Transfer news: Dike to Palace, Rudiger to Tottenham or PSG, Origi to Lens


An American, a German, and a Belgian walk into the transfer rumor mill.

We’ve got players moving to and from the Premier League, if rumors are any indication of the destinations for Divock Origi, Daryl Dike, and Antonio Rudiger.

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As usual, the challenge comes in the form of the market.

Orlando wants a lot for Origi, we don’t know what it would take for Jurgen Klopp to sanction Origi’s exit, and Rudiger’s market may be about wage and age.

Antonio Rudiger to Tottenham

On the surface it would seem unlikely that Antonio Rudiger would be going anywhere other than back-and-forth between Chelsea events, as manager Thomas Tuchel has made the German a mainstay of his European Cup winners.

But Rudiger’s in the last year of his deal and so far the 28-year-old has yet to sign a new deal, leading to speculation of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and… Tottenham?

Spurs have been signing younger players than Rudiger of late, but the German center back is just entering his prime for the position and a proven Premier League and European commodity (even if PSG could be a bit more tempting).

Chelsea’s also been linked with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Rudiger may want to know he’ll continue to regularly feature for the Blues, and he’ll also know that the Blues aren’t known for hanging onto managers for long periods of time.

Any other boss may treat him in the same manner as Frank Lampard, under whose stewardship Rudiger was ready to skip town as recently as a year ago.

Divock Origi to Lens

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he’s been perplexed that teams haven’t approached his club with a reasonable offer for Divock Origi, who is buried down his depth chart.

Origi arrived at Anfield from Lille in 2014 and has been with the PL club since returning from a loan to Wolfsburg in 2018.

The 26-year-old has 35 goals and 15 assists in 159 appearances for the Reds and scored seven times with three assists at Wolfsburg.

He could find himself back in France with Lens, who is enjoying a strong start to the new Ligue 1 season.

Divock Origi
Divock Origi of Liverpool. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Daryl Dike to Crystal Palace

What to make of Daryl Dike’s future now that the Orlando City striker has stayed in Florida through the summer transfer window.

A report claims that Crystal Palace would still like to bring Dike to the Premier League, where he could join Odsonne Edouard, Jean-Philippe Mateta, and Christian Benteke in giving Patrick Vieira many options at center forward.

But a stumbling block could be Orlando still valuing him at his early summer hype, with a $20 million fee reportedly placed on the 21-year-old. The USMNT dropping out of FIFA’s top ten could also be an issue in terms of work permits, and Dike was not called up for World Cup qualifiers.

Dike is the same player, of course, but as his torrid run with Barnsley gets further into the rearview mirror, the transfer market tends to look to newer, shinier toys, and perhaps even some sanity.

Remember: Cyle Larin’s move from Orlando to Besiktas didn’t end up tempting eight figures despite similar numbers at a slightly older age. Larin was nearing when he left 23 when he left Orlando and boasted 44 goals and eight assists in 89 matches.

Dike has a goal and an assist in four appearances for Orlando since returning from the Gold Cup, and has 11 goals and four assists in 30 matches for the MLS club. He scored nine times in 22 games for Barnsley.

The likelihood is that unless Dike catches fire again, it may take another loan to get his transfer fee into eight figures (let alone $20M!). Or Orlando will have to settle for a more reasonable fee.

Remember that recent outgoing MLS fees to not hit $10 million without incentives — all for players with national team experience — include:

  • Brenden Aaronson to Salzburg
  • Mark McKenzie to Genk
  • Reggie Cannon to Boavista
  • Tajon Buchanan to Club Brugge
  • Bryan Reynolds to AS Roma
  • Tanner Tessmann to Venezia
  • Sam Vines to Royal Antwerp

Most of these players did not go to a team with Premier League money, but that only goes so far. And if Palace and other suitors draw a hard line under Championship prowess as the top level achieved so far, $20 million starts to look like an even bigger risk.

It is a cozier deal between RBNY and RB Leipzig, but Caden Clark at 18 isn’t coming close to $10 million.

Pity Martinez, once among the hottest names in South America, did not land Atlanta United $20 million.

Dike’s development won’t be left in no man’s land with the Lions, but a PL test missed for a USMNT talent would over a silly fee would be a shame.

