MLS Champions Atlanta United hire Frank de Boer as new head coach

Atlanta United have announced the appointment of Frank de Boer as the club’s new head coach. The former Ajax and Crystal Palace boss was only recently linked to the job vacated by Argentinean coach Tata Martino, and the club have now confirmed the hiring of only the second ever manager in its history. New chapter. Same mission.#ATLUTD name @FdeBoerOfficial as 2nd head coach in club history 📝 https://t.co/H2VX85UytQ pic.twitter.com/AT7rLstHHf — Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 23, 2018 “Frank de Boer has a distinguished background, both as manager and player, and…

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Robbie Keane announces retirement from football

Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane has officially confirmed he has hung up his boots days after being unveiled as part of Mick McCarthy’s management team. The 38-year-old netted 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Boys in Green and enjoyed a decorated career that included spells at Wolves, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, LA Galaxy, Aston Villa and most recently, ATK in India. In a prolific club career, Keane scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances. The Dubliner was confirmed as…

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LA Galaxy release Ashley Cole as contract expires

Former England left-back Ashley Cole has been released by LA Galaxy after his contract at the Major League Soccer club expired. The club decided not to exercise an option to re-sign Cole, 37, along with seven other players. The former Arsenal and Chelsea defender joined LA Galaxy in 2016 and was named captain in March, two months after signing a one-year contract extension. Cole scored three goals in 86 appearances for the club, who narrowly missed out on progression to the MLS playoffs this season. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of…

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Didier Drogba announces retirement from football

Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba has announced his retirement as a player. The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in two spells at Stamford Bridge, helping them win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012. He also won four FA Cups and three League Cup victories during his time in west London. Drogba had most recently been playing in the USA with Phoenix Rising, the second-tier club at which he is a co-owner. He had been expected to announce his retirement following…

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Antoine Griezmann says he’ll join Inter Miami if David Beckham calls

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann has said he would be willing to move to the United States to play in MLS for new side Inter Miami if David Beckham wanted him to. Beckham finally revealed the name of his MLS franchise this week after years of background work, and with the club set to begin playing competitive football in 2020, rumours have begun circulating over the calibre of players that would sign up.   And Griezmann has now revealed that he would be willing to move to America were he to be asked,…

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Former Manchester United star Rooney completes D.C. United move

Wayne Rooney completed his long-mooted move to Major League Soccer side D.C. United from Everton on Thursday. The 32-year-old former England international now joins the likes of David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in making the switch to the other side of the Atlantic. Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce first confirmed reports of a possible move in May and Rooney now joins a side currently sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with only 10 points from 12 matches this season. The striker has signed a three-and-half-year deal that will reportedly net him…

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Keane not keen on UAE

Earlier today, former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane was pictured taking part in a training session with UAE club Al-Ahli. The images first appeared on the Twitter account of the UAE side. The speculation was rife that the former Republic of Ireland skipper has chosen his next destination following his five-year stint with MLS side LA Galaxy. النجم الايرلندي روبي كين يشارك في تدريبات الفرسان صباح اليوم pic.twitter.com/0S9P4z2yxM — النـــادي الاهــــلي (@AlAhliClub) February 6, 2017 However, according to the Irish Times, Keane is not expected to join the Dubai’s side. The…

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Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard among top 10 biggest earners in MLS

The American Major League Soccer has boomed over the last couple of seasons. A series of big football stars opted to join the MLS, in part due to financial reasons. This week, the MLS Player’s Union released a report with the yearly wages of all the current MLS players. Orlando City’s and former AC Milan legend Ricardo Kaka leads the way with earnings of £4.95 million. Toronto FC’s and former Juventus player Sebastian ‘Mad Ant’ Giovinco is second with £4.94 million, with his team-mate Michael Bradley coming in third with…

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England fans are not happy with Roy Hodgson’s latest decision [Tweets]

