SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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mufc-tour-2014After only a couple of days in America, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not a fan of the club’s pre-season tour schedule.

United play Los Angeles Galaxy in Pasadena on Wednesday, before games in Denver, Washington and Detroit. If United make to the International Champions Cup final in Miami they will have travelled over 13,000 miles this preseason, something that displeases LVG.

“You have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you also have jetlag – that is not very positive for a good preparation,” van Gaal said.

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Arjen-Robben2Note: Brazil has added two September friendlies in the US. Sept 5 v Colombia in Miami and Sept 9 v Ecuador in New York. Ticket details below.

This summer promises to be an exciting one for US soccer fans as some of the biggest club sides in the world with Champions League winner Real Madrid, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, German champions Bayern Munich and English champions Manchester City all slated to play in the US this summer.

Plus with Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma touring also this might be the best group of teams to ever visit the US in one summer.

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Carlo Ancelotti has called up 20 players to travel to the states, where they will play three matches in the International Champions Cup. If they qualify for the final, they will play a fourth friendly in Miami

The list includes Pepe, Coentrão and Xabi Alonso, who all played in the World Cup in Brazil. The Italian coach also included academy players Pacheco, Diego Llorente, Derik, Marcos Llorente, Medrán, Lucas, Mascarell, Sobrino and De Tomás.

With almost two weeks until the Manchester United game in Michigan I expect that Real’s squad will by then be bolstered by the arrival of Ramos, Ronaldo and Casillas.

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louis-van-gaalIt promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United are poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. How will last season’s top four of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal react to United’s spending spree? Will they match it with one of their own?

The transfer window re-opened on the final day of the domestic season and will close at 23:00 BST on Monday, 1 September.

Clubs could buy domestic players again once they had played their final game of the season. International deals can go through from 10 June.

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More than a few eyebrows where raised last week when Manchester United released the names of the players who travelled to the US last week.

Hernandez is arguably the most famous United player in America, but it looks like Hernandez will be joining his teammates in Los Angeles next week:

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Hernandez made just six Premier League starts last season at United under David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, and has to be hoping that impressive preseason will catch the eye of Louis van Gaal and would lead to bigger and better things. His lack of playing time at Old Trafford cost him his starting role in the Mexico side at this summers World Cup and he wants to play on a regular basis. Something that is unlikely to happen at United

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Football - Liverpool North America Preseason Tour - Liverpool FC v AS RomaLiverpool have named their 33-man squad for the pre-season tour to Boston, Chicago, New York, Charlotte and potentially Miami.

The Reds will depart for the United States from John Lennon airport in Liverpool on Sunday afternoon (July 20). The squad, led by captain Steven Gerrard, will include new signings Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

They’ll later be joined by France international Mamadou Sakho and Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in Chicago.

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For months it looked like Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos was heading to Manchester United, but a change in manager their gave Real Madrid the opportunity to grab Kroos for the bargain price of €25 million.

Kroos was in his last year of his contract at Bayern, and was not going to sign an extension, allowing the European Champions to get him for a song. Kroos won three Bundesliga titles and the German Cup three times at Bayern and was part of the historic treble-winning side of 2012-13 that lifted the Champions League, Bundesliga title and German Cup. He also won the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup last season.

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lampsNew York City FC are finally expected to officially announce next week what we have known for weeks now. That former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard is heading to Major League Soccer.

With NYC FC not beginning play in MLS until next season, Lampard is expected to joinNew York’s sister club Melbourne City FC on loan until then.

During his 13 years at Chelsea, Lampard became the club’s all-time record goal scorer and won three Premier League titles and the Champions League, the Europa League and four FA Cups.

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iker-copaAccording to Spain‘s El Confidencial, Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas wants the European Champions to tear up his contract so he can join Arsenal on a free transfer.

The Real Madrid legend lost his No 1 spot to Diego Lopez two seasons ago and now only starts for Real in the Champions League. With the signing of Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, Casillas is looking at another season on the bench, something he is not prepared to do.

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