- 2017-11-17 14:34:09Z
209 days - that's how long the world is still being made to wait for the opening game of the 2018 World Cup. It's close, in that all 32 berths have been secured, but still so far, in that the draw is still two weeks away. [ FOLLOW: All of PST's 2018
Pep Guardiola has confirmed Sergio Aguero is available for Manchester City's trip to Leicester after the striker was taken to hospital while on international duty with Argentina.
Jose Mourinho has been given a huge boost with Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo available again after long injury lay-offs. The trio have been included in Manchester United's squad to face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday evening . Ibrahimovic and Rojo are back after being sidelined for seven months with cruciate knee ligament injuries and Pogba has missed United's past 12 matches after suffering a tear to his left hamstring against Basel in the Champions League on Sept. 12.
Jurgen Klopp says he will play 'the bad guy' if necessary to resist pushing Adam Lallana straight back into senior action following the midfielder's return from injury. Lallana is desperate to make his comeback and could be included in the match-day squad for the first time this season against former club Southampton. "This is the moment the player wants to be back immediately and I have to be the bad guy and say 'Not today, maybe tomorrow'," said Klopp.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A person familiar with the decision confirmed that head coach Caleb Porter has parted ways with the Portland Timbers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the team. The 42-year-old Porter has been coach of the Timbers for the past five seasons, compiling a 60-50-52 record and guiding the team to the MLS Cup Championship in 2015.
Paul Pogba may have spent the last two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, but it seems he may have been of use to Manchester United in a different way. Pogba gave himself the title of "Agent P" in the summer with the suggestion that he played a big role in Romelu Lukaku's £75 million (about $98 million) move from Everton to United. Dybala has progressed into a crucial role in the Italian club's team, appearing as the star player in last season's Champions League run which saw his style compared to Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Wednesday. Coach Pete Carroll said it's too early to know whether Sherman can return in time to start of training camp. "It went great," Carroll said of the surgery, via Brady Henderson of ESPN. "I had a chance to
Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia has been named Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year. Melia is the third Sporting goalkeeper to earn the honor, joining Tony Meola (2002) and Jimmy Nielsen (2012). No other MLS team has had three goalkeepers win the honor.
MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid's president and club officials looked on as its new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was blessed in a private pitch-side ceremony this week. Cardinal Carlos Osoro led the blessing which may have come at the right time for Atletico ahead of this weekend's city derby against Real Madrid - with the team needing all the help it can get to overcome its struggles at the new 68,000-capacity home. Diego Simeone's team has only two wins in six games since the Metropolitano was inaugurated this season, losing once and drawing three straight going into Saturday's match.
The results of PST's Big American Soccer Survey are in, and our staff will be walking through the results of thousands of votes in a series of posts this week. Here's who got the ultimate blame: Sunil Gulati with 36 percent of the vote. Yes, it isn't rare for the head of the organization to bare the brunt of the blame for a nation not qualifying for the World Cup but in this instance Gulati has well and truly had the blame put at his door.
Sergio Aguero has insisted he is fit to play for Manchester City this weekend after collapsing while on international duty. The Argentina striker netted for his country in Tuesday's friendly against Nigeria in Krasnodar. At half-time, however, he
Speaking after the international break and ahead of Manchester United's clash with Newcastle United on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) Mourinho has backed England's young squad to cause an upset in Russia next summer. "I think England must have a chance because the players are really good. There's a great generation of players at different ages and with different qualities," Mourinho said.
Heading into Saturday's North London derby against Arsenal, there are some massive injury concerns for Tottenham Hotspur (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media on Thursday and confirmed that Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Dele Alli were back in full training on Thursday for the first time since pulling out of the England squad over the international break. Hugo Lloris is also back in training much earlier than expected after he missed Spurs' 1-0 win against Crystal Palace before the international break with the French goalkeeper previously thought to be a long shot to make the NLD, while Michel Vorm is also back in training.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side do not fear Harry Kane, as they look to keep the prolific Englishman quiet in the North London derby.
