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Who are the USMNT's newest youngsters?
The latest USMNT roster features uncapped players from Manchester United (Olosunde), Benfica (Parks) and Manchester City (Erik Palmer-Brown).

Green, Sargent join Pulisic on US soccer roster vs Bolivia
Midfielder Julian Green returns to U.S. men's national soccer team for 1st time in 2 years, joining star midfielder Christian Pulisic on young American roster for May 28 exhibition against Bolivia at Chester, Pennsylvania

Britain yet to renew visa of Russian billionaire Abramovich: sources
By Polina Devitt MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities, whose relations with Moscow have been strained, are yet to renew Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's visa after it expired last month, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Abramovich, best known in Britain as the owner of Premier League soccer club Chelsea, is in the process of renewing his visa as part of a standard procedure, one of the sources said.

MLS Things: Shuttleworth, Quintero somehow get Loons a point vs. SKC
Entering the day, no one was arguing that hosts Minnesota United were a better side than Sporting KC. The Loons were 11 points and 19 goals worth of differential behind Western Conference-leading KC. Oregon State product Khiry Shelton has been wonderful for Sporting KC this season, but the striker just hasn’t found the back of the goal.

Klopp On Marbella: Got to Get Away
Back when I was a college student, I made a rather poor assumption that I could study anywhere. So, I went to the little quad, opened up my books, and tried to read in the middle of a rather busy thoroughfare for students walking to and from classes. Unsurprisingly, it did not go well and, after taking 15 minutes to read two paragraphs, I re-located to a quiet study room at our library. Sometimes, you just need to shut the door and get away from the noise to get some work done. This past week, Jurgen Klopp brought Liverpool Football Club back to Marbella, Spain - site of the mini-training camp earlier this year - to do precisely that: get away from the noise. Asked by reporters about his choice,

Stanley Matthews wants to bring stability back at SuperSport United
SuperSport United CEO Stanley Matthews is hoping to bring stability back at the Tshwane-based outfit. This saw the usually patient, SuperSport pull the trigger and part ways with head coach Eric Tinkler less than a year into his tenure with the club, despite winning the MTN 8 and reaching the final of the Caf Confederation Cup. Now with the club able to reflect on their gruelling campaign, they are set to begin the search for the next coach, and Matthews suggests that they will be looking for longevity from their next coach.

FA Cup final 2018: What time is Chelsea vs Manchester United tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?
What is it? It is the 2018 FA Cup final at Wembley, the 12th at the new stadium.  Manchester United will take on Chelsea, who are looking to complete an FA Cup double after their women's team beat Arsenal. When is it? It is this weekend. Saturday

Report: USMNT mid Tyler Adams nearing Red Bull Leipzig move
A World Cup year always presents the opportunity for top-rated players to make big-money moves to new clubs across the globe, and one of Major League Soccer’s elite youngsters appears to already be in the mix for a transfer. U.S. Men’s National Team and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams is reportedly close to signing with Red Bull Leipzig of the German Bundesliga, in a move that could occur as early as the summer transfer window. Pro Soccer Talk has learned that the Red Bulls are aiming to delay the transfer until after the MLS Cup Playoffs, which concludes with MLS Cup in early December, so that manager Jesse Marsch has Adams available throughout the postseason, however, a summer move hasn’t been ruled out.

Maritzburg United 0-1 Free State Stars: Ea Lla Koto crowned 2017/18 Nedbank Cup champions
Goodman Dlamini’s first half strike was enough for Free State Stars to edge out Maritzburg United on Saturday night and be crowned 2017/18 Nedbank Cup champions. The Nedbank Cup would have a new champion as Maritzburg and Stars locked horns in a highly anticipated cup final at the Cape Town Stadium. Not many would have predicted that these two unfancied opponents would have reached the showpiece event, but Maritzburg and Ea Lla Koto have shown that they belong with the big boys this season.

