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Thursday Kickoff: Inter could sell Icardi to finance signings; Corinthians down San Lorenzo; and more

Inter Milan may be forced to sell leading forward Mauro Icardi this summer to afford purchases of players such as Yaya Toure, Matteo Darmian, and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

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Garber says new CBA gives players more movement than may have ever been foreseen

Though the free agency MLS players negotiated is very restricted, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said that it’s more than anyone ever envisioned in the league.

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MLS season to start on schedule as league, Players Union come to terms on new CBA

MLS and the Players Union have reached a deal on a new CBA, ensuring the 2015 season will start on schedule.

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Thursday Kickoff: Inter could sell Icardi to finance signings; Corinthians down San Lorenzo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Inter Milan may have to part with one of their prized assets this summer to achieve their transfer war chest.

Manager Roberto Mancini has already identified a number of summer signings, including chasing Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, Torino defender Matteo Darmian, Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, and AS Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, among others according to Gazzetta Dello Sport. But due to Financial Fair Play regulations and Inter’s reported debt of €180 million, they’re likely going to have to have an even balance sheet at the end of the transfer window.

In order to afford the numerous players Mancini has his eye on, Inter may be forced to sell Argentine forward Mauro Icardi. Gazzetta reports that Icardi is worth €40 million and despite reports recently that Inter are looking to sign Icardi to an extension, his sale could pave the way for some of the new signings to come in.

Losing Icardi would be a huge loss for the team though. He’s currently second in Serie A in scoring with 14 goals in 21 games, and he’s scored five other goals in cup competitions.

Inter are currently in ninth place in Serie A, and perhaps crucially, they’re seven points behind the final Europa League qualification place in the standings.

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Garber says new CBA gives players more movement than may have ever been foreseen

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As collective bargaining agreement talks dragged on, the MLS players union dug its heels and insisted that a deal wouldn’t get done without free agency. Though the agreement that was made Wednesday night still has a number of restrictions on player movement, a form of free agency was indeed acquired.

While the terms of the deal may have fallen well short for some players, MLS commissioner Don Garber said in the immediate aftermath of the agreement that the players are pleased because they have achieved something few thought possible back when the league started 20 years ago.

“I think anytime you have labor negotiations between players and management, there’s so many different issues — everybody’s trying to ensure you can create an agreement that allows everybody to feel good,” Garber told ESPN late Wednesday. “In this case, the players feel good. They’ve got more movement than they’ve had before — more than we probably thought we would provide when this league was launched.”

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Heineman: Palmer-Brown to Juventus ’80-20′ chance to happen

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The odds look increasingly likely that 17-year-old Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown will make the jump to European soccer with Italian giant Juventus.

In fact, Sporting KC CEO Robb Heineman said Wednesday that there is an “80-20″ chance that the homegrown defender joins Juventus, and that the two clubs have “kind of agreed” on terms of a deal.

While Heineman offered no timetable on a transfer, Palmer-Brown turns 18 on April 24, which would make him eligible for an overseas transfer in accordance with FIFA regulations.

“I’d say it’s an 80-20 thing that it will happen,” Heineman said at Sporting KC media day on Wednesday. “I think (Juventus is) interested, I think the player is interested in going there. I think the way that it would work out, there’s probably pretty good likelihood that we would retain him as a player even if they have ownership of his card.”

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Last American team exits CCL as D.C. United falls to Alajuelense

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

D.C. United may have won the night, but that wasn’t the task at hand. For the lone remaining American team in CONCACAF Champions League, a disastrous 5-2 loss in their first leg against Alajuelense was too much to overcome.

D.C. United exited the competition Wednesday after a 2-1 win at home over their Costa Rican opponent, failing to get the three-goal lead they needed to undo last week’s damage.

With D.C. out, no American teams remain in the CCL field and the Montreal Impact are the final Major League Soccer team left following an upset win over Pachuca on Tuesday.

Though D.C. faltered in the quarterfinal, it wasn’t for lack of taking the match seriously. D.C. fielded a strong first-team squad and coach Ben Olsen was ejected before the first half for some words he had for the referee.

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MLS season to start on schedule as league, Players Union come to terms on new CBA

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It took until the 11th hour, but the 2015 MLS season will begin as scheduled.

Multiple outlets reported via Twitter on Tuesday night that MLS and the Players Union have come to terms on a Collective Bargaining Agreement, with player representative and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando telling Reuters that a “deal is done.”

MLS confirmed that the two sides have reached an agreement in principle with press release Wednesday night.

“We are pleased to finalize the framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a statement. “We now enter our 20th season with enormous momentum with our new television partnerships, dynamic star players from the US, Canada and abroad, and two new expansion teams in New York City and Orlando that will debut in front of more than 60,000 fans on Sunday in the Citrus Bowl.

“This agreement will provide a platform for our players, ownership and management to work together to help build Major League Soccer into one of the great soccer leagues in the world.” Continue reading »

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