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Leaked image shows big fines that face Chelsea rule breakers

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Frank Lampard‘s ready to go into his players’ wallets if they disobey his laws.

A posted list of fines for Chelsea players, signed by the manager, has been confirmed and we would completely understand if the Blues were on time all the time.

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A player is fined about $640 per minute he’s late to a meeting, and if he misses a practice, well, wow: The fine is nearly $26,000.

If a phone rings during a meeting, that’s gonna be $1,300.

And if any fine isn’t paid within two weeks, it doubles! Seems like Christian Pulisic and his teammates will have a lot of alarms set on their phones.

From The Telegraph:

Lampard has also banned agents from the training ground, unless on official business, and players must inform the club if they intend to travel abroad, even on scheduled days off.

The average Chelsea salary last season was approximately $6.6 million, meaning players make on average $127,000 per week.

The full list of fines is below.

USMNT boss Berhalter won’t be fired; USA confident of making World Cup

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter is under pressure, but he will not be fired if they lose against Canada or Cuba in the coming days.

Or anytime soon, for that matter.

That is the resounding message of support from USMNT General Manager Earnie Stewart, who spoke to reporters via a conference call on Tuesday and had to answer plenty of questions about the U.S. losing 2-0 at 69th ranked Canada last month.

Stewart batted away speculation about Berhalter’s future, as the USMNT need to win their remaining two CONCACAF Nations League Group A games against Canada in Orlando on Friday and then against Cuba, plus overturn a three-goal deficit on Canada, to reach the finals of the inaugural tournament.

“We’re looking at the future. So when I evaluate Gregg and the staff, what I’ve seen today, I’m a pleased man. An individual result is not going to change that,” Stewart said. “I’ve seen that progress, and when you look at these individual results of the Canada away game, no, we weren’t happy. We weren’t happy at all. We have now a moment to rectify that as well. This Friday is about that. We need to perform.”

Stewart then doubled down in his support of Berhalter and this group of players, led by the likes of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and now Sergino Dest, saying he is incredibly confident of reaching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“I have no fear at all that we are not going to qualify for the World Cup. I am very, very confident of that,” Stewart added.

The former USMNT player then revealed he’s felt personally attacked by the USMNT fanbase accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) of nepotism as Jay Berhalter, Gregg’s brother, is high up in USSF and running to becoming the new CEO.

“I am the one making the decisions. All the conspiracy theories out there are very disrespectful to me and to the individuals: to Jay Berhalter, to Gregg Berhalter, myself,” Stewart said. “When people insinuate these things … I’ve worked a little bit too hard to be in the position where I’m in today to actually have people think that.”

Berhalter’s reign has seen mixed results so far, as the USMNT reached the 2019 Gold Cup final but were beaten by Mexico’s B team in the summer.

They were smashed 3-0 by Mexico’s A team in a friendly in September and the lackluster displays have infuriated the USMNT fanbase who have been hurting for over two years since the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Aside from the results, the major issues have been the possession-based style of play not seeming to suit the USMNT player pool, with so many talented youngsters struggling to adapt to what Berhalter wants, plus some player seemingly picked regardless of their performances.

So, Berhalter will stay, for now. But when is the next major flashpoint?

2022 World Cup qualifying starts next summer and if the USMNT get off to a bad start, it will be intriguing to see how Stewart and USSF react.

No matter what Stewart says this is a federation, and coach, under pressure. Let’s see if his team respond.

Pulisic absence confirmed for decisive USMNT matches

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter has confirmed that star midfielder Christian Pulisic will not play in this month’s decisive CONCACAF Nations League matches.

The Yanks need to beat Canada at home on Friday and Cuba in the Cayman Islands four days later to qualify for the first CNL semifinals in the summer.

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Pulisic injured his hip in Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace shortly before scoring and subbing out of the contest.

In the USMNT’s initial release, Pulisic’s status was in question. It seems someone very quickly answered that question, presumably Chelsea.

“These decisions are always difficult because this group and the coaching staff want nothing more than to have Christian here, but it was a risk we weren’t willing to take at this time,” Berhalter said.

Not being snarky at all to Berhalter, because this is how he has to speak from the USMNT podium, but it feels unlikely this was an American call (“We just got that information”). Chelsea visits Man City and Valencia in a five-day span after the international break.

The Yanks’ fortunes are much better with him than without him, and the Berhalter era needs some W’s.

USMNT star Christian Pulisic suffers injury

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Christian Pulisic hobbled off after scoring with his last touch of the game for Chelsea against Crystal Palace.

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This doesn’t sound like great news for the USMNT ahead of the international break coming up this week. But it looked like a small knock on the hip, so that could be something he will shake off. That said, is there any point in the USMNT risking his long-term fitness?

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed that Pulisic came off with a hip injury.

“The only frustration is that he comes off with a bit of a hip injury,” Lampard said. “He was going to get subbed before he scored his goal. He’s got a bit of a hip issue. But I’m hoping it’s not too bad because the way he’s in full flow at the moment is great to see.”

It looked like Pulisic was injured as he bravely headed home to make it 2-0, with Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita clattering into him as he scored.

Lampard then praised the USMNT winger.

“I always believed he had huge talent and that he would be a great player for us. He has been first class for us,” Lampard said. “Scoring in the six yard box is a huge thing for a young player.”

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Pulisic, 21, scored for the third Premier League game running as he capped off a wonderful performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

But assessing this injury will be the most important thing for Gregg Berhalter’s side ahead of their pivotal CONCACAF Nations League clash against Canada in Orlando next Friday.

It looks like Pulisic isn’t badly hurt, as this video of him dancing below shows.

But do the USMNT really need to put him on a 10-hour flight right now? Pulisic will want to lead the U.S. as they have to win their final two games of the CONCACAF Nations League and overturn a three-goal deficit to Canada in the process to win Group A.

Pulisic reacts to another Chelsea goal, win

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Christian Pulisic is in the form of his young life right now.

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Pulisic, 21, scored for the third Premier League game running as he capped off a wonderful performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Speaking to BT Sport just after the game at Stamford Bridge, Pulisic was full of praise for his team.

“I just got into the box and the luckily the ball just bounced right to me. That helped us a lot,” Pulisic said. “We had a lot of chances to score. We deserved it in the end.”

Asked about Chelsea’s run of six-straight Premier League wins which has pushed them up to second place in the table, Pulisic smiled as the Blues, and the man from Pennsylvania, are on fire.

“Not bad at all!” laughed Pulisic, “We want to be right up there at the top and we want to keep going!”