England manager Roy Hodgson has decided to hand the captaincy of the Three Lions to Liverpool midfielder James Milner for the upcoming friendly against Netherlands. This move comes just after 24 hours of Milner stating that he could quit his England career if he doesn’t feature in Hodgson’s plans anymore. He said: “I don’t want to be travelling round and not really contributing and just being a good tourist. I want to contribute and if the manager sees I have a part to play, great. “If not, it would be better…

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MLS announces Arsenal All-Star friendly with awesome video

Tottenham played the MLS All-Stars last year (2-1 loss), and in 2016 it will be Arsenal’s turn. The MLS announced the Gunners friendly with a pretty awesome video, featuring a number of stars, including Sebastian Giovinco, Kaka, Thierry Henry and off course Arsene Wenger! And the 2016 @ATT #MLSAllStar opponent is… https://t.co/r5hdaKxc0U — Major League Soccer (@MLS) 11 februari 2016

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Arsenal legend has surprise name to coach his ‘team-mates XI’

Patrick Vieira doesn’t want Arsene Wenger to be the coach of his ‘team-mates XI’. The French Arsenal legend rather has Jose Mourinho running his team, according to The Daily Mail. It’s a suprising pick from the 39-year-old, who enjoyed the most successful part of his career under Wenger with the Gunners. Vieira was brought to the Premier League by his fellow countryman in 1996 and won seven trophies during his nine-year stay in London, while also being part of the Arsenal team that went unbeaten during the 2003/2004 season. Still, the defensive midfielder…

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Aston Villa in talks with former Premier League goal getter

Aston Villa can use all the points they need and have been in talks with former Premier League goal getter Obafemi Martins to make a return from the MLS, according to The Sun. The Nigerian striker revealed talks between him and The Villans. The 31-year-old claims that he has received an interesting offer to join Villa. The report also claims that an approach was made four weeks ago with Villa looking to sign him on loan. Villa have endured an atricious season, sitting in 20th and last place in the table with…

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Five footballers to have rocked the bearded look

Only a handful of footballers sport a beard on the pitch, and still fewer manages to rock that bearded look. Here we will take a look at some of the modern footballers who nailed the bearded look during their playing days. 5. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Arsenal fans call him the ‘Handsome French Bloke’. Opinion might be divided on whether he is a world-class striker or not. But when it comes to his looks, the opinion is almost unequivocal. 4. Gennaro Gattuso (former AC Milan) The former AC Milan legend was a…

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Tottenham and Man United stars make 59-name leaked Balon d’Or shortlist

A contender list for the 2016 Balon d’Or has apparently been leaked online (via Metro) and shows a few startling additions. Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney have all made the list, but strangely are joined by the likes of Christian Atsu of Bournemouth, Swindon’s Massimo Luongo and Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki. All of the usual suspects are there, too, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard all included, with the list set to be whittled down to…

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LA Galaxy boss tips Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool

LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena believes Steven Gerrard will return to Liverpool to manage the club one day and has revealed that he is already preparing himself a career in management once he hangs up his boots, the Metro reports. Gerrard joined his boyhood club at the age of nine, but closed the door on his 26-year association with the club this summer when he made the move Stateside on a free transfer. The former England skipper seemed ready to retire on Merseyside, but opted to open one final chapter…

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(Images) Cristiano Ronaldo buys $18.5m New York apartment in Trump Towers

Could Cristiano Ronaldo be planning a move to Major League Soccer? An article in the New York Post has reported that the 30-year-old splashed the cash on an $18.5m apartment in New York’s famous Trump Tower recently. The Portuguese international has long been tipped to make the move Stateside, with both New York clubs looking to be likely destinations should his career head that way. The loft was initially the property of Italian real-estate mogul Alessandro Proto, and has three bedrooms and a corner location that offers panoramic views of…

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Kaka believes Arsenal will struggle to sign Karim Benzema this summer

Former Real Madrid legend Kaka has said that he believes Arsenal will find it difficult to sign striker Karim Benzema during the current transfer window, the Daily Express reports. The Gunners have been consistently linked with the France international’s signature this summer as they desperately search for another striker to ease the burden from Olivier Giroud’s shoulders. The Spanish giants have reportedly slapped a £35m asking price on the powerful forward, but Wenger is reluctant to meet their demands. And with the deal to sign Benzema dragging on with just…

