Ashley Cole wants one-year extension with LA Galaxy

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has revealed his desire to extend his stay with LA Galaxy for an additional year. The ex-England international has been with the California-based club since his release from Italian side AS Roma in the winter of 2016.

In a report covered by The Mirror, Cole revealed his ambition to prolong his professional career with Galaxy despite approaching his 37th birthday. The ex-England international saw Galaxy finish rock-bottom of the Western Conference during the previous campaign but he is hoping that he can play a role in reversing their fortunes.
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Sam Allardyce interested in USA head coach role

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he would be interested in becoming the next head coach of the United States national side. The former England boss is out of work since his resignation from Crystal Palace last summer, and he has since held discussions with Everton over the vacant managerial post.

In a report covered by TalkSPORT, Allardyce admitted that he would consider succeeding Bruce Arena as United States’ new manager, although any potential deal will have to wait until the presidential election for the Soccer Federation is concluded in February, he said: “Yes, I would go I think, but I think there’s a president-elect in January [sic] which has stalled the process, so if I got the opportunity to speak to the U.S. then I would look forward to that.”
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Bruce Arena Expects Tough Match against Panama

Bruce Arena has claimed that he is expecting a difficult match against Panama when the United States travel to the away ground in order to get a victory that would place them in the World Cup 2018.


The United States come into the game after having failed to win the last two qualifiers. It was a major disappointment from the national team, as even the presence of manager Bruce Arena was unable to inspire the club towards success over weaker opponents like Costa Rica and Honduras. As a result, the national team have been made to wait with regard to reaching the World Cup 2018.

The top three teams from the CONCACAF region will be reaching the World Cup automatically while the fourth place team will have to enter into an intercontinental play-off and potentially risk the possibility of missing out on the tournament. Read more “Bruce Arena Expects Tough Match against Panama”

Bruce Arena HelpsPaul Arriola chose DC United

Paul Arriola has revealed that he had no issues about choosing DC United as his next club once he heard the advice of US national team manager Bruce Arena.


The former Tijuana Xolos midfielder is one of the latest signings for DC United, as the club hope to make their way up the table in the MLS. The 22-year-old is at the stage of his career where his next move could make or break his future. After having been with the Mexican club is up until now,Paul Arriola made the high profile switch to DC United. He is valued at around € 3 million following his latest move. The right-sided midfielder is a US international and has represented the national team in 11 matches – scoring two goals in the process.

Arriola says that he did not have to go for multiple names in order to seek an advice about a move to the MLS, as Bruce Arena was more than capable of providing the best possible solution. Read more “Bruce Arena HelpsPaul Arriola chose DC United”

USA team should improve

Bruce Arena said that the United States Men National Soccer Team perform reasonably well in the draw against Venezuela but that there is room for improvement.


He said that the game was only a friendly match and this could be seen in the intensity of the game.

However, he admitted that the players would have to do better on set pieces as they did not appear to be confident on these type of actions.

Indeed the USA team conceded when they fail to defend a corner properly, and the ball was headed into the area. The defenders failed to defend properly, and it fell for Velazquez who managed to open the scoreline for Venezuela.

The opposition managed to get other opportunities on set pieces, and it is only the talent of Tim Howard that managed to keep them into the match.

Bruce Arena said that it was a difficult game as Venezuela defended well. They waited for the USA team to come to them, and they defended in numbers. He said that it was not an easy game and that they should be expecting the same thing in their World Cup qualifiers. Read more “USA team should improve”

Christian Pulisic keen on Borussia Dortmund Stay

Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic has expressed his admiration for the Premier League, but insisted that he is content to ply his trade in the German Bundesliga.


The USA international has made a huge leap over the past year or so, and he is now an integral part on the BvB setup.

Pulisic earned 43 outings for the Dortmund giants across all competitions last season while netting five goals in the process. He also helped the German outfit clinch their first silverware in nearly five seasons after they beat Eintracht Frankfurt by a 2-1 scoreline in the DFB-Pokal Cup final.

