Neymar scored twice s Barcelona reached the final of the Copa del Rey for the fourth time in five years where they will face Athletic Bilbao following a 3-1 (6-2 aggregate) victory over ten-man Villarreal at Estadio El Madrigal.
Leading 3-1 from the first leg at the Camp Nou three weeks ago, Barça opened the scoring early on as Neymar scooped the ball over home goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo from close-range to put his side 1-0 up on the night. Read more... (291 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Major League Soccer and the Players Union have settled their differences on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering five seasons, meaning the the season will begin as planned this Friday when the Chicago Fire take on the defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy.
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- Increased Salary Cap: The salary cap was set at $3.1 million in 2014, and reports suggest a 15% increase to around $3.5 million in 2015 that will rise to $4.2 million by 2019.
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In a night of drama, the top seven teams in the Premier League that harbor Champions League dreams all won on Wednesday. With only 10 games left in the season, the race for a top four finish will go down to the final week of the season.
One race that will be over before then is the title race as Chelsea kept their advantage at the summit intact by winning 1-0 at West Ham United, while second-place Manchester City, who have played a game more than the leaders, beat Leicester City 2-0. Read more... (374 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
There have been rumors for months that Barcelona and Spain superstar Xavi Hernandez was coming to Major League Soccer, and that move has now been confirmed. The 35-year-old midfielder, who has played more games than any player in Barca’s history and won every honour possible, will join New York City FC at the end of the La Liga season.
Spanish radio station Cadena SER reported on Wednesday that the player, his father Joaquín and his agent Ivan Corretja met with a representative from the club at the L’Arrosseria Xàtiva restaurant in Barcelona just a stone’s throw from the Nou Camp to negotiate his move to the US. Read more... (304 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
After a slow start, that had fans wondering why Barcelona had paid €81 million to pry him from Liverpool, Luis Suarez appears to be finally adjusting to life at the Camp Nou. And Barca fans are seeing why Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world.
When you look at the comparison of Suarez’s first 15 La Liga and Champions League games for Barca, versus his last 5 matches his improvement is easy to see.
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The last time we saw the New England Revolution in a competitive match, they lost 2-1 the LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup. Having lost just two of the 18 players that suited up against the Galaxy, the Revs enter the 2015 season as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
The return of Juan Agudelo, who scored seven goals for the Revs in 2013, significantly improves the Revs attack. Hopefully the signing will help jumpstart the career of Diego Fagundez, who really struggled last season. Read more... (438 words, 2 images, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
It was a slide that shocked the football world. Borussia Dortmund, only 18 months from playing in the Champions League final at Wembley, were in the bottom three of the Bundesliga. Relegation was a real possibility, and Jurgen Kloop, who had been one of the hottest coaches in Europe, was becoming toxic. Nobody wanted anything to do with him.
But Klopp did not throw in the towel and quit, and he persuaded his stars to stay at the club during the January transfer window. The result has been four league wins in a row, a streak that has seen Dortmund move from the bottom three to mid-table. They are now only eight points out of fourth place and a Champions League qualify place. Read more... (410 words, 1 image, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Some frank comments from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal about the club’s record transfer signing. Angel di Maria arrived from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7m in the summer, but after a bright start his star has faded quickly.
Di Maria has not scored in the Premier League since the first week of October and he was dragged off at half-time against Sunderland at the weekend, in what was possibly the worst performance of his career.
But as Van Gaal pointed out, most of United’s summer signings have found it hard to make an immediate impact, and he believes they may all take 12 months to acclimatise to the Premier League and the surroundings. Read more... (302 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
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Sometime players make comments that just make you cringe and John Terry did that on Tuesday. The Chelsea captain John Terry is in a purple vein of form at the moment, was outstanding in Chelsea’s League Cup win over Spurs at the weekend.
The 34-year-old center-half is out of contract at the end of the season, and he wants a new deal with the Premier League leaders.
“I am fighting for myself and my family, and to prove people wrong,” Terry said. “It doesn’t come much bigger than that. I want to give it everything. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
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John Terry: I would never leave Chelsea (unless I got a bigger offer from another club)
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Christian Benteke must have ice in his veins, as his stoppage-time penalty helped Aston Villa beat bitter rivals West Brom 2-1 to earn new manager Tim Sherwood a precious first Premier League victory.
The win was Villa’s first league win since December 7, and remarkably the win moved them them three points clear of the relegation zone. It amazes me that Villa went almost FOUR months without a league win, yet are now out of the relegation zone. What does that say about the other teams battling relegation? Read more... (448 words, 1 image, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
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