DrogbaThe last time we saw Chelsea legend Didier Drogba in a Chelsea shirt he was holding up the Champions League trophy after leading to Chelsea to victory over Bayern Munich. Drogba’s last kick as a Chelsea player was to score the winning penalty kick that night in Munich. Drogba left Chelsea as very few players have. On top of the world. His place as in Chelsea history assured for generations to come.

After a brief spell with Shanghai Shenhua, Drogba played for Galatasaray and even played against Chelsea in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge last season.

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louis-van-gaalIt promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United are poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. How will last season’s top four of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal react to United’s spending spree? Will they match it with one of their own?

The transfer window re-opened on the final day of the domestic season and will close at 23:00 BST on Monday, 1 September.

Clubs could buy domestic players again once they had played their final game of the season. International deals can go through from 10 June.

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Once again Real Madrid have signed the star of the World Cup, this time it is James Rodriguez, who has joined the European Champions for a reported £63 million.

The winner of the World Cup’s Golden Boot got a rapturous reception from a 45,000-strong crowd, around a third of whom were wearing Colombia shirts, when he was introduced at the Bernabéu on Tuesday night.

Those Colombia shirts will soon become Real Madrid shirts and Marca is reporting that the Real Madrid shop sold 900 James Rodriguez No. 10 shirts in one hour after his presentation.

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el-clasicoThe Spanish fixture list was released today and it has conspiracy tongues wagging as the first Clasico could be played on October 26 at Santiago Bernabeu. At the moment, Luis Suarez’s four month ban is scheduled to end on October 25, meaning the Clasico would be the first game that that he will be eligible to play in.

The second meeting is scheduled for the Camp Nou on the weekend of March 21.

Technically the first Clásico is scheduled for Saturday 25 October or Sunday 26, meaning if it is played on the Saturday, Suarez won’t be able to play, but if it’s on the Sunday he will. The decision on which days the games are played lies in the hands of the television companies.

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MLS LogoRemember all that gloating we had last month at the World Cup when the USA advanced out of the Group of Death while England was sent home early? How the progress of the national team was a sign of his far Major League Soccer has come? Well last night was reality check for the league as MLS sides went head to head with five Premier League sides and the results were not pretty.

In the five games, MLS managed one draw, scoring five goals and conceding 18! If you add in Seattle‘s 3-3 draw with Spurs last week, MLS is 0-5-1 in the six game tournament so far.

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SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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mufc-tour-2014After only a couple of days in America, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not a fan of the club’s pre-season tour schedule.

United play Los Angeles Galaxy in Pasadena on Wednesday, before games in Denver, Washington and Detroit. If United make to the International Champions Cup final in Miami they will have travelled over 13,000 miles this preseason, something that displeases LVG.

“You have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you also have jetlag – that is not very positive for a good preparation,” van Gaal said.

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Arjen-Robben2Note: Brazil has added two September friendlies in the US. Sept 5 v Colombia in Miami and Sept 9 v Ecuador in New York. Ticket details below.

This summer promises to be an exciting one for US soccer fans as some of the biggest club sides in the world with Champions League winner Real Madrid, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, German champions Bayern Munich and English champions Manchester City all slated to play in the US this summer.

Plus with Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma touring also this might be the best group of teams to ever visit the US in one summer.

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Carlo Ancelotti has called up 20 players to travel to the states, where they will play three matches in the International Champions Cup. If they qualify for the final, they will play a fourth friendly in Miami

The list includes Pepe, Coentrão and Xabi Alonso, who all played in the World Cup in Brazil. The Italian coach also included academy players Pacheco, Diego Llorente, Derik, Marcos Llorente, Medrán, Lucas, Mascarell, Sobrino and De Tomás.

With almost two weeks until the Manchester United game in Michigan I expect that Real’s squad will by then be bolstered by the arrival of Ramos, Ronaldo and Casillas.

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More than a few eyebrows where raised last week when Manchester United released the names of the players who travelled to the US last week.

Hernandez is arguably the most famous United player in America, but it looks like Hernandez will be joining his teammates in Los Angeles next week:

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Hernandez made just six Premier League starts last season at United under David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, and has to be hoping that impressive preseason will catch the eye of Louis van Gaal and would lead to bigger and better things. His lack of playing time at Old Trafford cost him his starting role in the Mexico side at this summers World Cup and he wants to play on a regular basis. Something that is unlikely to happen at United

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