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International Champions Cup Cancelled

This summer’s International Champions Cup was supposed to include an El Clasico match between La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona. But unfortunately, due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak in the United States, not aonluy this event, but all international soccer games in USA in 2020 have been cancelled.

Without the lucrative preseason tournament, Real Madrid and Barcelona are expected up lose around €15M in revenue. That is a huge hit for clubs that are all facing the financial implications of the Coronavirus which has halted football across Europe, forcing clubs to lay off non-playing staff and asking players to take hefty pay cuts. Barcelona players for example, took a 70% pay cut.

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US Soccer Calls Off National Team Games

The United States Soccer Federation has called off all men’s and women’s national team matches in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federation announced Thursday.

The men were scheduled to play two European-based friendlies at the end of this month, against the Netherlands and Wales, while the women had planned to play US-based games against Australia and Brazil in April.

“With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior Men’s and Women’s National Team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas said in a federation statement.

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La Liga, Eredivisie, Primeira Liga And MLS All Suspend Play

Spain’s La Liga, the Dutch Eredivisie, Portugal’s Primeira Liga and USA’s Major League Soccer have been suspended over coronavirus concerns.

There will be no action in the Spanish top flight for “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of the quarantine of the Real Madrid squad.

Netherlands’ top two leagues have also been suspended for the same period.

The 2020 Major League Soccer season – which started less than two weeks ago – has been suspended for 30 days.

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Inter Miami Begin Plan In MLS This Weekend

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David Beckham says there were times he thought his Inter Miami Major League Soccer franchise “might not happen” as his Inter Miami get set to play their first official match when they visit LAFC on Sunday.

It is six years since Beckham exercised an option to own a franchise – included in the deal that brought him to MLS from Real Madrid as a player in 2007.

In the intervening years Beckham was embroiled in arguments over a stadium site, with the club playing 30 miles from Miami before it relocates in 2022.

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Inter Miami appoint Diego Alonso as new head coach

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Inter Miami CF have appointed Diego Alonso as their first ever head coach. The former Uruguay international most recently served as head coach for CF Monterrey in Liga MX, where he led them to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League title.

“In Diego we found a manager that fits our culture and has a strong desire to build a winning club for our fans,” the club’s sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement.

“He brings a lot of experience and championship-winning mentality as we begin our drive to be among the best clubs in the Americas. We have big aspirations for our club and believe Diego has the right drive, passion and leadership to accomplish our goals.”

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Edinson Cavani Set To Leave PSG On A Free Transfer

PSG striker Edinson Cavani will reportedly leave the club next summer, with Atletico Madrid and Inter Miami interested in signing the Uruguayan on a free transfer.

The La Liga club has identified Cavani as a potential transfer target in January following their struggles in front of goal under Diego Simeone this term.

With Alvaro Morata the club’s only fit striker, Atletico are sixth in La Liga and have scored just 16 goals from 16 games.

Atletico would be keen to push through a deal in January, but would struggle to cater for Cavani’s wage demands given his current salary worth over €18m in Paris.

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Will Luis Suarez’ Be The First Marquee Signing For Inter Miami

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David Beckham is reportedly targeting Barcelona forward Luis Suarez to be his first marquee signing at MLS side Inter Miami.

The club have already signed two players – Matias Pellegrini and Julian Carranza – as they continue to make additions ahead of their first MLS campaign next year.

Inter Miami have been linked to Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and are now keen on former Liverpool striker Suarez, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Uruguay international, who has two years left remaining on his current deal at the Nou Camp, is reportedly interested in the Inter Miami project in the long term.

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Is Luis Suarez Coming To Inter Miami?

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David Beckham has reportedly offered Luis Suarez a four-year-deal to become the marquee name of his new MLS team, Inter Miami.

It’s claimed Suarez has rejected the deal made by Beckham, whose new team begin life in US football next season.

According to Catalan radio station Club de la Mitjanit, Beckham has made Suarez a big-money offer as he bids to prise the forward away from Barcelona.

The MLS season does not kick off until early 2020 and Beckham has reportedly put together a deal that would see Suarez join next year.

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Atletico Madrid To Take On MLS All-Stars

Atlético Madrid will be the opponent for the best-of-MLS team at this year’s MLS All-Star Game in Orlando.

The Spanish club, coached by Diego Simeone, features several big names including Antoine Griezmann, Jan Oblak, Diego Costa, Álvaro Morata, Thomas Lemar, Koke and Saúl Ñíguez. Atletico Madrid continues the trend of a major European club coming to the USA to take on MLS’s top talent, something that has happened for the last 14 years.

Recent MLS All-Star opponents have included Juventus, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, with MLS falling to Juventus and Real in penalties in each of the last two seasons.

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Giovinco Fires Shots At Toronto FC Owners

One of Major League Soccer’s best players Sebastian Giovinco, has blamed Toronto FC’s ownership group for his departure from the club. “Management prefers to focus on things other than the pure desire to win.”

Giovinco ended his historic spell with Toronto FC on Thursday to make a lucrative move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, but the former Juventus attacker took to Instagram to set the record straight about his transfer.

“Toronto has been home to me and my family for almost 5 years. I arrived here from Italy in January 2015 and immediately felt something special,” began the 32-year-old.