VIDEO: Carli Lloyd scores 5 goals to kick off USWNT farewell tour


CLEVELAND (AP) No, Carli Lloyd isn’t reconsidering her retirement — even after a five-goal game.

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Lloyd hit a career high for goals in the USWNT’s 9-0 rout of Paraguay on Thursday night. The 39-year-old forward has just three more games with the team before she walks away from the game.

“Maybe for a split second,” Lloyd said when asked if performances like that make her want to stick around. “And then I go back to reality.”

Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes, and added her third and fourth before halftime as the United States built a 6-0 lead. She added her final goal in the 61st.

Carli Lloyd has 133 international goals in 313 appearances with the national team. She moved in front of Kristine Lilly for third on the career list.

“She’s an absolute legend, just being on the field, she’s a threat, no matter who we play, when we play, where we play,” USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Her mentality is something that’s unseen. She’s just hungry for scoring goals, just hungry to get better, and whether we play for a medal or we play Paraguay, it makes no difference. She wants to score goals.”

Lloyd’s scoring outburst was reminiscent of the 2015 World Cup final, when she scored three goals in the first 16 minutes against Japan. She announced she plans to retire from soccer after the team’s four post-Olympic games.

“That was fun,” she said about the game. “I don’t know, I’m just trying to savor it because I want time to go a little bit slower, because one game is down and I have three left.”

It was Carli Lloyd’s first career five-goal game. She has nine career hat tricks, one fewer than Mia Hamm.

The five goals matched the USWNT record for a single game, a milestone most recently reached by Alex Morgan against Thailand during the 2019 World Cup. No player has had six.

“I wish I could do it forever, but all good things eventually come to an end and I definitely am for sure retiring,” Lloyd said. “I’m not going to come back out of retirement but you know I’m going to be the biggest cheerleader for this team and really excited to see them continue to keep crushing it.”

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Andi Sullivan scored 25th before Lynn Williams’ blast from distance in the 30th made it 4-0.

Sullivan added a second goal early in the second half, before Lloyd’s fifth. Tobin Heath scored the final goal in the 86th.

The United States is in the midst of a four-game post Olympics tour. The Americans won the bronze medal in Tokyo, a somewhat disappointing finish for the defending World Cup champions.

It is the first time that the United States has faced Paraguay, which has never played in the Olympics or the World Cup.

Paraguay lost 7-0 to Japan in April. It was the team’s only previous match this year after three scheduled games against Colombia were cancelled because of the coronavirus.

Forward Christen Press was not with the national team because she is taking time off to focus on her mental health. Alyssa Naeher, Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were not on the roster because of injury.

The United States plays Paraguay again on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The team is scheduled to host South Korea twice next month before a possible road trip to Australia in November.

USMNT falls in latest FIFA world rankings


The USMNT have slipped out of the top 10 in the latest FIFA world rankings, as the Stars and Stripes slumped to some disappointing results in World Cup qualifying.

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Last month the USMNT were ranked No. 10 in the world, but they’ve now fallen three spots to 13th.

As World Cup qualifying began in the CONCACAF region, Gregg Berhalter’s side drew with El Salvador and Canada before a late surge saw them beat Honduras after trailing at half time.

Given those results, the USMNT would have expected to drop in the rankings, as reaching the top 10 last month was their highest ranking since 2006.

Who else is on the move?

Belgium remain top of the rankings, with Brazil steady in second and England move up one spot to third as they jump above France who sit in fourth.

Italy are in fifth, with Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark then rounding off the top 10.

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Focusing on the CONCACAF region in particular, Mexico remain the top team as they’re in ninth and then Costa Rica is next in 44th.

Canada moved up eight places to 51st after a strong start to qualifying, while Panama moved up six places to 68th after also starting well.

Below is a look at the top 20 in full.

