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Preseason schedules for all 20 Premier League teams

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With Premier League teams back in preseason training and pounding the pitches with fitness tests galore, now seems like a good time to see what is coming up for each team in the next few weeks.

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The 2017-18 PL campaign kicks off on August 12 and plenty of PL clubs will rack up some serious air miles between now and then.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City are all heading to the USA on tour, while Crystal Palace, Liverpool, West Brom and Leicester City will take part in the Premier League’s Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

[ MORE: Full 2017-18 Premier League schedule ]

Arsenal and Chelsea will also head out to the Far East with plenty of other clubs heading to Continental Europe to train and play games at altitude.

Via the PremierLeague.com take a look below at the full schedules for each PL club, as things stands, with details on how to watch your team in action this summer.


Arsenal

13 July v Sydney FC, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Details
15 July v Western Sydney Wanderers, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Details
19 July v Bayern Munich (Shanghai Stadium) International Champions Cup Details
22 July v Chelsea (Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing) Details
29 July v Benfica, Emirates Stadium (Emirates Cup) Details
30 July v Sevilla, Emirates Stadium (Emirates Cup) Details
6 August v Chelsea, Wembley Stadium (Community Shield) Details

Bournemouth

15 July v Estoril Praia, Stadium Municipal, Marbella Details
22 July 
v Portsmouth, Fratton Park, Portsmouth Details
29 July v Queens Park Rangers, Loftus Road, London Details
30 July v Valencia, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth Details
2 August v Yeovil Town, Huish Park, Yeovil Details
6 August v Napoli, Vitality Stadium Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

14 July v Fortuna Dusseldorf, Sportplatz St Ulrich, Austria Details
22 July v Crawley Town, Checkatrade.com Stadium, Crawley
25 July v Southend United, Roots Hall, Essex Details
29 July v Norwich City, Carrow Road, Norwich Details
1 August v Girona, Nou Estadi Municipal de Palamos, Catalonia Details
6 August v Atletico Madrid, Amex Stadium, Brighton Details

Burnley

14 July v Shamrock Rovers, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin Details
22 July v Kidderminster Harriers Details
22 July v Alfreton Town Details
25 July v Preston North End, Deepdale Details
29 July v Nottingham Forest, City Ground, Nottingham Details
1 August v Celta Vigo, Turf Moor, Burnley Details
5 August v Hannover 96, Turf Moor, Burnley Details

Chelsea

22 July v Arsenal, Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing Details
25 July v Bayern Munich, National Stadium, Singapore (International Champions Cup) Details
29 July v Inter Milan, National Stadium, Singapore (International Champions Cup) Details
6 August v Arsenal, Wembley Stadium (Community Shield) Details

Crystal Palace

15 July v Maidstone United, Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone Details
19 July v Liverpool, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
22 July v West Brom/Leicester City, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
5 August v Schalke 04, Selhust Park, London Details

Everton

13 July v Gor Mahia FC, Tanzania National Main Stadium, Tanzania Details
19 July v FC Twente, SV De Lutte, Overijssel Details
22 July v KRC Genk, Luminus Arena, Genk Details
27 July v TBC (UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg)
3 August v TBC (UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg)
6 August v Sevilla, Goodison Park, Liverpool Details

Huddersfield Town

12 July v Accrington Stanley, Wham Stadium, Accrington Details
16 July v Bury, Gigg Lane Details
22 July v Barnsley, Oakwell, Barnsley Details
1 August v Stuttgart, Schwaz, Austria Details
4 August v Torino, Jenbach, Austria Details

Leicester City

19 July v West Brom, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
22 July v Crystal Palace/Liverpool, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
26 July v Luton Town, Kenilworth Road, Luton Details
28 July v MK Dons, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes Details
29 July v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton Details
1 August v Burton Albion, Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent Details
4 August v Borussia Monchengladbach, King Power Stadium, Leicester Details

