These might be the dog days of summer in other sports, but here in the U.S., this is one of the the most exciting times of the year as we have real competition in the Gold Cup underway plus all the big European teams have arrived in the US to begin their pre-season training.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he isn’t worried about the club’s limited business in the transfer window so far while stressing how keeping his current squad together is as important as making new signings.
Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke are the only two arrivals at Anfield so far this summer with Klopp still keen to strengthen at left-back, central defence and central midfield.
Hull City’s full-back Andy Robertson, RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Kieta and Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk have all been heavily linked with a move to Anfield this summer.
It was widely viewed as the low point of Arsenal’s season. An embarrassing 3-0 walloping in front of TV cameras at Crystal Palace in April which sparked demands for explanations from furious fans
Step forward Theo Walcott. With refreshing honesty, the captain for the night pulled no punches. Walcott declaring Palace had ‘wanted it more’ and the insipid performance ‘wasn’t us’.
After the Hollywood style introduction in Los Angeles, Romelu Lukaku’s debut for Manchester United did not go quite according to the script as the new £75million signing misfired in the opening game on tour.
Lukaku’s failure to convert an easy chance just four minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute was all the more awkward because the man he replaced, Marcus Rashford, had scored twice in the opening 20 minutes against LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.
Afterwards, United’s new captain Michael Carrick warned that Lukaku will discover that the pressure of playing for United is a significant step up from what the Belgium striker has experienced at Everton and West Brom.
United States manager Bruce Arena has pushed the panic button and brought his stars back for the knockout stages of the 2017 Gold Cup.
The U.S. added Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, striker Jozy Altidore and midfielder Michael Bradley from Toronto FC, Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard.
All five took part in the most recent round of World Cup qualifying in June, and four of them, Bradley, Howard, Altidore and Dempsey, have more than 100 caps. They will all be available when the U.S. takes on El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Coming off a lackluster 0-0 draw with Jamaica in its second group match, Mexico were in need of a good showing and three points in order to top Group C.
And after a slow start in the first 20 minutes — that included two quality chances for Curacao — Mexico finally scored a goal with Angel Sepulveda’s perfect header at the far post from a Raul Lopez cross.
You might have thought the Premier League champions, with the added responsibility of Champions League football next season, would be busy adding to their squad for next season.
However, all is not so well at Chelsea, with their first-team squad looking threadbare with less than a month to go until the campaign begins.
As it stands, Chelsea have 17 established first-team players on their books, not enough to fill a matchday squad – and three of them are goalkeepers.
While there are more than 17 men listed on the club website, scratch below the surface and you will see how little depth Antonio Conte currently has available.
Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal’s club record £53million signing, took less than 15 minutes to score his first goal for his new employers as they breezed to a 2-0 win over Sydney on the first match of their tour to Australia and China.
The Frenchman, who entered the fray on 68 minutes, had the ball in the back of the net on 83, when he calmly slotted fellow substitute Alex Iwobi’s pull-back home from around 10 yards out.
Lacazette was handed the number nine jersey following his much-heralded arrival and perhaps gave a glimpse of things to come with a predatory finish.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is finding it much harder to recruit top players than he probably expected after former player Dani Alves snubbed Pep and City in favor of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
City thought they had a two-year deal wrapped up for the 34-year-old Alves, but were stunned to see the free agent go to PSG who have offered him £230,000-a-week.
What will hurt Man City fans the most is that Alves says he is heading to Paris not because of the money, but because he has a better chance of winning trophies than at the Etihad.
The two European rivals have fallen out to such an extent over hotels and training facilities after both choosing LA as their base that organizers of the International Champions Cup and promoters Relevent Sports have had to step in to keep the peace. One insider described the situation as ‘a nightmare’ on Wednesday night.
United arrived in California first on Sunday and appear to have stolen a march on Madrid.