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Falcao: I really want to stay at Man United

Falcao-scoresRadamel Falcao says that he would love to stay at Manchester United, but admits that a permanent move to Old Trafford will depend on how much he plays from now until the end of the season.

United made a big splash by signing the Colombian striker from Monaco in deadline day, but Falcao was obviously not fully recovered from his knee surgery early in the year and as a result he has struggled to find form and has scored just once in 11 appearances.

capitalonecupPremier League leaders Chelsea have been drawn against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final, while Tottenham Hotspur will take on League One side Sheffield United.

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the quarter-finals while Chelsea beat Derby by the same scoreline. The first leg of the semi-final will be played at Anfield the week commencing January 19, with the second leg taking place the following week.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho won his first trophy in England by beating Liverpool to the League Cup in 2005, and his side will be away in the first leg.

13 Cities Announced For 2015 Gold Cup

The US national team will begin the defense of their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in July in Dallas, one of 13 North American host cities for the event unveiled by CONCACAF.

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Toronto’s BMO Field will also host a game for the first time in the tournament’s history, marking the mark the first time the Gold Cup has been played in Canada.

The other host cities announced on Tuesday are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The tournament runs July 7-26, and the host city for the championship game will be announced early next year.

US Soccer Heading To Gillette

US Fans BrazilThe seedings for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup have been announced and the The U.S. will play the tournament’s opening match on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, followed by a July 10 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three days later, the USA will complete the group phase at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

CONCACAF’s top-ranked teams, the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico, will headline the 12-nation tournament from July 7-26, along with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba. Honduras and French Guiana will meet in March with the playoff winner securing the final berth in the 2015 Gold Cup.

sevilla-europa-leagueLiverpool have been drawn against Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League and will return to the stadium where they won the Champions League in 2005. Besiktas are playing their European matches at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium this season while their home ground is being renovated.

Everton will head to Bern in Switzerland to take on Young Boys while Tottenham face Fiorentina in the last 32.

In the historical glamor tie of the round, Celtic will play Inter Milan in a repeat of the 1967 European Cup final.

For the second consecutive year, Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16. The Spanish giants eliminated Manuel Pellegrini’s team at this stage last season, winning 4-1 on aggregate.

 

Manchester City director of football and former Barcelona player Txiki Begiristain told Sky Sports News:

“Every tie in that draw is the same. It’s fantastic, so we’re looking forward to it.
“We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games.
“We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front.”

Stevie-GerrardAccording to a report in the Daily Mirror, England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been has added to the ‘discovery list’ of the New York Red Bulls, meaning that they will have first option on signing him if he moves to Major League Soccer.

Gerrard has been at the centre of much speculation about his future, as Brendan Rodgers has opted to leave him out of the Reds’ starting eleven in numerous occasions this season.

The Red Bulls have lost stars Thierry Henry and with the upstart New York City FC creating a big splash with the signings of David Villa and Frank Lampard, the Red Bulls need a big name or two to stay relevant in the New York market.

Jose Mourinho: Quickest Manager To 400 Points

mourinho-400-pointsWith Chelsea‘s victory over Hull City on Saturday Jose Mourinho has set a record by becoming the manager to reach 400 Barclays Premier League points in the fewest matches.

The 2-0 victory over Hull took Mourinho’s tally to 401 points, ensuring he broke the 400 barrier in just 174 Barclays Premier League matches, 17 fewer than his nearest rival, Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson reached 400 points after taking charge of 191 matches at Manchester United since the Barclays Premier League started in 1992/93, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez, when at Liverpool, did so after 208 and 209 fixtures respectively.

John-HenryLiverpool have already tried to sack Brendan Rodgers on more than one occasion this season, according to Stan Collymore.

After getting knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, followed by Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United, there has been speculation that Rodgers could be under pressure to keep his job if things do not improve in the new year.

But Collymore says that John Henry has already run out of patience with the Liverpool boss and has tried to fire him already this season.

Writing for Bleacher Report, Collymore said:

Liverpool Out Of Champions League

Brendan-RodgersTen-man Liverpool bowed out of the Champions League Tuesday after being held to a 1-1 draw by Basel. Fabian Frei fired the Swiss visitors into the lead after 25 minutes, stunning the subdued Reds, who never found their rhythm on a disappointing night at Anfield.

Lazar Markovic was sent off on the hour for throwing an arm at Behrang Safari, with Liverpool still trailing and looking increasingly desperate. Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up to fire home a curling free-kick to notch his 30th Champions League goal, but the talismanic midfielder could not complete another trademark rescue act.