Depay hat-trick sends Lyon into Champions League
Memphis Depay's hat-trick puts Lyon in the Champions League as they finish third in Ligue 1

Iniesta's Barcelona goodbye in pictures
Sunday at the Camp Nou was a special and emotional day as Andres Iniesta played his 670th and final game for Barcelona as the league champions closed out the 2017-18 Spanish Primera Division season against Real Sociedad. Here's how the day unfolded. The Camp Nou crowd participated in several pre-match displays of support for the midfielder, not least the "Infinit Iniesta" message. He even received a "pasillo" (guard of honour) from the Sociedad players before the match. As Barca captain for the final time, Iniesta lines up alongside Sociedad captain Asier Illarramendi. Then, in a nice touch of respect, Iniesta takes photos with Xabi Prieto, a one-club player for Real Sociedad, before his final

DC United beats Earthquakes 3-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Zoltan Stieber, Darren Mattocks and Yamil Asad scored to help D.C. United beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Saturday night. Stieber opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slipping behind the defense on Luciano Acosta's long ball and slotting it past goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. Five minutes later, Acosta had a takeaway deep in Earthquakes territory and fed Mattocks for a narrow-angle finish to make it 2-0. Asad added a third for United (2-5-2) in the 37th minute after Paul Arriola forced another San Jose turnover. Danny Hoesen capped the scoring late in the first half on a left-footed putback in the 43rd minute — his sixth goal of the season for the Earthquakes (2-6-3).

Four sent off as Ajaccio win chaotic Le Havre play-off on penalties
Four players were sent off in extra-time before Ajaccio beat Le Havre 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out at the end of a chaotic Ligue 2 play-off at the Stade Francois Coty. Players from both sides were involved in a huge fracas after Jean-Philippe Mateta scored his second goal of the game to give Le Havre a 2-1 lead in extra-time, after efforts from Ghislain Gimbert and Mateta produced a 1-1 draw in normal time. Mateta's celebrations after scoring from a penalty, which was awarded when Ajaccio's Mathieu Coutadeur confronted the referee during play, sparked angry reactions from Le Havre's players.

Why was Phil Jones not sent off for his 'last man' foul on Eden Hazard? 
Phil Jones denied Eden Hazard a clear goalscoring opportunity when he conceded a penalty in the early stages of the FA Cup final - so why was he not sent off? Players who make an 'accidental foul' while trying to play the ball, like Jones, no longer see red. The rule-makers deemed that the award of a penalty 'restores' the original goalscoring opportunity, so it is unfair to subject the offending team to a 'triple-punishment' - conceding a penalty, losing a man and possibly conceding a goal.

Ligue 1 Standings
May 19 (OPTA) - Standings for the Ligue 1 on Saturday P W D L F A Pts 1 PSG 38 29 6 3 108 29 93 2 Monaco 38 24 8 6 85 45 80 .............................................

Transfer rumor roundup: Vardy to Atleti? Fekir close to Liverpool move
With the Premier League transfer window set to close early this summer, we’ve already begun moving season for players. Leicester City has had to fend off significant interest in its players for some time, and the Foxes could be in line to lose several quality pieces this transfer window. The attention is focused on striker Jamie Vardy at the moment though, as the Leicester front man is being targeted by Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Brazzo: "I told Uli he was wrong."
It was a first year on the job to make a “baptism by fire” seem like a pleasant alternative: sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic’s first months on the job witnessed the unraveling of Carlo Ancelotti’s regime at Bayern Munich and an unusually fraught search for a head coach to succeed interim (crisis-)manager Jupp Heynckes. Brazzo steered the club to safety through it all. Where there’s smoke... Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Salihamidzic looked back on his trying initiation to life as sporting director of the biggest club in Germany: I came as a newcomer to a club that was in crisis for Bayern standards. That was a crash course for me right in the first few weeks. As problems with Ancelotti

Neymar made mistake joining PSG - Rivaldo
Neymar made a mistake joining Paris Saint-Germain, according to former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo. The 26-year-old left Barca for PSG in a world-record move last year and has excelled in Ligue 1, but compatriot Rivaldo feels he will not be able to reach his full potential in France. While conceding that the move has had huge financial rewards for Neymar and his family, Rivaldo has warned that if he wants to win the Ballon d'Or he needs to move.

