The New England Revolution claimed a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at PPL Park behind a second half goal from Diego Fagundez. With the win, the Revs extended their unbeaten streak to five games, going 4-0-1 since a July 18 win over NYC FC at Gillette Stadium while also snapping an eight-game road winless streak that dated back to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia on April 19.
It promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United and Manchester City are both poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. Arsenal have already signed Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech while Liverpool have done their buying early.
The summer transfer window is open, and you can keep up to date with all the latest activity with transfer page as we approach the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.
In a move that has been rumored for almost of the summer, Manchester City have finally signed Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for around £54 million.
De Bruyne was voted the best outfield player in the Bundesliga last season, told the Man City website:
“I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles.
“I think this is the most important for the club, the players and for the fans of course.”
Former European Cup winners Ajax and Celtic will meet in the UEFA Europa League group stage following the draw in Monaco on Friday.
Tottenham have been handed a daunting group in the Europa League including a long haul trip to Azerbaijan.Spurs were drawn in Group J with Monaco, Anderlecht and FK Qarabag, who play matches in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.
Celtic have the prospect of facing Robin van Persie and Nani’s new side Fenerbahce plus Ajax and Molde from Norway in Group A.
The draw for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage has been made and Manchester City and Arsenal have drawn with some rather tricky ties, while Manchester United and Chelsea will be counting their blessings after a kind draw.
Manchester United have been drawn in Group B alongside Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, with Memphis Depay set to return to the club he left this summer. The Red Devils also have Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, whilst German outfit VFL Wolfsburg make up the group. United should be able to get out of this group as winners especially if Wolfsburg sell their star Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City.
Not a big surprise to see Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi be named the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez. This is the second time that Messi has won the award.
Messi, speaking after the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, said:
“We’re a unified squad who worked very hard to achieve the goals we did. I’m very happy and I would like to thank my team-mates – without them I wouldn’t have achieved this.”
Both sides have had a slow start to the season, and with the tie taking place on either September 22 or September 23 the pressure will really grow up on the losing manager.
The two sides have not faced each other in the competition since Arsenal won 4-1 at Tottenham in a match that went to extra time at the same stage of the competition five years ago.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men had dominated throughout a one-sided encounter in Turin but paid the price for a string of missed chances when Frenchman Cyril Thereau was left unmarked to beat Gianluigi Buffon at his far post in the 78th minute. It was Juve’s first reverse at home on the opening day of the season, having suffered a rare opening day defeat in 2010 away to then top flight side Bari.
Sporting were playing their first game back in the top flight for three years, but roared on by a vociferous home support they matched the visitors. They could even had taken a famous three points had Antonio Sanabria’s first-half header been deemed to have crossed the line.
Liverpool are so desperate to unload the Italian striker that they are expected to pay around 50% of Balotelli’s £90,000 per week wages if Milan takes him on loan for the season with an option to buy the 25-year-old next summer.
Over the weekend Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani confirmed their interest over the weekend of taking the forward back to Milan saying: