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USA Announces Busy Summer Schedule

The United States men’s national team’s summer schedule just got even more interesting. In addition to CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers and Gold Cup matches on the horizon, Bruce Arena’s side will warm-up for those matches with friendlies against two pretty good sides.

The U.S. will take on Venezuela in a warm-up match at Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium on June 3 just before their next World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park five days later.

“Salt Lake City has always been a fantastic host for the National Team,” U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena said.

Jose Mourinho hailed a “fantastic” performance from Marcus Rashford as Manchester United blew the Premier League title race wide open with a 2-0 victory over leaders Chelsea.

Goals at the start of either half from Rashford and Ander Herrera condemned Mourinho’s former side to their second defeat in four games.

The Blues’ lead over second-placed Tottenham is now down to four points with six games remaining, while United boosted their own hopes of reaching the top four by extending their unbeaten league run to 22 games.

The Red Devils are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, with a trip to the Etihad Stadium on the horizon on April 27.

Jurgen Klopp was “really happy” with the performance of his Liverpool side on Sunday, as the Reds sealed a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

A dull first-half was punctuated by two near-misses from crosses by the Baggies, before Roberto Firmino scored his second winning goal in as many weeks.

Indeed, the in-form Brazilian followed up his spectacular strike at Stoke City with an equally-important header from close range, as Liverpool punished West Brom from a set-piece.

The Merseyside giants improved in the second half but couldn’t kill the game off, while a frantic final few minutes saw chances at both ends, once goalkeeper Ben Foster had ventured forward to help the hosts push for a late equaliser.

It has been rumored for months, but now it is official. On August 2 in Chicago, reigning UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid will meet the MLS All-Stars.

This will be the first time that the MLS All-Stars will play a team from Spain’s La Liga. The MLS All-Stars have previously faced clubs from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Mexico’s Liga MX and Scottish Premier League, posting a 9-4-1 record against some of the world’s most renowned clubs.

MLS lost the 2016 All-Star Game 2-1 to English side Arsenal at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. MLS had won the two previous All-Star Games, beating Bayern Munich in 2014 and Tottenham Hotspur in 2015.

Arsene Wenger clearly hasn’t given up on his British core yet. The Arsenal boss made it abundantly clear over the weekend that he wants to keep the trio of British midfielders — Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey — at the club for the long term.

“We have to keep them all… All these players, we have to make decisions and manage to keep them together,” Wenger told reporters ahead of Monday’s visit to Crystal Palace, also adding left-back Kieran Gibbs (but not Carl Jenkinson) to a group set for contract negotiations this summer.

After months of speculation, the first official bid for the 2026 World Cup has been unveiled.

The United States, Mexico and Canada officially announced on Monday their intention to launch a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

“This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.

“We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport.

Diego Costa Is Not A Fan Of London

Diego Costa has told SFR Sport he is happy at Chelsea but doesn’t like London, further fuelling speculation that he will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Costa has been regularly linked with a move away since joining Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £32 million in 2014, and said last month that he tried to force though a return to his former club last year.

The Spain international was dropped by Chelsea coach Antonio Conte in January following a training ground row with a fitness coach over a back injury at the time of a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.

Champions League Quarter-Final Preview

We have reached the business end of the Champions League and there’s a tasty-looking quarterfinals in store.

Barcelona, fresh from their incredible, miracle comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, face Juventus in their first leg, while attack is likely to be the order of the day in Monaco vs. Borussia Dortmund.

And then there’s Leicester — yes, Leicester! — in the last eight and facing a trip to last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid. The Foxes saw off Sevilla in the round of 16 — can they upset the odds again here?

Completing the ties, European royalty face off as 11-time winners Real Madrid are up against five-time winners Bayern Munich.

Arsenal’s top four hopes took another damaging blow on Monday night as they weer thrashed by Crystal Palace.

Arsene Wenger’s side are now seven points off the top four with a game in hand.

Speaking after the game the Frenchman insisted he was ‘determined to put things right’ in a long post-match interview with Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves..

Geoff Shreeves: Arsene, was that a terrible performance and a terrible result for you tonight?

Liverpool Forward Sadio Mane Out Until July

Sadio Mane will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday following Jurgen Klopp’s admission that the player was likely to miss the rest of the season.

The Senegalese forward, 24, was forced off after challenging Leighton Baines for the ball during the second-half of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton at Anfield.

Klopp conceded after the match that it was “pretty much impossible for him to play again this season” and the player is not set to travel to London on Tuesday for an operation to repair the meniscus in his left knee.