French midfielder BlaiseMatuidi has completed a €20 million move from Paris Saint Germain to Juventus on a three-year contract after undergoing medicals on Thursday.
There is also a possibility of the fee rising to as high as €30.5 million depending on the number of appearances the France international makes during his three year stay in Turin.
This latest addition will most certainly sooth their deficiencies in the middle of the park since the defending Serie A champions have grown used to losing midfielders to more attractive European power houses in recent times. Paul Pogba left for Manchester United last summer while Arturo Vidal joined Bayern Munich. All these happened after they lost Andrea Pirlo to old age making him to settle for MLS football now plying as a deep lying play-maker for New York City FC.
Although the latest midfield recruit might be perceived as a spent force, his last season with Les Bleus et Rouges didn’t expose any sign of decline in the 30-year old. If anything, the Bianconeri will wait and see how stocked the just landed good will be. Afterallthe best player to put on the white and black stripes in recent era was none other than a dubbed AC Milan spent force – Andrea Pirlo. Continue reading JUVENTUS COMPLETES MATUIDI’S TRANSFER
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to reject the offer of LA Galaxy to remain at Old Trafford, according to reports.
The Swede, who is knee injured, would not be able to offer much to the Red Devils team in the first half of the season so Jose Mourinho opted to make a replacement in Romelu Lukaku.
Zlatan was reported to be on his way to China or more likely the MLS where he would see off the rest of his football career. The Los Angeles based football sides wanted him, with reports claiming the former PSG player could have received £6 million annually in wages.
The 35-year old free agent could accept an offer from United on a short term basis. Despite the interests in him outside Europe, the player opted to stick with the continent. MLS football sides would have loved to have the highly decorated footballer join them this year or early next year but that seems unlikely now. Continue reading IBRAHIMOVIC REJECTS LA GALAXY, STICKS WITH UNITED
Portland Timbers had to settle for a 1-1 draw with New England Revolution, despite taking an early advantage.
Diego Valeri gave the home team a lead in the 12th
minute. Just when it seemed that the team was on the course of recovering from the loss against Columbus Crew in the previous match, Lee Nguyen came up with a goal with six minutes of normal time remaining. The home team were unable to get back in the few remaining minutes. As a result, the club will have to wait one more weekend in order to get the first win since the international break.
After making a strong start to the campaign, Portland Timbers would have been expecting to maintain their run going. Home games are crucial for the team, and the two home games in the first few weeks of the season were a major factor in preserving the advantage. Manager Caleb Porter felt that his team deserved more than just a draw from the game. Continue reading Portland Deserved More Than Just a Point against New England, Claims Porter
FC Dallas achieved something of major significance under the regime of Oscar Pareja after managing success at the U.S. Open Cup.
The team has not been successful in this competition since winning the title back in 1997. They have managed to finish as runners-up on two occasions in 2005 and 2007. It was third time lucky for the team after they managed to beat New England Revolution 4-2 in the final. Manager Oscar Pareja claimed that he is extremely happy to have achieved this significant victory, but he is now looking to add more titles to FC Dallas’ cabinet.
It has been a tough road to the final for FC Dallas, as they have had to beat the likes of Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy on the way to the final. However, it looked like there were more difficult obstacles along the way after New England Revolution took the lead in the sixth minute throughAgudelo. A team that has demonstrated such fight to reach the final was not going to give up so easily, and they were back level quite quickly throughUrruti. This goal proved to be the impetus for Dallas to take a stranglehold on the game. Goals from Hedges, Diaz, and Urruti helped them establish a 4-1 lead before Agudelo’s second goal in the 73rd minute provided a few scares.
Continue reading Oscar Pareja Not Ready to Get Complacent after US Open Cup Title
MLS football player Bradley Wright-Phillips provided two important goals that ensured New York Red Bulls moved past Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.
The victory ensured Red Bulls are two points behind neighbours New York City at the top of the Eastern conference of the Major League Soccer.
Montreal started the goal scoring in the 21st minute when Luciano Piatti got his 13th of the season. Red Bulls didn’t allow their opponents savour the moment when they equalized through Wright-Phillips barely a minute later. Just before the first half break, Wright-Philips added another in the 41st minute. Sean Davis provided two assist for Wright-Phillips but he scored his own in the 46th minute, sealing the fate of Impact. Davis was later given a hard tackle by Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo, earning him a red card
After the game, Wright-Phillips score of his achievement. “It’s definitely a proud moment, you know, the name associated with that record before, I shouldn’t even be in that category. Somehow by the grace of God I’m in it and I’m going to see how many I can get and I just have to thank my team-mates and everyone that’s helped me to get this record. I can only be thankful,” the player said. Red Bulls coach Denis Hamlett spoke happily about the feat, adding that “Brad’s a great guy.”
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