Arsene Wenger has described Santi Cazorla's injury as one of the worst he's known, but remains hopeful suggestions that the midfielder will never play again can be proved wrong.
Atletico Madrid's president and club officials looked on as its new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was blessed in a private pitch-side ceremony this week. Cardinal Carlos Osoro led the blessing which may have come at the right time for Atletico ahead of this weekend's city derby against Real Madrid - with the team needing all the help it can get to overcome its struggles at the new 68,000-capacity home. Diego Simeone's team has only two wins in six games since the Metropolitano was inaugurated this season, losing once and drawing three straight going into Saturday's match.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has returned to the club's training ground today after being passed fit following a health scare earlier this week. The Merseyside club are training this afternoon ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting with Southampton, with Klopp able to resume his duties. Klopp spent much of Wednesday in hospital after reporting ill to the club's medical staff, who insisted he undergo further tests.
Peru boss Ricardo Gareca paid tribute to the Peruvian supporters, whom he felt showed great affection towards the team in their time of need.
With 220 players starting every week in the Premier League it is easier for people to make assumptions on who is going to line up based on past performances or name recognition. Murray got the starting job due to Tomer Hemed's suspension and has kept it ever since. It would be unrealistic to expect him to keep up this pace, especially considering Brighton's low chances created rate, but he's cheap, under owned, and starting every week.
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler believes that it is vital that they grab an away goal in Lubumbashi on the weekend as they prepare to take on TP Mazembe in the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup final. The continental cup final will be SuperSport's biggest game in their history, and not many would have given the Tshwane-based outfit a chance when the tournament began earlier in the year. Speaking ahead of Sunday's highly anticipated encounter, the 47-year-old revealed that SuperSport's priority will be to find the all-important away goal.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is furious at the treatment of Phil Jones during his time with the England squad, according to reports. Jones played 25 minutes of the 0-0 draw against Germany on Friday but had to be removed due to what Mourinho called an ongoing injury. The United center-back is now unlikely to be available for the visit of Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Saturday, leaving Mourinho frustrated by Gareth Southgate's decision to play him.
Brazil great Ronaldo congratulated Corinthians after his former club clinched their seventh Campeonato Brasileiro championship on Wednesday. Corinthians secured the 2017 title with three matches remaining thanks to a 3-1 win over rivals Fluminense in Sao Paulo.
A prosecution witness in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Wednesday that Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo took part in a $15 million bribe to a FIFA executive to secure media rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cup tournaments. Alejandro Burzaco, the former head of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, testified for a second day in a U.S. court, adding details to Tuesday's testimony that Televisa, Globo and Fox Sports had been involved in bribery.
Watford has turned down a second approach from Everton for manager Marco Silva. The wildly-disappointing Toffees fired manager Ronald Koeman on Oct. 23, are coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win, coincidentally over Watford. Watford issued a rebuke of Everton's desires after a Monday approach, but Everton apparently went back to the well on Wednesday.
When contacted by Goal on Wednesday, Selangor team manager Abd Rauf Ahmad provided some updates on the Red Giants' preparations for the 2018 season. While he said that nothing will be finalised until next week, Rauf said that a majority of their 2017 squad will be retained for the following season. "At the start of the 2017 season we promoted eight President's Cup (U21) players to the senior team, who could still play youth football.
The results of PST's Big American Soccer Survey are in, and our staff will be walking through the results of thousands of votes in a series of posts this week. The 19-year-old "Don't call him Wonderboy" admitted to fighting depression after the USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup, but Christian Pulisic is the primary cause for optimism in many circles of U.S. Soccer. USMNT supporters see him as the key to the future, club coaches see him as an example of how an elite career can be nurtured here, and European export proponents see his exponential growth at Borussia Dortmund as a beacon to call young U.S. talent overseas.