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Man United gossip: La Liga duo targeted and Bayern ace in line for shock move

Saturday’s biggest Man United news and transfer gossip. The agent of Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze has hinted the 23-year-old could move to the Premier League during the transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United showing interest, according to Tuttosport. The Germany international is currently enduring a difficult relationship with head coach Pep Guardiola, giving rise to speculation he could be moving on. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he still wants to sign two players in the remainder of the transfer window, the Metro reports. The Red Devils…

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Man United outcast Javier Hernandez rejects chance to sign for LA Galaxy

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has reportedly rejected the chance to join Major League Soccer giants LA Galaxy, according to the Daily Express. The Mexico international spent the previous campaign on loan with Real Madrid, but since making his return to Old Trafford over the summer his future has continued to be in doubt. The report states that both West Ham and Tottenham have been credited with an interest in handing him a Premier League reprieve, with the former even offering £11.9m for his services (via The Express). However, he…

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(Images) New stadium photos make FIFA 16 look more in depth than ever

A series of photos EA Sports have released show nine new stadiums set to be featured in Fifa 16, and judging from these in-game stills, it’s going to be the most realistic football game yet. Featuring all three of the newly promoted sides – Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford – they are joined by stunning new diggings for Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, River Plate’s El Monumental and ever er…Portsmouth’s Fratton Park. See the images below… Vitality Stadium – Bournemouth Vicarage Road – Watford Carrow Road – Norwich Fratton Park – Portsmouth Stade…

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Manchester United gossip: Di Maria’s exit imminent, but Pedro deal close

Here is Saturday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Angel Di Maria is set to complete his £45.9m move to Paris Saint-Germain later this week, according to the Daily Mirror. Both United and the Ligue 1 side are currently on pre-season tours of America, which means the Argentinian could return with his new club. The deal may see Louis van Gaal potentially step up his interest in Barcelona winger Pedro, who is closing in on a move to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star. The Spaniard will join the…

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Manchester United invite 16-year-old wonderkid defender to train with club ahead of move

Louis van Gaal may have already spent over £80m this summer (via Daily Star) as he tries to create a side capable of ending their wait for a trophy, but he is also keeping an eye on the future. According to the Metro, Manchester United have invited New York Red Bulls defender Matt Olosunde to train with the Red Devils, ahead of a potential offer from the Premier League side. The 16-year-old is able to play at either right-back or in the centre of the defence, and has played at…

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(Video) Memphis Depay bags opportunistic first Man United goal in 3-1 win over San Jose

It hasn’t taken new boy Memphis Depay too long to get in amongst the goals at Manchester United, as he picked up his first strike during the side’s 3-1 victory over MLS outfit San Jose Earthquakes. The game was Louis van Gaal’s second victory of the pre-season tour of the United States and his new signings continue to bed in well. Juan Mata opened the scoring against the ‘Quakes in the first half, before Depay stole in to capitalise on a bad mistake in the San Jose defence, cooly slotting…

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Chelsea gossip: Defender’s exit confirmed by Jose Mourinho, while legend promises return

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Filipe Luis is set to leave the club in the coming days, according to BBC Sport. The left-back moved to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid last summer, but looks set to return to the La Liga side after the manager’s comments. “In this moment we need a left-back because I think we are selling Filipe Luis now or tomorrow,” he said. Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that he is not concerned about Mourinho’s comments, according to the Daily…

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(Video) Frank Lampard tells fans he’s returning to Chelsea

Legendary midfielder Frank Lampard surprised a group of Chelsea fans attending a fan event in a New York sports bar this week by not only showing up, but delivering a most welcome message as well. The 37-year-old was serenaded with chants of “We want our Frankie back,” to which he replied “I’ll be back”. The news then brought a loud cheer from the attending fans, who will no doubt be rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of having him back at the club in a possible coaching…

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