Premier League clubs announce restrictions on international player travel


Premier League clubs have agreed to not release players who have international matches in nations that England has deemed red-list countries for COVID-19 transmission at this time in the pandemic.

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The league says current isolation and quarantine rules upon re-entry to England would be deleterious to its teams as players like Mohamed Salah and Raul Jimenez would be forced to wait to return to their teams.

Liverpool had already announced that Salah would not be going to Egypt due to its status as a red-list nation.


The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted.

What can this mean to the USMNT and Mexico? More after the jump…

This can affect the USMNT’s World Cup qualifying pool

American fans will be more concerned about at least three players from one country: Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, and Zack Steffen of their beloved USMNT. Unconfirmed, but it would follow that this would extend to Football League-affiliated players like Antonee Robinson, as well as Cameron Carter-Vickers, who is currently with Tottenham.

The Yanks will travel to red-listed Panama in October.

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying final stage participants Costa Rica and Mexico are also on the red list at the moment, which means Raul Jimenez is out for any El Tri matches on home soil.

With Mexico hosting Jamaica before going to Costa Rica and Panama in September, that effectively keeps Wolves striker out of three World Cup qualifiers.

And who knows if the United States, Canada, or another ‘Octagonal’ participant could be red-listed by the next international window.

Spurs boss: USMNT’s Carter-Vickers injury ‘doesn’t look good’


Nuno Espirito Santo issued an injury update on American centerback Cameron Carter-Vickers and it isn’t good.

Carter-Vickers, 23, played 87 minutes in Tottenham Hotspur’s UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier against Pacos de Ferreira, limping off with an ankle injury.

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“The doctor is going to do a scan and all these things,” Espirito Santo said. “It doesn’t look good. This is the worst thing that could happen to us.”

The USMNT defender has been a strong contributor to several Championship outfits on loan the past few years and has been linked with Newcastle United and Celtic this transfer window.

Joe Rodon is also out for Spurs and new signing Cristian Romero is uncertain after limping late In the Pacos de Ferreira loss. That could seriously tax Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, and Japhet Tanganga as they meet Watford, Wolves, and Pacos de Ferreira before the international break.

So is it “the worst thing that could happen to us” because of the squad depth asked by this season’s fixture list or because Carter-Vickers is on the market?

We’d love to believe it’s because Nuno views CCV as a big part of his plans, but we won’t make that leap.

Carter-Vickers turns 24 in December. He was very good on loan to Bournemouth last season after playing a big role in Luton Town’s unlikely Championship survival in the second half of the 2019-20 season.

Prior to that, he spent a half-season with Stoke City and a full season with Swansea City. The 2017-18 season was split between Ipswich Town and Sheffield United.

All told, CCV has played for five current Championship sides (Ipswich Town was relegated to League One).

Premier League preseason: Pulisic scores; Jimenez returns; draws for Arsenal, Spurs


Premier League teams are fully in preseason mode as Christian Pulisic scored, Raul Jimenez returned and plenty of big teams were in action.

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Chelsea beat Peterborough United, Wolves lost to Crewe Alexandra and Arsenal drew with Glasgow Rangers, with Tottenham drawing at neighbors Leyton Orient.

The main takeaways from all of that is: a) Christian Pulisic scored a penalty kick for Chelsea. b) Raul Jimenez returned to action for the first time in eight months after he suffered a fractured skull.

Jimenez returning is a huge story and the El Tri star wore a protective head guard as he continues to step up his remarkable recovery.

Below are some more details from the Premier League teams in preseason action.

Chelsea 6-1 Peterborough United

A very informal behind-closed-doors friendly took place at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground as Hakim Ziyech scored a hat trick, Christian Pulisic won and scored a penalty kick, plus Tammy Abraham and Armando Broja also scored against Championship new boys Peterborough.

Pulisic started and played the first 45 minutes as the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley, Baba Rahman, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Conor Gallagher all featured, as Thomas Tuchel will be waiting a long time for Chelsea’s EURO 2020 stars to return to preseason.

Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Wolves

Okay, so not a great result for Wolves as Christopher Long scored the only goal of the game for the League One side, but this was all about Raul Jimenez.

His miraculous return to the pitch after a fractured skull last November was the major moment as new Wolves boss Bruno Lage took charge of his first game. Jimenez started the game and then came off as a sub, with the El Tri star hitting the crossbar with a deflected free kick.

Mexico and Wolves fans, and all fans, will be delighted to see Jimenez return to the pitch as his lengthy recovery reached a major milestone.

Next up: Jimenez back playing, and scoring, in the Premier League.

Glasgow Rangers 2-2 Arsenal

The Gunners continue to struggle a little in preseason as they’ve now lost to Hibernian and drawn at Rangers in their two friendlies so far. Balogun put Rangers ahead but new signing Nuno Tavares equalized.

Rangers took the lead in the second half through Itten but Eddie Nketiah equalized late on as Mikel Arteta’s side continue to ramp up preparations for the new season without a few key players, but they’re only missing a handful of stars…

Leyton Orient 1-1 Tottenham

Nuno Espirito Santo took charge of his first game as Spurs boss and as an inexperienced side drew at League Two Orient. Ruel Sotiriou equalized for Leyton Orient after young striker Dane Scarlett slotted home calmly.

Joe Hart, Eric Dier, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn all started, as Santo brought on plenty of subs and he of course is missing several key players due to the international action. Here’s what Nuno had to say.

