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    Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium after season

    Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium after season


    Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire were still looking for their first win of the season when they welcomed Federico Higuain and the Columbus Crew to Toyota Park. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his first MLS start with the winning goal in LA...

    Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire were still looking for their first win of the season when they welcomed Federico Higuain and the Columbus Crew to Toyota Park. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his first MLS start with the winning goal in LA Galaxy's win over Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire. The Chicago Fire's home venue will be known as SeatGeek Stadium as of next season. SeatGeek and the Village of Bridgeview, which owns the stadium, announced on Thursday that the secondary market ticket seller has taken over the naming rights to Toyota Park. Toyota bought the naming rights when the stadium opened in 2006, and Bridgeview retained the name even after the car manufacturer chose not to renew its deal in 2016. The stadium has plunged Bridgeview deeply into debt, according to Bloomberg,...
    Paul Pogba and Man United must avoid more away-day woe at Tottenham

    Paul Pogba and Man United must avoid more away-day woe at Tottenham


    After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that...

    After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that keeps them well clear of Liverpool for 2nd. Paul Pogba has a chance to make amends on Saturday, not for his woeful performance against West Brom, but the one at Tottenham in January that led to serious questions being raised. United went into the Jan. 31 encounter at Wembley having won their previous five games but, having gone behind after 11 seconds, were never in the game and lost 2-0. It was reflective of their season overall: A decent run followed by a daft hiccup. Losing at Spurs isn't like being beaten at Huddersfield or Newcastle,...
    Serie A title race back on a knife-edge ahead of Napoli at Juventus Sunday

    Serie A title race back on a knife-edge ahead of Napoli at Juventus Sunday


    Juventus' shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Watch the full match highlights as Napoli were twice trailing to desperate Udinese, but fought back to...

    Juventus' shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Watch the full match highlights as Napoli were twice trailing to desperate Udinese, but fought back to eventually win 4-2 and close the gap on Juventus to four points. Napoli were twice trailing to desperate Udinese, but fought back to eventually win 4-2 and close the gap on Juventus to four points. A bicycle kick is called a rovesciata in Italian. Taken literally it can mean reversed. After all, you're scoring with your back to goal. But the best way to look at it is upside down. The bicycle kick Simy scored to get relegation battling Crotone a point against Juventus on Wednesday night did exactly that to Serie A. It turned a title race many considered completely over on its head. Juventus started the night six points clear of Napoli. Twice, over the course of a remarkable evening, they...

    Why the Serie A title race is worth watching


    Gab Marcotti explains to Dan Thomas why the Serie A title race is worth watching with Napoli cutting Juventus' lead down to four points ahead of their match this...

    Gab Marcotti explains to Dan Thomas why the Serie A title race is worth watching with Napoli cutting Juventus' lead down to four points ahead of their match this Sunday.
    Saudi Arabia to play pre-World Cup friendly against Italy

    Saudi Arabia to play pre-World Cup friendly against Italy


    Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Italy will play World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in a friendly in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28, the federation announced on Thursday. While four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six...

    Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Italy will play World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in a friendly in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28, the federation announced on Thursday. While four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, Saudi Arabia will play in the tournament for the first time since 2006. Saudi Arabia will face hosts Russia in the opening match of the World Cup on June 14. The friendly at Kybunpark Stadium will mark the first time Italy face Saudi Arabia. Italy then visit...
    PSG's financial fair play situation on agenda in meeting with UEFA

    PSG's financial fair play situation on agenda in meeting with UEFA


    With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club. Paris Saint-Germain will meet with UEFA officials in Switzerland on Friday to discuss financial fair play (FFP) for...

    With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club. Paris Saint-Germain will meet with UEFA officials in Switzerland on Friday to discuss financial fair play (FFP) for the club, a source has told ESPN FC. PSG representatives will sit down with the Club Financial Control Body to go over a number of topics. The Financial Times recently reported that PSG could face sanctions after UEFA's preliminary investigations uncovered a sponsorship contract that was valued at around €200 million was "overstated." However, PSG have branded the claims "false...
    Safe standing at stadiums should return to English football

    Safe standing at stadiums should return to English football


    The topic of safe standing has been in the news following recent actions by the UK government and Premier League. There is no rational argument against the introduction of safe standing in Premier League stadiums. If the priority for football clubs is...

    The topic of safe standing has been in the news following recent actions by the UK government and Premier League. There is no rational argument against the introduction of safe standing in Premier League stadiums. If the priority for football clubs is the health and wellbeing of supporters, English clubs need to rethink the viability of all-seater stadiums. The Premier League has said that more evidence is needed to determine if fans want safe standing. The ruling body's own poll suggests only five percent of those contacted are in favour of the introduction of standing areas. The subject is "complex and nuanced",...
    Swansea City unlikely to have Renato Sanches back for run-in - Carlos Carvalhal

    Swansea City unlikely to have Renato Sanches back for run-in - Carlos Carvalhal


    Renato Sanches, on loan at Swansea City from Bayern Munich, is unlikely to make another Premier League appearance. Renato Sanches is unlikely to feature for Swansea City again this season as he has not sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury,...

