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Today’s top stories:
Filippo Inzaghi has officially replaced Clarence Seedorf as the manager of AC Milan. One club great replacing another there. Seedorf was dealt a losing hand and we’ll see if Inzaghi can do any better. This job may be becoming a bit of a poisoned chalice.
There’s a rumor that has been picked up by NBC Sports, that David Beckham has offered the manager job with the new Miami MLS expansion franchise to David Moyes. MLS will join the league in 2017.
Barcelona are rumored to be in the market for Dortmund’s Marco Reus. Dortmund have downplayed the rumors so far, we’ll see if some money doesn’t change their minds in the coming weeks.
A BBC report revealed that Luke Shaw told Southampton that he would like a transfer to Manchester United. He told the club on the last day of the season.
Diego Costa has made several insinuations over the weekend that he is moving to Chelsea in the coming weeks. I will keep you posted if that transfer ever goes through.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancellotti has confirmed the exit of Alvaro Morata in this summer’s transfer window.
Newcastle has signed Sunderland’s midfielder Jack Colback on a free transfer from their rivals.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique underwent successful surgery for appendicitis over the weekend. Wish his a speedy recovery.
Scottish league side Hearts of Midlothian has announced their jersey sponsor will be the Foundation of Hearts, which has been partially responsible for keeping the club afloat during the recent financial downturn.
UEFA has banned Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Eskisehirspor from the Europa League next season for their involvement in a domestic match fixing scandal.
Asian delegation gave Sepp Blatter a standing ovation when he formally announced his candidacy for a fifth term as FIFA president.
World Cup News:
Sponsors are rushing to cover their asses by demanding FIFA launch a full investigation into the corruption allegations against Mohamed Bin Hammam and the voting corruption surrounding the 2022 World Cup bid for Qatar. The list now includes Adidas, Sony, Hyundai, Visa, and Coca-Cola. Hopefully with their money at stake FIFA will finally take this corruption scandal seriously. BP has also raised their concerns, but I don’t know where they can find condemnation for anything, when they should still be cleaning up the Gulf Oil spill.
Landon Donovan may be joining a team for the World Cup, the ESPN broadcast team where he would be an analyst for the tournament.
Segundo Castillo will not being going to the World Cup for Ecuador after a partial ACL tear has been revealed. Oswaldo Minda has been named as his replacement.
After initially missing a chartered flight because of a dispute over how player bonuses would be paid, Cameroon have arrived in Brazil.
Scores from over the weekend:
In the only MLS match on Friday, Colorado defeated a 10 men Houston Dynamo 2-0 after Toni Dovale was sent off in the 22nd minute for elbowing Alex Lopez in the face. Soony Saad scored just before halftime to open scoring and Dominic Dwyer added a tally from the penalty spot.
DC United and the Columbus Crew played to a scoreless draw.
Jermaine Defoe’s spot kick gave Toronto FC a 1-0 win over San Jose.
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union played to a 3-3 draw. Erik Hurtado opened scoring for Vancouver and Nicolas Mezquida added a second before halftime. Philadelphia got it in gear in the second half with three goals in 8 minutes from Connor Casey, Sebastien Le Toux, and a second from Connor Casey. Pedro Morales closed out the scoring with a spot kick earning Vancouver the draw there.
Obafemi Martins had an exciting role in Seattle Sounders 3-2 win over the Chicago Fire. He opened scoring and added a second from the penalty spot before receiving his second yellow card in the first half, which lead to his dismissal. 10 men Seattle conceded before halftime to Harrison Shipp who added a second in the 82nd. Ultimately his goals were not enough because of Lamar Neagle’s 78th minute strike.
FC Dallas snapped their 8 game winless streak with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids. Deshorn Brown opened scoring for the Rapids before Andres Escobar Diaz equalized. Zach Lloyd scored Dallas’ second just before halftime. Jose Mari equalized for Colorado just 7 minutes into the second half, but Fabian Castillo scored the goal that ended Dallas’ run of poor form.