Speaking to NBC, Pulisic admitted that the Premier League had a huge influence on his style of play as it helped to nurture his interest in the beautiful game, he said: “It was the biggest league I followed as a kid and watched. The league has a lot of players, and teams, I liked in the Premier League. Right now, it is not something I am looking to get into immediately or anything like that. I am happy at Dortmund and I am excited for the rest of my career.” Read more “Christian Pulisic keen on Borussia Dortmund Stay”

Arena ready for Ghana

The USA men team will be facing Ghana in a friendly match that will help them for the preparation of the Gold Cup.


The USA head coach Bruce Arena said that they are ready for the challenge posed by Ghana and that they are looking forward to the game.

Bruce Arena said that Ghana is both a technical and a physical team and it would be interesting to see how his players will manage in this kind of game.

The USA head coach said that the team has set winning the Gold Cup as an objective and that they will be looking forward to the match against Ghana as a preparation.

The USA has yet to qualify for the World Cup, and they will also be using this game as a preparation for their remaining qualifiers.

Bruce Arena said that they would be facing teams in the Gold Cup which has similar attributes as Ghana and that it might be interesting to gauge themselves against such kind of opposition. Arena said that the USA players had been put through a training program and it is important to find out how they will manage in real competition.

In the last game opposing both teams, Ghana lost 2-1 at the 2014 World Cup. The Ghana coach that they are looking forward to this game as they are also preparing their future World Cup qualifying game and that it is important to play against quality opposition.

He believes that Ghana has been making steady progress during recent months and this match will show have far they have come after the last game against the USA. He said that his players are ready for the game and that they are determined to make a good performance in the friendly match that is scheduled in July.

The USA men team will be facing Ghana in a friendly match that will help them for the preparation of the Gold Cup.


The USA head coach Bruce Arena said that they are ready for the challenge posed by Ghana and that they are looking forward to the game.

Bruce Arena said that Ghana is both a technical and a physical team and it would be interesting to see how his players will manage in this kind of game.

The USA head coach said that the team has set winning the Gold Cup as an objective and that they will be looking forward to the match against Ghana as a preparation.

The USA has yet to qualify for the World Cup, and they will also be using this game as a preparation for their remaining qualifiers.

Bruce Arena said that they would be facing teams in the Gold Cup which has similar attributes as Ghana and that it might be interesting to gauge themselves against such kind of opposition. Arena said that the USA players had been put through a training program and it is important to find out how they will manage in real competition.

In the last game opposing both teams, Ghana lost 2-1 at the 2014 World Cup. The Ghana coach that they are looking forward to this game as they are also preparing their future World Cup qualifying game and that it is important to play against quality opposition.

He believes that Ghana has been making steady progress during recent months and this match will show have far they have come after the last game against the USA. He said that his players are ready for the game and that they are determined to make a good performance in the friendly match that is scheduled in July.

SAN DIEGO TARGETED FOR MLS EXPANSION

The city of San Diego may have lost the National Football League after the Chargers packed up and left for Los Angeles, but it appears they will gain the soccer league as a move to build a brand new Major League Soccer stadium is projected.


In view of the proposed MLS expansion in San Diego, the new stadium would pave the way for the league to make its debut in the city, while also providing a venue for the departed State’s Football team in case the league decides to return.

Reports gathered from sources claim that a San Diego-based investment group led by FS Investors founder, Mike Stone and former Qualcomm vice-chairman, Steve Altman has put together a proposal to purchase the Mission Valley land where Qualcomm stadium currently sits and turn it in to a sports and entertainment center with a new stadium.

The group owns exclusive rights to MLS in the San Diego market and plans to make the stadium a home to a future expansion team. A formal presentation will be made on Monday morning in La Jolla.

Major League Soccer wants to eventually reach 28 teams and league commissioner, Don Garber has long looked at San Diego (which is regarded as the 9th-best soccer market in the USA) as an expansion destination.

