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Pogba's France role no good at United

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Paul Pogba was instrumental for France in their run to a second World Cup title. However, Pogba played a more defensive role in Russia and once back with Man United he'll be expected to be Jose Mourinho's main man. Michael Cox »

Egypt fined $50k by FIFA for playing game against Kuwait

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ZURICH -- FIFA has fined Egypt's football federation 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) for playing a World Cup warmup game during a prohibited period. No international friendlies were allowed from May 21-27 which was a mandatory rest week for World Cup players. FIFA says the mandatory rest week was "in order to protect players before the final competition." On May 25, Egypt played Kuwait and drew 1-1 in Kuwait City. Mohamed Salah did not play for Egypt as he was in Kiev, Ukraine, with Liverpool preparing...
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Anthony Martial, Tahith Chong impress in Man United draw with Club America

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ESPN FC's Rob Dawson discusses Manchester United's needs in the transfer window and what to expect from Paul Pogba when he returns. PHOENIX -- Manchester United started their summer tour of the United States with a 1-1 draw against Club America. Juan Mata got the equaliser in the second half to ensure Jose Mourinho's warning about the difficulties his team could face in the U.S. did not immediately come true. There were plenty of positives -- Lee Grant and Demetri Mitchell in the first half and the youngsters who impressed in the second. Here's a look at five things we learned as United's preseason campaign got underway at the...
Rob Dawson, Man United correspondent

International Champions Cup: Africans with a point to prove

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KweséESPN pick out five African players who'll be desperate to make their mark in the upcoming International Champions Cup. Victor Wanyama was an immediate hit at Tottenham Hotspur after signing from Southampton in 2016, establishing himself quickly as a key figure in the heart of Spurs' midfield. Last term, however, his stock fell dramatically as injury stymied his progress. He made 18 league appearances-of which only eight were from the start-and largely found himself watching on from the...
Ed Dove

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren expected to miss Premier League opener

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Steve Nicol is over the moon with Liverpool's reported agreement to sign Alisson, explaining what the much sought-after goalkeeper brings to the club. Shaka Hislop explains why he's certain Liverpool will get a return on their reported £66.9 million investment should Alisson agree to move to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp claims he had to convince Jordan Henderson to go on holiday following England's semifinal run at this summer's World Cup and expects to be without him and Dejan Lovren for Liverpool's Premier League opener against West Ham. Henderson and Croatia defender Lovren both helped their countries to the semifinal and final, respectively, in Russia, and Klopp has given each player time to recover before rejoining Reds training. Henderson will report back Aug. 5 and Lovren will be back the following...
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Portland Timbers protest U.S. Open Cup defeat over LAFC's foreign players

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LAFC The Portland Timbers are protesting their U.S. Open Cup defeat on Wednesday because of the number of foreign players in LAFC's lineup. LAFC advanced to the semifinals with a 3-2 win over Portland, and cup organizers U.S. Soccer announced the draw to decide the hosts of the next rounds would be delayed while it investigates the complaint. "The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel will review the matter as soon as possible," U.S. Soccer said in a statement. USOC rules allow professional...
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Diego Lainez, Jesus Angulo lead list of Mexican youngsters ready to break out in Liga MX

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Jesus Angulo has been tabbed as part of the next generation by Juan Carlos Osorio. There had been pressure from the media and Mexican footballers' association on Liga MX to establish rules that force clubs to give youngsters more playing time. And it worked: For the 2018 Apertura, the league has added a regulation to ensure each club gives players, born in 1997 or before, at least 765 minutes of playing time during the regular season. The rule comes in at an interesting time for the Mexican national team. El Tri will require a gradual generational change at some point between...
Tom Marshall

Liga MX W2W4: <i>Xolos</i> to beat Chivas? Pachuca vs. Monterrey a playoff preview?

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Diego Cocca and Tijuana will be looking to take the next step forward this season in Liga MX. Liga MX is back and kicking off its first weekend of the&nbsp;Apertura. ESPN FC's Liga MX correspondents Tom Marshall, Cesar Hernandez and Eric Gomez preview the must-see games. Club Tijuana vs. Chivas How competitive are Chivas coming into the Apertura? How willing is this squad -- shorn of leaders like Rodolfo Pizarro, Oswaldo Alanis and Rodolfo Copa -- to fight for the shirt and new manager Jose Cardozo? Saturday's game against Xolos in Estadio Caliente promises to provide some early answers. It's...
Tom Marshall and Eric Gomez, Mexico writers

Antoine Griezmann to be honoured in Uruguay capital of Montevideo after World Cup gestures for France

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The stars came out for France as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe all scored to help Les Bleus to their second World Cup title. Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, wants to honour Antoine Griezmann by declaring the France international an "illustrious visitor" of their city following the affectionate gestures recently shown by the player towards their country. The newly crowned World Cup winner had a Uruguay flag, which a journalist had given him, draped over his shoulders in a postgame news conference after France beat Croatia in the final on Sunday. The Atletico Madrid star, who scored a penalty in the 4-2 victory and was named...
Adriana Garcia, ESPN writer

Man United's Alexis Sanchez to join U.S. tour after resolving issues

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Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. Stewart Robson reads between the lines of Jose Mourinho's press conference comments on Paul Pogba and feels his compliments were backhanded. Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it. PHOENIX -- Alexis Sanchez is set to join his Manchester United teammates on their summer tour, the club announced on Thursday, with sources telling ESPN FC the Chilean was granted a visa to travel to the United States. Sanchez was not on the flight from Manchester to Los Angeles on Sunday after U.S. authorities blocked his trip because of a conviction for tax fraud he accepted in February, sources said. United confirmed it was due to a "personal administrative issue." But sources said Sanchez has...
Rob Dawson, Man United correspondent

Man United's Alexis Sanchez to join tour after resolving visa issues - sources

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Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. Stewart Robson reads between the lines of Jose Mourinho's press conference comments on Paul Pogba and feels his compliments were backhanded. Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it. PHOENIX -- Alexis Sanchez is set to join his Manchester United teammates on their summer tour after he was granted a visa to travel to the United States, sources have told ESPN FC. The Chilean was not on the flight from Manchester to Los Angeles on Sunday after U.S. authorities blocked his trip because of a conviction for tax fraud he accepted in February, sources said. United confirmed it was due to a "personal administrative issue." But sources said Sanchez has now been granted a visa and will...
Rob Dawson, Man United correspondent

LAFC's Adama Diomande says he was called racial slur in Portland Timbers game

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Adama Diomande LAFC striker&nbsp;Adama Diomande says he was subjected to racial abuse during Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers. Diomande, who joined LAFC in May, reacted angrily during the second half of his team's 3-2 win at home, and wrote on Instagram after the game that someone called him by a racial slur. "Today was the first time in my professional career that I was called the 'N' word on the field,"&nbsp;Diomande wrote. "They will say sorry to me after the game and please...
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Manchester City 'not disappointed' over losing Jorginho to Chelsea - Guardiola

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Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis says highly sought after Jorginho will be joining Chelsea after recently reaching an agreement with the club. CHICAGO -- Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out targeting another midfielder in the transfer window after missing out on Chelsea's Jorginho. Riyad Mahrez is the only addition to his squad this summer after joining for a club record &#163;60 million. Guardiola allowed defensive midfielder Yaya Toure to leave in the summer and wants a replacement. Italy international Jorginho was identified as his top target with a deal agreed before he later decided to move to Stamford Bridge from Napoli. "No, we're...
Jonathan Smith, Manchester City correspondent
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