    Renato Sanches, on loan at Swansea City from Bayern Munich, is unlikely to make another Premier League appearance. Renato Sanches is unlikely to feature for Swansea City again this season as he has not sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury, manager Carlos Carvalhal said. The midfielder, on loan from Bayern Munich, has not played since the fourth-round FA Cup draw against Notts County on Jan. 27. Sanches travelled to Bayern to continue his recovery in February and returned to Swansea on Tuesday, but Carvalhal said he still needs more recovery time in training in order to pass fit -- and that's not likely...

    Pochettino: No Wembley advantage for Spurs


    Mauricio Pochettino plays down the idea that Tottenham will benefit in their FA Cup semifinal from having played at Wembley all...

    Mauricio Pochettino plays down the idea that Tottenham will benefit in their FA Cup semifinal from having played at Wembley all season.
    PSG keen to trial safe standing in Ligue 1 next season - source

    PSG keen to trial safe standing in Ligue 1 next season - source


    With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club. PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain are among the candidates to test safe standing in France next season, a source close...

    With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club. PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain are among the candidates to test safe standing in France next season, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) recently confirmed they will experiment with standing areas in French stadiums from the start of next campaign. According to the source, PSG are keen on the idea of being part of the tests as a way to combat the amount of money being wasted on replacing broken seats at Parc des Princes. Since the return of the Ultras...
    Sofia derby bomb injures policewoman as more than 20 people arrested

    Sofia derby bomb injures policewoman as more than 20 people arrested


    The explosion happened during a derby at the Vasil Levski stadium. A policewoman has undergone surgery on an eye injury after being injured in an explosion during a derby between Bulgarian rivals Levski Sofia and CSKA. Police said more than 20 fans were...

    The explosion happened during a derby at the Vasil Levski stadium. A policewoman has undergone surgery on an eye injury after being injured in an explosion during a derby between Bulgarian rivals Levski Sofia and CSKA. Police said more than 20 fans were arrested at the Vasil Levski stadium during Levski's match against their city rivals on Wednesday. Reuters reported police chief commissioner Anton Zlatanov as saying a bomb had been thrown from the Levski fans' section, also injuring another police officer. Zlatanov said the officer who had needed treatment was...
    PSG's Hatem Ben Arfa appeals to French league to recover lost wages

    PSG's Hatem Ben Arfa appeals to French league to recover lost wages


    With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club. Javier Pastore is happy PSG reclaimed the French Ligue 1 title, thrashing the defending champions Monaco...

    With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club. Javier Pastore is happy PSG reclaimed the French Ligue 1 title, thrashing the defending champions Monaco 7-1 at the Parc des Princes.  Hatem Ben Arfa's lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, has told RMC Sport that his client has appealed to the French league's legal commission regarding a financial punishment levied in December by PSG when he missed a mid-season training camp in Doha, Qatar. Bertrand said Ben Arfa, 31, was fined more than €100,000, or two days' salary, and did not receive the value of an ethics bonus after gastroenteritis prevented him from attending the trip. All of this was done to push Ben Arfa, who has not appeared...

    Last Train to Russia: Ekaterinburg


    Martin Ainstein's latest stop on his tour of World Cup host cities takes him to Ekaterinburg, located on the border of Europe and...

    Martin Ainstein's latest stop on his tour of World Cup host cities takes him to Ekaterinburg, located on the border of Europe and Asia.
    Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 'Positive' Alexandre Lacazette helped me to settle

    Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 'Positive' Alexandre Lacazette helped me to settle


    Shaka Hislop explains why Arsene Wenger needs to throw caution to the wind and play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together down the stretch for Arsenal. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his focus is on the Europa...

    Shaka Hislop explains why Arsene Wenger needs to throw caution to the wind and play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together down the stretch for Arsenal. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his focus is on the Europa League for this season ahead of a tough semi final against Atletico Madrid. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger vents his frustration regarding the Premier League's "very bad" decision to not implement VAR for the 2018-19 season. Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said Alexandre Lacazette's "positive" attitude helped him settle in when he arrived at the Emirates Stadium in January. Aubameyang, who overtook Lacazette as Arsenal's record signing, initially pushed him out of the starting lineup after completing his move from Borussia Dortmund. But manager Arsene Wenger started the two together for the first time at Newcastle on Sunday, with Aubameyang setting up Lacazette for Arsenal's goal in a 2-1 loss. "My friend...
    Everton apologise to Sam Allardyce over fan survey to rate his performance

    Everton apologise to Sam Allardyce over fan survey to rate his performance


    Everton's Sam Allardyce addresses questions about Wayne Rooney's reaction to being substituted. Everton boss Sam Allardyce did not get disappointed when only a few journalists turned up to his press-conference ahead of Liverpool game....

