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Klinsmann pleads for patience with teenage star Pulisic

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U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann may not bow to pressure from fans and the media.

At least for now.

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Christian Pulisic, 17, became the youngest goalscorer in U.S. World Cup qualifying history last Friday as he jumped off the bench to score twice against St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a 6-0 thrashing.

The Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder, born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was also he subject of intense transfer speculation at the end of the summer window with Liverpool, Red Bull Leipzig, Stoke City and others all linked with a move for the USMNT’s latest teenage star.

Speaking to reporters on Monday in Jacksonville ahead of their CONCACAF fourth-round 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Trinidad & Tobago, Klinsmann was preaching patience when it comes to Pulisic.

“It’s important to kind of give younger players time and have that patience,” Klinsmann said, according to the Associated Press. “And when moments are there to give them the minutes or the start, it’s not an issue. We just need to make sure it all kind of comes at the right time. We are all excited about a very special talent when it comes through there. He has a long, long ways to go, and hopefully he goes a long way for many, many years to come.”

Many are calling for Pulisic to start against T&T on Tuesday, with the U.S. needing just a point to seal qualification to the Hexagonal, the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Realistically, even if they lose they are through with a crazy 13-goal swing needed if they lose to T&T and Guatemala beat SVG in the other Group C encounter. It’s not inconceivable but certainly very, very unlikely to happen.

That is why Klinsmann should start Pulisic. He deserves to on merit too. Against SVG he looked superb when he came on and even if Klinsmann is trying to edge Pulisic into the team gently, his quality is there for all to see. Around the U.S. national team camp everyone has high hopes for this kid.

The U.S. is doing the right thing by wrapping yet another teen star in cotton wool but at this age Pulisic has plenty more promise than the likes of Juan Agudelo, Julian Green and even Freddy Adu before him.

In truth the Pulisic hype-train left the station a long time ago. Now seems like the right time to let him loose but it doesn’t appear as though Klinsmann will. Time will tell if that will be a wise decisions.

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After weeks of having a game in hand on Premier League title chasers Manchester City and Leicester City, the full extent of Liverpool’s lead will be revealed when the Reds visit West Ham United on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

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Once the full-time whistle blows at the London Stadium, all 20 PL sides will have played 24 games. Ahead of kickoff, Jurgen Klopp‘s side leads second-place Man City by a whopping 16 points.

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West Ham, meanwhile, sit 17th in the table and are only clear of the relegation zone by way of goal differential. That’s something that could very easily change between now and 5 p.m. ET.

LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Man City v. Man United

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It’s time for leg two of the Manchester derby in the semifinals of the EFL Cup (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET) at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City lead 3-1 following their first-leg dismantling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In theory, it’s a mere formality to reach the final at Wembley, where they would take on Aston Villa following their late dramatics on Tuesday.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs’ striker search

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Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.


A roundup of all of the major transfer rumors, most notably those involving Premier League clubs, on Wednesday…

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Barcelona have reportedly had a $110-million bid for Richarlison rejected by Everton. That’s a mind-blowing number for a club like Everton to receive, but the Toffees apparently didn’t have to think long before saying “thanks, but no thanks.” Luis Suarez is expected to miss four months due to a knee injury, leaving the Blaugrana somewhat for a replacement. Everton, however, have no desire to lose a key member of their squad with little to no time to sign a replacement.


After adding winger Steven Bergwijn on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur are heavily linked with a number of strikers as options to replace the injured Harry Kane. AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek is the most frequently linked (and most expensive) player coming out of the rumor mill, while Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has come up as an emergency option (he is reportedly open to the idea). However, Jose Mourinho has reportedly been told he has just $13 million to acquire a new forward after spending a combined $108 million on Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes.


Elsewhere in Tottenham rumors, full back Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to complete a loan move (without an option to buy) to Southampton in the very near future. The 22-year-old has been on the fringe of the first-team squad for what feels like five years now, but has never quite broken through. This could be Spurs putting into the shop window a player who they don’t believe is in their long-term plans in order to drive up his price tag come this summer.


Sheffield United look set to make a big push for a top-six finish, as the Blades are linked with moves for a pair of highly rated young players: Richairo Zivkovic, from Chinese side Changchun Yatai, and Sander Berge, from Genk. Zivkovic was one of the most highly touted youngsters in Europe before moving to China on a big-money deal; Berge has been linked with some of the biggest clubs across Europe in recent years, all the while the 21-year-old has become a fixture for the Belgian side.

Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes

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Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.


Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of becoming a Manchester United player after the club announced on Wednesday that an agreement has been reached with Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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From the club’s website, which is currently unreachable at the time of posting:

“Manchester United are delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The dollar figure most commonly reported is $61 million (potentially reaching $88 million after add-ons). Fernandes, 25, is reportedly in the process of visiting the Sporting offices to terminate his current contract and record a goodbye video for fans before boarding a flight to Manchester.

Fernandes came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but an agreement could never be reached between the involved parties and they ended up signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis instead.