“We’ve spent a lot of time there during the SuperDraft. I think it would be a great MLS city,” he said.

The possibility of building a new facility is something San Diego sports fans have heard about for a long time now and the parcel of land in Mission Valley is large enough to hold a giant stadium.

However, it is important to note that an announcement on MLS expansion is not expected until later in the year and a team will likely start playing in San Diego if it is selected.

The city of San Diego may have lost the National Football League after the Chargers packed up and left for Los Angeles, but it appears they will gain the soccer league as a move to build a brand new Major League Soccer stadium is projected.


In view of the proposed MLS expansion in San Diego, the new stadium would pave the way for the league to make its debut in the city, while also providing a venue for the departed State’s Football team in case the league decides to return.

Reports gathered from sources claim that a San Diego-based investment group led by FS Investors founder, Mike Stone and former Qualcomm vice-chairman, Steve Altman has put together a proposal to purchase the Mission Valley land where Qualcomm stadium currently sits and turn it in to a sports and entertainment center with a new stadium.

The group owns exclusive rights to MLS in the San Diego market and plans to make the stadium a home to a future expansion team. A formal presentation will be made on Monday morning in La Jolla.

Major League Soccer wants to eventually reach 28 teams and league commissioner, Don Garber has long looked at San Diego (which is regarded as the 9th-best soccer market in the USA) as an expansion destination.

“We’ve spent a lot of time there during the SuperDraft. I think it would be a great MLS city,” he said.

The possibility of building a new facility is something San Diego sports fans have heard about for a long time now and the parcel of land in Mission Valley is large enough to hold a giant stadium.

However, it is important to note that an announcement on MLS expansion is not expected until later in the year and a team will likely start playing in San Diego if it is selected.

ARENA FACES TOUGH TEST IN CHARGE OF US SOCCER TEAM

Bruce Arena’s second spell in charge of the US men’s national team is not going to be an easy ride for the tactician.


Not that his first spell was but this time there are unique challenges he must conquer. The coach has had his first training camp with the players but the first months of 2017 will be a real test.

There are two upcoming matches that can make or break his second spell as he prepares a team that can make the 2018 World Cup despite a poor start in the qualifying campaign.

The match against Honduras on March 24 is the first of the early tests. Arena is poised to visit players and continue his watch in the MLS whilst preparing strategies.

For the Honduras test, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are set to miss the game. Mostly players from the domestic league are expected to feature.

Tim Howard is injured, Brad Guzan might not be available meaning Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando, who impressed at the winter camp, might be starting the much-anticipated match.

At the backline, Newcastle United player DeAndre Yedlin would have been a partner to Chandler. There is Jorge Villafana, Graham Zusi and Walker Zimmerman – who impressed at the winter camp. It remains unknown if Stoke City Geoff Cameron can beat fitness concerns ahead of the date.

At the middle, Michael Bradley would anchor. 2010 World Cup team player Benny Feilhaber – who decent against Jamaica – and Sacha Kljestan, with decent qualifying experience, are likely starters in the middle. There is the option of Alejandro Bedoya, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Julain Green and Perry Kitchen as well.

Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris are likely forwards but there are rumours that Clint Dempsey – who returned from a six-month absence – could be an option in the must-win match.

Arena has his work clearly cut out.

Bruce Arena’s second spell in charge of the US men’s national team is not going to be an easy ride for the tactician.


Not that his first spell was but this time there are unique challenges he must conquer. The coach has had his first training camp with the players but the first months of 2017 will be a real test.

There are two upcoming matches that can make or break his second spell as he prepares a team that can make the 2018 World Cup despite a poor start in the qualifying campaign.

The match against Honduras on March 24 is the first of the early tests. Arena is poised to visit players and continue his watch in the MLS whilst preparing strategies.

For the Honduras test, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are set to miss the game. Mostly players from the domestic league are expected to feature.

Tim Howard is injured, Brad Guzan might not be available meaning Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando, who impressed at the winter camp, might be starting the much-anticipated match.

