By ALAN CONDON
Liverpool will refuse to sell its most promising young talent Raheem Sterling this summer, despite contract negotiations dragging on since the start of October with no new deal in sight.
Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his intention to keep the youngster at Anfield, and will not consider a deal to sell him in the summer transfer window, with a number of clubs reported to be eyeing up a move.
Sterling’s current contract keeps him at Anfield until 2017 and talks to extend his stay until 2010 have been put on hold until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old was reportedly offered a contract of £100,000 per week, a significant upgrade on his £35,000 wage, however he is understood to be pushing closer to £150,000 per week which would put him amongst the top earners at the club.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly stated that he believes his club is the best to continue Sterling’s development, but the Reds feel under no pressure to sell the winger and are determined not to pay him more than they feel he is worth.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The U.S. Men’s National Team conceded a late lead once again last time out against Denmark, but Tuesday could be a time to make amends as the U.S. takes on a fierce European foe in the form of Switzerland (12 p.m., ESPN).
Jozy Altidore appeared as fierce as ever against the Danes, providing a goal and an assist, but the U.S. was undone by the work of forward Nicklas Bendtner.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men face an even tougher test this time out in Switzerland, which will feature Inter Milan’s Xherdan Shaqiri, Napoli’s Gokhan Inler and Juventus’ Stephan Lichsteiner.
SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match so please feel free to follow along with the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
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By DAN KARELL
Angel Di Maria is being offered an escape route in case he decides he wants to leave Manchester United this summer.
The Argentine winger has failed to find the form that made him into a household name across the world while at Real Madrid, and according to the Daily Mirror, Paris Saint-Germain is ready to offer Man United a sizable transfer fee to sign Di Maria.
The report is unclear about how much PSG is willing to offer but it’s expected to be near or equal to the 60 million pounds that Man United paid for Di Maria last summer. PSG had expressed interest in Di Maria in the past, but were outbid last summer for the 27-year-old winger.
Di Maria, who is currently on international duty with the Argentine national team in the U.S., has scored four goals in 26 matches in all competitions.
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By IVES GALARCEP
The SBI Show has reached its latest landmark, with the 200th episode featuring a good mix of guests to discuss the latest in the American soccer world.
Episode 200 of The SBI Show features interviews with Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara, Minnesota United head coach Manny Lagos, and ESPN FC writer Doug McIntyre.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I catch up with Opara and discuss Sporting KC’s big win at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, as well as his strong start to the 2015 season. We then head out to Minnesota to catch up with Lagos and discuss, among other things, the recent awarding of an MLS expansion franchise to the owners of Minnesota United and the upcoming 2015 NASL season.
We also catch up with Doug McIntyre in Zurich to preview the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming friendly against Switzerland.
Give Episode 200 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
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By RYAN TOLMICH
In a league that sees turnover as commonplace, the Atlanta Silverbacks have put together quite the rebuild.
Leading the charge is an MLS Cup-winning head coach in Gary Smith, who takes over a Silverbacks side that finished dead last in last season’s Combined Standings. However, the 2015 side Smith has assembled will look vastly different than last year’s cellar dwellers, with just four players remaining on the roster from the pre-Smith era.
In turn, Smith has retooled the roster in a series of shrewd moves that include the additions of NASL stars Hans Denissen and a returning Matt Horth, MLS veterans Rauwshan McKenzie and Kyle Porter and experienced international additions like Simon Mensing and Paul Black, ensuring a new-look Silverbacks team.
That new-look team will be looking to write a new chapter for the Silverbacks, one entirely different than that written before their arrival.
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By AARON CRANFORD
Head coach Colin Clarke is adamant that 2015 can be the year the Carolina RailHawks bring home the coveted NASL championship.
The RailHawks claimed the Woosnam Cup in 2011 and 2013 when they topped the end-of-the-year table with the most points, but the Cary side has not yet lifted the elusive NASL Soccer Bowl trophy.
After placing fourth in the Spring Championship and fifth in the Fall Championship, the RailHawks just missed out on 2014 NASL playoffs with a total of 38 points over the two campaigns.
“We didn’t get to the championship game last year,” RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke told SBI in a phone interview, “so that’s obviously our goal is to get back to the championship, and I want to be the first to win a championship here in Carolina.
“It hasn’t happened yet. We’ve been very close over the years, had some good teams, good players, but we just need to take that next step and bring a championship back home.”
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