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Moyes named new West Ham manager

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David Moyes has been named as the new manager of West Ham United.

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After Slaven Bilic was fired by the Hammers on Monday, the joint-owners of the east London club have acted fast to get Moyes on board as West Ham have slipped into the bottom three after securing just nine points from their opening 11 Premier League games this season.

It is reported that Moyes has only signed an initial deal until the end of this season, with his sole task to stop West Ham from being sucked into a relegation battle between now and then.

The former Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland manager is back in a job for the first time since the end of last season when he left Sunderland following their relegation to the second-tier.

Speaking about his appointment, Moyes revealed his plans for West Ham.

“I hope West Ham fans are going to see a team that is organized and disciplined. But I have always only ever wanted to be involved with attacking, entertaining football. And I feel really confident with the group of players we have got here that we can provide that,” Moyes said. “West Ham supporters are a very passionate group, and we need them behind us. How do we do that? By building a successful team, with good players playing well, and that’s what we are aiming to do.”

Moyes’ impending appointment has led to more than a mixed reaction among West Ham fans with the vast majority responding negatively to the decision.

Last season at Sunderland was a disaster for Moyes but, in fairness, he did take over very late in preseason after Sam Allardyce left the Black Cats to become England boss and Moyes wasn’t handed any significant funds during his one disastrous season in charge at the Stadium of Light. It was only going one way.

What will worry West Ham supporters most is the downward spiral of Moyes’ career since he left Everton in 2013. He took over at Man United but didn’t last one season of his six-year deal as the Scotsman was fired and United finished in seventh. The only high points were Moyes reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League and winning the Community Shield.

With his reputation damaged he then went to Real Sociedad and despite saving them from relegation he was soon sacked from the La Liga side before ending up at Sunderland.

Highly-respected for his 11-year stint in charge of the Toffees where he turned Everton into a perennial challenger for a top four spot on a shoestring budget, Moyes will see turning things around at West Ham as a very similar challenge to the one he faced at Everton in 2002 when he first took charge.

In this day and age he will not have too much time to get the fans, and players, onboard with his plans but expect West Ham to become much tougher to beat in the coming weeks and months as his defensive tactics take hold.

Moyes will meet the West Ham players on Tuesday and his first game in charge will be at Watford on Nov. 19.

Report: Bristol City offers $4m for USMNT GK Steffen

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Championship side Bristol City has lodged a $4 million bid for Columbus Crew and USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen, according to MLS insider Sam Stejskal.

Viewed as a potential long-term American No. 1 for his country, Steffen has thrived at Columbus since returning from a stint at Freiburg in Germany.

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Stejskal reached Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter, who said multiple teams are interested in Steffen but did not confirm the Bristol City bid. Berhalter said, “We want to be a place where we get players and we develop them and we help them advance in their careers, wherever that may be.”

Steffen, 23, starred at Maryland before making the move abroad. He’s proven a fantastic young pro with a knack for stopping penalty kicks.

Bristol City finished 11th in the Championship last season with 30-year-old goalkeeper Frank Fielding, who had played 153 league matches for the club since 2013 and led the club to promotion from League One in 2015.

Some have openly questioned whether the Championship is a clear upgrade from MLS — don’t count this typer in that group — but this does seem like win-win for Columbus and Steffen if the player wants the move. The Championship has been good for the development of several American players including Tim Ream, DeAndre Yedlin (on loan from a Premier League club), and Lynden Gooch.

Premier League jerseys 2018-19: All the new PL Kits

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There are just 24 days to go until the new Premier League season kicks off and 19 of the 20 teams have released at least one new jersey.

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With so many fresh kits out there, it’s tough to pick a favorite but take a good look through all of the new threads below.

These are all of the confirmed new Premier League jerseys for the 2018/19 campaign.



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Cardiff City

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USMNT’s $72m Pulisic amongst Top 8 U-21 values in world

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USMNT and Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic is among the most valuable U21 players in the world, according to a new study.

Pulisic’s value of $71.7m is eighth-highest in the world, and he is the first American to be named to the list.

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The group SoccerEx uses data driven by Prime Time Sport’s Football Value Index, and it has issued U21 value reports for about a half decade. Previous winners are Dele Alli, Anthony Martial, Leroy Sane, and Raheem Sterling.

The report deals with players born after Jan. 1, 1997, and claims to account for “personal attributes and pitch performances, using player’s current personal information and the performance of both current season and the previous one.”

That does answer the question of whether being American and carrying interest from a massive country might bump up the value a bit, though there’s little doubt Pulisic is a star (though media value is just a small part of their formula).

It comes as little surprise that PSG’s Kylian Mbappe is No. 1, coming off an amazing season for club and country which could see him win the Ballon d’Or.

Pulisic is ahead of Top 20 players Cenzig Under (Roma), Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid), and Premier Leaguers Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) and Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

The seven ahead of Pulisic: Gianluigi Donnarumma (7, AC Milan), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Malcom (Bordeaux), Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), and Mbappe.

This is not meant to be the latest in an eternal list of shouts at the USMNT, but imagine how high Pulisic could’ve ranked had he been able to take the stage at the World Cup in Russia.

Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke suspended, fined

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NEW YORK (AP) Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke has been suspended an additional game and fined $10,000 by Major League Soccer for on-field misconduct during a game against Minnesota United.

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The suspension announced Wednesday follows an automatic one-game game ban for being ejected from the Utah club’s 3-1 road loss Saturday night.

Petke was fined for abusive and profane language directed at officials, uncontrollable behavior when he was ejected and public criticism of officials during a postgame press conference. Real Salt Lake also was fined $10,000 fine for social media posts.

Petke will miss games Saturday night against Colorado and July 28 against San Jose.