At the backline, Newcastle United player DeAndre Yedlin would have been a partner to Chandler. There is Jorge Villafana, Graham Zusi and Walker Zimmerman – who impressed at the winter camp. It remains unknown if Stoke City Geoff Cameron can beat fitness concerns ahead of the date.

At the middle, Michael Bradley would anchor. 2010 World Cup team player Benny Feilhaber – who decent against Jamaica – and Sacha Kljestan, with decent qualifying experience, are likely starters in the middle. There is the option of Alejandro Bedoya, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Julain Green and Perry Kitchen as well.

Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris are likely forwards but there are rumours that Clint Dempsey – who returned from a six-month absence – could be an option in the must-win match.

Arena has his work clearly cut out.

CARLI LLOYD WINS FIFA BEST FEMALE PLAYER AWARD

United States of America forward Carli Lloyd was awarded the Best FIFA Player Award in the female category. This makes the second straight time the player has won the award.


The 34-year old star was voted ahead of German Olympic Gold medalist Melanie Behringer and multiple time winner from Brazil Marta.

Lloyd was voted winner after compilation of results from captains and head coaches of national teams, online public ballot and a select list of reputable sport journalists. Lloyd was the obvious choice last year after her hat trick in the final against Japan at the Women’s World Cup.

“I’m very honoured to win this award again. I play on the best team in the world and this award would not be possible without my extraordinary teammates, who are fantastic competitors. We push each other to be better everyday,” she said.

Lloyd has been exceptional for club and country, helping Houston Dash and USA despite failing to lift the Gold medal in Olympics for the first time. She admitted that her competitor Behringer was exceptional as well, saying: “I honestly was not expecting this. I know Melanie did fantastic in the 2016 Olympics.”

She claimed 20.68% of votes while Behringer had 16.6%, leaving Martha with 12.34%.

In the coaching category, this did not repeat itself as Jill Ellis of the United States – who won last year’s edition – placed third. Germany coach Silvia Neid won the award, with Pia Sundhage taking second place after supervising Sweden to the Olympic Silver spot in Rio. This is Nied’s second as she won the award in 2010.

Leicester City manager Clauido Ranieri won the men’s coaching category after overcoming an odds of 5000-1 to lift the English Premier League in a fairy tale season last year. He has also led the side to the round of 16 of the Champions League this year.

In the Male category, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best FIFA Award as expected, ahead of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

United States of America forward Carli Lloyd was awarded the Best FIFA Player Award in the female category. This makes the second straight time the player has won the award.


The 34-year old star was voted ahead of German Olympic Gold medalist Melanie Behringer and multiple time winner from Brazil Marta.

Lloyd was voted winner after compilation of results from captains and head coaches of national teams, online public ballot and a select list of reputable sport journalists. Lloyd was the obvious choice last year after her hat trick in the final against Japan at the Women’s World Cup.

“I’m very honoured to win this award again. I play on the best team in the world and this award would not be possible without my extraordinary teammates, who are fantastic competitors. We push each other to be better everyday,” she said.

Lloyd has been exceptional for club and country, helping Houston Dash and USA despite failing to lift the Gold medal in Olympics for the first time. She admitted that her competitor Behringer was exceptional as well, saying: “I honestly was not expecting this. I know Melanie did fantastic in the 2016 Olympics.”

She claimed 20.68% of votes while Behringer had 16.6%, leaving Martha with 12.34%.

In the coaching category, this did not repeat itself as Jill Ellis of the United States – who won last year’s edition – placed third. Germany coach Silvia Neid won the award, with Pia Sundhage taking second place after supervising Sweden to the Olympic Silver spot in Rio. This is Nied’s second as she won the award in 2010.

Leicester City manager Clauido Ranieri won the men’s coaching category after overcoming an odds of 5000-1 to lift the English Premier League in a fairy tale season last year. He has also led the side to the round of 16 of the Champions League this year.

In the Male category, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best FIFA Award as expected, ahead of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.