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Liverpool coming to homes of Yankees, Red Sox

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Liverpool’s trip to Madrid for the UEFA Champions League Final is a bit shorter than the one it will take in July, when the Reds visit the homes of the Red Sox and Yankees.

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Jurgen Klopp‘s men are off to New York and Boston this summer for friendlies against Sporting Lisbon and Sevilla.

The Reds first head to owner John Henry’s other home, Fenway Park, to take on Sevilla on July 21. It’s Liverpool’s first trip to Boston in five years and a rematch from the 2017-18 Champions League, which saw 3-3 and 2-2 draws.

Three days later they’ll head to the Big Apple for a July 24 encounter with Sporting CP.

Will the Reds be the reigning champions of Europe or fired up after an amazing but trophy-free season?

Here’s where you can learn more about the matches in New York and Boston.

Report: Man City set to meet with Sporting CP on Fernandes

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From Fernando to Fernandinho to Fernandes.

Or Bernardo to Bruno, if you please.

Yeah, it fits.

Alliteration aside, Manchester City is said to be looking hard at 24-year-old Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes ahead of a summer move.

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A Bola says City technical director Txiki Begiristain will welcome Sporting’s hierarchy to Manchester soon to discuss terms.

Fernandes has 28 goals and 16 assists in 49 matches across all competitions this season, though he was blanked over 180 minutes by Arsenal in Europa League play.

He was productive as a young player in Serie A with Udinese and Sampdoria, but the 11-times capped Portuguese has found a new level since returning home.

He was the Portuguese league’s Player of the Year last season and was also named to the Europa League Squad of the Season.

Reports: Ex-Manchester United winger Nani to MLS

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TFW the Sporting Lisbon player to MLS report you posted earlier isn’t even the most notable Sporting Lisbon player to MLS report in a 24-hour period.

Sure, Fredy Montero is likely to return to Vancouver, bringing a two-time MLS All Star resume with him.

But Nani won the EURO and the Champions League, you know?

Multiple reports say Nani, 32, will join Orlando City this summer, giving the club its biggest star since the retirement of Kaka.

The longtime Manchester United man has 112 caps with 24 goals for Portugal — including a goal against the USMNT at the 2014 World Cup — and has won six leagues between the Premier League and Portugal’s top flight.

He can also count the 2007-08 Champions League title on his resume, as well as Portugual’s EURO 2016 crown. He scored three times in that run.

Report: Montero bringing his game back to MLS

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are getting close to adding a big and familiar piece to their 2019 team.

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Fredy Montero, one of the club’s 2017 stars, will reportedly return to British Columbia following the termination of his contract by Sporting Libson.

Montero, 31, scored 13 goals with six assists in that run under coach Carl Robinson, and new boss Marc Dos Santos will be thrilled to bring him back to Vancouver.

The winger has nine goals and five assists in 37 appearances since leaving MLS, and joins an intriguing cast in Vancouver. Hwang In-Boem and Lass Bangoura headline a very new-look ‘Caps unit.

Montero was a two-time MLS All-Star with Seattle Sounders before beginning his European adventure.

Arsenal advances to Europa League knockout rounds

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Arsenal’s dull 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon was enough to earn a spot in the Europa League knockout rounds, though the Gunners have two fresh injury concerns including a potentially serious ankle ailment for Danny Welbeck.

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The 87th minute saw Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu pick up a red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity for a takedown of Aubameyang following a poor back pass.

Qarabag’s 1-0 win at Vorskla Poltava means Arsenal has clinched a berth in the Europa League knockout rounds. Premier League mates Chelsea clinched earlier in the day.

The match cost Arsenal a pair of players, with Danny Welbeck and Stephane Lichtsteiner lifted before the end of the match.

Welbeck’s first half injury was especially distressing, the Arsenal and England striker stretchered off with teammates visibly concerned for the 27-year-old.

Aside from being forced to use Aubameyang in the 30th minute, Unai Emery‘s plan to have some regulars fresh for Sunday’s visit from Wolves went well.

Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal and Alexandre Lacazette were not in the 18, while Lucas Torreira and Shkrodan Mustafi were unused subs.