UPDATE 3-Ligue 1 Results
May 19 (OPTA) - Results and fixtures for the Ligue 1 on Saturday (start times are CET) Caen (0) 0 PSG (0) 0 Dijon (1) 2 Angers SCO (0) 1 Olympique Lyonnais v Nice in play Olympique

This is everything soccer champion Cristiano Ronaldo eats and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Few people on the planet are unaware of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid and Portugal national team striker is one of the best soccer players in the world. He has five Ballon d'Or awards, four Champions League titles, and even helped his country win the UEFA European Championship in 2016. Ronaldo is incredibly gifted. He is one of the fittest, most athletic sportsmen in world football today. To maintain an edge over his opponents, he has to stay motivated on the training ground — and ensure he eats right. We looked into what the world's biggest soccer star eats and drinks to stay on top of his game. Here's everything Ronaldo has for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Barça vs Sociedad: Preview
Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 38 Barcelona team news: Thomas Vermaelen (out, injury), Sergi Roberto (out, suspension), Paulinho Bezerra (out, rest) Real Sociedad team news: Imanol Agirretxe, Héctor Moreno (out, injury), Carlos Martínez (doubtful, fitness) Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day) Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS En Español (USA & Canada, Spanish), Sky Sports Main Event (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK),

Is Santi Cazorla set to leave Arsenal this summer?
It was only a few days ago that it was speculated that Santi Cazorla, Arsenal’s lovable but perpetually-injured midfielder, would be taking on a different role by working with managerial candidate Mikel Arteta as a player-coach next season for the club. Today, Arsenal twitter was sent into a meltdown today as it was being reported that he was set to be returning to his former club Villarreal this summer, ending his Arsenal career. However, journalist Alex Kirkland quickly responded to the initial report with a conflicting take on the nature by which he would be returning to Villarreal. While potentially losing the effervescent and talented Cazorla for good may sadden the Arsenal faithful, it

Keaton Parks called up to USMNT
Plano native Keaton Parks has been called up to the United States Men's National Team for its matches against Bolivia, Ireland, and France, the federation announced today. Parks, who plays with SL Benfica in Portuguese Liga NOS, made three appearances for the senior side. The 20-year-old also made another 29 appearances for Benfica's B Team in the second division, scoring six goals and assisting on another six.  Parks received a U20 call-up in April 2017 but did not feature in any matches. He also was never apart of a developmental academy, playing club soccer with a local Liverpool side before moving to Portuguese second division team Varzim S.C.  Parks made 10 league appearances for the club

Bayern should offer Douglas Costa whatever he wants to turn down Juventus
As Bayern Munich negotiate the murky waters that is the summer transfer window, everyone seems to be in agreement that the club should look to bolster the corps of wingers on the roster. With the rumor that Bayern have offered €60 million for Leon Bailey, it appears that the board believes the same. My belief has been that Bayern need to find a wide player that is in his mid-to-late twenties with European experience. Players that fit the mold are Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Willian, and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. Bayern is set with the veterans (Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery) and the young guys (Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry). So, you know who fits that mold perfectly and is actually still under

Chelsea, Man Utd battle to be Cup kings in England's other showpiece
The eyes of the world may be on a Royal wedding at Windsor, but 18 miles to the east English football's own showpiece event sees Chelsea and Manchester United face off in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday (1615GMT). Chelsea's need is the greater, though, as having missed out on Champions League football for next season by finishing fifth in the Premier League, many expect Antonio Conte to take charge of the Blues for the last time, regardless of the outcome.

Serie A: Juventus expect to sign Can, confirms Marotta
Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta hopes to conclude the signing of Liverpool's Emre Can after the Champions League final. The Germany international has long been linked with the Serie A champions, having failed to agree terms on a new contract at Anfield. Reports in Italy last month claimed Can is ready to sign a five-year deal with Massimiliano Allegri's side, despite some late interest from Bayern Munich.

Gossip: Why West Ham think they can land Buffon as departing Hart is offered a Premier League lifeline
Joe Hart must feel like nobody wants to be his friend at the moment as he wanders lonely as a cloud through the football wilderness. It’s not the World Cup, or the Champions League, or even the Europa League – those days are gone, sadly – but there is somewhere a downtrodden goalkeeper can find comfort when nobody else wants him. The Mirror reports that Hart will be offered a “Premier League lifeline” by newly promoted Wolves as he surveys his dwindling options for a third loan season away from his parent club Manchester City.

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