By PHILLIP QUINN
With both sides on the outside of the Champions League places, Arsenal will visit Manchester United on Saturday in a big clash in the English Premier League.
Even after the announcement that Daley Blind would miss the next six months through injury, there’s no clear favorite heading into the match. Somehow, despite all of the money spent over the summer, things for Manchester United are, once again, falling onto the shoulders of Wayne Rooney.
The veteran forward seemed energized upon receiving his 100th cap for England, so perhaps he’ll translate some of that onto the field for Manchester United. Angel di Maria trained Friday, potentially putting injury worries behind him. Perhaps there will be some magic between two on the field.
The Derby della Madonnina remains one of the biggest matches across Europe no matter where Inter and Milan sit in the table. Both clubs are going through some hard times at the moment and are struggling to recapture their former glory. The goal for this season is clear: Qualify for next season’s Champions League. Robert Mancini has taken the helm at Inter once again. Can he restore the club to their rightful place?
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By FRANCO PANIZO
A special few days could be made even more so for Rubio Rubin this weekend.
Fresh off of earning his first two caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Rubin will return to club action on Sunday when FC Utretcht host Cambuur Leeuwarden. Utretcht are currently even on points with Cambuur, but one place lower in the Eredivisie standings because of their goal differential. Should Rubin and Utrecht emerge victorious, they would more than likely jump into a UEFA Europa League play-off spot while also moving closer to an automatic place in that competition.
Tigres UANL are also looking to rise in their respective league’s table as Liga MX’s Apertura campaign comes to a close. Toluca visit Tigres in a battle of the second and third-placed clubs on Saturday, and Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez’s side will be keen on winning for a number of reasons. In addition to trying to move up and obtain a higher seed – possibly first – ahead of the start of the Liguilla, Tigres will want to assure themselves of a place in the 2015 Copa Libertadores. Torres and Gomez’s roles in the match are unclear, but they both could see the field given their lengthy experience in Mexico’s top flight.
A pair of Americans who might also see time in the same game, though not alongside one another, are Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler. The two veteran fullbacks will look to get back into their club’s respective lineups, as Johnson’s Borussia Moenchengladbach plays hosts to Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Both Johnson and Chandler are coming off lengthy cameos in the U.S.’s lopsided loss to the Republice of Ireland, so there is a chance the end up being utilized as bench players instead of starters.
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By DAN KARELL
Both Milan clubs may be struggling to live up to expectations so far this season but the first Derby della Madonnina of the season will bring all the passion and energy of years past.
Seventh-place AC Milan take on Inter Milan and new coach Roberto Mancini, who will be taking charge of his first match since being hired as the replacement for Walter Mazzarri. The 161st edition of the Milan Derby will also be the first one with Filippo Inzaghi in the dugout for Milan.
Stephen El Shaarawy and Jeremy Menez look set to star for Milan against Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi, who already has seven goals this season.
In England, Manchester United will attempt to add to Arsenal’s misery when they visit the Emirates Stadium. Man United will be without many of their stars as Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, and Ashley Young are among the many players either out or carrying injuries into this weekend’s match.
Arsenal have a lengthy injury list as well but they’ll hope to right their ship after a slate of recent performance where they lost games or tied after leading early.
The first legs of the MLS Cup playoffs conference finals kick off this Sunday as the New York Red Bulls host the New England Revolution and the LA Galaxy take on the Seattle Sounders.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has a bone to pick with Jurgen Klinsmann.
When the U.S. Men’s National Team took on the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Klinsmann listed a surprise inclusion on the bench. Called in on short notice as an injury replacement, defender Tim Ream made his 11th appearance for the USMNT, but his club manager would have preferred that the 27-year-old remained at home.
In a report published Friday, Lennon discussed the perceived “lack of respect” the U.S. displayed by barely playing Ream after calling on him to replace John Brooks only the night before the match.
“Thankfully he’s back and fine now – it must have been a really exhausting minute of football with the team 4-1 down,” Lennon told reporters on Friday. “I want an explanation. They had two games and they should have called him in after that initial game. And yet they call him in on the night before the game so he has to get flight on Tuesday morning to Dublin and then play one minute of an international.
By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team conceded a late goal for the second match in a row at the Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile.
Taking on Brazil’s U-17s in Talca, the U.S. fell 4-3 thanks to an Eronildo stoppage-time goal. The result leaves the U.S. winless heading into its final tournament game against Qatar on Saturday.
Brazil took an early two-goal lead, with both goals coming from midfielder Lincoln. The U.S. cut the lead in half through Haji Wrigh,t but Brazilian forward Leandro hit a long-range strike to put the South Americans back up by two goals in the 73rd minute.
The U.S. kept fighting though and were able to tie the score. Wright scored his second of the match in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic equalized in the 85th minute. Brazil won the match in stoppage time when Eronildo scored to the delight of his team and staff.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The New York Red Bulls’ tortured history has been highly publicized, but few teams have tormented the club quite like the New England Revolution.
Having suffered postseason elimination at the hands of the Revs in 2003, 2005 and 2007, the Red Bulls are all too familiar with suffering through disappointment at the hands of their northern rivals.
Refusing to embrace the underdog cliche, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke believes that Sunday’s first leg will just be the first iteration of a big-time battle between the two sides.
“New England has been there. They’ve been to MLS Cup four times and fell short, which should be extra motivation for them,” Petke said. “However, at the end of the day, it’s two teams that play similar systems, not exact but similar, two teams that ended the season on strong notes and it’s going to be a good battle.” Continue reading