FIFA world rankings (September 16, 2021)

1. Belgium (Even)
2. Brazil (Even)
3. England (Up 1)
4. France (Down 1)
5. Italy (Even)
6. Argentina (Even)
7. Portugal (Up 1)
8. Spain (Down 1)
9. Mexico (Even)
10. Denmark (Up 1)

11. Netherlands (Up 1)
12. Uruguay (Up 1)
13. USMNT (Down 3)
14. Germany (Up 2)
15. Switzerland (Down 1)
16. Colombia (Down 1)
17. Croatia (Up 1)
18. Sweden (Down 1)
19. Wales (Even)
20. Senegal (Up 1)

U.S. Soccer Federation offers ‘identical contract proposals’ to USMNT, USWNT

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The United States Soccer Federation has offered “identical contract proposals” to its men’s and women’s national teams as the “equal pay” push from the USWNT enters another month.

The federation’s press release says the proposals will make both teams “among the highest paid senior national team players in the world while providing a revenue sharing structure that would allow all parties to begin anew.”

The fed also calls upon the players associations for both teams to push FIFA to equalize prize money for the men’s and women’s World Cups, something that would’ve greatly benefited American soccer in recent years.

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If both the men’s and women’s player unions continue to negotiate separate contracts, U.S. Soccer said it will invite the unions to sit in on each other’s negotiations.

The calculations put the ball in the court of a USWNT and its representatives who’ve been fighting for equal pay for years, as the U.S. men have said they believe the women deserve it.

But will inviting them to negotiate together be a wise move, or backfire? Either way, this is very intriguing if not promising from the fed.

The full release is below

As part of ongoing negotiations with the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA), the U.S. Soccer Federation today offered identical contract proposals to each Players Association, with the goal of aligning the men’s and women’s senior national teams under a single collective bargaining agreement (CBA) structure.

U.S. Soccer firmly believes that the best path forward for all involved, and for the future of the sport in the United States, is a single pay structure for both senior national teams. This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world, while providing a revenue sharing structure that would allow all parties to begin anew and share collectively in the opportunity that combined investment in the future of U.S. Soccer will deliver over the course of a new CBA.

Additionally, U.S. Soccer has once again called upon the players and both Players Associations to join the Federation in finding a way to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money between the USMNT and the USWNT. U.S. Soccer will not agree to any collective bargaining agreement that does not take the important step of equalizing FIFA World Cup prize money.

U.S. Soccer believes that the best way to achieve these important goals is by the women’s and men’s Players Associations coming together to negotiate one contract. However, if the Players Associations choose to continue to negotiate separately as they have to date, U.S. Soccer will invite the USWNTPA to sit in on the negotiations with the USNSTPA and vice versa, in the interest of full transparency.

U.S. Soccer remains eager, ready and willing to meet with both Players Associations and the players as soon as possible and as often as needed, either separately or together, to get a deal done and focus on the future of soccer.

Leeds vs Liverpool, live! How to watch, stream, TV, team news, start time, odds, prediction


Leeds vs Liverpool: The pace of play will be high, and the style chaotic, when the high-pressing Reds visit the high-pressing Whites at Elland Road on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 am ET, on NBCSN and online via


Though the tactics don’t vary too much when Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa do battle, the results leading up to Sunday’s showdown certainly have. Liverpool came flying out of the starting gates by beating Norwich City and Burnley before running into a stiffer test in the form of 10-man Chelsea, who they could only draw at Anfield. Virgil van Dijk’s return to sensational form has answered any remaining questions about the Liverpool defense after Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez were all lost for the majority of last season. Once again, Klopp can effectively defend with three players while pushing seven forward into attack, thanks to Van Dijk’s ability to cover half the field against the best strikers in the world.

Leeds, on the other hand, are still in search of their first win of the season. Manchester United handed them a 5-1 drubbing on opening day, but Leeds bounced back to draw Everton and Burnley before the recent international break.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Leeds vs Liverpool this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup (INJURY REPORT)

OUT: Robin Koch (pelvis)

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Harvey Elliott (undisclosed), Takumi Minamino (thigh), Neco Williams (foot), Roberto Firmino (hamstring)

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If there’s a side in the Premier League that’s more comfortable playing Leeds’ style than Leeds themselves, it’s Liverpool. Throw in Raphinha’s absence, and Leeds are really in trouble without their most important and irreplaceable creator and player. And yet, Liverpool are hampered by quirky international rules to an even greater degree. It’ll be a thriller, and an even split of the points. Leeds 2-2 Liverpool.

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