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Angels Links: Premier League is coming

Another USMNT player headed to MLS, and big trouble for Rafa Marquez.

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New crop of Premier League stars sets the stage for exciting season

The start of the English Premier League is almost upon us again, and there is a new batch of talented stars dotting the league. Gone are the likes of John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, and Wayne Rooney is now back at Everton and a diminished player from his hayday at Manchester United. But that doesn’t mean the league is lacking for good players. Iain Macintosh of ESPNFC talks about how players like Gabriel Jesus, Harry Kane, Alvara Morata, and Sadio Mane are ready to lead the Premier League into a new age.

USMNT player Paul Arriola transferred to D.C. United

Because of ownership and stadium issues for years, D.C. United have not been prolific spenders of late. United are set to break the bank for their newest signing though, in USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola. Arriola is just 22 years old, and has seen a good amount of playing time with the USMNT in this latest edition of the Bruce Arena era. Arriola has played a lot and played well for his current team Tijuana in Liga MX.

Don’t stress about player salaries/transfer fees if you want to enjoy soccer

The days of professional athletes having a second job to support themselves in the offseason are long gone. Players in European soccer, and in most professional sports leagues in the U.S. make staggering amounts of money. There is a case to be made they make more than they should, but that’s neither here nor there. The toothpaste is not going back in the tube, and athletes are not suddenly going to be making a lot less money anytime soon. Kevin McCauley of SB Nation talks about how to enjoy soccer by not worrying about all the money flying around.

Rafa Marquez sanctioned by US Treasury department in ongoing drug investigation

Rafa Marquez,along with a group of 22 other people, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in connection with a multiyear drug investigation. An entire football team and a casino will also be cited. Marquez, currently playing for Atlas in Liga MX, has denied all the allegations and any connections with criminal organizations, and says he is working with his attorneys to clear his name. The U.S. Government has accused Marquez of acting as a front for drug trafficker Raul Flores Hernandez.

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