Other Premier League teams in preseason action

AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Brentford

Walsall 0-1 Crystal Palace

King’s Lynn Town 1-3 Norwich City (Friday)

USMNT releases 60-man Gold Cup prelim roster; Mexico recalls Chicharito


The list of 60 players vying to make the USMNT roster and lead it to glory at the 2021 Gold Cup includes some very intriguing propositions.

As expected in a group that big, there are the very young and quite experienced, the unknown and the too-familiar, and the names capable of making even national team pool nerds go scrambling to their favorite online player databases.

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It’s interesting that Gregg Berhalter has included eight players from outside North American club soccer and a ninth from USL side Louisville City (17-year-old defender Jonathan Gomez, who has represented the U.S. and Mexico at youth levels).

Here’s an example of the cross-section of experience on display.

  • Exciting USYNT debutants: Gianluca Busio, Caden Clark, Ricardo Pepi, Moses Nyeman
  • Older first-timers: Tim Melia, Memo Rodriguez, Eryk Williamson
  • European imports: Julian Green, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matthew Hoppe
  • Old hats: Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan, Gyasi Zardes
  • USMNT regulars: Sebastian Lletget, Walker Zimmerman, Reggie Cannon.

How will he line them up? Who is a real long shot and who’s a true automatic? We have so… many… questions and one of them is, “If you’re dividing up four teams and playing a training camp tournament can we watch them all? Live stream, plz?”

Also of note is the inclusion of Ayo Akinola on Canada’s roster, who will be a Canadian national teamer for life should he appear in the Gold Cup.

Canada is not messing around with the tournament, by the way, as Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies highlight a team which will ready for the third round of World Cup qualifying rather than evaluate the player pool.

Mexico has gone very first-choice, too, following its loss to the USMNT in the CONCACAF Nations League Final. Diego Lainez, Hector Herrera, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Andres Guardado, and Hirving Lozano are among those going for Gold Cup glory.

USMNT preliminary roster for 2021 Gold Cup

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Matthew Turner, Brad Guzan.

Defenders: Walker Zimmerman, Sam Vines, Auston Trusty, James Sands, Miles Robinson, Donovan Pines, Kevin Paredes, Shaq Moore, Henry Kessler, Julian Araujo, George Bello, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Justin Che, Kyle Duncan, Chase Gasper, Jonathan Gomez, Aaron Herrera.

Midfielders: Leon Flach, Gianluca Busio, Cole Bassett, Johnny Cardoso, Caden Clark, Julian Green, Sebastian Lletget, Djordje Mihailovic, Moses Nyeman, Andres Perea, Kellyn Acosta, Memo Rodriguez, Cristian Roldan, Hassani Dotson, Tanner Tessmann, Eryk Williamson, Jackson Yueill.

Forwards: Gyasi Zardes, Mason Toye, Matthew Hoppe, Robbie Robinson, Ricardo Pepi, Chris Mueller, Jonathan Lewis, Nicholas Gioacchini, Jesus Ferreira, Daryl Dike, Jeremy Ebobisse, Cade Cowell, Corey Baird, Paul Arriola, Frankie Amaya, Jozy Altidore.

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Championship playoffs: How to watch, schedule, odds, predictions


The Championship playoffs are here, and it’s going to be a heck of a battle to see which team grabs the final spot in the Premier League for the 2021-22 season.

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One of Barnsley, Brentford or Swansea City will be in the Premier League next season, joining Norwich City and Watford who were promoted automatically after the gruelling 46-game regular Championship season.

But now comes the finale to England’s second-tier, so often a mad, absorbing and agonizing league. Once you’re in the Championship, it is very tough to get out, and these four teams have a shot at the riches of the Premier League, with an estimated $150 million-plus jackpot going to the winner of the playoffs through PL promotion.

Barnsley and Bournemouth surged into the playoffs late in the season, while Swansea and Brentford were the favorites for many to get promoted automatically both have to be content with a spot in the playoff lottery.

Both Brentford and Swansea missed out in the playoffs last season, while Bournemouth lost to Brentford and will not join Norwich and Watford with instant promotion back to the top-flight.

With USMNT youngster Daryl Dike leading Barnsley’s unlikely charge after an incredible loan move (he’s scored nine goals in 19 outings) for the striker since January, plus Swansea being American-owned and young USMNT center back Cameron Carter-Vickers playing for Bournemouth, there is a lot of American interest in these playoffs.

It’s safe to say with or without Barnsley getting promoted, Dike will be playing in the Premier League next season as a transfer from Orlando City in MLS is very likely to happen.

Below is everything you need to know ahead of a possible three games which could define these clubs for many seasons to come.

How to watch, stream Championship playoffs

When: Monday, May 17 and 22, semifinals
TV Channel/Stream: ESPN+
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First leg
Monday, May 17: Barnsley 0-1 Swansea City
Monday, May 17: Bournemouth 1-0 Brentford

Second leg
Saturday, May 22: Brentford 3-1 Bournemouth
Saturday, May 22: Swansea City v. Barnsley – 1:30pm ET

Saturday, May 29

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Second leg
(+190) Swansea City v. Barnsley (+155). Draw: +205
(-106) Brentford v. Bournemouth (+275) Draw: +250


Second leg
Saturday, May 22: Swansea City 2-1 Barnsley
Saturday, May 22: Brentford 1-2 Bournemouth