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What now for Luke Shaw after latest setback?

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Luke Shaw is set to spend another significant chunk of time on the sidelines.

Does this mean his Manchester United career is over?

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Reports are circulating that Shaw, 21, has suffered serious damage to ligaments in his foot and it is feared he will now be out all summer and will also miss the start of next season.

After receiving his scan results back Shaw is reportedly seeing a specialist to assess the damage which occurred early on in United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday. Shaw was replaced by Antonio Valencia after nine minutes as he hobbled off the hallowed turf.

It could well be the last time he graces the Theatre of Dreams as a United player.

Following plenty of public criticism from Jose Mourinho about not only his injury issues but also his tactical capacity to play the game, it appeared that Shaw was turning the corner in recent weeks with some solid displays at left back as United reached the UEFA Europa League semifinals and got themselves back in the top four hunt.

However, Shaw’s latest injury appears to be his biggest setback since the double leg fracture he suffered in September 2015 which kept him out until the start of this season.

The England international has had several smaller injuries as his road back to full fitness has been littered with ailments and the latest comes at the worst possible time.

With his manager already growing impatient with his lack of progression tactically, plus his physical issues, alongside some of his other teammates, it appears Shaw’s future at United is now more uncertain than ever. Mourinho has played Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, has the versatile Timothy Fosu-Mensah around and even played Ashley Young at left back. Mourinho has also experimented with a back three which also worked well and has plenty of other options besides playing Shaw.

The attack-minded left back simply seems surplus to requirements at United and it has seemed that way ever since Mourinho walked through the door last summer. Even after impressing Louis Van Gaal at the start of the 2015-16 season, you can’t forget that Shaw struggled massively in his first full season at Old Trafford and he is slipping dangerously towards being placed in the “too much, too young” category.

Shaw will now be playing catch-up all summer long and despite vowing to prove Mourinho wrong to regain his form and fitness, things are now out of his hands.

Once the most expensive teenager on the planet when he signed for United in the summer of 2014 for $45 million, Shaw’s star has fallen drastically through fitness concerns and inconsistent form during a transitional period at Manchester United.

After racking up a 25-game unbeaten run, plus with two chances to qualify for the Champions League still alive, it appears Mourinho is turning this humongous ship around and will have huge sums of cash to spend this summer on more new players.

When United move into smoother waters and push on next season it seems increasingly likely that Shaw won’t be on that voyage.

Atletico Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game includes Felix

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Major League Soccer fans will get a good luck at one of the hottest prospects in world soccer when the MLS All Stars take on Atletico Madrid in next week’s MLS All Star Game.

Joao Felix, the $142 million 19-year-old, is among the roster announced by Diego Simeone for the match.

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Felix scored 20 times with 11 assists in 40 matches for Benfica before moving to Atleti in the summer. Those numbers include a hat trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League quarterfinals first leg.

The other stars will be there, too, provided no transfers happen in the interim. Koke, Thomas Lemar, Diego Costa, and Saul Niguez are in the squad.

New Atleti defender Kieran Trippier and longtime El Tri hero Hector Herrera will also be sure to help drive attendance in Orlando City.

The full roster is here.

Leagues Cup preview: MLS gets its next shot at Liga MX

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It’s not a typo; The s is very real.

The Leagues Cup — not the League Cup — is the new competition pitting Major League Soccer sides against some of the top sides from Mexico’s Liga MX.

The tournament has been expanded before it’s even seen a ball kicked in competition, as the second edition with go from eight to 16 teams.

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For now, though, we’ve got four American and four Mexican sides meeting over the next two months in a bid for North American supremacy not unlike a CONCACAF Champions League stripped of all the minnows.

Much like the CCL, the Mexican sides will be expected to triumph, even with all of the quarterfinals being staged in the United States.

Chicago Fire hosts Cruz Azul on Tuesday, followed by the LA Galaxy’s visit from Club Tijuana.

Wednesday will see the Houston Dynamo host Club America, and Tigres UANL at Real Salt Lake.

The winners meet Aug. 20, while the final will be played Sept. 18 in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of promise in this, and it gives MLS another chance to make some statements about the distance between it and Liga MX. The Mexican sides have flat out dominated the CCL, and it’s not difficult to make the same prediction for this tournament.

But, like many tournaments, it also gives success-starved clubs a chance to give their fans something big and their players a tonic. For Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s Chicago, for one, it’s a huge opportunity. And for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy, it’s a look toward another piece of silverware for one of the world’s biggest trophy cases.

USMNT prospect Ledezma earns praise from van Nistelrooy

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Even for talents of the highest levels with top soccer education, sometimes a kid’s gotta learn how to eat.

Richard “Richie” Ledezma, 18, is in the midst of his first year at Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, a spot which beckoned after a five-match, one-goal season in the USL with Real Monarchs of the USL.

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Ledezma starred for U.S. U-20 team at the World Cup after his first half-season with PSV, which saw him play with the U-19s while trying to lose some weight.


“PSV help me with my nutrition, with my food and how I eat. It’s the quantity of food you eat, I guess,” he added. “Because I came a little chubby, when I got here, I guess. They all called me ‘fatty’ and stuff, so I was like, cool, you know? So no more McDonald’s.”

Goal’s James Westwood had a wide-ranging interview with Ledezma and also spoke with soccer royalty: longtime Real Madrid and Manchester United scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy was Ledezma’s coach with the U-19s.

“He’s making a difference in midfield with very quick-thinking passes, movement, can score a goal, play people in, he’s creating chances for the whole team.”

That’s not just good praise from a legend, but a solid sign for fans of the United States men’s national team. A proper No. 10 or playmaking midfielder could allow Gregg Berhalter or another future USMNT coach to use Christian Pulisic on the wings.

Ledezma has some work to do before he breaks into the first team of the Dutch runners-up, who have signed former Stoke City man Ibrahim Afellay and has Gaston Pereiro in the fold as well.

Newcastle reportedly in for $28M mercurial Nice attacker

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L’Equipe says that Newcastle United have returned to Nice in the hopes of landing Allan Saint-Maximin.

The Ligue 1 outfit wants $28 million for the playmaker, who could team up with Miguel Almiron and (maybe) Joelinton to give the Magpies a much-improved attack.

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Saint-Maximin, 22, has 10 goals and 10 assists across his last two seasons with Nice, and played everywhere in attack for Patrick Vieira: both wings, center forward, second striker, attacking mid… even some left and right midfield.

The player, however, has been a headache for Vieira at times, with the manager saying Saint-Maximin believes that he has enough talent to reach the highest level without the required amount of work.

That said, the youngster’s skill set is electric. He’s a March birth date, too, so a relatively young 22. That $28 million would be another transfer record broken for Newcastle, assuming it happens ahead of the Joelinton move.

Or… as Newcastle fan knows, neither could go through.