Liverpool

12 July v Tranmere Rovers, Prenton Park, Birkenhead Details
14 July v Wigan Athletic, DW Stadium, Wigan Details
19 July v Crystal Palace, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
22 July v West Brom/Leicester City, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
29 July v Hertha BSC, Olympiastadion Berlin Details
1 August v Bayern Munich/Atletico Madrid/Napoli, Allianz Arena (Audi Cup) Details
2 August v Bayern Munich/Atletico Madrid/Napoli, Allianz Arena (Audi Cup) Details
5 August v Athletic Club, Aviva Stadium, Dublin Details

Manchester City

20 July v Manchester United, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup) Details
26 July v Real Madrid, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, (International Champions Cup) Details
29 July v Tottenham Hotspur, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup) Details
4 August v West Ham United, Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, Reykjavik Details

Manchester United

15 July v LA Galaxy, Stubhub Centre, Los Angeles Details
17 July v Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah Details
20 July v Manchester City, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup) Details
23 July v Real Madrid, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California (International Champions Cup) Details
26 July v Barcelona, FedExField, Washington DC (International Champions Cup) Details
30 July v Valerenga, Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo Details
2 August v Sampdoria, Aviva Stadium, Dublin Details
8 August v Real Madrid, National Arena Filip II, FYR Macedonia (UEFA Super Cup)

Newcastle United

14 July v Heart of Midlothian, Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh Details
22 July v Preston North End, Deepdale, Preston Details
26 July v Bradford City, Northern Commercials Stadium, Bradford Details
29 July v FSV Mainz 05, Opel Arena, Mainz Details
2 August v Wolfsburg, AOK Stadion, Wolfsburg Details
6 August v Hellas Verona, St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne Details

Southampton

Tour of France & Tour of Austria planned
22 July
v Brentford, Griffin Park, Brentford Details

Stoke City

10 July v Neuchatel Xamax, Tissot Arena, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (Uhrencup) Details
12 July v Young Boys Bern, Tissot Arena, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (Uhrencup) Details
15 July v AS Monaco, Neutral venue, Martigny, Switzerland Details
25 July v Sheffield United, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Details
29 July v Bolton Wanderers, Macron Stadium, Bolton Details
30 July v Crewe Alexandra, Alexandra Stadium, Crewe Details
5 August v RB Leipzig, Red Bull Arena, Leipzig Details

Swansea City

12 July v Barnet, The Hive Stadium, Harrow Details
15 July v Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia, US Details
19 July v Richmond Kickers, Richmond, US Details
22 July v North Carolina, Sahlen’s Stadium, US Details
29 July v Birmingham City, St Andrew’s, Birmingham Details
5 August v Sampdoria, Liberty Stadium Details

Tottenham Hotspur

22 July v Paris Saint-Germain, Camping World Stadium, Orlando (International Champions Cup) Details
25 July v Roma, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey (International Champions Cup) Details
29 July v Manchester City, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup) Details
5 August v Juventus, Wembley Stadium, London Details

Watford

8 July v Woking, Laithwaite Community Stadium, Woking Details
15 July v AFC Wimbledon, Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingston Upon Thames Details
18 July v Viktoria Plzen, TBC, Austria Details
22 July v SD Eibar, TBC, Austria Details
29 July v Aston Villa, Villa Park, Birmingham Details
5 August v TBC, Vicarage Road, Watford Details

West Bromwich Albion

12 July v SK Slavia Prague, Kumberg Stadium, Kumberg Details
19 July v Leicester City, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
22 July v Crystal Palace/Liverpool, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) Details
26 July v Walsall, Banks’s Stadium, Walsall Details
26 July v Burton Albion, Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent Details
29 July v Bristol Rovers, Memorial Stadium, Bristol Details
29 July v Slough Town Details
1 August v Kidderminster Harriers, Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster Details
1 August v Port Vale, Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent Details
5 August v Deportivo La Coruna, Estadio Riazor, A Coruna (Teresa Herrera Trophy) Details

West Ham United

28 July v Werder Bremen, Osterwald Stadion, Schneverdingen (Betway Cup) Details
29 July v Werder Bremen, Heinz-Dettmer Stadion, Lohne (Betway Cup) Details
1 August v Altona 93, Adolf-Jager-Kampfbahn Stadium, Hamburg Details
4 August v Manchester City, Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, Reykjavik Details

Dest decision to stay with the U.S. significant for future

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With the shrill of the referee’s whistle on Friday night, with Sergino Dest expected to be on the field, his decision to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team will be final.

