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Orlando City Owner Looking To Sell Team For $400 Million

Oct 18, 2020 12:54 PM

Orlando City owner Flavio da Silva is reportedly looking to sell the team for $400 million before the 2021 season.

Da Silva initially acquired the franchise for $70 million, with the team receiving a $295 million valuation last year.

It is unclear whether other assets, including a NWSL side and USL team, would be included as part of the deal.

“Sources have characterized the soccer investment by da Silva as just that — an investment and business transaction where he could eventually turn a profit. In other words, da Silva wasn’t getting involved in the league for the long-haul,” reported SportsBusiness in May 2019.

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Ansu Fati Named La Liga Player Of The Month

Oct 11, 2020 12:50 PM

Ansu Fati received La Liga Player of the Month honors for September.

The 17-year-old has scored three goals in two matches to open the season, and is currently joint top on the scoring charts.

Fati is the first Barcelona player to win the award other than Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez since 2015. 

Other candidates for the award included Real Betis' Sergio Canales, Levante's Jose Luis Morales, Real Sociedad's Mikel Merino and Granada's Luis Milla, Celta's Iago Aspas, and Atleti's Luis Suarez.

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MLS To Restart Season In Home Markets On August 12th

Aug 9, 2020 1:45 PM

MLS will restart its season in home markets on August 12th.

The league also announced that 18 teams will make the playoffs this season.

The MLS Cup final will take place on December 12th.

Each side will play 18 more matches for a 23-game regular season.

A "majority" of matches will be held without fans, though the league is working with local governments to have limited capacity for certain games.

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Eden Hazard: This Was Worst Season Of My Career

Jul 19, 2020 12:46 PM

Eden Hazard admitted that this season was the worst of his career after struggling with an ankle injury.

"This year we won the title collectively. For me, at an individual level, I've had the worst season of my career for sure," said Hazard.

The 29-year-old had ankle surgery in March. He has appeared in six matches following the restart, though has also been left out of the squad three times.

Hazard heaped praise onto Zinedine Zidane.

"He has proven, in just a few years, that he is already one of the best. He is a simple person who knows how to say things at the right time. He trusts his players and his players trust him, that's why it works."

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Charlotte, Sacramento Republic FC, St. Louis Debut Seasons Delayed

Jul 18, 2020 5:04 PM

The inaugural MLS seasons for Charlotte, Sacramento Republic FC, and St. Louis will be pushed back one year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlotte will make its debut in 2022, with Sacramento and St. Louis now scheduled for 2023 debuts.

Austin FC are still set to debut in 2021.

"We have always taken a thoughtful and strategic approach to our expansion planning and have delivered successful launches for every new club. It is important for each club to take the necessary time to launch their inaugural MLS seasons the way their fans and communities deserve. With the extra year to make up for what has been a challenging 2020, these teams will be well-positioned for their debuts and for long-term success," said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement. 

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Frank Lampard Compares Christian Pulisic To Raheem Sterling, Mo Salah

Jun 28, 2020 9:42 PM

Frank Lampard compared Christian Pulisic's production from wide areas to Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah.

"There is no doubt about his quality, we can see that and he is very keen to improve. He's particularly hungry at the minute because he missed some time with an injury.

"If he looks at players around him that have made that sort of a jump, he has the ability like Raheem Sterling to produce numbers from wide areas, like Salah and Sadio [Mane]. He understands the work that needs to be done to do that. He definitely has the talent, he needs to get to that level," said Lampard.

The 21-year-old Pulisic has scored in back-to-back matches against Aston Villa and Manchester City.

Pulisic currently has 8 goals on the season.


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Zero Premier League Players, Staff Test Positive For COVID-19

May 31, 2020 7:18 PM

A widespread test of Premier League players and staff returned zero positive tests for COVID-19.

"The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1,130 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive," said the league in a statement.

12 players have tested positive in the previous three rounds combined.

The testing revealed 10 positive results from Championship clubs.

The Premier League is currently set to restart on June 17th. 


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Joachim Low: Bundesliga Is 'The Leader In Europe'

May 30, 2020 11:06 PM

Joachim Low discussed the Bundesliga's quality since the league's return behind closed doors.

"You also have to get used to a bit of football without the excitement that the fans provide. On the other hand, I am positively surprised by the high level of motivation from the players and teams, the attitude and also the way of playing," said Low.

Low added that he believes that the Bundesliga is the top league in Europe.

"You can tell that the players want to compete again, to battle, to score goals, to avoid [conceding] goals.

"This has also had a positive effect for me, that the players came out of such a long break so motivated and look as if they are playing in a stadium with 80,000 spectators," added Low.


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La Liga Able To Resume Season On June 8th

May 23, 2020 4:51 PM

La Liga matches can resume behind closed doors starting on June 8th, according to Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez.

La Liga president Javier Tebas recently stated that he wants matches to begin around June 12th.

"Spain has done what it should and now new horizons are opening for everyone. The time has come to bring back many day-to-day activities," said Sanchez.

"From 8 June, La Liga will be back. Spanish football has a huge following but it will not be the only recreational activity that will return."

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Dortmund-Schalke Match Records 725% Increase In FS1 Ratings

May 17, 2020 7:47 PM

Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win over Schalke on Saturday earned a .33 rating on FS1.

The ratings represent a 725% increase over the last Bundesliga match on FS1 prior to the shutdown.

Borussia Monchengladbach's 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt earned a .21 ratings.

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5 Players In Spain's First, Second Division Test Positive For COVID-19

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Arsenal To Return To Training Next Week

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Roma Players To Give Up Wages For Remainder Of Season


Six Barcelona Directors Resign From Club

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Oscar Tabarez Laid Off By Uruguayan Football Association

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Player Transfer Market Values Drop 28%, According to New Study

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Ilkay Gundogan: Liverpool Should Be Awarded Premier League Title


Juventus Players Agree To Four Month Pay Cut


Contracts For Players, Coaches To Be Extended Through End Of Season


Eden Hazard Admits 'My First Season At Real Has Been Bad'

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Barcelona To Return To Training On April 27th

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Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund Players Accept Pay Cut

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Ligue 1 Clubs May Declare Bankruptcy Without Matches

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Brescia President: Cancel Serie A, Let Lazio Win Title


Barcelona Could Reduce Player Salaries Due To COVID-19

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Premier League To Fully Complete 2019-20 Season Before 2020-21 Season

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Top 5 Leagues Could Lose $4.2 Billion Due To COVID-19

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Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Eibar Reject Tests For COVID-19

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Borussia Monchengladbach Players To Partially Waive Salaries

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MLS Suspends Season Through May 10th

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