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Premier League clubs ready to step up action in USA

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Four Premier League teams are now in the USA with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City arriving in recent days to join Swansea City and Manchester United.

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With preseason in full-flow, all four teams will have plenty of friendly games in the coming days with City facing both Man United and Tottenham as Pep Guardiola prepares for this second season in the PL.

The Manchester Derby in Houston, Texas on Thursday will be the first-ever played on foreign soil as Jose Mourinho and Guardiola will be treating that game as anything but a friendly.

United have already played twice in the U.S. with wins against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake from Major League Soccer, while Swansea City drew 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union as Paul Clement‘s men try to build on their great escape from relegation last season.

Below is a look at what is coming up for the four PL teams Stateside in the coming days, plus some details on the games in the U.S. for Man United and Swansea so far.


Manchester City
20 July v Manchester United, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup)
26 July v Real Madrid, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, (International Champions Cup) 
29 July v Tottenham, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup)

Manchester United
15 July: Won 5-2 v LA Galaxy –  Stubhub Centre, Los Angeles 
17 July:
Won 2-1 v Real Salt Lake – Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
20 July
v Manchester City, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup) 
23 July v Real Madrid, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California (International Champions Cup) 
26 July v Barcelona, FedExField, Washington DC (International Champions Cup)

Swansea City
15 July: 
Drew 2-2 with Philadelphia Union – Philadelphia, US
19 July v Richmond Kickers, Richmond, US
22 July v North Carolina, Sahlen’s Stadium, US

Tottenham Hotspur
22 July v PSG, Camping World Stadium, Orlando (International Champions Cup)
25 July v Roma, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey (International Champions Cup) 
29 July v Man City, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup)

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.

Guingamp: 11-goal captain Briand off to Montreal

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Guingamp captain Jimmy Briand is making the move from Ligue 1 to Major League Soccer.

The French side announced that the 32-year-old, capped five times by France between 28-32, is coming to the Montreal Impact.

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Briand spent time with Lyon and Hannover after a eight-year stint with Rennes, where he was teammates with former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra.

The center forward scored 11 goals last season in France, including markers against Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Briand could provide a big missing piece of Montreal’s attack. The Impact have playmakers in Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taidir, but haven’t found much from their forwards.