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Despite leading Chile 2-1 at halftime courtesy of goals from Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore, Jurgen Klinsman’s side continued its disappointing habit of fading in the second half as they 3-2 in Chile on Wednesday.

In their last five games the Americans have gone into halftime with four leads, and were drawing the other one. They did not win any of those games, losing three and drawing two. Since beating Ghana in their World Cup opener last June the US has won only once in their nine matches (1-5-3). Those are not good trends Jurgen!

bale-trophyStrong words from Real Madrid star Gareth Bale who says he is happy in the Spanish capital and insists he has no thoughts of leaving the European champions any time soon. The Welsh attacker has scored ten goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season, is under contract until June 2019.

Bale has been strongly linked in recent weeks with a move to Manchester United. However, the 25-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser:

“I don’t see myself at Manchester United.

Spanish Authorities Cave On Ronaldo Suspension

ronaldo-red-cardIn an unbelievable decision, Spain‘s football’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday only suspended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for two-matches instead of three following his red card in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Cordoba on Saturday.

Ronaldo was sent off for kicking Cordoba’s Edimar Fraga, while his punch at another Cordoba earlier in the match went unpunished.

As a result, Ronaldo will miss the home games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla, but more importantly, he will be available for the Madrid derby against Atletico.

After the game Ronaldo used Twitter to apologise to Crespo saying:

costa-stampsIn what is not a surprise to anyone but Jose Mourinho, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged by the FA with violent conduct after his first half stamp on Liverpool‘s Emre Can after referee Michael Oliver admitted he did not see the incident.

The FA statement read:

“Diego Costa has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool’s Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge last night.

neymarIt looks like Barcelona is in the market for a new kit deal after saying that they are reviewing are their current deal with Qatar die to the worsening ‘social and political’ situation in the Gulf State.

Speaking to RAC1, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that a change in the ‘social and political’ situation in Qatar has caused the club to reconsider.

‘We will look at other options – we are obliged to do that,’ he said.

‘It ends in 2016. We are sensitive to the current situation in Qatar, which has changed since four years ago. Now there are social and political aspects which were not there when we signed.

Ivanovic Goal Sends Chelsea To Wembley

Ivanovic-goalBranislav Ivanovic’s header in the fourth minute of extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final as Jose Mourinho’s side beat Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The defender’s goal gave Jose Mourinho’s side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a 1 March final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United and cutting off one of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s paths to a golden send-off before his departure for the Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

The biggest winner on the night might be Manchester City who play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. How much did Tuesday’s gruelling encounter take out of the Premier League leaders.

messiLionel Messi and Argentina are heading back to the U.S. next month for two games. The first will be at FedEx Field in Washington on March 27 when they will take on South American rivals El Salvador. Buy Argentina v El Salvador Tickets.

Then four days later Argentina will return to MetLife Stadium on March 31, where they will face Ecuador. Buy Argentina v Ecuador Tickets

Since these games fall on an official FIFA international break, I expect that we will see a very strong Argentina side as they start preparations for this summer’s Copa America. That means Messi, Higuain, Di Maria and Aguero are all expected to be available.

iker-casillasSpain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Monday reiterated his wish to someday play in Major League Soccer.

“I have no problem of saying that I would like to play in the U.S.,” Casillas told The Wall Street Journal, although he didn’t indicate any timetable for his departure. “This has been a tough past year and a half, but it has made me tougher mentally.”

The 33-year=old Casillas is under contract at Real under 2017 and he has openly signalled his intentions to not look for a new deal at the Bernabeu, and said MLS is the perfect option because he

Santiago-BernabeuFIFA has confirmed that it is investigating Real Madrid for alleged irregularities in signing minors. This is the same issue that resulted in Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona being handed a transfer embargo on the club signing any new players until 1st January 2016 due to irregularities in signing and registering players under the age of 18 between 2009 and 2013.

“FIFA is currently gathering information and documents to be able to correctly evaluate this matter”, a spokesperson for football’s governing body told the German press agency dpa.

“For the moment no formal disciplinary proceedings have been opened. We are unable to provide any further information at this time”, the spokesperson said.

Will Ronaldo Miss Madrid Derby?

ronaldo-red-cardWhen Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off on Saturday the common belief was that the Real Madrid star would get a three match ban for violent conduct, which would see him miss the upcoming games against Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atlético

Ronaldo completely lost the plot on Saturday against Córdoba when with the score level at 1-1 he kicked out at Edimar in an off-the-ball incident and earned a straight red card.

La Liga‘s Competition Committee meets on Wednesday and will decide the sanction, which is expected to be a ban of between one and four games, according to AS.