The cost of watching Premier League football has fallen, according to a BBC study, which found 80 percent of ticket prices for this season have been cut or frozen. The fall in ticket prices comes as clubs enjoy the benefits of the record-breaking 2016-19 broadcasting revenue deal, which secured a 50 percent rise to 8.3 billion pounds. "This season, more than half of all Premier League tickets will cost 30 pounds or less," the Premier League said in a statement.
This matters to you almost not at all because you are way too hot for the Soccer NIT. Yes, there is a move afoot by some U.S, entrepreneurs to organize an ad hoc tournament of big-name countries that didn't qualify for the World Cup (your Americans, you Italians, your Dutch, your Chileans, your Ivorians, et. al.), and it almost surely the most American idea of them all.
With 31 of the 32 teams for the 2018 World Cup now decided, the attention is switching to the draw in Moscow on Dec. 1. The excitement is building. [ MORE: What now for USMNT? ] Below is a look at how things stand ahead of Peru's clash with New Zealand
Poland hotshot Robert Lewandowski believes Bayern Munich will have their work cut out finding an adequate back-up striker to fill his boots when he is resting. Last month the 29-year-old said he wanted the German champions to find someone who can carry the striking load on occasions so last season's Bundesliga player of the year can take a break. Lewandowski, twice the Bundesliga's top goalscorer in the last four years, said in October that he was delighted that Bayern had listened to his wishes and promised to look for someone in the winter transfer window.
Well known journalist and one of the most popular South African soccer influencers on Twitter, Neal Collins predicted the departure of Danny Jordaan on Tuesday night. This was when Bafana Bafana was about to play Senegal, and matters turned worse when the visitors lost the game 2-1 due to a late goal. Collins wrote a highly critical Tweet predicting that Jordaan would soon be removed from his post.
Jurgen Klopp missed Liverpool's training session on Wednesday after visiting hospital having fallen ill. The Reds boss is reported to have made the club's doctors aware of feeling unwell overnight and consequently visited a medical facility on Merseyside. Liverpool added that Klopp is not due to remain in hospital, but further checks on his condition may be required.
New West Ham manager David Moyes leads the Hammers against Watford in his first game in charge.
Hopes of the embarrassed U.S. men's national soccer team to move forward aren't going to be helped by mistakes like this.In the team's first match since a humiliating loss to Trinidad and Tobago last month knocked it out of next summer's World Cup, U.
Marouane Fellaini's future at Manchester United is in serious doubt with the Belgian midfielder out of contract on June 30, 2018. Fellaini, 29, last held contract talks with United in September but rejected the Red Devils' offer of a new deal. Galatasaray were linked with a move for Fellaini in the summer and Besiktas are said to be interested in signing him in January, but reports state that United will not sell him in January and will instead risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Arsenal will decide on the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil next month, Arsene Wenger has said, while the Arsenal manager re-affirmed that whether he himself stays at the club beyond this season will be discussed with the board when the campaign ends. Both Sanchez and Ozil are out-of-contract next June and Sanchez is expected to join Manchester City in the January transfer window or next summer when he will be able to leave for free. At present there are no negotiations with Sanchez or Ozil on a new contract after talks stalled.
Manchester United will not sell Marouane Fellaini in January even if that means losing the Belgium midfielder for nothing when his contract expires next summer. Fellaini rejected a new contract offer from United in September and will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign suitor in January. Talks over a new deal with United remain at an impasse, but while the club have not given up hope of persuading him to stay at Old Trafford as they consider an improved offer, they would prefer to let him leave for free at the end of the campaign rather than lose him in mid-season.
All eyes were on Australian talisman Tim Cahill at Stadium Australia, but it was his captain Mile Jedinak who provided the inspiration, and the goals, needed to secure the Socceroos' World Cup qualification. The midfield general scored a decisive dead-ball hat-trick from the dead ball to clinch a 3-1 victory over Honduras on Wednesday night to book Ange Postecoglou's side's place at next summer's finals in Russia. Jedinak broke the deadlock with a 54th minute free-kick in the 54th minute with the help of a huge deflection off Honduras substitute Henry Escobar.
Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped another bombshell at Real Madrid by telling president Florentino Perez he is "angry" and wants to leave, according to reports. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner was reportedly looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer after being accused of tax evasion in Spain. The possibility of a return to Manchester United was considered.
The Arsenal manager, who is the current longest serving manager in the Premier League by far after 21 years at the club, is now contemplating the next stage of his career. Some fans at the Emirates Stadium wanted to see the 2016/17 season be Wenger's last after failing to qualify for the Champions League, but the Frenchman signed a new two-year deal. At 68, it may end up being Wenger who decides when he leaves the club.
Few United States men's national team matches are as weird as Tuesday's 1-1 draw in Portugal, a feeling that had little to do with a fairly exciting contest. The Yanks are turning the page after a horrible World Cup, and did it with the failing ex-coach of the bunch serving as an in-studio host and most of its top players at home. Nick Mendola: Alright, Andy, I'm going to go ahead and say it: For as much vitriol as I feel toward all of U.S. Soccer for ruining one of the precious World Cup summers we get during our time on this Earth, it was a really smart move to play almost exclusively kids on Tuesday.
USMNT returns after World Cup debacle McKennie, CCV, Adams earn 1st caps McKennie scores from Sapong assist Weston McKennie's goal on debut was the highlight of a disjointed but encouraging 1-1 draw for the United states men's national team
The United States men's national team takes its first bows after its epic World Cup qualifying collapse with a young team in Portugal on Tuesday. The total of 165 caps between the 11 is betrayed by the knowledge that six players have three or less.
Sergio Aguero's goal against Nigeria was an afterthought following a trip to the hospital. Aguero scored to make it 2-0 in Russia against the Super Eagles, but fainted in the dressing room at halftime according to the BBC. [ MORE: Cech calls out Spurs
The race for the next two Major League Soccer franchises is reaching a conclusion. With 12 cities waiting for a decision from MLS in mid-December about which two bids were successful in their quest for teams 24 and 25, Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated is reporting that the two new teams will come from two of Sacramento, Nashville and Cincinnati. In our MLS expansion rankings last week we ranked Nashville as numero uno, Sacramento in second spot and FC Cincinnati in third.
Kaka believes 'everything gets taken to extremes' at his former club Real Madrid but insists it was an 'amazing experience' to play at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Brazilian joined Madrid in 2009 for £58 million after enjoying six successful seasons with AC Milan, and scored 29 goals and assisted 39 in 120 games for the club in all competitions. "At Real Madrid everything gets taken to extremes, as much for the good things as the bad things, so you have to adapt to the way that the press and the fans live through different situations," Kaka told the Colombian media outlet El Espectador.
Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Goal 50. The 32-year-old forward retained the title after firing his club to a second successive Champions League triumph, an historic feat that saw him beat Gianluigi Buffon to top spot in our annual vote on the best player in the world over the past 12 months. Ronaldo netted 25 times in 29 appearances during Real's Primera Division-winning campaign - their first since 2012 - but it was in European competition that he once again excelled.
Oghenekaro Etebo has maintained that Nigeria's friendly encounter against Argentina remains important. The Super Eagles on the back an impressive Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign face Jorge Sampaoli's star-studded side in Krasnodar on Tuesday
Jorge Luis Pinto has accused Australia of a clumsy espionage attempt after a drone hovered over his Honduras squad's practice session ahead of the return leg of their World Cup playoff. The Australian squad flew directly home from Honduras on a charter flight brimming with rehabilitation equipment for the players and landed on Sunday, a day ahead of Pinto's squad.
Manchester United's €105 million man Paul Pogba has only placed 31st in the 2017 Goal 50. The France international rejoined the English outfit last summer for a then world-record fee, four years after leaving for Juventus on a free transfer. Pogba lifted two major trophies during his first season back at Old Trafford, helping Jose Mourinho's side win the League Cup and the Europa League.