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Former Toronto FC defender O'Dea bullish on future of MLS

The 27-year-old Irish international says Major League Soccer has "massive" potential to become a league of choice in the near future.<p>Despite spending less than a year in Major League Soccer, Irish international Darren O'Dea was left with a lasting impression of the North American top flight circuit.<p>…

Manchester United's January transfers ranked: in pictures - Telegraph

Kroos: There isn't much difference between Bayern and Real Madrid

The midfielder says he is happy to play alongside stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, but admits the European champion and his old side are at a similar level<p>Toni Kroos believes there is not a great difference in quality between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.<p>The midfielder joined the Spanish giants from …

Arsene Wenger hits back at Lukas Podolski over claims he 'disrespected' him at Arsenal

Arsenal manager denies suggestions he ignored Germany international prior to his loan move to Inter Milan<p><b>Arsène Wenger</b> has denied that he disrespected Lukas Podolski by ignoring him after sanctioning a loan to Inter Milan and is adamant that the German international still has a future at <b>Arsenal</b>.<p>The</b> …

Bayern has made a huge mistake in allowing Shaqiri to leave

The Switzerland star never fully delivered on his early promise at the Allianz Arena - but Pep Guardiola could rue his lack of faith in the forward.<p>Just two and a half years after Bayern Munich beat the rest of the continent to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, the Swiss star has been granted freedom from his …

Oldham in firing line over reports club is on verge of signing rapist Ched Evans

Thousands of people are signing a petition calling for Oldham Athletic FC not to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans<p>Oldham Athletic was the target of heavy criticism from fans and women’s groups after it was claimed that the club was on the verge of signing Ched Evans, the convicted rapist.<p>The League …

MLS draft taking shape, but could be without top underclassmen

The 2015 MLS draft will be heavy on seniors, and light on top underclassmen as the league struggles to sign the top college underclassmen.<p>The 2015 MLS draft is less than two weeks away, and all signs point to the event relying heavily on senior talent rather than the top underclassmen who have …

Luis Enrique's Messi mistake costs Barcelona dear

The Asturian coach left the Argentine out of his starting lineup and saw his side fail to capitalize on Real Madrid's defeat at Valencia earlier on Sunday<p>Another year, another new lineup from Luis Enrique - and this time things didn't end well for the Barcelona boss.<p>The Asturian coach has yet to …

Antonio Martin shooting: black mayor says white officer was protecting the city

Theodore Hoskins says victim Antonio Martin was pointing a gun at the officer in latest incident, two miles away from where Michael Brown was killed by police in August<p>The African-American mayor of Berkeley, the suburb of St Louis, Missouri, where a black teenager was shot by police, said the …

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Best American soccer moments of 2014

From the high points of the World Cup, to the memorable moments of a busy fall, there were plenty of unforgettable moments in American soccer in 2014.<p>How will 2014 be remembered by American soccer fans? It will be remembered for an exciting World Cup, for being the end of an era after several …

Manchester United v Newcastle United Live Commentary & Result, 12/26/14, Premier League

Sir Alex: Fergie Time was my little trick at Manchester United

The 72-year-old says that his tactic of standing on the touchline and gesturing towards his watch was a ploy in order to influence the referee and his side's opponents.<p>Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that 'Fergie Time' was a "little trick" he used when Manchester United was searching for a goal in …

Mourinho: Chelsea can't buy Messi because of FFP

The Blues last month announced a record profit of £18.4 million and appear well on course to comply with FFP, but the Argentine's £205 million release clause remains out of reach.<p>Jose Mourinho admits he has "no chance" of signing Lionel Messi for Chelsea because of UEFA's Financial Fair Play …

Liverpool and Arsenal are both locked in a spiral of mediocrity

Rewind the calendar 12 months and it is remarkable to think these two clubs occupied top two positions in Premier League on Christmas Day 2013<p>It was somehow fitting that <b>Liverpool</b> and <b>Arsenal</b> spent the winter solstice slugging it out for a point which, in the end, did little to banish the sense of …

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Glorious Griezmann coming of age at Atletico

The former Real Sociedad forward hit a brilliant hat trick at San Mames on Sunday and is emerging as a new star for the Spanish champion.<p>Atletico Madrid needed a hero. With Koke and Mario Mandzukic both suspended for Sunday's trip to Athletic Bilbao, Diego Simeone's side was down to the bare bones …

