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icc2015The organizers of the 2015 International Champions Cup North America have announced the cities and schedule for this summer’s matches that will feature many of the most famous soccer teams in the world including Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Club America and Paris Saint-Germain as well as Porto, Fiorentina, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.

The cities that will stage the tournament are Charlotte (NC), Chicago (IL), Hartford (CT), Harrison (NJ), San Jose (CA), Seattle (WA), Toronto (Canada), Los Angeles (CA), Mexico City (Mexico), Washington DC, Santa Clara (CA) and Carson (CA).

ICC 2015 ScheduleThe schedule for the 2015 International Champions Cup has been released and two headline matches are Manchester United v Barcelona on July 25 in San Francisco and Chelsea v Barcelona on July 28 at FedEx Field in Washington.

Man United boss Louis van Gaal wanted less travelling than last season and he appears to have gotten his wish as three of United’s four games are on the west coast. In addition to meeting Barcelona, Manchester United will meet Mexico City-based Club America on Friday 17 July at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

MLS Team Of The Week Includes Three Revs

The data experts at whoscored.com have put together their Major League Soccer Team of the Week for week seven of the season. Not surprisingly this week’s edition includes three players from the New England Revolution after they demolished Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Saturday.

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The Revs players in the best XI were defender Chris Tierney and midfielders Scott Caldwell and Juan Agudelo.

The best performance of the week goes to Ethan Finlay of the Columbus Crew. Finaly scored two and assisted on another in the Crew‘s 4-1 romp over the Philadelphia Union.

Alexis-AFCPremier League clubs spent a record £835 million in the 2014 summer transfer window, and with the increased revenue from the new TV deals, that record is expected to be broken this year. Depending on how desperate people get in late August, we could see the first £1 Billion transfer window!

When does the transfer window open?
The 2015 summer transfer window will officially open on Wednesday, July 1. The Premier League season ends on May 24 so expect clubs to announce signings throughout June, but a player’s registration cannot be officially transferred until July 1.

Daniel Sturridge To Miss Rest Of Season

SturridgeAccording to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, England striker Daniel Sturridge could miss the final month of the season with a torn hip muscle.

The England international has made seven Premier League starts this season, having suffered four separate injury setbacks.

Rodgers has acknowledged that the 25-year-old’s latest problem, a hip injury sustained against Manchester United on March 22, could keep him out of Liverpool’s final five league matches.

“It’s been difficult. Daniel is a good lad who wants to play and work and help the team but it’s been one of those seasons for him” said the Liverpool boss.

Inter To Retire Zanetti’s No 4 Shirt

Inter President Erick Thohir has announced that the Nerazzurri will retire club legend Javier Zanetti’s No 4 shirt.

The Inter legend made a record 615 appearances in a 19-year career is a trophy filled career. His finest hour came when he captained the side to Champions League glory in 2010, under the management of Jose Mourinho.

Thohir, announced the news in a video tribute to the Argentine, who is now the club’s sporting director.

Zanetti will make one last appearance on the San Siro pitch on May 4 when he plays in a special charity match celebrating Milan’s hosting of Expo 2015, and his number will be retired at half-time.

Chicharito Suddenly The Toast Of Madrid

javier-hernandez2It is amazing the difference week can make in the life of a footballer. Last week the consensus was that Javier Hernández’s year on loan has been nothing but disappointment and that he would be returning to Manchester United this summer.

But Chicharito followed up his match winner against Atletico in the Madrid derby on Wednesday with two goals in a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo and suddenly Little Pea is the toast of Madrid and Karim Benzema is wondering if he will get back in the team when he returns from injury.

Emirates_NightArsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that the Gunners need to sign four “top-quality” players in order to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Henry won two titles during an eight-year spell with Arsenal, and says Wenger must follow Jose Mourinho’s example by seeking key additions to the “spine” of his team this summer.

“Arsenal need to buy four players, they need that spine,” Henry told Sky Sports. “They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre-back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I’m afraid, they need a top, top-quality striker in order to win this league again.

Liverpool v Everton - Premier LeagueThere wa a rare mment of candor from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after his sides 0-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday.

Once again Rodgers saw his side dominate possession, Liverpool has 70% possession, and they managed 22 shots, but very few forced Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill to work.

Afterwards Rodgers admitted hat scoring goals has been a challenge all season, tacitly admitting that the purchases of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli to replace Luis Suarez had been a mistake.

“We just don’t score as many goals – it’s as simple as that. The players are giving the same effort, the same attitude and the skills they are transferring from last year are the same.

Arsenal And Chelsea Battle To 0-0 Draw

Mourinho-Wenger2The Emirates erupted in chants of ‘Boring, boring Chelsea‘, but to Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea papers the frustration of the Arsenal fans was music to their ears.

After seeing his side outplayed at home to Manchester United last week, but still winning the game Mourinho said he did not care about preferring substance over style in the win:

“Once you decide to play this way, the statistics don’t matter, only the result does,” he said after the match

Mourinho could have repeated the same quote today as the champions-elect killed the game off in the second half, with a suffocating big blue blanket over the action. U