There have been plenty of dual-nationals before him and there will continue to be dual-nationals after him. But Dest’s decision to stay with the U.S. is a significant one for multiple reasons.

First, there’s the whirlwind past six months he’s had. Before the summer began, Dest was a solid member of the Jong Ajax team, which is effectively the reserve side, though it plays in the Dutch Second Division. For the U.S., he started in four of the five games for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it advanced to the FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals this past May and June, beating France U-20s along the way.

After a strong preseason, suddenly Dest found himself promoted to the Ajax first team. Then, suddenly this then-18-year-old kid was starting for Ajax, first in the Eredivisie and then in the UEFA Champions League, and he was impressing. After not noticing him or not bothering to call him in to national team camps in the past, suddenly Ronald Koeman was interested, and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was pushing the Oranje on Dest.

While the U.S. has recruited players from Germany, England, and Mexico among other countries in recent years, it’s rare that the player hasn’t been coveted as well by the bigger – or local national team compared to the USMNT. So it says something that the USMNT is such a welcoming place that Dest felt comfortable enough when making his decision to stick with what he knew.

Also, while the Tyler Boyd decision to play for the USMNT wasn’t seen as a huge recruiting coup – he had played in friendly matches for New Zealand in the past – Dest’s decision, considering that he plays at Ajax and gets minutes in the Champions League – is on the level of the Jonathan Gonzalez deal. Gonzalez of course decided to go with Mexico, but due to a loss of form and injuries, that decision hasn’t fully panned out over the past 12 months. Dest, meanwhile, has the opportunity to cement himself as the right or left back of the future for the U.S.

A player this young is usually not put in this position where they have to choose, but Dest – with official FIFA matches coming up – basically had to make his decision this month or risk being out of the USMNT and the Netherlands for multiple training camps.

Ultimately, while Dest’s decision is a great sign for the USMNT, it’s only the start. There’s plenty of American-born players that the USMNT is losing out on, especially to Mexico. Players like Efrain Alvarez, and Gonzalez are two players who could make a difference for the U.S. moving forward, but have chosen – Alvarez for now – to play for Mexico. Other current USMNT youngsters such as Richie Ledezma, Sebastian Soto, Alex Mendez, and Julian Araujo could all potentially play for another country as well, leaving the U.S. vulnerable should they leave.

And another caveat. Dest is only 19-years old, and it’s truly impossible to predict whether he’ll be the next Steve Cherundolo for the USMNT – owned the right back slot for more than a decade – or a short-term fix before an injury or loss of form keeps him away from the team.

So U.S. Soccer is on the right track with the commitment from Dest, but it still has an awful lot to do to keep growing the USMNT player pool.

 

Berhalter: No “like-for-like” replacement for Pulisic

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U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter may not be feeling any more pressure after the USMNT’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at Canada last month. But his task to beat Canada in the return match on Friday in Orlando became even more difficult with the loss of Christian Pulisic to injury.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Berhalter noted that there’s no one on the current USMNT team that could replace exactly what Pulisic brings – excellent dribbling, high soccer IQ, dynamic runs into the box – but they’ll need to compensate for his absence in other ways.

[READ: How will the USMNT line up v. Canada]

“When you think about his dynamic dribbling, you don’t see players like that around very much anymore.,” Berhalter said. “We’ll have to compensate with other types of skills. But what we do have is speed and physically, and we’ll want to take advantage of that. I think that will be a key component of the game.”

Even with Pulisic on the field for around an hour, the U.S. still seemed second-best, but it didn’t help when the USMNT’s best player was taken off. In the current squad, Berhalter will need to look for creativity and darting runs diagonally from players like Tyler Boyd and Jordan Morris on the wings, where they can potentially have an advantage over Canada’s outside backs.

Berhalter noted at the press conference that this week in training they’ve been focusing on bringing the intensity demanded for international soccer, as well as how to better succeed in the attacking third of the field.

“We’ve been working with the wingers, working with the attacking midfielder, having them focused on spaces we need to exploit, and being very aggressive around the penalty box,” Berhalter said. “One thing we weren’t happy with in the game in Canada was our lack of ability to get behind their backline and our lack of ability in the final third to deliver accurate crosses. We got into some good positions and didn’t take advantage of that. So, we focused on that during this week and it’s been looking pretty good.”

In some of the USMNT’s worst games in recent years, including the loss in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago and the loss in Toronto, Canada, it’s been the lack of creativity in the final third, or a lack of even setting up one-v-one opportunities in the final third that’s cost the U.S. That task becomes more difficult without Pulisic, but perhaps the USMNT can take advantage of Morris’ recent fine form, and use his speed down the left to get in behind Canada’s defense.

Sterling backs Gomez after boos were heard at Wembley

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Raheem Sterling came out in support of his teammate Joe Gomez, just a couple of days after Sterling lost his temper in practice and got into a scuffle with the Liverpool defender.

Multiple reporters at England’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro heard a smattering of fans boo Joe Gomez when he came on the field as a substitute. While not defensible, the boos were likely as a result of the dust-up and subsequent one-match suspension for Sterling. Unable to speak to the media after the match, Sterling took to Twitter to stand up for his international teammate.

[READ: England smash Montenegro, qualify for Euro 2020]

This is the latest example of Sterling taking the high road to deal with a tough situation. Whether it’s the boos he endures from Liverpool fans over his exit from the club, racism he’s experienced at home or abroad, and the media coverage he’s felt, Sterling has almost always offered a measured, intelligent response.

In this instance, it shows that Gareth Southgate has full control of his team and that there’s an accepting atmosphere in the squad. Sterling was obviously wrong to not let the Man City defeat to Liverpool go and to take it out on Gomez warranted the suspension. To back Gomez after he took some jeers from the crowd says a lot about Sterling’s character.

You can almost bet that the two will be on the field together as England faces Kosovo on the road this Sunday.

Euro 2020 Roundup: Ronaldo scores hat-trick, France, Turkey qualify

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The final two rounds of Euro 2020 qualification got underway on Thursday with plenty of great goals on display. Four nations qualified directly into the tournament as well, as we get closer to the final list of 24 teams.


Portugal rout Lithuania

While the result wasn’t a surprise, it was still an impressive performance from the defending European champions.

Portugal, behind a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, thrashed Lithuania, 6-0, at the Estadio Algarve. That included this terrific strike into the corner from outside the box, bringing the crowd to their feet.

It was Ronaldo’s ninth hat-trick for Portugal, which takes him to 98 goals overall along with 12 goals for Portugal in this calendar year, an incredible strike rate. Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Bernardo Silva all scored as well. With a win at Luxembourg in three days, Portugal can assure qualification back to the European Championships, where it can defend its crown.


France comes back to beat Moldova

It’s safe to say that Les Bleus fans would gladly have taken a 2-1 result over Moldova in Euro 2020 qualifying, but the journey to get there was definitely out of the ordinary.

Moldova’s Vadim Rata put the visitors up 1-0 in the 9th minute with a goal-mouth scramble after a failed clearance from by Clement Lenglet, putting France under even more pressure. France brought wave and wave of attack towards the Moldova goal, but it was a controversial goal, credited to Raphael Varane, which brought France level.

In the 41st minute, as Olivier Giroud went for a ball, it appeared Giroud motioned to control the ball with his arm, only to move it out of his way at the last second, enabling Varane to head home. Giroud made amends for missing many chances throughout the match with a penalty kick goal in the 79th minute, earned by left back Lucas Digne.

With the win, France qualified for the 2020 Euros. Also qualifying on Thursday was Turkey, England, and the Czech Republic.

Here’s a look at the rest of Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualification results.

Qualification Group A

England 7-0 Montenegro
Czech Republic 2-1 Kosovo

Qualification Group B

Portugal 6-0 Lithuania
Serbia 3-2 Luxembourg

Qualification Group H

Turkey 0-0 Iceland
Albania 2-2 Andorra
France 2-1 Moldova