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Arsenal, Inter Milan and Everton To Tour USA This Summer

Arsenal, Inter Milan and Everton to play in Florida Cup

Despite a global pandemic and EURO 2020 taking place this summer, 2021 promises to be a big year for soccer fans in the U.S.

While we will not have the International Champions Cup we will have teams touring the U.S., plus the Gold Cup, Nations League, 2022 World Cup qualification and some good friendlies.

Florida Cup

The first Florida Cup will involve Premier League sides Arsenal and Everton, Serie A Champions Inter Milan and Colombian side Millonarios. All matches will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

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US Men Beat Mexico To Win Nations League

USA Nations League Chamnpions

If last night is any indication, the future of USA Soccer is in fine hands as Ethan Horvath, Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna all stared as the USA beat Mexico 3-2 to win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League.

Pulisic scored a 114th-minute penalty and substitute goalkeeper Horvath saved a spot-kick six minutes later as the United States beat Mexico 3-2 after extra time in a stunning final.

Poster boy Pulisic, who ended the 2020-21 campaign as a Champions League winner with Chelsea, scored deep into the second period of extra time after Carlos Salcedo was penalized for a foul following a VAR review.

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Copa America Moved To Brazil

Copa America 2021

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina was removed as host because of the “present circumstances”. Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Conmebol thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars!” Conmebol said on Twitter.

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Arsene Wenger Looking To Return To Football

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is considering taking up a technical role at FIFA but says it wouldn’t prevent him from making a return to management.

The Frenchman has been out of work since May 2018, when his 22-year association with Arsenal came to an end.

Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘I just want to share what I’ve learnt, and give it back to the game in a different way.

‘I’m not sure that I would stop coaching as well, because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, do I like it, and can I be efficient.’

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UEFA To Add A Third Club Tournament

UEFA have confirmed the introduction of a third new European trophy by 2021/22 alongside the Champions League and Europa League.

Andrea Agnelli, the executive of UEFA competitions committee confirmed the news on Tuesday following long-term reports that such a tournament would introduced.

“Pending approval of the UEFA ExCo, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season,” Agnelli told assembled members, as reported by The European Club Association.

“A detailed assessment of the existing International Match Calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024. The current model needs modernising.”

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Is Football Coming Home?

Gareth Southgate told England’s young World Cup stars to grab their chance at glory after reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

England followed their gritty display against Colombia with a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden today. They will meet Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli either side of half-time did the damage in Samara as England secured just their third ever World Cup semi-final.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be the England manager anyway,” the former defender said.

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USA and Mexico Name Preliminary Roster Ahead of CONCACAF Playoff

Ahead of the massive USA v Mexico showdown on October 10 at the Rose Bowl, both coaches have announced their 35 and 32-man rosters

For the United States, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary in Klinsmann’s selections. Familiar faces such as Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore are present as is the New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen, who is one of MLS’s hottest players at the moment.

In addition to Dempsey, who missed this month’s friendlies versus Peru and Brazil as he recovered from a hamstring injury, Fabian Johnson and DeMarcus Beasley have also been recalled after missing the two friendlies also.

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Different Venue Same Score: USA 2 Mexico 0

Dos-A-CeroThe USA continued their mastery of their biggest rivals with another 2-0 win over Mexico, the ninth USA victory over Mexico by that score line since 2000.

With Jozy Altidore suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to look at some new attacking options, and youth was well served as youngsters Jordan Morris and scored both goals.

Morris provided some moments of encouragement in an otherwise dull first half between two teams below full strength. Mexico had the best opportunity of the first half, when five minutes before the break Gerardo Flores’s cross to the near post was sent wide by Eduardo Herrera.

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Berti Vogts Handed USA Role – Why?

Berti-VogtsBerti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team, a decision that is totally baffling to me.

Vogts had a storied playing career as he helped then West Germany win the 1974 World Cup. Then as a a coach he guided Germany t0 the UEFA EURO 96 title. But since then it has been all downhill, wirth failed coaching stops in Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

The reason for Voghts being hired is his close relationship with tone deaf US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was captain of the Germany side which won the European Championship under Vogts 19 years ago. Klinsmann is quoted as saying about the Vogts hiring:

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Is The USA Progressing Under Klinsmann?

Jurgen KlinsmannNicklas (Lord) Bendtner scored his first international hat trick, as the USA once again could not hold onto a lead late in the game, as Denmark rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 in a friendly game at Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club teammate Aron Johannsson’s goal in the second. But Bendtner tied the score in the 83rd minute and got the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Christian Eriksen looped a ball over the defense and Bendtner ran onto it, took a touch and beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 15 yards for his 29th goal in 65 international appearances.