Xavi: I wouldn't be happy in Madrid

The midfielder admits he is delighted with his choice to have stayed at Barcelona this season but concedes it will be difficult to replicate its success under Pep Guardiola.<p>Barcelona veteran Xavi says he is confident he made the right choice to stay at the club this summer - and claims he could …

Herrera would like Chicharito and Jimenez to fight for minutes

The Mexico international strikers have both struggled to nail down regular spots with their Madrid-based squads this season.<p>MIAMI — Two of Mexico’s top forwards currently find themselves in similar situations in the same city.<p>Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Raul Jimenez moved to the Spanish …

Reus fined €540,000 for driving offenses

Police found the 26-year-old had been driving without a valid license since September 2011, despite him endorsing the club's car sponsor and featuring in a petrol commercial.<p>Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has been fined 540,000 euros after being caught driving without a valid license.<p>The …

Getafe v Barcelona Live Commentary & Result, 12/13/14, Primera División

Morocco coach: Neuer doesn't deserve Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo does

Ahead of the Club World Cup, Morocco coach Badou Zaki explained why voted for the Real Madrid forward over Bayern Munich's goalkeeper<p>Morocco coach Badou Zaki confirmed he voted for Cristiano Ronaldo over Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi in the Ballon d'Or, as he believes the Real Madrid forward is the …

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo wants domestic violence charges dismissed

The American superstar is facing domestic violence charges, stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister and 17-year-old nephew.<p>Hope Solo has a hearing scheduled for later this month after filing a motion to dismiss domestic abuse charges against her.<p><b>MORE: Solo in photos | Hottest soccer WAGs</b><p>…

Raul joins Cosmos with hopes of improving soccer in the United States

The Real Madrid legend has come to America to finish his playing career while also embarking on his new passion of coaching young players.<p>NEW YORK — For a soccer player, few things feel better than scoring a goal – seeing the ball hit the net and knowing your hard work paid off and you have helped …

Manchester United's Dutch pragmatism trumps Southampton's Dutch idealism

Louis van Gaal finds the key to unpick Ronald Koeman's tactics at St Mary's in the first Premier League meeting of clubs with managers from the Netherlands<p>Shortly before half-time here,<b>Louis van Gaal</b> made his move. Paddy McNair, <b>Manchester United</b>’s teenage centre half, was having a terrible time of …

A message to Barcelona and Arsenal – finish second and more Champions League misery awaits

Given that all eight group winners won their last-16 ties in 2013-14, it has never been more important to claim top spot.<p>Arsenal and Barcelona may have already qualified for the Champions League knockout phase but, for them and others, matchday six could be their most important game so far this …

Mario Balotelli faces FA investigation over 'racist and anti-Semitic' Instagram post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli posts image about gaming character Super Mario who 'jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew'<p><b>Mario Balotelli</b>, the Liverpool striker, faces a Football Association investigation and possible five-match ban for an inflammatory social media message that has …

Steven Gerrard offered place on Liverpool coaching staff as part of new contract

Anfield club fight to keep their captain beyond this season by offering him a place on the club’s coaching staff once he ends his playing career<p><b>Liverpool</b> are prepared to give <b>Steven Gerrard</b> a place on the club’s coaching staff once he ends his playing career as they fight to keep their captain …

Evans nears Manchester United return after playing 90 minutes for Under-21s

The 26-year-old has been sidelined with an ankle problem since Sept. 21 but is closing in on a return to Louis van Gaal's side<p>Jonny Evans stepped up his return from an ankle injury by completing 90 minutes for Manchester United Under-21s on Monday evening.<p>The 26-year-old has featured in just four …

Steven Gerrard has been offered a glimpse of his future at Liverpool and he may not like it

Liverpool captain must resolve this latest conflict between his head and his heart but he may find that logic dictates that it is time to move abroad<p>Sitting on the bench for the first 75 minutes of <b>Liverpool</b>’s victory against Stoke City last weekend, <b>Steven Gerrard</b> had a glimpse of the future.<p>The …

Ronaldo: Real Madrid is my second family

The Portuguese star says the mood in the Bernabeu dressing room is great, while Toni Kroos is delighted by how he is settling in.<p>Cristiano Ronaldo says the current Real Madrid team is like his second family and feels the dressing room atmosphere is the best he has seen in recent years.<p>The attacker, …