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David Beckham expects Miami stadium deal to ‘start coming together pretty quickly’

David Beckham says that he expects details to “start coming together pretty quickly” with regards to MLS Miami.

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Friday Kickoff: Diego Costa suspension upheld; Ronaldinho on special training program; and more

The FA have upheld a three-match ban for Diego Costa, while Ronaldinho has been placed on a special training regiment with Queretaro due to the Brazilian’s disdain for running.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach return from their winter break, Paul Arriola looks to get back on the field for Club Tijuana, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

David Beckham expects Miami stadium deal to ‘start coming together pretty quickly’

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Since announcing plans to add an expansion team last February, all has been quiet on the stadium front from David Beckham and those involved with MLS Miami, but the former LA Galaxy midfielder remains upbeat.

Beckham, who admitted that it has been difficult to secure a stadium deal, says that he remains positive of nailing down details with regards to the Miami franchise. The Englishman also says that he expects there to be significant updates in the near future, according to NBC Miami.

“We’re pretty close to announcing certain things,” Beckham said, “and then the stadium will come after that.

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Friday Kickoff: Diego Costa suspension upheld; Ronaldinho on special training program; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite his appeal, Chelsea forward Diego Costa is set to miss out on the team’s next three contests, including this week’s potentially title-influencing clashy with Manchester City.

The English FA announced Friday that Costa’s suspension has been upheld after the Spanish forward was seen stomping on Liverpool’s Emre Can in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash at Stamford Bridge. Costa had previously appealed the FA’s original ruling.

As a result, Costs will miss out on matchups with Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton while serving his suspension.

Costa has scored 17 goals in 19 games for Chelsea, who currently sit five points ahead of Man City at the top of the table.

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Sacramento Republic adds 49ers CEO as new investor

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By DAN KARELL

Sacramento Republic added another building block that they hope will separate them from the rest of the pack in the race for an MLS expansion spot.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson revealed during his State of the City address on Thursday that San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York will be investing in Sacramento Republic, as they continue their aggressive push to move to MLS. The news comes a day after Sacramento Kings ownership agreed to invest in the club.

“In an effort to ensure our proposal was too good to be true in the eyes of the MLS commissioner and board of governors, we sought to bring in a partner that would endeavor to give us that project experience and a premier franchise that was second to none,” Johnson said in his address.

“I am pumped beyond belief, to announce today that in the spirit of regionalism, the newest investor to the Sacramento Republic who will join our efforts to secure Major League Soccer in Sacramento, is none other than the San Francisco 49ers owner.”

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The German Bundesliga returns from its winter break this weekend, and Fabian Johnson is surely hoping that it is the start of a better half-season for him.

Johnson was limited to mostly spot duty off the bench during the opening months of the season, but will now aim to break into the lineup more regularly as Borussia Moenchengladbach attempts to move into a guaranteed UEFA Champions League spot. That starts on Saturday for Johnson and his club, as they visit struggling Stuttgart. Johnson and Moenchengladbach are just a point off of third place in the table, so win could push them into that position if Bayer Leverkusen is unable to grab maximum points in its game.

Paul Arriola is also looking to get back into the mix this weekend, but not because he’s been on a brief vacation. Arriola has been away from Club Tijuana during the opening weeks of the Liga MX campaign because of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying tournament, and he will now attempt to crack the Xolos’ lineup when they take on Morelia on Friday night. Arriola finished the U.S.’s successful qualifying campaign with a goal and an assist in the last two games, so that momentum could carry over as he tries to earn a regular role again at the club level.

Another youngster and potential U.S. U-20 World Cup player trying to see a steadier dose of minutes in the coming months is Julian Green. Hamburg has seldom used the teenage loanee, but that could begin to change as the club attempts to further distance itself from the relegation zone in Saturday’s clash with Cologne. Green has just five appearances thus far this season, a number that will need to increase exponentially in order for him to have a real case for playing at the U-20 World Cup or Gold Cup this summer.

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Thursday Evening Ticker: Costa to fight FA charge; Espanyol, Athletic advance in Copa del Rey; And more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is determined to start against Manchester City on Saturday by fighting his impending ban.

Costa was charged by the FA on Wednesday for allegedly stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during their League Cup semifinal match, and a ban could keep him off the field for the weekend’s top of the table clash. He will plead his innocence to a charge of violent conduct, and Chelsea will reportedly support him to avoid a potential three-match ban.

Manager Jose Mourinho did not speak at length about at least two incidents involving Costa after the Liverpool match, and he may not be heard from for a while longer. Chelsea canceled their pre-match press conference scheduled ahead of the Manchester City match.

“If I speak, the FA will punish me as they always do, so I think it’s better for you to do it,” Mourinho told reporters after the Liverpool match.

Mourinho was fined by the FA earlier this week for alleging that their was a campaign against his club after their game against Southampton.

Here are more news and notes from Europe:

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Chelsea hosts Manchester City with English Premier League in a battle of Premier League title hopefuls, a weekend packed with televised soccer.

The recent talk ahead of the one vs. two matchup is concentrated on who will not be on the pitch come Saturday. Man City will be missing Yaya Toure and new signing Wilfried Bony, who are still with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

The Blues might also have personnel concerns since Diego Costa now faces suspension for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during their League Cup semifinal on Tuesday. The FA could now suspend the striker for the matchup, which could have title implications in the long run.

Elsewhere, the Bundesliga is back with its own top of the table clash. Second-placed Wolfsburg hosts first place Bayern Munich to start the second half of the season on Friday. Borussia Dortmund’s task of climbing out of the relegation zone contains a difficult start with a trip to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

A full Saturday evening of Liga MX starts with America facing Tigres. First placed Veracruz, one of two teams to go unbeaten in their first three games, travels to Monterrey.

An African Cup of Nations quarterfinal between Ghana and Guinea highlights Sunday afternoon’s action.

Here is a full look at this weekend’s soccer on TV (schedule after the jump):

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