those efforts.”

It’s a bold statement from Columbus, who had a reputation for getting the most of its talent under Berhalter but faded under Porter after a hot start. The Crew began 2019 with a 4-1-1 record but lost 13 of its next 15 matches.

Of course, being MLS, the Crew then only lost 2 of their final 13 matches. Shoulder shrug emoji.