Despite signing star striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton, manager Jose Mourinho is unhappy with how Manchester United’s summer has gone so far. Mourinho has been rebuffed in his attempt to sign winger Ivan Perisic, and also failed to sign a new defensive midfielder. Mourinho has indicated that he is prepared to sign just one more new player before the end of the transfer window. One the one hand, it appears to be a little of a “woe is me” attitude from Mourinho, as they signed arguably the best young striker available during the offseason. On the other hand, Manchester United finished 6th in the Premier League table last year, so its not surprising that Mourinho would crave more replacements as United try to make a title challenge this year.
Jesse Gonzalez recently switched to become a U.S. International, after representing Mexico at the youth level. Gonzalez isn’t the first, and wont be the last player to struggle over choosing between the two nations. Many players have family on both sides of the border, and are being pulled in different directions by different family members. Given the rivalry and vitriol between fans and at times, the countries in general, it’s little wonder these decisions lead to upset feelings for some.
Joe Hart will be joining West Ham on loan for Manchester City this season. Hart had an up and down loan spell at Torino last year, and ultimately Torino decided not to make the loan permanent. And with City signing the new goalkeeper Ederson this year, it was unlikely that Hart was going to win the starting job back at City. Going to West Ham allows Hart to be back in the Premier League though, and possibly push for a European spot next year.
The full MLS All-Star Roster was revealed, as the coach and commissioner picks had not yet been made. The coach’s picks included stars the likes of Jozy Altidore, Diego Valeri and Giovani dos Santos, among others. The two commissioners picks were Dom Dwyer and Kellyn Acosta. Check out the full MLS All-Star roster at MLSSoccer.com
MLS has been growing a lot in the last few years, gaining more fans, betting better TV ratings, and just gradually gaining popularity around the country. One area of the country that this wasn’t really the case though was the South. There were no teams MLS in the Southeastern part of the country for the longest time. Even with Orlando City’s entrance a few years ago, that was still far away from states like Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, etc. As Dirty South Soccer explains though, the arrival of Atlanta United has already changed everything.
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