The Portland Timbers earned their first win at Real Salt Lake in their club’s history. Adi Fernando scored twice with Will Johnson adding a penalty to give them a 3-1 win. Luke Mulholland scored Real Salt Lake’s only goal on the day.
In Sunday MLS action, the New York Red Bulls were 2-0 winners over the New England Revolution. Eric Alexander opened scoring and Pegguy Liyundula adding the other.
In the Battle for Los Angeles, the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA drew 1-1. Gyasi Zardes and Erick Torres scoring in that one.
Lauren Holiday’s brace gave FC Kansas City a 2-0 win over the Boston Breakers. They have moved up to second place with that win.
The Seattle Reign defeated the Chicago Red Stars 3-1. Kim Little with two goals for Seattle. Sydney Leroux got their third goal in that one with a great knuckling ball that ducked underneath the cross bar. Emily Van Egmond scored the opener there before Seattle rallied.
The Western New York Flash beat down the Portland Thorns 5-0. Carli Lloyd and Samantha Kerr both earning braces in that match and McCall Zerboni getting the 5th goal in that one.
The Houston Dash ran out 3-0 winners over Sky Blue FC. Tiffany McCarty with two goals and Ella Masar with the third in that match.
Vasili Berezutsky and a wonder strike from Yuri Zhirkov gave Russia a 2-0 win over Morocco.
Luthuania opened scoring thanks to a Lukas Spalvis just before halftime, but Poland rallied in the second half thanks to a goal from Arkadiusz Milik and a penalty conversion from Robert Lewandowski to run out 2-1 winners there.
Guatemala Ghana friendly was cancelled.
Germany ran out 6-1 winners against Armenia. Mario Gotze earned a brace in that match.
Brazil earned a 1-0 win over Serbia in a tightly contested friendly. Brazil did not score until the 58th minute when Fred finished while falling over.
Columbia defeated Jordan 3-0. Goals came from James Rodriguez and Juan Curado, both from the penalty spot. Freddy Guarin closed out the scoring in the 89th minute.
Croatia got a 1-0 win over Australia thanks to a close range strike from Nikica Jelavic.
Japan won a 4-3 thriller over Zambia. Zambia jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from
Christopher Katongo and Nathan Sinkala. Keisuke Honda pegged one back from the penalty spot for Japan just before the half. Then Shinji Kagawa equalized before Honda gave Japan a 3-2 lead. Lubambo Musonda got Zambia level in the 89th minute, but it was ultimately not enough because Yoshito Okubo scored the winner in stoppage time.
Costa Rica and the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1. Kevin Doyle opened scoring and Celso Borges equalized from the penalty spot.
Greece ended their goal drought with a 2-1 win over Bolivia. Kostas Katsouranis and Panagiotis Kone scored for the Greeks giving them a 2-0 lead before Bolivia got one back thanks to Rudy Cardozo.
Portugal defeated Mexico 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Bruno Alves. Neither team really impressed in this match, Portugal struggled to break down Mexico without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Edgar Salli’s strike gave Cameroon a 1-0 win over Moldova.
England played to a scoreless draw with Honduras in a match that was stopped for a passing thunderstorm.
Hungary earned a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan
Estonia defeated Tajikistan 2-1.
Ricardo Alvarez and Lionel Messi scored in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Slovenia.
Dries Mertens scored an 89th minute winner in Belgium’s 1-0 win over Tunisia. Romelu Lukaku picked up an injury and had to go off early in that one.
David Villa scored twice in Spain’s 2-0 win over El Salvador. Cesc Fabregas missed from the penalty spot there.
The United Stated defeated Nigeria 2-1 thanks to two goals from Jozy Altidore, who scored for the first time since December. Victor Moses converted a late penalty for Nigeria’s marker.
In Sunday friendlies, Albania defeated San Marino 3-0.
Iran earned a 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.
France ran up the score 8-0 in their friendly win over Jamaica. Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann both earning braces in that one.
On to our upcoming matches for tonight:
We’ve got a full slate of Norwegian Tippeligaen matches, which we’ll breakdown tomorrow and one friendly match taking place between world cup bound Ghana and South Korea.