    Everton's Sam Allardyce addresses questions about Wayne Rooney's reaction to being substituted. Everton boss Sam Allardyce did not get disappointed when only a few journalists turned up to his press-conference ahead of Liverpool game. LIVERPOOL, England -- Sam Allardyce says he received an apology from Everton chairman Bill Kenwright after the Merseyside club invited fans to rate the manager and his coaching staff. Everton distributed an annual questionnaire -- aimed to shape the club's strategy at engaging with supporters -- via email to season ticket holders and club members that included the chance to mark Allardyce's performance out of 10. The fans were asked just how much they agreed with the statement: "I have a high level...
    Manchester United opportunity more appealing than Valencia - Andreas Pereira

    Manchester United opportunity more appealing than Valencia - Andreas Pereira


    After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. The ESPN FC boys answer your (extra long) questions from the twittersphere. Andreas Pereira said Valencia want...

    After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. The ESPN FC boys answer your (extra long) questions from the twittersphere. Andreas Pereira said Valencia want to sign him after his loan ends this summer but he told the South China Morning Post he wants to succeed at Manchester United. Pereira, 22, joined Valencia in September in search of playing time and has started 11 times in 21 league appearances. AS reported earlier this month that Valencia representatives met with Pereira's agent, Kia Joorabchian, to express their interest in signing the Brazil youth international on a permanent transfer, and Pereira confirmed...
    Arsenal job would not scare me but it could be hard to succeed Arsene Wenger - Tony Adams

    Arsenal job would not scare me but it could be hard to succeed Arsene Wenger - Tony Adams


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his focus is on the Europa League for this season ahead of a tough semi final against Atletico Madrid. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger vents his frustration regarding the Premier League's "very bad"...

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his focus is on the Europa League for this season ahead of a tough semi final against Atletico Madrid. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger vents his frustration regarding the Premier League's "very bad" decision to not implement VAR for the 2018-19 season. Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has told Sky Sports he "would not be afraid" to become manager of his old club if the opportunity arose. But Adams, who has managed at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth, Azerbaijani side Gabala and Spanish club Granada, said it could be "complicated" to be Arsene Wenger's successor. He said that he was wary of the "managerial merry-go-round" in English football, with many bosses staying in their post for a short length of time. "I am not sure I'd want to go next [at...
    Bayern Munich continue to rule Germany as Bundesliga's brain drain stifles progress

    Bayern Munich continue to rule Germany as Bundesliga's brain drain stifles progress


    Thomas Muller scores three as Bayern Munich hit Leverkusen for six in the DFB Pokal semifinals. Eintracht Frankfurt beat Schalke in a match not without controversy and will meet Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final. If Bayern Munich's 6-2 win...

    Thomas Muller scores three as Bayern Munich hit Leverkusen for six in the DFB Pokal semifinals. Eintracht Frankfurt beat Schalke in a match not without controversy and will meet Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final. If Bayern Munich's 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen was "an advert for German football," as Thomas Muller put it, the second DFB Pokal semifinal between Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt (0-1) was perhaps the opposite: an attritional game, low on skill, high on VAR controversy and off-the-pitch talking points. Both matches couldn't have been more different. But in their totality, they were also neatly emblematic of the state of the play in Germany's top flight. Bayer Leverkusen 2-6 Bayern Munich There...
    Arsenal's Arsene Wenger not concerned by empty seats, low attendance

    Arsenal's Arsene Wenger not concerned by empty seats, low attendance


    LONDON -- Arsene Wenger said the empty seats at the Emirates Stadium are "not a big concern" and insisted Arsenal have a "very...

    LONDON -- Arsene Wenger said the empty seats at the Emirates Stadium are "not a big concern" and insisted Arsenal have a "very faithful
    Spurs need FA Cup, Mourinho wants it more

    Spurs need FA Cup, Mourinho wants it more


    Mauricio Pochettino should stop talking down winning the FA Cup. Tottenham haven't lifted a trophy for 10 years but serial winners like Jose Mourinho have proven that winning a cup can spark sustained success. Mark Ogden...

    Mauricio Pochettino should stop talking down winning the FA Cup. Tottenham haven't lifted a trophy for 10 years but serial winners like Jose Mourinho have proven that winning a cup can spark sustained success. Mark Ogden »
    Liverpool's Mohamed Salah targets Ian Rush's single-season goal mark

    Liverpool's Mohamed Salah targets Ian Rush's single-season goal mark


    Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is targeting a place in the club's history books as he chases Ian Rush's record for the most goals scored...

    Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is targeting a place in the club's history books as he chases Ian Rush's record for the most goals scored in
    Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism with win

    Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism with win


    BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 2-0 win vs. Bournemouth in the Premier League: 1. Pogba...

    BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 2-0 win vs. Bournemouth in the Premier League: 1. Pogba impresses